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‘Saturday Night Live’…April 5, 2014 Time Lapse Video

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‘Saturday Night Live’…April 5, 2014 Time Lapse Video

This was a great show…the one where Pharrell Williams did “Happy” and Anna Kendrick was guest host, just 4 weeks before my visit. This starts with the audience load in and zooms through 90 minutes in just 2 minutes. As good as this is, this static single camera position leaves a lot of 8H uncovered, especially for sketches on the far left side of the studio. A couple of times there are “long” periods when it’s dark and it looks like there is no action, but those periods are probably when Stage 9 at the far left is in use, or there is a pre taped sketch running that was shot earlier on location. Here is that episode http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/episode-guide/season-39/anna-kendrick-with-pharrell-williams/1658

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i72I9NNTTM0

Watch Studio 8H transform during an episode of Saturday Night Live hosted Anna Kendrick with musical guest Pharrell Williams on April 5, 2014. Get more SNL: …
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‘Saturday Night Live’…2009 Time Lapse Video

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‘Saturday Night Live’…2009 Time Lapse Video

This is the first SNL time lapse clip and was done in NBC’s Studio 8H five years ago, but the crane crew is still the same. On the boom arm is Louis Delli Paoli and Robert Mancari (cap), and Phil Pernice is driving. John Pinto is “in the bucket” on Camera 1, the Chapman Electra crane.

As Phil Pernice tells us, this was a Saturday rehearsal and the second part is dress rehearsal. The Thursday rehearsals are a lot slower as that’s the first time the cast and crew come together for camera blocking. By Friday afternoon, most of the scenery is on hand and things go a bit quicker, but there are still a lot of starts and stops. By late Saturday afternoon, things move along almost at the show pace. I’ll post the newer version next, so stay tuned! Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU8k2hoCr2w

A quick look behind the scenes.
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ABC, CBS, NBC…Tuesday Night Lineup, 1960

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ABC, CBS, NBC…Tuesday Night Lineup, 1960

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAgrP18c2D8

What you would’ve watched on a typical Tuesday night in the fall of 1960: Bugs Bunny, Rifleman, Wyatt Earp, Stagecoach West, Alcoa Premiere (One Step Beyond)…
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You Bet Your Ass There Is A Connection To ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’!

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You Bet Your Ass There Is A Connection To ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’!

This photo is from the 1964 movie ‘The Brass Bottle’. It starred Tony Randall and Barbara Eden…but not a a genie! Eden played Randall’s wife…Burl Ives played the genie that caused more problems than he solved. Here’s a short clip from the movie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuxCgThwM5M

‘I Dream Of Jeannie’ was created and produced by Sidney Sheldon for NBC in response to the great success of ABC’s ‘Bewitched’, which had debuted in 1964 as the second most watched program in the United States. Sheldon was inspired by the ‘The Brass Bottle’ and came up with the idea for a beautiful female genie.

When casting was opened for the role of Jeannie, Sheldon could not find an actress who could play the role the way he saw the character…as a brunette. He did not want a blonde genie because he thought there would be too much similarity with the blonde Samantha on ‘Bewitched’. However, after many unsuccessful auditions, he called Barbara Eden’s agent.

When NBC began its prime time season in color in the fall 1965, ‘Jeannie’ was one of two regular programs on NBC that remained in black and white. This was due in part to the special photographic effects employed to achieve Jeannie’s magic. By the second season, however, further work had been done on techniques to create the visual effects in color, necessary because by 1966 all US prime time series were being made in color.

Now this is odd! Sheldon originally wanted to film season one in color, but NBC did not want to pay for the extra expenses, as the network (and Screen Gems) believed the series would not make it to a second season. According to Sheldon’s autobiography “The Other Side Of Me”, he offered to pay the extra $400 an episode needed for color filming at the beginning of the series, but Screen Gems executive Jerry Hyams advised him: “Sidney, don’t throw your money away”.


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WBKB, Chicago Camera Mystery #2

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WBKB, Chicago Camera Mystery #2…Anyone Have A Clue?

While we’re at WBKB in the ’40s, I thought we would try and identify these unique cameras. I had seen these photos a few years ago, but in all my research, have never seen anything even close to this design.

They remind me of something French made, but with WW II raging, I don’t see how they could be from Europe unless they were made before the war started there in 1939. The housing looks too sophisticated to have been home made. Anyone know anything about these cameras?




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WBKB, Chicago Camera Mystery #1

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WBKB, Chicago Camera Mystery #1

The photo on the left was sent by Gary Walters who wanted to know what kind of camera this is. The picture (and the others) are from Chicago’s WBKB around 1943. My first thought was…this is a very early Dumont mounted on a barber chair base. The more I looked at it, the more I began to think this is may be a homemade copy of a Dumont Iconoscope camera.

In the center is another photo of this camera which is part of a larger photo that also shows the camera on the right, which is a real Dumont. On close comparison to many other early Dumont cameras, I’m pretty sure this is a homemade copy.

To establish the station, they hired television pioneer William C. (Bill) Eddy away from RCA’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City. I’ve read somewhere that Eddy was quite proud of his ability to build equipment of all kinds and suspect this is some of his handi work. By the way, this was one of the few experimental TV stations to operate during WW II and used a lot of women in key jobs. in 1953, WBKB became WBBM when it was bought by CBS.




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AMEN, Dan Rather! AMEN! The Sad State Of News & Media

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AMEN, Dan Rather! AMEN! The Sad State Of News & Media

I’ve been wanting to talk about how media deregulation that started under President Reagan has hurt us as a country, and with the recent comments from Dan Rather on the subject, now seems to be the appropriate time.

Below are a few quotes from Monday’s ‘Toronto Star’ interview with Rather. The whole story is at this link.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/06/01/dan_rather_explains_why_journalists_have_lost_their_guts.html

“In terms of things I think people ought to worry about, there has been so much consolidation of media ownership that there’s less competition. I don’t think that’s a healthy situation. It’s a big change, and it’s what I’ve called the corporatization of news, which has led in some way to the trivialization of news”. – Dan Rather

“I think journalists and journalism — certainly in the U.S. — we lost our guts. An attitude got around: Be careful, because if you report something people in power don’t like, you may have to pay a very heavy price for that. That’s not in the best tradition of U.S. journalism, nor do I think it’s in the best tradition of the free press anyplace”. – Dan Rather

To me, these comments mesh. With fewer independent voices and outlets available to express editorial thoughts, fewer voices are heard and those that are, have self edited themselves into a pablum. I think ‘The CBS Evening News’ has a tad more hard news than the NBC and ABC, but for those of us that remember the quality of news in the 60s, 70s and 80s…today’s news seems a lot more like ‘Entertainment Tonight’.

The chart on the right shows that in 1983, there were 50 companies that were major players in US media. By 2004, ten years ago, there were only 6! There are still 6 and they are: Viacom (CBS), Disney (ABC), Comcast (NBC), News Corp (FOX), Time Warner and Clear Channel. More soon.



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‘Saturday Night Live’…Behind The Guest Host Entrance Door

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‘Saturday Night Live’…Behind The Guest Host Entrance Door

In the photo on the left, and in one of the video clips, you see the other side of the door that SNL guest hosts use to enter the stage. Yes, that’s me and I’ll tell you more about what’s there, but first here’s a clip of Ashton Kutcher in this space waiting for his Q to enter in February of 2010.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOFbmhPbe2M

The reason his “heart was in his throat” is because he ends his monologue by stripping to his underwear.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOvVBdQ3Uk8

This platform is about five feet off the studio floor with steps on three sides. Directly behind these doors is a kind of tunnel about six feet deep that leads back to the studios west wall. The tunnel is I think mostly for crew access. The hosts usually come up the side steps behind me. As you see in the photo on the right, there are three doors…the center door is marked with a red tape X as a reminder to use “this door”.

I thought this was the door George Carlin would have used on the October 11, 1975 debt, but it’s not. In the clip below of that first show, you can see Carlin enter through the 9th floor balcony with steps to a raised stage. Notice the band is behind him in a corner of the studio. I think this set must have come about in the second season, but I’m not sure. Anyone know?
https://screen.yahoo.com/george-carlin-classic-monologue-1-000000814.html



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‘I’ve Got A Secret’ Salute To The 50th Anniversay Of Movie Business, 1958

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Movie History Comes To Television…’I’ve Got A Secret’ 1958

Every once in a while, this great game show would take off on a completely different track and this is one of those shows. There are two guests with very interesting secrets, which I won’t spoil, and a surprise guest at the end who happens to have been Liz Taylor’s husband at the time. There is a lot of great movie trivia here and the panel is right on top of a lot of it. This is the whole show, with the link to the second part below…even the credits are intact which is rare. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATvGbWjAX9g Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9LCZ9OARCg Part 1

“I’ve Got a Secret” celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Hollywood film industry with a special program including film clips never before seen on televisio…
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‘Sunset Boulevard’…Behind The Scenes: Now this is funny

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‘Sunset Boulevard’…Behind The Scenes

Now this is funny. According to her daughter, Gloria Swanson stayed in character for the entire duration of the film…except for one hilarious break.

On the day she filmed the Charlie Chaplin imitation scene, Swanson arrived on the set to find everyone there wearing a Chaplin bowler hat, and was amused but stayed in character.

The next day, they had to film the monkey funeral scene. Just before the cameras rolled, William Holden opened the box with the monkey’s body to show Swanson. The stuffed monkey had on a Chaplin bowler too. She laughed so hard and so long, it took about an hour to get her makeup repaired and back into character.

On the left below is the Norma Desmond house being demolished in 1957. The interior scenes were shot on Paramount’s Stage 18, but the exterior shots were done a this house at 3810 Wilshire Boulevard. It was torn down for a 22 story tower that was home to Getty Oil. At the link is the film’s most famous scene…”Alright Mr. Demille, I’m ready for my close up”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIcC8YJrevQ



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June 2, 1953…Elizabeth Crowned: NBC, CBS Race Footage To US

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June 2, 1953…Elizabeth Crowned: NBC, CBS Race Footage To US

It was 61 years ago today: the race between CBS and NBC to be the first with their own films of Elizabeth II’s coronation. The films were to be ferried by Canberra jet bomber to Goose Bay, and from there the networks would ferry the films via P-51 Mustang race planes to Boston for network broadcast. CBS hired 1949 Bendix Trophy Winner Joe DeBona and his P-51B “Thunderbird” (co-owned with Jimmy Stewart, who also owned an interest in a CBS affiliate), while NBC hired 1948 Bendix winner Stanley Reaver in Paul Mantz’s NX1204. ABC, too strapped for resources (or just smarter?) was just going to carry the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s feed.

NBC had also arranged for a ‘secret weapon’ – having arranged with English Electric for a Canberra set for delivery to Venezuela to carry a set of films that would beat all the other networks. When that plane turned back, however (because the English Electric pilot, being an RAF reserve officer, faked a “fuel problem” because he didn’t want to play a role in Americans seeing the Coronation before the Canadians could) NBC struck a last-minute deal with ABC to share the CBC feed. Just as Joe DeBona arrived at Boston with the CBS films, both NBC and ABC switched to the CBC feed…and the faces of CBS brass collectively fell.

Here, before the whole fiasco erupted, partners Joe DeBona and Jimmy Stewart shake hands in a CBS photo. The giant “eye” was draped on the fuselage for the photo op; during the mission itself, “Thunderbird” carried smaller CBS logos on the fuselage and tail.
Thanks to Jodie Peeler for this story.



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Full episode: ‘The Sixties’ premiere

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CNN’s ‘The Sixties’…’Television Comes Of Age’…Full Episode

This is a must see for all of us that love television history. This debut episode aired last Thursday and is all about our favorite subject. For those of you, like me, that missed it, here it is.

I don’t think our international friends know about this as I don’t think it airs on CNN International, so dig in. This is about as good as it gets! Many thanks to CNN and Executive Producer Tom Hanks and Playtone for yet another amazing piece of historical television.

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/ireports/2014/05/29/full-episode-the-sixties-season-1-episode-1.cnn.html

Full episode: ‘The Sixties’ premiere

Watch the premiere of CNN’s Original Series “The Sixties” on how television came of age during this pivotal decade.
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Short But Sweet…RCA TK41 & Norelco PC 70 In New York

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Short But Sweet…RCA TK41 & Norelco PC 70 In New York

Given that NBC bought 35 Norelcos of their mobile units in 1967, I suspect this is about ’68 or ’69. This 20 second clip seems to be on the steps of a church at a press event in NYC…possibly a wedding, a draft dodger seeking sanctuary or a civil rights event. Anyone know? Thanks to our friend in Australia, Troy Walters for sharing. Troy and others have some interesting items in the “Recent Posts By Others” section of this page. Check it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0I2Yhbt_ZA

Unissued / Unused material – United States of America (USA). MS of television cameras from ABC TV company and the NBC Company. They are filming some kind of …
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Speaking Of Tex Avery…A Special Find

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Speaking Of Tex Avery…A Special Find

This starts at the segment that I remember laughing at as a five year old boy in 1955 at a movie theater. The “naked” turkey had me in stitches. Anyone else remember this?

If found this wile doing some research on Tex Avery. This is a great MGM Cartoon he directed after leaving Warner Brothers. This is actually a compilation of 4 Avery directed “future features” that included the Home, Car, TV and Farm of Tomorrow done between 1949 and 1954. Enjoy and let me know if you remember this! Bobby Ellerbee

http://youtu.be/dH5ONdVf7aU?t=2m6sWMV
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A Brilliant History Of Cartoons And Animation

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A Brilliant History Of Cartoons And Animation

This is quite a fascinating journey. It ends in pixel land but starts in pencil land with a rare look at the earliest cartoons and animation. If this subject has ever called to you, here’s the perfect condensed history! Enjoy and share.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnsBLF5cYpg

What makes a pencil line become a character? The year is 2003, Disney were about to release Pixar’s ‘Finding Nemo’, and broadcaster Alan Yentob sets his task…
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The BEST EVER Story Of Disney!

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The BEST EVER Story Of Disney!

My most favorite voice belongs to the great Mason Adams and his narration sets the perfect tone for this magnificent presentation. This Disney Channel special covers everything from the history to the how in exceptional detail with ultra rare footage at every turn.

From Steamboat Willie to Epcot…this covers it all, including Disney’s multi plane camera that gave us the 3D effect, to the first color in cartoons and far beyond. This is a must see. Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlnpGiEjxN0

It All Started With A Mouse: The Disney Story (1989)

This 1989 special aired on the Disney Channel and tells the story of Walt Disney and the company that he built.
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1955 Disneyland Opening Day [Complete ABC Broadcast]

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Disneyland Opening Day, As Seen Live On ABC…July 18, 1955

In today’s first post, we saw the preparation for this event and this video starts where that one ended…with Art Linkletter’s welcome. At the 2:00 mark, Art describes the previous day’s rehearsal as something like “trying to cover three erupting volcanos without expecting any of them”. No truer words have ever been spoken!

He splits the 90 minute program’s hosting duties with Bob Cumming and in the last 15 minutes or so, you can tell that they are running out of time and one area had to be passed over. This is the full presentation via kinescope and without the commercials. Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuzrZET-3Ew

1955 Disneyland Opening Day [Complete ABC Broadcast]

Disneyland Park is a theme park located in Anaheim, California, owned and operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division of the Walt Disney Company. …
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Eyes Of A Generation Exclusive! ABC’s Disneyland Opening Behind The Scenes

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An Ultra Rare, Eyes Of A Generation Exclusive! Please SHARE!

Disneyland Opening Day…Behind The Scenes Of The ABC Coverage

First, this is an upload and not a link, so please share this as it is the only way to let others see this rare look at ABC’s preparation and coverage of the July 18, 1955 opening day ceremonies at Disneyland. The network brought in 29 cameras, 85,000 feet of cable and audio equipment and engineers from ABC Radio. There was enough equipment to furnish 12 television stations. Most of the equipment was theirs, but some had to be rented from NBC so don’t be surprised when you see that logo.

This is the in house documentary ABC made for use at their affiliates and sponsor meeting in the fall of 1955. The next post today will be the full broadcast of the program produced by this assemblage of men and machines.

At the time, this was the largest remote ever done by anyone. As you’ll see, rehearsal was a mammoth task in itself with last minute construction making it nearly impossible, but…they pulled it off, and in grand style! Enjoy![fb_vid id=”682459658458253″]
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Rare! ‘Hullabaloo’ Color Footage…November 29, 1965

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Rare! ‘Hullabaloo’ Color Footage…November 29, 1965

This was done in NBC Burbank’s Studio 1 with ‘Bonanza’ star Michael Landon as host and, sometimes, Go Go dancer. ‘Hullabaloo’ began as a half hour in black and white on January 12, 1965 and the first season ended August 31, 1965.

The second season brought an hour long color show that ran from September 13, 1965 till August 29, 1966. Only a few episodes have survived in color. All the rest of the episodes, including the first season, have survived only as black and white kinescopes. This is because NBC destroyed the tapes in the 1970s once Smith-Hemion Productions turned down the offer to take them into their possession. A sadly familiar story.

This is the show’s close, complete with credits and Johnny Holiday announcing. Paul Revere And The Raiders close out a the show that had featured The Byrds, Jackie DeShannon and David Winters.

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You Won’t Believe THIS! Magic…Steve Martin Style! Hilarious!!!

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You Won’t Believe THIS! Magic…Steve Martin Style! Hilarious!!!

In May of 1992, Johnny Carson, whose own career started in magic, presented “The Great Flydini” on ‘The Tonight Show’. For your entertainment, here’s one of the most unique acts in magic history!

By the way, as a teenager, Martin worked at The Magic Store on Main Street in Disneyland. There’s a photo of him at the store in the comment section below. Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9xKU8eYCFk

Steve Martin as “The Great Flydini”, the amazing illusionist magician, performs his hilarious magic show. More Steve Martin http://bit.ly/steve_martin_jc. Fr…
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Quantum Leaps In Audio…Amazing Loop Technology!

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Quantum Leaps In Audio…Amazing Loop Technology! Watch…

In this embedded clip, Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon build a vocal loop track of the old Tokens hit, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, in real time on ‘The ‘Tonight Show’. A few weeks back, I think we were all amazed at the “Happy” trombone loop clip I posted and here’s the link to that great clip again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxODzxY6AvI&feature=kp

These new programs are just amazing in their simplicity and ability. If I owned a recording studio, I might be getting a little nervous about all of this. Enjoy and share!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU-eAzNp5Hw

Jimmy and Billy Joel loop their voices on an iPad app to form a 2-man doo-wop group — singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by The Tokens in 4-part harmony. Sub…
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By Request…The ABC Pebble Beach Display

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By Request…The ABC Pebble Beach Display

These photos were taken in 1967 at Pebble Beach, California. For the first time, the 26th Annual Bing Crosby Classic was broadcast live and in color over ABC, Saturday, Jan 21 (6:00-7:30 PM., EST and Sunday, Jan 22, (5:00-7:00 PM,.EST).

Arnold Palmer and 168 other top pros were there for the event. Before the cameras were taken to their locations on the course, ‘ABC’s Wide World Of Sports’ did a piece on how they were covering the tournament in color and these shots are from the set up of that piece. Wish the video was available!

There are 25 camera here. 12 are Norelcos and 12 are RCA TK41s, which all of course all color, but there was 1 RCA TK60 too. The TK60 was the graphics card camera and would shoot the black and white text overlays in the days before computer graphics came along.

Usually the trucks could only handle four camera and if that is the case, this is six trucks of equipment. If they could handle six, this is four trucks worth. The TK41s are brand new and these are the dozen that RCA built for them in the final special order run done in 1966 when the last 24 TK41s were made. 12 for ABC and 12 for stations with a back order, including KTLA. My TK41 was among this last two dozen.




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‘Today’ Show…Recycling At It’s Best!

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‘Today’ Show…Recycling At It’s Best!

Dave Garroway was not the only one that needed a little optical help. News man Frank Blair needed some help too, but his reading glasses were useless when it came to reading the prompter.

In search of a solution, the engineering department went digging for a fix. They found it on the front of a 1948 Pilot Model 37 home television receiver. The tiny picture tube in the Pilot looked a lot bigger with the aid of the magnifying glass accessory available for an additional $11. If it worked there, it should work on the teleprompter, and it did.

On the left is the modified glass on Blair’s news camera. In the center, the Pilot set with magnifier, and on the right, the original ‘Today’ team. In that photo, Blair is on the left, Garroway and J. Fred Muggs are center and Jack Lescoulie is on the right.




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Jackie Kennedy’s White House Tour…Then, And 50 Years Later

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Jackie Kennedy’s White House Tour…Then, And 50 Years Later

At this link is Scott Pelley’s 2012 CBS News story that celebrates the 50th anniversary of that famous broadcast with an interview of the show’s producer, Perry Wolf with the fascinating backstory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfsVQpU3v3w

CBS Correspondent Charles Collingwood and crew visited the White House on January 15, 1962 for the all day taping, with no retakes. After editing, the show aired to a combined audience of 52 million on February 14, 1962. Until I saw Pelley’s report, I had never known that it aired on all three networks.

At the link below is the entire program. This is the film version that Mcgraw Hill distributed to schools, but is the same as the original.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUP9gY_5MzI


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Bill Cullen’s & Goodson -Todman’s First Television Show… ‘Winner Take All’

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Bill Cullen’s & Goodson -Todman’s First Television Show…

‘Winner Take All’ began on CBS Radio on June 3, 1946. Original emcee Ward Wilson stepped down after just three months at the helm, and announcer Bill Cullen stepped in as a temporary host on September 9. Cullen’s work on the show stunned executives, who made his hosting job permanent.

CBS, noting the show’s popularity on radio, added the series to television on July 1, 1948 with Bud Collyer as host. The radio series continued with Cullen for another two years, with Collyer taking over radio in August 1950. The televised show, while popular, bowed on October 3, 1950.

Over the next couple of year, the show came and went on CBS Television several times in different day parts.

Meanwhile NBC was looking for a show to replace its faltering game ‘It’s In The Bag’ at 10:30 AM. They struck a deal with the new Goodson-Todman partnership to air a daytime version of ‘Winner Take All’ with Cullen returning as emcee.

Debuting on February 25, 1952, the series originally went against ‘Arthur Godfrey Time’ on CBS. On April 7, CBS permanently slotted another program at 10:30 to provide a new network opponent to Winner – ‘Bride and Groom’. Winner ended on April 25 after just nine weeks. The announcer was Don Pardo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KinmXi2lF_0

After uploading Bill’s final TJW, it made sense to go back to the beginning and focus on Bill’s first TV game show, Winner Take All. Similar in structure to …
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‘Today’…The Debut Video, January 19, 1952

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‘Today’…The Debut Video, January 19, 1952

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At the link above, you’ll see the first nine minutes of ‘Today’ as host Dave Garroway introduces the show, the concept and the cast.

On the left below is our friend Frank Merklein behind a TK30 with an early teleprompter and Electro Zoom lens shooting Dave on that opening day. Frank is 92 now and doing fine in Florida.

In the center is a shot from about halfway down the set which had been up for a couple of weeks before the debut, but the electronics were not completely operable till the Monday before the start. Starting January 2, the cast, production team, news writers and crew were required to report to the set at 4AM to help get everyone acclimated to the early schedule.

On the right is a long shot from across the street taken from the 30 Rock building. This shows the high camera position that you’ll see shots from in the video. This street side studio was created inside the RCA Exhibition Hall on 49th Street. This space is now occupied by Christie’s Auction House. The 49th Street entrance to 30 Rock is about 100 feet to the right on the side of the street the photo was taken from. Enjoy and share.




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The “Other” Me…Me As The Sheriff On ‘Squidbillies’

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The “Other” Me…Me As The Sheriff On ‘Squidbillies’

Most of you may not know this, but I am a cartoon voice actor too. It occurred to me that I had not mentioned this here in quite a while, so, since I’m going into Atlanta this morning to record another ‘Squidbillies’ episode, now seems to be a good time to let you in on our little secret. Here’s another clip of me “in uniform”.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpq5lJMMyvk

The embedded video clip of me in the booth is from a couple of years back but the “bulldog” joke shot was from one of our first sessions in 2006. I was forty pounds heavier then. Our 8th season debuts in September and thankfully, we are received each year with open arms and ratings that top all the other Adult Swim shows. We’re quite well known in the younger demos.

‘Squidbillies’ is a legacy show of sorts. We are the third longest running show on Adult Swim, just behind ‘Space Ghost’ and ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’. Hopefully we’ll have another eight years on the air. You can’t imagine how much fun doing this show is. I laugh till I cry most days and my ribs are sore from laughing for a few days after each session.

I was not the original Sheriff, but was chosen to replace the great character actor Charles Napier after the first few episodes of season one were recorded. I was shocked to hear how similar we sounded in tone and timber. As a real Georgia boy, the accent comes naturally but I do add just a tad extra. Here’s a clip of Napier talking about his role in ‘The Blues Brothers’. Enjoy and Share! Bobby Ellerbee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Padn8IU9fUM

 

A bunch of talk about the voice talent behind Squidbillies and how they got the job. Brought to you by Sony Internet TV, powered by Google TV. SUBSCRIBE: htt…
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This Is Fun! Raw Footage ’30 Rock’ Live Rehearsal 10/14/10

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This Is Fun! Raw Footage ’30 Rock’ Live Rehearsal 10/14/10

Shot from the 8H balcony seats, here is raw footage of the afternoon rehearsal of the live show. This is a follow up to today’s earlier produced piece. This is natural room sound so you’ll have to turn your volume up. Enjoy and Share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6M1iWT16lo

Rehearsal for “30 Rock” live.
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’30 Rock’…Behind The Scenes Of The LIVE Broadcast From 8H

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’30 Rock’…Behind The Scenes Of The LIVE Broadcast From 8H

This 12 minute piece is full of great stuff, all shot in the real NBC Studio 8H. ’30 Rock’ was usually filmed at New York’s Silvercup Studios, but on October 14, 2010, the show was done live in 8H. Just like in the days before video tape, it was done a second time live for the west coast audience.

The show’s director was right at home as she was the director on SNL for many years, which the fictional show in the series was based on. I’ll be adding raw footage from this rehearsal later today. Enjoy, share and visit the EOAG page!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXi5cNTr8Iw

Go behind the scenes with the cast of 30 Rock as they produce and comment on the live shows. All rights belong to NBC. 30 Rock fans: find me at redundanttors…
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AS RARE AS IT GETS! The State Of Color 1966…ABC, CBS, NBC

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AS RARE AS IT GETS! The State Of Color 1966…ABC, CBS, NBC

Copy And Save This Link! This is the most detailed and in depth report on the start of colorizing that you will ever see. These four pages from a Broadcasting Magazine special report from January 1966 lay out exactly who had what, where!

At the time, ABC had a total of 10 TK41s and was adding color telecine and tape.

CBS had a total of 18 color cameras…split evenly between the Broadcast Center and Television city were 6 RCA TK41s and 12 Norelco PC 60s. They had placed an order for 50 cameras with Norelco in 1964 and those were coming in with no problem. The real problem was a “reel” problem…getting color tape machines and telecine. RCA could have helped, but as we all know, CBS would rather take a sharp stick in their “eye” than buy from them.

It’s interesting to note that at the CBS Broadcast Center, which opened in November of 64, Studios 41 and 46 were color capable. Although equipped with black and white Marconi Mark IV cameras, the other studios were designed for color and the lights were already there and were just basically waiting to be upgraded. Television City had two color studios as well…33 and 41 and both TVC and BC had a third color capable studio.

It’s no surprise that NBC lead the way in color. By the time this story was published, the only black and white show in prime time was ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’ which colorized the next season.

Between New York and Burbank, NBC had 47 TK41s in use with 8 more inbound to 30 Rock and 5 more headed for a third new mobile unit. 6 more TK41s were headed to Washington for a total of 10 there.

Thanks to this article, we now know that NBC’s 8H was colorized in June of 1963. These were the cameras that were used on ‘The Perry Como Show’ from the Zeigfeld Theater, which tells us when Perry’s show moved to Brooklyn.

NBC 8G and 3A were colorized by the summer of 1966. Here’s a surprise…NBC’s Studios 3K, the first color studio in the building, shared 4 cameras with 6A until the summer of ’66.

There is a lot more very interesting information here, so please read this, share this and SAVE this!

http://j-shea.com/TVCity/color_migration_010366.pdf
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