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Roll Credits For ’60 Minutes’

Roll Credits!

This photo taken in Studio 45 shows the ’60 Minutes’ credit roll board around 1973. This is how it was done in “the old days”. Thanks to Glenn Mack for the photo.

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Up Close And Personal…The EMI 2001 Color Camera Video


Up Close And Personal…The EMI 2001 Color Camera

The only place most of us in the US have ever seen this camera was in the movie ‘Network’, but the BBC workhorse for many years beginning around 1966. Heres a close look thanks to Troy Walters in Australia.

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BBC Studio N, Manchester was the North West of England’s news studio in Piccadilly, Manchester until 1981 when it moved to NBH, Oxford Road, Manchester. In M…

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CBS Broadcast Center Studios

CBS Broadcast Center Studios

Here is the layout of the studios at the Broadcast Center in New York. This is a great mental guide when discussing where shows came from as we will in some posts above.

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Love Him/Hate Him…Here’s Howard Cosel


Love Him/Hate Him…Here’s Howard Cosell

This is a great one hour HBO documentary that covers the rise of ABC Sports as well as Cosell himself with great historical footage. From Monday Night Football and Mohamed Ali to Wide World Of Sports, it’s all here and very well done. Thanks to Kevin Vahey for the clip.

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Howard Cosell documentary HBO, 2001

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This is the Sony BVH 500 Video Recorder


I’ve Never Seen Anything Remotely Like This! Take A Look!

This is the Sony BVH 500 one inch, portable video tape recorder. Notice that the tape reels are stacked on top of each other! One reel spins one way and the other reel spins the other way! Amazing!

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http://www.thegeekgroup.org – Chris and Kidwell investigate and old Sony Reel to Reel VTR. They explore the different parts, figure how to load the tape, and…

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RCA TK41s In Action


RCA TK41s In Action

From 4:40 till 7:40, some nice shots of my favorite camera in action. This clip is part of a larger 20 minute RCA historical presentation, but this is the color part only. Enjoy.

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Story of Color Television produced by RCA in 1956 – Philo T. Farnsworth invented electronic television, but RCA invented electronic color television in the e…

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MAGNIFICENT!

MAGNIFICENT!

Thanks to Glenn Mack for this fantastic photo taken during a rehearsal of ‘The Doctors’ around 1972. Although the RCA TK44A was introduced in 1968 and the better ‘B’ model in 1971, the TK41s could still hold their own and were still in service in some NBC NY studios as late as ’73 including studios 3A and 3B where this show came from. Originally, ‘The Doctors’ was not supposed to be a conventional soap opera. It first aired in 1963 for a trial run as an anthology series with self-contained episodes about medical emergencies. When the show was brought back in 1964, the show adopted a serial form of storytelling. NBC aired the show in the 2:30 p.m. Eastern slot in between ‘Days of our Lives’ and ‘Another World’, two highly rated shows. ‘The Doctors’ took over the time slot that had been used by Merv Griffin on his first daytime talk show, and remained in the 2:30pm timeslot for nearly sixteen years. This is an extraordinary feat for daytime shows of its day, especially since some of its victims in the ratings were long-running favorites such as CBS’ ‘House Party with Art Linkletter’ and ABC’s ‘Dating Game’. The longest-running soap opera in television history, CBS Daytime’s ‘The Guiding Light’, also competed against The Doctors on several occasions. The show went color in 1966. This show is not connected to the current ABC soap by the same name.

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‘The Beverly Hillbillies’: Pilot Episode


‘The Beverly Hillbillies’: Pilot Episode

This first episode aired September 26, 1962 and was titled “The Clampetts Strike Oil”…it was Donna Douglas’ 29th birthday. By the way, the truck was a 1921 Oldsmobile. The show ran for 274 episodes and was canceled in 1971 by Fred Silverman when CBS decided to erase its image as a “rural network.” In the process, other rural shows (including Green Acres and Petticoat Junction) were canceled as well. The general feeling was that “CBS canceled every show with a tree in it”.

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…The Clampetts Strike Oil You wanted it, you’ve got it! This is the VERY first Beverly Hillbillies episode! I have to admit, the way the Pub Domain music w…

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How Arriflex Film Cameras Are Made


How Arriflex Film Cameras Are Made

Interesting 5 minute clip of the manufacturing of a professional movie camera.

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Discovery / Science Channel’s “How It’s Made” Cine Cameras episode

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CLASSIC! RCA TK41s In Action At NBC Brooklyn Studios


CLASSIC! RCA TK41s In Action At NBC Brooklyn Studios

At 12:58 and 23:35, you’ll see the great RCA TK41s in action at NBC Brooklyn. The date was March 13, 1966 and the production was ‘The Bell Telephone Hour’. That episode was ‘The Music Of The Movies’ and in the clip you’ll see (Oz scarecrow) Ray Bolger and a young Peter Marshall. This rare footage is from an interesting AT&T film that touts the reliability of their services to all types of industries. Enjoy!

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For more from the AT&T Archives, visit http://techchannel.att.com/archives This film focuses on the integrity and reliability of the entire Bell System netwo…

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’60 Minutes’ From Above…Glenn Mack Photo

’60 Minutes’ From Above…Glenn Mack Photo

Taken on the catwalk, this shot is looking down on the ’60 Minutes’ green screen set that we saw yesterday. The camera may be a Norelco PC60 (instead of a PC70) as it looks like it has two cables going to it. How clever is that old TD 1 pedestal that has been converted into a monitor stand?

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Live – From Coast to Coast!

Transcontinental Television History

Here’s another great article from our friend Richard Wirth. The original “broadband” and much more are covered in this write up of how AT&T made coast to coast television possible. The videos are very good too, so take a look! Thanks Richard!

http://provideocoalition.com/pvcexclusive/story/live-from-coast-to-coast

Live – From Coast to Coast!

Today, we think nothing of clicking our remote and have live images from somewhere else in the world appear on the screen.  Push a few buttons on our computer and loved ones living far away appear.  But in television’s early days, a live program meant we were watching a local program.

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Oldest Complete, Color Telecast Of Major League Baseball Game


Oldest Complete, Color Telecast Of Major League Baseball Game

46 years ago, yesterday, this game was played and shot with RCA TK43 color cameras. Running time is 2 hours and 32 minutes, so if you work for the government and love classic baseball, this is your lucky day! Thanks to Kevin Vahey for the clip. WHDH was television home of the Boston Red Sox baseball club from 1958 through 1971 and did this game that opens with the arrival of a Minnesota native, Hubert Humphrey who was then Vice President under Johnson.

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The ’60 Minutes’ Set…Another Glenn Mack Photo

The ’60 Minutes’ Set…Another Glenn Mack Photo

At first glance, this looks like it could be a Betty White, Tim Conway sketch about a pregnant granny, but, it’s not. The is the famous green screen set on ’60 Minutes’ in the early 1970s. As you’ll see tomorrow, the camera is a Norelco PC70. According to Glenn, the ‘Captain Kangaroo’ set is behind him on the other wall.

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Another Great Glenn Mack Photo!

Another Great Glenn Mack Photo!

From 1964 till 1975, Art Fleming hosted Jeopardy! in NBC Studio 8G at 30 Rock. The game board would be at the far right and it appears that the RCA TK44 on the left is shooting it from across the studio (you can see the layout in the clip below). The original daytime version aired on NBC from March 30, 1964 to January 3, 1975, then spawned a weekly nighttime syndicated edition that aired from September 9, 1974 to September 5, 1975, and was later revived as The All-New Jeopardy!, which ran from October 2, 1978 until March 2, 1979. Both NBC versions and the weekly syndicated version were hosted by Art Fleming. Don Pardo served as announcer until 1975, and John Harlan announced for the 1978–79 show.

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‘Star Trek’…Intro To The Second Pilot, Unaired


‘Star Trek’…Intro To The Second Pilot, Unaired

This may be the only show that had two different pilot episodes. This is the opening from the second pilot ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before’ and this segment was never aired, but, the rest of this pilot did air as the third episode that had the new opening and theme music added.

In Roddenberry’s original concept, the lead character was Captain Robert April of the starship S.S. Yorktown. This character was developed into Captain Christopher Pike, first portrayed by Jeffrey Hunter in the first pilot called ‘The Cage’.

Roddenberry first presented Star Trek to CBS, which turned it down in favor of the Irwin Allen creation Lost in Space. He next presented his concept to the head of Desilu Studio, Herb Solow, who accepted it. Solow then successfully sold the show to NBC which paid for, but turned down, the first pilot stating that it was “too cerebral”. However, the NBC executives were still impressed with the concept, and they understood that its perceived faults had been partly because of the script that they had selected themselves. NBC made the unusual decision to pay for a second pilot, using the script called “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. Only the character of Mr. Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy, was kept from the first pilot, and only two cast members, Majel Barrett and Nimoy, were carried forward into the series. This pilot proved to be satisfactory to NBC, and the network selected Star Trek to be in its upcoming television schedule for the fall of 1966.

The second pilot introduced the rest of the main characters: Captain Kirk (William Shatner), chief engineer Lt. Commander Scott (James Doohan) and Lt. Sulu (George Takei), who served as a physicist on the ship in the second pilot but subsequently became a helmsman throughout the rest of the series. Ship’s doctor Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) joined the cast when filming began for the first season, and he remained for the rest of the series, achieving billing as the third star of the series. Also joining the ship’s permanent crew during the first season was the communications officer, Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), the first African-American woman to hold such an important role in an American television series.
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The original print from Star Trek’s 2nd pilot was never aired in this format. Had different opening narration, credits, had acts 1 thru 4 like an old quinn m…

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SUPER RARE! 3 ‘Tonight Show’ Hosts In One Minute


SUPER RARE! 3 ‘Tonight Show’ Hosts In One Minute

Steve Allen and Johnny Carson pull a fast one on Jack Paar with a prank call. Carson was already hosting ‘Tonight’ and was taping for a week or so in Los Angeles when he appeared on ‘The New Steve Allen Show’ (1962-64) which was in syndication through Westinghouse. Prior to this episode, Allen placed a telephone call to the home of Johnny Carson, posing as a ratings company interviewer, asking Carson if the Television was on, and what program he was watching. Carson didn’t immediately realize the caller was Allen, and the exchange was classic humor from both, beginning to end. A rarity is the exchange between Allen and Carson about Carson’s guests, permitting him to plug his own show on a competing network.

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One of my favorite moments in TV History is when Johnny Carson appeared on The Tonight Show with Steve Allen. Steve and Johnny decided to call Jack Paar’s ho…

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Another Rarity: TK60s At NBC Burbank

Another Rarity: TK60s At NBC Burbank

Compared to others, these cameras had a short life in Burbank. The earliest they could have been bought was late 1962 and with NBC taking the lead to go all color in 1965, they would have been obsolete and sold off. This shot is from a Bob Hope special taping sometime between 1963 and 1965 in Studio 2. Since Hope produced his own shows, he did them in b/w to save money until the 1965 color mandate at NBC. As I understand it, Studios 1 and 3 were color and Studios 2 and 4 were black and white. I don’t recall ever seeing a TK60 at NBC New York, do you?

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‘$64,000 Question’, 1st Anniversary Show, June 7, 1956


‘$64,000 Question’, 1st Anniversary Show, June 7, 1956

The $64,000 Question premiered June 7, 1955 on CBS-TV, sponsored by cosmetics maker Revlon and originating from the start live from CBS-TV Studio 52 in New York (later the disco-theater Studio 54). The first contestant on the show was Thelma Farrell Bennett, a housewife from Trenton, New Jersey who failed to make it to the first plateau but won a 1955 Cadillac convertible.
To increase the show’s drama and suspense, it was decided to use an actor rather than a broadcaster as the host. Television and film actor Hal March, familiar to TV viewers as a supporting regular on ‘The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show’ and ‘My Friend Irma’, found instant fame as the quiz show’s host, and Lynn Dollar stood nearby as his assistant.

‘The $64,000 Question’ had its roots in the CBS radio quiz show, ‘Take It or Leave It’, which followed in the wake of the pioneering ‘Professor Quiz’ (radio’s first quiz program) and ‘Uncle Jim’s Question Bee’ (the second radio quiz show). ‘Take It or Leave It’ ran from April 21, 1940 to July 27, 1947. It was first hosted by Bob Hawk (1940–41), followed by Phil Baker (1941–47). In 1947, the series switched to NBC, hosted at various times by Baker, Garry Moore (1947–49), Eddie Cantor (1949–50) and Jack Paar (beginning June 11, 1950). On September 10, 1950, ‘Take It or Leave I’t changed its title to ‘The $64 Question’. Paar continued as host, followed by Baker (March–December 1951) and Paar (back on December 1951). The series continued on NBC Radio until June 1, 1952.

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Hal March hosts the show that awards large sums of money to contestants that answer complex questions..

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Behind The ‘Jeopardy’ Game Board

A Rarity From Glenn Mack…Behind The ‘Jeopardy’ Game Board

This photo taken behind the ‘Jeopardy’ game board is truly unique! When Glenn took this photo, Art Fleming would have been the host and the show came from one of NBC’s 30 Rock studios. In the clip below, we see the board in action and it’s lightning fast flip from the $ amount to the question. These white strips in the middle of the panels look like pull tabs and there appears to be a handle on each of the hinged doors to load the cards. This is more complex than it looks because the $ amount cards have to “disappear up” into the card panel above it. This is marked “Unit C”, I’m thinking there was a unit A and B that were rolled in and out as the players went through the answers on each board. Wonder if there was a D unit?

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Super Rare…’Masquerade Party’, May 22, 1955


Super Rare…’Masquerade Party’, May 22, 1955

Only five episodes are known to exist of this show that I remember watching as a kid. From 1952-1960, the show aired on ABC, NBC and CBS at various times and had six different hosts. To my amazement, one host was none other than CBS newsman Douglas Edwards in 1953! The other hosts were Bud Collyer (1952), Peter Donald (1954–1956), Eddie Bracken (1957), Robert Q. Lewis (1958) and Bert Parks (Fall 1958–1960). You won’t believe who the second guest is with that great scottish accent! The announcer is Johnny Olson and one of the producers was Alan Sherman who also worked on ‘What’s My Line’.

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A panel of celebrities try to guess the identity of another celebrity that is in heavy makeup and/or costume..A 1950’s classic game show!..Hosted by Peter Do…

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The Truth About Bert And Ernie! Ever wonder how Ernie could use both hands?

The Truth About Bert And Ernie!

Ever wonder how Ernie could use both hands? Now we know! Here’s Jim Henson (center) with Ernie and Richard Hunt who’s working the right hand. Occasionally, Frank Oz (right) and Bert would use both hands which required another puppet. As always, they are watching the monitor in even the rehearsals like this. To the left is their “stage” that the Muppets would appear above while it hid the puppet masters.

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Fun With A Marconi Mark IV


Fun With A Marconi Mark IV

Thanks to Gustavo Borjalo for this clip that shows the TV host and businessman, Silvio Santos in conversation with Brazilian singers Roberto Carlos and Wanderléa. The three are having fun with a Mark IV in one of the Record-TV’s studios, São Paulo, Brazil, 1970. Today, Mr. Santos is the owner of SBT (Brazilian Television System), the second largest network in Brazil, but continues to host his Sunday TV show. Roberto Carlos is still the most popular singer in Brazil. Wanderléa keeps singing, but without the same success as before.

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Em um bate-papo informal e descontraído, Silvio Santos entrevista Roberto Carlos, brincando dentro do estúdio da TV Record, com a participação de Wanderlea. …

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The EMI 203 Camera In Action


The EMI 203 Camera In Action

Although EMI cameras were ultra rare in the US, they were quite common many other countries, and staples at the BBC. Debuting in 1960, the 203 was a five lens monochrome camera that could use either 4.5 or 3 inch Image Orthicons and make pictures for 405, 525 or 624 line systems.

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EMI B&W Television camera, shown in a segment from the children’s show “Dodli” shot in 1977 at the Instructional Television Center in Tel Aviv

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ULTRA RARE EXCLUSIVE! View From Behind Walter Cronkite’s Desk!

ULTRA RARE EXCLUSIVE!

If you have ever wondered what Walter Cronkite saw from his desk, wonder no more. Thanks to Glenn Mack, here is a shot from behind that famous desk in the newsroom at the CBS Broadcast Center from around 1974. It appears that the two Norelco PC70s are in the process of having their teleprompters changed to newer models. It looks like both cameras are mounted on height adjustable tripods that were usually found only on movie sets, perhaps made by Movieola. Anyone know?

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Poetry In Motion! .RCA TK47s In Action


Poetry In Motion! Must See…RCA TK47s In Action

Shot by an audience member in June of 1988 at PTL Club taping, you can see the fluid movement of these 4 cameras. 2 are mounted on Vinten Tern pedestals and 2 are on Vinten Fulmars.

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In this 3rd video I’ve uploaded which relates specifically to the Heritage USA TV studio, I had to cut the video short. As with a number of my old videos sto…

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Yes, Jim McKay Did Have A Sense Of Humor…

Yes, Jim McKay Did Have A Sense Of Humor…

Some thought ABC’s top sportscaster had no sense of humor, but as you can see with this ‘crew gag’, he did. This is from the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics. I think everyone in the anchor booth and truck had a pair of these and the rumor was, they wore them quite a bit to break up the fatigue of very long days that included covering events live and coming back on the air in US prime time to host the highlights of the day.

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More From Glenn Mack, NBC’s Studio 6B ..

More From Glenn Mack

Below is another photo from Glenn of NBC’s Studio 6B just after Johnny Carson had left for California. In the weeks ahead, there will be more but in the meantime, here is a little about Glenn and how these photos came to be in his own words.

I grew up on Long Island, just outside New York City. It was during the golden era of New York television production. I had taken the NBC studio tour more times than I can remember. I was always interested in what went on behind the scenes. While watching The Tonight Show, I’d watch for a glimpse of the normally unseen part of the studio. I guess I got it from my dad, who was able to get into some Hollywood movie studios in the 40’s and 50’s. My Godfather was Robert Pittack, Cinematographer. (To me, most famous for shooting some of the Twilight Zone TV series). In that sense, I was always aware of the business.

I was thrilled when a friend of the family, who worked for NBC, brought me in for a personal tour. This was in 1972. I was around 15 years old, and I was just starting my interest in photography. My dad, who was really the photographer in the family, wasn’t going to let an opportunity like this go by. So, he outfitted me with a 35mm Pentax, a 400 ASA color slide film, and I was on my way. Keep in mind, no photography was allowed on the regular tour, so I was in heaven.

About a month later, another family friend who worked for CBS in New York, took me on a personal tour of CBS studios. There were no public tours of CBS, so this was really a coup. Of course, I brought the camera once again.

Now, many years later, I didn’t know if there was any interest in what I had. Until I found eyesofageneration.com, and Bobby Ellerbee. For a while, I was happy just looking at some of the great pictures Bobby would post. Then I decided to email him and tell him about some photos I had, that were “pretty good”. Judging by his reaction, I guess they are “pretty good”.

The are INDEED “pretty good” Glen! Do you have photos like this? Please let me know if you do!

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NBC Studio 6B…Johnny Is Gone! Glenn Mack Photo

The Glenn Mack Photos…A Small Sample Of Things To Come

This is a gorgeous photo of NBC Studio 6B taken by Glenn Mack shortly after ‘The Tonight Show’ moved to California. Just behind the RCA TK44, who’s tally lights are lit, would have been where Johnny’s desk and guests would have been. More on Glenn and more of his stunning photos tomorrow, but in the mean time, enjoy!

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Good Evening Vietnam!

Good Evening Vietnam!

An RCA TK60 shoots the control room of American Forces Vietnam, or AFVN, television in Saigon in 1972 for a segment in the evening news cast. Did you know the navy had TK60s on their aircraft carriers to show the flight deck to the controllers on the bridge?

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