WGBH Pioneers: Michael Ambrosino – Part 1 (1998)

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Michael Ambrosino — the creator of NOVA — describes his early years at WGBH, an era of live and live-on-tape TV productions at the 84 Massachusetts Avenue studio in Cambridge. This series presents authorized interviews with early producers and directors for Boston’s innovative public television and radio stations. He was interviewed on June 19, 1998…

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Michael Ambrosino

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Years at WGBH: 1956–76. Positions: Executive producer, producer, director, writer, Associate Program Manager, on-air correspondent, host of his own program series, superviso, and manager of an array of educational and public broadcasting projects. I spent my professional career in Public Television, first at WGBH where, in 1956, I was hired to start school television for…

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Lillian Akel Ambrosino – in memory

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From Michael Ambrosino This picture and text are drawn from the pamphlet given out at Lillian’s memorial event in 1995. Lillian Ambrosino (1933–1995) — attorney, author, political activist, children’s television advocate, wife, mother, grandmother and all around great human being — is the reason we meet today. She was 62 when she passed away, and…

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Creating NOVA (1971-76)

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From Michael Ambrosino: Science is a part of our heritage, our present culture, and a major force in determining our future. Its absence from television [in the 1970s], spoke to the ignorance of many of its gatekeepers…. Science, medicine, technology, engineering, architecture all impact our culture by determining how we live our lives!

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Going Public (1964-1970)

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From Michael Ambrosino: I’ve never considered myself an intellectual; my memory and thought processes are just not good enough for true intellectual work. I do, however, have an insatiable curiosity and enjoy the world of ideas.

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A world of song

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From Michael Ambrosino: When you think how public broadcasting has changed over our last 50 years, it seems impossible to imagine what will be happening in that new facility in 2057!

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The Money Room: So What?

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John Kerr: The corporate officer I saw was eager to learn about ways to fund PBS programs. John Carver then sealed the deal. That visit led to a grant to WGBH of $300,000 to help fund NOVA.

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Why has WGBH had such an impact? Five views

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Fred Barzyk: “I have asked several long time producers at WGBH to take a crack at the question of ‘Why does WGBH, a local public TV station in Boston, have such an impressive impact on media, culture and innovation?’ What follows are several responses to the question.”

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