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  • Jay Collier on GBH Warns of Possible Layoffs as it Faces “Financial Headwinds”This is a website for alumni of the WGBH Educational Foundation and the community guidelines clearly state: "No politics. This is a website for alumni memories not political opinions." Therefore, the above comment will be removed. https://www.wgbhalumni.org/about/copyright-content/
  • Karen Johnson on GBH Warns of Possible Layoffs as it Faces “Financial Headwinds”Big thanks to Fred for his vision and clarity. Absolutely right about the pendulum, and need for widening market focus. There's always been pain along with the joy as the once-little place grew. I'm sorry we're not all still there...
  • Leah Weisse, GBH Archives on Fred Barzyk’s Video ArchiveCaroline, You have several ways to look for tapes from your time at WGBH. There is the GBH Archives public website, Open Vault: https://openvault.wgbh.org/ The nation wide American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB): https://americanarchive.org/ Both sites are open to the...
  • Leah Weisse, GBH Archives on Fred Barzyk’s Video ArchiveCaroline
  • Christine Lear on GBH Warns of Possible Layoffs as it Faces “Financial Headwinds”From Fred Barzyk: It is a heartbreaking that so many Public TV and FM outlets are facing financial headwinds. No one wants to see layoffs. I suspect that our fund raising, targeting older demographics, may be a problem. Yes, it...
  • CAROLINE ISBER REUTER on Fred Barzyk’s Video ArchiveHello, I was wondering if you could advise me as to how to find my radio show tapes from my time at WGBH/FM in the 5 years I was a producer. (1963 -1968) best wishes, Caroline Isber
  • Michael Ambrosino on Live Music Television at WGBH: A Conversation with Cosel, Atwood, and NortonMark Stevens was a fine fellow and a gentleman.
  • Frank Capria on Harlan ReinigerBarbara, I have Jane's mobile. You may text me at (617) 320-3526.
  • Ray Joyce on Changing Landscape for Public BroadcastingWell said Frank.
  • Jack Caldwell on Changing Landscape for Public BroadcastingWGBH is old enough to have few mentors to counsel current staff. How did all of that "history" happen? It's worth taking a look. Much to consider. Too much for this note. Thought: Invite to the studio as many "old...
  • Barbara Reiniger on Harlan ReinigerEmergency, Harlan, please call me asap. Barbara 2032338815.
  • Aimee Sands on Boston News Pioneer Sarah-Ann Shaw Dies at 90I reported on local news with Sarah Ann Shaw in the 1970's and 80's when I worked for GBH Journal on Radio, and the 10 O'Clock News on TV. I was new and young (and white) and she was incredibly...
  • Frank Capria on Changing Landscape for Public BroadcastingRuss, that was a very thoughtful and thought provoking summary. All organizations in the modern economy need to be agile and efficient. While 1,300 sounds like a lot of overhead, consider this: When I left WGBH in April 2000, there...
  • Chas Norton on Remembering Robert TompkinsBob was one of a kind; he contributed a lot to the productions he worked on for GBH over the years before he joined the Boston Ballet as their Master Electrician. He was always a strong, positive force and a...
  • Beth Johnson on Profiles: JMy aunt Elinor Johnson passed away this month at the age of 101. She was an incredible woman. Her resume referred to some ties with wgbh. In 1958 she authored the Teachers Guide for a TV science series on WGBH...
  • Charles Kelley on Changing Landscape for Public BroadcastingI could not agree more. I worked as a lowly summer replacement studio technician for two summers in college during those years. The atmosphere of trust and encouragement to take initiative and be (responsibly) creative permeated even down to the...
  • Steve Colby on WGBH at the EmmysThat's me lurking between the shoulders of Frank Laine and the fabulous hair of Susan Brennan. Best group shot since the cover of Sgt Pepper. Steve Colby
  • Russ Fortier on Changing Landscape for Public BroadcastingWhen I worked at WGBH, from 1965 to about 1984, first as a cameraman, and then as a television director, I remember frequent discussions about how to make public TV more “relevant,” that is, to people. At the time, I...
  • Hollis M. on Changing Landscape for Public BroadcastingThe first thing I thought of when I read this was how David Liroff did such an amazing job of preparing GBH for the analog to digital transition. GBH needs another visionary like David! Whether we watch our programs on...
  • Bill Cosel on Changing Landscape for Public BroadcastingWe enjoy PBS passport for the wealth of available PBS programs. So nice to not be pinned to a broadcast schedule. We don't miss a beat this way. Local programs are available the usual way.
  • Ed Baumeister on Changing Landscape for Public BroadcastingThe past is prologue and, alas, not the future. So many ideas about where to go from here, especially in the commercial world, turn on how to game the system, or the demographic landscape, or the technology, emerging or actual....
  • Jock Gill on Changing Landscape for Public BroadcastingI worked on Alan Lupo’s The Reporters. It was about as local as you could get. But apparently that was not enough as the program had a short life. My guess is that current programming, I am not a viewer...
  • Charles Kelley on NOVA: On The Air for 50 YearsThanks for the response, and confirming the soundness of my memory - After my post, though, I remembered that Michael decidedly preferred Michael, so perhaps memory has, indeed, taken a bit of a hit. And I assume those cards containing...
  • Michael Ambrosino on Ben Shedd: My 180º Rule: Our World of OppositesLovely Ben. Congratulations.
  • steveolenick on Changing Landscape for Public BroadcastingContent is king. On TV, streaming, VHS tape, thumb drive, Video Disc, ¾" u-matic, cans of 35mm film. IBM didn't make typewriters, they made "business machines." This approach allowed them to survive as technology evolved.
  • Alex Pirie on Changing Landscape for Public BroadcastingThanks for your persistence, Fred! No idea of how to do it, but figuring how to turn back to the Gunn years and risk taking from the corporation dependent Calderwood years is, to me anyway, crucial. Maybe (and I hope)...
  • Caryl rivers on Fred Barzyk Has an Idea For a SeriesI agree, Susan. Fred, no moss is not growing on you, that’s for sure. It’s a great idea and getting Matt and Ben involved would be terrific. They seem interested in new ideas. Caryl Rivers
  • Ben Shedd on NOVA: On The Air for 50 YearsHello Charles, Yes, Michael had his outside office door covered in 3x5 cards with possible names for what became NOVA, with ideas gathered from all of us and all of WGBH, so it is very likely your submission was on...
  • Charles Kelley on NOVA: On The Air for 50 YearsI was working on the studio crew as a mere lad in the summer of 1973 and seem to remember that Mike Ambrosino sent out a memo to staff describing the show and inviting us to submit ideas for its...
  • Bill Cosel on Ben Shedd: My 180º Rule: Our World of OppositesBen Shedd with excellent cinematographer Boyd Estus, deserved accolades for THE FLIGHT OF THE GOSSAMER CONDOR. Ben is still at it. Congrats to Ben and Boyd
  • john mccormick on John A. MccormickI'm an alumnus and can't get past the filters to post anything more? I am trying to contact NOVA with a story suggestion
  • Jay Collier on Fred Barzyk Has an Idea For a SeriesWe love the Criterion Channel! Much less expensive than buying disks, and a month costs less than one movie ticket. https://www.criterionchannel.com/
  • Susan Brennan (WGBH Audio Engineer, circa 1979-1981) on WGBH at the EmmysYes, that's me, thanks! And the "Unknown" next to me is Charlie Weeks, audio engineer extraordinaire based in Los Angeles (probably a contractor at the time).
  • Susan Brennan (WGBH TV audio engineer circa 1979-1981; now Prof @ Stony Brook University) on Fred Barzyk Has an Idea For a SeriesSee you at the Movies is a great idea, and reminds me of the Criterion Collection (https://www.criterion.com/), which contextualized classic films and distributed them on videodisk. Criterion was founded by Bob and Aline Stein, whom I knew from their consultancy...
  • Jay Collier on Fred Barzyk Has an Idea For a SeriesIs this a fact, Fred? "GBH has not had a major new hit in 20 years.” 20 Days in Mariupol just won an Academy Award. Have you seen it? https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/documentary/20-days-in-mariupol/ And digital content has been receiving awards for more than...
  • Paul Noble on Fred Barzyk Has an Idea For a SeriesHave you explored what Fathom Entertainment is doing with older films for new audiences? One should look at their business model for methodology and costs of presenting classic films. What are local colleges and universities doing to keep film as...
  • Merry Maisel on Fred Barzyk Has an Idea For a SeriesIf Fred can sell this to Damon/Affleck, it can certainly have a shot. The collaboration among theatres (most shows today are empty because it became a habit during the pandemic to stay home and watch, stream, feed from YouTube, etc.--so...
  • Bob Nesson on Fred Barzyk Has an Idea For a SeriesAs expected, another creative idea from Fred! I think this has deep meaning. So many films in the past played significant roles in shaping our appreciation for cinema, but these are all too often not available to screen today. Yes,...
  • Fred Barzyk on Fred Barzyk Has an Idea For a SeriesNo one knows of this idea except you wonderful alumni. Everybody put your creative hats on and lets offer exciting ideas to the station. Who knows... some of them might happen.
  • Peter Swanson on Fred Barzyk Has an Idea For a SeriesHaving been amazed at the quality of the MET 'casts out here on the Cape, I could see similarly equipped theaters loving your your concept, Fred!
  • Deedee Decker on Fred Barzyk Has an Idea For a SeriesMy dear Fred -- I love, love this idea. I'm old as I sit watching the snow fall in Denver, but let me know if I can have an assignment to help you. Deedee
  • Leslie Warshaw on Fred Barzyk Has an Idea For a SeriesGreat idea--as a former radio person I have no idea of the logistics, but as a viewer i'm panting.
  • Jack Gill on Fred Barzyk Has an Idea For a SeriesFred, You are supposed to be resting, you devil, you!
  • Susheel on Fred Barzyk Has an Idea For a SeriesExciting idea. Huge rights-distrib issue . I'd like to see it. it sounds wonderful and intimate and informative for the home, especially with intermission interviews or sharing, for in-home. I don't know about going to the theater to see it,...
  • Jack on Fred Barzyk Has an Idea For a SeriesFred- have you sent this idea to Damon and Afleck?
  • Donald Christie on David SilverAs above, it's great to hear of your well deserved, successful career. We would love to see those iconic WGBH shows again. What are the chances, how could this happen?
  • Wilson Chao on Anthony Hill, 72, Ten O’Clock News ProducerI'm so sorry to hear of Tony's passing. Just for the record, he couldn't have received a B.A. in American History and Literature because Harvard doesn't award any B.A. degrees; they confer the A.B. degree. Of course this is nit-picking...
  • Charles Kelley on Boston Globe: External Investigation Probes Workplace CultureWait... So news a GBH radio has 125 employees? It's not just Robert J. Lurtsema ripping copy off the AP teletype in the hallway and editing it down for broadcast? I guess I have some catching up to do ;)...
  • Chas Norton on Boston Globe: External Investigation Probes Workplace CultureDoes the LICBC still exist?
  • Alex Pirie on Boston Globe: External Investigation Probes Workplace CultureTip of the hat to Fred's suggestions! Get out of that palace of an office building and take a look around, take risks. We live in a region rich in argumentative, creative, fascinating people, let's hear from them and watch...
  • Christine Lear on Boston Globe: External Investigation Probes Workplace CultureComment from Fred Barzyk: After reading the article about the turmoil at GBH FM, I felt that the alumni could help the situation. We cannot get into the relationship between management and staff, but we can suggest programs that move...
  • Stevan Vigneaux on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsWhat a fantastic overview. I had the privilege of spending 3+ years in WGBH's Maintenance Shop seated next to Gordon whose patience and kindness to me has been even more appreciated as time has passed. Harvey, Karl, Allan, Benny, and...
  • Mark Steele on Live Music Television at WGBH: A Conversation with Cosel, Atwood, and NortonThanks for this conversation. It is very nice to hear about the early days of WGBH and the insight you guys have. It was a pleasure to have been able to work with you.
  • Anita l murphy on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionLove zoom. I miss those times
  • Yvette Kay on Live Music Television at WGBH: A Conversation with Cosel, Atwood, and NortonMy 23andMe DNA kit has led me down this path…As it turns out, I am the biological daughter of Jordan Whitelaw, he is my birth father. I never got to meet him and only discovered that I am his biological...
  • Leah Weisse, GBH Archives on Bill CavnessMike, Good memory! GBH aired a BBC radio production of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 1976. Here is a line from the wikipedia entry on Norman Shelley (aka Dr. Watson): Other roles for Children's Hour included Dr. Watson (opposite...
  • Leah Weisse, GBH Archives on Bill CavnessWell, just to confuse things ... the GBH Archives has A Wrinkle in Time listed as having been read on Reading Aloud and done for Spider's Web. The 1/4 inch tapes digitized were done for Spider's Web. Leah
  • Greg Fitzgerald on Bill CavnessPaula Apsell, now of NOVA fame, was the radio producer for The Spider's Web back then. She would know which program produced it.
  • lee banks on ZOOM’s 40th ReunionOf course! EVERY teenage boy was in love with Nancy and Tracey!!!
  • Mike K. on Bill CavnessHi, Mary! I’d forgotten about “The Spider’s Web” … I recall one of the series on WGBH-FM presenting an adaptation of “A Wrinkle In Time,” not certain if it was on that series or on “Reading Aloud.”
  • Mike K. on Bill CavnessHi, Leah! Back in the mid/late 1970s (… or possibly early 1980s), I seem to recall either ‘Reading Aloud’ or another time slot adjacent WGBH-FM series presenting a multi-part adaptation of ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ which has haunted me for...
  • Jill Rosenthal on Tony SaletanI'm Tony's wife. Tony is 92 and has Alzheimer's disease and is now in memory care. Even if he doesn't understand, a card or letter would mean so much to me and our daughter and his older children. If you...
  • Jill Rosenthal on Tony SaletanI'm Tony's wife. Tony is 92 and has Alzheimer's disease and is now in memory care. Even if he doesn't understand, a card would mean so much to him and our daughter and his older children. If you reach out...
  • Glenn Kelly on Anne Slack – in memoryMadame Slack brings back some wonderful childhood memories. Collectively, we used to sit in the school auditorium to watch her and to learn French. It was a phenomenal educational effort undertaken in the small city of Muskogee, OK at Houston...
  • jack gill on Bob Moscone …. he’s left the building …sir fred, ye speak with great words and even greater emotional sauce. surely the king has heard you and waits patiently for your entry into the heavenly version of studio a. me thinks it is clear that when such as...
  • Lo Hartnett on Bob Moscone …. he’s left the building …Thanks Fred. Wonderful story and tribute.
  • Fred Barzyk on Bob Moscone …. he’s left the building …A PROCLAMATION And so it came to pass, that in the year 1957, 12 peasants arrived in the old grand town of Boston. These common people had been chosen from the population at large as recipients of a grand prize...
  • Tina Kafka on Tony SaletanI’d love to thank him too for my memorable experience at ISOMATA folk song week in California in the 60s. I still play his albums.
  • Tracey H on Tony SaletanHow can we get in touch with Mr. Saletan? I wanted to send a card thanking him for his music which I now play for my grandchildren. :)
  • Alex Pirie on Bob Moscone …. he’s left the building …One more memory bubbling up - Rolando Lastres, crew member for a while, a former film worker in Cuba (Old Man and the Sea), Rolando, shifting from Jefe, called everyone "Boss." With one exception - Bob Moscone was "SuperBoss."
  • Alex Pirie on Bob Moscone …. he’s left the building …OMG(arden hose). Yes, and until now hadn't realized it. Thanks indeed (literally) Bob Moscone, and for the reminder, Dan.
  • Dan Beach on Bob Moscone …. he’s left the building …I still coil the garden hose the way Bob insisted that camera cables had to be stored. Alex's vision of his shooting his cuffs, goes along with the ever-present comb. He could do everything, and made sure that those of...
  • Amy on Separating Fact vs. Fiction in the Life of Julia ChildI agree. While I applaud telling the stories of being a minority in America, adjusting a story to attribute successes creating inaccurate histories undermines those who did actually succeed.
  • Rut Reilly on David Liroff, 77, Vice President and Chief Technology OfficerDavid Liroff hired me for my first real writing job out of grad school when he was program director at WOUB on the condition I buy a TV. I did. It was 1976. He was a wonderful boss with a...
  • Alex Pirie on Bob Moscone …. he’s left the building …Practical, immaculate (I'll never forget his shooting his cuffs as he settled into a talk), and, yes, for the newbies, a little scary. And utterly calm and confident. Just what the frenzy and tight quarters at the MOS required!
  • Frank Siteman on Remembering Jonathan Goell, by Russ FortierJon was one of my oldest and closest friends and will be missed. He excelled at so many things: drawing, sculpture, tap, photography (of course), magic, teaching, and being a friend. I still have the wonderful pen & ink he...
  • John Kerr on Bob Moscone …. he’s left the building …I so remember the index cards that Bob Moscone kept in his shirt pocket to keep us WGBH/BU Scholars organized and our crew assignments clear — his “office”. When our work went well, he’d give us his big smile and...
  • George Sullivan on The 1961 WGBH FireBefore the fire I was hired to work in the mailroom at 88 Mass. Ave. My bosses were Judy Baloou(?) and Jack Hurley. They asked me if I wanted to stay in my position. From that day on I was...
  • Alex Pirie on Separating Fact vs. Fiction in the Life of Julia Childlol, this would be the perfect place to insert the recording of Julia demonstrating how to edit 3" video tape with a cleaver, chewing gum, and a rolling pin!
  • " class="url" rel="ugc external nofollow">JACK CALDWELL on Separating Fact vs. Fiction in the Life of Julia ChildSpot on, Michael Ann Arbor - location of the NET (National Educational Television distribution Center - part of WNET, Channel 13 in New York) pre-PBS. The center was the largest videotape duplication center in the world. Many producers came to...
  • John Kerr on The 1961 WGBH FireLike some of you, I was a WGBH/BU Scholar before the fire… Like many, I drove back to the station first thing the morning after and volunteered cleaning and transporting some of the 2” video tapes that Bob Moscone had...
  • Karen Johnson on The 1961 WGBH FireNot sure but I think so--station lore for many years was that they were destroyed in the fire (some wits said that Julia herself burned them because they were so bad--a bad joke, they're great!) However, the first 6 or...
  • Darrell Byers on The 1961 WGBH FireWhen I arrived at GBH and took the tour for new employees. I knew it was destined to work at the station as the fire was on the day of my birth.
  • Laurence Young on The 1961 WGBH FireI remember the station broadcasting from the basement of the Museum of Science after the fire.
  • Laurence Young on The 1961 WGBH FireI remember the station broadcasting from the basement at the Museum of Science. Heavy cables on the floor and those big cameras.
  • Frederick . Barzyk on Hartford N. Gunn, Jr. — 1927-1986For a look at what David Ives and Jack Hurley said about Hartford, put in this link to see them reflect back in 1999. Here is the link. It goes on for 16 minutes with appearances by Greg Harney, Frank...
  • Alex Pirie on Separating Fact vs. Fiction in the Life of Julia ChildNo, the same last name, I think, but a very different person. I remember Connie well, he used to live down the street from me. Don wasn't with the station very long. Not sure if he was an NEU coop...
  • Michael Ambrosino on Separating Fact vs. Fiction in the Life of Julia ChildWas Connie White the name?
  • Ken Horseman on Aida MorenoMy first job was with Jack Caldwell at WGBY. I went on to Connecticut Public television, and as executive producer Aida was my intern. I knew she would go far.
  • Alex Pirie on Separating Fact vs. Fiction in the Life of Julia ChildThere was a Black member of the remote crew, Don White?, ca. 1963-4 but I don't remember his last name for sure. What I do remember was the international make-up of the bus folk - who at the time did...
  • Basil Chigas on Separating Fact vs. Fiction in the Life of Julia ChildCould you define your understanding of woke ideology ? Perhaps you meant something else.
  • Dave DeBarger on Separating Fact vs. Fiction in the Life of Julia ChildI joined the studio crew in 1966. Connie White was the Stage Manager at the time, and for many years thereafter. I learned many things from him, and was proud to (eventually!) rise to stage manager and, later, to Director....
  • Wendy on Separating Fact vs. Fiction in the Life of Julia ChildI'm sad for you. This character, and a lot of the show, is completely made up and/or just exaggerated from real life to tell deeper stories. I am thrilled watching this great actor. I guess enjoying good story telling is...
  • Gordon Mehlman on Aida MorenoI had the great privilege of traveling with her and working on many of those shows listed in Aida's profile. It is nice to see the recognition that she so truly deserves. Always a pleasure to work with her. She...
  • Cindy Wilcox on Separating Fact vs. Fiction in the Life of Julia ChildTo the best of my knowledge, there were no black production personnel at WGBH, at least in the early to mid 60’s. The character Alice, although portrayed by a very talented performer, is just another attempt to re-write history to...
  • Susan Brennan on Aida MorenoI considered Aida to be a dear friend back in the late 70s-early 80s when I was an audio engineer at GBH (before leaving to attend grad school at MIT). I say a warm 'hello' in case she sees this!...
  • Tommy White on Joe ShrandMy Mom and I went to see Dr. Joe in "the King And I" at The North Shore Music Theater. The part I won't forget was how he brought the house down with his amazing presence when he entered the...
  • Andre Stark on Aida MorenoShe was always straightforward and told you what needed to be done (on Ballroom dancing show) A great boss and mentor
  • Lauraine Hutchinson on Brian O’Donovan is Walking on Air Against his Better JudgmentBrian O'Donovan was a bright light and he did that both in life and in accepting death, may we all have the same grace and strength to face our own mortality and be ok with it. Love you Brian, you...
  • Mary Ellen Sinkiewicz on Brian O’Donovan is Walking on Air Against his Better JudgmentThank you for this uplifting profile of Brian O’Donovan and his circle; it’s a study in grace.
  • David Jank on Joe ShrandI remember I worked at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, Mass, and met Joe when he was appearing in “The King and I” - I thought for sure you’d wind up on Broadway, lol. Just thought I’d look...
  • Fred Barzyk on Live Music Television at WGBH: A Conversation with Cosel, Atwood, and NortonHere is a second installment from Fred Barzyk When I first arrived at WGBH in 1958, Symphony was part of the programming. Dave Davis, station manager, was the director. Dave was a musician and had played trumpet professionally. He would...
  • John Beck on Hartford N. Gunn, Jr. — 1927-1986Even after leaving GBH for PBS, Hartford was frequently at his house in Chatham on the Cape, and a loyal listener of GBH-FM and the BBC World Service. This led to visits and conversations while I was radio manager and...
  • Jay Collier on Hartford N. Gunn, Jr. — 1927-1986And he was lucky to have you, Michael.
  • Michael Ambrosino on Hartford N. Gunn, Jr. — 1927-1986Hartford Gunn was clever and far seeing. He was always looking years ahead while the rest of us worked day to day. The first task he gave me when I joined WGBH in 1956 was to design a TV station’s...
  • Fred Barzyk on Rudy Perez Tribute 11/24/1929 – 9/29/2023Fred Barzyk. Legal has restricted any viewing of District 1 on Open Vault. The only info on Open Vault can be found at https://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C6B96B99BE654730A443001CDCE6E32A We hope that the dance will be available in the future.
  • Forrest Mims on My Time with Doriot Anthony DwyerAmazing story! Glad both of you survived that crazy ride.
  • Fred Barzyk on Rudy Perez Tribute 11/24/1929 – 9/29/2023I remember Rudy as a wonderful and happy guy. I first saw Rudy on of all places NBC's Today Show. Somehow, the shows producer had heard of a solo dance Rudy had performed at a theater in NYC. They actually...
  • Nancy Mason Hauser on Rudy Perez Tribute 11/24/1929 – 9/29/2023Correction! It wasn’t a log cabin—it was a simple wood-planked house for the time…
  • Bob Seay BU scholar 67-68 on Live Music Television at WGBH: A Conversation with Cosel, Atwood, and NortonThis was so great to see... so many important personal histories here that created WGBH's unparalleled legacy
  • Jay Collier on A stranger in a strange landOne for the history book!
  • Paul Noble on A stranger in a strange landThank you, Fred, for re-issuing this extraordinary diary of the early years! They get more informative and entertaining every time I read it!
  • Nancy Mason Hauser on Rudy Perez Tribute 11/24/1929 – 9/29/2023Wonderful to hear so quickly from you, Harriet. No, « George’s House » was a picture-perfect log cabin in Center Sandwich, New Hampshire where David Atwood and I worked with choreographer Dan Wagoner to create a piece in 1975. Check David’s website...
  • Harriet Reisen on Rudy Perez Tribute 11/24/1929 – 9/29/2023I didn’t know Rudy Perez, but remember Twyla Tharp’s puzzled impatience with cameras that were down for hours when she shot in studio with Fred. Before Nancy arrived, her late husband Rick Hauser and I scouted the old armory in...
  • Michael Ambrosino on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsThanks for that wonderful slide through those early days. In September 1956, four new folks joined the Foundation: Dave Davis, Bill Cavness, Lillian Akel and me. I was told I was the 35th staff member of WGBH-TV. Michael Ambrosino, 1956-1976...
  • Dan Beach on Live Music Television at WGBH: A Conversation with Cosel, Atwood, and NortonI see a book of 'GBH stories in the future. Gordon Mehlman had a fabulous look at Engineering with so many staff mentioned; Cosel, Atwood and Norton followed up with some wonderful reminiscences; and Fred chimed in on early live...
  • Steve Gilford on Live Music Television at WGBH: A Conversation with Cosel, Atwood, and NortonWhat a great conversation! I devoured it as well as Fred's following comments. Listening to Dave, Bill and Chas, I felt more that I was listening than reading. Dave talked about the Duck Incident. It reminded me that in the...
  • Maggie Stevens on Live Music Television at WGBH: A Conversation with Cosel, Atwood, and NortonIt was so delightful to see my father, Mark Stevens, mentioned. My mom still tells a few stories of his time at GBH, though I wish I could have heard the stories from him.
  • Fred Barzyk on Live Music Television at WGBH: A Conversation with Cosel, Atwood, and NortonFred here. Let me take you back to good old 1959. We did a lot of music shows - mainly because the Boston universities and colleges were part of the LICBC [Lowell Institute Cooperative Broadcasting Council]. That meant they gave...
  • Ralph Schuetz on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsAs an old-timer, but just a short-timer at WGBH (then and forever!) from 1968-1972, I was amazed at how many memories you brought back of so many names I might otherwise have forgotten, like (especially) the transmitter guys, Alden Doughty...
  • jeffrey dunn on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsGordy, What a great fabulous recap. I have learned a lot talking, working with, watching and listening to you. All productions were lucky to have you and many times you solved problems to keep the cameras rolling. You are the...
  • Karin Giger on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsAs one of those non technically saavy Ten O'Clock news reporters, I always enjoyed and respected working with the crews. This is a monumental parade of information about the evolution of broadcasting during exciting times. Great history.
  • Dan Beach on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsWhat a wonderful look at 'GBH thru your time there, Gordon. So many wonderful names to recall, contributors to the powerhouse that our little station has become. I think that when I first started there in 1960, there were no...
  • Chas Norton on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsA great documentation of the technology and technologists I have worked with for a long time - Thanks!
  • Dave DeBarger on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsGordy, I loved recalling all that history! Some minor errors, but on the whole a delightful, fulfilling recounting of "our" history! Thanks so much for dragging me out of my lethargy and back into the 60's-70's when we were all...
  • Amy Meyers on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsThanks for this fabulous recap. So many familiar names and memories of my years at ‘GBH ('73-'78) and then PBS ('78-'83). Such creativity, innovation, dedication, and camaraderie. Enduring friendships, too.
  • Larry LeCain on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsGordy, you are a treasure chest of information! Thank you!
  • John Voci on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsGordy, A great comprehensive history of an innovative team of engineers and so many names of wonderfully talented people that made GBH what it is. Thank you.
  • Susie Dangel on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsThank you Gordie. This is amazing. Slightly disappointed that you left out our memorable Miami millennial moment with Blondie, whose dancers weren't wearing much. I was allowed to take one WGBH person on that trip and what fool wouldn't take...
  • Deborah Popkin Schuster on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsThanks for this trip down memory lane! From writing captions for World News Tonight to working on The Ten O'Clock News with all the greats, the '70s might be my favorite professional decade. Were it not for being stuck at...
  • Fred. Barzyk on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsGordon, you are born historian and we are so lucky to have you. This is an amazing effort and really important, especially when the historian sits down to write the history of America's most important TV station. One note: Hartford...
  • Larry Goldberg on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsI loved seeing the names of all those great engineers and designers (and PA Julie Pines!). But the best was how we pulled off “live captioning” of “The Captioned ABC Evening News” - with only a 4.5 hour delay! Open...
  • Mark Steele on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsGordy, Thanks for your comprehensive and knowledgeable history of the early years of WGBH. Your value as a historian, engineer and team player are very much appreciated.
  • Hillary Kimmel on Gordon Mehlman Shares Memories of WGBH Engineering InnovationsWow, thanks, Gordon for your fabulous post. Your memory of the details is encyclopedic. I really enjoyed reading about and remembering all the folks who made WGBH tick way back when.
  • Lauraine Hutchinson on Brian O’Donovan, Celtic music and Irish culture ambassador, has diedI have been a longtime fan of Brian O'Donovan and a longtime friend. I promoted his CD's and performances while I was an MOR employee for 12 years and when I came back to GBH 10 years later I was...
  • Doug Briscoe on Brian O’Donovan, Celtic music and Irish culture ambassador, has diedDeeply saddened by the death of this remarkable, gifted man. I used to see him every Saturday as my morning shift ended and his afternoon shift began. I admired Brian’s expansive knowledge, professionalism, and winning on-air manner and liked him...
  • Nancy Mason Hauser on Remembering Rick HauserThis is coming in only a year and a half after Rick’s death. But I happened to be checking out the site and wanted to thank you, Anne, for that beautiful reminiscence of Rick which captures him to a “T.”...
  • Jerik Tornheim on Remembering Jonathan Goell, by Russ FortierI worked at 'GBH in the Traffic Dept from 1976 to 1980. When I married my wife Bobbi also in 1980 (no connection between the two events), both Jon and Chris came to our small wedding (40 people) at our...
  • Fred Barzyk on Remembering Jonathan Goell, by Russ FortierWonderful remembrance!!!! So glad to hear hosts of TV shows were actually friends, friends who enjoyed each other and shared their life with the WGBH crews. Truly a great time in the history of WGBH.
  • Eric 'Bucky' Chappell on Remembering Jonathan Goell, by Russ FortierJon was my Editorial Photography teacher at the New England School of Photography in Boston the year I graduated in 1989. He gladly shared his talent and professionalism with good cheer, and I hope it stuck. I assisted him freelance...
  • Jay Collier on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84One of the reasons I stewarded this website for 15 years was to encourage constructive conversations such as these. Thank you! Here is one person's perspective. I straddle two eras of media. I worked in analog video production in the...
  • Jay Collier on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84Hi Fred. I see your comments earlier in this thread. However, it appears you may have sent one via email to Christine who posted it for you; look for her name to find it. Submitting through the comment box is...
  • Larry LeCain on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84Author Sherry Turkle, Producer Terri Randall Ray Kurzweil, Elon Musk Alan Dershowitz…
  • Nancy Mason Hauser on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84I was so happy to read your post talking about Gus Solomons Junior, and the pioneering dance work he did with “City Motion Space Game.” Besides Peter Downey he was paired with two of the other most creative, innovative talents...
  • Fred Barzyk on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84I sent in another comment last week. I wonder when it will show up. I have had a lot of people respond to earlier comments on GBH...some for and some against. Thanks for all your work. Fred
  • Ron Blau on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84Fred asks, "What has happened to that creative spirit?” Like the rest of you, I certainly feel that so much GBH work these past years has little to excite the parts of my brain and soul that respond to creativity....
  • Syrl Silberman on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84I think the idea of looking back to move forward is an important one. If it does happen, you an count me in.
  • JACK CALDWELL on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84Fred, our forever creative leader, You are SPOT ON that GBH needs to learn the history of why it became a premier leader in BROADCASTING! Gather as many "old timers" as you can find, put therm in a room with...
  • Bill Charette on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84Fred you nailed it. Come out of retirement and help turn the creativity spigot back on that poured out decades worth of game changing programing.
  • Mark Steele on Mark Steelehttps://marksteeleproductions.com/
  • Hunter OHANIAN on Dali Cahill, 51, Associate ProducerShe had a large circle of friends. I have a lot of her records.
  • Alex Pirie on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84Small is beautiful? Size probably plays a role, but also personality. Hartford was a spirited risk taker with a vision and he had a team of similarly inclined. A few years after I left, I ran into a still GBH'er...
  • Fred Barzyk on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84A CALL FOR THE ALUMNI TO RESPOND TO THE NEED FOR CREATIVITY AT GBH. We have a new leader at GBH. She has no idea of what took place back in the early days. If enough of us send in...
  • Jack Gill on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84To Fred et al How about a GBH alumni monthly/weekly/daily production. Step up to the plate and aim for the fence. Fred, you are up!
  • Dan Beach on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84Amen, Fred and others. The commercial tilt of this massive organization cannot overwhelm my deep affection for early 'GBH with its 30 or so employees. I am proud to have been a tiny part of its early years. But I...
  • Karen Johnson on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84Thanks, Fred. Mine too. I suppose we can chalk the changes up to something like, when a small hungry place grows big and rich. But does it have to happen, or keep on once it does? How fun it would...
  • Chas Norton on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84Russ, I would love to learn more about your aesthetic and practical memories of this really special ‘sort of stereo’ tv broadcast. I think it deserves many more remembrances of something that was really a spectacular broadcast event. Thanks for...
  • john rogers on Is it Real or Is it a Set?TK11s were the b&w workhorse. Tk45 we’re transistor color cameras
  • Russ Fortier on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84City Motion Space Game, was somewhat more than a dual channel production. The piece comprised two 60 (?) minute reels of Gus Solomons dancing in various locations around Boston. It aired like this: Reel A was broadcast on WGBH Channel...
  • Claudia Allyn Downey on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84WOW! Never knew my ex-husband of almost 20 years, Peter Downey, was a director! AND of "City-Motion-Space-Game!! I'll be sure to tell our daughters! Thanks, Fred!!
  • Christy George on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84Right on, Fred. And the Ten O’Clock News would’ve covered it all!
  • Christine Lear on Gus Solomons Jr., creative presence in modern dance, dies at 84A tribute to Gus Solomons Jr. and a cry for change. In 1961, Greg Harney offered me a directing job at WGBH. I agreed only if he would let me direct a drama. After a brief pause, he said “yes”...
  • Edith Jeffrey on Alfred (Al) KelmanTalk of stumbling! I use a walker and live in an independent living community for those over 55. You can do the math!
  • Aimee Sands on GBH News Remembers Charles J. Ogletree Jr.Chas, I remember you!!!! How are you???
  • Chas Norton on GBH News Remembers Charles J. Ogletree Jr.I remember working with professor Ogletree when he was the host/moderator of Fred Friendly’s series “Ethics in America” which was done as an outside production in Studio A at 125 Western Avenue in 1989 (?). The show — as I...
  • JACK CALDWELL on Jack CaldwellSusie, WOW! Just "tripped" over your contact. Would love to connect email is: and cell phone is: 313 623 6053
  • JACK CALDWELL on Jack CaldwellHello to readers of this website. Please don't hesitate to contact me. email site is below.
  • Dick Hiner on Profiles: LHi Bill. Glad to hear from you after all these years. Will be 85 this month, and just can't believe it. WGBH was one of those most favorite times, but regret how many have left us since then. Pierce, LaBounty,...
  • David Atwood on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesThanks Russ, I totally agree with everything you have said above da
  • shangeo17 on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesHi. Bill You might not remember me but I delivered you your mail and ran errands for you. I was in the mailroom on Main St. and later worked with Fred on remotes at WHDH after the fire. I'm glad...
  • Russ Fortier on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesI’d like to add more context to the Newport story, and so, offer the additions below which, to me, are key to the story.. David Atwood’s recollection is correct: the camera I was running tipped over. My recollection #1: The...
  • Michael Ambrosino on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesGlad to hear that! Lynn and I will be in Lenox for a few weeks in August and I hope we can share a meal. Michael Ambrosino
  • Marilyn Greenstein on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesI remember the Tony Bennett and Count Basie concert at Berkeley College in Boston. Bill? We worked on it together. I booked them. Count Basie died soon after that. You were great Bill.
  • Jay Collier on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesThanks, Lance! I removed that reference.
  • Claudia Allyn Downey on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesYES, WE WERE!!!!!
  • Deedee Morss Decker on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesMy first job at GBH in 65 was reading score for Bill in the bus, live at Symphony Hall on Friday afternoons. I was terrified, but we did it, week after week. Bill was a great teacher and friend during...
  • musicincorrales on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesI think the caption on the second photo of Bennett (1992, holding mic with both hands) is incorrect. According to the BSO website, John Williams became conductor of the Pops in 1980.
  • Bill dooley on David SilverCool. Reading the book also. Very interesting times.
  • Prestone on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesWhew!!! Threw me for a bit there. Don't remember the early TB Pops show or the Jazz show, but I do remember being backstage at Pops 92 chatting with Mr. Bennett about painting. As in, what to do if you...
  • Preston on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesOK - but who is this Frederick Barzyk?? And where's Fred?
  • Philip Garvin on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesMy comment is about Bill Cosel, I was not involved with Pops during my two and a half years at WGBH.  But Fred Barzyk mentioned the sense of family and creativity, so I would like to say something about the role Bill played in all that.   ...
  • Jay Collier on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesOh no! I’ve edited the post a bit. I hope that will dispel any misunderstandings!
  • William Nathan Cosel on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesI've had some calls... This is not my obit, it's Tony Bennett's obit with my memories of him. I'M VERY MUCH ALIVE. Enjoying remembering what fun I had in the world of television. XOXOX Bill Cosel
  • Frederick Barzyk on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesYea!!! Bill!!!! You and so many others made WGBH the best TV station in the country. It will take some historian to make sense of the energy, creativity, and sense of family that was WGBH. Write more if you can....
  • Chas Norton on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesThanks for sharing your memories and bringing back the flavor of excitement of the early years - for me - at GBH. More about Jazz and Mixed Bag and our colleague Lee Tanner.
  • Larry leCain on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesLoved hearing your recollections Bill! Weren’t we lucky to be at GBH then? L.lecain@gmail
  • David Atwood on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesWhat a time! JAZZ, (as I remember that aired on Wednesdays 7:30pm) was a joy. I was on the crew hanging lights etc. (Thanks Chas) until they found out I could run camera pretty well then I got assigned to...
  • John B. Gray on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesBill, What a lovely sharing! Many thanks!. John
  • William Charette on WGBH-TV Encouraged Live Music for DecadesGreat refections Bill. Would love to hear more from you.
  • Nora Sinclair on Gail Martin, Director of Business Administration, RetiresGail! Congratulations on a wonderful career and now a much deserved break. Lots of joy coming your way. Best wishes! Nora
  • Paula Toomey on Gail Martin, Director of Business Administration, RetiresCongratulations, Gail! Enjoy this next phase of your life! Here’s to many great adventures! Paula
  • Laurie Everett on Gail Martin, Director of Business Administration, RetiresCongrats Gail. The Foundation benefited from your thoughtfulness, steady hand, and focused mind for many decades. I loved working with you--Dan and I send our best wishes to you.
  • Fred Barzyk on Gail Martin, Director of Business Administration, RetiresGail, onto a new world. WGBH (sorry for the use of the old title) is better because of you. Maybe Archives can get to do an interview with you ... one for the history books. Fred
  • Bill Cosel on Profiles: LHey Dick, Master Control Granby Street while we sent you stuff from Stearns Hall, Museum of Science. You taught us all about being on time and communicating clearly. Bill Pierce in the booth next to you.
  • Olivia Tappan on Gail Martin, Director of Business Administration, RetiresCongrats Gail and best wishes for the next part of your journey.
  • Cynthia Broner on Gail Martin, Director of Business Administration, RetiresRaising a glass to you, Gail! Bravo on your 'GBH career, and onward to wonderful new adventures. And the best part: No more alarm clock!
  • Dick Hiner on Profiles: LAs floor manager for Louis Lyons. would be afraid when he ran out of news before time was up. He would do things like open the desk drawer and say,"Well there's no news in here!
  • Maria Constantinides on Gail Martin, Director of Business Administration, RetiresGail, congratulations on your retirement. A whole new chapter in your life awaits you.
  • Henry Becton on Gail Martin, Director of Business Administration, RetiresGail, Welcome to the WGBH Alumni Association! You'll always be part of the spectacularly wonderful WGBH family, and you helped make it so. Best wishes, Henry
  • Ray Joyce on Gail Martin, Director of Business Administration, RetiresWow, 40+ years! What a commitment to GBH and public media. The station was fortunate to benefit from your many skills Gail. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement or as a recent colleague said their “rewirement”!
  • Susan Loucks on Gail Martin, Director of Business Administration, RetiresGail!! Congratulations! Jobs well done. I know you will be missed. I know you were appreciated. Hope you love retirement! It’s SO FUN!
  • Louise Page on Gail Martin, Director of Business Administration, RetiresCongratulations to you, Gail! All those years, so many changes, and you in the middle of all of it. It was a fabulous run. You were a wonderful colleague and friend. Lots of good things ahead for you, I guarantee...
  • musicincorrales on Gail Martin, Director of Business Administration, RetiresCongratulations, Gail! Best wishes for your next chapter, whatever it may be!
  • Steve Bass on Gail Martin, Director of Business Administration, RetiresGail -- here's wishing you all the best in your retirement. I have many great memories of working with you back in the day of LOCFAX and other fun stuff. You were a great partner to have.
  • Karen Johnson on Audio: Marcia Hulley Says Goodbye to 125Thanks, Marcia, for the memories and names. And Tony for the Morning Stories. It was a beautiful place and time and will always be so in us. The scene dock and a darkened Studio A were especially magical places, full...
  • Larry LeCain on “What’s going on here?” – Louis Lyons and the NewsDeborah Solomon expressed the same sentiment on air. At Park Plaza hotel. It was late in a very ambitious day and the mobile unit control room had been juggling , quite well, for a while…
  • Harriet Reisen on Audio: Marcia Hulley Says Goodbye to 125Wonderful to hear this again, Marcia. Tony Kahn’s Morning Stories was the first podcast to run on public radio, and the first on iTunes, too. It was a pioneering series with hundreds of stories from people all around the world....
  • Marcus E Jones on Audio: Marcia Hulley Says Goodbye to 125Wonderful memories, wonderfully told. Passing the scene dock regularly did evoke a tangible sense of creative energy constantly in motion. And, the occasional surprise of meeting national and international entertainment icons in the building such as James Earl Jones, Rex...
  • Peter Swanson on Audio: Marcia Hulley Says Goodbye to 125Wonderful piece - I miss those days
  • steveolenick on Audio: Marcia Hulley Says Goodbye to 125That was a wonderful piece Marcia. My career started at 125 working for Greg Harney as well as for Reebop. My mother Bernice Olenick had an amazing career in that building including winning an International Monitor award an a regional...
  • Susan Loucks on Audio: Marcia Hulley Says Goodbye to 125Wow. That was great to listen to. Thanks to whoever resuscitated it.
  • Liz ("Tizzy" in "Photography as Sociological Description" at Harvard!) on Audio: Marcia Hulley Says Goodbye to 125How touching, dear Marcia, how real....this is the first time I've heard this, and thank you for your truth and honesty...yes, it brings tears to my eyes even after all these years!
  • Chas Norton on Audio: Marcia Hulley Says Goodbye to 125I just discovered this and listened and was overwhelmed by its beautiful clarity. Every name mentioned brought back many many memories. Wow!
  • Demetrios R Mena on Audio: Marcia Hulley Says Goodbye to 125Best of luck - Can't deny - 'It was a beautiful run....'
  • Charlie Walcott on Discovery (1955-56)I was a counselor at Wildwood in 1954 which is where I met Mary-Lela and led to my working on "Discovery" for two years while I was in college. What year were you there?
  • Rowley Elliston on Discovery (1955-56)I was a camper at mass Audubon camp wildwood in the 1950s. I have never forgotten Mary Lela Grimes saying “utilize your time” in her southern accent
  • musicincorrales on Celebrating Bob FerrantePeggy - I recall you from my time at PBS when you were in Barry Chase's group and, I expect, working w/ Bob and Fast Eddie. I eventually made it to WGBH, where I worked for 22 years; now retired...
  • Jim Lewis on Celebrating Bob FerranteThanks, Jack. I knew Bob before I was with the WGBH organization. He was a mentor to many of us, creating a journalistic tradition in public media. What a true professional!
  • Karin Giger on Celebrating Bob FerranteWhat a wonderful testament to Ferrante: his excellent career, high standards, sense of humor and mentoring skills. Ed Baumeister did a great job on the presentation. I loved my years as a reporter on the Ten O'clock News and learned...
  • Jay Collier on Celebrating Bob FerranteMy first job at GBH was as a News Assistant for The Ten O'clock News during my senior year at BU. I read Ferrante's memos every day, as he provided feedback on the previous night's newscast. His consistent focus was...
  • Frederick Barzyk on Celebrating Bob FerranteThere is a full hour archive interview with Bob. If his wife gives permission, could archive put on open vault for others to see?
  • Peggy Cerniglia Joyce on Celebrating Bob FerranteWhat a blast from the past….thanks Jack for sending a link that resurrects so many good memories of Ferrante and WGBH. Very touching piece from Baumeister….
  • Biil Charette on Celebrating Bob FerranteGreat video tribute Ed. Loved seeing so many of the faces and clips from the past. And especially nice to see and hear the comments from his family and the many who shared their admiration and gratitude for the man...
  • Jack Caldwell on Celebrating Bob FerranteSharing moments of time with Bob FERRANTE was a treasured gift. Thank you, Ed Baumeister for your contribution to this FERRANTE tribute.
  • bill hughes on Father Norman J. O’Connor – in memoryLoved the guy. He aggrandized little known back-up musicians. Lets hope there are tapes. He's the only thing between us an the disaperance of all that beloved and historical music.
  • Alex Pirie on Tony SaletanAnd so happily and inspirationally political - remembering a musical celebration of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Watertown a few years (or maybe more than a few) ago.
  • William Nathan Cosel on Tony SaletanWhat a pleasure to work closely with Tony -my first WGBH assignment as a producer-director of SING CHILDREN SING. The proof - after making the shows we went to classrooms to see how the progam worked.. A true test for...
  • Tina Kafka on Tony SaletanTony and Irene Saletan played major roles in my memorable experience at Idyllwild School of the Arts — I loved them then and still do now about 55 years later. I spent a week in the mountains one summer with...
  • Richard Mullen on Tony SaletanTony Saletan performed at my elementary school in Quincy, Mass., around 1961. He was a sensation. The entire school turned out to watch him and we all were thrilled. I would like to thank him for giving us such an...
  • Larry Goldberg on Michael Grossman, Caption Writer & Production CoordinatorMichael's high standards have been my guide since the moment I met him (though I could never match his dry wit$. I'll be there June 3 to celebrate his memory.
  • Steve Howard on Paul NobleIn 1980, Paul told me, "I'll never work in the game show industry." Well, needless to say, I did do warm-up on several game shows, so I proved him wrong. I also recently was a Booking and Tradeout Producer on...
  • Jay Ketover on The 1961 WGBH FireI was a student at Cambridge School of Radio and TV Broadcasting and Mr Rohrman asked for,volunteers to go help with the cleanup. I spent several months both at the new and old studio,helping out.
  • JACK CALDWELL on A Sad Retreat for A Public TV Pioneer in Western Mass. (Editorial)Fred, Many thanks for your kind comments. I have been pondering remarks I want to make. Before I do that, I would like to speak to Jon Abbott. I can't seem to find an email or phone address. Might you...
  • Fred Barzyk on A Sad Retreat for A Public TV Pioneer in Western Mass. (Editorial)I am so sorry that WGBY has released staff due to money problems. I remember someone saying that Downton Abbey saved PBS when it hit the air. Maybe we need another winner like that one. I hope this is not...
  • Jim Lewis on A Sad Retreat for A Public TV Pioneer in Western Mass. (Editorial)I was pleased to see the editorial mention "Our Home Town." Mark Erstling, Beth Curley, and I made the local mission our top priority during our years working together. WGBY was and is heavily overlapped by other public TV services....
  • John Voci on A Sad Retreat for A Public TV Pioneer in Western Mass. (Editorial)Josie, Amherst? We're in Easthampton. It was a necessary financial decision to make cuts. GBY will continue to broadcast PTV programming and radio will continue to offer two services.
  • John Voci on A Sad Retreat for A Public TV Pioneer in Western Mass. (Editorial)Karen, NEPM will continue to broadcast PTV programming. Connecting Point will no longer be producing new shows and the radio operation continues to offer two services.
  • Ginny Hamilton on A Sad Retreat for A Public TV Pioneer in Western Mass. (Editorial)I am so sad to hear this news. I spent many happy hours doing teleconferences at GBY. The folks that worked there were professional, dedicated to their work and passionate about their community. A sorry day for public television. Change...
  • Karen Johnson on A Sad Retreat for A Public TV Pioneer in Western Mass. (Editorial)So great to hear these memories, and, Chaz, especially your Inimitable take on things. As a recent resident out here in the West, I'm extra sorry to hear the news. I understand the reasons, though at my house we're still...
  • Josie Patterson on A Sad Retreat for A Public TV Pioneer in Western Mass. (Editorial)https://www.masslive.com/opinion/2023/03/a-sad-retreat-for-a-public-tv-pioneer-in-western-mass-editorial.html Is the link. We just retired to Amherst. Makes me really sad. Can they reconsider?
  • Bill Cosel on A Sad Retreat for A Public TV Pioneer in Western Mass. (Editorial)Living in Tyringham, Berkshire County, way out west, .WGBY is my life line. Remembering when Hartford Gunn dispatched Jack Caldwell to start WGBY.... big move and in very capable hands. Many of us took turns helping out one way or...
  • Tom Devlin on A Sad Retreat for A Public TV Pioneer in Western Mass. (Editorial)Fully agree with you Chas. Real news about local events is essential in these days of vanishing newspapers and other local news sources.
  • Steve Bass on A Sad Retreat for A Public TV Pioneer in Western Mass. (Editorial)I was the vp/general manager of WGBY from 1992 to 1995. When I moved to GBH, I maintained some oversight of WGBY while also managing GBH's TV stations. I have fond memories of my time there and the valuable role...
  • Darrell Byers on A Sad Retreat for A Public TV Pioneer in Western Mass. (Editorial)As a native of Springfield, WGBY was my introduction to public television. It saddens me to see this.
  • Greg Fitzgerald on Mark Duffield on ‘Maritime Memoirs Panel’ – March 28, 2023OK, Thanks. Didn't see any GBH reference in the post, so was just checking.
  • Chas Norton on A Sad Retreat for A Public TV Pioneer in Western Mass. (Editorial)BTW could not read the full article