Creating NOVA (1971-76)

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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Hackers post fake story on PBS site

David Fanning

David Fanning: “Frontline’’ producers hear impassioned responses all the time… Having a group attack the PBS website over a news program was unusual but “probably not unexpected,’’ he said.

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A stranger in a strange land

From Fred Barzyk: Bill insisted I try to get into the scholarship program. You studied for your graduate degree at Boston University and worked three days a week at the Educational Television station. Free tuition and you got $600 to live a year in Boston!

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Paik and the Video Synthesizer

From Fred Barzyk: I remember Nam June Paik telling me to stand back since TV sets sometime exploded when he did this. I backed off. The TV did not explode but gave forth a dazzling array of colors, buzzed and slowly died, never to live again.

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Zoom Season 5

Stage Manager Bruce Bordette (foreground) Lighting by John Plausse Click to enlarge

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Still connected over the years

From Steve Rabin — 10/18/2008 I am not really a WGBH alum, although I spent many days during four years at the station working as Director of Programming at EEN with a number of the producer/directors on programming for the EEN member stations. Beyond that, as Media Program Director for NEH from 1974-1982 I was…

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An Era Comes to a Close With Bill Cosel Conducting His Own Swan Song

Story by Chas Norton and Bill Francis; photos by Chas Norton Chas Norton: Bill Cosel announced his retirement from exec producer of POPS; last night was our last taping and he was asked to conduct the Stars and Stripes Forever by Keith Lockhart. We kept tape rolling and Billy Francis cut it. Bill abruptly found…

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40 years with ‘GBH

From Michael Ambrosino — 2000 My first visit to WGBH was in the fall of 1955, just after TV had gone on the air at 84 Mass Ave. in Cambridge. I was at work developing a TV master plan for the University of Connecticut at the time, and wanted a tour of one of the…

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NOVA: From the beginning (1970s)

By Ben Shedd I’m part of the group from the 1970s at ‘GBH, when NOVA was in some ways almost a separate unit at the station. It’s wonderful to learn about the history of WGBH and see why such grand programming has come from the people who worked there through the decades. I’m glad to…

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