Fred Barzyk’s Video Archive

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From Fred Barzyk For the last decade, I have been gathering my shows and transferring them to digital format. These videos will be released as a highlight reel of my archive to be housed at WGBH and Marquette University. This highlight reel is directed toward researchers in the year 2100. It is my attempt to…

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The Money Room: How I Got There

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John Kerr: Having finished college in 1960, I locked my Ideor racing bike to a post near Tech Drugs and climbed the stairs at 84 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge.  

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How much does PBS reflect the audiences it was intended to serve?

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In 1967, amid widespread civil unrest, CPB was created by an Act of Congress “to expand and develop a diversity of programming dependent on freedom, imagination and initiative on both local and national levels.” … Fifty-one years later, as we undergo another societal breakdown and racial reckoning, how much does PBS reflect the audiences it was intended to serve?

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An Early “Discovery” – Nature in a Live TV Studio

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We spent a wonderful half hour learning how the bats could navigate their maze. Unfortunately that meant that the studio was full of flying bats, so viewers of the news were then treated to occasional pictures of bats swooping over Louis Lyons as he read the day’s news!

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HBO orders full season of new series: “Julia”

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HBO has ordered “Julia,“ a drama series inspired by cookbook author, chef, and TV show host, Julia Child. The show, which already filmed its pilot, will continue filming the rest of its eight episode first season in Boston this spring.

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News at Ten

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The News at Ten was WGBH’s first nightly news program and Boston’s first 10:00 pm news program. It aired for a year beginning in the spring of 1966.

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Why We Turned to PBS: WGBH Programs and Captioning

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The New York Times: We asked our writers to reflect on PBS’s lasting imprint on our culture, while Rachael Ray, Gary Clark Jr., Damon Lindelof, Kal Penn and others share first-person reminiscences about the television that changed their lives.

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Molly of Denali wins awards

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“Molly of Denali,” the groundbreaking PBS Kids series produced by Boston’s GBH, won two major awards in its first season: a Peabody and the 2020 Television Critics Association award for outstanding achievement in youth programming.

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John Kerr: Shifting (video)

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John Kerr had three wonderful children, and worked happily for decades as the main fundraiser for WGBH, Boston’s public television & radio station. Then things shifted.

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Meeting the original Rocky, 1964

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Rocky was a bit shorter, was dressed conservatively in slacks and a sports jacket that showed that he was in very good shape. I figured he must have been Fernandes’ bodyguard. I had no idea what Frankie did for Fernandes.

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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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WGBH Rebrands to “GBH”

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WGBH today announced new branding, dropping the broadcast-centric “W” from its name and adopting a new logo. Going forward, the organization will be known as GBH.

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