Bernice “Bunny” Olenick, 87, executive producer

From Cynthia Broner WGBH notes the passing of lifelong activist and former ’GBHer Bernice “Bunny” Olenick on 12/22. Bunny joined the sports and specials unit at WGBH in 1976 as an assistant working on tennis programming. (Historical note: In 1963, WGBH introduced tennis to American TV, with sportscaster Bud Collins and the National Doubles from…

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Pauline Mercer, 89, Energetic Producer, Administrator, Advocate

From WGBH QuickNooz Pauline Mercer died Sunday, November 11, 2007, at age 89, after an extended illness. Pauline began her career at ’GBH soon after our 1955 TV debut, first in a volunteer capacity and later as a staff producer (Elliot Norton Reviews) and administrator (Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery!), retiring in 1993. More From Cynthia…

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Robert Hall, 70, WGBH-TV Engineer, Wearer of Many Hats

From TVTechnology.com – 8/31/2007 Television Innovator and Production Company Co-Founder, Robert Hall, Dies at 70 Robert H. Hall, a Philadelphia area television engineer and the co-founder of a television production company in that city, died at his home in Exton, Pa. on August 16. He was 70. Hall began his broadcasting career with WGBH in…

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Studio Tour Details for September 9

From Rob Clifford Bring your family or those closest to you and join staff, alumni, and volunteers for a special sneak preview — even before the public grand-opening! — of WGBH’s new studios at One Guest Street in Brighton. The all-ages festivities will begin with all-access at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 9. The ribbon…

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Dave Davis, 81, WGBH Producer, Director, Manager

From Fred Barzyk At the age of 81 Dave passed away on May 23, 2007, in the kitchen of his home in Guyana. He and his wife Joyce had been retired and playing Jazz around the islands since 1993. From WGBH QuickNooz (by permission) — 8/20/2007 Sad news from the Caribbean: Former WGBH Station Manager…

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Tour of New Studios Scheduled for September

From Cynthia Broner Save the date! Former ’GBHers are invited to an open house at WGBH’s new Brighton studios! Circle the date: Sunday, September 9. Meet up with old friends and current employees, and tour the all-digital facility that will be home to the next generation of ’GBH programs, services, and staff. Watch this space…

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Frontline executive editor Lou Wiley to retire

From Louis Wiley, Jr. (via Fred Barzyk) Hello Frontliners and Frontline/Worlders – Uncle Lou (that would be me) has some news. I have decided to ease into retirement and reinvent myself. Beginning September 1, I will be working half-time, and on Jaunuary 1, 2008, I will become a consultant on call or as David likes…

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Baird Hastings, 88, WGBH-FM host

From Thevillager.com Baird Hastings, eclectic music director, dies at 88 Baird Hastings, a conductor, music director, Mozart specialist and longtime Village resident, died May 16 at the age of 88. He was a founder and director of the Mozart Festival Orchestra of New York City, whose affairs he administered from his Greenwich Ave. apartment. Much…

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WGBH Moving to Brighton, 02135

From Fred Barzyk I visited the new WGBH this week. The office part of the complex is just starting to fill up, with many departments yet to move. The studio, master control, and public areas will not open until September. The official turning on of the LED outside walls will happen on September 17. There…

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Jack D. Summerfield, 79, WGBH Manager

From The New York Times Jack D. Summerfield, 79. Communications Professor, writer, and loving father. During his career, Summerfield managed radio and TV stations (WGBH, WRVR, and KPBS), won numerous national awards including the Peabody, volunteered in the Peace Corps and passionately taught college students. He is survived by his children Edward Ford, Jenna Lynn,…

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John LaBounty, 79, 40 years at WGBH as Engineer, Supervisor

From Gail Martin — 3/30/2007 We have received the sad news that longtime WGBH engineer John LaBounty died yesterday at Emerson Hospital in his hometown of Concord, MA.  We learned John had had a massive stroke last week.  I have included the URL detailing service & funeral arrangements.  Please forward this to others who should…

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Memorial Service for Ricardo Camacho

From Ricardo’s family In Memoriam Ricardo Camacho – 1958-2007 The honor of your presence is requested at a memorial service/mass Saturday the thirty-first (31st) of March at eleven (11:00) a.m. St. John the Evangelist Church 2270 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA Please do not send flowers. Donations can be made to Children’s Hospital Boston.

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Ricardo Comacho, 49, Editor for Destinos and La Plaza

From Raquel Ortiz — 3/19/2007 I am sorry to have to share this very sad news … but it seems that last week was a particularly sad one for the WGBH family. Ricardo Camacho passed away on Saturday March 10, 2007 at dawn with his brother by his side. The private funeral for his immediate…

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Natatcha Estébanez, 45, Tapped Heritage for WGBH Films

From Brigid Sullivan As many of her grieving WGBH friends and admirers already know, after a courageous seven-year battle with cancer, Natatcha Estébanez passed away March 15. Nata died at home at age 45, with her husband, composer Claudio Ragazzi, at her side. She also leaves her eight-year-old daughter, Gabriela, for whom she fought the…

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WGBH 25-year Veteran Barbara Carey Passes

From QuickNooz — Used with permission WGBH extends its deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Barbara Carey, who passed away recently. Barbara worked at WGBH for 25 years, serving most recently as business manager for the Lifestyle Unit. More

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Honoring Henry Becton With a Campaign Gift

From Don Hallock WGBH President Henry Becton will be passing the baton in October 2007 to Executive VP/COO Jon Abbott, and stepping into the role of vice chair. As we make this historic transition, a new fund has been added to WGBH’s Breaking New Ground Campaign to honor WGBH’s fifth president, whose vision, leadership, and…

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Becton to Sign Off at WGBH

From the Boston Globe WGBH president Henry Becton Jr., who presided over the growth of Boston’s public television station into a national production powerhouse, told the station’s staff yesterday that he will step down from his post in October. Jonathan C. Abbott, WGBH’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, will take over as president.…

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Caroline Collins, 70, Creative Force at WGBH During ’80s

From the Boston Globe Some colleagues likened Caroline Collins’s energy to bubbling champagne, others to a lightbulb always on. Whatever the metaphor, in her role as director of creative services at WGBH-TV, Ms. Collins brought to the station a vigor and style that helped define its image during the 1980s. She was “one of those…

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