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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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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In 2006, WGBH pioneer Michael Ambrosino completed an autobiography for his family. Last month, he made a gracious offer for us to publish some of his early-WGBH stories on this Web site. In this, the first of three excerpts, Michael describes the early years at WGBH, an era of live and live-on-tape TV productions at…

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From “The first 24 years: A somewhat random compendium of milestones along the way” 1836 John Lowell Jr., leaves a bequest creating free “public lectures for the benefit of the citizens of Boston.” 1946 The Lowell Institute forms a cooperative venture with six Boston colleges (spearheaded by Ralph Lowell) to broadcast educational programs on commercial…

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From Peter and Lilly Hollander WGBH-TV’s second Art Director, Lilly Hollander, appearing on the Tony Saletan show Sing, Children, Sing, the first locally-produced program series to originate in the WGBH studios. Lilly is adding necessary sound effects to the picture she has just drawn. Tony was busy playing the banjo.

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From Al Hinderstein — 2000 The Tony Saletan shows were called "What’s New Specials." I stage managed the one at Old Sturbridge Village. I remember Greg Harney coming on set to show the old "miller" where to look when he delievered his speech about "The miller’s share." When Don rolled tape and I cued him,…

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From Derek Lamb I think it’s time to tell the story of who filled 125 Western Avenue with the smell of cooked bacon that got trapped in the air condition system during the summer of 1970. Yes friends, it was me. It happened while working on a show with Ralph Nader, a show to demonstrate…

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From the Boston Globe TV Week This picture promoted the Field Trip Specials remote at Old Sturbridge Village Folksinger Tony Saletan visited Old Sturbridge Village to record a typical day there as one of five specials to be seen on Ch 2 Mondays at 5:30 pm, beginning tomorrow. Fifth graders from Stephen Palmer School, Needham,…

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From Don Hallock: It may surprise you to know how many places the station has called home. WGBH’s origins were in a converted skating rink on the second floor of 84 Mass. Ave. and the office spaces on the third, were the first home of WGBH from 1955 to 1961.

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