WGBH Pioneers: Michael Ambrosino – Part 1 (1998)

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series The Michael Ambrosino Collection

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 by Fred Barzyk. Read more...

WGBH Pioneers: Michael Ambrosino – Part 2 (1998)

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series The Michael Ambrosino Collection

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.

Watch Video — Part 2 (57 minutes)

Transcript — Part 2

INTERVIEWER: June 18, 1998, the second hour of a conversion with Michael Ambrosino. Read more...

Michael Ambrosino

  • Years at WGBH: 1956–76.
  • Positions: Executive producer, producer, director, writer, Associate Program Manager, on-air correspondent, host of his own program series, superviso, and manager of an array of educational and public broadcasting projects.

I spent my professional career in Public Television, first at WGBH where, in 1956, I was hired to start school television for the state of Massachusetts.

In 1960, Hartford Gunn asked me to help create the Eastern Educational Network, the nation’s first regional public broadcasting network, and I spent the next four years as its Executive Director. Read more...

Lillian Akel Ambrosino – in memory

From Michael Ambrosino

This picture and text are drawn from the pamphlet given out at Lillian’s memorial event in 1995.

Lillian Ambrosino (1933–1995) — attorney, author, political activist, children’s television advocate, wife, mother, grandmother and all around great human being — is the reason we meet today. She was 62 when she passed away, and the cause was cancer, the scourge of our age group. Lillian fought against it for eight years until Wednesday evening. Knowing we had all gathered, she asked for life support systems to be removed. She died in the arms of her immediate family. Read more...

From the Vault: Video interviews with WGBH pioneers

Between 1992 and 2013, Fred Barzyk, Joe Anderson, Henry Becton, and Michael Ambrosino conducted over 100 hours of interviews with dozens of former WGBH-TV and FM staffers.

Creating NOVA (1971-76)

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series The Michael Ambrosino Collection

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!