Sheila Simollardes

I joined the WGBH Educational Foundation as secretary to Michael Ambrosino in the Program Department (1965-67); then served as administrative assistant to Jack Caldwell in the Production Department (1967-68). In the course of these 3 years, I also worked in various capacities for Bob Larsen, Dave Davis, and Greg Harney.

When an opportunity arose to enter the TV studios, I jumped at the chance, my first assignment being “Artists in Television” with Rick Hauser; next was the “Zoom” pilot with Christopher Sarson; off-site work at MFA with Louise Tate and at BSO with Bill Cosel; a stint on “The Reporters” newscast with Bob Ferrante; and finally, a couple of seasons on (WGBH-KCET co-production) “The Advocates” with Russ Morash. Read more...

Alumni List – March 6, 2018

Here is our current list of WGBH alumni, including those for whom we do and do not have e-mail addresses. (We have also included the names of our deceased colleagues in memoriam.) “Yes” after a name means we do have an e-mail address. “No” means we do not.

Some people are listed more than once because we have multiple email addresses. If you are one of those, please contact us if you have a single preferred address. Read more...

Paul Binder

Paul Binder is the Founder and Founding Artistic Director of the Big Apple Circus.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, he graduated from Dartmouth College. In Boston immediately after college, he was Floor Manager for Julia Child’s The French Chef before returning to New York to earn an MBA at Columbia Business School. 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.

Reunion 2015 Guestbook (alphabetical)

RSVPs received as of April 30 — In alphabetical order

Your first nameYour last nameYears at WGBHWill you attend?Your commentsDepartments/shows/roles
ChipAdams1977-1981(WGBY)1981-1994(Webb staff and freelance)YesMaintenance Engineer
Mobile Unit engineer
Field Video & Audio engineer- This Old House, The Victory Garden, The New Yankee Workshop
MariaAgui Carter1989-2000MaybeLa Plaza- numerous years as staff, a few as contract producer for specific shows
Producer’s Hub (limited Series Series A.P. then Producer)
MichaelAmbrosino1956 to 1976YesIt is always a good time to visit with friends and colleagues you have known for many years.Manager of School Television
Executive Director, Eastern Educational Network
Assistant Director of Programming
Associate Director of Programming
Executive Producer, NOVA
CaroleAshcraft1972-1974NoI have nothing less then 100% gratitude for Michael who changed my life due to our NOVA experience together.
His unselfish manner and trust in letting me take my talent and skill – most even unknown to myself at the time – and run with it for better or worse without fear, kept my feet firmly planted on the ground making each step better then the last. Did I fail at times? You bet but Michael’s support and belief never waivered. Nor did his project perseverance… at times in great odds with management over financial concerns. Also, his conviction of purpose and never-ending trust in his staff never lost its pace. We even had some hard-earned laughter burst through during times of complete exhaustion which made us even more ‘family’, added more treasured memories and increased our pride.
The effort he invested in all of us those many years ago became for me a life-long support tool that no one ever matched or even came close to throughout my media career. I was blessed to be lucky enough to have had a small part in this larger-than-life play called NOVA and for the privilege of having shared Michael’s vision with so many others along the way.
I’m honored. Thank you Michael and Lillian.
Carole Ashcraft, Production Secretary
Production Secretary to Michael J. Ambrosino (mja/cia) original series start-up team – NOVA.
DavidAtwoodnumerousYesCameraman, Director
AliceAustin1997-2003MaybeThe Caption Center, Descriptive Video Service
EdyeBaker1971 – 1999Yes1971 – 1981 Auction Major Volunteer
1981 – 1999 Auction Manager
FredBarzyk1958 – 2002YesCan’t wait!!!!!!Producer/Director
SteveBass1992-1998NoSorry I can’t be there! I value the opportunity to be part of the WGBH family. I guess I still am as I’m serving on the board of PRI. I also work with Christoper Sarson’s daughter and Michael Ambrosino’s daughter-in-law, Katrina Sarson. Have a blast at the reunion!VP/GM — WGBY/Springfield
VP/Manager of Television Stations
AlisonBassettfreelance 1988-1994; staff 1995-2012YesThank you for organizing this. I hope to get there earlier than the last one! I didn’t put my years at WGBY as that would really date me!! :>0AD – Boston Pops
Post Production Supervisor – PR; American Experience
Producer – Children’s; Educational Productions
Compliance Manager – Archives & Media Center
EdBaumeister1971-1982YesNews and current affairs — the Reporers, the Eveneing Compass, the Ten O’Clock News.
DanBeach1960-67 ++NoI look forward.Camerman
Traffic Department Manager
Film Department Manager
Production Coordinator on many Barzyk shows in later years
JohnBeck1968-1980YesFront desk, business office, Radio Manager
Discovering Women
Culture Shock
National Programming
Antiques Roadshow
SusheelBibbs1973-77, 1978-80YesLooking forward to seeing everyone.GBH radio
Spiders Web, Performance, A Batin Rompu, Rose Hill, Music Program Director
1975 CPB Best Program Awards
ZOOM talent coordinator
ZOOM Executive Producer
Arts Ed Project Producer
JoanBlackett1962-1964YesSecretary to Hartford Gunn
RonBlau1963-1964 + freelance and project contractYesIt’s always a pleasure to get together with ‘GBHers!Miscellaneous shows and roles from “Polaris University” to “Fragile Egos” and “Multiply and Subdue the Earth” … ZOOM to NOVA. Producer trainee, then producer, film/Avid editor.
BruceBordett1971-1980YesLooking forward to seeing everyone.Mail room, crew
AndrewBradley1992-2006YesWGBH Auction
ChristineBradley (Carney)1992-1999NoCorporate Development
DougBriscoe1977-2005MaybeDo I know any of these people?Radio announcer/producer
CynthiaBroner1984-presentYesSee you there!Director of Constituent Communications (formerly Editorial Resources)
NancyBrown LaBrie1979-1983MaybeDevelopment/Fundraising
MichaelBurton1987-2002YesLocal underwriting and then national underwriting
DarrellByers1991-2000YesLooking forward to seeing my friends and former colleagues.Development and local underwriting
JackCaldwell1966-1971*YesYes, we “old-timers” will enjoy sharing “what we did,” but those that followed will benefit from knowing “what we did.” I encourage a forum for the younger staff and current staff to have access to some stories of the heritage that created the “platform” they now enjoy. History counts. Passion counts. The absence of a fear to fail “counts.” Really, we never imagined that we would fail. I owe so much to those who preceded me…and ever so much to the encouragement and vision of Hartford Gunn, Bob Larsen, David Ives and the incredibly capable and adventuresome staff at WGBH and WGBY. Can’t wait to meet in May!1966 — From VP of Distribution for NET in Ann Arbor, recruited by Hartford Gunn to work with Ted Conant and Jim Kelly to create and run WGBX.1967 — Assigned as temporary Director of Operations while Dave Davis was in Israel consulting on their television development.

1968 — Dave chose not to return to WGBH and my position was no longer temporary. Read more...