Norm Abram: “As a brilliant creator/producer/director, Russ Morash has used his personal passion and love for well prepared food, gardening, home improvement/repair and woodworking to develop a whole new genre of television programs."
Ambrosino had already begun assembling “the one group of guys who could pull off such a last-minute live broadcast: producer Russ Morash, director David Atwood, along with (crew) Al Potter and Greg Harney.”
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.
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.
This is the second in a series of reminiscences by Fred Barzyk, longtime WGBH producer and director.
Videos stories and images from the WGBH Auction, starting with the First WGBH Auction in 1966, with Julia Child, Bud Collins, and more.
I was barely 21 years old on my very first day as floor manager for The French Chef. On that first day I was naturally nervous, but resolved not to let her see it. No easy task, as I would be positioned twelve feet directly in front of her.
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.
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.
- Please let us know if you’re planning on attending by sending an RSVP!
- Want to see the newest RSVPs? Check out our list sorted by submission date
RSVPs received as of April 30 — In alphabetical order
|Your first name||Your last name||Years at WGBH||Will you attend?||Your comments||Departments/shows/roles|
|Chip||Adams||1977-1981(WGBY)1981-1994(Webb staff and freelance)||Yes||Maintenance Engineer
Mobile Unit engineer
Field Video & Audio engineer- This Old House, The Victory Garden, The New Yankee Workshop
|Maria||Agui Carter||1989-2000||Maybe||La Plaza- numerous years as staff, a few as contract producer for specific shows
Producer’s Hub (limited Series Series A.P. then Producer)
|Michael||Ambrosino||1956 to 1976||Yes||It 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
Producer-Talent, MICHAEL AMBROSINO’S SHOW
Executive Producer, NOVA
|Carole||Ashcraft||1972-1974||No||I 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.|
|Alice||Austin||1997-2003||Maybe||The Caption Center, Descriptive Video Service|
|Edye||Baker||1971 – 1999||Yes||1971 – 1981 Auction Major Volunteer
1981 – 1999 Auction Manager
|Fred||Barzyk||1958 – 2002||Yes||Can’t wait!!!!!!||Producer/Director|
|Steve||Bass||1992-1998||No||Sorry 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
|Alison||Bassett||freelance 1988-1994; staff 1995-2012||Yes||Thank 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!! :>0||AD – Boston Pops
Post Production Supervisor – PR; American Experience
Producer – Children’s; Educational Productions
Compliance Manager – Archives & Media Center
|Ed||Baumeister||1971-1982||Yes||News and current affairs — the Reporers, the Eveneing Compass, the Ten O’Clock News.|
|Dan||Beach||1960-67 ++||No||I look forward.||Camerman
Traffic Department Manager
Film Department Manager
Production Coordinator on many Barzyk shows in later years
|John||Beck||1968-1980||Yes||Front desk, business office, Radio Manager|
|Susheel||Bibbs||1973-77, 1978-80||Yes||Looking forward to seeing everyone.||GBH radio
Spiders Web, Performance, A Batin Rompu, Rose Hill, Music Program Director
1975 CPB Best Program Awards
ACT AwardGBH TV
ZOOM talent coordinator
ZOOM Executive Producer
Arts Ed Project Producer
|Joan||Blackett||1962-1964||Yes||Secretary to Hartford Gunn|
|Ron||Blau||1963-1964 + freelance and project contract||Yes||It’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.|
|Bruce||Bordett||1971-1980||Yes||Looking forward to seeing everyone.||Mail room, crew|
|Christine||Bradley (Carney)||1992-1999||No||Corporate Development|
|Doug||Briscoe||1977-2005||Maybe||Do I know any of these people?||Radio announcer/producer|
|Cynthia||Broner||1984-present||Yes||See you there!||Director of Constituent Communications (formerly Editorial Resources)|
|Michael||Burton||1987-2002||Yes||Local underwriting and then national underwriting|
|Darrell||Byers||1991-2000||Yes||Looking forward to seeing my friends and former colleagues.||Development and local underwriting|
|Jack||Caldwell||1966-1971*||Yes||Yes, 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.