A collection of “less remembered shows” and people who appeared on, or worked for, WGBH, remembered by Fred Barzyk, Michael Ambrosino, Boyd Estus, Doug Smith, and Bruce Bordett
Though she did not own a TV set, Julia had been bitten by the television bug from the moment she set foot on a studio set.
One day I came in to find an old man who looked familiar sitting in the outer lobby. I asked and he said he was waiting to visit someone, so I took Hoagy Carmichael in past reception
Then, in the middle of a fun entertainment segment with one of the pioneers of television, disaster struck.
David Sloss wrote the song for, and performed it at, the first WGBH Auction
In our youth, nothing seemed insurmountable. We approached every challenge with the old Mickey Rooney “Let’s put on a show!” enthusiasm.
“Wake up, wake up! Channel two is on fire and has just burnt to the ground.”
Featuring interviews with Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin, this program made headlines in spring 1963.
One day, we got a phone call from a lady who said, “You can’t sell a live ocelot on television! They are dangerous wild animals!” “How do you know this?” asked the PR people.
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