John LaBounty, 79, 40 years at WGBH as Engineer, Supervisor

From Gail Martin — 3/30/2007

We have received the sad news that longtime WGBH engineer John LaBounty died yesterday at Emerson Hospital in his hometown of Concord, MA.  We learned John had had a massive stroke last week.  I have included the URL detailing service & funeral arrangements.  Please forward this to others who should be included that I may have missed.

Visiting Hours will be at the Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord Center this Sunday April 1st from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.  It is requested that contributions in his memory be made to the WGBH Educational Foundation or to Emerson Hospital — the particulars for donations are contained in the announcement. Read more...

The Secrets of Simulcasting (1970s)

From Joe Pugliesi

WGBH in the old days must have been a marvelous place. I came in 1974 at the tail end of those glory days as a master control engineer (picture attached), hired by Fran Abramowicz (circa 1962-1977). I had watched your work as an adolescent and marveled at the production quality, frequently saying to myself “How did they do that?” I enjoy the history of this place.

Among other equipment, I’ve maintained the old quad videotape machines for about 25 years, since 1981. I’ve inherited and scrounged much of the old documentation from the likes of John LaBounty (1952-1991) and Dave Hutton, aka Michigan Fats, (circa 1967-1981). The Ampex note was in Huttons’ stuff, as he was pictured and was a great fan of engineering director Tom Keller (circa 1962-1979). Read more...