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TV & Radio Production Resources for High School Teachers
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Western Pennsylvania
Television and Video Teachers Consortium

TVT is an organization of individuals who share a passion for teaching media. founded in 1991, the organization now has members in more than five states. Its goal is to provide a forum where those who teach television and video at the secondary level can network and exchange ideas and resources. Organization members also share technical resources, information and expertise.

2002 - The 75th Anniversary of the Invention of Television!
Anniversary passed with little notice!
The rest of this great love story!
Philo Farnsworth
One of TIME Magazine's top 100 people of the century.
The key to electronic television came to him at 14, and he had a working device at 21. Yet he died in obscurity.

Local Repairs!    Atlas Audio
4753 Liberty Ave - Pittsburgh, Pa. 15224    412-681-2092
I am in need of an audio technician


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TVT ORGANIZATION INDIVIDUALS RADIO HISTORY
VIDEO ARTS FESTIVAL EQUIPMENT RESOURCES TV HISTORY
HOW TV WORKS DESK TOP VIDEO EDITING MUSEUMS
TEACHING TOOLS CORPORATE RESOURCES BEFORE RADIO
BOOKS & MAGAZINES COLLEGES - TV programs MUSEUMS
ORGANIZATIONS STATIONS - CABLE - FCC JUST FOR FUN!
GENERAL RESOURCES Churchill / WHHS History PAPERS
FEEDBACK    

Some links may be out of date!


PAPERS:   Lets get more online!    Documents in progress!

A Video Festival - Categories and Judging
Getting started in TV Production  Lee Schaeffer - Woodland Hills H. S. (ret.)
Designing a TV Production Program
   
Television Teaching Tips  - MS Word Document
Producing a High School Sporting Event  A Document in progress!   
The Care and Feeding of High School Sports Announcers
   
Announcing High School Football - One Announcer's Experience
Teaching Video Editing   


On Line Programs - We want to answer your production or technical questions!

Pittsburgh Area Schools: - List your school's TV page here...

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A Short History of Television Production firsts at
Churchill Area  / Woodland Hills High Schools

  • 1965 Hired as Physics teacher the day before school started.  Was AV Director and taught Photography, Computer I & II and TV Production.  
  • 1966 Built first TV camera from ATV Research circuit boards - pickup tubes donated by WQED & KDKA
            Televised rained out graduation from gym to auditorium.  Diagrams
  • 1967 Produced video of state band festival with borrowed equipment - tape was used by Panasonic's NY office as a demo reel
            Built 12 channel light dimmer system for auditorium with experimental SCRs from Westinghouse Research.
  • 1968 Obtained a used pre EIAJ Panasonic NV-8000 Recorder and WV-033P camera.
            Won a state grant for the first mini computer in district. 
                 Radio Shack Color Computer for Physics experiments and later TV graphics generator.
  • 1970 District grant for first generation EIAJ recorders, Sony AVC-3200 cameras, thee bank monitor, Sony SEG-1 switcher 
            Sony AV-3400 Portapack and camera and EIAJ video tape machines.   
          
    Built first TV studio in unused storeroom and students constructed first video equipment consol.
            Modified Sony Switcher  with add-on for more special effects.
  • 1972 Wired Auditorium, Gym and Football field location is the school and later to the TV studio.
  • 1973 Obtained DuMont Image Orthicon camera from WQED for use as a prop for "Bye Bye Birdie
             First Band Trip Video with Sony PortaPack to Winchester Apple Festival - in the rain!
             Students won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in RPC's first video arts festival plus 2nd Place in Elementary.
  • 1974 Built full featured switcher and special effects generator that passed PBS's technical standards.
  • 1975 One of the first schools to do Middle States "School & Community Report" as a three projector slide show.
            TV Production became an accredited high school course.
  • 1976 Obtained a deal on three JFD 606 Cameras and four Panasonic NV-8100 EIAJ Machines for classrooms. 
            Cameras were upgraded to Plumbicon tubes donated by Bruce Graham.
            Wired English, Social Studies, Science and Foreign Language classrooms to studio.
              Moved TV Studio to old cafeteria dish washing room after it was gutted by a fire.
            Obtained RCA TK-60 Camera and zoom lens from WQED with enough cable to reach all remote venues.
  • 1977 Used our equipment and crew for one of the first demonstrations of return access feed on Valley Cable
            Ohio Scientific C1-P computer shooting off monitor on film chain for TV graphics 
  •         Used surplus Cartavision electronics to convert Panasonic VTRs to color.
              First RCA 25" Color Monitor
  • 1978  Rick Harris helped pulled the cables from the press box to the rat cellar so we could produce games from the studio .
            8-track recorder and 4 tape decks for use as cart machines in audio consol.
            Produced morning announcement program "Before the Bell" aka Churchill Radio in 1978-1980

                 Radio crew set record for Children's Hospital Christmas collection.
  • From the '70s on we televised virtually all the school musical concerts, home and away football and basketball games. 
              We also did wrestling, volleyball, swimming, numerous band festivals and winter guard competitions..  
  • 1979 First VHS VCR recorder  Panasonic NV-8300 $900.       
  • 1980 TEAK 4 Meter Bridge.  1/2" Video tape cost $15 per reel.
  • 1981 Made arrangements for Fred Rodgers to do his Neighborhood's first major remote at the school.
            See Video - Churchill segment is at 7:00 (
    sorry about the adds.)
  • 1985 Obtained first Panasonic WV-3180 Nuvicon tube color portable camera and  PV-3000 Portable VHS Recorder
            Used camera and recorder for "Color Instant Replay" with our black & white cameras for football games.
  • 1986 Moved studio back to old location - removed incinerator to make space for a control room.
  • 1987 Obtained CEI 310 color camera and Crosspoint Latch 6112 switcher as a donation from Westinghouse.
            Switcher was used for many years but required genlocked cameras.  
            Were using two Panasonic S-VHS decks and edit controller for editing and slo-mo.         

                       CAHS became Woodland Hills High School

  • Video recorded every WHHS musical from 1988 to present using VHS, S-VHS and HD digital for Blu-Ray disks.
            All the WHHS graduations through 2012 with the Sixth Grade Olympics as a warmup.
  • 1987 First WPIAL Football team to use VHS video tape instead of exchanging game films.  Coach Novak, "I like the color!"
            Partnered with athletic department on Panasonic NV- 8950 slow-mo analyzer.  
            Installed broadcast booth for basketball games in the old gym.  
  • ???? Obtained four TK-45 professional studio cameras from WTAE-TV. 
            WPGH and WSMV in Miami donated enough old camera cable to run two lines to the field, gym and auditorium.
  • 1989 Obtained Panasonic D-5100 modular color cameras with viewfinders, zoom lens and genlock adapters.
            C-mount adapters to use the cameras on microscopes and the school's telescope.
  • 1990 Installed TV studio under the stands at Turtle Creek Stadium to broadcast live football games on Comcast Cable.
            Obtained an Amega 500 Computer with genlock adapter for Character Generator.
  • 1990 Joint telecasts with Big East Consortium:  Wilkinsburg, Penn Hills, Plum and Gateway
            Installed a 10' satellite C & Ku Band dish and became an official NASA downlink site.
            Added Hard Drive to Amega so we could run Pro Video Plus
            Obtained Panasonic AG-456UP S-VHS Camcorder - Used for everything for many years
    (Date Aproximate)
  • 1991 Bought Videonics AB-1 Edit Controller One of the first schools to do Middle States "School and Community Report" on video..
  • 1992 Awarded Fellowship to NEA's Christa McAuliffe Institute at Stanford for work done with educational television.
            Bought Sony Hi-8 Camera and ended up making the "offical" video for the Institue.   First time on the Internet.
            Designed computerized multi-screen slide projections for "Lil' Abner" using printer port IO on IBM 5150.
    1994 February: Cell phone and unlimited service donated by Bell Atlantic Mobile used to build remote unit.
           
    First "cable radio" broadcast on WHHS-TV was a boys basketball playoff game versus N.A. from Char Valley. First "cable radio" broadcast on WHHS-TV was a boys basketball playoff game versus N.A. from Char Valley.
            Provided first Internet access for school district via dial up connection - Authored first unofficial WHHS Web site.
  • 1995 Designed onstage video sets and cameras for "Jesus Christ Superstar" - First place in the Kelly Awards.
  • 1996 Created First Web Site for the school district - was Web Master for many years.
  • 1998 Retired from teaching after 32 years
  • 1999 Wired TV Studio at Junior High school with connections to the auditorium
             First football video posted on the Internet
  • 2002 Installed current high school TV studio and control room.
            Installed wiring to the new gym and auditorium.
            Designed and installed three screen video projections for "Evita"
  • 2004 Dual Core computer for editing DVDs
  • 2005  Canon GL-1 Mini-DV camera.
  • 2006 Moved stadium TV studio up to the press box when they renovated the field.
  • 2010 Designed and installed four camera robotic production system for school board meetings.
            FiOS return access installed.
  • 2011 Canon XA-10 HD camera
  • 2012 First Football games streamed live over the Internet
            Dell i7 computer for editing and mastering Blu-Ray disks.    First musical in HD
            Installed Video Server at high school cable head end.  One channel for cable feed and one for in-house programming.
            Installed and wiring for three hallway display monitors at the high school.

      Numerous Churchill and Woodland Hills Television alumni are working in radio, television, theater and film industries:
         Michael Hissrich  - Emmy-winning producer of the West Wing, 
         Larry Berger  - (Founder and Executive Director) manages day-to-day operations and serves as host of The Saturday Light Brigade
         Adam Gusky - WHHS / WLFP Sportscaster and media producer 
         Brian Behler - Videographer WKYC-TV Cleveland
         Bruce Graham - Engineer at NBC Universal Studios
      Brian Mroziak - General Manager at WMBS Radio

I was there 1995-1997.. My best memories were both selling and airing the football and girls basketball playoff games that year, with both teams making the state finals.. I remember the two of us working the Football Semi Final Game together, when Bush decided not to do the game, that was my 1st crack at football play by play and a lot of fun.. If it wasn't for the shot you gave me, I probably wouldn't have the job I have today so I really appreciate that.. It was nice that we had good community support as well, especially when we needed sponsors to air the playoff games, I see you still have Pat Lanigan involved.  He was one of our 1st sponsors, so I'm glad he has stayed with the broadcasts.. Keep in touch..Thanks for the kind words..    

         Rick Harris - Radio Historian
         Matt Bush - Announcer for NPR Washington
         Matt Shaffer - Lighting Designer
         Tonny Renolds - Hollywood commercial producer
         Joe Slick - Audio Specilaes - Does the sound for WHHS Musicals
         Larry George - Tech department of Greensburg Salem School District
         Lee Schaeffer III - WHHS football videographer and Web producer, WPCB-TV and Web Landings
         

 

 


HOW TV WORKS

Know Your TV Color Bars

White

Yellow

Cyan

Green

Magenta

Red

Blue

R + G +B - Blue - Red Primary - Green Primary Primary

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TEACHING and PRODUCTION TOOLS

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Video Magazines and Books

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ORGANIZATIONS

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GENERAL RESOURCES

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INDIVIDUALS

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EQUIPMENT RESOURCES

Pittsburgh Area Companies and Vendors

Products

National Suppliers

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DESK TOP VIDEO

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CORPORATE RESOURCES

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COLLEGES - Radio / TV Courses

          PITTSBURGH - TRI STATE AREA

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AREA STATIONS, NETWORKS and CABLE

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HISTORY OF RADIO

The First Broadcast - 1920
The History of KDKA

KDKA Radio History Page

Hear a re-creation of the "First Broadcast" on RealAudio and
KDKA RealAudio from "The Century" - ABC News
The story of Frank Conrad and the birth of KDKA
National Museum of Broadcasting 
Pittsburgh
The Conrad Project

The Beginnings -Telegraphy & Telephony
             http://telegraph-office.com/bw_images/key_logo.jpg

The Pioneers - Wireless

Giving Radio its Voice

Historical Resources

Antique Radio

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HISTORY OF TELEVISION


Lee Schaeffer-Holding Image Orthacon Tube
1948 WDTV Channel 3 DuMont TV Camera (with GE logo) 
Picture from the TRIBUNE article
History of Television in Pittsburgh (missing images)


Philo Farnsworth
August 19, 1906 - March 11, 1971
He had the inspiration which led to television while sitting on a hillside in Idaho. The neat rows in a nearby farm gave him the idea of creating picture on a cathode ray tube out of rows of light and dark dots. He was 14 at the time, the next year he presented the concept at a high-school science project, and demonstrated the first working model of a television set when he was 21.


Baird mechanical camera found in the window of the "Logie Baird Bar" in Edinburgh, Scotland during my vacation to the UK.  Baird lived in the same building as Alexander Graham Bell.

Mechanical TV & John Logie Baird

Vladimir Kosma Zworykin -- 1889-1982

Allen B. Dumont and Dumont Laboratories -- 1901-1965

HISTORICAL LINKS

TV Time Line -  Major milestones in TV broadcasting

Station History

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RADIO & TV MUSEUMS

Real Museums

Virtual Museums

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JUST FOR FUN!

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