TV & Radio Production Resources for High School Teachers
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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.
- 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
- 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.
Shack Color Computer for Physics experiments and later TV graphics
- 1970 District grant for first generation
EIAJ recorders, Sony
AVC-3200 cameras, thee bank monitor, Sony
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
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
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.
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.
announcement program "Before the Bell" aka Churchill Radio
Radio crew set record for Children's Hospital Christmas collection.
- From the '70s on we televised virtually all the school musical
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
- 1981 Made arrangements for Fred
Rodgers to do his Neighborhood's first major remote at the school.
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
- 1990 Joint telecasts with Big East Consortium: Wilkinsburg, Penn Hills, Plum and
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
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.
"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
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
- 2011 Canon XA-10
- 2012 First Football games streamed live over the Internet
Dell i7 computer for
editing and mastering Blu-Ray disks. First musical
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.
Woodland Hills Television alumni are working in radio, television,
theater and film industries:
Hissrich - Emmy-winning producer of the West
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 Gateway
Behler - Videographer WKYC-TV Cleveland has returned to
Graham - Engineer at NBC Universal Studios (Ret)
Mroziak - General Manager at WMBS
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
- Announcer for NPR Washington
Matt Shaffer -
Tonny Renolds -
Hollywood commercial producer
Slick - Audio Specilaes - Does the sound for WHHS Musicals
George - Tech department of Greensburg Salem School District
Lee Schaeffer III
- WHHS football
videographer and Web producer, WPCB-TV
and Web Landings
Last update June 2013
Some links may be out of date!
Lets get more online!
Documents in progress!
Video Festival - Categories and Judging
started in TV Production Lee Schaeffer - Woodland Hills H. S.
a TV Production Program
Teaching Tips - MS Word Document
High School Sporting Event A Document in progress!
Care and Feeding of High School Sports Announcers
High School Football - One Announcer's Experience
On Line Programs - We want to answer your production or
Pittsburgh Area Schools: - List
your school's TV page here...
- Plum High School - East Hills
- Penn Hills High School TV -
Township High School - Washington County
- Upper St. Clair
- South Hills
- Greater Johnstown High
- Seneca Valley High School TV North
Hills of Pittsburgh
- Fox Chapel TV - North
- Steel Valley High School
- Mon Valley (High School page only)
High School, NJ - Samples of their productions
- G.W. Carver High School
- Birmingham, AL
- CHICAGO VOCATIONAL
CAREER ACADEMY - SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS
- Painsville Ohio -
New production truck shown at 2002 TVT convention
- WILD -
TV/Mass Media Class - Benjamin
Russell High School in Alexander City, AL.
Area High School - See their TV 101 course outline
- Jefferson High School Radio and TV Center - Lafayette, Indiana
- Electronic Media Production
at Centennial High School-
View High School - Apple Valley, Minnesota - See their morning news
Junior High School, Redding, CA - Lots of information including
- Dearborn, MI - Great TV
Program - Site has lots of pictures including Live
- Shrewsbury High
School, MA - Fantastic amount of programming!
Public Schools - MI
Looks like a great program! "Station of the year"
- Riverside Brookfield High
School - IL
High School Library Media Center - NJ
- Austin High School
- Austin, Indiana
Lebanon County High School - PA Curriculum
- Farmington High School -
Missouri - Television
- Eastern Monroe
Career Center - Fairport, New York
- The Academy for
Television Production Ridgeview
High School, Orange Park, FL
- Hilltop High School
- Chula Vista, CA
- McFatter Technical Center
- Technical School - Television Production - Broward County, FL
Lakin Southwest High School, San Diego, CA
Area Vocational-Technical School Academy for Video & Media Arts.
- Nice Resources
Your TV Color Bars
- Newshuter's Views
- Blog of an ENG camera man in Cleveland (Former student of mine.)
- Bruce Graham -
Industry leader from Pittsburgh who started at Churchill Television
See CIS Hollywood for
examples of state of the art film effects!
- Charles Poynton - Color expert
- Chuck Pharis - Senior Video
Engineer ABC TV - Great Web Site
- Steve Bradford - Film
- Jackie's TV Production Home Page - Video producer -University of
Pittsburgh Area Companies and Vendors
- WRS - Pittsburgh Film and
- Dr. Dish
Basic Satellite Dish Information - Pittsburgh
- TRI STATE AREA
HISTORY OF RADIO
Radio History Page
a re-creation of the "First Broadcast" on RealAudio and
RealAudio from "The Century" - ABC News
The story of Frank Conrad and the birth of KDKA
National Museum of Broadcasting
The Beginnings -Telegraphy & Telephony - The original
"Texting"! (and faster than texting)
The Pioneers - Wireless
Giving Radio its Voice
Lee Schaeffer-Holding Image Orthacon Tube
1948 WDTV Channel 3 DuMont TV Camera (with GE logo)
Picture from the TRIBUNE article
Television in Pittsburgh (missing images)
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
Mechanical TV & John Logie Baird
Vladimir Kosma Zworykin -- 1889-1982
Allen B. Dumont and Dumont Laboratories -- 1901-1965
Television Network - Clarke Ingram Program Director of WPXY-FM
Channel 2 DuMont TV Pittsburgh
Goldsmith - IEEE Interview about Allen Dumont
- Dumont 124-A Camera
Pictures and Allen
Dumont - Page by Chuck
Allen B. Dumont developed the Kinescope tube and marketed the
first modern receiver.
Nov. 27, 1948. WDTV Dumont TV Network (Now KDKA-TV ch. 2)
Pittsburgh sends out its first signal, ch. 3 (although Jan. 11,1949, is
considered the programing start date)
Jan. 11, 1949. A two-hour special on all networks celebrates the
linking of eastern and midwestern networks via coaxial cable; WDTV ch.3
- Eyes Of A Generation
- Early Television
- Television History - The
First 75 Years
History of Television
- Television & Radio
& Telegraph & Telephone
- History of Media
Project Must visit!
- 40th Anniversary Photos
- rom "Forty
Years" - WTAE
of Film & Television - High-Tech Productions
Inventors of Television
History of Television
- The Age of
Television - A research paper
of Genius - List of biographies of all the inventors of Radio &
invented what and when ?
Timeline of Televison History
- Every thing you need for a research paper from the CyberSound
The Art, History and Science of Radio and Television
History of the TV Test Pattern
- WQED - First
Public Station in Pittsburgh
- Bill Burns
"...and the news"
invented the remote control
- Dr. Frank G. Back of New York City patented the Zoomar
lens. The device was first used by NBC television in April of 1947.
Considered by Jonny Carson to be the most important change in
television production during his career. Pictures from WMTJ
- The first VCR: Cartrivision
(Churchill High School used Cartivision electronics to convert our
early reel-reel video tape recorders to color.)
- The Rise
and Fall of BetaMax
I have another theory why Beta died.
At the beginning of the format wars, many school we considering which
machine to buy for classroom use. They always purchased on price alone
and VHS became the default educational format. When students
started to encourage their parents to buy a VCR they told their parents that
their school had a new VHS machine. The parents reaction was, "If
VHS is good enough for the schools, It's good enough for us.
The History of Video Tape
Recorders before Betamax and VHS
- LabGuy's World
07, 1963 - Instant replay first used for the Army-Navy game,
broadcast on CBS-TV.
See my "Letter to the Editor": Army-Navy
Game - Published in the January 2000 issue of Smithsonian
- 100 years of
- CLASSIC TV
- TOP 100 ADVERTISING
- Louis W. Parker
- Invented the intercarrier sound system for TV - Extensive
- What Became of TV
Takayanagi - Did he invent TV in Japan?
- Chuck Pharis
- Great TV pictures and links
Class Notes - - Chronology, Bibliography and Time Line - Brad
Technology - The Definitive Guide to TV History - Brad Fortner
- TV Test Patterns
- The TV Test
Card Gallery - The early days of television
- Demo Test Pattern
...for the new people in the business who haven't got a clue as to what has
gone on before!
- History of Color Television -
Extensive pages of information
- Mark's Index to the
History of TV Gateway to TV History site
- Mark's History of TV
Technology: Pioneers - Information on a lot of unknown people
- Jeff Miller's
Collection A large collection of historical links including
A U. S.
Television Chronology, 1875-1970
- TV From Iconoscope to HDTV
and the history of Radio, Pagers, Cell Phones
- Dick Reiman's
Historical Articles AC to Computers
- An Historical
Perspective - Mechanical to HTDV
- HDTV: Resource
An Historical Perspective
and Society - Essays on Radio, Television and other media
- Gerard's Radio Collection
- Old Time Radio Links - Extensive
Film and Television Archive ??
- Chuck Pharis A collector and
restorer of old TV equipment -- lots of pictures
of TV- 50
Best Commercials from Advertising
Age Organized by decades
Park - Museum of Broadcast Technology
- History of
- History of
- 3D TV
without special glasses (I saw a demonstration - works with
one eye closed! L.S.)
- Yesterday USA
- Listen to "Old Time Radio Shows" via RealAudio
- The Broadcast Archive
TV Time Line - Major milestones in TV broadcasting
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