Richard Wirth had barely learned to read when he began burying himself in anything he could find about that glowing box in the living room. The more he read (and of course watched), the more he dreamed of one day becoming a part of the world of television production. Stops on his life timeline include a few local stations, several mid-western production companies, American Forces Television while in the Army and the Motion Picture Association. Along the way, the path lead him to NBC’s beautiful downtown Burbank and later, NBC News. Always looking for new toys to play with, he launched a venture that became the Network Group, a production and transmission services company specializing in planning and providing production services for adhoc live broadcasts for the networks and corporate television. Along the way, he added consulting and teaching to his resume. Today he is Manager, Post Production, for the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California/

CBS and New York’s Grand Central Terminal

CBS and New York’s Grand Central Terminal

When I was in elementary school I occasionally suffered from childhood ailments that kept me home from school. If I felt well enough to come downstairs I would take my…

Camera Cranes From the Beginning:

Camera Cranes From the Beginning:

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The Electronic Side of Color Media

The Electronic Side of Color Media

In our previous installment, we looked at the history of color in film. Film color evolved over the years from hand painting directly on the film frames to various photochemical…

A Short History of Color in Film and Television

A Short History of Color in Film and Television

The beginning of the photochemical film process came in the form of still photography at the end of the first quarter of the 19th century (around 1826). It would be…

Vintage TV Studios in Modern Film and Television

Vintage TV Studios in Modern Film and Television

Have you ever watched a movie or a television program set in a time decades ago that had a scene take place in television studio and wonder where did they…

Communications Satellites

Communications Satellites

The year 2017 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the first artificial earth object to orbit this planet. Sputnik 1 was launched on October 4th, 1957, from what is now known…

Kinescope Recording – Television’s Antique Recording Medium

Kinescope Recording – Television’s Antique Recording Medium

I’ve written about restoration of television programs before. But the master copies were usually on videotape that didn’t start showing up until the late 1950’s. The forerunner…

Remote Productions:  The Traveling Road Show Continues

Remote Productions: The Traveling Road Show Continues

In our first examination into the origins of television remotes, we explored the first mobile units designed to leave the confines of studios and cover events, particularly sports, from anyplace…

Remote Broadcasts: Television’s Traveling Roadshow

Remote Broadcasts: Television’s Traveling Roadshow

As television struggles to re-invent itself to stay relevant in a world increasingly getting their video fix from so-called “second screens” (tablets, laptops, smart phones or something not…

Going Back in Time at the NAB Show

Going Back in Time at the NAB Show

As the NAB Show opened and most attendees scrambled to get up to speed on the future of IP, 4K and HDR video from companies showing their latest and greatest…