Thanks Ray-I remember from the early 1970's that WTVT had been an early station (Tampa) that was hooked up to AT&T, and certainly remember Jackie Gleason live from Miami...at that time I lived 50 miles North of NY City and believe it or not would go to NY and literally 'hang around' CBS' Ops Center in the Grand Central Terminal - no security, no cops, just a geeky high school senior wanting to be a TV engineer. ?The good old days, eh?
"Yooper Tom" Scanlan?
From: Ray_Vaughan_99 <ray@...
Sent: Sat, Sep 12, 2009 10:50 pm
Subject: [coldwarcomms] Re: AT&T on Florida Turnpike
If it helps, many feeds headed north likely started from the (then) CBS affiliate WTVJ, channel 4 in downtown Miami. It was a few blocks from the old old Franklin CO which is still standing in downtown Miami. I think it even still has its tower, paths long since blocked I'm sure. The WTVJ studios were torn down.
I think the Jackie Gleason Show Color cameras went to WTVJ, then to the University of Miami. Other events that may have traveled on that microwave path would be many games from the recently demolished Orange Bowl including the U of Miami Hurricanes and the Dolphins. No matter which network had the game, it was the WTVJ cameras cables and trucks that were used. Other live from Miami TV of the era could have been the Orange Bowl Parade, The 1972 Democratic and Republican Conventions and I'm sure many others I'm forgetting.
Trivia I do remember. The phone system that Southern Bell installed in the Miami Beach Convention Center was called SCOPE. I wish I remembered what that stood for. I think they used a lot of Trimline phones. As a kid that would end up in telecommunications, I remember a story about that phone system more than the convention itself.
But it was indeed Jackie Gleason that put Miami on the TV (network) map. He is buried a few miles from me.
--- In email@example.com, Wbkppres <tomandsue@...> wrote:
> I have a 1959 map showing telco video circuits from Miami to Tampa to Daytona/Orlando and thence to Jacksonville. Another shows a circuit from W Palm to Orlando to Jax, with a feeder from Orlando stubbing at Tampa.
> Assume this was hi level balanced coax or well maintained T-2 microwave, as Jackie Gleason (CBS) originated live from Miami - in color - from the early 60's. Could have been a round robin once out of FL, or perhaps a straight shot to CBS NY Ops? Anyone out there familiar with that routing, every Sat night 8:00PM Eastern?
> "Yooper Tom" Scanlan
> Copper Falls, M
> Breckenridge, CO
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