NAEB Newsletter (Sept 1958)

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projector, 35mm slide projector and TV film camera worth $11,000. PROGRAMS ^ The American Optometric Foundation has given $3,500 to Indiana University for the filming of a special TV series on vision and optometric science. The series, titled “Let’s See,” involves five half-hour shows. Similar programs were inaugurated in the summer of 1955 and additional productions were filmed each of the two succeeding years. PERSONNEL ^ Ernest C. Ball is the new managing director of WKNO-TV, Memphis, Tenn., succeeding Admiral H. M. Martin who resigned. For the past 22 years, Mr. Ball was superintendent of Memphis schools and is presently a member of the State Board of Education. He also served as a trustee and member of the execu¬ tive committee of WKNO. ► Harold B. McCarty, director of the University of Wisconsin radio and television stations and the State Broadcasting Service, was recently honored in a personality sketch published by The Wisconsin State Journal in Madison. Featured in its July 6 issue, the article included a photo-sketch of McCarty and an account of his activities and success with the university stations, WHA (AM), -FM, ana -TV. ^ John E. Young, director of WUNC-TV, Chapel Hill, N. C., started a year’s leave of absence this month to join the staff of the ETRC in Ann Arbor, Mich. As program associate at the Center, he will consult with ETV stations in the Midwest and radio stations throughout the country. ^ Edward G. Sherburne, Jr. recently accepted a position as head of the Department of Visual Com¬ munications at the University of California in Berke¬ ley. ^ The appointment of Gregory G. Harney, Jr. as Production Manager of WGBH-TV, Boston, became effective this month. During the past year, Harney was retained by the ETRC as a consultant for several of the nation’s ETV stations. He has also just pro¬ duced a film on TV lighting which will be used by ETV stations on the air and by others as they begin operation. For the past eight years, Harney was lighting director for CBS-TV in New York. y Two administrators who were invited' to partici¬ pate in last month’s NAEB Station Management Seminar were unable to attend due to illness. John Dunn of KUED, Norman, Okla., recently returned to his home after hospitalization. However, Vernon Bronson, from WTHS-TV in Miami, is still seriously ill and is confined to Jackson Memorial Hospital. \t> Three more Broadcasting Pioneers claim their status. Since the last Newsletter, we’ve heard from Graydon Ausmus, Director of Broadcasting Services, University of Alabama, University; John Groller, Secretary for Religious Broadcasting of the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church, New York City; and Tracy F. Tyler, NAEB Journal Editor and member of the University of Minnesota faculty in Minneapolis, teaching radio-TV education to teachers ana prospective teachers. James M. Morris, Director of Educational Radio and TV, Oregon State System of Higher Education, Cor¬ vallis, Ore.; E. A. Hungerford, Jr., Director of op¬ erations, Metropolitan Educational Television Assn., Inc, New York City; and Paul C. Reed, Director of Instructional Materials, Rochester (N. Y.) Board of Education. TV TECHNICAL TIPS —Cecil S. Bidlack On July 31, the FCC adopted a new policy regarding the operation of private television microwave links. We quote the new statement of policy: “Television broadcast station licensees will have the option of operating their own private television intercity relay facilities or obtaining intercity tele¬ vision transmission service from communications common carriers in all cases except those in which a direct interconnection is desired with common carrier facilities. Such relay stations are not to be used as intermediate links in common carrier intercity tele¬ vision transmission facilities.” The above ruling means that it will now be pos¬ sible for educational stations to build state or re¬ gional networks regardless of the fact that common carrier service is available to serve the stations or cities interconnected. In the past, private facilities were authorized, however once the common carrier facilities were available to provide the service, they were obligated to use it regardless of the fact that their own microwave links were providing a satis¬ factory service at a much lower annual cost. The Commission, in announcing this policy, stipulates that “the use of frequencies for intercity relaying shall be on a secondary basis and subject to the condition that no harmful interference is caused to television pickup and television STL stations”. At the present time, there are about 50 private MCW links in use including those at ETV stations in Ala- SEPTEMBER, 1958 7