Online Resource for Researching the History of Television & Broadcasting

 

 

 

This website contains PDF and audio files that speak of Broadcasting, from its earliest days of radio to the rise of networks and television. All files are here for free download and may be used for editorial or research purposes.
The list in red to the left of this screen contains speeches and interviews of influential people who have shaped broadcasting from the 1920s to the 2000s. When you see PDF in a listing, it is PDF only. Otherwise, all files are mp3 audio.
This site is sponsored by Pat Mitchell, in loving memory of her late husband, John H. Mitchell. John Mitchell was President of Screen Gems/Columbia Pictures Television, President of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (bestowers of Emmy), President of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, and founder of The Television Hall of Fame.

 

 

Audio Files

Helios Alvarez
President Screen Gems 
Latin America 
1960s on

Joe Barbera
Animation
1940s on

Rona Barrett
Entertainment News
1960s on 

Ted Bergmann
GM of Dumont
1940s on

Ed Bleier
Programmer/ABC
1950s on

Sheldon Cooper
Tribune Entertainment
1970s on

Alan Courtney
NBC Station Relations
MCA
1940s on

Bob Daly
Programmer
President CBS
1950s on

Doug Duitsman
Unit Publicist
Screen Gems
1950s on
Seymour Friedman
Director
Columbia Pictures
1930s on 

Fred Friendly
CBS News President 
1930s on

Bud Grant
Programming NBC/CBS
President CBS
1950s on

Ted Key
Cartoonist of Hazel
1930s on 

David Levy
Programmer/NBC
Producer
1960s on

Charles Mechem
Chairman
Taft Broadcasting
1950s on

John H. Mitchell 
President/Screen Gems
President ATAS
Founder/TV Hall of Fame
1940s on

John H. Mitchell PDF

Bill Paley
Chairman/CBS 
1930s on

Fred Pierce
Programmer/ABC
1950s on

Tricia Robin
Exec Director/ATAS
1970s on

Herman Rush
Exec Producer
1950s on
Edgar Scherick
Creator of ABC's
Wide World of Sports
Exec Producer
1940s on

George Schlatter
Producer
1950s on

Frank Stanton
President/CBS
1940s on

Renee Valente
Producer
1950s on

Ed Vane
Programmer/NBC/ABC
1940s on

Pat Weaver
Chairman/NBC
1950s on

Bob Wehling
Procter & Gamble
1960s on

Larry White
Programmer/CBS/NBC
President/Screen Gems
1940s on

Ethel Winant
Casting Director
1950s on

David Wolper
Creator of Documentaries
Miniseries and
Grand Extravaganzas
1950s on

About the audio files

The audio files are a gracious gift of journalist Morrie Gelman, who recorded them from 1970 to 1993.

A veteran journalist, Morrie Gelman began his career in the New York City mailroom of radio network Mutual Broadcasting System on the cusp of television commanding the attention of the American public. For several years afterwards he worked as an assistant to nationally syndicated columnist Earl Wilson before a brief stint as a general assignment reporter for the New York Post.
Mr.Gelman spent 12 years as senior correspondent for Broadcasting Magazine (now Broadcasting & Cable), working at various times out of that publication's New York, Washington, D.C. and Hollywood offices. While at Broadcasting, Mr. Gelman had the privilege of traveling the country interviewing 125 broadcast pioneers, including Bill Paley and Frank Stanton of CBS as well as Niles Trammell and John Royal of NBC, about their experiences in forming the radio and television industries. To read the rest of the bio, click here...

Thank you Morrie

STAY TUNED...More coming

Between now, April 2006, and the end of of this year, we will be adding many more hours of audio that are in process of being digitized from the original cassettes. Also coming are more PDFs, and a photo gallery of stills from John Mitchell's collection. Click here to see what's new since April 2006...

 

And finally, our thanks to C. David Reader for website design, audio editing, and analog to digital transfers.

About the PDF files

All PDF files were made from paper documents contained in John H. Mitchell's file cabinet archives, preserved by Pat Mitchell. Click here to go to PDF section of the website...

 

We are still in the process of acquiring legal permission to show some of John's files on this website. More will be added to this site at a later date (after April, 2006).

 

To view PDFs, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader, free at adobe.com.