I’m very excited. I recently unearthed a cache of archival photos from the station’s 60+ year history. Many of these go back long before my time and I cannot even be certain who or what is pictured. Still, they are extremely interesting and a snapshot of UNC-TV during its early, formative years.
This week’s photo: a shot of an Open House held in 1983 at our Raleigh studios. Way back in the day, UNC-TV (at that time the UNC Center for Public Television) was spread out across the Triangle in various locations (NC State, UNC-CH, Chatham County). In 1989, all forces were assembled in the RTP in the then newly-constructed Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Communications Center, where we reside today.
I think you’ll recognize some familiar faces from our programming perched atop the Raleigh studios. If you happened to visit this Open House in the early 80s, drop me a line and let me know (I was but a viewer at the time).
Of all the sets used for local productions here at UNC-TV, the most fascinating will always be that of The Woodwright’s Shop with Roy Underhill. It is chock full of interesting knickknacks from previous seasons and all sorts of woodworking bric-a-brac. For instance, here’s a shot of a wooden boot on a stool. Nothing more, nothing less … just a wooden boot. A pretty cool sight nonetheless.
I recently caught sight of this promotional poster for UNC-TV’s own The Woodwright’s Shop with Roy Underhill. It could have been used for a variety of reasons but it was hanging out in our design department the other day awaiting its next assignment.
As you might imagine, working at a TV station like UNC-TV allows a person to meet any number of celebrities, big and small. Some have appeared as guests on original programming we produce, others have assisted with on-air fund drives to promote their own shows. Some have stopped by to take part in events and others were just passing through. Regardless of how they got here, an encounter with someone whose name recognition far exceeds my own can range from run-of-the-mill to downright thrilling.
So I thought I’d put together My Top Five Public Television Celebrity Encounters. These only include folks I met in person – someone I talked with face to face, rather than just stood with in the same room (otherwise Julia Child and Bill Nye would be on the list). Also, the list does not include people with public broadcasting connections whom I met outside of work at, say, a Doctor Who convention (Elisabeth Sladen and Jon Pertwee, for example). And I obviously do not include celebrities that stopped by UNC-TV if I did not meet them in person (oh so close, James Taylor and Nathan Lane!).
Regardless, it’s a fun list. All these lovely people I did get to say hello to at least once. So enjoy MY TOP FIVE: PUBLIC TELEVISION CELEBRITY ENCOUNTERS. Continue reading →
A little piece of UNC-TV’s past (in fact, I’m not sure exactly how far back this goes) – it’s a Woodwright’s Shop smock! Just perfect for holding tools while you lathe.
If memory serves, this was a promotional item found in a box of Woodwright’s Shop goodies that was given away to underwriters, donors and the like – probably as long ago as the early 1980s. Sadly, the box and other items are long gone but the smock remains.
One of the key jewels in the UNC-TV crown is The Woodwright’s Shop with Roy Underhill. Now in its 35th season, The Woodwright’s Shop is produced here at UNC-TV and presented on PBS stations throughout the country. However, in the off season, the Woodwright set sits idle – idle but never boring.
I snapped these pictures of the Woodwright Shop sans the usual woodworking activity. And, yes, that is a cardboard Roy standing guard.