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Saturday, September 25, 2010

WGBH Radio Drama in production 1970's

(L-R) NSJ, Dee Dee Doren, Ed Thoman (Click to enlarge)

L-R: Ed Thoman, Rick Hauser, ( ? ) Joan Sullivan, Norma Farber, Jean Harper

NSJ Audio, director Ed Thoman, PA Dee Dee Doren
in WGBH FM Sub-Master Control (click to enlarge)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Comment from "Anonymous" to the post on Classic Theatre

Nat: And I was extremely pleased and proud that Joan did such an extraordinary work in producing this series, the likes of which we will never see again.

I was Director of the NEH Media Program which provided principle funding for this series.
When I was testifying before our Congressional Funding Committee, I was asked by the Chair if we could increase the viewership of the series to double what it had been. I replied,with more deference than usual for me, that that should not be our concern. As it turned out, I stated, more people saw these plays through Classic Theatre than probably saw them as live productions since they were written.
Again, those were heady and stimulating times where very little if any programming on public broadcasting emulated a psychiatrists couch as now seems to be all too much the case on cable.
Joan and many others such as Rick Hauser, Phil Collier, and the ever inventive Mike Ambrosino and Fred Barzack were so very far ahead of anyones' time.

received: September 22, 2010 5:08 PM

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Classic Theatre - 1975

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We can hardly mention classic drama on WGBH (and PBS) without thinking of the one person perhaps most responsible for the many memorable series seen across America. Joan Wilson Sullivan brought us Masterpeice Theatre, Classic Theatre and Mystery! At WGBH Radio, she co-produced and directed the WGBH Radio Development Project. We have Joan to thank for bringing us, among other treasures, "Upstairs, Downstairs, and "Pennies from Heaven." These gems alone would have earned her that special place in the Pantheon of broadcast drama. For those fortunate enough to have shared her dream, Joan was our leader, our muse, and our friend.
Frontspiece Classic Theatre Program Guide

Classic Theatre Shoots - London, 1975

Inside the courtyard of the Temple Church in London, on our way to interview Ian McKellan. Crew (left to right) John MacKnight (lighting), Karl Lorencic (video), Nat Johnson (audio), Greg Macdonald (camera), and John McKnight (tape).  Photo David Atwood

Joan Wilson's interview with Eric Porter. NSJ attaching Joan's microphone. Director David Atwood (also my part-time audio assistant) adjusting Eric Porter's lavalier.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Even more from "George's House"

Faith Pettit - NSJ Polaroid (Click to enlarge)
Sally - NSJ Polaroid (Click to enlarge)
A doorfull of dancers - NSJ Polaroid (Click to enlrage)
Sally - NSJ Polaroid (Click to enlarge)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Andrew Raeburn has passed away.

Today, I received  this comment from Anonymous:
Sadly, Andrew Raeburn passed away from cancer on August 21, 2010 at the age of 77.

My reply:
I did not know of Andrew's cancer, and am very sad to hear of it. Nice that we got that interview, however. It was a good piece, and he was so pleased to hear from me and enjoyed hearing the interview again after all these years. NSJ