Help Fund a Book About Henry Sutton, Television Pioneer

  In 1890, Henry Sutton, of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, published the diagram above (minus the annotations) in The Telegraphic Journal and Electrical Review. It was, conceivably, the first viable proposal for a complete television system (this diagram shows only an elevation […]  More

It's the End of an Era, But Which?

  The day after the 100th anniversary of the first meeting of the society that became SMPTE, The New York Times reported on July 25, 2016, on the front page of its business section, on the end of an era. […]  More

Crowded Room, Empty Booth

Yesterday, at the 2016 NAB Show in Las Vegas, the National Association of Broadcasters’ big annual event, I visited “The ATSC 3.0 Consumer Experience” at the southernmost end of the corridor outside the upper level of the South Hall. It’s […]  More

Ralph Baruch 1923-2016 (and me)

  Ralph Baruch died on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at age 92. A giant of our industry, after escaping the Nazis in Europe, he was a movie-theater usher, an engineer at Empire Broadcasting, and an ad seller for Channel 5 […]  More

IEEE Proceedings: Fandom of the Opera

  This one has it all, from toxic candles to quantum entanglement, the story of how opera created the modern media world, with full references. Here’s a free link to the paper, published in the March 2016 issue of the Proceedings […]  More

The First Bootleg Recording

  Opera has a long history of bootleg recording. The “Golden Age of Opera” label, begun in the 1950s, used unauthorized off-air recordings from Metropolitan Opera (Met) radio broadcasts. Before that, Wagner-Nichols promoted recorders and recordings of those broadcasts. And […]  More

Let's Go Mets!

  As this is being written, the New York Mets are still contenders for the 2015 baseball championship. They won in 1969 and 1986 after having the worst record in 162-game major-league-season history when they first took the field. When […]  More

HPA Tech Retreat 2016 – Call for Proposals

  Call for Proposals for Presentations at the 2016 HPA Tech Retreat Welcome back from Labor Day! It’s time to get back into the grind and to consider the Hollywood Professional Alliance’s upcoming technology event. The 2016 HPA Tech Retreat […]  More

The Parabolic Mic Was First Used for Opera

When Thomas Edison filed his first patent caveat for motion pictures in 1888, the only purpose he mentioned for them was opera. When SMPTE-founder Charles Francis Jenkins explained in 1925 why TV sets needed both picture displays and loudspeakers, it […]  More

Artistic and Educational "Street" View

Are you in or around Washington, D.C.?  Will you be there anytime soon? If it’s before June 2, get yourself to the West Building of the National Galley of Art for a peek at James Nares’s Street. It’s on the ground […]  More