A Scrapbook of Cleveland TV Memories » wkyc don rumbaugh behind scenes 1963

control room at TV3 in 1963


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  • 1. David Lee Aldinger  |  October 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Who is Don Rumbaugh anyway?

  • 2. Tim Lones  |  October 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    According to Clevelandmemory.org, Rumbaugh was a WKYC-TV Floor Director

  • 3. Andrew Boggs, BA  |  October 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Amazing, its 1963 and they couldn’t afford to get those guys better chairs? Looks like the company visited garage sales to purchase them? Hey, I’ve seen ham shacks that were better equipped. Hey guys, I really feel for you!-)

  • 4. Dan Hrvatin  |  October 31, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Sorry, Neil. This is a little long Please bear with me:

    1. Don Rumbaugh and I worked together at Channel 3 where he was a producer-director _ one of the best _ never a floor director (at least not when I met him in 1959)! He was also a gifted former professional jazz pianist who, among other programs at Ch. 3, produced a series called “Jazz Idiom,” featuring some of the country’s finest jazz musicians and groups.

    To Don’s right is another producer-director, John Purdy. He was also very good, bringing fresh ideas (and Specials) to both the “Barnaby” and “Woodrow the Woodsman” shows with the late Linn Sheldon and Clay Conroy, respectively. John went out to the West Coast where, I understand, he did quite well for himself.

    Next to John are Ralph Schneider, technical director and George Michaels, video. I don’t recognize the last technician on the right.

    2. And while our old digs on East 6th Street may not have been the greatest, they were not as bad as this photo might suggest. This looks to me like it was a remote set-up somewhere away from our studios. It does not resemble “A” Control or “B” Control . If you blow up the picture on the monitors, it looks like Linn, as Barnaby, is playing his ukelele while Clay as Woodrow is on the left, playing his trombone. Or, because it’s now past 2 in the morning, I could be 1000% wrong as to what the program is!

    I last saw Don back around 1973 or ’74. He was on stage at one of the casinos working with Tim Conway (another Ch. 3 alum), doing a warm-up comedy act for the headliner Petula Clark. My wife and I went backstage to say hi to Tim and Don, but Don was somewhere else. I had hoped to remind him of the following story:

    In 1959 I was still a young kid when I got out of the Army and lucked out getting a job with KYW-TV as an associate director. After about a year and a half in that role, I was having drinks with Don at Pat Joyce’s one evening when he asked what I hoped to do in television. I said, of course, I wanted to be a producer-director. Don then asked me what I was doing to become one. I replied that I hoped my “talents” and hard work would be recognized and that management would move me up some day. “In other words, you’re wating to be discovered,” Don said. Before I could stammer a response, Don said, “If you think you’re really good enough, then walk into that Program Director’s office and tell ’em you’ve been an AD long enough and you’re ready for them to give you a promotion!”

    I did as Don told me and was promoted the next day. Thanks, Don!

  • 5. Andrew Boggs, BA  |  October 31, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Dan, I think that’s great. Your story is uplifting in the sense it encourages one to believe in one’s self. Don Rumbaugh did indeed act as a good mentor in his suggestion. Glad to hear the control rooms were better than the photo indicated. As to Linn Sheldon, I had the pleasure of working with him at WERE NewsTalk 1300 where he did a show for a period of time. Actually he was a pretty neat guy in person. Kinda a thrill when one considers that I grew up watching Barnaby as a kid. Anyways, Dan, thanks for the great story

  • 6. Tim Lones  |  November 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Loved your story..The kind of stories I’d love to see more of out of this site..Never having worked in television, the indication from my research of Don Rumbaugh indicated he directed newscasts..I wasnt sure how to state it in the response..He wasnt a “News Director” though he directed news..”Floor Director” was the best I could come up with.


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