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“The Western Australian TV Pioneer and philanthropist Sir James Cruthers is the subject of the next AMMPT ‘inFocus’ presentation. On screen, we will see Sir James Cruthers himself, presenting anecdotes about key events from 1959 until his retirement in 1981. Other early TV personalities will add ‘behind the scenes’ stories to enrich the presentation. Sir […]

Being paid to have fun by Tom Creamer TVW 1965 – 1996

Posted by ken On November - 8 - 2009

Thirty One of the Past Fifty Years 1965 – 1996 ( Being paid to have fun ) By Tom Creamer I joined TVW7 in December 1965. I’d recently migrated from England and was looking for work. I phoned the station on the off chance they might have a vacancy and was lucky enough to be […]

Ahh not again” When I arrived at Epsom Ave in Belmont, there was, as far as the eye could see, dozens and dozens of Swan taxis and police cars down the whole length of the ave….called back to Darcy…and he sent Don H. … We ended up in Gnagarra pine plantation to where Robinson had escaped, and spent the night with TVW 4 wheel drive with generator and lights on the roof searching for the villain…..continued through to the following afternoon and he was eventually captured in a bush block in Beechboro ?

TVW On-Air Presentation

Posted by KeithMackenzie On October - 12 - 2009

ON-AIR PRESENTATION – “The Way It Used To Be” as recalled by former TVW Senior Director, Keith Mackenzie. Behind the glass wall is Terry Green in AMU1 VMU1 personnel Left to Right: Keith Mackenzie, Gerry Swift, Max Taylor and his Lighting Assistant. When you watch Television in Australia, today, in 2009, and view a Commercial […]

Vic Jones reflects on the early days of Audio

Posted by ken On October - 1 - 2009

Vic Jones (TVW 1960-1966, 1983-1995, 2006 ‘till now) reflects on the early days of Audio. Vic Jones remembers back when things were a “bit different”. People say how great things were back in the 60’s…I say how great things are now. In those early days basically “good sound” was when you could make out what […]

Lindsay Smith – TVW Audio Operator 1961-1968

Posted by ken On September - 8 - 2009

Lindsay Smith was a audio operator who worked for TVW from January 1961 to January 1968. Lindsay Smith in TVW’s Audio Contol Room for Studio 2 on New Years Eve 1963-1964 Lindsay and wife Lyn on New Years Eve 1963-1964 Lindsay and Lyn at the 1964 TVW Ball In December 1964, Lindsay took a break […]

Video Editing

Posted by ken On April - 9 - 2009

How technology has changed… In the early 1960’s, videotape cut editing was common for major program productions, such as Homicide. Often the master tapes were distributed, and one could hear and see the splices pass through the video headwheel assembly of the quadraplex machines during broadcast. The technique was used by TVW too, though there […]

Shane Nugent Videotape Operations 1974-2004

Posted by ken On April - 8 - 2009

Shane Nugent worked in the TVW videotape area from 1974 to 2004, during which time Channel 7 made the transition to colour. Videotape equipment evolved considerably during this period from quadraplex two inch low-band black and white reel to reel, to two inch high-band colour reel to reel and cassette machines. The technology also improved […]

Dianne and Barry Hodge

Posted by ken On April - 5 - 2009

Starting in telecine, where she operated 16mm film and slide projectors and the massive caption scanner which housed the station clock, the crawl for program credits and two carousels of caption card, that contained artwork for either program or advertising content.

… Barry Hodge at the controls of Telecine TVW underwent a massive expansion in 1968, relocating all the technical and operational facilities in a new purpose built building, to house the new colour telecine chain and videotape, in preparation for the arrival of colour television in 1975.


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