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January 17, 2009

CBS Blackrock Building in New York City

CBS Blackrock Building in New York City

The following photographs are from the LIFE Magazine photography archive.   Here is  a look back at some of the people and places that made CBS such a stylish and illustrious network.

Busy scene in CBS newsroom on election night - November 1952

Busy scene in CBS newsroom on election night - November 1952

TV entertainer, Jackie Gleason, sitting at coffee table, signing new contract with CBS while manager and executives watch - 1956

TV entertainer, Jackie Gleason, sitting at coffee table, signing new contract with CBS while manager and executives watch - 1956

Actors John Ericson (L) and Ralph Bellamy (R) rehearsing scene for Playhouse 90 "Heritage of Anger" at CBS TV City - 1956

Actors John Ericson (L) and Ralph Bellamy (R) rehearsing scene for Playhouse 90 "Heritage of Anger" at CBS TV City - 1956

Composer Frank Loesser, CBS TV producer Edward R. Murrow, Samuel Goldwyn (L-R) & unident. others in Goldwyn's office during CBS crew's visit to set of filming of motion picture "Hans Christian Andersen" - 1952

Composer Frank Loesser, CBS TV producer Edward R. Murrow, Samuel Goldwyn (L-R) & unident. others in Goldwyn's office during CBS crew's visit to set of filming of motion picture "Hans Christian Andersen" - 1952

CBS News correspondent Daniel Schorr working at press table (pipe in mouth) w. unident. others during Watergate hearings - June 1973

CBS News correspondent Daniel Schorr working at press table (pipe in mouth) w. unident. others during Watergate hearings - June 1973

CBS President Frank Stanton sitting at his desk - 1948

CBS President Frank Stanton sitting at his desk - 1948

Designer William Golden with his new "eye design" logo for CBS which was influence by "Shaker Design"

Designer William Golden with his new "eye design" logo for CBS which was influence by "Shaker Design"

CBS White House correspondent Robert Pierpoint - 1965

CBS White House correspondent Robert Pierpoint - 1965

Dr. George Gallup appearing on CBS-Television series called "America Speaks." - 1948

Dr. George Gallup appearing on CBS-Television series called "America Speaks." - 1948

CBS Pres. Fred Friendly - 1967

CBS Pres. Fred Friendly - 1967

Actor Bob Crosby working on a TV commercial at CBS TV City - 1956

Actor Bob Crosby working on a TV commercial at CBS TV City - 1956

Overall exterior view of new CBS Television City complex, consisting of offices and station studios - 1952

Overall exterior view of new CBS Television City complex, consisting of offices and station studios - 1952

Pres. of CBS Frank Stanton - 1966

Pres. of CBS Frank Stanton - 1966

Chairman of CBS William Paley - 1966

Chairman of CBS William Paley - 1966

Men working in the control room of CBS TV City - 1956

Men working in the control room of CBS TV City - 1956

Pres. of CBS Frank Stanton - 1966

Pres. of CBS Frank Stanton - 1966

CBS newman Walter Cronkite filing a report - 1956

CBS newsman Walter Cronkite filing a report - 1956

Mr. Frank Sinatra during recording session at CBS - 1947

Mr. Frank Sinatra during recording session at CBS - 1947

Al Hirschfeld with daughter Nina - 1961 (Image LIFE Archive)

Al Hirschfeld with daughter Nina - 1961 (Image LIFE Archive)

Al Hirschfeld was an American cartoonist known for his amazing caricature portraits of celebrities.  Hirschfeld also liked to hide the name of his daughter “Nina” in his cartoons.  Below are a small selection of some of my favorites.

TV Guide cover from November 3, 1956 featuring Edward R. Murrow

TV Guide cover from November 3, 1956 featuring Edward R. Murrow

Rod Serling

Rod Serling

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

The Marx Brothers

The Marx Brothers

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

John Lennon

John Lennon

CBS – Home of Great Hosts

October 28, 2008

The Columbia Broadcasting System has not only produced great programing during it’s long and illustrious history, it also has produced some great hosts. Two of my favorites are Edward R. Murrow and Rod Serling. Not only were these guys impeccably dressed chain-smokers, they were also brilliant in their fields. Mr. Murrow, who criticized the Red Scare and helped bring about the political downfall of Senator McCarthy, began his career with CBS in 1950 on “The CBS Evening News” and soon after appeared on various programing including: “See it Now” & “Person to Person”. I love these photographs of Mr. Murrow below, especially the old microphones and television screens in the background.

Check out the old microphone

The old camera and broadcast room is incredible!

Rod Serling, was the creator, host, and also a writer for CBS’ hit series “The Twilight Zone”. Serling used the show to express his progressive social views veiled with a touch of Science Fiction. Mr. Serling, a U.S. Army paratrooper in World War II was wounded in combat and awarded the Purple Heart along with a Bronze Star. He suffered terribly from flashbacks and war time nightmares and these were a driving force behind his writing. I have always loved Mr. Serlings aesthetic: trim and clean blazer, white oxford, skinny tie, and a cigarette…

Rod with his typewriter

One the original 1950's wool sharkskin suits