A Visit To Thirteen

“Would I bring my camera,” my normally camera shy west coaster asked? “Yes.” Seriously, this is like a disease with me

Do you know T.J. Lubinsky? He produces the ‘original artists’ pop music shows that help public TV stations make some money to stay on-the-air. He’s the King of PBS pledge break specials. He was in New York City Saturday night which means my secret friend from the San Fernando Valley (who works for T.J.) was in too!

They were at Thirteen–the mothership of public television. Thirteen (actually WNET-TV) maintains two studios in a small space next to Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. It’s so small the control room is in another building farther downtown!

The exterior walls are glass which allows the city to be incorporated into camera shots if desired. It also lets some city noise in, though I consider that a fair price.

TJ and Cousin Brucie were hosting the breaks in the music special where Thirteen asks for money. There were guests including Barbara Feldon, Mickey Dolenz and Denise Richardson.

“Would I bring my camera,” my normally camera shy west coaster asked?

Seriously, this is like a disease with me. When someone encourages me to take more pictures I froth at the mouth.

Everyone who had their picture taken wanted their picture taken. The lighting was mostly very good. The people working there were exceptionally cooperative.

In case you’re wondering Mickey Dolenz and Barbara Feldon were as nice as could be. She still has that amazing voice. It hasn’t changed.

I first met Brucie in 1967. I vividly remember the day. I got to tell him he was very nice to me back then. He seemed glad to hear that.

He has to be older than he looks or acts.

I have a list of people who’d like photos from my visit. Coming.

7 thoughts on “A Visit To Thirteen”

  1. I watched the program last night. I was so nice to see Mickey Dolenz and Barbara Feldon. The whole program was great. I am a monthly contributer to channel 13 but it was so tempting to donate just to the great music. Nice pictures.

  2. I watched it last night and it is on again right now. The current lead vocal for Jefferson Starship is amazing. Paul Revere and the Raiders sound good without Mark Lindsay. Chad and Jeremy were as good as I remember them. I could have lived without the Kingsmen (was that redition of Louis, Louis on the level?) or Question Mark and the Mysterians. I would have preferred to hear the Ventures play Walk, Don’t Run. Peter Noone plays in Connecticut on the fair circuit and he always gives a good show. I always watch T.J. Lubinsky’s programs. He does an especially good job considering that these bands are not part of his demographic. While watching the program, I googled the bands to see how many original members remain. Not many. Jefferson Airplane/Starship was a revolving door of band members over the years. The Raiders have one original member, Paul. There are two versions of Herman’s Hermits touring.

  3. I saw Ct.’s own Gary Decarlo the original voice on the record and one of the composers perform Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey Good Bye !!

  4. “Seriously, this is like a disease with me. When someone encourages me to take more pictures I froth at the mouth.”

    Haha, me too. I’m a nut with my camera, I always have one or another with me. (My dslr, my point and shoot or my boyfriend’s point and shoot)

    Great shots btw! Love your pictures!

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