Dr. Samuel Gould
Wednesday, May 20, 1964
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
From Municipal catalog: "Samuel B. Gould, President Educational Broadcasting Corp. Channel 13 speaks about the TV station and educational TV in general."
McGurn introduces the head table. Gould describes educational television as "a great and largely unused instrument for the solution of community problems and ills," rather than as a means of broadcasting community problems. Channel 13 is doing well fiscally, but it will always need money. Briefly mentions popular shows "The City, "The Comers," and "Pleased to Meet You." Plans to obtain a high frequency channel. A survey of viewers. Educational television has not devoted any substantial energies, talents, and resources, to the solution of community problems through its ability to reach large numbers of people. The community has not turned to educational broadcasting as much as it should.
E-TV can solve problems of the aged: bring in to their homes the information and counsel of volunteer work, social activities, medical and legal counsel. Laborers in need of job retraining: E-TV programming can perform this task. Unemployed: how to find jobs, how to apply for jobs, how to dress and act in interviews. Lip reading lessons for "deaf and dumb." Low-income housewives: information on budgeting, furnishing a home inexpensively, caring for a baby, adding to the family income; should run in English and Spanish. Job guidance for teenagers. Services and rights for recent immigrants. Typing courses.
Operation Alphabet for illiterate people, courses in English for Spanish-speakers.
Q&A: Led by Joe Newman. Do newspapers already serve this purpose? E-TV can help. Where will the money come from? Legislation to tax television for E-TV? Would probably never be accepted by the American people; we've come to accept free television. Jack White (?) weighs in as well: it is anti-tradition. A government grant? Gould describes current offers, doesn't want government control.
Unused portions: Begins with club matters. Several questions relate to a questionnaire that revealed the large viewership of the station (over 1 million viewers) and the types of programs that have the greatest appeal among viewers. Channel 14.
Gould fields questions about pay television options - such as a "scrambled system" that could provide educational options to professionals such as doctors or dentists.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 70499
Municipal archives id: T1569