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Photo portrait of John Wentworth. Head of public relations for CBS Television Distribution. Wentworth joined Paramount Television — predecessor to CBS Television Studios — in 1983. Received Emerson's Alumni Achievement Award in 1984.

Artist's sketch of TV production studio and broadcast journalism studio. Elkus / Manfredu Architects Ltd.

Three reporters at a news desk. Wide shot also shows television crew and studio equipment. Mass Communication dept. Photo is dated "before 1985.".

1970 - 1989

Female student behind a Norelco television camera appears to be adjusting her headset.


Smartly-dressed students pose for a group photo with Emerson Professor of Mass Communications, George Quenzel (kneeling, right) and Emerson’s Director of Special Events, Brooks Russell. They are holding up a newspaper headline that reads: “Emerson Students Looking for Jobs in L.A.”. Emerson students made their first organized trip to Los Angeles in 1980, under the leadership of Lenny Riendeau and George Quenzel. Students found it such a rewarding experience that the trip it was repeated the next year. The 1981 trip is pictured here. This four-week long, credit-bearing course, titled Hollywood Seminar: Techniques in Comedy, was held during winter intersession. The 1981 trip included studio tours, tapings, readings and interviews. The itinerary listed the following visits: The Jeffersons, Games People Play, Soap, Happy Days, CBS News, M*A*S*H, Lou Grant, The Merv Griffin Show, Wheel of Fortune, Academy of T.V. Arts & Sciences, Bob Keene (scenic designs and techniques), American Film Institute (AFT), American Music Awards, Archie Bunker’s Place, Mork and Mindy, The Johnny Carson Show, ABC, West Side Waltz, a tour of Disney Land, and a tour of Universal City.


Student on the front steps of 130 Beacon. Property signage displays the new name, "Emerson College, established 1880," as well as directional signage pointing the way to "FM station WERS" and "Drama workshop in rear." Originally built as private residences, 130 Beacon was part of a group of Back Bay buildings held by Emerson College. The college purchased 130 Beacon in 1933 to house administrative offices and classrooms. It became the flagship building of Emerson's Back Bay campus and over the years would also served as the base for The Emerson Review, The Berkeley Beacon and EIV, as well as the college library and a television studio. President Ross created the college's first theater in the Carriage House, located behind 128 and 130 Beacon. In 1939, the name of the institution was shortened from Emerson College of Oratory to Emerson College to coincide with expanded course offerings. 130 Beacon was a popular student hangout known as the Wall. Upon learning that Emerson was selling all of the college’s west side properties and relocating to complete the vision of the "Campus on the Common," Emerson students, staff, and faculty lamented the loss of the Beacon Street buildings for their character which lent itself to a unique sense of community. "I guess if you ask anyone from Emerson from the Beacon Street era, they would say The Wall was one of the best things about Emerson. It was like our Facebook. Behind The Wall was a huge sheet stretched between posts. All the events and news were posted daily. It was the central gathering point for campus life." - Barbara Ruthberg, BS '68. Info sources: Berkeley Beacon (10/19/2005); webpages: Past-presidents, Editorial style guide, Memories of the Library; online video: "Pete Chvany reminisces at the wall.”.

1950 - 1959

Lower level photo of the Tufte Center entrance on Boylston Place. People are shown exiting the building. A sandwich board sign next to a street lantern reads “TUFTE” with an arrow. Purple and gold Emerson banners hang from the 2nd floor. Buildings across the alley can be seen reflected in the glass windows. In 2003, the Tufte Production and Performance (PPC) building became the first purpose built structure created and built for Emerson College. It is named in honor of Emerson College trustee Marillyn Zacharis' parents, Norman I. and Mary E. Tufte. The state-of-the-art building was designed by Elkus/Manfredi architects and constructed by the Lee Kennedy Co., at the same time Emerson undertook the restoration of the historic Cutler Majestic Theatre next door. Info sources: Elkus-Manfredi;; Lee Kennedy website; Emporis; Imagine magazine..

Miss Hunt, wearing headset, operates a Dage television camera. WERS closed-circuit television (CCTV) made it's first broadcast in 1955.


Two men seated at a long table facing a row of small television monitors, their backs to the camera. One of them wears headphones.


Two men seated at a long table facing a row of small television monitors, their backs to the camera. One of them wears headphones.


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