Control Room #4
January 1958

This is a view of WCAU Control Room #4 after its conversion to color in January 1958. It was equipped with two RCA TK-41 Color Cameras. WCAU-TV already had an RCA 3-V Film Chain from about 1955 or 1956. This view is looking toward the video controls, the director's position, and the audio position from the door to the hallway. Note the Black & White TV sets atop the RCA Color TV sets.

There were no color monitors available at that time so the sets were "jeeped" for video input. Because of the scarcity of color receivers it was judged important that the appearance of items look equally good in Black & White, hence the Black & White receivers. Note the new RCA TM-6 monitors too. In all other WCAU -TV Control Rooms, the audio position was situated on a lower level in the control room so the audioman could see the studio floor easily.

From the official archives of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Photo originally donated by Broadcast Pioneers member Charlie Higgins
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