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The second celebration was for the 612th episode of Dr Paul, the top-rating day program (Lever Bros, 48 stations nationally) - the first recording to be made in the new studio.
Present were the players in Dr Paul and producer Therese Desmond, adaptor Judy Johnstone and sponsor's representative, Norman Mills of Lintas Advertising.
Other visitors included John Taylor, gm of 2UW (serial's Sydney outlet), Francis Levy and Jim McKay, 2UW assistant station manager and sales manager respectively, Noel Battye, Grace Gibson selling rep, Francis 'Pete' Lyon, who is producing a TV film in Australia for Grace Gibson, and Eric Solomon (B&T managing director).
The lavishly-equipped new studios and offices represent a mile-stone in the history of the transcription company, probably the best known in Australia.
Apart from extensive structural alterations to offices to enlarge them, at least £5000 has been spent on new studio recording and auxiliary equipment.
Other improvements to the new headquarters include rubber flooring with sponge rubber base in the studio, effecting a marked improvement in the studio's acoustic properties.
Part of Radio History
For the last twelve months also, veteran radio producer Lawrence H. Cecil has been production manager and responsible for many first-class shows.
Pleasant, highly-popular personality Grace Gibson, a successful businesswoman as well as being a talented and able radio producer, has made herself and her organisation part of commercial radio history in Australia.
Brought out by 2GB 18 years ago, Grace Gibson pioneered American transcriptions here and sold the first American programs (Frank and Archie and Chandu the Magician) to 2GB.
She started the American Radio Transcription Agency - cable address, Artransa, which became the title of Macquarie Broadcasting Service's successful transcription subsidiary.
Headed Hollywood Company
She went back to America at the outbreak of war in the Pacific in 1941 and became the head of a large program-production company in Hollywood.
"Never had a flop"
Numbered among the most successful of its hundreds of shows are Drama of Medicine (which has had world airing), Dossier on Dumetrius, Dragnet, Night Beat, Dramas of the Courts, etc, etc.
It regularly receives congratulatory mail from station listeners in all parts of the world.
Perhaps one of Miss Gibson's boldest and most enterprising ventures, and which promises to be an outstanding success, was the bringing out recently of experienced Hollywood film editor and director, Francis 'Pete' Lyon, to make a television film here for American audiences.
With US interests backing the venture it is tipped to go down big with Americans and possibly lead to a boom in Australian-locale films.
Scripted in typical crisp style it deals with the adventures of an American private detective in Australia.
Lyon has completed shooting ahead of schedule and plans to return to Hollywood on May 12.
The film, if successful, will probably lead to a series of 52 being made here based on the central Al Munch character.
Miss Gibson, who plans to arrange a showing of the completed film in Sydney described the rushes as ''terrific''.
Miss Gibson also has the exclusive representation in Australia for the Standard Library of Hollywood, producers of sound effects discs and which has a large musical library.
Connections with NBC
Her organisation has close connections with the US National Broadcasting Company, from which it buys scripts such as Dragnet, Night Beat, Dr Paul and the Story of Mary Lane.
Panel operator Peter Bernados, joined the organisation from Macquarie.
Future plans, now that the concern is in its new studios, envisage embarking on more ambitious programs such as in the musical field, which it has not so far attempted.
Cleve Costello Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation.
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