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1959
Phil Gries, at the age of 16 years old, records first television audio air checks on 1/4" reel to reel Webcor Stereophonic tape recorder, from his home in Brooklyn, New York. The interest to preserve television audio develops into a passion, recording over a thousand broadcasts, mostly during the early 1960's including the LOST NBC TELEVISION JFK assassination bulletins by Don Pardo, Red Barber's LOST TV call of Roger Maris' 61st Home Run, HERE'S HOLLYWOOD interviews with Buster Keaton, Steve McQueen, Bud Abbott, Bronco Billy Anderson, etc., which eventually leads to the creation and development of ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC., a peerless TV Audio Air Check Archive, which uniquely exists over a half century later.

 

1987
Phil Gries visits The Museum of Broadcasting in New York City for the first time. Realization that there is an enormous amount of television programs not contained in the collection at the museum, and the realization that hundreds of represented sound tracks in Phil Gries' personal collection represent LOST television programs, which only exist as sound...having personally audio tape recorded them twenty eight years ago.

 

1987-1988
First independent research collating all television audio air checks which were originally recorded by Phil Gries...detailing exact air dates, and data related to each program on each tape.

 

1987-1997
First communications and solicitations from MEDIA ARCHIVES, MUSEUMS & UNIVERSITIES. Donations of peerless TV audio from Phil Gries collection given to The Paley Center for Media (formerly known as The Museum of Broadcasting and The Museum of Television & Radio), and to The Library of Congress, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Museum of Broadcast Communications, Library of American Broadcasting, National Public Broadcasting Archives, many others.

 

1988
First usage of television air checks from the ATA archive...creating and editing a biography in sound on the career of Jimmy Durante. The original 78 minute audio tape titled, 'Durante: His Life and Music in Retrospect' has a running time of 78 minutes. It is entirely created and edited using only original JD television interviews and performances.

 

1988-1989
Phil Gries personal in-person interviews...discussions related to lost television broadcasts, with Steve Allen, Hugh Downs, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Charles Kuralt, many others.

 

1989
Incorporation of ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC. (COLLECTOR'S CHOICE ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO INC.)

 

1989
Initiated first Post Office mailing address for ATA to conduct correspondence and business (P.O. Box 182, Flushing, New York, 11367)

 

1990
First sale of an archival television audio air check to a client.

 

1992
Move ATA collection from Flushing New York to Albertson, New York. Change Post Office Mailing address (P.O. Box 88, Albertson, New York 11507).

 

1994
First printing of a 159 page Archival Television Audio, Inc. print catalog.

 

1994-2000
First reviews received in publications regarding ATA, including articles and commentary in The Big Reel, Classic Images, Classic TV, The TV Collector, Audience, Celebrity Collector, TV Chronicles, Rerun, others.

 

1995
Acquire Dave Williams television audio air check collection.

 

1995
Acquire selected Bill Mackey television audio air checks.

 

1996-2000
Newspaper profiles written about ATA founder and owner, Phil Gries, published over a period of four years in The New York Times, Newsday, The New York Daily News & The New York Post.

 

1996
Vince DiPalma associates with Archival Television Audio, Inc. Currently, ATA Managing Director, and in charge of communications.

 

1996
Live Television broadcast from the archive studio of Archival Television Audio, Inc. (Old Westbury, New York) profiling the collection of the Archival Television Audio, Inc. Archive...demonstrations, air checks, and interview with Phil Gries.

 

1996
Acquire Louis Schrammel television audio air check collection.

 

1997-2006
Nine year correspondence with Woody Allen, receiving twenty one detailed mostly hand written letters from him, in return for Phil Gries / ATA sending Mr. Allen forty one television audio air checks related to Woody Allen's television career as a writer and performer (1955-1968), prior to his Motion Picture career as a director.

 

1997
Acquire Lee Hoffman television audio air check collection.

 

1997
Acquire Pat Rispole television audio air check collection.

 

1998
First appearance of ATA on the internet, linked in AUDIENCE MAGAZINE website "Out of the Archives."

 

1998
First screen credit for Archival Television Audio, Inc. Two hour documentary broadcast "NYTV: BY THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT" (PBS WNET N.Y. Channel 13 - December 14, 1998).

 

1998
Major review of ATA archive by columnist Paul Holbrook in THE BIG REEL publication, "AS SEEN ON TV."

 

1998
Second edition expanded 256 page print catalog issued by ATA.

 

1998
First standard opening announcement recorded and used on each new master ATA recording by Dorielle Rogers and Lawrence Geddie.

 

1998
Acquire selected Bill Anthony television audio air checks from his personal collection.

 

1998
Acquire selected George Vlasto television audio air checks.

 

1999
Acquire selected Don Chichester television audio air checks.

 

1999
Acquire selected Fred Berney television audio air checks.

 

1999
National Public Radio profile of Phil Gries and ATA on segment of 'All Things Considered / Lost & Found Sound' broadcast from Washington DC.

 

1999
First installment of an ATA television transcript pertaining to a "lost television interview" published in RERUN MAGAZINE...feature, "VOICES FROM THE PAST."

 

2000
XM Satellite Radio offering of a yearly contract to Phil Gries / Archival Television Audio, Inc. to present a weekly series ('This Day In Television History')... a five minute broadcast retrospective, each evening, using the ATA collection resource, hosted by Phil Gries.

 

2000
Acquire selected Steve Tompkins television audio air checks.

 

2001
Phil Gries presenter / speaker at the 35th annual National ARSC (Association of Recorded Sound Collections) conference at the British Library, in London England.

 

2002
Mark Gadson associates with Archival Television Audio, Inc. First webmaster overseeing construction of initial ATA website and its maintenance. Advisor and on-going contributor to ATA website.

 

2002
Initiation of an ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC. internet website (www.atvaudio.com).

 

2002
ATA official acceptance as a record holder (ID # 5364) by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS.

 

2002-2007
ATA resource of peerless audio air checks used in a retrospective historical news series broadcast by National Public Radio, with host Walter Cronkite. John McDonough writer / producer. Art Silverman executive producer.

 

2003
Matthew Barba associates with Archival Television Audio, Inc. as first major contributor, implementing and programming new data and designing and implementing initial home page boarder photo collage.

 

2004
Jon Levitt associates with Archival Television Audio, Inc. as primary contributor, programming new data to the ATA website.

 

2004
Move studio of ATA from Old Westbury, New York to Sea Cliff, New York.

 

2005
Civil Rights Movement (1956-1968) compilation link added to the ATA website.

 

2006
Announcer Jerry Immel creates new standard voice opening which introduces the ATA online website and each new master recording.

 

2007
Joint marketing agreement with NEW MEDIA DYNAMICS...the engine that converts content into Visible Audio Content. Craig Powers implements a number of audio and text samplers to the ATA website as well as additional implementations to the ATA website.

 

2007
Photo Session and two hour interview at the ATA Archival studio in Sea Cliff, New York by Newsday's Diane Werts.

 

2007
Space Exploration (1956-1972) compilation link added to the ATA website.

 

2007
Acquire, from Ken Segura, a collection by an unknown individual, who recorded original television audio air checks in the 1950's.

 

2008
Craig Powers associates with Archival Television Audio, Inc. as primary contributor to ATA website. Implements 103 streaming audio excerpts on ATA website home page, originally configured and data based by Mark Gadson and Phil Gries in 2007.

 

2008
Presenter, Phil Gries speaks about the ATA collection to the newly formed New York Chapter of ARSC in New York City.

 

2008
Chip Gribben associates with Archival Television Audio, Inc. Creates expanded banner of photographs on ATA home page, adding an additional 25 photos, now consisting of a 42 photo collage with searchlight effect...allowing to search the ATA data base, implemented by Craig Powers, for a complete inventory search related to each photo celebrity.

 

2008
Phil Gries interview appearing in websiteTNJN - LEGACY OF A FALL: JFK assassination (http://tnjn.com/2008/dec/01/legacy-of-a-fall-jfk-assassina/ related to circumstances and memory of personally audio taping the "LOST" first Don Pardo bulletins and the first 3 minutes & 53 seconds of "LOST" NBC TV's coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 (1:45:03 eastern standard time).

 

2009
Phil Gries presenter / speaker at the 43rd Annual National ARSC (Association of Recorded Sound Collections) Conference, Washington D.C. (Attended by 284 archivists, including 19 staff members from the Library of Congress).

 

2010
Phil Gries presenter / speaker at the 44th Annual National ARSC (Association of Recorded Sound Collections) Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

2010
Phil Gries, author of paper published in ARSC Journal (volume 41, no. 2 - Fall 2010) titled: "Archival Television Audio: Surviving Television Broadcast Sound Tracks Representing Lost TV Programs (1946-1972)."

 

2011
Beginning March 28th Phil Gries with host Ed Robertson, heard as a semi-regular feature segment, “SOUNDS OF LOST TELEVISION,” appearing on the two hour weekly radio broadcast, “TV CONFIDENTIAL” - A Radio Talk Show About Television.

 

2011
Phil Gries, presenter / speaker with guest Scott Ellsworth (“SCOTT’S PLACE” – KFI LOS ANGELES RADIO (1970-1972), at The 45th Annual National ARSC (Association of Recorded Sound Collections) conference, Los Angeles, California.

 

2011
Acquisition by ATA of peerless one hundred thirty five Gray Audograph Dictaphone Discs (135 hours), archiving audio air checks from one complete week of CBS (KNXT Los Angeles), TELEVISION broadcasting, 6am to 2am, Sunday September 1 thru Saturday September 7th 1957.

 

2011
“VIETNAM WAR: US INVOLVEMENT & ESCALATION (1961-1968)” compilation link added to the Archival Television Audio, Inc. website (606 titles).

 

2011
Attend 36th annual, and final, Friends of Old Time Radio convention…where past contacts were made (most notably in 1997 and 1998), obtaining additional television audio air check collections.

 

2011
Acknowledgement to ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC. in biographical book by Regis Philbin, “HOW I GOT THIS WAY,” released to the public, November 15, 2011.





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