In his oral history interview (nearly three hours in total), composer Mike Post talks about his early interests in music and his years as a studio musician. He discusses his first break in TV on the revamped "The Andy Williams Show" (1969-71), making him the youngest musical director at the time. He discusses his partnership with Pete Carpenter and their work on dramatic shows of the 1970s and '80s. He speaks about his chance meeting with Stephen J. Cannell that led to his work with Cannell and his colleagues Dick Wolf and Steven Bochco. He outlines his compositions and memorable theme songs for such series as "The Rockford Files", "Hill Street Blues", "The Greatest American Hero", "L.A. Law", "Cop Rock" (theme by Randy Newman) and "Law & Order".
Founded in 1997, the Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television has conducted nearly 700 long-form videotaped interviews with the pioneers of television. These interviews chronicle the birth and growth of American TV History. The Archive’s vision is to chronicle electronic media history as it evolves, whatever form it may take and make the interviews available worldwide. We have digitized over 2,500 hours of original content, making hundreds of interviews accessible online, for free. We continue to produce interviews every year. The collection covers a variety of professions, genres, and topics in television history. A complete list of all Archive Interviewees is available here: most of the collection is now online.
The Archive collection includes interviewes with TV Legends from television's earliest days in the Farnsworth labs to current stars and visionaires. We cover all TV Professions,: Actors, Directors, Writers, Producers, Art Directors, Stuntmen, Composers, Music Directors, Historians, News Anchors, Talk Show Hosts, Religious Broadcasters, Puppeteers, Animators, Lighting Designers, Editors, Production Designers, Announcers, Sportscasters, Audio Engineers, Cameramen, Publicists, Advertising Executives, Network Founders and more. Genres of TV shows covered include Animation, Children's Programming, Comedy, Detective shows, Daytime & Primetime serials, Dramas, Game Shows, Late Night, Talk Shows, Legal Dramas, Medical Dramas, Music & Variety, News & Documentary, Reality TV, Religious Programming, Sci-Fi, Sports, TV Movies, Mini-series, and Westerns. Topics covered by our interviewees include TV's Golden Age, Pop Culture, the Emmy Awards and Academy Awards, the Olympic Games, Television and the Presidency, the Television Industry, Standard & Practices, Censorship, The Creative Process, Network Creation, The Hollywood Blacklist, Media Consolidation, Studio Management, the Quiz Show Scandals, Technological Innovation, Historic Events and Social Change and more.
Award winning producer-executives Grant A. Tinker, David L. Wolper, Tom Sarnoff, and Dean Valentine were the founding forces behind this historic collection. Television Academy Foundation Chairman Jerry Petry, Chair Emeritus Thomas W. Sarnoff, and Archive Director Karen Herman continue to guide the Archive's success.
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