Roundtable discussion with Attucks team members

I took a show idea to WFYI, and eventually got them to let me put together a couple of episodes.

I wanted to gather a few sports figures around a table in the studio and talk. They could be former teammates, or Mr. Basketballs, or coaches, whatever. Any combination of people who could have an interesting conversation would be good.

It wasn’t going to be expensive to produce, and I was willing to do everything but run the cameras. The concept was going to be that viewers were eavesdropping on a conversation. The show would open while we were talking and end while we were talking. The cameras “dropped in” on us and then exited when time ran out.

It had great potential, but the people in charge of approving local shows at WFYI didn’t seem to agree and nothing happened after the two shows. I put a lot of time into making them happen, particularly in supervising the editing with an intern, and never was paid for doing so. But, I enjoyed the experience and believe the shows turned out well given the circumstances. I still believe it could have been a successful program had the station gotten behind the idea.

This show was the first of the two. I gathered 1953 Mr. Basketball Hallie Bryant, 1955 state champion team member Bill Hampton, and student manager Cliff Robinson to talk of their experiences with the legendary Attucks program in the Fifties.

It was a battle to put it together, from establishing and coordinated all the steps necessary to take it from concept to finished product. The “rough draft” nature of it shows in some ways, but I was pleased with it overall.


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