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Thursday, April 20, 2017

2/6/17..."Caroline's Story" and our 25th year!

The spring schedule filled so quickly that I discovered we had more guests than available programs! We also realized that this is our 25th year of producing "The Total Woman"!

Twenty five years seems like such a long time...but I have to admit that the number has surprised me because it has always been a pleasure for me! Doing this program has become such an intergral part of my life that I simply can't imagine giving it up! To work with the remarkable women on the crew, to interview guests who are changing our world, teaching us how to cope with that world, learning about their lives and their passions, being in awe of their adventures and moved by their struggles. I can honestly say that in all these years, I have never gone home after a shoot and NOT said to my husband, "I learned something really interesting tonight. Did you know.....?"

Happily, 2017 has brought us several new crew members which is always exciting. while many seasoned team players are still coming to every shoot and "doing their thing"!

Included here are some pictures from behind the scenes and infront of the cameras of our first program of the 2017 Spring Season....# 311, "Caroline's Story"

New members are Evelyn Kern ( shown here adjusting a camera) and Kerri Tarpey ( smiling underneath those big headphones).  Veteren Christine Murphy (in navy) also puts in two days a week editing past and present programs!  A year ago...we were 65 programs behind in editing! We have always edited every one of our programs to assure that the sound, the image and the flow are as good as we can make them...but it does take an astounding amount of time to do that well.  Christine and fellow crew member, Vicky Doran have soldiered their way through over 40 programs in the past we are really beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel (thanks to them) and local studios are pretty psyched to see all those new programs flooding in.

Director Catrina Bruyn and audio/camerawoman, Linda Talanian are discussing set ups for the first shoot while Vicky Doran brings out the lav mikes ( she has developed a way to keep them in place and not tipping down...which they LOVE to do)! We all think she should patent the design.

Linda and Dorothea O'Regan look to be examining the microphone box (it's dark in there)!

I want to mention how wonderful the staff is at StonehamTV!  They have made it easy for us to make a home for The Total Woman...and every one of us appreciates their time and efforts on our behalf.

The first show of this season featured the wonderful Caroline Moore-Kochlacs, a young scientist who was with us several times last fall to talk about her life as a scientist and her ongoing battle with cancer. She inspires us everytime we have her on the program and we have all come to love her.

Count the's our 25th year!


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

We Are Back!

It's been a number of years since I visited here and lots of remarkable things have happened to The Total Woman show and all the wonderful people associated with it!

First of all...we shot our 300th program this past May 23rd, 2016! It was hard to grasp the event in some ways.  The crew has always been so enthusiastic over the years and our guest list has come to include some pretty darned impressive women!

We shoot an average of 30 programs a year with summers and the winter holidays off. We have such a great time doing it that I am always inspired to find great guests and interesting topics all the time. My family and friend kid me about it all the time!  We go to a lecture or a museum event or the theater and I am always asking the celebrity of the day to come on the show. Believe it or one has ever turned me down!

Now that I am "back" here...I will be beack tracking a bit to tell you about some of the most interesting guests we have had over the past 4 years.  It should be fun!  So stay tuned...because I will be back!

Cheryl Webb Scott

Sunday, December 9, 2012

# 217 "Women in Music...Bessie Smith" with Heather Holland

October 15th, 2012

Heather Holland returns for her second program in our new series, "Women in Music". I am not exaggerating when I tell you that the whole crew was excited about her return!  She has so much enthusiasm about her subjects that we all get swept up in it with her!

Bessie Smith turned out to be a fabulous subject..high energy, very ambitious, unpredictable, a real character, and a set of pipes that will haunt you !

After the shoot, I came home and spent three hours on my computer locating photographs for editing the program while listening to that remarkable voice of hers ...which kept me company til the wee hours of the morning!  It made me realize why I love working on this program so much...every guest leaves all of us with something new to think about...something that enriches our lives and, hopefully, the lives of the people who watch too.

2012..A New Table and our 20th Year!!

I am embarrassed that it has taken me this long to get back to the blog.  Part of the problem is not a problem at all...we have been producing a larger number of programs than ever before and it has been wonderful!!  We have many new crew members in the last year and a half, several editors, and a huge long list of new and returning guests that have made the set a very exciting place to be.

The show has received numerous grants from local Cultural Councils and we have started several new series programs.  After all...once you get a terrific guest that is a real expert in her makes sense to let them "run with it" for a while!  Some of the topics that are getting special attention are...
"Women in the Arts"
"Wakefield History"
"Wealth Management"
"Women in Music"
"Culture and Clothing"...which was awarded three grants
"Women's Health"

One other exciting change has been a brand new, custom designed table for the set. As much as I admire "The Charlie Rose Show" and it's great table and exceptional lighting...we had to accept that our wonderful old oak table was simply too large.  So Peter, my architect husband, volunteered to design and fabricate a new table for us.  What a huge undertaking that was!  Finding a special wood, cutting, sanding, tapering, piecing, measuring and remeasuring, mocking it up for height, width, testing stain samples, and applying many coats of finish.  It certainly was worth his time and is gorgeous!  You can see it's history in the pictures here.  Last is Peter surrounded by his Total Woman groupies, taken on maiden voyage evening shoot with our new table!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

"The Victorian Woman"

#160 "Culture and Clothing...The Victorian Era" September 13, 2010

Back from our summer break and starting off the new Fall Season with the fabulous Brooke Stanton ( our last guest in the Spring Season).
We had decided to do a series of programs about women's clothing how it reflected their place in society. On this evening...we shot the Victorian program and one about the Roaring 20's.
We welcomed a brand new crew member too...Linda Talanian. She spent her first evening with us on camera. You can see her here with Jonathon learning the ins and outs of a studio camera... and she did a great job.
This picture of the set made it clear to me that it is well past time to replace the host's chair...getting pretty seedy looking. It spent the first 50 years of its life in a courtroom so perhaps it is time for retirement.
Our station manager was on hand that evening...but as you can see...she won't be for much longer. Amy is waiting for the birth of her twin sons later in the fall. Since I am writing this in January...I can tell you that she had two healthy and beautiful boys and will soon be back with us on Total Woman shoot evenings.
After a half hour of GREAT talk about the Victorian era and some terrific authentic costumes to view...Brooke decided to fit our Emma with the latest in Victorian wire undergarments. She had a good time with it!
The crew for this shoot...starting with the back row, left to right...Katlyn Doren, Catrina Bruyn ( director), Elizabeth Lowry ( make up artist ), Dorothea O'Regan, Linda Talanian. Front row...Emma Lowry, Brooke Stanton ( guest), Cheryl Webb Scott (host).

Friday, August 20, 2010

"Who needs Calvin & Vera?..We have Brooke!

159 "The Costume Designer" June 14, 2010

What can I say about Brooke Stanton after I say "Fabulous".
I met Brooke at the first year birthday party of my godson, Xander. Brooke was Xander's mom's, Amy, dear friend...have I lost you already? We met at the party and before you know...we were talking The Total Woman! (That's a language well known to all women)! We had such a great time discussing costuming for specific historic periods... designing for the movies and theatre and how clothing told so much about the culture of the time...and just like that...a series was born!

Brooke made her debut with us a few months later and everyone in attendance had a terrific time... learned a lot...had tons of questions...and definately wanted to hear and see more!
So we made plans to insure that we all got our wish.

Now we are looking forward to the next installments when Brooke will be telling us all about the different styles and periods in fashion history. I can't wait! This is one of my all time favorite subjects and I think Brooke is quite capable of making it one of yours too! Be sure to stay's going to be a colorful and exciting ride!

2/6/17..."Caroline's Story" and our 25th year!

The spring schedule filled so quickly that I discovered we had more guests than available programs! We also realized that this is our 25th y...