"Montage" crew at the Port of Cleveland,
(l to r) Jon Boynton, Howard Schwartz, Dick
Mrzena, Gary Robinson, Dennis Goulden.
Local Focus — National Acclaim
Montage was a television documentary program that aired in Cleveland on WKYC-TV, NBC from September 1965 to December 1978. This dramatic and professional series focused on Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, emphasizing local history, personalities, and the contribution of Northeastern Ohio to the world. Episodes of Montage addressed serious issues of the 60s and 70s such as the Vietnam War, pollution, race, homosexuality, drugs and crime.
Among the personalities featured on Montage were Cleveland Orchestra director Lorin Maazel and Cleveland Browns coach Paul Brown.Guest hosts included comedian Bill Cosby and actor Robert Stack. Under the direction of Executive Producer/Director Dennis Goulden, Montage won more than 200 awards, including several Emmys. Today, as a collection, it stands as a unique visual record of two turbulent decades in Cleveland's history.
Canoeing the Trembling Earth (1975) -
Accompanies a group of high school students and their advisors on a canoeing expedition through the Okefenokee Swamp. Illustrates the value of wilderness areas and shows wildlife of uncommon variety.
Narrator: Scott Osborne; 24:32 minutes.
Can We Afford To Get Well? (1970) - Explores the rising costs of medical care and what can be done to control them. Discussessuch issues as the high medical insurance premiums, the uneveness of health care distribution and the A.M.A.'s stand on a national health insurance program. Narrator: Virgil Dominic 53:12 minutes.
The Car Owner Advocates (1971) - Tells the story of a group of Case-Western Reserve University students who have established consumer complaint handling centers for automobile buyers. These advocates, loosely associated with Ralph Nader's Center for Auto Safety, also compile information on manufacturing defects and warranty claims for use by the Washington center. Narrator: Virgil Dominic; 25:22minutes.
The Crooked River Dies: An Epilogue (1971) - Reviews the Cuyahoga River's pollution and pollution abatement progress five years after the Montage series' program, The Crooked River Dies. Uses interviews with the Chief Engineer of the Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District to present the river's current environmental status. Narrator: Virgil Dominic; 24:35 minutes.
The Day Jack Pittman Died (1969) - Explores the feelings of the residents of Beallsville, Ohio in the wake of five deaths of Vietnam War soldiers from the area. Documents the struggle of the townspeople to reconcile their loyalty to their country and their love for their young. Includes interviews with town officials, young people of Beallsville, and their parents. Narrator: Leif Ancker; 26:11 minutes.
The Deepest Shadow (1967) - Probes the addiction to alcohol of Father Edward McGowan. Examines the mental anguish which it caused him over a period of 30 years and describes the work of Guest House Sanatorium where Father McGowan regained his health. Narrator: Virgil Dominic; 52:59 minutes.
Design for Living (1971) - Looks at five house designs and the relationship of each home to its inhabitants. Investigates housing costs and the practicality of mass produced residential units. Shows "Habitat", architect Moshe Safdie's mass produced, modular housing group at Expo 67 in Montreal. Narrator: Virgil Dominic; 25:29 minutes.