For a change, instead of her conducting
the interview, we are interviewing Dr. Goldberg, Host and Producer of
Dr. Carol Goldberg and Company®
Q: What is the purpose of your TV
"To provide quality information in a
way that is easily understood by a general audience."
Q: What type of information?
"What is valuable and what I know a
lot about. Examples are psychology, particularly related to health,
education, and business.
Q: What criteria do you use to select
"Usefulness, wide appeal, and
Q: Why did you decide to do this
"The public is fascinated by
psychology, but too often gets a distorted picture of it. They are
misled by Dr. Tabloids whom they assume are psychologists, but who are
not. Sensational 'tabloid talk shows' exploit by revealing identities
and escalating problems. There is a need for antidotes and respectful
Q: Anything you want to highlight?
"Optimism, strengths, solutions
rather than problems."
"Psychologists do more than work with
mental illness and psychoanalysis.
define psychologists as the people experts. Thus, the program
features psychologists who use their skills in different ways.
Q: What is the most important way you
use your skills?
"To motivate people to be healthy, a
mind-body challenge. Too many people abuse themselves with unhealthy
foods, tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. They don't exercise. They don't
sleep enough. They don't know how to manage stress. These are the
issues in which I specialize."
Q: Why an interview format?
"We get to know the people and
experience their passion for their work. When host and guest are both
experts, discussions are more meaningful, spontaneous, and lively than
teleprompter questions read by an actress."
Q: What do you hope people will say
about your program?
"That they are glad they watched it
even when they have no personal connection with the topic."
Q: What challenges are there in doing
"I find talking on television is the
easy part. What's difficult about producing and hosting a volunteer
operation is not having the customary technical assistance. Without
camera crew, a teleprompter, or a cue person, cameras are locked in
place and I am the Floor Manager. Since shows are recorded without any
script, rehearsal, or editing, there are challenges along with the
benefit of live spontaneity. For efficiency, we do four programs in a
row, with only a few minutes between them for me to change outfits
(according to a computer data base I did matching jackets and scarves).
My administrative experience
and stress management skills certainly come in handy.
I also understand the technology of
television production, having formal training in it starting when I was
in college. While I have video editing skills, none of my programs are
edited except for the bars and tones leader at the start, necessary for
studio fine-tuning broadcasting, but not for video clips on web sites.
I made the decision not to edit so the shows have live spontaneity.
Fortunately, our amazing Director, Regina Watkins, skillfully can do the
control room work of several people. My husband gives his only day off
to help with the program. They not only make this show possible, but
also make it look good."
Q: Why bother?
"This was a far bigger challenge than
I ever anticipated. People familiar with TV production told me they
would never do a program with a skeletal crew of two, no financial
support, the tremendous time required, and other obstacles, but I view
it as akin to why people climb mountains. When it's uphill, I think of
pleasure derived from helping people, which is the reason why we become
psychologists and other helping professionals. Television is a means to
reach and help more people. Now, seeing the professional quality
results and receiving appreciation from viewers make it all worthwhile."