In 1973-74, TMR's audience was expanded greatly when WCNY, the local public television and radio station, began broadcasting the weekly sessions. Broadcasts were usually aired Saturday afternoons and reached a broad area of Central New York. The relationship with WCNY has been maintained throughout TMR's existence. In recent years, an annual collection of contributions from TMR members has aided the FM station.
During this period, the first of several publications about TMR and its programs was produced. The Rosamond Gifford Charitable Corporation provided funds for a tenth anniversary brochure of photos and history. Later, local businesses and interested individuals funded publications on a series of TMR programs.
The tenth anniversary was also marked with a very successful dinner-dance party at the Hotel Syracuse. In later years, TMR occasionally celebrated events or personalities ("salutes") with parties at the Hotel. TMR social activities played an important role in developing group identity during the early years.
As membership grew and interests and backgrounds became more diverse, activities were organized in addition to the weekly schedule of programs. It was hoped that these would improve members' understanding and appreciation of one another. An early example was the TMR theater group. The director of the University's Syracuse Repertory Theater was a member of TMR. Many other members attended productions of SRT and decided to organize dinners preceding attendance at the plays. The director discussed the play with this group. Very soon, TMR organized an after-play program for SRT-TMR subscribers. Participants paid a small fee in addition to ticket prices for refreshments to be shared with cast and staff following each play. Discussions and critiques of productions were frequently quite heated and always very interesting. The arrangement, usually involving 100 or more persons, lasted for eight seasons until a new theater director was hired by the University, who rapidly concluded that the Friday evening discussion parties were too stressful for him and his actors.
In its early years, much TMR activity involved committees. Various members volunteered to serve on program committees covering areas such as criminal justice, health, education, and other topics. The longest lasting committee interest was one that planned social occasions. The theater group already mentioned was just one such activity. For several years there was a series of "Social Hours." These were informal gatherings for socializing with no speeches. Started in a community room at the Plaza Nursing Home (one of its founders, Dr. Leo Jivoff, was an active TMR member), the social hours were held either Thursday or Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in a variety of locations. Those at the University's Sutton Pavilion often featured piano playing or storytelling by members. Beverages and snacks were always available.
A later version of the Social Hour demonstrated the talent and ingenuity of many members. Once a month, two or three members planned and presented a celebration of certain TMR classes. For example, to recognize those members who had joined TMR in 1965-67, a committee planned an appropriate gift, poem, song, or other presentation. Some class years provoked very imaginative and hilarious presentations.
Another popular social activity still featured at TMR is the Holiday Party held at the regular place and hour of TMR sessions the Thursday preceding Christmas. A committee plans and prepares entertainment and refreshments (including Bloody Marys and Irish Coffee!). Outstanding local talent has entertained members over the years. At the end of the season in June, a final social hour is usually held at a member's home. For several years, this was a clambake (usually without clams) held at the home of the president of SUNY Health Science Center, a TMR member. There have also been occasional receptions for members at the home of Syracuse University's Chancellor.
By the end of its first decade, TMR had expanded to 136 members, half of whom had been members for five or more years. Most represented social agencies or civic associations. The second largest affiliation was business, most of whom were top executives. The third largest group was governmental representatives, including city, county, and state officials. These were always the largest groups in TMR, although business interests grew the fastest. There were 25 female members by this time and average weekly attendance had increased to 81.