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  1. 1986 Today show documentary - lots of behind the scenes shots and clips
  2. Yeah the shot of the baseball player taking a swing is the one that puts it into clone territory - but nice to see someone go with an arrestingly long intro, althought the music is bland Set looks decent, nice skyline shot, seamless, not distracting The 'Carolinas own' on top of 'Queen City' feels stretched - let's be WGN too! But it's definitely not a WTHR Eyewitness Newscenter Odd they led off the first 'queen city' format with a teaser about a story in upstate New York (taser incident)
  3. Yeah the Paley page was taken down, looks like they're still taking registrations for the public to be streetside for Friday https://www.today.com/popculture/join-us-today-turns-70-t244717
  4. Watching the fire coverage, saw the meterologist doing her report from in front of what looks like an old set - has the control room duratran and wood side elements. I thought they shipped the prior set off to a station in Texas. Or is it just a corner of the newsroom from a prior era and repurposed duratran?
  5. Forgot about KNTV in San Jose for about 10 years starting in the late 80s Station: KNTV 11 San Jose News intro: KNTV 11, The San Jose NewsChannel Newscast title: KNTV News at 6, 11, etc Reporter tag: for KNTV, The San Jose NewsChannel It was differentiated, but to the point they were also the only station specifically focusing on San Jose. Was successful for its size, but seemed to fragment and get lost as the mid to late 90s rolled around. The set didn't have overt '11' cues in its primary shots - just The San Jose NewsChannel branding, but the lower thirds used the 11 logo with no San Jose branding Any old pop songs about Charlotte? They used Dionne Warwick's 'Do you know the way to San Jose' as the melody for their theme.
  6. It's creative though being a Spectrum town I wonder if people will confuse it with being a Spectrum 1 like outlet (not as personality driven, lots of repeats of stories) - might be more differentiated if there wasn't already a Spectrum 1 Tough spot to be the 4th network cast in a town that already has a 24 hour cable news channel although maybe the opportunity is in declining Spectrum subscribers as people move to the streaming apps that feature local broadcast stations I liked their newscast before this - good personalities and storytelling style - but apparently that wasn't enough
  7. Whoa they went really literal with the 'USA' branding at the outset
  8. And things improved really quickly - forgot Bill Applegate was brought in a few months before Swanson brought his KABC playbook. Here's part of a Feb 84 article that talks about his changes (including daily 'discrepancy reports' for on air technical glitches).
  9. What's with Kim Holden using her Twitter feed for get rich quick schemes - these days it's NFTs / crypto - last year it was weight loss supplements
  10. https://www.facebook.com/hannabattahTV/posts/484484509712835 Surprised at the level of engagement and opinions from viewers in the Facebook comments A resounding preference for the skyline among them
  11. They finally figured out mornings with Charlie / Gayle / Norah, but then...
  12. Yeah I’m guessing couldn’t use the main set because the video walls needed some extra support and / or newsroom empty. Odd that the graphics were 2 generations behind but maybe that studios control room had an old character generator. Maybe they hauled in the old background and desk when the new set was built as some sort of backup shot for skeleton crew. Or maybe that newsroom area was untouched just off camera although the idle camera behind makes it seem it’s in a studio.
  13. Who knows if they specifically said 'copy ABC News' but wouldn't be surprised if it influenced people involved in the project. Not a lot else on TV those days than the 3 networks.
  14. You got it. 'Masthead' is what newspapers call their logo on the top of the front page. Banner well that seems like something you'd hang high up. I think Roone Arledge, who started the practice when he overhauled ABC NEWS, had some name for them - maybe it was banner or signage or something. I'm guessing in the KPIX case they saw KTVU had a plain beige masthead banner and used a world map for the center backdrop and was climbing in the ratings, so figured why not try that. Their prior masthead banner was an ABC NEWS knockoff with the black background.
  15. KPIX Dec 1987 open (cut off) - glimpse of a short lived update to the 84-88 set that replaced the plain beige backdrop behind the anchors with a world map, and updated the masthead banner above
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