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Everything posted by ToriElectra

  1. I want to thank you, Don Martin -- you've finally solved a huge frickin mystery neither me or @Samanthacould figure out -- the designer of the 90s "spaceship sets", so named because KNXV's Express set from when they began their news op in 1994 was dubbed the "spaceship" in the local press. Neither of us had been able to get any conclusive leads until you posted the name. I've attached pics of some of the spaceship sets Express did in the 90s (they also did at least one Canadian set, for Edmonton's CITV; other spaceshippy sets not seen here include KWGN. WIAT and WDAF). No, the Cleveland Television News sets definitely did have the highway bars. I'm wondering where WUAB's Express set was in the building; analyzing WOIO/WUAB footage of the time, I can't figure out if it was just off the newsroom where it couldn't be seen from the newsroom cameras, or if it was in a completely separate studio.
  2. This must be the latest intro with this look on YT. Anybody know when the TVbD look with the yellow and black 9 started? I'm pretty sure it was later that year.
  3. Guess this logo's been designed to go with the Altice logo (as the last one mimicked the old Optimum "ring"). I thought that WABC look (which really sucks) was done in-house (which would explain why).
  4. He doesn't seem to do local stuff. The only things he seems to do now are Adult Swim and his weekend radio show TimeWarp. He voiced Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite for years, plus both HBO and Showtime.
  5. I thought I was hearing things when I caught the tail-end of a topical on Friday morning. I thought maybe my usual morning "just got up" state was making me think I heard Chapin. I was wrong.
  6. Wait, they added an actual video screen there? I thought that was just an Accuweather-themed backdrop they occasionally superimpose stuff over.
  7. If Phoenix was Toronto, then KNXV would've been their equivalent to CityPulse -- a shocking, edgy, informal newscast that dedicated itself to deeper stories -- had the New World domino effect not screwed things up. As it was, they went downhill in two years and went through multiple campaigns and logos trying to find something that worked.
  8. Steve Kamer's the name. He's done some local news work, including KCAL; I believe he's also the voice of the YES Network too. Ironic, considering it was TVbD that created WOIO/WUAB's "Cleveland Television News" look in 1995-96:
  9. Should be noted BET had to leave this after Viacom bought them out since they were then co-owned with Showtime (resulting in BET Movies: Starz! 3 becoming Black Starz and eventually Starz inBlack). But here's something BET didn't sell to Viacom: their own PPV service, previously the independent Action PPV (BET took it over sometime in the late 90s):
  10. Sounds more like a revival of BayTV, a joint-venture of KRON and TCI/AT&T (it was shuttered just prior to AT&T Broadband being gobbled up by Comcast). But no one ever did the 24-Hour News format better than CityPulse.
  11. Firstly, Saban already tried a Captain Kangaroo reboot in the 90s, didn't last long in syndication and it then anchored a block on the ill-fated Fox Family. As for game shows, in this case, no. I want CBSTM to remain as it is-- low-key, news focused, I like it since it doesn't focus on features too much or be overtly political like cable news. I can't go back to GMA or Today now.
  12. I LOVE that standing ovation the CBS News crew gave Dan at the end. Combined with the Patterson Walz and Fox theme, it's beautiful. It's a shame they had to interrupt it with the plugs for their website and Wal-Mart, you'd think they could've left those out that night,
  13. Here's a real unusual find. Apparently, BET briefly owned a pay-per-view service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAJ6xG41wo0
  14. I guess she’s tired of getting drunk every morning.
  15. Given the look of it, whoever designed this KSTP open from 1994: KPTV was a very traditional station, even during the UPN days-- it wasn't until Meredith got their hands on it and turned it back into the Fox station that the local feeling was kinda drained out.
  16. Meanwhile, all throughout the 90s, there were tons of sets-- notably KNXV's "spaceship" set when they launched their news op-- that all seemed to come from the same people and had a lot of standard elements: girders/crossbeams, monitor banks (which typically didn't work), funky-looking backdrops and desks. I dunno who designed/built these things, but there were a lot of users (there are probably more that I can't recall at the moment): KNXV WGNX/WGCL WOIO/WUAB WKYC WUSA KSAT I wanted to add a bunch of screen caps, but apparently you can't embed the images directly from your computer.
  17. Yeah, somebody must've changed the animation (maybe because with the switch, they knew the Spirit of Arizona slogan wasn't gonna last much longer?). Not to mention the announcer, who isn't John B. Wells or Chris Corley-- whoever he is, he clearly didn't have much enthusiasm.
  18. Worse, considering their building is now endangering their employees.
  19. I've been on a Showtime kick lately, and I want to introduce you guys to some of their underrated promos and intros. First, a short promo that kicked off the "Excitement" campaign (based around the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited") in 1984, which is when Showtime really began evolving their on-air look: Then their Exclusive Movie intro of the period, and the ratings bumper which really gives you the chills: Jumping forward a few years, straight from one of the people who worked on it, one of the Pittard Sullivan-era intros, which were very visually attractive, if overloaded with elements: From 1995, one of their "Start Time" intros, part of one of the most minimal, yet attractive looks on premium cable (the current Starz look is very lazy in comparison) And to wrap things up, a set of quirky intros from the late 90s-- one for Showtime (then having just entered the "No Limits" era), two for TMC:
  20. Wow, that's just... amazing. I really love the drone shot at the end of the open going over the Art Museum looking towards the skyline.
  21. Still better than WJW's "ei8ht is News" period from around the same time-- they didn't constantly repeat the moniker at every turn.
  22. [QUOTE="Info Junkie, post: 216485, member: 3593"]From the same channel that brought you the rare 1991 WNYT clip on St. Patrick’s Day comes a “NewsCenter 6:30” segment from that same day two years later: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrRJwJHqjeo Btw how long was Marty Aarons at WRGB? A Reddit post made a joke about how he “didn’t even last 42 weeks replacing a guy that lasted 42 years (Ernie Tetrault),” meaning he wasn’t there long. Also, a newspaper article @scrabbleship shared with me on this thread a few months ago said Ernie retired on May 27, so possibly Marty was brought in to replace him. Anyways, thanks to YouTube channel wpdehistory, I was able to make this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sT45XDVneQ[/QUOTE] He was still there at least very early into 1994, as this open proves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4iB2lmOfAU
  23. Just uncovered more WCBS newscasts from their short-lived 2 News era in 1996-97 (and note how far the station had fallen-- airing Dr. Quinn reruns at 9AM!):
  24. I've never understood why they dumped the awesome Chris Crane music for Gari's EWN-- the Crane package would've really fit in given that they had just switched to Fox, but instead they chose to go with a package designed for ABC affiliates, which they weren't one of anymore. Doesn't make any frickin' sense.
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