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Discovered composers & publishers of music themes

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4 hours ago, jerseyfla said:

Yes, you’ll need to watch it on a desktop with Adobe Flash. If only I knew how to rip it to mp4 and put it on Youtube.

Try using puffin.

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I recently got to see a WLKY newscast clip from April 1984 and if I am not mistaken, the WLKY news theme they used may have been done by the same composer who did the "9 Country/11 Country" package for WTCN/KBTV. 
 


You can go to 2:14 to hear the opening theme they used.

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30 minutes ago, KnoxvilleTVFan said:

I recently got to see a WLKY newscast clip from April 1984 and if I am not mistaken, the WLKY news theme they used may have been done by the same composer who did the "9 Country/11 Country" package for WTCN/KBTV. 
 


You can go to 2:14 to hear the opening theme they used.

Makes sense, because both stations had the same owners a year earlier. Maybe this was commissioned for WLKY under Gannett??


Oh wait a minute.....


Its possible WLKY and WBTV both we’re commissioners, or both were different firms altogether.

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Huh, that's an interesting thought.

 

We know that it's from an image package called Looking Better All the Time which WBTV also used. (We know WLKY used the image, too.) KAMR also used the theme.

 

They also emerged around the same time (circa 1983).

 

WBTV would make more sense of the stations that used it to have it written. 'BTV had a lengthy history of custom music (Part of Your Life, Bringing It Home to You, the "Turn to People You Know" image they used in 1980-81, this, and Signature). But not everything the station used was custom (particularly the WCCO '83/84 set, or the Palmer package).

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17 hours ago, Samantha said:

WBTV would make more sense of the stations that used it to have it written. 'BTV had a lengthy history of custom music (Part of Your Life, Bringing It Home to You, the "Turn to People You Know" image they used in 1980-81, this, and Signature). But not everything the station used was custom (particularly the WCCO '83/84 set, or the Palmer package).


Related to WBTV... they appeared to have an “On Your Side” campaign during the PNP era; an instrumental is heard during this sign-off/sign-on message:

 

 

Shelly Palmer has done station image songs in the past, but this doesn’t sound like Palmer to me.

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So it sounds like WTOL was another station that used the "WPXI 1981 News Theme" based on the ID at the beginning of this clip:

 

 

I also found a print ad that proves without a doubt that WTOL used "News People" in the late '70s. The print ad matches word for word the lyrics of that package.

WTOL1979.jpg

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The WJZ 1975 News Theme has been identified:

 


It’s Pulsar by Stardrive. 
 

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10 hours ago, capsgm2002 said:

The WJZ 1975 News Theme has been identified:

 


It’s Pulsar by Stardrive. 
 

Awesome song! Almost sounds like it was written for TV news, the first minute anyway.

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3 hours ago, CircleSeven said:

How about the music at the beginning & the ending of that NMSA sample? That's different from the now-identified music on the middle of the sample.

 

 

 

 

I noticed that, too.

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I think the songs in the beginning and end of that clip are a different song, perhaps the WBMG News Theme of the 1970’s? I don’t think they used Pulsar in any form. 

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30 minutes ago, capsgm2002 said:

I don’t think they used Pulsar in any form. 

 

Pulsar was used..... Especially in this Al & Jerry promo at the beginning of this vid.

 

Vid courtesy of "eyeontv" from YT,

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11 hours ago, CircleSeven said:

 

Pulsar was used..... Especially in this Al & Jerry promo at the beginning of this vid.

 

Vid courtesy of "eyeontv" from YT,


Oh no, I meant WBMG. There are a few opens from the Oprah era at WJZ on the Internet Archive with Pulsar in it. 

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I am assuming that WBMG only used Pulsar as bumper music going to commercials; it's heard behind a "coming up" tease / stock market summary / community bulletin board or something like that, in that compilation of 70s/80s Florida/Alabama news clips that has floated around for years. In fact, I believe NMSA's audio montage is just ripped directly from that compilation, without any edits.

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Finally found a non horrendously recorded version of KHOU's 1989 theme that plays effectively at length (almost 1:30!) - though I am still curious as to who did it.

 

The news package and the image stuff are somewhat of a departure from TM's better known work which inspired this, and several of the other subsequent packages that they used over the years.  

 

 

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It looks like KHTV (currently KIAH) was another user of the music the NMSA currently has listed as the "WTVX 1983 News Theme"

 

A minute long clip of it appears at 6:13 in this video as part of a promo for the daytime lineup, circa June 1983.  10 second IDs featuring it appear at 8:43 & 14:27

 

I'm curious if, though doubt, they used it for their hourly news briefs during this period. They didn't use any music for the news briefs they did during the "39 Gold" era that followed just a few months later, though that branding came with a completely different look and sound.

 

 

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Correction from a post I did some weeks back theorizing about the possible origins of the KTXL/WRAL early 80s music package: Cascom most certainly did not do the WRAL 1982 animations. I was re-reading a Millimeter back issue in my personal collection, and was reminded that I had already seen stills from the WRAL '82 animation package in an ad for Bill Feigenbaum's studio (which was based in NYC). Just wanted to put that here.

 

As to that WTVX package, I still think it could have been done in Dallas. (KHTV's music image package in the "39 Gold" period - which, as you say, didn't have corresponding news music - also sounds to have been done in Dallas. I swear it sounds like the late Chris Kershaw on solo vocals, but whether it was done by JAM, or he did it independently, I have no idea. Also I don't think I've heard a version that wasn't camcorded off a TV, as most of the YT clips I've seen of that period were.)

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