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KOUS 1982 News 4 opening (this from the former small-market NBC station of Billings/Hardin, MT [licensed to Hardin] that is now Fox4 KHMT in that area)


What I especially liked about this one is the announcer's spiel (announcer as yet unknown):


"News 4...with Ed Connors...Ric Bramble...Russ Riesinger on sports...and Barry Walcott on weather."

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Similar to what Raymie did, I've counted the '80s with news opens that I personally think defined each respective year.   1980: WFAA went head-to-head with KXAS' MCTYW open showing tons of action s

Best News Open of 1987

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WTVN Action 6 News Update 1982 (11 P.M. late edition)


"This is Action 6 News Update...with Tom Ryan, Michelle Gailiun, meteorologist Don Carson in WeatherCenter 6, and Lonnie Haskins on sports."


(as Update title flashes with last note of title track)


"Now, Action 6 News Update."


(WSYX Channel 6 [ABC Columbus, OH] from 1982; then WTVN)

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Bumping this up: KXXV Channel 25 (ABC Waco/Temple/Killeen, TX): 1988 10 P.M. opening for Eyewitness News 25 Tonight; at the beginning of this KXXV montage from user kyndle hewett (0:06 mark); what I like about this one is the same one I liked about that KOUS opening I put here before (namely, the billing):


"Now, Eyewitness News 25 Tonight...with Ric Streed and Mary Rogers on news...meteorologist Stu Bowersox with your Central Texas forecast...and sports director Ray Peters with more than the score. This is the late-breaking edition of Eyewitness News 25."



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Favorite Openings:

WSVN 1993, flashy tabloid awesomeness!

WSVN 1995: Equal flashiness!

WNBC had a great jazzy redesign in the late 80s early 90s. Great quality for the 80s and very New York City oriented.

WNBC 4 in the mid to late 80s, featuring the signature lightning bolt striking the four logo. Their graphics prior to this were great as well

Finally, IMO the last decent graphics package The Today Show had, from 2009


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At the 3:33 mark of this WCBS opens omnibus, an opening from that NYC CBS O&O w/Palmer that I commend highly for the announcer and opening (announcement is different from the "Anything Can Happen In New York" spiel): the evening edition from around '85 or '86...


"Channel 2 News at 6...with Jim Jensen, Rolland Smith, Warner Wolf on sports, and Dr. Frank Field with weather."



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Some of the best ones from Canada...


CHAN-TV BCTV (CTV) Vancouver, BC, 1997


CFRN-TV (CTV) Edmonton, AB, 1995


CITV-TV (Independent), Edmonton, AB, 1997


CITY-TV (Independent), Toronto, ON, 1995


CTV Local News opens from 2004... a balance of corporate graphics and local branding


And the follow up graphics package 
CFRN-DT (CTV) Edmonton, 2013



CITV-TV (Global) Edmonton, AB, 2007 (probably the best open the Global TV network has ever had)


Radio-Canada Le Telejournal open (2003)


CIVT-TV (Independent) Vancouver, BC, 1999


The current CTV local news opens
CFTO-DT (CTV) Toronto, 2020


CKEM-TV A-Channel Edmonton, AB, 2000


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