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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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They had this fantastic look and sound for maybe a little over a year and then Scripps went and ruined it with a switch to a standard package which was a huge step down.

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

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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WSVN Again! This short lived, car racing video game sounding theme from 1998. Starts at 0:10

WSVN 1991. I love the striking cord when at the start of their promo (0:00) and the news theme at (2:20)

 

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WCVB Boston NewsCenter 5 Tonight late edition billing, Aug. 3, 1998...

 

"You're watching NewsCenter 5 Tonight...coverage you can count on...with Chet Curtis...Natalie Jacobson...meteorologist Dick Albert...and Mike Lynch on sports."

 

(after final hard-hitting drumbeat of Image News)

 

"Now, NewsCenter 5 continues."

 

 

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NBC News Special Report (2003 version)

ABC News Special Report (2001 Version)

ABC News Special Report (2002 Version)

CBS News Special Report (late 90s early 00s), more so for the theme not for the intro graphics

 

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Low quality, but I still think it's one of the best, because it was different from many Hearst/Argyle talent bumpers/billing segments: this is WMUR Channel 9 (ABC Manchester, NH), WMUR News 9 billing from sometime in 2002 (looks like it might have been a late edition [not much is said about it, except that it's from 2002]):

 

"No one covers New Hampshire like we do. You're watching WMUR News 9...with Tom Griffith...Jennifer Vaughn...meteorologist Mike Haddad...and Charlie Sherman on sports. Now, News 9 continues."

 

(Billing was from Sean Caldwell; just found out through the SouthernMedia NMSA that that was the name of the announcer then on WMUR.)

 

On each name, the vertical bar goes in one direction, while the name comes in from the opposite direction and goes to the bottom of the screen (a form that was also used for KITV Channel 4 in Honolulu around that same time [another ABC station that at the time was also a Hearst/Argyle property, and is now just Hearst]).

 

 

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3:58 mark of this WOKR/WHAM (Channel 13, ABC Rochester, NY) omnibus-- "You're watching NewsSource 13 at 11, with Don Alhart, Ginny Ryan, chief meteorologist Bill Peterson, and Mike Catalana on sports. NewsSource 13-- more local news, more local experience."

 

(Probably late-90s, owing to graphics and music; announcer's name is Lee Lively, per NMSA)

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3:58 mark of this WOKR/WHAM (Channel 13, ABC Rochester, NY) omnibus-- "You're watching NewsSource 13 at 11, with Don Alhart, Ginny Ryan, chief meteorologist Bill Peterson, and Mike Catalana on sports. NewsSource 13-- more local news, more local experience."

 

(Probably late-90s, owing to graphics and music; announcer's name is Lee Lively, per NMSA)

Back when Clearchannel owned it and before Sinclair wrecked it 😞

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10 minutes ago, Yankees4life said:

Back when Clearchannel owned it and before Sinclair wrecked it 😞

 

I take it you think it was actually decent in the Clear Channel days, pre-Sinclair, and had a pretty good news product (I may be incorrect).

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WPTV West Palm Beach had a beautiful graphics package in the mid to late 00s.

 

They had this fantastic look and sound for maybe a little over a year and then Scripps went and ruined it with a switch to a standard package which was a huge step down.

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On 9/8/2021 at 10:12 PM, iron_lion said:

WPTV West Palm Beach had a beautiful graphics package in the mid to late 00s.

 

KPHO then used the same graphics from 2014-17. 

 

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WNBC's awesome News Channel 4 promo from 2003!

WWOR 2005, UPN 9 News may have been at the bottom but the theme was fire.

WCBS 2 from the mid 90s. That striking chord followed by the loud brass like opening was epic.

WCBS from 1989-92. Back when the CBS enforcer theme went hard!

 

 

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KVII Channel 7 (ABC Amarillo, TX), Feb. 3, 1993, ProNews evening edition

 

"You're on KVII-TV Channel 7 Amarillo."

 

(as music swells into main portion)

 

"This is ProNews, The 6:00 Report...with David Green...Elizabeth Duncan...meteorologist Len Slesick...and Terry Amburn on sports."

 

 

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