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The clip that @bmasters1 was referring to is below, since the WAKR set looks like some that I've seen from that time period, namely for WTWV/WTVA 9 in Tupelo, MS, with that "in the round" desk and keyable oval backdrop.  Probably a kit set?

Back then, they had the financial backing and shared ownership of their radio partners (1590 AM and 97.5 FM WAEZ, which started as WAKR-FM and is now WONE-FM)

The radio stations would be sold off several years later, and WAKC (a result of the 1590 calls going separately) would later be sold to ValueVision, then Paxson, who pulled the plug on news and their ABC affiliation.

 

They covered Akron-Canton decently, but the way it was maligned under the ratings sealed its doom, since the overall ratings sucked, but was heavily viewed in the Akron/Canton area. 

This also affected its ability to secure programming and advertising, since it was at Cleveland rates.

 

 

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Back in the 90s WFSB, WAGA & WITI whomever was the designer had the same idea/concept. The anchor desk and some of the paneling backdrop.

Here is the set to 20/20. 

Can sports shows be included here? If so, then I'd like to add CBS Sports' Studio 43 design that started in 1981 and ran to 1990 (IIRC); a couple of examples of the same being The Prudential College F

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WEWS's set from around 1984 did go through some changes as one other user mentioned earlier. The 1st change was the logo overhead. The second was the monitors area behind the anchor desk was replace with some kind of platform with lines on it. The third change was the removal of the Eyewitness News logo and the background became a Cleveland skyline. A WEWS logo has been added to the front of the desk and a color change took effect.  Just compare them.

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On 10/1/2020 at 6:13 AM, 5OnYourSideMan said:

WEWS's set from around 1984 did go through some changes as one other user mentioned earlier. The 1st change was the logo overhead. The second was the monitors area behind the anchor desk was replace with some kind of platform with lines on it. The third change was the removal of the Eyewitness News logo and the background became a Cleveland skyline. A WEWS logo has been added to the front of the desk and a color change took effect.  Just compare them.

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The first two images were from their 1986-7 relaunch with the tvBd/Good News package, and lasted into 1990.  I think the next set revamp happened when they retired "Eyewitness News".

The second two were the NewsChannel5 relaunch in 1990 which lasted into the 1995 switch to the new "tilted 5" graphics and Edd Kalehoff theme.  The set would be retired that July.

The final two were the original 1984 set that lasted into the tvBd/Good News revamp.  It looks like only the colored backdrop and overhead logo were the only major changes.

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