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My first new topic right here. I am talking about news sets of the 1990's and their designers and fabricators. 

First off is WEWS sets from 1995 and 1998. I don't know who made these sets but they did look good. The 1995 set had desks similar to ABC News 20/20. The 1998 set was a product of its time coming in months after the 1998 WEWS logo debuted. 

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Here is WJW's set from 1996. It went through some changes but the original is the work in progress.

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The top 2 look like BDI designs. The last 4 ( 3 of WEWS and last of WJW ) are Pencil Logic sets. They did great work in the 90’s- KPIX, KWGN, WGN, KMGH, WJZ and many more. They were the first to use acrylic tops for anchor desks too. 

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I loved KOTV’s set that was used from 1994-2013. The only major changes they did to that set was moved the weather center to its own area, added the kitchen added a different interview set updated the backgrounds and got rid of all the gray to blue then to the brown.

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The Express Group. Update by FX. 

2 hours ago, dabnis74 said:

WDTN set from 1994-2005 updated in 2002. The weather center area was used till 2012.

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The Express Group. Update by FX. 

5 hours ago, 5OnYourSideMan said:

The best is Dateline NBC. Their set was like a command center. 

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Set by PDG. Now known as Jack Morton. Great set for its time. 

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The WKYC Set from 1993 and its 1999 refurbished version. The weather desk from the 1997 version and the 1999 refurbished version is currently used at the University of Akron in Kobe Hall for their Z-TV. Before that WVPX used it for PAX 23 News. The 1997 version had blue borders on the windows of the Cleveland Backdrop and the NBC logo on the front of the desk. The 1998 version darkened the walls to a red color.

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WKYC 1999 Set 1.PNG

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On 2/2/2022 at 8:39 AM, ScottSchell said:

I also liked KTUL’s set they had from 1994-1999.

 

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Tucked away in some cabinet at my parents house is a stack of 35mm film photos of me sitting on this set in 1997 when I was a 9 year old obsessed with TV weather. Got to hang with then-weekend met Jon Slater for the afternoon and 5pm news. Good memories. 

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13 minutes ago, caliwxdude said:

 

Tucked away in some cabinet at my parents house is a stack of 35mm film photos of me sitting on this set in 1997 when I was a 9 year old obsessed with TV weather. Got to hang with then-weekend met Jon Slater for the afternoon and 5pm news. Good memories. 

I never got to see 8’s in person but have seen 6’s old set when Jim Giles was alive and the Chief.

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9 hours ago, 5OnYourSideMan said:

The WKYC Set from 1993 and its 1999 refurbished version. The weather desk from the 1997 version and the 1999 refurbished version is currently used at the University of Akron in Kobe Hall for their Z-TV. Before that WVPX used it for PAX 23 News. The 1997 version had blue borders on the windows of the Cleveland Backdrop and the NBC logo on the front of the desk. The 1998 version darkened the walls to a red color.

WKYC 1993 Set 1.PNG

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WKYC 1999 Set 1.PNG

WKYC 1999 Set 2 Weather Center.PNG

That was the last set before going to Lakeside IIRC. If WKYC hadn’t moved, I could’ve seen that set lasting until Gannett decided to go HD.

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19 hours ago, 5OnYourSideMan said:

The WKYC Set from 1993 and its 1999 refurbished version. The weather desk from the 1997 version and the 1999 refurbished version is currently used at the University of Akron in Kobe Hall for their Z-TV. Before that WVPX used it for PAX 23 News. The 1997 version had blue borders on the windows of the Cleveland Backdrop and the NBC logo on the front of the desk. The 1998 version darkened the walls to a red color.

WKYC 1993 Set 1.PNG

WKYC 1993 Set 2.PNG

WKYC 1999 Set 1.PNG

WKYC 1999 Set 2 Weather Center.PNG

Another EXPRESS GROUP set. 

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ABC News set from the late 1990s. 

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On 2/1/2022 at 12:01 PM, 5OnYourSideMan said:

My first new topic right here. I am talking about news sets of the 1990's and their designers and fabricators. 

First off is WEWS sets from 1995 and 1998. I don't know who made these sets but they did look good. The 1995 set had desks similar to ABC News 20/20. The 1998 set was a product of its time coming in months after the 1998 WEWS logo debuted. 

WEWS 1995 Set 1.PNG

WEWS 1995 Set 2.PNG

WEWS 1998 Set 1.PNG

WEWS 1998 Set 2.PNG

WEWS 1998 Set 3.PNG

Here is WJW's set from 1996. It went through some changes but the original is the work in progress.

WJW 1996 Set.PNG

I know that another backdrop of Cleveland mainly with The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was used on the other anchor desk photo 2. Another was a sunrise for Good Morning Cleveland.

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WSVN Newsplex mid 1990s! Very CNN. It matched with their hard/tabloid news station format they were aiming for. 

WSVN 7 News on Twitter: "@cstevenson7 Our plex has definitely changed!  https://t.co/MrQv1PAex1" / Twitter

Today (NBC) 1990. Gorgeous Manhattan apartment style set that was used from the mid 80s until Sep 1990. Love the window level view of the skyline, and the sunrise toned rainbow behind the anchors.

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The living room area was very detailed with various trinkets and pieces that make it look realistic as if it were going to be used for a soap or sitcom. 

NBC Today Set Transition (Sep. 7/10 1990). - YouTube40 Vintage Photos of the 'Today' Show Throughout The Years

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1 hour ago, iron_lion said:

The living room area was very detailed with various trinkets and pieces that make it look realistic as if it were going to be used for a soap or sitcom. 

NBC Today Set Transition (Sep. 7/10 1990). - YouTube

 

It was very homey... So much so, that back in the summer of '89, I took a nap on that couch on the left.  The powers that be did not like that. 😆

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Devlin Design Group was pretty good in the 90’s

 

KFMB 1995-2001

 

KTLA 1997-2004 (WCCO) had a similar design but was more focused on Brown tones on its design


 

 

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WNBC "News Channel 4" (1995) had 2 sets:

Set A: Live at 5:

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detailing with legal books, plants and a window blinds type blue glass, with a few statuettes.

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Set B: News Channel 4 at 6pm

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Most stations I see today have only 1 set

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10 hours ago, tyrannical bastard said:

Was Express Group also involved with set design for WOIO/WUAB for their news launch at Reserve Square?  The WUAB set for their 10pm news had similar elements to the WDTN set shown.

Would have see a pic to say. Their current set is from BDI. The previous 3 were Park Place

sets. 

13 minutes ago, iron_lion said:

WNBC "News Channel 4" (1995) had 2 sets:

Set A: Live at 5:

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detailing with legal books, plants and a window blinds type blue glass, and a few statuettes.

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Set B: News Channel 4 at 6pm

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Most stations I see today have only 1 se

14 minutes ago, iron_lion said:

WNBC "News Channel 4" (1995) had 2 sets:

Set A: Live at 5:

image.jpeg.7c94573bffca278f2ef92db61f5e41c8.jpeg

detailing with legal books, plants and a window blinds type blue glass, and a few statuettes.

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Set B: News Channel 4 at 6pm

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Most stations I see today have only 1 set

These sets are by Gil Jimenez. They had a few tweaks and updates over the years.  

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14 hours ago, Metrodonmartin said:

Would have see a pic to say. Their current set is from BDI. The previous 3 were Park Place

sets. 

Well, after looking up some airchecks from WOIO and WUAB in the 90's....I guess my vision of what they had was sort of jumbled together.  It seemed the banks of monitors that both WOIO and WUAB used on their respective sets resembled what I saw when the WDTN and WKYC sets were shown here. None of the "highway bars" like the other sets had.  WOIO had their "newsroom" set all the way to "Action News" and WUAB had a separate set until the same era. 

This was the pre-Reserve Square set that WUAB had at their studios in Parma.

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I guess the image I had in my head was what WTTE used for their first newscasts.  This was in 1996 so I don't know if WSYX was involved yet (about the time Sinclair bought River City and spun off WTTE to Glencairn).

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2 hours ago, tyrannical bastard said:

Well, after looking up some airchecks from WOIO and WUAB in the 90's....I guess my vision of what they had was sort of jumbled together.  It seemed the banks of monitors that both WOIO and WUAB used on their respective sets resembled what I saw when the WDTN and WKYC sets were shown here. None of the "highway bars" like the other sets had.  WOIO had their "newsroom" set all the way to "Action News" and WUAB had a separate set until the same era. 

This was the pre-Reserve Square set that WUAB had at their studios in Parma.

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I guess the image I had in my head was what WTTE used for their first newscasts.  This was in 1996 so I don't know if WSYX was involved yet (about the time Sinclair bought River City and spun off WTTE to Glencairn).

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Sinclair bought WSYX in 1996 not sure when they merged the buildings into each other. FOX 28 left their studios on Sunbury Rd and moved into WSYX's studios at 1261 Dublin Rd. The FOX set was in the same studio directly  across from the two sets WSYX had at the time for their broadcast.

 

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WCBS "Channel 2 News" 1993: Appears to be a 2 set arrangement like WNBC. 

Top set: features the common multi monitor background of that time period. Great detailing with the Rather era CBS Evening News like world map.

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A black accent instead of blue on a different newscast. 

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Bottom set has window pane like elements with crinkle cut fry shaped beams featuring a monitor on each "fold".

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1 hour ago, iron_lion said:

WCBS "Channel 2 News" 1993: Appears to be a 2 set arrangement like WNBC. 

Top set: features the common multi monitor background of that time period. Great detailing with the Rather era CBS Evening News like world map.

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A black accent instead of blue on a different newscast. 

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Bottom set has window pane like elements with crinkle cut fry shaped beams featuring a monitor on each "fold".

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Always loved the opens during that time ... "The First Team!"

 

-- Matt

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