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A very early broadcast of NBC Nightside (it had began 3 weeks earlier) from November 25, 1991: 

 

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And here are some bits and pieces from the very first edition of NBC Overnight, a  quirky newscast  with great writing that truly set the standard for overnight news programming back in 1982:

 

 

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Skip to 40:53. I've heard that theme from CBS in 1994. Can someone identify the theme?

 

 

Skip to 3:15

 

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WCCO recently posted to Facebook a reel of various reports done from Germany in the wake of the Berlin Wall coming down in 1989.

 

 

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In this 1982 clip, Al Primo, the inventor of the Eyewitness News format, talks to CNN about his consulting work and the makeover of WBZ.  This is an old YouTube upload, but if you haven't seen it, it's worth watching:

 

 

For an in-depth interview with Primo focusing on his WABC work, see Ron Powers' The Newscasters: The News Business as Show Business (1977).

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From January 26, 1981, a segment from WWL's Eyewitness Morning News w/co-anchors John Quaintance and the late Andre Trevigne. Features reports from Dennis Wolter(ing), Taylor Henry and the legendary Bill Elder.

 

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Here's KPTV from 1983 with the gray Cranston-Csuri graphics and "Eleven Gold" theme:

 

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This demo reel from Jeff Hertrick offers a rare look at ill-fated Martinsburg, WV Fox affiliate WYVN's newscast. Also includes some clips of his time at WTOC.
 

 

WYVN used the "USA News"-copycat production track "America's Station" from Firstcom.

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From 1988, an entire 9 p.m. newscast from WGN in Chicago, before the broadcast was extended to an hour:

 

 

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By November 1982, KETV still had the old logo, along with “Newsbeat” and the recycled 1980 graphics:


However they do have a slide at the end for their meteorologists (Jim Flowers, Rob Dixon, Don Novak), which were later used for the 1983 graphics with the KSNW theme.

 

Also of note (not news): an ATARI commercial from KMART 😂😂😂

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KCRA May 1983 weather - still using 'KCRA and You' package - that puts the intro of the Where the News Comes First package sometime between May 83 and January 84

 

 

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Or were those graphics by TVbD and the ones below by JcbD? (I'm assuming that the two companies were completely separate by 1991, and that each had market-exclusive clients.)

 

 

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6 hours ago, WWUpdate said:

WFLD, Chicago, 9 p.m., 1991; (Were these graphics done by John Christopher Burns?)

 

 

I think it was in-house. The graphics look a bit less slick and colorful than what TVBD and JCBD were going for at the time.

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18 hours ago, WWUpdate said:

WFLD, Chicago, 9 p.m., 1991; (Were these graphics done by John Christopher Burns?)

 

 

 

12 hours ago, Info Junkie said:

I think it was in-house. The graphics look a bit less slick and colorful than what TVBD and JCBD were going for at the time.

Furthermore, the WFLD package shown in the clip lacked a key component of TVbD/JCBD's graphics of the 1980s and early 1990s. The layer effects of the name banners and title logos in the news open just slide from left to right, not zooming out or coming together at a split point. Basically, every package from those two companies had that element at that time; this package doesn't.

 

Compare the WFLD open to the WGN midday open and to these...

 

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