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2 hours ago, sfomspphl said:

 

Steve Friedman the producer then sped up the pacing - also was there for the revolving sets while they tried to figure out how to beat GMA - he was there early 80s to 87. Probably got feedback his new blue set was too cold for the regular viewers, gave it the Earl Scheib treatment and made it brown.  

 

I think Magid was their consultant  - and they went to that textbook "plain background to let the talent pop and become identifiable" look with the minimalist 1983-85 set.

 

Then Bryant and Jane got their chemistry mojo after she came back from maternity leave in 84. NY skyline came back in early 85 with the new living room set, and they overtook GMA that year. 

 

 

That blue set looked like the precursor to 1A.

 

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OG: blue set 1983

 

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The Chris Sloan archive gravy train keeps giving. There's even some rare KHJ from 1988! The 9:00 VO at the time would later do a lot of ABC Sports work in the late 80s and 90s. The 1:00 one was a

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Sunday Today broadcast from November 6th, 1988 with Garrick Utley and Maria Shriver (KCRA taping) - two days before the presidential election

Also, part of a KPIX Eyewitness News broadcast from 5/7/88 (B&W video and fuzzy audio)

and the first 6 minutes of KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Eleven at 11, from 5/6/2007, with Amy Clancy and Essex Porter

 

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January 1995 at KWGN Denver...Channel 2 was independent NO MORE. At that time, KWGN signed up to become the affiliate of the then-new WB Network (now CW). The WB launched on January 11, 1995. On the same night following the WB programming, KWGN launched a brand new newscast that had it all: new theme music, new news set, a 15-minute sports segment, and the latest in weather technology. All this to reflect the WB launch.

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Big name anchors/reporters substituting on the evening news:

 

Barbra Walters in for Peter Jennings (1995)

Mike Wallace in for Roger Mudd (1971)

Ed Bradley in for Dan Rather (2002)

 

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In this video, we have then-WBRZ General Manager John Spain explain why his news crew aired a story the way they did on a man who gunned down Jeff Doucet, who kidnapped Jody Plauche, at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport in 1984...the murder was caught on the station's camera and anchor Ed Buggs (RIP) was the reporter. The murder led the 10 pm  newscast, which starts at 3:50. The man arrested was later identified as Jody's father, Gary Plauche.

 

It does beg the question: how would THIS be covered today? A good video on ethics in journalism...for 1984.

 

 

 

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Some May 1987 KOVR 13 NEWS promos (8:55) with anchor Dan Gray supposedly explaining why he moved to California and KOVR's GM Ed Pfeiffer asking viewers for feedback on how to make the then ABC affiliate better station.  I remember seeing these when KOVR originally aired them way back when 34 years ago and thinking to myself "This will never work".  This look didn't last long at KOVR... Neither did Dan Gray.  Although I think Gray was a pretty good catch for them though.  I still think he and Jennifer Whitney might've been able to right the ship there at KOVR a little bit if they were given some more time.  P.S. And a brief Rush Limbaugh cameo on the right @ 9:31. 

 

  

 

 

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3 hours ago, hmaxhanson said:

Now at last, a full newscast from the NECN era of WFXT's news has been found:

 

 

Same set and title logo as seen in the 1993 promo. The anchor was different in the full-length newscast video than in the promo video. Lila Orbach was in the promo (in the below video), while future WCVB anchor Heather Kahn anchored the full-length show (in the above video).
 

 

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11 hours ago, PBC5NewsUnova said:

Finding old clips of Spanish TV is like finding a needle in a haystack and today I found one of those needles.

WXTV station ID and Reportar 41 open (1987)

1 NYEn Memoria de johanse' 1987 #15 VHS - YouTube

 

No kidding. Big fan of the theme music, too. Unfortunate why we have it, though—it was taped because of the story of a 2-year-old baby (and others) who died in a fire.

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WTVT "Pulse 13 Nightbeat" promo from 1988:

 

 

WTOG 44 10'Olock News promo mid 90's

 

 

WFTS startup news promos from 1994:

 

 

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2 hours ago, Samantha said:

 

No kidding. Big fan of the theme music, too. Unfortunate why we have it, though—it was taped because of the story of a 2-year-old baby (and others) who died in a fire.

Do we know the music being used?

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During the 1994-5 affiliation switch in Phoenix, all of the four networks changed stations -- except NBC, which stayed on KPNX. Promos on KPNX emphasized the station's long-term connection to the network:

 

 

The switch left KTVK without a network, KTVK became an independent and began to heavily promote its newly-forged relationship with CNN:

 

 

 

Returning to KPNX, this promo features Willard Scott with Sean McLaughlin, then a meteorologist at KPNX, now an anchor at KPHO/KTVK:

 

 

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On 10/3/2021 at 1:39 PM, Samantha said:

 

No kidding. Big fan of the theme music, too. Unfortunate why we have it, though—it was taped because of the story of a 2-year-old baby (and others) who died in a fire.

In the foreign language US local market news theme category this ones a winner…it’s from their 80s “Window to the World” jingle package 

 

 

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On 9/28/2021 at 10:43 PM, PelicanGuy said:

It does beg the question: how would THIS be covered today? A good video on ethics in journalism...for 1984.

 

 

 

 

On a related note, a 1987 commentary by media critic Ron Powers on the ethics of showing a person's death on television:

 

 

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