Category: Back in Time

40 YEARS UNDER THE BELT

Nexstar’s KTAB in Abilene, TX celebrated its 40th year on the air. And what made it especially poignant is that the last member of the original KTAB staff is still with the station. Bob ...

NEWS BLOOPERS

You know how it goes. 3-day weekend, nothing in the file for Tuesday. You have to get creative in the Morning meeting as the Hurricane is only going to carry your A-Block so far. ...

A MUSICAL LOOK BACK

Last week’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing was especially poignant for Devin Scillian, anchor at Graham Media’s WDIV. Back in 2003, Scillian, who dabbles in music quite extensively, juggling it with his ...

ON THE ROAD

WXIN (FOX) in Indianapolis, took to the road to produce its morning newscast in a town about about 20 miles from Indianapolis recently. Not an easy task to take a station’s morning newscast out ...

WHAT DID ROGER WANT?

We were rummaging around the NewsBlues archives on a recent rainy day and ran across this little gem. Set the Wayback Machine for January 18th, 2002 and read on. “ROGER AILES WANTS YOU” “If ...

A LEGEND REMEMBERED

Few news directors (to our knowledge) have been the subject of a documentary. Check out the second item in this story to learn more about a film covering the career of legendary Iowa newsman ...

REMEMBERING A LEGEND

Over the weekend, the “Miami Herald” gave us a treat by digging back into its archives and reprinting several archive articles about our old boss, Ralph Renick, beginning with one that covered his dramatic ...

TV’S BAD OLD DAYS

Down in DFW, Uncle Barky dug back through the files and found a story that might have come out of the McCarthyist 50’s but, this being Dallas, TX, was still relevant in 1981. His ...

THINGS CHANGE…

Back in 2016, when Donald Trump was the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party, he told CNN in a phone interview that he would not ban reporters from briefings if he became president. ...

IF YOU WANT TO FEEL OLD..

..then check out this video posted to social media by staffers at WBBM (CBS) Chicago. It appears a few millennial’s had never encountered, get this, a 3/4″ deck. An older staffer had to show ...

SHOUT OUT TO WZZM

WZZM (ABC) signed on today way back in 1962.  The Grand Rapids Michigan station hosted a young Congressman by the name of Gerald R. Ford to check out their brand spanking new facility. WZZM ...

HARVEY: THE MOVIE

If you didn’t have a chance to be on the front lines like some of us during Hurricane Harvey then boy do we have a movie for you. “Harvey” is scheduled to premiere September ...

OLBERMANN AS PITCHMAN

We don’t know what prompted ESPN’s Keith Olbermann to drop this two-decade old never-aired commercial on us, but we’re kinda glad he did. Both this one and this one were among five spots that ...

REVISITING HARVEY

One year after Hurricane Harvey smashed through Texas, there are still people seeking permanent housing, others are battling PTSD and other disorders and the storm and how it was handled has become a political ...

CRIM TRIES COMEDY

The real-life inspiration for Ron Burgundy is trying his hand at comedy. Former Detroit news anchor Mort Crim, who retired from WDIV in 1997 and has earned the honorific “legendary,” is set to guest ...

REMEMBER WHEN…???

All of the gas expelled this week as conservative bloviators waxed indignant over the ejection of Sarah Sanders and company from a Virginia restaurant nagged on us until we were reminded that…. Back in ...

HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY WTNH!

1948 was pretty much a landmark year in television. It was when the fledgling medium really started to become widely available throughout much of the country. The latest to observe 70 years on the ...

70 GREAT YEARS

Over the weekend, CBS O&O WBZ in Boston celebrated its 70th birthday, the culmination of a months-long celebration of the station’s storied history, an on-air that required some diligent searching of pre-digital era records ...

HAPPY 70th WPIX

Tribune’s WPIX is celebrating 70 years on the air in New York City. The station first launched as the city’s first independent television station on June 15, 1948. Back when the price of a ...

STILL CELEBRATING IN BEANTOWN

WBZ has been making quite a show of its 70th anniversary. Recreating vintage promos, an avalanche of archive clips, endless reminiscences. . And this is “Legendary Anchors Week.” Jack Williams, Liz Walker, Bob Lobel, ...

FAREWELL, KCCO

A six-decade history of broadcasting ends at the close of 2017, as KCCO in Alexandria, MN signs off for good.   The station, which began life 59 years ago as KCMT until it was ...