This is Baltimore! Help to Save its History

This is Baltimore! Help to Save its History

Donate now The above is a short selection from “This is Baltimore!”, a promotional film that was made for the WJZ-TV station in 1959. We need your help to save more historic footage like this! Visit our fundraiser to make a tax-deductible donation. Special thanks to Colorlab in Rockville, Maryland for the in-kind transfer! Advertisements

WJZ’s “Eyewitness News”

WJZ’s “Eyewitness News”

The first “Eyewitness News” format began in 1959 at a local television station in Cleveland (now WKYC-TV), which was a Group W-owned station. It was the United States’ first 90-minute local newscast and defined the role of the reporter as a “witness” to news events for its audiences. Following its success, the other Group W … Continue reading

WJZ’s “Evening Magazine”

WJZ’s “Evening Magazine”

During the summer of 1976, a San Francisco CBS affiliate station (KPIX) owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting (AKA Group W), premiered a local weeknight television news and entertainment series titled “Evening: The MTWTF Show”, eventually christened “Evening Magazine”. The show was designed to add a local focus to news.  This show was created in reaction to … Continue reading

WJZ’s “People are Talking”

WJZ’s “People are Talking”

The following post was written by guest blogger, Eli Pousson, of Baltimore Heritage. One of the many unique shows in the WJZ-TV collection recently acquired by MARMIA is “People Are Talking”—a morning program most famously hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Richard Sher. Then 24-year-old Winfrey’s popularity as a co-host of the program led her to … Continue reading

WJZ’s “Square Off”

WJZ’s “Square Off”

Next in our highlights from the WJZ-TV Collection, we look at a program that has been airing on Baltimore TV for 30 years. “Square Off”, hosted by Richard Sher, started broadcasting on WJZ-TV in 1975. It consists of the host and several guests who debate on either a local or national politic topic. The show … Continue reading

The WJZ-TV Collection Has Been Moved!

The WJZ-TV Collection Has Been Moved!

We have great news: we were able to complete the physical move of the WJZ-TV Collection from the University of Baltimore’s Langsdale Library to MARMIA’s storage facility! It took a crew of six on our end, several of the University of Baltimore’s staff, two trips in a 26 foot truck, and about 12 hours on … Continue reading

Beyond Baltimore

Beyond Baltimore

In the last few blog posts, we have focused on highlighting local TV shows that WJZ-TV produced: you could see your teacher recite poetry  and your friends dance to a local band, or you could learn about the history of Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue and traditions from the Eastern Shore. We hate to admit it, but … Continue reading

WJZ’s “City Line”

WJZ’s “City Line”

We want to showcase a few of the locally-produced television programs from our recent acquisition of the WJZ-TV Collection.  The first that we will highlight is “City Line”, a public affairs television program with topics centered around Baltimore City’s black community, as well as having a black cast and crew. First broadcasting in 1982, “City Line” … Continue reading