WJZ’s “City Line”

Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 7.45.33 PM.pngWe 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” aired weekly on Sunday afternoons typically for one hour long (occasionally holding 90-minute specials). The hosts were Jaki Hall and B.T. Bently.

The bulk of this series that exists in the collection are of masters, edited masters, and dubs of the show, ranging in date from approximately 1982-1989. The show covered all types of topics:They interviewed political candidates for the 7th Congressional District in 1986 and in 1987 a Dunbar Middle School teacher and poet, Rita Townsend Crews, was featured on an episode.

We are including the current inventory of this series below for your perusal and to get a sense of the amazing content. Please keep in mind that the below are transcriptions of the tape labels, so they may be inaccurate. The collection will be accessible for digitization requests in a few weeks (thank you for your patience).

City Line

Box 1.
Library #2
Library #3: Gil Noble; Korean MOS; Randall Robinson; Policewoman; Arena Players; Negro Baseball; Wilson Goode; Patti LaBelle; Futrell (NEA); Pam Grier; Madison; Peg Leg Bates
3. Entertainment Page Auditions – Terry Trouyet; Larry Wilson; Isiara
4. Cuts
3. 3/1/82: Satin in the Pulpit
61. 10/9/83
68. 12/4/83: Public Housing
69. 12/11/83
70. 12/18/83 – C.R.A.I.D.
75. 1/22/84 – Air Check; Man Sharing
75. 1/29/84
76. 2/5/84 – Teen Viewpoint
77. 2/12/84
78. 2/26/84
79. 3/4/84 – Essay on Drugs

Box 2.

80. 3/11/84 – Breakin’ & Rappin’
81. 3/18/84 – Sexism & the Pulpit
82. 3/25/84 – Should Jesse Jackson Stop Running?
84.  4/8/84 – Pumping Iron
85. 4/15/84 – Beverly Burke & Korea Fashins
87. 4/29/84 – Black Child Development
90. 5/20/84 – Black Middle Class Forgotten Its People
91. May 27, 1984 – Salute to Michael Jackson
June 3, 1984 – Finding Summer Employment; Olympic Hopefuls
94. 6/17/84 – Over Eaters
99. 8/26/84 – Social Security Administration
101. 9/9/84 – Conquering Fear
104. 9/30/84 – Black Hebrew Isrealites
105. 10/7/84 – Jazz Special
106. 10/14/84 – Boyse Mosley Educator

Box 3.
107. 10/21/84 – Clairvoyant Consuella Newton
110. 11/18/84 – Getting Your Kids into Commercials
112. 12/2/84 – Miles Davis
113. 12/9/84 – Focus on the Family: Love and Money
115. 12/23/84 – Christmas Special
116. 12/30/84 – A New You
118. 1/22/85 – A Salute to Prince
119. 1/27/85 – The Plight of the Homeless
121. 2/10/85 – Ruby Dee
123. 2/24/85 – Sid Syndrone
124. 3/3/85 – Dick Gregory
125. 3/10/85 – The Laws-Ronnie, Debra, and Eloise
126. 3/17/85 – Mary Welcome Show
129. 3/7/85 – Vegetarianism & macrobiotics
134. 5/12/85 – Black Adoption

Box 4.
135. 5/19/85 – A Time of Terror
136. 5/26/85 – Astrology: Dr. Jertha Love
137. 6/2/85 – Blacks against nukes
138. 6/9/85 – Teenage Fathers
139. 6/16/85 – Prison Sweethearts
151. 9/15/85 – Battered Wife
156. 10/20/85 – Sexual Harassment
159. 11/17/85 – Bubba Smith
161. 12/1/85 – Survivors
165. 12/29/85 – Talent Showcase 85
166. 12/15/85 – Cooking with the Griots
167. 12/22/85 – Christmas Show 1985
1/5/86 – 1985 in Review
168. 1/26/85 – Women’s View on Men

Box 5.
169. 2/2/86 – Soap Stars
170. 2/9/86 – My son died of A.I.D.S.
171. 2/16/86 – Kis and Rap music
172. 2/23/86 – Transexuals
174. 3/2/86 – Wynton Marsalis
175. 3/16/86 – Robert Berger Story: Al Jolson Imitator
176. 11/9/86 – Vanessa Del Rio
177. 3/30/86 – Moorish Americans
178. 4/6/86 – Overcoming drugs and alcohol
179. 4/13/86 – Kids of divorce
180. 10/12/86 – The psychic festival
181. 4/27/86 – Focus on workplace Part II
182. 5/4/86 – Father united for equal rights
183. 5/11/86 – Is it love or sex?

Box 6.
185. 6/1/86 – South Africa
186. 6/8/86 – Homophobia/Cast of Mamma I want to Sing
187. 6/15/86 – Meet the candidates
187. 6/15/86 – Meet the candidates II
189. 6/29/86 – Atheist
8/24/86 – Back up tape
194. 9/21/86 – Drug testing in the workplace
195. 9/28/86 – Male impotence
196. 10/5/86 – The fast food frenzy
198. 10/19/86 – Carl Lewis
199. 10/26/86 – Political Analyst
200th Show Celebration
11/14 & 11/21
11/30/86 – Cooking with Jonathan Edges

Box 7.
12/14/86 – From Rags to Riches
1/11/87 – Fashion and fitness for the plus size woman
1/25/87 – Black Liberation thology
2/8/87 – Baltimore’s first Black crossing the color line
2/15/87 – Pennsylvania Avenue reunion
2/22/87 – Black History: past, present, future
3/1/87 – Baltimore Radio personalities & Baltimore Big brothers organization
3/8/87 – Safe sex
3/15/87 – the two career marriage
3/29/87 – Discrimination part II
221. 4/26/87 – Urban Renewal Outcast
223. 5/10/87 – Black families at the crossroads
5/17/87 – Blacks at the crossroads – education
5/31/87 – Blacks at the crossroads – a summary
226. 6/7/87 – Jazz explosion
6/14/87 – Hot Line [fourth day of sunpapers strike]

Box 8.
10/14/87 – Black women White men
11/22/87 – Blacks in sports
12/14/87 – The show case of talent 1987
1/18/88 – Egypt Slide Dub
3/4/88 – Jamaican Tease
3/6/88 –  Air check
3/20/88 – Pauline Brook Fashions
3/27/88 – Jesse
4/3/88 – Ethel’s Place: Ethel Ennis & Earl Arnett
4/16/88 – Urban Black America –  20 years later
5/1/88 – Domestic / Bobby McFerron
5/15/88 – City Scoop
5/21/88 – Afrocentric
6/5/88 – From Bourgeoisie to Buppie the Emerging Black Middle-class
6/26/88- Hypertension
7/24/88 – Jerry Butler

Box 9.
8/14/88 – Urban Black America –  20 years later (re-run)
8/21/88 – City Scoop
8/28/88 – Domestic violence
9/4/88 – Rod Rogers
9/18/88 – Craig Rideout Murder
9/25/88 – Robert Robinson
10/9/88 – Ashbell McElveen
10/16/88 – Gun Control I
10/23/88 – Gun Control II
11/13/88 – Jamaica Relief Efforts
11/20/88 – City Jail
11/27/88 – Reggie Wills
12/4/88 – Race Pride
12/18/88 – Christmas Show
1/1/89 – Cardin, Keys, McClean
11/24/? – Last Segment

Box 10.
1/9/89 – Dress Code/Norman Conners
1/22/89 – Black Midshipman’s Club/Ahmad Jamal
1/29/89 – Black or Afro-American
2/12/89 – Dano Bunn/Gabrielle Goodman
2/19/89 – Black Memorabilia
2/26/89 – Roots
3/12/89 – Madeline Murphy
3/19/89 – Tax Tips
3/26/89 – Big & Beautiful
4/2/89 – Gun Control
4/16/89 – Child Abuse
4/27/89 – Patricia Godley
4/30/89 – Chef Randall Mystique
5/7/89 – Drugs: Patricia Godley Part I
Segment #246 – Dubbed Brooks
Butler

Box 11.
Jazz Special
6/28/? – Crack & Cocaine Users

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