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 currently airs Sundays at 11am on WMAR-TV, having switched stations several years ago.

Square Off, June 23, 2017 from Howard Maleson on Vimeo.  Footage of the new, WMAR-TV iteration of “Square Off”.

Take a look at our inventory of “Square Off” below. Please keep in mind these may be inaccurate as we are transcribing the information from the tape labels. We will be up and running for digitization requests a few weeks after we reach our fundraising goal. Donate now to get us there more quickly!

Box 1.

Animation
Student Square Off
Square Off -Ended – April 2
Aired – May 21
Aired – August 9
Aired – September 30
Aired – October 4; Boyse, Carter, Elane, Arnold
Aired – October 31 [Bk-up]

Taped – Thursday, October 31, 1985; Aired – November 2, 1985
Guests – John Lofton; Toni Keane; Boyse Mosley; Arnold Weiner

November 9, 1985; November 30, 1985
December 7, 1985; December 21, 1985

Savings &Loan Bail Out Plan…M.L.K. Holiday
Taped – January 16, 1986; Aired – January 18, 1986
Guests – Madeline Murphy; H. Richard Scherr; Peter Waldron; Boyse Mosley

Taped – February 13, 1986; Aired February 15, 1986
Guests – Suzanne Wagner; St. George Crosse; Peter Waldron; Edgar Berman

Aired – March 1, 1986; Cut 2 – Aired March 8, 1986
Waldron; Madeline; [Scherr]; [Otmar]

Taped – March 13, 1986; Aired – March 15, 1986
Guests – John Lofton; H. Richard Scherr; Harry Evans; Elaine Stein

Taped – March 27, 1986; Aired – March 29, 1986
Guests – Madeline Murphy; Peter Waldron; Isaiah Fletcher; Edgar Berman

Box 2.

Taped – April 17, 1986; Aired – April 19, 1986
Guests – Alan Christian; Boyse Mosley; Madeline Murphy; Suzanne Wagner

Taped – April 24, 1986; Aired April 26, 1986
Guests – Phyllis Brotman; St. George Crosse; Toni Keane; Peter Waldrun

Taped – June 5, 1986; Aired June 7, 1987
Guests – Brian Sher; David Catterton; Diedre Ferron; Hassan Murphy

Taped – July 23, 1986; Aired; July 26, 1986
Peter Waldron

Taped – July 31, 1986; Aired – August 2, 1986
Guests – Edward Gutman; John Lofton; Boyse Mosley; Madeline Murphy

Taped – August 28, 1986; Aired – August 30, 1986
Guests – Alan Christian; Jannette Dates; Boyse Mosley; Peter Waldron

Taped – September 11, 1986; Aired – September 13, 1986
Guests – Phyllis Brotman; Alan Christian; Clarence Du Burns; Madeline Murphy

Taped – October 2, 1986; Aired – October 4, 1986
Guests – Carter Clews; Boyse Mosley; Elaine Stein; Arnold Weiner

Aired – November 15, 1986

Taped – December 16; Aired – January 2, 1987

Taped – February 12, 1987; Aired – February 14, 1987
Guests – Alan Christian; John Lofton; Madeline Murphy; Eddie Gutman

Taped – March 12, 1987; Aired – March 14, 1987
Guests – Madeline Murphy; Alan Christian; Edgar Berman; John Lofton

Square Off 10th Anniversary
Taped – March 19, 1987; Aired – March 21, 1987

Taped – May 4, 1987; Aired – May 7, 1987

Taped – June 18, 1987; Aired – June 20, 1987
Guests – Jannette Dates; Robert Scherr; Alan Christian; Elaine Stein

Aired – July 4, 1987
Guests – [Edgar] R. John

Box 3.

Taped – July 16, 1987; Aired – July 18, 1987

Guests – Linda Chavez; Madeline Murphy; Boyse Mosley; Bob Scherr

Square Off #780417
Taped – August 6, 1987; Aired – August 15, 1987
Guests – Boyse Mosely; Toni Keene; Carl Snowden; Tom Marr;

Square Off #780417
Taped – August 27, 1987; Aired – August 29, 1987
Guests – Greta Van Susteren; Boyse Mosely; St. George Crosse; Arnold Wiener
Teacher Striking/Elections

Taped – September 10, 1987; Aired – September 12, 1987
Guests – Madeline Murphy; Alan Christian; Edgar Berman; Boyse Mosley; Mary Pat Clarke

Taped – September 25, 1986; Aired – September 27, 1986
Guests – Michael Middleton; Madeline Murphy; H. Robert Scherr; Peter Waldron

Aired – October 10, 1987

Ques. “K”, Stock Market, Reagan
Taped – October 28, 1987; Aired – October 31, 1987
Guests – St. George Crosse; Georgia Goslee; Alan Christian; George Dail

Taped – November 18, 1987; Aired – November 21, 1987
Guests – Dr. Edgar Berman; Elaine Stein; St. George Crosse; Madeline Murphy

Taped – November 25, 1987; Aired – November 28, 1987
Guests – Bob Scherr; Tomm Marr; Georgia Goslee; Jim Martin

Taped – December 2, 1987; Aired – December 5, 1987
Guests – John Lofton; Mary Benns; Phyllis Brotman; Alan Christian

Taped – December 9, 1987; Aired – December 12, 1987(Master)
Guests – George Dail; Linda Chavez; Jannette Dates; Billy Murphy

Square Off – (Back-up) – December 19, 1987

Taped – December 9, 1987; Aired – December 26, 1987
Guests – Linda Chavez; George Dail; Billy Murphy; Jannette Dates

Taped – January 6, 1988; Aired – January 8, 1988
Guests – Madeline Murphy; Boyse Mosely; Eddie Gutman; Peter Waldron

Box 4.

Taped – January 13, 1988; Aired –January 16, 1988
Guests – Tom Marr; St. George Crosse; Suzanne Wagner; John Lofton

Taped – January 20, 1988; Aired – January 23, 1988
Guests – Georgia Goslee; Elane Stein; Billy Murphy; Les Kinsolving

Aired – January 21, 1988

Taped – February 3, 1988; Aired – February 6, 1988
Guests – George Dail; Dr. Margaret Fountain; Bob Scherr; Boyse Mosley

Aired – February 13, 1988

Taped – March 2, 1988; Aired – March 5, 1988 (Master Back-up)
Guests – Billy Murphy; Elaine Stein; George Dail; Bob Scherr

Aired – March 19, 1988
Guests – Georgia Goslee; Tom Marr; John Lofton; Michael Middleton

Taped – March 23, 1988; Aired – March 26, 1988
Guests – St. George Crosse; Elane Stein; Arnold Weiner; Madeline Murphy

Aired – April 23, 1998

April 30, 1988

Taped – May 11, 1988; Aired – May 14, 1988
Guests – George Dail; Suzanne Wagner; Jannette Dates; John Lofton

Racial Violence in Hampden; President Reagan’s Summit Endings (Master)
Taped – June 1, 1988; Aired – June 4, 1988
Guests – Georgia Goslee; George Dail; Phyllis Brotman; Peter Waldron

Kids Square Off
Taped – June 8, 1988; Aired – June 11, 1988
Guests – Greg Schmoke; Karen Bates; Greg Sher; Daniella Defilippo

Taped – June 15, 1988; Aired – June 18, 1988  (Master)
Guests – St. George Crosse; Les Kinsolving; Eddie Gutman; Margaret Fountain

Taped – June 29, 1988; Aired – July 2, 1988
Guests – Tom Marr; Billy Murphy; Toni Keane; George Dail

Debate
Taped – June 29, 1988; Aired July 9, 1988
Guests – Alan Christian; St. George Crosse; Madeline Murphy; Elane Stein

Box 5.
Aired – July 20, 1988

Taped – August 3, 1988; Aired – August 6, 1988
Guests – Margaret Fountain; Eddie Gutman; Peter Waldron; Ron Smith

Current Events Debate
Taped – August 10, 1988; Aired – August 13, 1988
Guests – Tom Marr; Robert Scherr; Carl Snowden; Suzanne Wagner

Debate
Taped – August 10, 1988; Aired – August 20, 1988
Guests – Phyllis Brotman; Alan Christian; St. George Crosse; Madeline Murphy

Taped – August 24, 1988; Aired – August 27, 1988

Taped – September 7, 1988; Aired – September 10, 1988
Guests – St. George Crosse; Madeline Murphy; Suzanne Wagner; Ron Smith

Taped – September 14, 1988; Aired – September 17, 1988
Guests – Elane Stein; Georgia Goslee; Peter Waldron; Robert Scherr

Decriminalizing Drugs
Taped – September 20, 1988; Aired – September 24, 1988
Guests – Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke; Alan Christian; Boyse Mosely; Linda Chavez

Taped – August 31, 1988; Aired – September 3/31, 1988

Taped – September 28, 1988; Aired October 1, 1988
Guests – St. George Crosse; Tom Marr; Elane Stein; Dr. Margaret Fountain

Taped – October 12, 1988; Aired – October 15, 1988
Guests – Georgia Goslee; Bob Scherr; Arnold Weiner; Boyse Mosley

Taped October 19, 1988; Aired – October 22, 1988
Guests – Alan Christian; Rev. Peter Waldron; Carl Snowden; Linda Chavez

Taped – October 26, 1988; Aired – October 29, 1988
Guests – Eddie Gutman; Madeline Murphy; Tom Marr; Ron Smith

Taped – November 23, 1988l Aired – November 26, 1988
Guests – Suzanne Wagner; Tom Marr; Boyse Mosley; Peter Waldron

Student Square Off – Aired December 24, 1988

Box 6.
Aired – December 31, 1988
Aired – January 7, 1989
Aired – January 28, 1989
Aired – February 4, 1989
Aired – February 11, 1989
Aired – February 18, 1989

Taped – February 22, 1989; Aired – February 25, 1989
Guests – Tom Marr; Arnold Weiner; Georgia Goslee; Peter Waldron

Taped – March 1, 1989; Aired – March 4, 1989
Aired – March 11, 1989
Aired – March 18, 1989
Aired – March 26, 1989

Aired – July 5, 1986: The Supreme Court decision outruling the act of sodomy between homosexuals; the commercialization of the Statue of Liberty Centennial celebration – is it over commercialized? The recent confrontation of the 7th congressional district election candidates Sen. Clarence Mitchell III and Welfare activist Bob Cheeks; The 30 year sentence of Jeffrey Levitt; What’s your reaction

Please Note: On the tapes listed below the cover label differs from tape label – both have been included here with tape label in brackets:

Good Black Footage Stills – MLKing Video; March 12, 1988 [Black Middle Class; March 4]

Audition Show; August 25, 1984 [Hotel Fall Pilot 2/2; WBAL Colts SPEC; March 2, 1984] CD of Square Off Audition Tape Included

Square Off – Master; Aired November 14, 1987 [Square Off – Master; Aired November 7]

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