50 years ago today marks the beginning of the 1968 riots and unrest in Baltimore City. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. On April 6, riots broke out in Baltimore. By April 12, 1968, the city had several deaths, many more injured, and an estimate of $8-10 million … Continue reading Baltimore ’68 Riots & Unrest
Donate now https://vimeo.com/228746346 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!
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 “Eyewitness News”
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 WJZ’s “Square Off”
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 The WJZ-TV Collection Has Been Moved!
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, … Continue reading Baltimore and Beyond
We have launched our official crowdfunding campaign to help preserve and provide access to the WJZ-TV Collection. Watch our video and donate here! Thank you so much! https://vimeo.com/220332951
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 WJZ’s “City Line”
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive (MARMIA) has recently acquired the WJZ-TV Collection, including one-of-a-kind audio and video formats. WJZ-TV is Baltimore’s third television station in history, having first broadcast in November 1948. The WJZ-TV Collection is extremely rare. There are only a handful of network affiliate station archives in the United States that have … Continue reading MARMIA Acquires the WJZ-TV Collection!
By Siobhan Hagan As the Halloween and Dia de los Muertos weekend draws to an end, I feel satisfied with my celebrations and am ready to move forward. After all, it isn't every October that you get to talk to a local TV legend on the phone! I am unfortunately just too young and missed … Continue reading How Do I Love Thee, TV Horror Hosts? Let Me Count the Ways…