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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 “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

MARMIA Acquires the WJZ-TV Collection!

MARMIA Acquires the WJZ-TV Collection!

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

Making Chesapeake Airwaves

By Siobhan Hagan MarMIA recently published a post about the local news collection held by the University of Baltimore’s Langsdale Library Special Collections. In that post there is included a brief history of the local television stations in Baltimore. It is important to research the history of television in Baltimore in much greater depth: to … Continue reading