We are extremely pleased to announce that MARMIA has been selected to receive a Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Amplifying Unheard Voices grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)! Our three-year project, Broadcasting Baltimore: Digitizing Hidden Histories in the WJZ-TV Collection will fund an Audiovisual Archivist position for in-house digitization of … Continue reading MARMIA Receives a CLIR Grant!
We are excited to announce that MARMIA has received an Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (ATHA) Rocket Grant! With this grant, we will enhance the accessibility of our WJZ-TV collection through the creation of speech-to-text transcripts as well as find ATHA-related content! The ATHA encompasses over 100 square miles of Northern Prince George's County – bordered … Continue reading MARMIA Receives an Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (ATHA) Rocket Grant
Two boxes of Erol’s Betamax tapes were donated to MARMIA a few years ago and prompted this nostalgic look back. Erol Onaran, once dubbed the "Video King," began his TV and electronics business in 1963 shortly after relocating to the DMV from Turkey. In 1980, Onaran added video rentals to his business and by 1984 … Continue reading Who Remembers Erol’s?
We are very excited to be a part of this wonderful program at the Media and Communication Studies Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)! MARMIA's WJZ Collection will be one of the four projects in this summer's CoLab. The CoLab intern research team will explore our WJZ-TV Collection which contains A/V materials … Continue reading Discovering Baltimore’s History Through Broadcast
This blog post was written by MARMIA’s Audiovisual Archivist, Joana Stillwell. Joana joined MARMIA as our first official staff member in June of 2021. We are so thrilled to have her on the MARMIA Team and for you to meet her! Joana at MARMIA’s office at Impact Hub, Baltimore. Hello! My name is Joana Stillwell … Continue reading Meet MARMIA’s AV Archivist
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!