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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

MarMIA hearts MFF (and TAMI too!)

MarMIA hearts MFF (and TAMI too!)

By Siobhan Hagan It has been exactly two weeks since the last day of the Maryland Film Festival. I have needed this time to recover from travel/time zone differences, working as a tech checker for the festival, and trying to show my boyfriend the amazingness of Baltimore. We got little sleep and drank lots of … Continue reading