This blog post was written by MARMIA’s 2021 Summer Intern from NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation MA program, Mike Stetz. Mike is a Baltimore native who spent this June-August working on our collections both in-person at our Impact Hub office and remotely. This past summer I had the pleasure to intern here at MARMIA … Continue reading Focusing on Film: Inspection and Repair
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”
During the summer of 1976, a San Francisco CBS affiliate station (KPIX) owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting (AKA Group W), premiered a local weeknight television news and entertainment series titled "Evening: The MTWTF Show", eventually christened "Evening Magazine". The show was designed to add a local focus to news. This show was created in reaction to … Continue reading WJZ’s “Evening Magazine”
The following post was written by guest blogger, Eli Pousson, of Baltimore Heritage. One of the many unique shows in the WJZ-TV collection recently acquired by MARMIA is "People Are Talking"—a morning program most famously hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Richard Sher. Then 24-year-old Winfrey's popularity as a co-host of the program led her to … Continue reading WJZ’s “People are Talking”
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!
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 … 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…
By Siobhan HaganMarMIA 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 understand … Continue reading Making Chesapeake Airwaves