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”
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!
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
Next up in our highlighting of the WJZ-TV Collection, we feature two shows at the same time. You can't mention the history of one without the other: "The Buddy Deane Show" was a teen dance show featuring popular music and dance, broadcasting on Channel 13 from 1957-1964. It was created by Zvi Shoubin and based … Continue reading WJZ’s “The Buddy Deane Show” and “Shakedown”
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!