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Sunday, February 05, 2021

Back in the New York metro zone for a week now, I’m running across a myriad of memory triggers every day.

A particular source for that: The local television stations. I was a typical late-20th Century kid — the boob tube, as surrogate babysitter, planted countless indelible mental images in my brain. And since my pre-teens came before the VCR and cable, most of those images derived from the local TV stations. So it’s a kick to flip to Channel 5 or Channel 11 and see or hear a familiar on-air personality, still at it 30 years later.

To assure myself that the televised flotsam and jetsam of my youth wasn’t imaginary, TV Ark has an archive of imagery and video clips from all six NYC-area stations:

Just seeing the familiar names like Roz Abrams, John Roland (can’t believe he retired only in 2004), Ernie Anastos, Rolland Smith and other local news announcers brings forth the memories.

Unfortunately, all the video on TV Ark is in Real format, meaning I can’t watch it (I refuse to install RealMedia Player on my computers; don’t need yet another program fighting to become the default media player). But the pictures and text are enough to fuel a little nostalgia.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/05/2021 02:49:26 PM
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  1. I remember attending the University of Southern Mississippi 30 years ago, and the Radio-Television-Film program there boasted as their biggest graduate Chuck Scarborough, who is still there today as lead anchor for WNBC-TV. Of course, back then he also did occasional fill-in duty on NBC Nightly News or Today.

    Comment by Robert — 02/05/2021 @ 03:45:23 PM

  2. Yep, Chuck is now the dean of NYC news anchors. There’s a clip of him in that TV Ark collection from circa 1975.

    It’s funny how so many of those people have stuck with their gigs for so long — or else have simply crossed the street to go to the other locals. I wonder if that’s the case in other cities, at least major metros.

    Comment by CT — 02/05/2021 @ 03:59:59 PM

  3. don’t tell anyone, but in my formative years, I’d tune to “11 Alive” to listen to Phil Rizzutto watch the Yankees win championship after championship.

    Comment by tommy — 02/06/2021 @ 10:30:01 PM

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