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WJZ Collection Overview

Collection Title: WJZ-TV News (WJZ)

Inclusive Dates: 1966-2000 

Size: 20,873 items

Access Restrictions:  Use of audiovisual materials may require production of listening or viewing copies

Scope and Contents: This collections consists primarily of local television news footage and local programing

Historical Note:  
WJZ-TV Channel 13 is owned by the CBS Broadcasting, Inc. and is located in Baltimore, Maryland. The station was originally called WAAM and was Baltimore’s third television station. When WAAM began broadcasting in November 1948 under the ownership of Ben and Herman Cohen, it was an ABC affiliate. In 1957, the Westinghouse Electric Corporation purchased the station and renamed it WJZ-TV. 

In 1959, WJZ-TV built the first three-antenna candelabra tower, sharing it with the other local Baltimore stations, WMAR-TV and WBAL-TV. In 1977, WJZ-TV News began its Electronic News Gathering (ENG) Library, recording newscasts and retaining raw footage on a daily basis.  

WJZ-TV often preempted ABC programming in favor of locally produced shows and syndicated content from Westinghouse's broadcasting division, Group W. The affiliation switch to CBS occurred in 1995, ending WJZ-TV's decades long link with ABC. Westinghouse bought CBS in 1996, making WJZ-TV a CBS owned and operated station.

Custodial History: The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by WJZ-TV on August 16, 2007.

Arrangement: The collection, arranged chronologically or by series, has been described in an initial inventory:

Preliminary Inventory