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WJZ Inventory

WJZ-TV News (WJZ)

Preliminary Inventory


Please note: Special Collections provides this partial inventory as a interim reference tool for researchers in order to give an overview to the collection as it is being processed. Click on title to open a PDF of the box list.

  • Afternoon (13 total items; circa 1988): WJZ-produced television program. Consists of U-Matic videocassette show dubs.
  • Blaze footage (11 items; circa 1987-1988): Local raw footage taken by WJZ-TV camera operators. Consists of U-Matic videocassettes that are more than likely original production elements for a WJZ-produced news program or story.
  • Buddy Deane Show, The (3 item; 2/23/78): A popular local teen dance show that aired on WJZ-TV from 1957-1964. Consists of   videocassettes that are probably dubbed from 16mm reversal originals or prints.
  • City Line (169 items; c. 1982-1989): Appears to be a WJZ-produced television program. Consists of edited masters (most likely a tape that original footage and production elements were edited to and then broadcast as part of a news program), show dubs, dubs, masters (which could be a shortened version of “edited master”), and unavailable elements on U-Matic videocassettes and 1” open reel video.
  • Evening Magazine (4,676 items; c. 1977-1991): During the summer of 1976, KPIX in San Francisco, a CBS affiliate owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting (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 due to the FCC’s newly enacted "Prime Time Access Rule” to give back the half-hour preceding primetime to local stations. The rule prohibited these stations from accepting network programming for that particular timeslot. This show was one of the first television news shows to begin the trend of shooting on videotape rather than 16mm film. The production called for the local hosts to have on-location wraparounds (in and around their local communities) and to tell short stories about ordinary and everyday people. As the show gained popularity, the other Group W owned stations around the country created their own Evening Magazine shows, including WJZ-TV in Baltimore.
  • Eyewitness News (7,750 items; c. 1977-1997): 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 US’s first 90 min local newscast. It was first christened Eyewitness News in 1965, defining the role of the reporter as a “witness” to news events to anchors and viewers. Following its success, the other Group W stations adopted the format and name, including WJZ-TV. Consists of many original production elements and other elements: a and b-roll, edited masters, master, safety masters, master dubs, feed tapes, show dubs, work tapes, and unavailable elements on 16mm film, 2” Quad video, 1” open reel video, and Betacam, BetacamSP, VHS and U-Matic videocassettes.
  • Eyewitness News Conference (34 items) Becam videocassettes.
  • Face Off (1 item) half-hour sports discussion program
  • Field Tapes (15 boxes)
  • Focal Point (4 items; c. 1966): Appears to be a WJZ-TV produced television program. Consists of dubs, work prints, and unavailable elements on 16mm film, and Betacam and U-Matic videocassettes.
  • Get to Know (32 items; unavailable date range): Appears to be a WJZ-TV produced television program. Consists of unavailable elements (most likely original production elements) on Betacam videocassettes.
  • In the Spotlight (35 items; circa 1988-1989): WJZ-TV produced television program. Consists of edited masters and original production elements of 1” open reel video and U-Matic videocassettes.
  • Israel field tapes (44 items; circa 1986): WJZ-TV produced raw news footage. Consists of original production elements on U-Matic videocassettes.
  • Kids Baffle (47 items; circa 1981-1988): Hosted by Bob Callahan, this children’s show featured local junior high schools competing academically. Consists of edited masters on 1” open reel video and U-Matic videocassettes.
  • NASA (29 items; circa 1990): The NASA series is footage from the NASA library, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Consists of dubs on Betacam and U-Matic videocassettes.
  • Now and Then (51 items; c. 1992-1996): Appears to be a WJZ-TV produced television program. Consists of edited masters, dubs, and unavailable elements on Betacam videocassettes.
  • Off-Air Taping (25 items)
  • PM Magazine (1,755 items; circa 1979-1990): Another title for Evening Magazine. Consists of a and b-roll, dubs, edited masters,  masters, original production elements, show dubs, and unavailable elements on 1” open reel video, Betacam and U-Matic videocassettes, and 2” Quad video.
  • People are Talking (179 items; c. 1982-1988): a local talk show on WJZ-TV hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Richard Sher, which premiered August 14, 1978, and ran until Oprah left for Chicago in 1983. Now it is a segment on the morning newscast on WJZ. Consists of edited masters, original production elements, and unavailable elements on 1” open reel video, BetacamSP and U-Matic videocassettes.
  • Shakedown (88 items; circa 1986-1992): WJZ-TV produced television program. Consists of edited masters, masters, and work tapes on 1” open reel video and Betacam and U-Matic videocassettes.
  • Sports footage (unavailable date range): Appears to be WJZ-TV produced footage of local sporting events and teams. Consists of unavailable elements on U-Matic videocassettes.
  • Square Off (104 items; circa 1975-1988): Political debate show in the 1980s hosted and moderated by Richard Sher, accompanied by four guests. Consists of edited masters on 1” open reel video and U-Matic videocassettes. 
  • Sports footage (38 items; unavailable date range): Appears to be WJZ-TV produced footage of local sporting events and teams. Consists of unavailable elements on U-Matic videocassettes.
  • Tape Library: Boxes 1; 2; 3; 4-19
  • Unknown Elements (3,640 items; c. 1965-1993): Unavailable to determine content due to poor labeling. Most likely most of this series is comprised of WJZ-TV produced items. Consists of a, b and c-roll, dubs, master dubs, edited masters, feed tapes, masters, negatives, original production elements, safety masters, show dubs, television prints, work prints, work tapes, and unavailable elements on 1” open reel video, ¼” open reel audio, 2” Quad video, 16mm film, 8-track audiocassette tape, audio cassette tapes, VHS, Video8, Betacam, BetacamSP and U-Matic videocassettes, DVD, and 2” Quad video.