Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

I’m very excited. I recently unearthed a cache of archival photos from the station’s 60+ year history. Many of these go back long before my time and I cannot even be certain who or what is pictured. Still, they are extremely interesting and a snapshot of UNC-TV during its early, formative years.

This week’s photo: a shot of an Open House held in 1983 at our Raleigh studios. Way back in the day, UNC-TV (at that time the UNC Center for Public Television) was spread out across the Triangle in various locations (NC State, UNC-CH, Chatham County). In 1989, all forces were assembled in the RTP in the then newly-constructed Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Communications Center, where we reside today.

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I think you’ll recognize some familiar faces from our programming perched atop the Raleigh studios. If you happened to visit this Open House in the early 80s, drop me a line and let me know (I was but a viewer at the time).

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Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

I think you know these two guys. It’s Cookie Monster and Elmo, of course (or rather, plywood standups of the two Sesame Street pals).

I assume this was used at a Rootle event of some kind but these two Muppets can often be spied hanging out in the UNC-TV studios, eager to meet and greet their many fans.

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Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

Nothing exceptionally unusual this week – just a shot from a loft in our storage area. What you’ll see here are items that have probably been used as props or as set decoration for past UNC-TV series (vases, books, tables, stools – miscellanea, that’s all). Maybe they’ll get used again some day, who knows?

Nonetheless, this is a view seldom get to see because it is so out of the way so I thought I’d share.

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Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

One of my favorite Ken Burns films is the 1994 series Baseball. Now, don’t get me wrong – The Civil War is arguably his best and it’s truly iconic and totally magnificent. However, if a non sports fans like myself can be riveted to every minute of a nine-episode mini-series about America’s pastime then that’s pretty special. Also, it was during promotion for this documentary series that I met the esteemed director so that no doubt colors my affection.

With that in mind, I spied this poster for Baseball in a co-worker’s cubicle a while back and snapped the pic. Play ball!

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Hey, It’s Photo Friday!

I’ll never tire of the set for The Woodwright’s Shop With Roy Underhill. It’s a weird, wacky, wonderful trove of assorted miscellany collected from Roy’s years as the classic cut up.

For instance, here’s a rooster mask that hangs from the wall. What does it have to do with woodworking? Only Underhill knows!

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