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.
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).
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.
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!
When you work in broadcasting, you are forced to think ahead. What to air, what to produce, what to acquire. With that in mind, I caught sight of this message on a white board in one of the offices here recently.