Back in the 1990s, UNC-TV revamped its on-air image. (Nothing out of the ordinary there – broadcast entities do this all the time.) The image consisted of a shadowbox-laden animation featuring various UNC-TV programming logos and objects, along with some North Carolina-themed material. There was a replica of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, the Wright Brothers flyer, Big Bird, Lamb Chop and references to Tar Heel staples like BBQ, basketball, dogwood and NASCAR. Maybe you remember the on-air image when it aired. If you’re a longtime UNC-TV viewer, I guarantee you saw it.
The photo above is of some of the artwork used to create this on-air image and of the finished product. It was framed and displayed within some staffer’s office, I guess. However, it recently made it’s way to a common area, where I snapped this picture.
Did you know that UNC-TV is nearly 65 years old? Here’s a shot of part of a lovely timeline of our public broadcasting organization, from humble single station origins in 1955 to the current statewide network. This pic is simply the start of the 60+ year timeline. Sadly, the location does not allow for me to get a full picture in one shot, so I’ll try to post bits of it here and there in the coming weeks.
March 20 is Fred Rogers’ birthday. He would have been 90 today.
We’ve been celebrating the man and his show over the past few weeks with documentaries and trivia but I thought it might be nice to look at one of best remembered and most beloved moments of Rogers’ entire career … the day he testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications to challenge the cuts for public broadcasting. If you haven’t viewed this video, take a few minutes to do so. Mister Rogers was an iconic television personality who will never be forgotten. His program has educated and entertained children for fifty years now and will be available for generations to come. But this gentle, impassioned plea on behalf of public broadcasting is legendary and a prime example of why Fred Rogers is revered by those of us in the industry.
Another shot this week from the archive photo collection I discovered. This one’s from Festival ’90 – the first on-air fund drive in our current (then brand-spanking-new) building in the Research Triangle Park. Pictured is former UNC-TV staffer Audrey Kates Bailey and a bevy of hardworking phone operators. Maybe you called in to make a pledge during this fundraiser. Maybe you were one of the many volunteers who helped make it a success. Regardless, it’s a fond memory for those of us who were part of it.
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.