WXYZ Alumni and Staff:
Pochert, Terrel L 'Terry' .
AM/FM/TV Engineering, News editing supervisor.
Terry Pochert Working the with 'New' Convergence Editor in 1978
During the first years of linear editing with U-Matic 3/4" tape, WXYZ used equipment made by Convergence. Very basic, but it worked making WXYZ-TV a pioneer in ENG (Electronic New Gathering) in the Detroit market.
WXYZ Staff Ski Trip to Lower Northern Michigan
One of the many staff outings that the staff of WXYZ went on during the 1970s and 1980s. There was a strong sense of "family" and cooperation as they not only worked together, but played together.
Terry Pochert while Working at the 1984 Olympics
A few great shots while working at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
AFTN - Terry Pochert, engineering, filling in during emergencies.
New Year's Eve at the WXYZ Newsroom - Circa 1990s
Durig the 1980s and 1990, the WXYZ was always a buzz with activity. The most amazing thing during this period was the family atmosphere that was held by all the employees. There were many potlucks, employee gatherings and get togethers after the newscasts. This particular evening was after the 11pm newscast and just before midnight when a few of the employees gathered around for some cheer. And, no, it wasn't alcohol... it was a bit of apple cider that one of the producers brought in to help celebrate.
Happy New Year 1981 - WXYZ Studios
Celebrating the coming of the new near just before midnight on December 31, 1981, after the 11pm news. Yes, those are real typewriters in the foreground.
Vince Wade Remembers and Comments on the Legacy of Bill Bonds
Vince Wade, a long-time investigated reporter with WXYZ-TV and friend of Bill Bonds, writes a very heart-felt commentary on Bill Bonds. Thousands of comments have been posted about Bill, but not hit home as hard as Vince's message. Vince Wade writes...
1988 Democratic National Convention - WXYZ Team - July 20, 1988
1988 Democratic Convention - Atlanta Georgia
1988 Democratic National Convention Editing Area
A Newscast for the Masses: The History of Detroit Television Journalism by Tim Kiska - As the chief source of information for many people and a key revenue stream for the country's broadcast conglomerates, local television news has grown from a curiosity into a powerful journalistic and cultural force. In A Newscast for the Masses, Tim Kiska examines the evolution of television news in Detroit, from its beginnings in the late 1940s, when television was considered a "wild young medium," to the early 1980s, when cable television permanently altered the broadcast landscape. Kiska shows how the local news, which was initially considered a poor substitute for respectable print journalism, became the cornerstone of television programming and the public's preferred news source.
Kiska begins his study in 1947 with the first Detroit television broadcast, made by WWJ-TV. Owned by the Evening News Association, the same company that owned the Detroit News, WWJ developed a credible broadcast news operation as a cross-promotional vehicle for the newspaper. Yet by the late 1960s WWJ was unseated by newcomers WXYZ-TV and WJBK-TV, whose superior coverage of the 1967 Detroit riots lured viewers away from WWJ. WXYZ-TV would eventually become the most powerful news outlet in Detroit with the help of its cash-rich parent company, the American Broadcasting Corporation, and its use of sophisticated survey research and advertising techniques to grow its news audience. Though critics tend to deride the sensationalism and showmanship of local television news, Kiska demonstrates that over the last several decades newscasts have effectively tailored their content to the demands of the viewing public and, as a result, have become the most trusted source of information for the average American and the most lucrative source of profit for television networks.
A Newscast for the Masses is based on extensive interviews with journalists who participated in the development of television in Detroit and careful research into the files of the McHugh & Hoffman consulting firm, which used social science techniques to discern the television viewing preferences of metro Detroiters. Anyone interested in television history or journalism will appreciate this detailed and informative study.
Detroit broadcasting history is rich with character . . . and characters. It began atop the Penobscot Building on October 23, 1946, when WWDT shot a signal to the convention center, part of a "New Postwar Products Exposition." WWJ-TV offered scheduled programming in June 1947, and WXYZ-TV and WJBK-TV jumped in a year later. The medium has influenced the city's personality and social agenda ever since. Soupy Sales turned getting a pie in the face into an art form. Mort Neff celebrated the state's outdoor charms. George Pierrot showed Detroiters the world. Other beloved personalities include: Milky the Clown, Ed McKenzie, Sonny Eliot, John Kelly, Marilyn Turner, Robin Seymour, Bill Bonds, Dick Westerkamp, Jingles, Bill Kennedy, Lou Gordon, Captain Jolly, Johnny Ginger, Auntie Dee, and many more.
WYXIE Wonder Land: An unauthorized 50-year diary of WXYZ Detroit by Dick Osgood
TV Land - Detroit by Gordon Castelnero - An in-depth and personal look at the most popular and best-remembered local shows from the golden years of Detroit TV. Long before cable, prepackaged syndication, infomercials, do-it-yourselfers, and reality shows cluttered the television dial, there was a brand of entertainment that has today nearly vanished from the airwaves: local TV. And with its colorful and quirky cast of characters, Detroit TV arguably offered some of the best of the best of local programming anywhere in the nation-a smorgasbord of exuberant, one-of-a-kind television shows.Based on actual interviews with the people who made Detroit TV, Gordon Castelnero's TV Land-Detroit awakens the emotional attachment and nostalgia our community has for these shows, bringing the beloved characters and memorable programs back to life.From the glamorous Rita Bell to the insanity of the Ghoul, the zany Jingles in Boofland to the opinionated and often confrontational Lou Gordon and the gruff-voiced and somnolent George Pierrot, Castelnero reacquaints us with the talent and behind-the-scenes people, of the creative spirit in Detroit, and the intimacy they shared with the community both on and off the air.
Detroit broadcasting history is rich with character . . . and characters. It began atop the Penobscot Building on October 23, 1946, when WWDT shot a signal to the convention center, part of a "New Postwar Products Exposition." WWJ-TV offered scheduled programming in June 1947, and WXYZ-TV and WJBK-TV jumped in a year later.
The medium has influenced the city's personality and social agenda ever since. Soupy Sales turned getting a pie in the face into an art form. Mort Neff celebrated the state's outdoor charms. George Pierrot showed Detroiters the world.
Other beloved personalities include: Milky the Clown, Ed McKenzie, Sonny Eliot, John Kelly, Marilyn Turner, Robin Seymour, Bill Bonds, Dick Westerkamp, Jingles, Bill Kennedy, Lou Gordon, Captain Jolly, Johnny Ginger, Auntie Dee, and many more.
WXYZ: The Lone Ranger/The Green Hornet/Sgt. Preston of the Yukon - Now a collector's item, this hard to get audio CDs contains three hours of audio recordings of the original The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet and Sgt. Preston of the Yukon. Originally distributed by Radio Spirits, many third party suppliers through Amazon.com have these available. If you have a copy, you just might want to hang unto it!
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