Saturday, April 04, 2009

Remembering WYOU

YouTube is a great resource for digging up old television clips, and there's plenty of clips from WYOU's heyday. Here's a small sampling. You can also take a trip down memory lane by checking out this Web site run by Carl Abraham, a former WDAU employee who now works at WNEP.

1987 newscast segment (1/2), with Larry Sparano, Keith Oppenheim, John Nugent, Joan Murray, and Paul Heppner.

1987 newscast segment (1/2), with Larry Sparano, Paul Heppner, and John Nugent. (Bonus: a story about Debbie Dunleavy appearing in a local play.)

1980s promo commercials touting people who made the switch to watching WYOU. (Mullet alert at 0:36 seconds in!) Also includes promos from WBRE and WNEP, featuring the likes of Vic Vetters, Nolan Johannes, Karen Harch, and Tim Karlson.

1987 WYOU promo reel. "First News at 5:30 is distinctive and darned good!" That's an endorsement you can't beat. You also can't beat "The Heart of TV 22" song.

Another 1987 video segment, mainly of a WYOU newscast with Liz Linskey, Michael Gargiulo, and Derry Bird. (I believe that's a clip from Reefer Madness at 1:49!)

WDAU news promo touting the Luzerne County tag team of David DeCosmo and Kevin Jordan.

A "Newscene 22" newscast gets a bit exciting when one of the studio lights explodes and singes one of the anchors. (Can you identify the two in this clip?)

One day in 1980, WDAU became "Batscene 22" when an errant bat flew into the studio and freaked out Debbie Dunleavy. Fortunately, Derry Bird was armed with a broom.

Now this is a treat! From the early 1980s (or late 1970s?), a WDAU promo for CBS's "Looking Good!" campaign. Someone pretending to urinate in a filing cabinet? A flasher? Someone on a toilet? Clearly WDAU's employees had very strange senses of humor!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God, they've finally figured out no one was watching! Now, if only the station would fade-to-black as well, NEPA would be in better shape!

The day Frank Andrews Shimkus left was a wonderful day, and the day Diane Lee left was even better...

The "talent" tried to make a go of it with their Interactive format, but the topics were repeated often and the show was anything but lively.

WYOU News won't be missed and if WYOU TV goes away, so much the better

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judging by that Dan Gallagher promo, Vic Vetters is more hair than man!

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Bill Dowdell said...

Wow, 4:48. I know you're entitled to your opinion, even though it sucks.

However, on Friday 4-3-09, 22 people were unceremoniously shown the door. Local unenployment figures rose. And the foundation of those left standing most certainly felt the aftershock.

Nothing to crow about, in my opinion.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

Oh, this is a gem! My husband is going to roar when he sees this!! Btw, I just discovered your blog because I heard about WYOU shutting down and was shocked (shouldn't have been)...Anyway, I am really enjoying this!

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets be honest...This is in reference to the first person to leave a comment.

A television news market is never better off with just one station. Competition keeps reporters on edge, and ultimately gives the viewers the best stories.

Eliminate all competition, and what reason does a station have to go above and beyond anymore??

11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can remeber the exciting news gathering days in 1987, and all of the great talent of news people I had a chance to work with by
being the helicopter pilot of chopper 22.
Bob Gobla

9:29 PM  

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