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WDIV Transcripts

 Collection
Identifier: UAV001112

Scope and Content

The WDIV Transcripts contain the scripts of news broadcasts from NBC’s Detroit affiliate, WDIV-Channel 4. They consist of the actual drafts from the morning, noon, evening, and 11:00 PM newscasts, on the dates covered and document local, national, and international news events from the 1970s. Sporting events, weather, and human-interest stories are covered, as well.

Dates

  • 1973 - 1978
  • Majority of material found within 1977 - 1978

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

History

WDIV began as WWDT in March of 1947. It was the first television station in Michigan and the sixth in the United States. The call letters were changed to WWJ-TV in May of 1947. Less than a month later, the station’s first newscast was televised. By June of 1947, WWJ-TV began with daily programming of just six and half hours a day, Tuesday through Sunday. Tiger baseball, Lion Football, Red Wing Hockey, college football, and the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade were some of the events of local interest that were broadcast on WWJ-TV that first year. In March of 1948, WWJ-TV joined the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). A new studio was added onto the radio building on Lafayette Boulevard in Detroit in 1952. In May of 1978, Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc. took over, changing the station’s call letters to the current WDIV.

Extent

52 Linear Feet (52 SB)

Abstract

WDIV began as WWDT in March of 1947. It was the first television station in Michigan and the sixth in the United States. The call letters were changed to WWJ-TV in May of 1947. Less than a month later, the station’s first newscast was televised. By June of 1947, WWJ-TV began with daily programming of just six and half hours a day, Tuesday through Sunday. Tiger baseball, Lion Football, Red Wing Hockey, college football, and the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade were some of the events of local interest that were broadcast on WWJ-TV that first year. In March of 1948, WWJ-TV joined the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). A new studio was added onto the radio building on Lafayette Boulevard in Detroit in 1952. In May of 1978, Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc. took over, changing the station’s call letters to the current WDIV.

The WDIV Transcripts contain the scripts of news broadcasts from NBC’s Detroit affiliate, WDIV-Channel 4. They consist of the actual drafts from the morning, noon, evening, and 11:00 PM newscasts, on the dates covered and document local, national, and international news events from the 1970s. Sporting events, weather, and human-interest stories are covered, as well.

Arrangement

Boxes were inventoried in their original order. They are arranged chronologically by air date, although some transcripts may be out of order.

Acquisition

Transcripts were given to the Reuther Library on January 28, 1983.

Related Materials

Approx. 2000 reels of 16 mm film WDIV news broadcasts and 100-200 reels of additional WDIV B-Roll are located in the Reuther AV Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Mary Wallace on October 21, 2010.
Title
Guide to the WDIV Transcripts
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Mary Wallace.
Date
2010-10-21
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA