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Sonny Eliot Papers

Identifier: UP002542
Abstract Sonny Eliot, husband of Annette Gaertner, was a beloved weathercaster in Metro Detroit from the late 1940s to 2010. Eliot worked for Channel 4 (then WWJ-TV), Channel 2, Channel 50, and WWJ AM radio. Eliot also wrote children's books and he hosted a slew of game shows, in addition to hosting "At the Zoo" for the Detroit Zoo for 17 years. During his career, Sonny Eliot was inducted into both the Michigan Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame. Moreover, Eliot was the...
Dates: 1939 - 2012; Majority of material found within 1955 - 1980

WDIV Transcripts

Identifier: UAV001112
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...
Dates: 1973 - 1978; Majority of material found within 1977 - 1978

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