Mike Millard, Kent
Clark and Bob Walker
were full time. When Barbarette left, he was replaced as news
director by Walt Dibble,
(right) and many others followed including Pat
Sheehan, Lon Landis,
Chuck Crouse and Ken
Trimble (who replaced Dibble as news director).
a time in 1968 several part-timers auditioned live, which
also occurred periodically in the early 1970s.
on the icons to see how many of these formats you remember.
- Here is WDRC's earliest recorded news intro along with two
alternate news closes. This was called the Jaeger format
on the station master tapes, after co-owner John Jaeger (partner
of Richard Buckley).
23, 1961 - This aircheck is in the Jaeger format.
Al Fletcher/@June, 1962 -
When there were bulletins, the anchor on duty broke into regular
programming with an Earwitness News Extra.
- The Jaegar news intro was punched up at the very beginning,
followed by a teletype news bed.
Wayne Hickox/1963 - This intro
was from the customized Roy Ross
jingle package. The hard tympani stab at the very beginning
was not part of the package; that was added in the WDRC production
room. Only real trivia fans realize that the original Roy Ross version
of this cut contains an additional five seconds of vocal but for
some reason Charlie Parker edited that out of the air version. Coming
out of the news there was a special
- Acquisition of the new PAMS Series #27 jingle package presented
an opportunity for an updated news presentation. There were three
Joe Barbarette/April 4, 1966 -
This was the news jingle from the famous PAMS
Series #27 package. The instrumental bed was also used as a
talkout bed at the end
of the news as a voice intoned, "Repeating The Big D Big
Story." (example is Bob Walker from Christmas
Hennessey/June 11, 1967 - Here's an unusual - and rare
- hybrid prompted by the arrival of the Joey
Reynolds jingle package. It starts with the Big D tympani
and segues into an instrumental news bed supplied with the package.
The life span of this news intro was short. There are indications
the Reynolds jingles began use May 14, 1967; the PAMS
Series #27 intro was back on the air by July 4th.
Aaron Shepard/November, 1967 -
This was an unusual format which also didn't last long. This intro
started with an instrumental from the Roy
Ross package, and segued into the instrumental bed from the
Joey Reynolds package
used in the Hennessey cut above. It was at least the third news
variation in a six-month period.
December 1, 1967 - The next
news format included another three elements. The Weather Eye
jingle was part of the Joey Reynolds package.
Unidentified/June 30, 1968 -
Neither the late Walt Dibble,
Dick Robinson or Kent
Clark, all of whom worked at Big D at the time, could
remember this reporter's name. The music bed was later used as a
bed for a Connecticut School of Broadcasting commercial.
Walt Dibble/May 23, 1969 - This
was the electronic sounder that was used beginning in April, 1969
- and for almost a decade - to start each newscast.
Earwitness News staff (l-r):
Chuck Crouse, Walt Dibble & Lon Landis
Swanson/May 25, 1979 - For a couple of years, WDRC
borrowed the five-note sequence made famous in the movie "Close
Encounters of the Third Kind."
Trimble/April 23, 1984 - For a time, WDRC used
no sounders, jingles or effects to open the news.
Bricker/July 13, 1986 - The origins of this instrumental
sounder are unknown.
August 1, 1986 - Nothing is
known about this news sounder that was labeled and dated in a box
within the WDRC archives.
Feldman/April 17, 1987
- This news sounder was borrowed from a movie soundtrack (maybe
The Electric Horseman?).
Lis had different news format for
AM (April 16) and
FM (July 9).
Zachary/July 20, 1992 - This instrumental sounder comes
from the TM Century 21 "Miami's
Bradley/April 13, 1998 - This news sounder was preceded
by a station jingle.
Beth Bradley/July 26, 2001 -
This was the news sounder from a JAM
Richard Price/July 12, 2010
- The origins of this news sounder are unknown.