WDIV Transcripts

Accession Number: 
UAV001112
Extent: 
52 linear feet (52 SB)
Date: 
1973-1978, bulk 1977-1978

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.

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