Collection Description (online finding aid):
The WTAE-TV News Film Collection contains 7,763 fill cans documenting daily news stories, special events, sports, and special programming as covered by WTAE-TV between April 1962 and December 1976. The content contains aired footage and reels identified as "Airshows", “B-Roll”, “C-Roll”, and “Scraps”. Several WTAE-produced programs are also included. Among these shows are The Jean Connelly Show, AM Pittsburgh, and The Black Chronicle. The Jean Connelly Showfocused on the female audience and aired every Monday through Friday at 10:00 AM from 1959 to 1970. Connelly shared the distinction of being host and producer of the series as well as the first woman from Western Pennsylvania to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Broadcasters Hall of Fame (2002). AM Pittsburgh began in 1970 and aired until 1983. The show was a mix between a talk show and a news broadcast. AM Pittsburgh was hosted by Lynn Hinds, Al McDowell, father of WDVE radio personality Sean McDowell, and Cathy Milton. Hosting duties were split with Hinds serving as the main in-studio host and some in-the-field stories. McDowell was responsible for street reporting and was known for his sense of humor. Milton was more of the analyst on the show providing commentary. The show ran Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM and included notable guests and a segment called Quiz Questions. The show was the top rated morning talk show, and one of the first of its kind in the nation. Cathy Milton later went on to host her own show, The Black Chronicle. This once a week program lasted 30-minutes and ran throughout the 1970s covering the activities of Pittsburgh’s black community. The show was nominated for a Peabody Award in 1971 though it did not win. Cathy Milton was a former street reporter, show co-host, and news anchor before becoming the host and co-producer of The Black Chronicle. She was the longest on-air female broadcaster in the Pittsburgh area. Additionally, she was an equal rights activist and keynote speaker at Pittsburgh’s NAACP convention.
The collection is rich with Pittsburgh stories. Among the standouts are Lyndon B. Johnson's 1966 visit to Doylestown, Pa., to speak at the dedication of the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, footage of local civil rights activist Bouie Haden, interviews and footage of Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Hornets, and Pitt Panther games among other sports-related footage.
Archive name: University of Pittsburgh Archives & Special Collections
Archive location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Archive website: http://library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections