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What's changed since 1978? Lots less paper, tons more technology, fewer people behind the scenes
and less rushing around to shuttle tapes and scripts to the right place, since it's all electronic now.

Here's a comparison in pictures.  All photographs by Martin Hardee: Fall, 1978 and Summer, 2004. 
Click images to enlarge.

Anchoring: Then & Now...

Adler, Donnely

1978: Above, WCBS anchors Lou Adler and Jim Donnelly doing morning drive. The anchors concentrate on reading and interviewing: Production is handled in a room behind the camera, by a dedicated producer.

Anchor 2004

2004: Anchor Marla Diamond reads the news in a more self-service setup. There is no live production help -- in addition to reading the news and interviewing, she runs her own board.

Anchor console

1978: The console that Adler and Donnelly used. Mostly a reading stand, with telephone lines and communication to the back room producer.

2004 Console Board

2004: Inside the anchor console.  Technical Supervisor Barry Siegfried gives us a view inside the type of digital console that an anchor like Marla (above) uses on air. 

Producing and Writing: Then & Now...


1978: The WCBS newsroom, paper everywhere. With the world's news resources at his fingertips, a WCBS producer coordinates the work of writers, reporters and newscasters. Writers are in easy view, and the producer can communicate with anyone else in the station from his communication console here. On the desk, typed stories are wrapped around "cart" tapes which will be shuttled to production.  To his right, a filing system for current stories. Wire copy is Xeroxed for each of the 2-5 writers on duty. 

2004 Producer Station

2004: The WCBS Newsroom, computers everywhere. With the world's news resources at his fingertips, WCBS producer Rob Hawley coordinates the work of writers, reporters and newscasters online and by phone. There are no more cart tapes -- all audio is electronic. And all the paper has been replaced with computer systems -- no more Xeroxing! 

2004 Writer Station

2004: Writer John Wilson at a writer's station in the newsroom.

Production: Then & Now...

News production

News production

1978: Technicians work fast at the all-news giant. Barry Siegfried in the "Control-C" tape studio, WCBS news production. Note the tape carts (back wall), reel-to-reel tapes (everywhere), and analog production board.

2004 Production

2004: Barry Siegfried shows off an all-digital production studio. File systems and CDs have replaced tape.

2004 Editing

2004: An audio editing studio. Feeds come into this studio and are labeled and saved into the online file system.

Technology Behind the Scenes ...

2004 Cat5 Cables

2004: The digital newsroom requires seemingly miles of CAT5 cable.

2004 Server Room

2004: Server room.

2004 Klotz

2004: Servers for the NexGen broadcast automation system.

Thanks to Barry Siegfried and Dwight Taylor for their photo caption notes!

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This research documentary is Copyright 1979, 2002, 2006  Martin Hardee - All Rights Reserved. (read more...) Material may be quoted or excerpted for non-profit research purposes without additional special permission. For additional information email martin @ hardee.net.