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Thursday, January 5, 2012

The First WCIX News Team

I always love hearing from former Channel 6’ers, especially when they are willing to share pictures and memories from the old independent days.

One such person is Glenn Lewis, who ran the film lab back when the news department was first getting started. Glenn was kind enough to share a photograph of the first WCIX news team, along with some of his recollections.

Click on the picture to view it full size.

"The man on the left, I think was Ned Powers, and he did the weather. The story behind the picture is that Bob Sheridan (screen right, next to Prescott Robinson) and Ned had opened a bar and wanted something to hang behind the bar.

I think this was the first news set. Also, I think it was the only station where you had to punch in at a time clock. Ted (Adams, the general manager) was such a tightwad. He thought we were cheating on overtime.

Moving the cobwebs from my brain, I remember things from the first Ten O'Clock news. I might get their names wrong.

The first news director was John Pike, Dick (Descutner) was asst ND at the time.
Nancy Palmer was production manager.
Jack Cowart was chief engineer.
Guss Cado was the assignment editor.
Mike Jueao was chief photo.
Andy Kay was a news cameraman.
Cliff Albertson was the director."

Thanks Glenn. This was well before my time at the station, but some things were slow to change. When I started (March 1980) we still had the time clock. It was there for several years, at least until Taft took over.

Do you have any pictures, videos, or just plain memories of the old WCIX? Please feel free to share them with this blog and its readers. WCIX may now be a part of Miami’s past, but its history is still very much a part of who we are. Don’t be shy.


Alex Diaz-Granados said...

As a long time South Florida resident, I remember the old Channel Six very well. I'm maybe too young to remember the on-screen anchors of the Ten O'Clock News, but I do recall watching old movies such as 1953's Titanic and 1933's King Kong when WCIX had the Eight PM Movie on weeknights and the weekend afternoon "movie blocs." It's been a long time since WCIX morphed into WFOR, but I still have fond memories of Channel Six when it was an indie station....

Anonymous said...

I may have been operating one of those PC-70 cameras at the time. what you don't see in this shot is the chroma key wall. It was red shag carpet and ONLY TV6 was using red (I think Prescott liked wearing blue). Good times...

Scott Levine slevine@lorcott.com

WingMan said...

By the way, I think the director was Cliff Abromats...I believe he's currently in the Buffalo, NY area. I bumped into him in the late '70s at WABC-TV New York.

Anonymous said...

If you go on YouTube to look at this video, 1978 Commercials: "Wrigley's, Wicke's, Target, WDAF" at 2:06, there's an anchorwoman at the end of it. Who is she & was she on WCIX?

Jeffers66 said...

I don't recognize the anchorwoman.

sjm said...

I was at channel 6. 73-75. I was in traffic with Linda Hill. Back when we had to do log books. Out que commeral and take them to control. We use to get calls at home when commerals wasn't found. Gail Blachard was #3. Ted was GM. Jack Willard was accounting. Hy Gardner was still there. Joey Carr and I was close. Fres was there. Mark Plockins. John Kirpathrick was head of sales.

Ray Faiola said...

I was a film editor at WCIX in 1978. I worked for Mark Plotkin. What a great station!

Michael Rabon said...

My dad (William R. Rabon) was the original chief engineer for WCIX. Came in from New Orleans with Jack Cowart. He lived at the base of the transmitter until his retirement in 1977. I spent every summer there from 1967-1977. I loved the old studio building at 1111 Brickell Avenue, looked like a stack of checkers. Others that I remember other than Cowart, was Chuck Klaw. Sitting in the transmitter control building was the biggest kick for the kid that was me. In the beginning they showed 3 movies a week...3 times a day, followed by Gilligan's Island, Hogan's Heros, and the like. Some of those movies I sat through 21 times, LOL.
MG Rabon