A little something for the ladies. It's John Steigerwald,
I've been using my time off from work productively, watching dozens of clips from Pittsburgh news yesteryear. Of all the promos displaying good humor, this Steigey montage was the most recent. 1981, people.
There's no jocularity in the modern news promo. Now, it's always weather and sanctimony.
Gravely-voiced announcer says: "Channel Four's DeNardo Weather Center uses the most advanced Doppler radar system in Pittsburgh. Channel Four's Doppler radar has recorded twelve kills in 2007. And Don Schwenneker's penis is twice as large as any other meteorologist's in the region. Just ask his wife [picture of hot wife]. Tune in at five o'clock for Don and the rest of the Channel Four news team, a-holes."
Listen, station director. You want to play up your civic pride and appeal to the hearts of Pittsburghers? Fine. Show off your precious news vans and your 50-person editorial department? I get it. It's a company scene like the first ditty in a musical. But is it too much to ask to show a little personality? May I suggest an act similar to this one, between golden era anchors Don Cannon and Paul Long?
Ah, to be inspired by Pittsburgh again. I have a deep fealty with my younger self when I watch this promo for the WPXI Nightbeat. Intense orchestral music coupled with steamy shots of Pittsburgh street life. Where did my innocence go?
Oh, and if anyone is pining for their acid-addled college days, watch this one. It's been outlawed in Japan. Too many child seizures. I'd like to have have a contest with this video. Please identify the figures in the comments. Person who correctly identifies the most characters will win a free case of Arn.