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Posts Tagged ‘Eyewitness News’

Taking a Tour of New WABC/Channel 7 Studios

View from the anchor desk

It’s closing in on a year since WABC/Channel 7 moved to new studios at the other side of its Upper West Side building. FishbowlNY was granted access recently to tour the operation with video and photos.

Regular viewers already know the new look is fan-friendly. Taking a page from the network morning news’ playbook, the studio is at street level on the corner of Columbus Avenue and West 66th Street. A window gives passersby a look of the studio, even when live on-air. The talent can also see foot and vehicular traffic. When needed, though, the black curtain can be drawn for intimacy.

But wanting the daytime, New York City feel during the live newscast was a key ingredient to breaking ground. Therefore, at times, sunlight reflects directly onto the anchors. The veteran anchors, though, have not been distracted as they keep their focus on the camera and teleprompter. While locked into the live newscast, that doesn’t mean they loosen the occasional knot in the tie. For example, a couple of months ago a touch of Hollywood came to WABC, and lead anchor Bill Ritter tweeted his followers.

woody harrelson just came by our studio window to wave hello. c’mon… how cool is that?”

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(VIDEO) Catching Up with Al Primo, the Man Behind Eyewitness News

It’s not a reach to call Al Primo a living legend. Primo is responsible, not just for putting Eyewitness News on the map at Channel 7  in 1968, but also for revolutionizing the local news industry. He was a trailblazing manager to be sure.

But before Primo could make his splash in New York, the Pittsburgh native was making a name for himself at his hometown KDKA. During his 12 years, Primo worked up the ranks to assistant news director.

Westinghouse, which owned KDKA, ultimately named Primo to head their Philadelphia TV station—KYW.

It was there in 1965, while looking over his contract, that Primo got the idea for Eyewitness News. Read more