The thing that has really amazed me by looking at these old news ads is the times these broadcasts were on the air. Growing up in the eastern part of NC, all the stations did local news at 6pm in the 60's followed by the network news at 6:30. It was years later before any of them changed that. Looks like WGHP did news at all kinds of times, 5:30, 7:30, 11:30. The 1AM was obviously taped from an earlier broadcast. Now a days our 2AM is a recorded repeat of the 10pm news.The current 5pm news started in 1991 with the addition of the 5:30 in 1993. I personally never knew we had news in those time periods that far back. It has never been mentioned to me and I was there when the 5:30 started. Interesting. Thanks for sharing!
It was during the 1966-67 that WGHP moved the news to 5:30 p.m. and started doing the five minute weather update at 7:25 p.m. with Georgia Castle.Dick Bennick took over for Georgia sometime during the spring/summer of 1967.Channel 8 was first in many things in the Triad.
5:30 local newscasts were not uncommon on ABC affiliates in the 1960s and '70s. Many ABC affiliates chose to run local news at 5:30 and network news at 6 so as not to have to go head-to-head with Walter Cronkite, ABC being a distant third in news in those days. I had two ABC affiliates that did this: WLOS Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, and WLCY (now WTSP and a CBS affiliate) Tampa/St. Petersburg. To give you some idea of the ABC news picture in North Carolina circa 1972, WGHP, WCTI New Bern, WLOS, and WCCB Charlotte did local news at 5:30 and ABC News at 6. WWAY Wilmington and WRAL Raleigh had local news at 6 and ABC News at 6:30. WGHP joined WWAY and WRAL in doing local at 6/ABC at 6:30 in 1974.
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