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60 Moments: Evolution of Newsroom Technology

By: Mike Waterhouse Email
By: Mike Waterhouse Email

The technology WSAZ uses to bring you the news every day has gone through some serious changes over the last 60 years.

WSAZ has long been known for its two-city broadcast with anchors in both Huntington and Charleston. The setup was pioneered by our engineers and eventually used by NBC for the Huntley-Brinkley Report.

Our reporters started out by shooting everything on black-and-white film. It had to be developed and edited before any of the footage could be shown on television. But, we proved that almost anything could be carried live. WSAZ broadcasted live coverage of the West Virginia Legislature year-after-year, starting in 1956.

Up until the early nineties when the newsroom was equipped with computers, the news team used typewriters with large print to write their scripts. The larger font made it easier for anchors to read on TV.

Over the years, we traded up to color film and eventually videotape. The more flexible format gave us the ability to offer more news content to different parts of our region.

In 1996, WSAZ was the first television station in the country to provide two separate newscasts to the same market at the same time. This means the Huntington anchor reads Tri-State news stories, and the Charleston anchor focuses on Kanawha County news.

We named the Charleston feed "Capital City News." It continues today, but we now call it "WSAZ Charleston."

Today: one word has changed how the newsroom does everything: Internet. We're constantly posting news to our Web site, WSAZ.com, making local news accessible from almost anywhere.

In the future, we hope to bring you news in a clear, crisp format: high definition.

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