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Evening Magazine, 1977 - 1991

Identifier: EVMAG

Scope and Contents

This series contains audiovisual materials made for the WJZ-TV television show, Evening Magazine. Evening Magazine was a locally produced prime-time access series that aired on the Group W stations in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburg and San Francisco. On some other stations around the country the show was designated "PM Magazine".


  • 1977 - 1991

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Collection content is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Local access is restricted due to the fragile nature of the materials and amount of staff available. Local research is available for a fee and must be scheduled far in advance. Access to digitized reproductions of materials is available for free online. Please contact for more information.

Biographical / Historical

During the summer of 1976, KPIX in San Francisco, a CBS affiliate owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting (Group W), premiered a local weeknight television news and entertainment series titled Evening: The MTWTF Show, eventually christened Evening Magazine. The show was designed to add a local focus to news. This show was created due to the FCC’s newly enacted "Prime Time Access Rule” to give back the half-hour preceding primetime to local stations. The rule prohibited these stations from accepting network programming for that particular time slot. This show was one of the first television news shows to begin the trend of shooting on videotape rather than 16mm film. The production called for the local hosts to have on-location wraparounds (in and around their local communities) and to tell short stories about ordinary and everyday people. As the show gained popularity, the other Group W owned stations around the country created their own Evening Magazine shows, including WJZ-TV in Baltimore.


4,676 U-matic

7 Reels ; 2 inch videotape

Repository Details

Part of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive Repository

10 E. North Ave
Suite 5
Baltimore Maryland 21202 United States