Eyewitness News anchors:
Phylis Armstrong - 6:30 am
Bob Dalton and Andrea Roane - 12 noon
Jaci ("Jaycee") Hayward and Bob Althage - 5 pm
Gordon Peterson and Maureen Bunyon - 6 pm
Gordon Peterson - 11 pm
Rock the Future
(no details available yet)
Sandra Butler named Executive Producer, WDVM-TV.
In Our Lives premieres hosted by Bruce Elliott with a live studio audience. This program provides a forum for teens to express their needs, problems and concerns.
Saturday Magazine premieres
January 13, 1982
Air Florida flight ## crashes into the 14th Street Bridge on takeoff from National Airport. Channel 9 is first on the air with the story with John Goldsmith as reporter, and its coverage is picked up by CBS Television.
"One & Only" station identifier dropped so that WDVM could put full emphasis on news promotion.
Eyewitness News expands its newscast from 5:30 to 5:00 to 6:00, becoming the first station in Washington market to have a two hour local newscast.
June 23, 1982:
Carol Randolph Appreciation Day
Hour Magazine with Gary Collins premieres. Series is produced by Group W Productions.
News Director Dave Pearce shifts the Eyewitness News focus from national to local news. Eyewitness News adopts new open program theme and opens, and debuts new news set.
Bruce Johnson's special report No Minor Crime -an examination of the crime committed by youthful offenders
Gordon Peterson travels to Israel to bring viewers first hand report entitle Faces of Israel.
Reporter Carlton Sherwood charged with illegally taping a conversation; later resigns.
Reporter Mike Buchanan among three radio and television news staff who surrendered to Montgomery County gambling and conspiracy charger. "There must be 500 bookmakers in Washington...mine must keep better records than the National Archives."
April 1, 1983:
Mike Lewis named staff announcer.
Music Video Connection premieres hosted by Candy Shannon and Jeff Leonard
Fastbreak premieres highlighting the latest scores of the Washington area's high school teams.
April 8, 1984:
Capital Edition premieres, hosted by John Goldsmith providing viewers with an in-depth reading of the local Washington scene and surrounding areas.
May 10, 1984:
Sandra Butler (later Butler-Jones), Executive Producer, WDVM-TV, awarded recognition by National Association of Blacks Within Government
September 7, 1984:
Eyewitness News cameraman Kline Mengle and sound technician Mark Marchione honored by D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for "Outstanding Assistance Rendered to the Department" during a police intervention action that stopped a man from self -immolation.
Ellen Kingsley first reports EDB food contamination in Washington supermarkets.
Drug and alcohol campaign (No details available yet)
June 23, 1984:
Bruce Johnson is awarded the Ted Yates Award for excellence in reporting.
June 23, 1984:
Channel 9 wins 22 local Emmy Awards
Morning Break addresses issue of drug abuse facing Washington families. Host Carol Randolph was joined by Nancy Reagan, and the station received 1,000 calls, nearly half from viewers seeking information about drug use detection, prevention and treatment.
Target 9: On the Move campaign to report on concepts, design and effectiveness of transportation issues affecting Virginia, D.C. and Maryland metropolitan area.
November 8, 198:4
Three part series by Mark Feldstein begins as investigation of city-cited violations in operation of local abortion clinic. Dr. Milan Vuitch.
James Brown joins the Eyewitness News sports team
September 23, 1985:
The Carol Randolph Show premieres
March 23-30, 1985:
Community At War documentary hosted by anchor Gordon Peterson explores how residents of the District's drug -riddled Shaw neighborhood have pulled together to protect their children and save their neighborhood.
March 23-30, 1985:
WDVM-TV Drug Awareness Week - concurrent proclamations come from Arlington, Fairfax, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's and Fauquier Counties, plus the District of Columbia and the City of Alexandria, Virginia.
WDVM-TV, in conjunction with Woodward and Lothrop and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, begins drug abuse awareness campaign -- "How Do You Know?"
How Do You Know?- station-wide drug and alcohol campaign - anti-drunk driving poster contest (Woodies partner) scholarship to winner of 6-month project, news, programming efforts.
June 9, 1985:
A First Step documents the first time contemporary Washington Ballet is performed in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China.
Breast cancer survivor Ellen Kingsley hosts Portrait of Hope, a news series and documentary. Kingsley had appeared previously on The Carol Randolph Show.
"Best of the Class" syndicated project to honor academic achievement.
June 26, 1985:
WDVM-TV President & General Manager Edwin W. Pfeiffer testifies before the Senate Aviation Subcommittee on the transfer of local airports from Federal to local control. Pfeiffer was the sole business representative to testify, emphasising the economic benefits of the transfer of control of National and Dulles Airport.
WDVM-TV weather forecaster Gordon Barnes celebrates his 10th consecutive year as Honorary Chairman of the annual Dollars for Needy Children fund raiser co-sponsored by WDVM-TV and the downtown Jaycees.
August 29, 1985:
"The One & Only" identifier is reinstated.
September 4, 1985:
Jeanne Bowers and Bruce Johnson receive the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Award for Excellence in Reporting on Mental Illness.
Mark Feldstein's four part series Greasing the Wheels airs.
The family shareholders of the Evening News Association approve sale of the media company to Gannett Company Inc., including WDVM-TV.
The Joe Gibbs Show is cancelled.
The Evening News Association merges with Gannett Company, Inc. WDVM-TV becomes a Gannett-owned television station.
Eyewitness News reporter Bruce Johnson is first journalist to obtain videotape of controversial March 7, 1986 shooting between off-duty D.C. police Sgt. William Rollins and alleged burglar James Williams.
Documentary Paris: A Tale of Two Citiesairs, hosted by Gordon Peterson.
The syndicated project,Best of the Class is aired to honor academic achievement.
Mike Buchanon and Dave Statter cover the tragic death of University of Maryland - College Park basketball player Len Bias in Boston. Eyewitness News is credited with being first to identify the cocaine connection to the player's death.
July 4, 1986:
WDVM-TV changes its call letters to WUSA-TV at midnight. The call letters we brought from Gannett's channel 11 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which became KARE-TV. The station was renamed WUSA-TV to coincide with the other Gannett property headquartered in the Washington area, USA Today. The renaming engendered concern that the editorial philosophy of USA Today would be transplanted to Channel 9, known for its journalistic excellence.
Ron Townsend named Vice -President and General Manager.
August 26, 1986:
The Carol Randolph Show is canceled.
Sept. 5, 1986:
Carol Randolph leaves W*USA.
Teens: Rock the Future airs. Three thousand teens joined Channel 9 at the Washington Convention Center for day long series of seminars on coping with peer pressure and drugs, educational development, family and values - oriented issues.
WUSA-TV airs Countdown to Kickoff, hosted by Washington Redskins Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgenson and Sam Huff.
Sept. 8, 1986:
Syndicated program The Oprah Winfrey Show, hosted by Baltimore native Oprah Winfrey, premiers.
Ellen Kingsley is awareded the Ted Yates Award.
Oct. 5, 1986:
"22:26" premiered hosted by Maureen Bunyan. The program focuses all 22 minutes and 26 seconds of each episode on one major issue impacting the local community.
Oct. 21, 1986:
Bob Dalton celebrates his 35th anniversary with channel 9.
Dave Statter, Greg Guise, Kent Jarrell, Tad Dukehart, and Mike Buchanan informed viewers of the Amtrak train crash in Chase, Maryland.
Eyewitness News anchor Gordon Peterson and Dick Swanson journey to South Africa to produce the documentary, "Our Beloved Country", which airs on February 23- 27.
Feb. 3, 1987:
W*USA-TV announces it will continue to reject contraceptive advertising.
James Brown signs contract with W*USA and CBS sports
Moscow: Inside the Mystery documentary hosted by Bruce Johnson and Jeanne Bowers. W*USA was first U.S. television station to receive permission to travel to Moscow.
March 16, 1987:
The Oprah Winfrey Show moves to weekday afternoons from WRC-TV.
Capital Edition travels to Alaska to produce Alaska: The Last Frontier.
April 1, 1987:
W*USA-TV and "USA Today" see success in their joint effort as they helped to reunite a homeless man with his family through media exposure.
Sept. 8 & 13, 1987:
Thurgood Marshall: The Man - two constitutional documentaries - Carl Rowan - Roe vs. Wade Searching for Justice: Three American Stories The material included in this elicited response from the White House, and garnered national and local print and electronic attention. Three major areas were looked at: capital punishment, abortion and segregation. Also involved was the news item revealed for the first time by Jane Roe that she had not been pregnant by rape.
June 11, 1987:
Eyewitness News is the first to report the hazardous gasoline rupture in Centerville, MD. Mike Buchanan reported the story and received praise from Union Mill Elementary School Superintendent Robert Spillane.
Eyewitness News consumer reporter Ellen Kingsley does week long series "Seniors Beware." Channel 9's consumer hotline received more than 700 calls over a five-day, 10 hour period. The hotline enabled senior citizens to voice their complaints.
May 22, 1987:
June 18, 1987:
Eyewitness News investigative reporter Mark Feldstein revealed that former D.C. Government employee Karen Johnson told prosecutors she supplied Washington, DC Mayor Marion Barry with cocaine and then accepted hush money payments.
Sept. 23, 1987
Eyewitness News obtains copies of the secret tape recordings regarding possible corruption in the D.C. Police Dept. Taps detailed allegations that three vice officers intentionally leaked sensitive police secrets to drug suspects.
During the NFL strike, Eyewitness News' Chris Gorden and Ken Mease help WUSA-TV gain recognition as a "sort of mediator"
Oct. 16, 1987:
W*USA acquires the state-of-the-art newsroom computer system, DynaTech.
Oct. 2, 1987:
The Friday night program, Music Video Connection, expands to 90 minutes.
One and Only Nine Awards are created. Annual awards program recognizing unsung heroes for their community service.
No Minor Crime airs, reporter Bruce Johnson's in depth look at teen violence in the community. W*USA then holds a forum for parents and teenagers called Coping: A Family Affair, moderated by Bruce Johnson.
W*USA unveils a state of the art weather center to provide viewers with the most comprehensive weather coverage in the market.
Week of Monday, October 17, 1988:
W*USA-TV begins broadcasting BTSC stereo audio, coinciding with the CBS Television Network's commencing of regular stereo broadcasts.
Max Robinson dies of AIDS in Chicago.
The documentary Thurgood Marshall: The Man airs, with Carl Rowan interviewing Judge Marshall.
The documentary,Why Won't They Come Home? airs, with reporter Bruce Johnson touring Thailand.
Eyewitness News covers an Alexandria hostage shootout live.
Jamie McIntyre replaces John Goldsmith as host of Capital Edition
WUSA-TV image brochure published.
We've Had Enough, station-sponsored anti-drug and drug related violence campaign launched with a hotline, post office box, two documentaries, several Eyewitness News programming segments.
Sept. 5, 1989:
Eyewitness News introduces the Washington market's first 4pm newscast, anchored by Mike Buchanan and Andrea Roane. The newscast was introduced after the station gave up The Oprah Winfrey Show to WJLA-TV due to the programs cost.
Hurricane Hugo slams in to South Carolina, with extensive coverage on Eyewitness News.
August 31, 1989:
Eyewitness News breaks the story of the FBI sting of District Mayor Marion Barry, Jr., with footage of the Mayor using cocaine.
Newswatcher campaign launched with a hotline installed: 1-800-289-WUSA
January 20, 1991:
Marion Barry steps down as Mayor after being charged with smoking crack-cocaine.
Glenn Brenner presents Sukari the Elephant with $1,000 prize money for her best football predictions in the NFL prediction contest.
The Persian Gulf War rages, with Eyewitness News dominating in the ratings.
W*USA promotions begins A World of Difference campaign, designed to combat prejudice.
Regardies article is published about the break-in at Carl Rowan's home, and subsequent shooting of burglar Ben Smith by Mr. Rowan.
22:26 and Capital Edition are canceled.
One and Only Nine Awards held.
The Glenn Brenner Show premieres, lasting only two weeks. The producer is Tamara Lanham, with Executive Producer Paul Malkie.
Eyewitness News anchor Gordon Peterson accompanies Saud Nasir Sabah on a flight to Kuwait.
The Glenn Brenner Show is canceled. Seven episodes were produced, but only two were aired.
W*USA broadcasts telethon from RFK Stadium.(?)
November 3, 1991:
Eyewitness News' Sports Director Glenn Brenner collapses after completing the Marine Corps Marathon in 4 hours, 18 minutes. He is rushed to George Washington University Hospital in Washington and diagnosed with having suffered a "vascular event." After two months of rehabilitation, he is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He dies at 7:58am on Tuesday, January 14, 1992 at GW hospital, having never returned to the air.
Monday, January 13, 1992:
Sports Director Glenn Brenner diagnosed with an inoperable, terminal brain tumor.
Tuesday, January 14, 1992:
Sports Director Glenn Brenner dies at the age of 43 at the George Washington University Medical Center.
On the same day, the largest watermain break in District history occurs at the corner of 21st & M Streets, NW, pouring an estimated 20 million gallons of water into Foggy Bottom and covering streets with up to 5 feet of water and flooding office building garages & basements.
Friday, January 20, 1992:
The final day at Broadcast House, 4001 Brandywine Street, NW. Final broadcast is Eyewitness News Nightcast, and leaves the air at 11:29pm. Immediately afterwards, the Eyewitness News set is picked clean of memorabilia.
The funeral for Glenn Brenner is held at the United Methodist Church on Nebraska Avenue in Washington. He is later interred at *****.
June 6, 1992:
Former WTOP-TV Sports Director Warner Wolf, after 3 years with ABC Sports / WABC-TV and 12 years with WCBS-TV New York, rejoins W*USA as Sports Director.
Tuesday, September 22, 1992:
Sonny Jurgenson loses his arbitration suit W*USA. Arbitrator ***** rules that Jurgenson is bound for up to four years to W*USA. Jurgenson had wanted to join WRC-TV after the loss of W*USA Sports Director Glenn Brenner.
Thursday, January 14, 1993:
David Letterman announces that he will move his late night program from NBC at 12:35am EST to CBS at 11:35pm EST, going head to head with person he had followed on NBC, Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. The move had been rumored for months. Letterman will be paid over $14 million, but over 40 CBS affiliates, including W*USA, carry the popular and profitable Arsenio Hall Show at 11:35pm.
Thursday, January 21, 1993:
Retired Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall dies at the age of 84. Carl Rowen joins Eyewitness News for coverage of the Judges death.
Thursday, January 28, 1993:
Funeral service for Thurgood Marshall is held at Washington National Cathedral.
Sunday, February 7, 1993:
Dream Makers, Dream Breakers, documentary about the life of Thurgood Marshall hosted by Carl Rowen, airs.
Friday, March 12, 1993:
Weatherman Bill Kamal is fired. He had been working without a contract since summer 1992.
February 12, 1996:
Channel 9 leaves Broadcast House for the last time with the removal of the final transmitter from the Broadcast House transmitter room. The backup antenna is abandoned.
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