WCCO Behind The Scenes Through The Years

WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
Another view of then state-of-the-art technology.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
A broadcast from 1953.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
Is this live television or the set of a sci-fi movie?
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
If you look closely, you'll see the cameras feature channel 4's old call letters: WTCN. It changed over to WCCO in 1952.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
Lights, sets, cameras ... even (if you peer over to the left) an organ. Channel 4's studios in 1951 were ready for anything.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
Crews shown moving in equipment into the old WCCO building.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
Bill Carlson began broadcasting at WCCO-TV in 1959 after having already spent some time at WCCO Radio. He continued broadcasting at WCCO until his death in 2008.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO, as it existed in 1952. Back then, the station presented about 35 hours of programming weekly.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
The WCCO pavillion at the Minnesota State Fair in 1968. WCCO continues to broadcast live newscasts from the Fair.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
The Weather Window in 1956. Crowds would gather on 9th Street to watch Bud Kraehling write his forecasts on the window, while also watching themselves in nearby monitors.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
The WCCO building as it was in 1952.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
Jerry Bergstrom films at Memorial Stadium.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
The Weather Window in 1954, from the inside looking out.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
A slightly reshuffled set of 10 p.m. team members: John Gallos, Dick Enroth, Cedric Adams, Chick McCuen, Rollie Johnson and E.W. Ziebarth.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
The 1957 10 p.m. news team included (clockwise from top left) Bud Kraehling, E.W. Ziebarth, Dick Enroth, Rollie Johnson and Dave Moore.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
A still of Chick McCuen, anchorman and channel 4's first news director.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
In the late 1940s, Radio City Music Hall got a facelift ... and a new owner.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
An image on the set of "High Notes in Fashion."
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
A landmark moment when channel 4 joins the coaxial cable in 1950.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
The "early days" camera crew includes Don Pottratz, Gordie Bartusch, Jim Newman, Stan Zieve, Chuck Sorlien, Don Padilla, Rollie Johnson and Bob Casey.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO debuted "The Scene Tonight" in 1968. From left to right, this billboard features Al Austin, Skip Loescher, Dave Moore, Bud Kraehling and Hal Scott.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
Dave Moore studies his script while flanked by his name in lights.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
Jerry Bergstrom captures a fashion model on camera.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
The "Blue Goose" gets replaced by a 28-foot, air-condtioned videotape truck.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO-TV photojournalist Gordy Leach climbs aboard WCCO's helicopter, which was introduced in April 1979.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO-TV moved to its current location at 90 11th Street South in Minneapolis in 1983. The building was designed by Hardy, Holzman and Pfeiffer Associates.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
In the mid-1990s, WCCO completed construction of a rooftop garden, where meteorologists as well as master gardener Rebecca Kolls would take in the fresh air.
WCCO Behind The Scenes
WCCO Behind The Scenes
In 1995, WCCO again began broadcasting with a window to the world on their Nicollet Mall set. Now, in 2009, there are windows on both Nicollet Mall as well as Marquette Avenue.
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One Comment

  1. Neal De Jesus says:

    WCCO-TV went from 50 South 9th Street to 90 South 11th Street in Downtown Minneapolis WCCO-TV was first aired in 1949 the station at the Minnesota State Fair. we paid tribute to our anchors at WCCO-TV who passed away in 2008/2010.

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