18 May 2010

[cascadia] Mt. St. Helens, The Way KGW Saw It, 18 May 1980

2414.This was then, 18 May 1980, courtesy the generous offices of KGW Channel 8. This newscast was anchored by Robin Chapman (who I was at the time majorly crushing on) and Ralph Wenge, and was rough and ready ... but they got the job done, such was the state of news media in Portland at the time.

Such was also the state of 1980 fashion, which was pretty much still 1970s fashion. Wenge was stylish in his always-in-fashion dark suit and tie, but the beginnings of the modern-day Columbia-Sportswear-festooned PDX location reporter.

Also not-to-be-missed: a commercial block at 25:15 in (approximately) is a young Ron Wyden running for Oregon's 3rd District and an Air Force recruitment commercial, and yeomans work from KGW reporter Boyd Levet. And if that weren't enough, there was the couture of the PSU geologist who was rushed on on, I'd assume, very little notice, with beautiful plaid, wide lapels, and a comb-over that was both the best and the worse I've ever seen.

It's about an hour long, and I've babbled enough. Here you go.

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Benjamin Lukoff said...

Amazing — thanks for posting.

But — I can't help it — oh, that title card!

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Yes, isn't that amusing?

Mt St Helen's Erupting? Mt St Helen's Erupting what?

Not to worry, though, they fixed it for the title card after that commercial block.

Rough-and-ready was the order of the day.

Benjamin Lukoff said...

Still is!