December 13, 2006
Northwest Newschannel 8 Celebrates 50th Anniversary
FIVE DECADES OF AWARD-WINNING STORIES SHOWCASED IN ONE-HOUR SPECIALPORTLAND, OR KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8 commemorates its 50th year of broadcasting to Oregon and Southwest Washington with a one-hour special, Northwest NewsChannel 8: Then, Now, Always. The special will air Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 PM.
The special will include the most memorable stories of the last fifty years as told by the award-winning journalists of Northwest NewsChannel 8. From the Eisenhower years to Nixon and the turbulence of the first televised war in Vietnam, NewsChannel 8 showed how world events impacted the Northwest.
The special relives the excitement of the 1977 Portland Trail Blazer NBA Championship win and the drama of Tonya Harding. One of Oregon's most divisive events is relived in the saga of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and the transformation of a small Central Oregon community into Rajneeshpuram. Northwest NewsChannel 8's coverage of that story earned the station the prestigious Peabody Award.
The biggest environmental stories are captured in the eruption of Mt. St. Helens and the wreckage of the New Carissa on Oregon's coast. Both stories are continuing issues in Oregon and Washington.
"We're proud to have served Oregon and Southwest Washington for fifty years. These stories remind us of what binds us together as a community," said Paul Fry, President and General Manager of Northwest NewsChannel 8. "We look forward to the next fifty years as we include new forms of media to bring important stories to people wherever they are."
The special will have a repeat telecast on Christmas Day at 6:00 PM. Northwest NewsChannel 8: Then, Now, Always is hosted by Tracy Barry.
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