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Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Ron Magers

Our best wishes to Ron Magers, on his retirement after 50+ years in broadcasting. :-)

http://www.robertfeder.com/2016/05/25/the-best-man/

http://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/ste...t-man-standing/

http://abc7chicago.com/1346827/

KSTP Channel 5 - Eyewitness News Update With Ron Magers (1979)

Here's something neat - a pre-WMAQ Ron Magers news update. I didn't know that he worked in Minnesota, but there it is - he worked at KSTP-TV, the ABC (formerly NBC) affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul from 1974 to 1981.

This aired on local Minneapolis - Saint Paul TV on Monday, May 7th 1979.

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Do you have any stuff from KMSP Channel 9?(then newly independent)
Comment posted by Wgn9 on Monday, November 22nd 2010 at 2:33am.

The theme music used by KSTP in those days was "Action News Theme," written by the late Tom Sellers; it was the first theme of "Action News" when it was first premiered in 1970 at WFIL Channel 6 (now WPVI) in Philadelphia (and also used by WNHC Channel 8, now WTNH, in New Haven, CT during that same time); replaced there after 1972 by Al Ham's "Move Closer to Your World" theme music. The Sellers "Action News Theme" also saw use in other cities, including Los Angeles at KTLA Channel 5 during the late George Putnam's second run as anchor there in the early 1970's; and WNBF/WBNG Channel 12 in Binghamton, NY. Speaking of KTLA, KSTP's logo at this point seemed to slightly resemble what KTLA had in the late '60's and early '70's.

But laddies and lassies, the reason this clip is here is the Chicago connection via Ron Magers.

Comment posted by W.B. on Monday, November 22nd 2010 at 9:23am.

Wow! So that's how Ron Majors looked back in the 1970s. Amazing.
Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Monday, November 22nd 2010 at 11:49am.

And a full head of hair too! ;-)
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Monday, November 22nd 2010 at 1:16pm.

Fuzzy, you totally need to email this to the Roe Conn show.... I think he still has Ron Majors on once a week or so, I'm sure they would razz him on the show for this clip!
Comment posted by afdave on Monday, November 22nd 2010 at 3:37pm.

Done. :-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Monday, November 22nd 2010 at 3:53pm.

I'm sure he'll be razzed more for forgetting to turn his mic on until halfway through the update.
Comment posted by AMNewsboy on Tuesday, November 23rd 2010 at 12:28pm.

Dissolving away from Magers live to a slide of Magers, the disembodied torso, is such a weird juxtaposition. If they made Topps baseball cards of '70s TV news anchors, Magers' card would have looked just like that. (Of course, the paste-up job at the edge of the picture was in the overscan area, so no one at home was going to see it anyway.)

For those looking for more clips of Magers in his Twin Cities days, there are quite a few of them at TCMedia Now. There are also several KMSP videos, both before and after the switch from an ABC affiliate to an independent station.

Comment posted by T.K. on Wednesday, November 24th 2010 at 6:32am.

The switch from NBC to ABC happened in 1979, not 1981
Comment posted by Wgn9 on Wednesday, November 24th 2010 at 10:34pm.

T.K., thanks for giving me the link to TCMedia Now. It appears to basically be the Twin Cities version of Fuzzy Memories.

Comment posted by Wgn9 on Wednesday, November 24th 2010 at 10:37pm.

Tom Oszman, the guy who runs TCMediaNow.com is a good guy, I've spoken to him a couple of times. He's definitely doing a quality job with preserving Twin Cities' TV history.

Wgn9 - The date range I gave in the video description reflects Ron Magers' tenure at KSTP - not when they changed to an ABC affiliate.

Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, November 25th 2010 at 12:07am.

OMG! Look how young he looks!
Comment posted by OldTVNut on Sunday, May 1st 2011 at 10:41am.

Ron's younger brother, Paul, began anchoring at rival KARE (channel 11, then WTCN-TV and then WUSA) two years after Ron's sudden departure for WMAQ and stayed there for the next 20 years. He had followed in his brother's footsteps and landed his first job in TV as a technician and producer at KSTP. He now co-anchors CBS 2 News at 5:00 and 11:00 with Pat Harvey at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.

This clip aired just over two months after the affiliation switch, which occurred on March 5, 1979.

Comment posted by IAmNomad on Wednesday, May 8th 2013 at 4:46pm.

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