KMBC Channel 9 - KMBC 9 News at 10pm - "After The Day After" (Part 2, 1983)
Here's the second and final part of the KMBC 9 News at 10pm with anchors Larry Moore and Brenda Williams on KMBC Channel 9 in Kansas City, MO. Also features a report by Jim Hickey, plus in-studio appearances by Walt Bodine, clinical psychologist Dr. Marilyn Metzl, and Kansas City Councilman Frank Palermo. Includes:
Larry Moore segueing into Brenda Williams' mentioning that The Day After had its world premiere in West Germany three days before ABC's airing, against the backdrop of a fierce debate over the installation of Pershing II and Cruise nuclear missiles on West German soil; this leads into a report by ABC News' Jim Hickey in Bonn about the reaction from West Germans, and mentioning that only a few politicians saw the special screening. After his report is over, Brenda mentions that The Day After will next be shown in Britain in December.
Larry then speaks with commentator Walt Bodine (a.k.a. "Mr. Kansas City") about the film, which he called sobering, and mentioning that he couldn't believe what he was hearing from the people in the audience and on the panel. Among the points he raises, Walt mentions a poll that was conducted on KCUR Radio on which by a 4-to-1 ratio, Kansas City residents would watch the movie, and that those against it were very pointed in their opposition; he also mentions the tone of some of those who'd called to his KCUR show on Friday (the 18th), including those who said that while they'd watch, they wouldn't allow their children to see it.
Brenda introduces a report about a debate over the prior week as to whether children should watch the film, and at what age. Interviews with four people taped the previous week are shown, followed by an in-studio discussion with Dr. Marilyn Metzl who gives her observations on the reactions of those children in the Kansas City area who saw it.
Larry goes on about the issue of if Kansas City is hit by a nuclear attack and the level of preparedness (and such interrelated matters as civil defense and bomb shelters) and discusses this issue with Kansas City Councilman Frank Palermo who considers the current level of preparedness "a joke."
Larry then offers a commentary on his analysis of the film and its impact, the reaction across the country and the Kansas City area, and the issues of the prospect of annihilation by foreign powers, nuclear war, and "what if." After the end of his commentary, he and Brenda say good night as she leads into the upcoming (and time-delayed) ABC Viewpoint discussion on the film.
This aired on local Kansas City TV on Sunday, November 20th 1983 during the 10:10pm to 10:30pm timeframe.
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