WEST JORDAN, Utah (Good 4 Utah) - The recent ‘Mayweather versus Pacquiao’ fight, even Mitt Romney’s tame sparring with Evander Holyfield has got us all talking about boxing again. There ws a time when Boxing was king of TV Sports. There has been some boxing on Cable TV for awhile, but long before Pay-Per-View fights, the ‘Gillette Friday Night Fights’ were tops on those old TV sets with over 500 bouts televised during the 1950’s. And this is a fitting time to remember the ‘King of the Ring’ from Utah. The late Gene Fullmer, the hero of West Jordan, left us 3 weeks ago. But he will never be forgotten.
Havana, Cuba (Good 4 Utah) – It’s a land of great music, great cars, and great fun. We continue our historic look at the country of Cuba and the renaissance that is now underway.
Havana, Cuba (Good 4 Utah) - It's a land most of us thought we would never see and a people we thought we would never meet. Four History was of a cold war with, ominous, events such as "The Cuban Missile Crisis. And Cold War place names such as "The Bay of Pigs".
SALT LAKE CITY (Good 4 Utah) - 67 years ago, today, TV started in Salt Lake City. Right here on Channel 4.
SALT LAKE CITY (Good 4 Utah) - The pro baseball season starts again with the Salt Lake Bees, returning home, this Friday. Pro baseball in Utah is over 100 years old. The first Pacific Coast League team in 1914 was called the Bees. Over the years we've had the Gulls, Trappers, Buzz Stingers, and in 2006 the Bees made a return. And through the years, most of it has taken place at the same spot. The intersection of 1300 South and West Temple has been Salt Lake City’s baseball corner for 80 years.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (Good 4 Utah) - If you have been in downtown Salt Lake City, you will notice the landmark Joseph Smith Memorial Building is having work done on it. The building will be this way for a while. Which gives us time to pause and remember nearly 30 years ago, when it was the Hotel Utah.
Salt Lake City, Utah (Good 4 Utah) - The University of Utah basketball team returned to glory winning the hearts of sold out crowds with this week's trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Basketball tournament. The climb to becoming a nationally ranked team is quite a story. However, in our history, there will never be another story like Arnie Ferrin and the 1944 Utes.
LOGAN, UTAH (Good 4 Utah) - Of course many of us are following the NCAA Basketball tournament this week and looking forward to the Utah-Duke game this Friday. Fifty years ago the state witnessed perhaps its greatest basketball player and perhaps its greatest basketball tragedy. As we watch the best in college in the NCAA this year, let’s also take a moment to think about a young man at Utah State who gave the state something to cheer about and something to cry about.
This Tuesday you will see folks, of course, wearing green as part of St. Patrick's day. Saturday was the parade in Salt Lake City. Some will eat corned beef and cabbage or down a green beverage. When one looks at the history of the Irish in Utah you see there is more than a celebration. There is also a story of hard work, discrimination, and sadness. It’s important to pause and note that history too. It's part of our state's history.
Salt Lake City, Utah (Good 4 Utah) - We just finished the Academy Awards and saw who are the hottest new actors in the movies. That award show followed a Comic Con when a new generation idolized hundreds of super-heroes. In the days of 1950’s matinees, kids didn't have to guess who were the top movie stars or decide which western heroes to copy as we got dressed up. That’s because there was just one man who did 118 movies and whose name was on every lunch pail we carried. It was Roy Rogers.
We see stories out of the legislature this week about moving the state prison from 'Point of the Mountain.' The arguments are that it has outgrown its space and it is getting too built up around the point.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 UTAH) - The Academy Awards show is one of the slickest and most polished shows on television. It's all about stardom. It's a contest for photographers, reporters, and fans to just get a glimpse of a star.
Salt Lake City, Utah (Good 4 Utah) - This was the weekend of Valentine's Day. The annual exchange of cards and flowers. Valentine's Day dates back to the fifth century with all of February being the traditional month of love.
Salt Lake City, Utah (Good 4 Utah) - Today we could be working in the garden, or playing golf. But in the past, we find out that outdoor ice skating was incredibly big in Utah.
PARK CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The world’s media has brought Park City to the forefront once again this week, during the Sundance Film Festival. Limousines ferried celebrities and stars around crowds and parties. But fifty years ago, many Utahns couldn’t even tell you where Park City was. And, about once an hour an old car might have rattled up a nearly boarded up Main Street.
PARK CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Like a plot for a good film, Sundance started with a simple idea and a great story. It actually goes back to 1978 when a couple people thought to show some independent films. It was called The US Film Festival in its first years, founded on the vision to showcase creative independent films of the era.
MOAB, Utah (Good 4 Utah) - 60 years ago, Moab was the Uranium Capitol of Utah. Well, their welcome to Moab sign said it so it had to be true. The Atomic age of the 1950's brought mules and prospectors to the red rock. They were all searching for uranium ore.
SALT LAKE CITY (Good 4 Utah) - As we have had a light snow fell over parts of Northern Utah, today, it’s nothing like people remember 22 years ago. Today marks the end of the record setting January snowstorm of 1993.
SALT LAKE CITY (Good 4 Utah) - 119 years ago, today, our fellow Utahns became citizens of America's 45th stat. Although I wasn't one of those first citizens I did have the honor of meeting a number of them over his career.
It was New Year’s Day, 1956 and America’s major cities would wake up to a Live Television gift. It would be one of the most ambitious projects ever attempted in the early days of Live TV.
SALT LAKE CITY (Good 4 Utah) – Utah Seems like it is the perfect place for holiday decorations of trees and wreaths, especially when it actually snows and covers the greenery. There was a time when there was a city tree on Main Street and lots of garland that was stretched from light pole to light pole.
SALT LAKE CITY (Good 4 Utah) - Before technology allowed the networks to reach Salt Lake City, Utah's first station had to often rely on films to fill the days programming. And before live sports such as football we had, snow canoeing from Minnesota.
Wirth Watching: 45 Years in The Making, a unique look back at Craig Wirth’s fascinating tales and his special style of sharing those great stories. Craig and ABC4 Utah’s Randall Carlisle reminisce about Wirth’s interesting experiences and show off some of the nostalgic memorabilia Craig has collected throughout his career.
Utah’s First Television Station, ABC4 Utah-KTVX and its local broadcasting affiliates, Utah’s CW30-KUCW, MeTV 4.2 Utah, WeatherNation 4.3 Utah, MOVIES Utah’s 30.2, are pleased to present a special program paying tribute to one of Utah’s greatest storytellers, Craig Wirth.
PARK CITY,UTAH (Good 4 Utah) - The ski season is upon us. The heritage of Utah skiing goes back almost a hundred years. By the 1930's European Immigrants brought their long skis here and their courage.
SALT LAKE CITY (Good 4 Utah) - The last weekend of November is traditionally the last of the regular season of college football. From 1922 to 2010, Utah and BYU were always in the same conference and the last game for years was the battle between the two teams
If it were 75 years ago, people would have been talking about the fights and wrestling matches held over the weekend. That's because you could find a good number of folks crowded into McCollough's Arena every Friday Night.
Since last week was the 25th Anniversary of since last week was the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. A week later, or so.25 years ago we were beginning to see what life was like behind the iron curtain.
It's now November and it should be winter. Winter is that time the older among us tell the younger among us how bad it used to be. You've heard the stories how grandpa walked through blizzards to school. Craig Wirth tells the same thing to our younger viewers, except he says it is absolutely true and has the facts to prove it.
If you watched the 10:00 news at exactly 10:00, tonight, then you set your clock the correct way as we went off daylight time. It seems like it is no big thing to set clocks back now, but years ago it was quite the controversy on top of even a bigger controversy.
As far as Halloween-time frights are concerned, little equals the night the Martians landed. Or at least they did on the radio.
It was 44 years ago, a red, white and blue basketball and a brand new Salt Palace Arena. It was the groovy 1970's. Pro Basketball had arrived and even better yet, little ol', Los Angeles couldn't support the Stars and Utah rescued them.
Since our station is, now, 65 years old This means we've had nearly 65 year's of political advertising.
SALT LAKE CITY (Good 4 Utah) - We needed only a quarter for the Juke-Box and a buck and a half for eggs. If you weren't part of Utah these last 15 years you missed Bill, Nada and what went on all night long.
In the first days of Utah’s first TV station, college football coverage was an experiment with last week’s film and a fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants approach. It was both humorous and adventurous and it is “Wirth Watching”.
SALT LAKE CITY (Good 4 Utah) - Last week, we noted the death of former University of Utah President Chase Peterson. This brought up the memory of the time Dr. Peterson became what the New York Times called the “Man in the News.”
SALT LAKE CITY (Good 4 Utah) - The 2014 edition of the State Fair ended today closing another chapter of Utah history.
SALT LAKE CITY (GOOD 4 Utah) - It seems the controversy over the Utah fight song won’t go away.
SALT LAKE CITY (Good 4 Utah) - It was built to grace Salt Lake City in 1915. Its 12 stories of rooms crowned a lobby famous for a split staircase that led to French-style ballrooms. But in 1983 it all came tumbling down.
SALT LAKE CITY (Good 4 Utah) - On August 19th of 1906, Philo T. Farnsworth was born in Beaver, Utah. 21 years later he would invent TV.
MURRAY, Utah (Good 4 Utah) - The city of Murray is now known for cars, a hospital, and lots of shopping, but it used to be a wild place where ore was turned into metal.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - Fifteen years ago, August 11th, 1999, started pretty much like any other warm summer day in Utah. Then came nine-minutes of weather that those in Salt Lake City will never forget.
The Clawson brothers shot film around town, mostly for the LDS Church. They cranked their cameras, recording priceless images.
Since 1947, Mahonri Young's sculpture has showed the world that this is the place.
Oh there have been some swell Utah parades plus a boat load of history about them all. The biggest thrill was the dancing dragon that went for blocks thanks to the People of Chinese Heritage.
When World War II ended, the Pioneer Day centerpiece was a queen and her court. They ruled the state in elegance for a whole year and we can relive that all with some of the rarest film around that shows this part of our state history.
On this patriotic weekend, let’s remember those who kept our freedom going these 238 years.
For most adults today their first memories of TV were of a kid's show. They filled the mornings and afternoons. Craig Wirth went through the vaults for some rare glimpses of the shows.
From Utah’s territorial days to the 1950s much of our history was made in mining towns. No mine wanted another one to beat it in production and no miner or copper worker wanted to think the guy in the next town was better than he was. Good 4 Utah’s Craig Wirth says the competition spilled out into daily life and into one important summer passion.
It is the season of road construction as the orange barrels are out throughout the state. Construction isn't new, but people nowadays look at it differently.