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.
It’s great if you spend a day in the park, but if your great grand-dad spent time there 60 some years ago, chances are he wouldn't brag about it.
Each memorial day, I remember the stories told by a brave soldier of World War II. I met the late Wollas Macey 20 years ago. He told the stories of those - like him - who somehow survived D-Day and those who never made it off the beach.
Salt Lake City airport officials are working on plans for a new airport that will replace the current airport that dates back 50 years. That replaced a $50,000 1933 airport on the east side of the present complex.
Every Spring we look at how the snow melt is faring in our mountain rivers. In 1983 --- we looked at how it was faring in the strange new river through downtown Salt Lake City. People talk about the flood of 1983 pretty much every spring when the snow melts.
This beautiful weekend brought out an annual spring time ritual for many Utahans: The ritual of spring cleaning.
A half century ago, the heart of downtown Salt Lake City went through an urban renewal. New 60's architecture highlighted the skyline. The crown jewel was perhaps the new library - the library of 1964.
In a circus like atmosphere, our original station owner Sid Fox put on a TV show in 1939. He billed it as the miracle of science… and the marvel of the ages. Thousands saw a faint image on one set as a sign of what was to come.
Salt Lake City in 1948 was about to get something no city between Chicago and the West coast had seen.
Crowds came from all over the state to visit the magnificent Wandemere amusement park.
After the long winter, the Major League Baseball season started on Sunday. Locally, the sound of "play ball" is scheduled to be heard Thursday. That’s when the Bees take the field again at the newly renamed Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake City.
TV commercials are a big part of TV history and often more memorable than the shows they sponsored. They became part of our culture. Thirty years ago, in 1984, Wendy’s gave the world the question, “where’s the beef?”
Let the madness of March begin... It all started with the selection of college basketball teams in the quest for a national title. It seems everyone who ever filled out a tournament bracket has an opinion on who is the Cinderella team of the year. But there never was a Cinderella team like the University of Utah seven decades ago.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - There are very few organizations in Utah that have lasted since 1850. That is when the University of Utah first held classes. It just had its 164th birthday. We asked our old U of U grad Craig Wirth to tell us about it.
HOLLYWOOD (ABC 4 UTAH) - Any time we watch the Academy Awards, our minds wander back to past movies and past Oscar nights. It is as close as we come to royalty in America. The Academy Awards is as Hollywood as Hollywood gets.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Ever since they created TV shows, they created TV promotions to get you to watch the shows. Sixty-six years ago, our on-air promotion consisted of cards dropped in front of a camera advertising our upcoming shows.
PARK CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The world is seeing some of the best in Utah winter athletes this week. The heritage of Utah skiing goes back almost a hundred years. The first Utah skiers were probably the miners who went claim to claim in the canyons.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Twelve years ago, the Salt Lake City sky lit up with the fireworks of the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Olympics. The magic that started in Rice-Eccles stadium radiated throughout the state. They are now memories of the sights and sounds of city.
This week, Utah’s state legislature gathered for the 118th year. Utah became a state in January 1896 and in February 1896 the legislature got down to business. They passed lots of important laws for the new state of Utah. This was a whole new state with new laws.
It's the people who come here as stars, as people who want to be seen, and people who want to see any star.
Thirty years ago, Robert Redford's Sundance Institute took over the Sundance Film Festival. As we know, it’s now one of the world's biggest film gatherings. It actually goes back to 1978 when a couple people thought to show some independent films.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - It’s hard to believe it was ever here… It’s hard to imagine there was a palace of big bands here. It was the place to dance… It was Saltair.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Utah will celebrate its 118th birthday as a state. Utah became star number 45 on the U.S. flag on January 4, 1896. Craig Wirth takes a look back at that historical day.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - If you had been watching television during the holiday season 50-years ago you would have seen lots of locally produced holiday shows.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The Utah Transit Authority introduced the new 11th east street car this week as part of an effort to get people off the roads an onto rail tracks. This is not a new concept. Salt Lake streetcars go back 140 years.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - It is a traditional part of the holidays, the Nutcracker Ballet. For over a half century, it is a history of the arts that is “Wirth Watching”. Utahns have a chance to pause and escape into the world of fantasy through the eyes of children.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The Governor’s Mansion seems to have been built for the holidays. The first family always delights in showing it off.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - It's a big week for millions of Americans with the Thanksgiving holiday just a few days away. Craig Wirth takes a look back at time when Utah turkeys shone.