(KMOV.com) – News 4 at Noon has been a staple on St. Louis airwaves since 1988, where KMOV began the midday show tradition with Robin Smith and Jim Bolen.
Looking at video shot in 1989, many changes have occurred throughout the station.
Studio cameras all had operators, but today, they are controlled robotically. The person who delivered scripts to the anchors, referred to as the Floor Director or Stage Manager, no longer exists.
There are also plenty of changes in the control room. Directors used a wind-up stopwatch during the newscast, a tool rarely seen in newsrooms now.
Technical directors used an analog switcher that had been used since the dawn of the television age, but now switcher panels are digital, computer-driven and much smaller.
Chyrons, or the graphics seen during the newscast, used to be manually entered during the show. But that is also a position that has been eliminated as the function is now controlled by a computer.
Technology has changed and it continues daily, but our commitment to bringing viewers the most current and accurate news has never changed.