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Reporters, The; Liveliest Wire, The


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Reporters, The
Liveliest Wire, The
Series Description

Premiered October 12, 1970, Succeeded by Evening Compass in January 1974

A 30-minute show to deliver accurate news and information with a concentration on important issues and continuity of coverage. 30 minutes, 5 nights a week. The Reporters boasted a format that covered “neighborhood” stories other media might miss and incorporated a state news digest in 1973. Staff included Stephen Teichner, Maureen Bunyan, Alan Lupo, Dianne Dumanoski, Joseph Day, Ed Baumeister, Rosemary Driscoll, Lee Daniels, Greg Pilkington and Judy Stoia.

See Program Guides and Prime Times: October 1970, January and May 1971, May 1973 Series release date: 10/12/1970

Program Description

Ed Baumeister’s Reporters’ Special on Cable Television. The then infant cable television industry was already a political and economic matter in 1972, shortly after the FCC issued rules to mediate between the cable, broadcast, consumer and telephone interests. The Massachusetts CATV (Community Antenna Television) Commission put a temporary ban on local cable licenses until March 1973. The Liveliest Wire aired on WGBH monthly until the state’s freeze on new cable franchises ended in March.

See January 1973 Prime Time for cover story.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


News Report
Chicago: “Reporters, The; Liveliest Wire, The,” 09/25/1972, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_084F80F4A69B455F835ECC707A7302EB.
MLA: “Reporters, The; Liveliest Wire, The.” 09/25/1972. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 21, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_084F80F4A69B455F835ECC707A7302EB>.
APA: Reporters, The; Liveliest Wire, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_084F80F4A69B455F835ECC707A7302EB
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