How awesome was local TV news in the late 1960s/early 1970s? Not only did they cover real news back then, but they had a groovy time doing it. I assume it's because they were all liquored up before hitting the air -- which makes it all so much better. But check out, above, the snazziest newscast opening of all time -- from Baltimore's WBAL-TV. And most importantly, wait until the end, when it turns out one of WBAL's weathercasters is...a puppet. Why don't people do this anymore?? Sure, Dallas Raines is fine. But Dallas Raines and a PUPPET? I'm watching every night.
From the early 1970s, Duluth's WDIO-TV boasts a funky cool theme song -- so funky cool, that WDIO's weatherman can't resist gettin' down. AWESOME.