Thursday, February 2, 2012

An early glimpse of Don Cornelius

Posted By on 02.02.12 at 05:34 PM

An old press pass for A Blacks View of the News
  • An old press pass for "A Black's View of the News"
Don Cornelius, the creator of Soul Train, died Wednesday in California. Cornelius broke into television at WCIU, Channel 26, in Chicago in the late 60s, on A Black's Views of the News. My friend Tom Weinberg recalls this was "the first nightly black news program in the country." Weinberg was the producer, his first job.

Weinberg, who's had a long career in independent video, is the creator of the Media Burn Independent Video Archive, an online museum full of astonishing stuff. He's just offered up these relics—to the left is an old press pass, and there's more after the jump.

Here's a letter touting the show:

Letter1.jpg

His notes on an early broadcast:

notes.jpg

(So what was it Cornelius said about Durocher?)


And an excrutiatingly brief clip of Cornelius on the show talking to a caller. It's courtesy of FuzzyMemories.tv:

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Michael Miner

Agenda Teaser

Galleries & Museums
War Stories Hyde Park Art Center
October 30

Tabbed Event Search

The Bleader Archive

Popular Stories