PM Magazine

PM Magazine

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show_name = PM Magazine

caption =
format = newsmagazine
runtime = 30 minutes
starring =
country = USA
network = syndication
first_aired = September 6, 1976
last_aired = August 30, 1991
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"PM/Evening Magazine" was a television series with a news and entertainment format. It was syndicated to stations throughout the United States. In most areas, "Evening/PM Magazine" was broadcasted from the late 1970s into the late 1980s.


During the summer of 1976, KPIX in San Francisco, a CBS affiliate then owned by Westinghouse (Group W) Broadcasting, premiered a local weeknight television news and entertainment series titled "Evening: The MTWTF Show". The show was designed to add localism as suggested by the newly-enacted "Prime Time Access Rule." At its inception, the rule was created by the Federal Communications Commission to give back the half-hour preceding primetime (7:30 to 8 p.m. in the Eastern and Pacific time zones; 6:30 to 7 p.m. in the Central and Mountain time zones) to local network-affiliated stations in the top fifty television markets, prohibiting them from accepting network-originated programming (and later on, syndicated reruns of network programs) in that time slot.

KPIX's "Evening Magazine"

KPIX's "Evening Magazine" was first hosted by San Francisco radio personality Jan Yanehiro and journalist Steve Fox. It was the first of a new breed of television show shot totally on videotape, rather than 16mm film, taking advantage of new minicam technology. The format called for the local hosts to have on-location wraparounds (in and around their local communities) and introduce short feature stories about ordinary and interesting people doing extraordinary and quite newsworthy things.


At the time, Westinghouse owned four other stations around the country, and with the success of "Evening Magazine" in the San Francisco market, it was expanded to their other properties. Soon, Group W stations in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh were all doing their own local versions of the "Evening" format. The show's format allowed the stations to share their feature stories among each other. For example, a feature that aired in San Francisco could also be shown in Baltimore, and vice versa. The success of the format on the Group W stations gave the company management a bigger idea. Group W decided to expand and syndicate the format to other markets where they didn't own stations. The first market that was interested in producing their own "Evening", KING-TV in Seattle, already had a program on the air called "Evening Magazine", which airs on that station to this day. However, Group W came up with another title that could be cleared in other markets: PM Magazine. Fact|date=July 2008

At the end of 1970s, with "Evening" and "PM" now all over the country, Group W Productions created a large production office in San Francisco. Its function was to watch all of the stories being produced by the new local "PM" and "Evening Magazine" stations and create a weekly "national reel" for stations to run in local markets. Depending on local station budgets they could produce as much or as little feature material as they wanted, but still have a local show starring local talent. The cooperative production model created by "Evening/PM" remains unique to this day.

Breeding ground for television on-air and production talent

"Evening/PM" was also a "breeding ground" for television on-air and production talent. Matt Lauer, Tom Bergeron, and Leeza Gibbons were among those who became well-known because of their work with the "PM/Evening" programs. In Pittsburgh's KDKA broadcast of Evening Magazine, a young Dennis Miller provided a closing comedic piece, time permitting (sort of like Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes), prior to being tapped for employment with Saturday Night Live. In its more than a decade run, the show's local market producers traveled all over the country and the world, producing fun and memorable television.


Two long features were augmented each day by a block of "departments", featuring special tips for daily living -- generally, two or three departments were featured in each program, each with a different host. In the early 1980s, "Captain Carrot" presented the "Self" department, on healthier living; Judi Sheppard Missett presented "Jazzercise" in the "Exercise" department; Dr. James Wasco presented medical issues in the "Health" department; Chef Tell gave new food ideas in the "Cooking" department; the "animal" department featured Joan Embery and animals from the San Diego Zoo; and in the "Travel" department, the host (unknown at present) visits various parts of the globe.


By 1990, when Group W decided to cancel the format, "Evening/PM" had been edged out in many of its local time slots in favor of tabloid TV news/investigation programs, many with little or no local content. Shows such as "A Current Affair", "Hard Copy", and "Inside Edition", along with the lighter-edged "Entertainment Tonight" filled up the prime time access available spots and ended "Evening/PM"'s run, although KPIX would resurrect its own version of "Evening Magazine" once again, this time in the mid-1990s. During this run, one of the hosts was Mike Rowe, who has sinced moved on to host several cable-TV series, including "Worst Case Scenarios" and "Dirty Jobs", as well as narrating "American Chopper" and "Deadliest Catch". KPIX continued to air its version of "Evening Magazine" weeknights before CBS's prime time programs up until 2005, when the show's name was changed to "Eye on the Bay", and the program's hosts also changed after a short transition.

Stations that carried "Evening/PM Magazine"

(a partial listing)
Note: Information on local hosts of this program may be found within the individual station's articles.

*Albuquerque: KOB-TV, KGGM-TV
*Atlanta: WAGA-TV
*Austin: KTBC-TV
*Baton Rouge: WBRZ-TV
*Baltimore: WJZ-TV
*Beaumont, Texas: KFDM-TV
*Birmingham: WBRC-TV
*Boston: WBZ-TV
*Buffalo: WIVB-TV, WGRZ-TV
*Champaign/Urbana/Springfield, Illinois: WCIA-TV
*Charleston-Huntington, West Virginia: WSAZ-TV
*Charleston, South Carolina: WCBD-TV
*Charlotte: WBTV
*Chattanooga: WRCB-TV
*Chicago: WFLD-TV
*Cincinnati: WKRC-TV
*Cleveland: WJW-TV
*Columbia, South Carolina: WIS-TV
*Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri: KCBJ-TV
*Columbus, Ohio: WCMH-TV
*Dallas/Fort Worth: WFAA-TV, KDFW-TV
*Davenport, Iowa: WOC-TV/KWQC-TV
*Dayton, Ohio: WDTN
*Des Moines: WHO-TV
*Detroit: WJBK-TV
*El Paso, Texas: KVIA-TV
*Flint/Saginaw/Bay City, Michigan: WNEM-TV
*Fort Myers/Naples, Florida: WINK-TV
*Fort Wayne, Indiana: WANE-TV
*Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek: WZZM-TV
*Green Bay, Wisconsin: WFRV-TV
*Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem: WFMY-TV
*Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville: WFBC-TV/WYFF, WLOS
*Harrisburg/Lancaster/York/Lebanon: WGAL-TV
*Hartford/New Haven: WFSB
*Houston: KHTV
*Indianapolis: WISH-TV
*Jackson, Mississippi: WJTV
*Jacksonville: WJXT
*Kansas City: KMBC-TV
*Knoxville: WATE-TV
*Lafayette, Louisiana: KLFY-TV
*Lansing, Michigan: WJIM-TV
*Las Vegas: KLAS-TV
*Lexington, Kentucky: WKYT-TV
*Los Angeles: KTTV
*Louisville: WHAS-TV
*Madison, Wisconsin: WMTV
*Memphis: WHBQ-TV
*Miami/Fort Lauderdale: WTVJ
*Milwaukee: WISN-TV
*Minneapolis/St. Paul: WCCO-TV
*Mount Vernon, IL: WCEE-TV
*Nashville: WKRN-TV
*New Orleans: WWL-TV
*New York City: WNEW-TV/WNYW "(PM Magazine)", WWOR-TV "(Evening Magazine)"
*Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport News: WTKR
*Oklahoma City: KTVY/KFOR-TV
*Omaha: WOWT
*Orlando/Daytona Beach: WDBO-TV/WCPX-TV
*Peoria: WMBD-TV
*Philadelphia: KYW-TV
*Phoenix: KTVK
*Pittsburgh: KDKA-TV
*Portland, Oregon: KGW-TV ( [] )
*Providence/New Bedford: WJAR-TV
*Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville: WRAL-TV
*Richmond, Virginia: WXEX-TV
*Roanoke/Lynchburg, Virginia: WDBJ
*Rochester, New York: WOKR
*Sacramento/Stockton: KXTV, KOVR, KCRA-TV ( [] )
*Saint Louis: KTVI
*Salt Lake City: KUTV
*San Antonio: KSAT-TV
*San Diego: KFMB-TV
*San Francisco: KPIX
*Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: WNEP-TV
*Seattle/Tacoma: KIRO-TV "(PM Magazine)", KING-TV "(Evening Magazine); KING-TV version still on-air today"
*Shreveport, Louisiana: KSLA-TV
*Spokane, Washington: KHQ-TV
*Syracuse, New York: WTVH
*Tampa/Saint Petersburg: WTOG-TV, WTSP
*Toledo, Ohio: WTOL-TV
*Traverse City/Cadillac/Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan: WGTU-WGTQ
*Tulsa: KOTV
*Washington, D.C.: WTTG, WDVM-TV/WUSA
*Wichita, Kansas: KAKE-TV
*Wichita Falls, Texas: KAUZ-TV
*Youngstown, Ohio: WKBN-TV

ee also

*"Living", a similar lifestyle show format with a mixture of local and syndicated segments; aired by CBC Television in Canada
*"Daytime (variety show)", similar show on Rogers Television channels in Canada
*"Better (TV series)", a similar show produced by Meredith's television stations, slanted towards women.

External links

* [ History of Group W's "Evening/PM Magazine", mainly from the WBZ-TV/Boston perspective]
* [ 80's TV Theme Supersite: "Evening/PM Magazine" BonusPage]
* [ For Portlanders Only (site includes a KGW-TV "PM Magazine" ad, and segments featuring Captain Carrot's "Self Department")]

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