Plank Road and WTVH Archive videos

I’ve just recently made a major update to the Syracuse Nostalgia page, and will do another one soon.

Yesterday I added the History Of North Syracuse page. I recently received a video from the North Syracuse Historian, Robert Henry, which showed a photographic history of North Syracuse and Plank Road. I divided this video up into four parts, and posted them on the site. Robert was also nice enough to let me browse through his collection of pictures and pick out ones that I would want to post on the site. I chose a bunch of photos, trying to pick out ones that weren’t already included in the Plank Road video. He said he will be putting these photos on a CD for me soon, so hopefully I’ll be posting them in the next couple of weeks.

One thing I noticed from working with Robert, and also from working with the Cicero Historian, Thomas Mafrici, is that they both were really nice to work with and seemed eager to share their collection with the public. I think they just didn’t really have the means to get their collections online. Something else I noticed from their collections was that, for the most part, they would only include photos up until the 1950s. I know this isn’t either of their faults, but you would think that local history stopped at 1960. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s interested in seeing the history of the area from the 1960s through the 1980s (and beyond). So, I guess it’s up to all of us to try and gather as much photographic history (and video history) as we can. That’s why I always encourage people to send in whatever old photos of the local area they may have. I will share them online for free, so anyone can view or download them.

I am also working on another “WTVH Archives” update. I recently received another group of tapes from Keith Kobland at WTVH-5 News. I really appreciate Keith being nice enough to share some of these tapes. I have a feeling some of this footage would never be seen again if we weren’t doing this. For the most part, the tapes that he’s been giving me are 3/4″ tapes (also called U-Matic tapes). These tapes and the machine to play them on have not been made in a long time. Here is a picture of one of the huge 3/4″ tapes (next to a Ron Curtis VHS tape, for scale): 

Here is a picture of the humongous 3/4″ player that I recently got from eBay (again with the Ron Curtis VHS tape used for scale): 

You can see that the player is just about as tall as the average VHS tape.

A problem that I am having concerning these tapes is which clips to include on the site. These are just random tapes that Keith finds for me. They are not necessarily chosen for their exciting news stories. Meaning that, for example, they would just include a random week of news stories from 1987. While this would be interesting to me, I know it wouldn’t be interesting to most people. So, at the moment I’m trying to decide which clips to upload to the site. I’m also trying to just pick out clips of local interest, not national news. At the moment I have a couple of good ones that I think I’ll use – a meeting about the proposed Carousel Center (1987), St. Patricks Day Parade (1984) and some dumb guy from S.U. running around campus playing “Cupid” (1987). There will probably be more, but those are the best ones right now. I’m also trying to figure out which, if any, sports clips to use. I don’t really care about sports, so I’m trying to figure out which basketball footage might be of interest to the most people.

So look for a new bunch of WTVH Archive videos to be posted in the next week or so.

Thanks for reading!


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3 Responses to “Plank Road and WTVH Archive videos”

  1. K Says:

    Ham, 1st off, I’ve been a huge fan of the site since I heard about it over a year ago… I see that you mentioned having footage from a news story about a st pattys day parade…

    This may be a long shot, but my father, who was active in the parade and the bar he got drunk at all the time when he should have been home with his family always had a float in the parade & he would help with it etc etc etc..

    Anyway, I remember him being interviewed on the news (in the 80s) about the float they made… My father died like 12 years ago, and I’d absolutely LOVE to see him, hear his voice, show my son who his grandfather was, etc.. Its a real longshot, but in that news story are there any short interviews? Thanks, and again, love what you’re doing. My cousin and many friends are avid fans of the site. I recognize you from back in the days as well… And we have some common acquaintences… You were a headbanger, I was a breakdancer, but we definitely came up during the same period at the mall. =)

    Take care.

  2. wonderham Says:

    Hi K,

    Thanks for the nice words about the site!

    The St. Pats video is now on the site in the “WTVH Archives” section if you want to check it out. I don’t think they interviewed anyone about a float they made, so it’s probably not the same footage. Sorry about that. If I ever come across that footage in the future I’ll let you know.

    Here’s the direct link to that video:

    Thanks again,

  3. Jeff Says:

    Love your site and subscribe to you on Youtube. I like seeing the local commercials. I didn’ t live in Syracuse then but enjoy seeing any old Deys Addis/Deys Edwards Flahs or Chappels etc ads I listened to your radio spot for Deys loved it great find!

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