Archive for the ‘wtvh’ Category

New videos added

December 5, 2009

I’ve added several new videos to the Syracuse Nostalgia site, including 3 full news broadcasts. Click the link below to go directly to the video page.

Syracuse Video Clips

Cicero – The Book, Video Clips, Links

April 27, 2009

I’ve made a few updates to the Syracuse Nostalgia site:

Cicero – Images Of America – Includes over 200 historical Cicero, NY photos plus information on how to order a signed copy of Cicero, the book.

Syracuse, NY Video Clips – To save time and space, I consolidated all of my local Syracuse clips onto one page featuring links to playlists on YouTube.

Links – I’ve added a link to my new Blues-Rock band, The Sweathogs.


New Syracuse area video clips added

October 26, 2008

I’ve added over 40 video clips of old local commercials and news footage to the site. I’m a little burnt out after uploading that many at once. So, instead of giving my thoughts on the clips I’ll just give the links to the updated pages.

Syracuse News Clips

Syracuse Commercials

STM Showboat Clips

Syracuse Nostalgia Main Page


North Syracuse Historical Photos & other updates

June 6, 2008

I just thought I’d make a post about some of the updates that I’ve made to the site and some that are coming soon.

First off, I temporarily removed the “History Of Cicero” section. It was just an empty page anyway, so I figured I’d just take it down for now until I get permission to post the photos again. For those that don’t know what I’m talking about – for a short time I did have over 500 historical photos posted of the Cicero area, courtesy of the Cicero Historian. It turns out that there will soon be a book published which will include some of these photos so I was asked to take them down. I will hopefully be able to post the photos that are not to be included in the book soon.

Also, I will, unfortunately, not be receiving any more video tapes from WTVH. Frankly, I was surprised that I got the tapes that I did. I just hope that the station takes measures to preserve and archive those tapes. There’s a lot of local history there. Speaking of which…

I changed the introductory paragraph to the Syracuse Nostalgia page. I just wanted to stress to everyone to please send in their old VHS or Betamax video tapes that include programs taped off of local channels (meaning not HBO or other pay cable channels). Some of these tapes may include some priceless local commercials, shows, or news broadcasts. So, while I will not be getting any more tapes directly from WTVH, I can still post things I get from private collections. So, I will gladly go through whatever you have and then return your tapes when I’m done. Where applicable, I will also give you a copy of the DVD that I made from your footage. Send an e-mail to for more information.

Back to the updates – I recently received many photos from Robert Henry, the North Syracuse Historian. I added these photos to Page 1 and Page 2 of the History Of North Syracuse section. Some of the photos from this collection were also added to the Sweetheart Market page and the William Grocery page. These two pages were also redesigned to make them have a more chronological order. Previously the updates were just added to the bottom of these pages in the order that I received them, and I realized that it just made more sense to redesign the pages with more of a timeline in mind.

I recently met a man who has one of the most impressive collections of Syracuse memorabilia that I have ever seen. What’s great about his collection is that it spans several decades, and includes things in many different formats. There are photos, videos and audio recordings from many different eras. He’s been nice enough to allow me to post some of his collection on the site. I have transferred a couple of videos of his to DVD already, and will be getting some more things soon. I will start putting a page together of these things within the next couple of weeks. It may take awhile to get all of his collection transferred to a digital format but, believe me, it will be worth the wait!

Thanks for reading,

Plank Road and WTVH Archive videos

May 3, 2008

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!