Posts Tagged ‘nostalgia’

Showdown At Channel 3

August 18, 2015

Posted below is an interesting article from the May 18-25, 1988 issue of the Syracuse New Times. It describes the takeover of WSTM Channel 3 News by a company outside of Syracuse and the subsequent firing of all of its employees. The article reminded me of a similar situation in 2009 which resulted in nearly all of WTVH’s employees being fired and the shutdown of WTVH itself. Click on each image to see it full size.

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Oh, and in case you were wondering – the Chickenmania article was also quite disturbing.

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Vote for Syracuse Nostalgia!

August 31, 2011

While there is no “Best Web Site” category, we notice there is a “Best Blog” category in the Media section of the New Times “Best Of Syracuse 2011” ballot. That’s close enough, right? So, if you have enjoyed this site over the years, and you plan on voting in this year’s ballot, please click on the link below and write in in the “Best Blog” section. Thank you!
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New old videos posted!

August 27, 2011

I’ve posted several new videos to the site, most of them being old news clips from the 1980s. Click here to go to the videos section of the site. Most of the new clips will be in the “Syracuse, NY News & Local Programs Part 2” section. I will also be adding several new clips to this section over the next few weeks, so keep checking back every once in awhile.

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Betamax VCR needed

August 23, 2010

Hello. I have been going through several boxes of old Beta (or Betamax) VCR tapes that I’ve recently acquired, trying to find old Syracuse area footage to post on Syracuse Nostalgia. I’ve found a lot of footage, as you can see from the video section on the site. However, I still have hundreds of tapes to go through and my Betamax VCR seems to be on its last legs.  So, if anyone out there would like to donate an old Beta VCR to me for future posting of Syracuse Nostalgia clips please send an e-mail to or reply to this post. Thank you!

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.

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Complete Syracuse TV News Broadcast – 1972

April 10, 2009

I’ve posted a complete broadcast (audio only) of WSYR TV3 Total News in Syracuse, NY from December 24, 1972.

Click here to check it out.

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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.

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Penn Can Mall 2002 “Dead Mall Tour” DVD

August 2, 2008

Here’s a video trailer I’ve recently made for the Penn Can Mall 2002 “Dead Mall Tour” DVD:

Click here to go directly to the “Dead Mall Tour” DVD section of the site for more information about the film.


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Syracuse audio & video clips

June 24, 2008

Hello again.

I’ve made a couple of updates to the site. First, I added clips from a show called “3 Country”, which aired on WSTM in 1980 and 1981. Click here to see that page. If you think some of the clips on that page are a little odd, you should see the ones I didn’t post!

I’ve also added a new “Syracuse Radio Commercials” section, featuring ads from the 1950s to the 1970s. Click here to see that page. Also, on the Penn Can Mall site I’ve added a different theme song next to the one that was near the top of the main page. All of these audio clips, as well as the “3 Country” clips are from the collection of Jason Beard. I will hopefully be getting many more things to post from his great collection soon.

I also added page 2 to the Upstate NY Commercials section. Click here for that page. These commercials come from some old VHS tapes I received from Jimmy Lewis. If you have any old video tapes (prior to 1995) that were used to tape local channels please let me know. I will be glad to go through them and try to find any old local commercials, shows, or news footage. Send an e-mail to for more information.

I’m going to be posting something very rare and very cool soon. It’s so cool, I’m not even sure what it is, exactly. I don’t want to give too much away yet, but I’ll post a little hint (ok, a big hint)…

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,