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All About TV Recordings

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: SB
Date: Jun 2010

Biographical History

All About TV, later called World:Comm, was a television series produced by television critic Steven H. Scheuer and Loomis Irish, Head of the Television and Radio Department at Brooklyn College. It ran on WNET-Channel 13 in New York City between 1992 and 1995. The series examined a sweeping range of issues relating to television and media, including violence on television, cameras in the courtroom, children's television, deregulation, political campaigns, advertising, soap opera addiction, coverage of Vietnam, and much more. Panelists and guests featured on its 200+ episodes included Dan Rather, Mike Wallace, John Kenneth Galbraith, Ed Koch, Bill Kurtis, Lewis Friedman, Robert MacNeil, and many more.

Day at Night was a public television series hosted by the late James Day, co-founder of KQED in San Francisco, president of the New York City television station WNET, and Chairman of the Advisory Board for City University Television in New York (CUNY TV) . The show featured interviews with notable cultural and political figures conducted in the mid 1970's.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The All About TV Recordings consists of approximately 330 videotape recordings of episodes of the 1990s series. Panlists and guests featured in the collection include David Webster, US Director for the BBC; Lawrence Grossman, President of PBS; economist John Kenneth Galbraith; journalist Bill Kurtis; New York mayor Ed Koch; NBC journlist Linda Ellerbee; journalist Daniel Schorr; television critic Pat Aufderheide; and many more. Topics addressed spanned the entire range of political, social, economic, educational and technological issues surrounding television, including social responsibility and TV, soap opera addiction, politics and television news, sex and violence, the First Amendment, television in the courtroom, children's television, Vietnam and other war coverage, the impact of media on social behavior, and much much more.

Also included in the collection are ten videorecordings of episodes of Day At Night. Interviewees are primarily from the entertainment field and include Ozzie Nelson, Art Linkletter, E.G. Marshall, and Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Finally, there are sixteen episodes of Television in America: First Person Singular, an interview series. Interviewees include Ed Bleier, Heywood Broun, Mike Wallace and other journalists.

Arrangement of the Collection

Recordings are subdivided by show title and within that are in order by the call number assigned to them during cataloging.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Access to recordings requires advance notice in order to produce a use copy.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has extensive collections relating to radio, television and film history, including the papers of Stephen Scheuer and Ed Bleier. Please refer to the Classic Catalog for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Scheuer, Steven H.

Associated Titles

All about TV (Television program)
Day at night (Television program)
Television in America (Television program)


Popular culture -- United States.
Religion on television.
Television -- History.
Television -- Study and teaching.
Television and children.
Television and culture.
Television and history.
Television and politics.
Television broadcasting -- United States.
Television broadcasting of news -- United States.
Television in education.
Television in religion.
Television journalists -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Sound recordings.
Video recordings.


Television broadcasters.
Television journalists.
Television producers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

All About TV Recordings,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from Media Services, 2010.

Table of Contents

All About TV

Day At Night

Television in America