By Brian Hackney

Brian Hackney uncovers 60 years of lost, never seen since it aired, film featuring famous bay area people, places and events.

VIDEO: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

CBS 5 was the first television station on the air in Northern California, and since its inaugural broadcast of December 22, 1948, it has amassed a huge collection of news and entertainment archives, many of them never seen since they were first broadcast.  Tonight, Brian Hackney dusts off just a few of these gems, among them, a vintage 1968 interview with Woody Allen (in town to shoot ‘Take The Money And Run’), a 1985 appearance by newcomer Jim Carrey doing a spectacular impression of Jimmy Stewart in “Harvey”, and the legendary Belva Davis recounting her experiences as the Western U.S.’s first African-American female broadcast journalist. Ross McGowan turns up as well, marking his first time inside the KPIX studios in twenty years.  Brian Hackney writes, reports, and produces the show, which we hope will be the first of many.

Bay Area TV Archives at San Francisco State University:

Belva Davis:

A sample of Ed Arnow’s recent work (just one of many):

A nice article from 2009 about Ross:

Comments (8)
  1. You said a link to the archives would be on your site, were is it?

  2. Karen Johanson says:

    This was a great show. I grew up in the Bay Area watching KPIX5 news. Seeing these stories and (re)visiting with the reporters was wonderful. I certainly hope that more of the archives make it to future shows. Congrats and thanks, too, to the people involved in saving this valuable and historical footage!

  3. Alex Cherian says:

    Here’s a link to the TV Archive’s web site below:

  4. Jackie Timmer says:

    I would like to know if there are any archives on Dance Party, I was a regular in the 50’s and 60’s. Jackie Timmer

    1. Alex Cherian says:

      Jackie: below is a link to the only 2 minutes of KPIX Dance Party footage that survives (to my knowledge):

  5. Betty Adams says:

    I loved this show! I was on a spelling bee program on Channel 5 in 1948 or 49 when the studios were in the basement of the Fairmont Hotel (i did not win the bee). I also lived a block away from KPIX Van Ness Avenue studio in 1960s and early 70s and went to a several of the “Afternoon Show” programs–they gave out recipes and for a long time I made one that was called “Middle Age Spread!” And, in the late 60s/early 70s Sportscaster Ed Hart would come over to our apartment building between the 6 pm news and the 10 pm news (still in his pancake makekup) to visit a friend and we all got acquainted with him.
    PS: LOVE-LOVE-LOVE “Eye on the Bay!” Wonderful trips down Memory Lanes of the Bay Area.

  6. Nancy Hillman says:

    I believe something was said to the effect that KPIX was “rescuing” old shows when, in fact, it was just the opposite. PIX was throwing them away! Fortunately, some old-timers caught on and were key in rescuing the old tapes and facilitating and fundraising for the archives at SFSU. See Bay Area Broadcast Legends. Among others, Roland Post and Bill Hillman were very active in saving these treasures.

    1. Alex Cherian says:

      Nancy: we preserve many KPIX news reports from the 1970s by Bill Hillman. I wanted to check that you knew some of these are currently available to view online from our website? SF State is very grateful to the support that Bill Hillman, Roland Post and Belva Davis provided in establishing the Television Archive, back in the early 1980s.