CTV Barrie Marks 60th Anniversary With Week-Long Celebration, Beginning Monday, Sept. 28

— September 25, 2015

– From top local and international headlines, and from tragedy to triumph, CTV Barrie celebrates milestone with a look back at 60 years of serving the community –
– Week-long celebration culminates with live CTV NEWS AT SIX broadcast from Barrie’s waterfront, Friday, Oct. 2 –

BARRIE, ON (September 25, 2015) – This Monday, Sept. 28, CTV Barrie will celebrate 60 memorable years of serving viewers as the #1 source for news in Barrie and the surrounding region. To mark this landmark anniversary, throughout the week CTV NEWS AT SIX is set to deliver a retrospective series, taking viewers on a six-decade journey back in time for a look at the top stories, past and present newsroom personalities, the station’s original productions, and the moments that have served to define CTV Barrie as a vital community member since first signing on to the airwaves on Sept. 28, 1955. The five-day celebration culminates with a live CTV NEWS AT SIX broadcast on Friday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. from Barrie’s waterfront, where residents of Barrie and beyond are invited to be part of the live, outdoor audience. The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and attendees should arrive early for the free, non-ticketed event. “CTV Barrie has proudly served its loyal audience for 60 years – telling their stories, reflecting this rich community, and being welcomed into the homes and lives of our viewers day after day, night after night,” said Ruth Anderson, News Director, CTV Barrie. “We are deeply honoured to be a part of our viewers’ lives and contribute to the fabric of our community, and we look forward to continuing to share the stories and history of this incredible city and its residents for years to come.”  
Weather Anchor Bob McIntyre (1983)
Weather Anchor Bob McIntyre (1983)
News Reporter Greg Lubianetzky(1991)
News Reporter Greg Lubianetzky(1991)
VR Day at Kempenfest in Barrie (2000)
VR Day at Kempenfest in Barrie (2000)
**Media Note** Download artwork for CTV Barrie at BellMediaPR.ca Online, the tribute continues at www.barrie.ctvnews.ca, with a commemorative look through CTV Barrie’s archives, featuring a rich inventory of photos, video clips, and rare footage dating back to the station’s early days. The site also features historic facts from 1955, viewer photos, and a wide range of congratulatory messages. Viewers are invited to be part of the celebratory conversation by tweeting their tributes to @CTVBarrieNews.   CTV NEWS AT SIX week-long anniversary celebration highlights include: Monday, Sept. 28 SIGNING ON: With archival film reel and a treasure trove of black and white photos from the earliest days of the station, CTV NEWS AT SIX highlights a start-up station with a big-league attitude. Viewers are introduced to station founder Ralph Snelgrove, whose first initial and that of Valerie, his wife, form part of the station’s CKVR call letters; along with the station’s first Operations Manager, Jack Mattenley. Tuesday, Sept. 29 THE SHOWS AS WE GROW: CTV NEWS AT SIX showcases clips from some of the most memorable (and not-so-memorable) original programs produced in the CTV Barrie building – many of which haven’t been seen for more than 30 years. From soap operas to game shows, and even a crime drama produced in the ‘80s, CTV Barrie has done it all! The segment features an interview with the station’s Promotions Supervisor Michael Whyte, who discusses what it was like to produce these shows, one of which he personally appeared in. Wednesday, Sept. 30 TRAGEDIES: Remembering the 1977 local plane crash that struck the station’s transmitter tower, killing five people and destroying the tower, and the 1985 local tornado outbreak. These two local tragedies tested CTV Barrie’s resilience. Along with archival footage and interviews capturing the impact of these historic moments, CTV NEWS AT SIX interviews photographer Steve Miller, who worked at CTV Barrie during both events. Thursday, Oct. 1 TRIUMPHS: From telethons to fundraisers, over the years CTV Barrie has dedicated its airwaves to support important causes in the community. CTV NEWS AT SIX looks back at a 30-hour telethon in 1974 featuring Weather Specialist and 30-year CTV Barrie veteran Bob McIntyre in one of his earliest on-air appearances. The segment highlights the station’s tireless philanthropic efforts, from coverage of an Easter Seals drive from the ‘80s, through to the station’s recent and ongoing efforts in support of local food banks, CTV’s Toy Mountain, and Bell Let’s Talk efforts. Friday, Oct. 2 YOUR NEWS TEAM: CTV Barrie’s history meets present, as CTV NEWS AT SIX wraps up its week-long celebration of 60 memorable years with a live broadcast taking place at Barrie’s iconic waterfront. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., CTV NEWS AT SIX unites viewers in attendance at the live show and those tuning in from home with clips from newscasts through the years, tracing its origins from Total News to VR News to CTV News. The show also features an interview with Bill Harrington, CTV Barrie's first News Announcer from 1955, who will share some of the antiquated steps involved in gathering the news 60 years ago. The looks have changed, but CTV Barrie’s mission remains: to tell the region’s stories, and bring viewers the most important local and national news they want and need, seven days a week. CTV Barrie has been serving Simcoe County, York Region, Parry Sound, Muskoka, and Southern Georgian Bay for 60 years. CTV NEWS AT SIX has been the winner of Overall Best Newscast, Small Market along with many other Edward R. Murrow awards, and is the #1 source for news in Barrie and the surrounding region.  

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