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Evening / P.M. Magazine was one of the most successful syndicated formats in television history. The Evening name was used at all of the Group-W owned stations (KPIX, WJZ, KYW, KDKA, WBZ), while P.M. was used at those that bought into the syndication.
Unlike other syndicated shows...P.M. included local content. All stations were required to produce segments for a national pool of stories...and had their own local hosts. Thus...stations could have a show with local flavor at minimal cost.
The show faded during the late '80s as the national producers coerced stations into creating more tabloid and gossip stories, rather than local interest features. Although it resulted in occasional ratings spikes, the core audience eroded as a result...and stations dropped like flies until the show's cancellation in 1989-90.
However...the station that introduced Evening Magazine in 1976, KPIX in San Francisco, is leading the charge again. In September of 1998, they unveiled a brand new Evening Magazine. All the stories are local, true to the format that made Evening/P.M. so successful. It is enjoying a good run, and there is talk of expanding it to the other CBS-owned (former Group W) stations.
Jim in Massachusetts...a good friend of the site, has passed on many of the show's rich musical themes for your enjoyment...
Opening + Billboard
1985-86 (WBZ Boston only)
1990 (WBZ Boston only)
Livingston was a fan of the show. In the spring of 1990, he sent in a demo tape of his composition on speculation. The station liked his work and hired him to do an entire package. Sadly, Group W president Bill Korn decided to end the "Evening/PM" franchise less than two months after Mr. Taylor's music was introduced (July 1990). What a waste. Vocal/Instrumental
WBZ Evening Magazine (1990, video)
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