WE'RE BRINGING YOU AN EVEN BETTER VARIETY OF TODAY'S HIT NEWS
This website is devoted to bringing you, the listener, a mix TV news themes from today
and some from the past. Some of these themes are currently used on local newscasts around the country, while others
have been used on newscasts over the years.
You must have RealPlayer and even Windows Media Player to download these themes. Don't have either?
In 1979 Dennis King Kizer in Oklahoma City composed "Count on 9" as the 1979-80 TV season theme for KWTV Channel 9 in
Oklahoma City. He also composed its accompanying news theme, which, however, ran until 1984! The news theme first
heard on KWTV Newsline 9; also heard on KHJ (now KCAL) Channel 9 in Los Angeles during most of the 1980's.
NOTE: NOT ALL PROGRAMS MAY APPEAR AT THEIR REGULAR TIMES DUE TO SUCH UPN50 SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS AND/OR SPORTS COVERAGE.
CHECK LISTINGS AND VISIT UPN50.COM FOR ALL THE DETAILS.
Did you know that?
Ken Daniels, who calls the Detroit Red Wings for UPN50, is a former sportscaster for CBC Sports in Canada? It's true.
Joe Louis Arena, the home of the Detroit Red Wings, is nationally known to UPN viewers as a frequent site of "WWF
Smackdown?" It's true. JLA is the Detroit home for WWF Wrestling. The Palace of Auburn Hills, home of the Detroit
Pistons, has hosted WCW Wrestling.
"Fox NFL Sunday" made its Detroit debut on UPN50? It's true. Between
December 1994, when WJBK Channel 2 joined Fox as "Fox 2 Detroit," and February 2001, when the XFL on UPN premiered,
there was no football on UPN50! The XFL folded at the end of the season and there's no football package on UPN50.
This section written by Dan Gates and not affiliated with UPN50 WKBD, Paramount Stations Group or their successor companies.
Last Updated on September 21, 2001 UPN50 is a programming service of Viacom International, Inc.
These themes may not have legendary status, but they have become classics. Some of these themes are still used
DANNA NAMED GM; LABOE JOINS WDVD UPN50 has named Linda Danna, formerly of UPN69 in Atlanta, the General Manager of UPN50.
Meanwhile, Leslie LaBoe is another UPN50 reporter leaving for radio. She now joins Rocky Allen on WDVD FM 96.3.
WILL NOT CALL FOX SPORTS NET ROAD GAMES Mickey Redmond will now concentrate his time on being the color commentator for
UPN50's Detroit Red Wings games. The only road games he will be calling will be on UPN50. His UPN50 partner will still be
THANK YOU TIGER FANS! Thanks for a great season of Detroit Tigers baseball on UPN50 this year!
See you in April!
"ENTERPRISE," "BUFFY" #1 ON THEIR DAYS! The premiere of "Enterprise"
was the highest rated Wednesday night show in Detroit on September 26th, and this Wednesday was dethroned in the ratings by
"Dawson's Creek," on Channel 20, which so far was the highest rated program in the Detroit area for the week beginning
September 30th Number one on Tuesday night in the Detroit area this week was the season premiere of "Buffy the Vampire
Slayer," new to the UPN50 lineup this year.
UPN50 PITCHES IN FOR RELIEF EFFORT UPN50 and all the other
Viacom-owned Detroit entities teamed up for the successful "We Care Detroit" campaign to raise money for the American
Red Cross Disaster Fund.
IT'S BLAHA AND LAIMBEER ON "PISTONS BASKETBALL." Bill Laimbeer has
joined George Blaha in the broadcast booth for the 2001-2002 Detroit Pistons basketball season. UPN50 will be airing 32 games
this year starting on October 30th.
UPN50 NEWS DIRECTOR RESIGNS Tom Bell, the news director for UPN50,
has just resigned. In recent months, as it must to most 10pm newscasts, In recent years, UPN50's 10pm news ratings
have declined, owing to, in addition to some of the strongest 10pm series on the "Big 3" networks in recent history,
including "ER" and "NYPD Blue," but also because of WJBK-Channel 2, whose 10pm newscast has had "11pm
news" ratings at the same time (prior to its Fox affiliation, Fox 2 Detroit had been a CBS affiliate.)
SET FOR ANOTHER SEASON OF RED WINGS HOCKEY Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond will be back for another season of Detroit
Red Wings hockey on UPN50 this October.
UPN50 PRE-EMPTS TIGERS GAME An August 28 Detroit Tigers
home game was pre-empted on UPN50 in order to carry live coverage of the annual "Source Hip-Hop Awards." This game
may have been made up with a September Tigers road game not on the team's TV schedule. Last year, UPN50 pre-empted a Rangers-Tigers
game in Detroit for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and made up for it by carrying a Tigers-Rangers game from Arlington, Texas later
in the year.
CROSSING OVER NOW ON UPN50 After a full season on the Sci-Fi Channel, "Crossing
Over with John Edward" now joins the UPN50 schedule. Weekdays at 12noon. If you missed it, tune in to Detroit's 62CBS
weekdays at 5:30pm.
OLYMPICS TO AFFECT UPN50 SCHEDULE! With the Salt Lake City Olympics coming
this February--and the NHL's best participating, UPN50's schedule will be affected. There will only be a few Red wings games
this February, a sweeps month, but fans do have WWF Smackdown and Pistons basketball and movies to choose from during February.
So you'll see more George Blaha and less Ken Daniels in February (unless Mr. Daniels gets a shot of international fame as
a color commentator for NBC's Olympic hockey coverage--his former CBC colleagues, including Ron MacLean, who has been borrowed
frequently by NBC; Scott Russell; Brian Williams--not the NBC newscaster; Bob Cole; and Chris Cuthbert among them will be
in Salt Lake City for CBC's coverage of the Olympics.)
MORE LOCAL NEWS STRAIGHT TO THE POINT!
At the end of each hour, watch UPN50 for the latest breaking stories! Another service to UPN50 viewers.
UPN GIVES UP XFL; XFL FOLDS UPN has decided not to renew its XFL coverage next season
and, as a result, the XFL has folded after a single season. The WWF co-owned the XFL with NBC, and a combined $75 million
was lost. Not only that, but low ratings also cost the XFL a second season.
FALL!! This fall, UPN50's got more pop! Besides "WWF Smackdown," reruns, and movies, as well as
the "Ten O'Clock News" and "STV Detroit," there will be Tigers, Red Wings, and Pistons action! And don't
miss "Roswell" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," moving to UPN50 this year! The big premiere on UPN this
fall is "Enterprise!" We've got new episodes and reruns of your favorite UPN50 shows! New Movies! New series!
Are you ready? Watch UPN50! We've got more pop!
WKBD WON 4 LOCAL EMMIES!!!
UPN50 has won 4 local Emmies, including one for the "Coming in February" promotion! Congratulations!
For all the latest news that's "Straight to the Point," watch the UPN50 TEN O'CLOCK NEWS TONIGHT!!! If you missed
it, tune in to 62CBS NEWS Tonight at 11pm. For all the latest sports news, tune in to STV Detroit weeknights after the
Ten O'Clock News.
THE CURRENT HITS and THE NEW CLASSICS
These themes will one day become classics. Some of these themes have already become what I call "The New Classics."
Composed by Frank Gari, "The Paramount" was first heard on the Ten O'Clock News in September 1997. It remains UPN50's
theme today and is also used on KSTW UPN11 News in Seattle-Tacoma
UPN50 being a former Fox affiliate and also using a Frank Gari package, I also felt necessary to provide links to his two
Fox affiliate packages--The "X" Package, first heard on KTTV Fox11 News at Ten in Los Angeles, and the "X2"
Package, first heard on the WTTG Fox5 News@Ten in Washington. KDVR Fox31 News at Nine in Denver also uses the "X"
Package, and coming soon to a Fox affiliate near you! (If you know of a Fox affiliate which uses the "X" or "X2"
package, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
WTXF "Fox Philadelphia" will forever be connected with UPN50 for various reasons. In 1994, both WKBD and WTXF were
owned by the same company, Paramount Stations Group, and were on the verge of becoming Fox O&O's when WJBK Channel 2 took
the Fox affiliation. To this day, only WTXF is a Fox O&O, with WJBK becoming a Fox O&O in 1997. "NewsEdge"
by Stephen Arnold is Fox Philadelphia's current theme.
WKBD's ownership group, Paramount Stations Group, was founded in 1947 with the launch of KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles, now
a Tribune Broadcasting O&O and a WB affiliate. The News at Ten's current theme is "Flashpoint" by 615 Music