SYRACUSE — Browse the “history” section of any bookstore or library, and it’s hard to miss the “Images of America” series. Thousands of paperback titles cover various historical topics all over the country. Next month, a book on the history of Syracuse TV will join the collection.
NewsChannel 9 (WSYR-TV) reporter/anchor Christie Casciano Burns is one of three co-authors of the book, simply titled “Syracuse Television.” She publicly announced on Facebook tonight, that Arcadia Publishing sent the book to press today, and the company plans to have the book on store shelves sometime next month.
Amazon.com lists a March 25 release date, and the online retailer is accepting pre-orders for the 128-page tome.
Casciano — already known for her authoring skills with her two “Puck Hog” books aimed at children, shares the author credits on this book with two WSYR-TV colleagues. Tim Fox, Director of New Media, has been working at channel 9 since 1981. Lou Gulino joined WSYR-TV as an assignment in 2011, bringing 30 years of experience from the newsrooms of CBS affiliate WTVH 5 and NBC affiliate WSTM-TV 3.
Here’s the book description as posted on Amazon:
Central New Yorkers have been treated to many memorable television moments since December 1, 1948, when WHEN-TV Channel 8 signed on the air for the first time. In a record 16 days after equipment arrived at its 101 Court Street site, the station was miraculously up and running. Syracuse’s pioneer broadcasters were eager to explore this bold, new world with programs that would entertain, educate, and inform. Syracuse Television features the zaniness of Baron Daemon, lessons from the Magic Toy Shop, and live fun from Jim Deline and the Gang and The Markert Place. Over the years, personalities and programs became familiar to Central New Yorkers. There was news coverage from Fred Hillegas, Ron Curtis, Rod Wood, and Carrie Lazarus and weather forecasts from Stormy Meredith, Big Al Roker, Dave Eichorn, and Wayne Mahar.
Back in December, Casciano mentioned the book to CNYTVNews.com: she, Fox and Gulino did all of the research and writing last summer. Of the finished product, she told us, “It’s spectacular and I’m so thrilled!”
As you might expect, the book will include plenty of photographs. In addition to images on file at the Onondaga Historical Association, we’re told the book will include photos contributed by local stations, as well as images from newspaper archives and from some personal collections.
The front cover of the book features a candid shot of a full audience of children gathered during a broadcast of “Baron Daemon,” the ghoulish character portrayed by Mike Price during the earlier days of channel 9, when the station used the WNYS-TV call letters and studios were located in ShoppingTown Mall in DeWitt.
Just 41 days until we’ll be able to see the entire book… not that we’re counting or anything!