The University Record, September 23, 1998

'Time Capsule' features early U-M broadcast programming


"UMTV Time Capsule," featuring programs produced at the U-M in the 1950s through the 1980s, premiered earlier this month on UMTV, the campus cable system. The series will be broadcast every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. on campus over the Information Technology Division's (ITD) supported cable television system (Channel 26), and to the Ann Arbor community over MediaOne, the commercial cable system (CTN Cable Channel 8).

"UMTV Time Capsule" will present fine and popular arts, health, science and environmental programs that were produced between 1957 and 1987. Initial programs will cover a wide range of topics, including The Canterbury Tales, figure drawing, an archaeologist's view of U.S. coins and caring for a developmentally disabled child. The first program featured "High School Band Highlights" from Michigan Stadium, produced in 1960.

Some of the programs are timeless, while others are clearly products of another era. "The juxtaposition of the past and the present provides a context for all that we are engaged in--a context essential for understanding who we are, how we came to be, and where we might go from here," says Jose-Marie Griffiths, university chief information officer and executive director of ITD.

Material for "UMTV Time Capsule" is being selected from thousands of program titles which were produced by Michigan Media. The first television studio on the Ann Arbor campus was built in 1952, and in the years that followed, thousands of programs were produced by students, faculty and staff. Outside the classroom, the programming also was shown on broadcast channels across the country. By the early 1960s, 100 television stations broadcast at least one University of Michigan program per week.

UMTV and CTN have worked together since January to provide University programming to MediaOne viewers. UMTV is a 60-channel campus cable television system maintained by the ITD. It is available in all residence hall rooms, and in lecture halls, classrooms and meeting rooms in more than 80 campus buildings. For more information about UMTV and the playback schedule for "Time Capsule," call 647-3419 or visit the Web at

CTN is carried on MediaOne cable in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Barton Hills, and in Ann Arbor, Pittsfield, Scio, Ypsilanti and Superior townships. For more information about CTN, call 769-7422 or visit the Web at

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