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Inside Big 2 News (1978)

Larry Weidman

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  •  Electronic news gathering 
  •  Donor Larry Weidman, a producer at KPRC-TV 
  •  A new day of news coverage begins 
  •  News Director Ray Miller 
  •  How news vans work 
  •  Transition from film to electronic cameras and videotape 
  •  Downtown newsroom 
  •  KPRC news bureau at the Texas State Capitol 
  •  Hour before showtime 
  •  Weather office 
  •  Jon Burkhart, director of Big 2 News 
  •  The newscast begins 
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In this 1978 television feature, newsman Ron Stone explains how a production of Big 2 News comes together. (Big 2 News was the newscast title for Houston’s KPRC-TV from 1969 to 1980.) Stone describes each step of news gathering from story assignment to finished broadcast, highlighting the technological processes and personnel involved. In his review of equipment, Stone also discusses the transition from film to videotape and the usefulness of electronic news gathering. Signing on the air on January 1, 1949, KPRC-TV is the oldest television station in Houston and the second-oldest station in the state. (At the time of its first broadcast, the station was known as KLEE-TV. It changed its call letters in 1950 upon its purchase by the Hobby family.)
Called “perhaps the most popular and revered news anchor the city [of Houston] has ever known” by the Houston Chronicle, Ron Stone was born in Hannah, Oklahoma on April 6, 1936. He began his career as a broadcaster in Ada, Oklahoma in the 1950s, working as a radio disc jockey and television news anchor. In 1961, Stone caught the attention of Houston newsman Dan Rather, who hired Stone as an anchor and reporter for KHOU-TV. In 1973, Stone moved to Houston’s KPRC-TV, where he worked as a news anchor for 20 years.
After retiring from television news in 1992, Stone formed his own production company, Stonefilms, Inc., with his son. In 1999, he took over hosting the regional television series The Eyes of Texas, which focused on unique people, places, and events across the state. Stone also authored several books on Texas history, including The Book of Texas Days, Disaster at Texas City, and Houston: Simply Spectacular
Stone died of cancer on May 13, 2008.