Musical Promotional Spots

Updated:  1/9/2006


WKRN-TV (2-ABC)


2 A New Beat (1979)

Music written and produced by Unknown.  Please e-mail us if you know.

Clip provided by Bob Parker.

 

This catchy 1979 promo shows a number of music-related images of the Nashville area and the short-lived treble clef-based Channel 2 logo.

Last Update:  4/13/2005


Let's Get Involved (1984)

Music written and produced by 615 Music.

 

The 1984 "Let's Get Involved" campaign was Channel 2's first after station ownership transferred from General Electric to Knight-Ridder Broadcasting (when the call letters changed from WNGE-TV to WKRN-TV).  An instrumental version, which is available on the "Opens, Closes, and Themes" area of this site, was used to close the station's newscasts before April 1986.

Last Update:  4/13/2005


2 On Your Side (1991)

Music written and produced by 615 Music

Information provided by Randy Wachtler, President & CEO, 615 Music Companies.

These well-known 1991 promotional spots feature the voices of the South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who became well known in the U.S. when they performed on Paul Simon's "Graceland" album. 

Version A features, in order:  Anne Holt, Bob Mueller, Meteorologist Davis Nolan, Health Reporter Jessica Etz, weekend anchor John Clark, and Steve Phillips (Sports).  Version B includes Anne Holt and Bob Mueller.

Last Update:  4/13/2005


The Turko Files (1998)

Music written and produced by Unknown.  Please e-mail us if you know.

This 1998 video serves to emphasize former Channel 2 reporter Michael Turko and his best-known phrase, "It Ain't Right!"

Last Update:  4/13/2005


WSMV-TV (4-NBC)


The Four Kings for King 4 (1960)

Music performed by the King Sisters and the Brenton Banks Quintet. 

On September 30, 1950, Channel 4 signed on the air.  For the station's 10th anniversary, the King Sisters, accompanied by the Brenton Banks Quintet, performed several promotional songs. 

Last Update:  12/09/2005


Be There (1983)

Music written and produced by Rob Mounsey. 

 

Here is the local version of the 1983 NBC campaign "Be There."  Voices of Bill Hall, Dan Miller, and "Wheel of Fortune" host (and former Channel 4 weatherman) Pat Sajak can be heard in the song.

Last Update:  4/13/2005


Hello Nashville (1984)

Music written and produced by Gari Communications.

 

This 1984 version of the long-running "Hello Nashville" promo features Dobie Gray, Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys, the Nashville Sounds baseball team, and WSMV Sports Director Charlie McAlexander.

Last Update:  4/13/2005


4 The Love of Summer (1985)

Music performed by The Sons of the Beach.

 

Performed by The Sons of the Beach, this promotional video, which ran only during the summer of 1985, features Dan Miller, Bill Hall, Charlie McAlexander, and newly-hired co-anchor Demetria Kalodimos.

Last Update:  4/13/2005


Say Hello (1985)

Music written and produced by Gari Communications

 

This 1985 Frank Gari-produced promo is largely based on the highly successful "Hello Nashville" campaign, which was launched in 1981.  Like the original "Hello Nashville," Florence Warner provides the lead vocal.  The guitar player featured is John Schneider, who played on the long-running CBS series, "The Dukes of Hazzard."

Last Update:  4/8/2005


Hello Nashville (1986)

Music written and produced by Gari Communications

This song was re-released in the spring of 1986, almost five years after it originally debuted on Channel 4.  Much of the video shows construction of the Nashville Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel.  The video features a worker who lights his cigar with a blowtorch. 

"Hello Nashville," featuring the voice of Florence Warner, is arguably the best known promotional campaign song in Nashville television history.  Gari Communications produced a number of localized "Hello" versions for TV markets across North America.

Last Update:  4/1/2005


We're 4 the Family (1986)

Music written and produced by 615 Music.

Clip and info provided by Randy Wachtler, President & CEO, 615 Music Companies.

 

This theme kicked off the long-running "4 the Family" campaign on WSMV.  Pam Tillis provides the lead vocal for this Emmy-winning promotional song.

Last Update:  4/13/2005


4 the Family (1987)

Music written and produced by Gari Communications.

 

Florence Warner sings in this 1987 campaign song, which was the second to use the "4 the Family" slogan.

Last Update:  4/13/2005


Channel 4's 40th Anniversary (1990)

Music written and produced by James Horner.

This truly world-class video is a 2-minute tribute to the history of Channel 4 from 1950-1990.  If you grew up watching television in the Channel 4 viewing area, this video will certainly bring back a lot of memories.

Last Update:  4/13/2005


Stand Up for Nashville (1991)

Music written and produced by Gari Communications

Similar versions of this Frank Gari tune, which is based on the "Turn To News" package and features the voice of Mr. Gari himself, were shown throughout the country.  This 1991 video is uniquely Nashville, though, and includes scenes throughout the city and, perhaps most importantly, Minnie Pearl's signature "Howdeeee!"

Except for this song (and the 1992 version, below), Gari's "Turn To News" package (sample 0:59, 123 KB) was never used on WSMV.

Last Update:  6/30/2005


Stand Up for Nashville (1992)

Music written and produced by Gari Communications

 

In the spring of 1992, this second version of "Stand Up for Nashville" appeared on Channel 4.  Although the background music is the same as in the 1991 video, the vocalist has a very different style.  Many agree that the 1991 version is considerably better than this one.

Last Update:  4/13/2005


The Diary (1992)

Music written and produced by Unknown.  Please e-mail us if you know.

 

Filmed entirely in black and white, this promotional video debuted on WSMV in December 1992 in conjunction with the new graphics, theme music, and set that first appeared on all newscasts on January 4, 1993.

Last Update:  4/1/2005


WTVF (5-CBS)


Holiday Promo (1970)

Channel 5 staff member Charlie DePriest spent many hours creating the cells to make this holiday promo.

Generations of viewers in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky will remember this spot, which is arguably the most widely known promo (holiday or otherwise) in Nashville television history.

Last Update:  1/9/2006


Friends You Can Turn To (1983)

Music written and produced by On The Spot Productions.

In the fall of 1983, Channel 5 began running a series of high-budget promotional videos entitled "Friends You Can Turn To."  This version features Chris Clark changing a tire for two ladies.  This video was shown once again during part of Channel 5's multi-week 50th anniversary celebration in August 2004 (hence the "bugs" on the bottom part of the clip).

According to Mr. Clark, this video took an entire day to film.  On the way back from lunch that day, he was running late, and he had to pass by a lady who had a real flat tire.

Note from Bob W.:  Although visitors who are too young to remember when these videos were new may think they are "cheesy," they were considered excellent at the time.  In fact, I still think the "Friends You Can Turn To" campaign was among the best ever in Nashville.

Last Update:  4/22/2005


Friends You Can Turn To (1984)

Music written and produced by On The Spot Productions.

 

Here is a later full version of "Friends You Can Turn To."  Featured are the weeknight "Eyewitness News" team:  Chris Clark (0:04), Ruth Ann Leach (0:13), Meterologist Ron Howes (0:27), and sports anchor Bill Swanbeck (0:41). 

Note that at the end of this video, the singer says "Channel 5," and not "TV 5" as in the example above.  This promo was also shown during the Channel 5 50th anniversary celebration.

Last Update:  4/22/2005


We Share the Spirit! (1986)

Music written and produced by Unknown.  Please e-mail us if you know.

The "We Share the Spirit" campaign debuted on April 14, 1986.  In addition to these new promotional spots, new graphics and music were introduced for the station's newscasts.  Featured in the full version of the video are anchors Chris Clark (0:20) and Ruth Ann Leach (0:29), Sports Director Hope Hines walking with Vanderbilt Football Coach Watson Brown (0:41), and Meteorologist Ron Howes (0:47). 

At the beginning of the video, a "Satellite 5" truck crosses the Shelby Avenue bridge, which closed to vehicle traffic in 1998 but is now used as a pedestrian bridge.  Towards the end of the video (0:48), a clip from a Muscular Dystrophy telethon was included.  For many years, Channel 5 carried the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethons.

Last Update:  4/8/2005


WZTV (17-Fox)

You're Always Home With Fox 17 (1999)

Music written and produced by Unknown.  Please e-mail us if you know.

 

The first of two (and possibly three) videos with the same tune that ran in 1999 and early 2000, this version features Fox 17 personalities Laura Faber (0:11), Ashley Webster (0:18, 0:26), Bryan May (0:20), Melissa Crowley (0:22), and Tim Ross (0:24).

Last Update:  4/13/2005


WUXP-TV (30-UPN)

We Are You (1999)

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This promotional spot ran during 1999 and early 2000.  To our knowledge, this was only the second musical promotional spot used on the station.

In the late '80s, when its call letters were WCAY-TV, Channel 30 used the catchy "Prime All The Time" song.  Please e-mail us if you know where we can obtain a copy.

Last Update:  4/1/2005