AM America was the direct predecessor to Good Morning America. Bill Beutel and Stephanie Edwards hosted the show from New York. The news was read by Peter Jennings in Washington. AM America lasted for only a short time (nine months) and was plagued by failure from the very beginning. Original host Bob Kennedy died in the months preceding the debut. And both Beutel and Edwards left the show just months after its debut. In any case, it had a colorful set and colorful graphics with a distinct 70’s disco feel to them. The theme, anything but disco, was commissioned by ABC in 1974 and composed by William Goldstein.
Network News Music is a website by Victor Vlam, who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of news music. 1,876 hours, 2 minutes and 52 seconds. News music is rarely heard without voice-overs or fade outs to commercial, yet it leaves an impact on many people. Founded in 2002, this site is a museum for TV news themes past and present.
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