Polka music to end a newscast. Weird. What’s the story behind it? Since the beginning World News Now plays random pieces of music leading into the weather. One day they played some polka music and anchor Lisa McRee commented on it, saying that she hated it. Offended viewers wrote in their complaints. As compensation, World News Now asked Barry Mitchell to come on the show and perform a polka. He said he was not only willing to play a polka, but also compose one just for World News Now. The World News Polka was born and you could say that it was an overnight hit! The Polka still airs every last show before the weekend, while the full credits are shown. Over the years there have been many versions of the World News Polka — including one sung by an Elvis-impersonator. These days the polka is often played by a guest artist. Below you will find a couple of the most recognizable versions.
Barry Mitchell – World News Polka (1995)
Barry Mitchell – World News Polka (1999)
After some changes at ABC News, like the departure of Ted Koppel, some lyrics had to be changed. Here’s a later version of the polka.