“World News Tonight” 1978 – 1991 Theme


This is the teletype theme that was used at ABC News for various programs: Nightline, 20/20 and most famously, World News Tonight. In 1979 World News Tonight stopped using this theme as its main theme, but ABC used it until about 1996 for News Briefs. It’s the first electronic news theme. Electronic music became popular in part thanks to the Moog Music, which released the first relatively affordable synthesizer in 1970. Before that time, most music was played by live instruments. Score Productions’ Edd Kalehoff used the Moog Synthesizer for The Price Is Right theme which is still on the air today. They also used it for a number of other game show themes from that era. When ABC was looking for something different, Score Productions offered them a Moog-produced news theme. Though it did not stick around as long as the The Price Is Right theme, it certainly is an incredibly memorable theme.

Score Productions - World News Tonight theme

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