This is the teletype theme that was for World News Tonight in its early days. In 1980 World News Tonight stopped using this theme as its main theme, but they used it until 1996 as bumper to commercials and for News Briefs. It’s the first electronic news theme on network television. Electronic music became popular in part thanks to Moog Music, which released the first relatively affordable synthesizer in 1970. Before that time, most music was played by live instruments. 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 such as Password and Concentration. When ABC was looking for something different in 1978, 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.
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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