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WTVJ/Miami - 1975 - 1st Live Shot (Ralph Renick - Bob Mayer)

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Published on May 25, 2007

They call it 'Breaking News' today, but on November 20, 1975 this was a first - breaking into regular programming for a 'LIVE' field report. WTVJ was the only station in South Florida at the time with live capability. The station had sent reporter Bob Mayer to cover a speech by Ronald Reagan, who had just announced he would challenge Gerald Ford for the GOP Presidential nomination in 1976. But WTVJ didn't send a photographer. When it appeared an attempt had been made on Reagan's life, the station sent its 'Live-Eye' van to the scene to meet Mayer, two hours after the podium had been removed. It was all over but the 'Live' report! Watch here as legendary anchor Ralph Renick breaks in and throws to Bob Mayer for the station's first live field report.

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