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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

3/4 U-Matic Video Tape

Identifier:
2019.48.5
Description:
The 3/4 U-Matic is a type of video cassette from the 1970s. When it and its related equipment proved to be too expensive for commercial use, it was marketed towards industrial, professional, and educational use. It became popular with broadcast television networks. This particular cassette was used by WZZM 13 and featured anchor Lee Van Ameyde. It is marked Lee V.-5 (40-214) and contains the following recordings:

"Parking-City 11-20-78 1:31"
"City Population 11-20-78 1:08"
"Piggie Follow it 11-21-78 1:34"
"School Features LUA 11-22-78 1:28"
"GR Snow Walks 11-28-78 1:28"
"Assesors on HeadLPE 11-29 1:28"
"Power outs- G.R. VO 12/2 :25"
"CETA Problems 12-4 1:39"
"CETA II 12-5-78 1:18:
"Dunkers 12-11-78 1:18"
"Phone Monitoring 12-13-78 2:15"
"Fire Station V/O File :30"
"Acorn Prot. 12-19-78 1:40"
"X-Country Skis 1-2-79"
"WX Sat 1-13 :54"
"Abandoned Cars 1-15-79 1:33"
"STD Out Tag to Above"
"Grand Rapids Transit 1-16-79"
"DPW Snow 1-16-79 :59"
"Grand Rapids Snow Problems 1-17-79 1:58"
"Abandoned Cars 1-18-79 1:33"
"WX Roll 1-21"
"Odd Even Problems 1-22-79 1:41"

 
Date:
1978 – 1979
Materials:
Plastic
Dimensions:
10"" h 7"" w 1.5"" d
Makers/Donors
Jan Van Ameyde

Lee Van Ameyde
Lee Van Ameyde was an anchor for WZZM 13 News. Van Ameyde started working at WZZM in 1977. He was with the station for 39 years; 37 of which was spent as a news anchor. His awards for his work included induction into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Edward R. Murrow Award for best investigative reporting, an Emmy Award for crime reporting, and an Emmy award for politics and government reporting. He was also involved in various charitable organizations, benefiting groups ranging from cancer patients to Vietnam War veterans. 

Link to obituary: https://www.metcalfandjonkhoff.com/notices/Lee-VanAmeyde 


WZZM TV 13