TV news pioneer Al Primo responsible for local news format

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(WTNH) — Al Primo is a pioneer in television news. He’s largely responsible for the format of local news. News anchors, a weather person, and sports, all of which he’s been, and then interaction with reporters in the field and their interaction with the desk. He’s the creator of “Eyewitness News,” the beat system we now know.

When Primo started in the business there weren’t any woman on the air, just men. He changed that when he got to Philadelphia.

“Television was all male, only men, and Philadelphia had a wonderful woman by the name of Marcia Rose, and Tom Snyder was the first anchor man that I ever hired, and I brought him to Philadelphia,” said Primo. “Marcia Rose kind was kind of in the public affairs department. She had great community contacts. She was very attractive. She was very well spoken. She could communicate, and she had enough of an ego that she could work with a Tom Snyder and not be devoured by Tom Snyder, he did have quite the ego, so we put her on as really the first, one of the first female anchors in America and she’s still there.”

This interview is a walk down television’s memory lane from the 1950’s all the way to now. He thanks his family for what he was able to do all those years away from home.More Italian in Connecticut:

Primo Family Recipe for Chicken

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 sweet Italian sausage links
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh tomatoes
  • 1 cup green peppers
  • 1 cup vinegar
  1. Place garlic cloves in frying pan to brown. Add chicken breasts and sausage links.
  2. Add cup of green peppers and saute. Add basil leaves.
  3. Return the chicken to the frying pan. Add the sausage slices.
  4. Add vinegar and tomatoes.
  5. Saute until all the ingredients come together for serving.

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