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Background: Connecticut Public Television is the statewide PBS affiliate which serves Connecticut via its stations WEDH Hartford (its flagship station), WEDW Bridgeport, WEDN Norwich, and WEDY New Haven.

1st Logo
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: "Blue Circle"

Logo: On a black background, a blue rectangle appearsand grows on the screen as it begins to spin outward, trailing as does so, at one point getting really close to the screen. As it continues to spin counterclockwise, it begins to form a circle around it, which draws in from two opposite ends. Once the line is in the vertical position and the circle is fully formed, it stops spinning and the trail disappears. The result is a blue circle with a line going down the middle. aereby forming the "CP" part of the logo. Then the "CP" moves to the left as the words "Connecticut Public Broadcasting" in white and stocked on top of each other slide in from the right, as if bumping the blue "CP". As that happens, a blue dot appears within the "CP" to form the "T" to form "CPT". When all the moving stops, the word "Connecticut" then flashes brightly.

FX/SFX: The rectangle forming the CP, the words sliding in, the dot appearing in the CP, the word "Connecticut" flashing.

Music/Sounds: A downward-arpeggio keyboard and bongo combo as the CP logo forms and the words slide in, and a final piano note for the "Connecticut" flash.

Availability: Rare. Seen on the whatever programs it had at the time, most notably, In Performance.

Scare Factor: Low to medium, the trailing rectangle might catch some off-guard, but the jingle's nice.

2nd Logo

Nickname: "The Neon Circle"

Logo: On a faded dark blue background, we see a large metal circle with a vertical line going down the
middle. The bottom right part of the circle is barely
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disconnected from the line, and a dot is in the inside of the circle on the top left side. The words:

Public Television

are shown below in a rounded font. The circle appears to be made out of neon-colored steel, while the text appears to be made out of light, thin metal. However, only the circle is viewed from an upward angle.


Music/Sounds:A dreamy, new age-style synth note.

Availability: Extremely rare. It can be seen at the start of the 1984 documentary Black Magic.

Scare Factor: TBA

3rd Logo
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Nicknames: "The Bronze Circle", "The Sparkling Circle"

Logo: We see the same circle from before on a black background, but colored bronze.

Public Television

in the font you see here are shown below. Both the circle and text appear to be made out of bronze, and are viewed from a slight upward angle. Then, the circle sparkles a little bit.

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor
: The circle sparkling.

Music/Sounds: Same as before, only abridged.

Availability: Extremely rare. Check to see if your local PBS affiliate has old tapes of CPTV-produced shows. One possible source is to check old VHS tapes of Scientific American Frontiers from the Woodie Flowers era (and it's possible an early Barney & Friends pilot may have this logo as well).

Scare Factor: Low to medium, due to the dark background.

4th Logo

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: "The Silver Circle", "The Shimmering Circle"

Logo: Against a dark gray background, we see the same circle from the previous logo, only made out of silver and viewed at a straight angle with a bit of a drop shadow. The words "Connecticut Public Television" (also in silver) in a
Times New Roman font are shown below, which are similar to the previous logo, and are also viewed at a straight angle. The circle shines a bit as a spotlight shines upon the whole thing.

The logo animates superimposed on episodes of Scientific American Frontiers.

: The circle shining, the spotlight.

Music/Sounds: A different dreamy, new age-style synth note.

Availability: Rare. It's seen on episodes of Barney & Friends and Scientific American Frontiers (the Woodie Flowers era) of this era. The Lyons Group released a series of Barney & Friends episodes of the era onto videocassette, so if you have any from the era, check them. One example is Barney's Birthday.

Scare Factor: Minimal to low. It's a tame logo, but the next one is a different story...

5th Logo
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: "The Exploding Dot", "The Floating, Multicolored, Stylized C's", "Glass Dots", "The Stylized C-Dot", "The C-Dot", "The Dot of Doom"

Logo: On a moving dark cloudy background, we see many multicolored stylized "C"s and glass dots merging into each other. Once the "C"s and dots merge, "CONNECTICUT PUBLIC TELEVISION" in a pale blue italicized font appears to the right of the "C". The "C" and the dot turn red and the dot does this light streak explosion-like effect.

  • The logo animates superimposed on episodes of Scientific American Frontiers from this era, when Alan Alda hosted.
  • This logo exists as a station ID. The animation would play slower than usual, and when the "C"s would come together, the logo would then shine in multiple colors before the explosion. Also the channel names are below the logo in the same font as "Connecticut Public Television".

FX/SFX: The CGI, the "explosion".

Cheesy Factor: The explosion is quite cheesy.

Music/Sounds: A three note dreamy synth tune with a "ding" at the end. On the station ID, the music is extended to have the same synth notes repeat in a higher key, then the ding sound is held out longer to include a news-like theme at the end.

Availability: Common. Seen on Barney & Friends and Scientific American Frontiers episodes of the era. The digital channel PBS World has shown a few re-runs of SAF from time to time that feature the superimposed variant, so it is believed that the regular variant would be intact, too. It's also intact on reruns of Angelina Ballerina on PBS Kids Sprout. As for the station ID, it's extinct. Check your old tapes for this logo.

Scare Factor:
Medium to high. The dark background, and the cheesy "explosion" can scare some. The scare factor is slightly lower for those who are used to seeing it.

6th Logo
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Nicknames: "CPTV", "The Characters", "Be More", "The Stylized C-Dot II", "The C-Dot II"

Logo: On a multicolored background, we see a stylized "C" with the dot which is seen in the 4th logo, and is close up where we see several characters and celebrities (Barney, Angelina Ballerina, etc.) chroma-keyed in the "C". The "C", with the dot, pans out as the characters disappear and both the "C" and dot are red. The text "CPTV" (acronym for Connecticut Public Television) appears next to it in a similar font for the text in the 4th logo. Then a line is drawn and "CONNECTICUT" is seen above the line.

FX/SFX: The animation in the logo.

Music/Sounds: Three crystal notes, followed by a 4-note synth fanfare.

Availability: Common. It's seen on The Saddle Club when aired on PBS's affiliates. Otherwise, it's seen on 2004-2008 episodes of Barney & Friends, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, 2004-2007 episodes of Thomas & Friends and Scientific American Frontiers on PBS World.

Scare Factor: None to low. The characters coming up with little warning may scare you for the first time, but other than that, it's pretty boring.

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