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1st (known) Logo
(1981-1985)
Gannett (1981-1985, KPNX)Gannett ID (1981, WXIA)Gannett ID (1983, WXIA)Gannett ID (1981, KBTV)
Nicknames: "Early Gannett Death Star", "Laser Death Star"

Logo: Against a black background, we see a multicolored wireframe globe zooming out. The globe turns blue, and an outline of a "G" rotates toward us and moves to the left as the globe becomes solid with the "G" cut out of the left side and wireframe lines cut across the "solid" part. The words "GANNETT" in its corporate font fade in below, and the logo turns white, flashes, and zooms out rapidly to make room for the station's logo. The words "AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER" (in white) also appear below the Gannett logo.

Variants: Depending on what the local station was, the local station identity appeared above the globe:
  • KPNX: The words "KPNX" and "TV" (in blue) are stacked vertically with "12" (in red) at its right, all of which are written in a large, blocky font. The words "Phoenix" and "Mesa" (in blue, much smaller, and in Gill Sans) are stacked vertically below "KPNX". The logo flashes.
  • WXIA: Similar to the KPNX variant, but with a red-and-blue "11" above the word "ALIVE", with "WXIA-TV ATLANTA" below that; all the text is italicized, and the logo flashes. A later variant has a 3D "11ALIVE" in red with the "11" being both red and blue and a star cut between the second "1" and the A appearing, flashing, and shimmering.
  • KBTV: Like the last two, the logo flashes and is colored red and blue; the "9" and "KBTV" calls are blue, while "DENVER" is in red.

FX/SFX: The rotation and "solidifing" of the globe; pretty neat effects for the time.

Music/Sounds:
A "creeping" synth tune, followed by a "whoosh" and a three note synth piano stinger.

Availability: Extinct.

Scare Factor: Low to medium, thanks to the music and graphics.


2nd Logo
(1985-1995)
Gannett (KVUE, 1989)Gannett (KVUE, 1993)Gannett (KOCO, 1988)Gannett (KOCO, 1990)Gannett (KOCO, 1994)Gannett (WTCN, 1985)Gannett (WUSA, 1985)Gannett (KARE, 1986)Gannett (KARE, 1987)Gannett ID (KARE, 1990)
Gannett (WFMY, 1989)Gannett (WXIA, 1986)Gannett (WXIA, 1990)Gannett (WLVI, 1984)Gannett (KPNX, 1992)
Gannett ID (KUSA, 1984)Gannett ID (KUSA, 1984, CC Variant)Gannett (KUSA, 1988)Gannet (KUSA, 1995)Gannett (WUSA, 1986)Gannett (WUSA, 1989)





Nicknames
: "Gannett Death Star", "The Evil Orb"

Logo: On a black background, a grey spherical like object emerges from the top-left of the screen. Many blue light streaks run across the object giving it the illusion of latitude and longitude lines of a globe. There is a red glow in the gap of the object. Once it centers itself to the middle of the screen, it is revealed to be a spherical "G". We zoom through the sphere as a grey dot with "GANNETT" in white zooms in. The dot turns into a white globe like shape with the latitude and longitude lines as a black "G" slides onto the globe. It then zooms to the bottom of the screen as "An Equal Opportunity Employer" appears below the globe.

Variants: Depending on what the local station was, the local station identity appeared above the globe.
  • WTCN: We see the top of a 3D "WTCN 11" with the "WTCN" in white and the "11" in blue appear from the top of the screen and flip to face the viewer as it goes above the globe, and it's all backed by a red/white/blue stripe. "Minneapolis/St. Paul" appears below the "WTCN".
  • KARE: "KARE 11" in blue appears from the top of the screen like a flipping 2D image above the globe. "Minneapolis/St. Paul" appears below the "KARE". (A similar version was used when it was WUSA.) A later version has the KARE logo coming in from the right as three rectangles (red white and blue) moved underneath as a platform; it animates on a blue/black background; small red/white/blue streaks occasionally pass by. From 1990 to 1992, a simple version, with "Minneapolis St. Paul" and the EOE message under the Gannett logo was used.
  • WXIA: A 3D "11ALIVE" in red with the "11" being both red and blue and a star cut between the second "1" and the A appears from the top of the screen above the globe. "WXIA-TV Atlanta" appeared below the "11 ALIVE". This usually played during the beginning of the news. A later version simply had the logo zooming out onto a gray background, then slide to the left; this would also play at the beginning of the news. When the short-lived 11News name was introduced in 1994, the Death Star was no longer used; instead a small Gannett logo and the EOE message were incorporated into an ident where Paul Turner says: "You're watching 11Alive, WXIA-TV, Atlanta's News Channel."
  • KVUE: Anangular, gold "24" with the call letters below zooms down over a blue background. A later version had the logo (the gold "24" and the letters "KVUE", which also look angular, with a blue line underneath) showing up on a purple background, then zooming down slightly as the "24" flips over and lands at the top, with "Austin" fading in; the logo then shines.
  • KUSA: The blue "9 K*USA-TV" logo zooms out, and a star flies underneath, creating a line as it passes. We also see "Denver" under the line. A variant occasionally appeared where the Gannett logo zoomed away, and the "9NEWS" logo zooms out along with "is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.", with a copyright for the NCI underneath that; a large "closed-captioning" symbol, silvery like the logo above, slides down out of the logo. A different version appeared before the news from 1988 to 1992; here the animation is on a blue background with slanted vertical lines taking up most of it; the Gannett logo moves down to the bottom right corner, then flips around and disappears. The "9NEWS" logo appears in the center, flies and turns to the right as the lines flip like blinds; the bottom portion of the "9" slides open to segue into the news. As that happens, the news theme, "It's All Right Here" by Frank Gari, plays while Ernie Anderson announces: "From KUSA in Denver, this is 9NEWS; number one in Colorado." Yet another version was used before news intros, from 1992 to 1994; this version was simply the unmodified logo, playing in reverse. From 1994-1995, the logo was not used, instead, a small Gannett logo and the EOE message was simply placed at the beginning of news opens.
  • KPNX: When the Gannett logo is done animating, the background changes to blue, as an orange-gold "12" flies from the side flipping into place, covering the logo, then "KPNX" flies in from the left and "PHOENIX-MESA" appears below that (this is incorrect; the station is licensed to Mesa and that city should be acknowledged first). Finally, the Gannett logo appears on the bottom-left. The end result is pushed to the left, as the station's news open (by Television By Design) starts.
  • KOCO: The first version of the logo resembled the WLVI variant. After that, another version was used that had a horizontal "5 Alive" logo in silver over a blue background with stripes. (A variant that was sped up was also used. Instead of the normal music, the station's news theme (by Frank Gari) started over the logo, which, in this instance, either lacked a voiceover or had one (from Ed O'Brien) that said: "Now from the station where you get more news...", which would then segue into the news.) Around 1994, another version came into use, supplanting the previous two. On a purple background, after the Gannett globe is done animating, it stops, and a curved 5 in a circle comes from the right, and the text "KOCO-TV Oklahoma City" appears. An announcer (Mike Lewis) says "This is KOCO-TV, Oklahoma City".
  • WLVI: The blue "56" (still in the Field Communications-era font) and "WLVI" in white simply flip down over a plain black background.
  • WUSA: Had a far different version in the late '80s animated by PDI (right after Gannett bought it; the "WUSA" callsign was moved over from what is now KARE). The station logo was displayed, in space, with the Gannett logo above it. We zoom up to the Gannett logo, which turns around and takes on the features of Washington, DC (including the Washington Monument, which served as a transition from the animation into the news). A version used after the WUSA callsigns were implemented but before the variant above (when the station was still using it's 1982 opens, with the "And You" theme), had the normal animation with a silver version of the WUSA logo zooming down on a purple-grey background.
  • WTLV: All it used was the Gannett logo zooming out slightly on a gray BG, as to take up nearly the entire screen, and the EOE message appeared as usual. No station logo appeared.
  • WFMY: The logo zooms out on a grey stone BG, and the logo (the call letters in a lowercase font and an abstract, "curvy" 2, with the text "Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem"), in a purple/white gradient box, zooms out with the Gannett logo; it would then fade into the news open.
  • One variant was used on a syndicated news program made for public TV stations (though it was aired on some Gannett stations), titled America Today; at the end, the unmodified logo plays, with a copyright notice below.


FX/SFX: The light streaks, the 3D "G", the grey dot, and the local station identity appearing. Very impressive CGI.

Music/Sounds: A warbly synth, followed by the 1st logo's music. Occasionally a warbling sound and a five note synth sounder would preface the warbly synth; this was only known to be used at KARE in the late-1980's. The America Today variant had some extended synth noises before the first logo's music, while a voiceover intones "This has been a presentation of the Gannett Broadcasting Group, in association with the Gannett Company, Inc." The KUSA "Closed-Captioned" variant had a VO stating that "9NEWS is closed-captioned for the hearing impared."

Availability
: See 2nd logo.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. The massive size of the "G", zooming and the synth tune won't set well for some viewers, but this is a favorite of many.


3rd Logo
(1995-2011)
Gannett (WUSA, 2007)Gannett ID (KUSA, 1995)Gannett (WUSA, 2000)Gannett (WXIA, 2008)
Nickname: "Metallic G Globe"

Logo: On a purple/black gradient background, a 3D rendition of the Gannett logo zooms up, turns 2-D, and zooms to the bottom-right hand corner of the screen. The station's logo appears at the top left. "An Equal Opportunity Employer" appears below the Gannett logo.

Variants: Every station that used this put their logo in it. Here is a list of them.
  • WUSA: The background resembles the station's Giant Octopus-created graphics that were used from 2006-2008. Before the Gannett logo appears, a giant version of the station's 9 logo flies to the left. The CBS eye separates "W" and "USA" in the station logo. Also, the Gannett logo goes to the bottom left and not the right. An older version exists with the purple/black background and an older version of the station's logo; here the Gannett logo goes to the bottom right.
  • WXIA: Cuts in in the midst of the animation; the station's "11 Alive" logo and the NBC peacock zoom up to the upper right corner, but not before a flash announces its arrival. The zooming logo also has a cheap looking glowing effect around it while zooming out. "An Equal Opportunity Employer" is absent from below the Gannett logo.
  • KUSA:The same as the 2nd logo, but instead of a star drawing the line, the logo slides in.

  • FX/SFX
    : The animation.

    Music/Sounds: Same as the extended or normal variants of the previous logo's music.

    Availability: See above.

    Scare Factor: Low to medium, due to the music.


    4th Logo
    (2005-2011)
    Gannett (KUSA, 2005)
    Nickname: "KUSA G Globe"

    Logo: On a radar background, an 3D version of the Gannett logo zooms out, the "Gannett" name zooms in, and zooms to the middle-left corner of the screen. The website URL www.gannett.com and "An Equal Opportunity Employer" appears below the logo and the station's logo appears at the middle-right.

    Variants: Stations that use this put their own logo on this. Another list is used for these stations:
    • KUSA: The 3rd logo animation, but the line is extended, and the NBC peacock is also seen. Sometimes, "TV/DT" replaces "TV".

    FX/SFX: The animation.

    Music/Sounds: The same as before.

    Availability: Extinct. As of now, it was only known to exist on Denver's KUSA; there were no other sightings (it resembles the graphics used by KUSA from 2004-2008, so it was likely created by the station's graphics department).

    Scare Factor: Minimal.


    5th Logo
    (2011-2013)

    WCSH ID (2011)Gannett (2011)


    Logo: On a white background, Gannett's 2011 corporate logo zooms in slightly, then shines with a wipe effect from left to right. Gannett's slogan, "It's all within reach," appears below with a similar wipe effect and shrinks, with ripples appearing shortly afterward.

    Variant: A variant used as the ID for WCSH in Portland has the station's logo on a white background, with the station's website wcsh6.com appearing below first, and then text reading "A GANNETT COMPANY" appears below the website.

    FX/SFX: The wiping and shrinking effects described above.

    Music/Sounds: A four-note sounder similar to that used in NBC's "The More You Know" public service announcements, with a computer sounder in the background similar to that used in the 1981 Gannett theme. The WCSH ID also contained the voiceover, "You're watching WCSH 6 Portland, a Gannett company."

    Availability: Extinct.

    Scare Factor: None.



    4th Logo
    (2013-)

    Gannett (2014)
    Logo: As glass panels pass by, the camera is close up and swings past the Gannett Logo. It then zooms out. The logo is on a sky blue/white gradient background. The Gannett slogan, "It's all within reach", appears below the logo.

    FX/SFX: Everything.

    Music/Sounds: A ethereal 6-note tune.

    Availability: Currently used, including on acquired ex-Belo and London Broadcasting stations.

    Scare Factor: None to Minimal.



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    WizardDuck WUSA 0 Apr 19 2008, 8:54 AM EDT by WizardDuck
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    Has anyone dug up the variant of the Death Star for WUSA (now known as KARE; they used those calls before Gannett bought WDVM in Washington).
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