I found this ol aircheck of WGBH on YouTube from March of 1987 (the month and year I was born!)
The visual look for NOVA promos of a squeezed screen against a NOVA logo and the episode of interest had apparently been introduced in the 1986-1987 season, with a plain backdrop, more plainer than seen below.
That reason may be because the open dated from the start of the 80s and and the CGI open designed from NY Institute of Tech wasn’t really flexible other than the open
In the 1988-1989 season, did the Big-Bang looking purple aura became NOVA open and as seen below, a still of that was used in promos for a number of years well into the mid 1990s (I posted this one!)
In 1987 – five years before – WCBS-TV was looking like a standard big market newscast for it’s time. Captured the week after Black Monday’s stock market crash; this is when kids the “local news” was on for either an hour or two hours (for the five o’clock news.) In 1988, Channel 2 was the first New York station to roll back the network newscast to start at 6:30, WABC-TV second and WNBC-TV was the last by 1991 (and this apparently hurt their ratings.)
Anyways I was 7 months old and kinda interesting that parts of the New York Stock Exchange looked pretty much the same for nearly a decade before flat panel monitors were installed and the logo changed in the year 2000. Channel 2 News went through a bunch of changes as the 80s came to a close.
at the end, Bree Walker teases the 11:00 news, in a newsroom that predated the multi fake monitor setup; and the theme heard was the infamous Palmer News Package.
Rebuilding Local Media with building bricks and minifigures as the subjects. Also the King of Simulating Live events in Post Production™.