WPIX-TV New York's Yule Log Celebrates 40 Years

WPIX to Air Holiday Special Detailing History of the Yule Log Plus

Digitally Re-Mastered Soundtrack



Nov 28, 2006, 00:00 ET from WPIX-TV

    NEW YORK, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of the Yule Log's 40th
 anniversary this year, The CW11/WPIX-TV New York will air "The WPIX Yule
 Log: A Log's Life," a 60-minute holiday special detailing the history of
 the Yule Log, the famous film loop of a burning log in a hearth that has
 mesmerized viewers since it first premiered on WPIX-TV in 1966. In
 addition, WPIX has digitally re-mastered the Yule Log's 3-hour music
 soundtrack.
     The Yule Log has always served as a holiday card to WPIX viewers, and
 this year it will be paired with "The WPIX Yule Log: A Log's Life." The
 historical special, produced by WPIX, traces the history of the Log,
 including the first filming at Gracie Mansion in 1966. "A Log's Life" also
 contains interviews with Mitch Thrower, the son of the Log's creator Fred
 Thrower; Ellen Stern, author of Gracie Mansion: A Celebration of New York
 City's Mayoral Residence; Thomas Vinciguerra, the New York Times
 contributor who has extensively researched the Log; Joe Malzone, the
 creator of the fan site www.theyulelog.com , and a special holiday message
 from his Eminence, Cardinal Egan.
     "The WPIX Yule Log: A Log's Life" special will air:
 
     * Saturday, 12/23, 7pm-8pm
     * Sunday, 12/24, 3pm-4pm and 1:30am-2:30am
     * Monday, 12/25, 12noon-1pm (following the Yule Log from 9am-12noon)
     As a result of its many years of broadcast on TV, the quality of the
 video and audio of the Yule Log had begun to degrade so WPIX decided to
 restore the Yule Log. In 2001, the original 35mm Yule Log film was found in
 the station's New Jersey archives where it was misfiled in a "Honeymooners"
 film can titled "A Dog's Life" (hence the title of the anniversary special,
 "A Log's Life"). At that time, the original film was color corrected and
 cleaned of scratches. In 2003, the log was up-converted to High Definition
 and WPIX now airs a simultaneous HDTV Yule Log on WPIX-DT. In 2005 WPIX
 made the Yule Log available to viewers as a downloadable podcast.
     In 2006, Lawrence "Chip" Arcuri and Joe Malzone, creator of
 theyulelog.com, restored the audio of the Yule Log for WPIX, a process that
 took several months. The restoration involved extensive research to
 correctly establish the original sequence of the music tracks. This also
 required the digital remastering of a number of songs to be pulled from
 their original vinyl records, since many of the songs in the Yule Log have
 never been released on CD (out of 70 selections on the program, 34 are
 currently out-of-print, and of that 34, 12 have never been in print on CD).
 In addition, a vast amount of production work was required to exactly
 duplicate the timing and pace of the original program.
     With the Log now digitally re-mastered, the Yule Log has been fully
 restored in time to celebrate its 40th birthday.
     The Yule Log can be seen on WPIX and WPIX-DT (Monday 12/25 from
 9am-12noon) and is also available as a downloadable podcast and via flash
 video on www.cw11.com .
     ABOUT THE CW11
     New York's CW11 (WPIX-TV Channel 11), is the flagship station of The CW
 Television Network. Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a
 division of the Tribune Company, WPIX has long been regarded as a
 groundbreaking station in New York. In September 2006, WPIX became The
 CW11, and its successful Network programming, award winning news, extensive
 library of hit movies, first-run programs, off-network sitcom favorites,
 children's programming and public affairs shows, as well as outstanding
 event coverage, have contributed to the station's success. The CW11 has
 earned over 150 Emmy Awards, including two Emmy Awards for Outstanding
 Morning News Program (The WB11 Morning News) and multiple Emmy Awards for
 Outstanding Newscast (The WB11 News at Ten). The station has been honored
 with numerous other awards for excellence in reporting, news coverage,
 public affairs, specials and features. In addition, The CW11 has been the
 official broadcast home of the New York Mets since 1999. www.cw11.com
     CONTACT: Jessica Bellucci,
               212-210-2626
               jbellucci@tribune.com
 
 

SOURCE WPIX-TV
    NEW YORK, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of the Yule Log's 40th
 anniversary this year, The CW11/WPIX-TV New York will air "The WPIX Yule
 Log: A Log's Life," a 60-minute holiday special detailing the history of
 the Yule Log, the famous film loop of a burning log in a hearth that has
 mesmerized viewers since it first premiered on WPIX-TV in 1966. In
 addition, WPIX has digitally re-mastered the Yule Log's 3-hour music
 soundtrack.
     The Yule Log has always served as a holiday card to WPIX viewers, and
 this year it will be paired with "The WPIX Yule Log: A Log's Life." The
 historical special, produced by WPIX, traces the history of the Log,
 including the first filming at Gracie Mansion in 1966. "A Log's Life" also
 contains interviews with Mitch Thrower, the son of the Log's creator Fred
 Thrower; Ellen Stern, author of Gracie Mansion: A Celebration of New York
 City's Mayoral Residence; Thomas Vinciguerra, the New York Times
 contributor who has extensively researched the Log; Joe Malzone, the
 creator of the fan site www.theyulelog.com , and a special holiday message
 from his Eminence, Cardinal Egan.
     "The WPIX Yule Log: A Log's Life" special will air:
 
     * Saturday, 12/23, 7pm-8pm
     * Sunday, 12/24, 3pm-4pm and 1:30am-2:30am
     * Monday, 12/25, 12noon-1pm (following the Yule Log from 9am-12noon)
     As a result of its many years of broadcast on TV, the quality of the
 video and audio of the Yule Log had begun to degrade so WPIX decided to
 restore the Yule Log. In 2001, the original 35mm Yule Log film was found in
 the station's New Jersey archives where it was misfiled in a "Honeymooners"
 film can titled "A Dog's Life" (hence the title of the anniversary special,
 "A Log's Life"). At that time, the original film was color corrected and
 cleaned of scratches. In 2003, the log was up-converted to High Definition
 and WPIX now airs a simultaneous HDTV Yule Log on WPIX-DT. In 2005 WPIX
 made the Yule Log available to viewers as a downloadable podcast.
     In 2006, Lawrence "Chip" Arcuri and Joe Malzone, creator of
 theyulelog.com, restored the audio of the Yule Log for WPIX, a process that
 took several months. The restoration involved extensive research to
 correctly establish the original sequence of the music tracks. This also
 required the digital remastering of a number of songs to be pulled from
 their original vinyl records, since many of the songs in the Yule Log have
 never been released on CD (out of 70 selections on the program, 34 are
 currently out-of-print, and of that 34, 12 have never been in print on CD).
 In addition, a vast amount of production work was required to exactly
 duplicate the timing and pace of the original program.
     With the Log now digitally re-mastered, the Yule Log has been fully
 restored in time to celebrate its 40th birthday.
     The Yule Log can be seen on WPIX and WPIX-DT (Monday 12/25 from
 9am-12noon) and is also available as a downloadable podcast and via flash
 video on www.cw11.com .
     ABOUT THE CW11
     New York's CW11 (WPIX-TV Channel 11), is the flagship station of The CW
 Television Network. Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a
 division of the Tribune Company, WPIX has long been regarded as a
 groundbreaking station in New York. In September 2006, WPIX became The
 CW11, and its successful Network programming, award winning news, extensive
 library of hit movies, first-run programs, off-network sitcom favorites,
 children's programming and public affairs shows, as well as outstanding
 event coverage, have contributed to the station's success. The CW11 has
 earned over 150 Emmy Awards, including two Emmy Awards for Outstanding
 Morning News Program (The WB11 Morning News) and multiple Emmy Awards for
 Outstanding Newscast (The WB11 News at Ten). The station has been honored
 with numerous other awards for excellence in reporting, news coverage,
 public affairs, specials and features. In addition, The CW11 has been the
 official broadcast home of the New York Mets since 1999. www.cw11.com
     CONTACT: Jessica Bellucci,
               212-210-2626
               jbellucci@tribune.com
 
 SOURCE WPIX-TV