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[The] CBS [Evening] News [and other CBS news shows] (prime-time network news and public affairs)

    (CBS Evenings, 1948 - Present)

    [aka: "Douglas Edwards With The News" (1948 - 1962); 
     aka: "CBS News with Walter Cronkite" (1962 - March 9, 1981);
     aka: "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" (March 9, 1981 - March 9, 2005);

     Although Edward R. Murrow and his producer Fred Friendly were
     responsible for creating the well-deserved CBS reputation for
     excellence in radio broadcast journalism, the Murrow years
     were in decline during the ascent of television -- which
     was not a particularly welcome development; Murrow did have
     his "high Murrow" series -- documentaries and "See It Now",
     and "low Murrow" series like the magazine "Person To Person",
     but did not embrace the daily reporting of news on the new
     medium; perhaps it was because TV news began more in the style
     of a motion picture newsreel with narration; Murrow was not 
     a narrator; but due to his untimely death from lung cancer,
     we will never know how he might have felt about TV news as
     it matured;

     Nightly news broadcasts on CBS-TV began with Douglas Edwards who
     actually did two live broadcasts -- one for the East Coast and 
     then repeated it three hours later for the West Coast (this was
     in the pre-videotape years when everything was live, and CBS News
     producer Don Hewitt revealed in his memoir that he and Edwards
     often went to bars and even strip clubs between shows); In April
     of 1962 Edwards retired and Walter Cronkite began his legendary
     run which led to him being called "avuncular" (like an uncle),
     and "Uncle Walter" and "the most trusted man in America"; 

     On March 9, 1981 Walter Cronkite was retired by corporate policy 
     when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 65; a few weeks
     later, when he paid an unannounced visit to the network studio
     he said he detected an attitude that he was no longer welcome;
     
     By then, the anchor desk had been handed over to Dan Rather a
     long-time CBS correspondent originally from Texas who put in
     many years as a White-house correspondent and 60 Minutes
     magazine reporter; Rather has a liberal reputation because
     he publically challenged Republican presidents Nixon and 
     George Bush, Sr.; Although Rather also was not too easy on
     Democratic President Lyndon Johnson during the Vietnam War
     era, reporting the battleground casualties and the toll it
     took in young American lives night after night.
     
     Then there was the odd episode when Rather was apparently
     mugged in New York City by a pair of thugs who asked him
    "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" leading to rumours that he
     was mentally unbalanced; in his defense, he has said "Well,
     those were the words they used, and I was merely reporting
     them to the police; I don't know who the muggers were..."
     
     Rather's tenure ended following a controversy over a CBS report
     unflattering to President Bush during the 2004 presidential
     campaign -- a report later shown to be unsubstantiated. It
     was said the timing of Rather's retirement announcement was 
     not related. But on March 9, 2005, Rather anchored his final
     Evening News broadcast -- 24 years to the day when he began
     sitting in the anchor chair; Bob Schiefer began a temporary
     period as anchor until a final replacement is announced.
     
     For "CBS Reports", (a news documentary series, circa 1959),
     see the individual page for that series... ]


Theme 1 (1949 - 1952, for "CBS Television News, with Douglas Edwards"): In My Merry Oldsmobile

     Contributor Mark L. Johnson writes he viewed episodes preserved
     on DVD from 4/7/1949 and 5/26/1952 in which the program opening
     was an animated film featuring cars of the sponsor Oldsmobile;
     and this old standard song, used as the Oldsmobile Jingle on
     radio and TV, was sung in a march arrangement just before Douglas
     Edwards began his broadcast at his desk on a "cheesy, apparently 
     home-made set..." Contributor Mark seems to remember this animated 
     film was also was used for the Sam Levinson show which had the same 
     sponsor. On Douglas Edwards and the News, a rocket ship blasts off
     on film with a couple riding the rocket (symbolizing the power of
     the Oldsmobile), while the film for Levinson had the comedian himself
     in a cartoon caricature riding the rocket into space...
     
     Composers: music by Gus Edwards (ASCAP), with
                lyric by Vincent P. Bryan (ASCAP)
                        [professional name of Vincent Patrick Bryan]

     1978 Publisher: [in the Public Domain]
     2000 Publisher: [currently in the Public Domain]
     
     Composition Date: 1905

     Copyright Date: 1905, by M. Witmark and Sons.
     Renewal   Date: 1933

     Recordings:


Theme 2 (1953 - 1962, for "Douglas Edwards with the News"): [under investigation]

     Composer: *under investigation*

     1978 Publisher:
     2000 Publisher:

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Sounder 3 (for "CBS News with Walter Cronkite", 1962 - 1981): [Teletype sound effect]

Theme: [a teletype sound effect was used behind the 
        opening announcement -- there was no music theme]
     Composer: *No composer--sound fx only*

     1978 Publisher:
     2000 Publisher:

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Theme 4 (for "CBS News with Dan Rather", 1981 - 1986): "CBS Evening News Theme"

     Composers: Walter ("Walt") Levinsky (ASCAP), and
                Elliot J. Schrager (BMI) 

     1978 Publishers: April Music, Inc. (ASCAP), and
                      Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)

     2001 Publishers: Aspenfair Music, Inc./Special Account (ASCAP)
                         c/o CBS Music Operations
                         of New York, NY; and
                      EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
                         c/o EMI Music Publishing
                         of New York, NY

     Copyright Date:
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Theme 5 (for "CBS News Special Report", circa 1981):
                         "CBS News Special Report (Theme) (Op/Cl)"

    [this is probably derived from the "CBS Evening News Theme"
     above, by Levinsky and Schrager]

     Composers: Walter ("Walt") Levinsky (ASCAP), and
                Elliot J. Schrager (BMI) 

     1978 Publishers: April Music, Inc. (ASCAP), and
                      Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)

     2001 Publishers: Aspenfair Music, Inc./Special Account (ASCAP)
                         c/o CBS Music Operations
                         of New York, NY; and
                      EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
                         c/o EMI Music Publishing
                         of New York, NY

     Copyright Date:
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Theme 6 (for "CBS News Nightwatch", 1982 - 1991): CBS News Nightwatch (Opening/Closing Theme)"

    [this is probably derived from the "CBS Evening News Theme"
     above, by Levinsky and Schrager]

     Composers: Walter ("Walt") Levinsky (ASCAP),
                Elliot J. Schrager (BMI),
                Natalie Corkle Levinsky (BMI), and
                Dorothy D. Krantz (BMI)             

     1978 Publishers: April Music, Inc. (ASCAP), and
                      Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)

     2001 Publishers: Aspenfair Music, Inc./Special Account (ASCAP)
                         c/o CBS Music Operations
                         of New York, NY; and
                      EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
                         c/o EMI Music Publishing
                         of New York, NY

     Copyright Date:
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Theme 7 (for "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather"): "C B S Evening News Logo"

     Composer: Robert ("Bob") Sakayama (ASCAP)      

     2001 Publisher: TNG/Earthling, Inc. (ASCAP)
                        (Earthling Music Division) 
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date:
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Theme 8 (for "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather", 1987): "C B S News Theme"

    [above was title as filed for copyright; the 
     ASCAP database title was:   "CBS News Theme";
     alternate ASCAP title:      "CBS Evening News Theme";
     primary BMI database title: "CBS Evening News Theme";
     and an alternate BMI title: "Theme for CBS Evening News"]

     Composers: John P. Trivers (ASCAP/BMI),
                Alan James Pasqua (BMI), and
                Elizabeth T. Myers (ASCAP/BMI)       

     2001 Publishers: Aspenfair Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
                         c/o CBS Music Operations
                         of New York, NY; and
                      Beverlyfax Music, Inc. (BMI)
                         c/o CBS Music Operations
                         of New York, NY

     Copyright Date: Dec. 16, 1987; PAu-1-040-253.
        [composers last names only were on the copyright filing]
     Renewal   Date:

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Theme 9 (for "CBS This Morning", 1979 - 1982): "This Morning (Theme)"

    [above is the title as listed in the ASCAP 2001 database; 
     ASCAP title variations:
     aka: "This Morning (CBS) Theme";

     this morning show was hosted by Bob Schieffer the first
     season and Charles Kurault after that; it was a temporary
     excursion in the time slot for the CBS Morning News, into
     more feature-oriented format which Kurault would perfect
     on his CBS "Sunday Morning" show]

     Composer: Carly Simon (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Aspenfair Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
                        c/o CBS, Inc.
                        of New York, NY; and
                     C'Est Music (ASCAP)
                        c/o Universal-Polygram International 
                        a div. of Universal Music Publishing Group
                        at Universal Studios,
                        of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date:
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Theme 10 (for "CBS Morning News", circa 1987): "CBS Morning News Theme"

    [above was title in the BMI database; not in ASCAP database;
     it is probable that this is derived from the
     "C B S News Theme" above]

     Composers: John P. Trivers (ASCAP/BMI),
                Alan James Pasqua (BMI), and
                Elizabeth T. Myers (ASCAP/BMI)       

     2001 Publishers: Aspenfair Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
                         c/o CBS Music Operations
                         of New York, NY; and
                      Beverlyfax Music, Inc. (BMI)
                         c/o CBS Music Operations
                         of New York, NY

     Copyright Date:
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Theme 11 (for "CBS Evening News", circa 1991): "CBS Evening News Theme 1991"

    [above was title in the BMI database;
     ASCAP alternate title was: "CBS Evening News Theme";
     alternate ASCAP Titles: "CBS News Theme";
     aka: "Evening News Theme (CBS)";

     It is probable that this is an expanded version of the
     "C B S News Theme" above adapted by a company which
     works mostly in the Jingle business, formerly called
     "AdMusic", now known as "Patterson, Walz & Fox Music"
     of Los Angeles]

     Composers: John P. Trivers (ASCAP/BMI),
                Alan James Pasqua (BMI), 
                Elizabeth T. Myers (ASCAP/BMI),
                Richard Edward ("Rick") Patterson (BMI),
                Ronald Joseph ("Ron") Walz (BMI), and
                Neal Fox (BMI)

     2001 Publishers: Aspenfair Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
                         c/o CBS Music Operations
                         of New York, NY; and
                      Beverlyfax Music, Inc. (BMI)
                         c/o CBS Music Operations
                         of New York, NY

     Copyright Date:
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