In The News

In The News

If you watched television on Saturday mornings in the 70s and early 80s, you probably recall the networks doing their best to sneak in a little educational material between Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo. Running from 1971 until 1986, In the News enjoyed a respectable fifteen-year run and made us all a little smarter along the way.

When it came to our Saturday morning education, ABC chose to teach us about grammar and government, thanks to enormously popular Schoolhouse Rock. Not to be outdone, CBS turned to veteran news anchorman Christopher Glen to pass along various current events and human interest stories via In The News. Producers were careful to select stories that would be interesting to kids, without showing anything that they might find disturbing. The topics ranged anywhere from the 70s gas crisis to up-and-coming Olympic hopefuls.

Christopher Glenn, who sadly passed away in 2006, had a wonderful talent for communicating often complex news stories in a way that a kid of most any age could comprehend, without dumbing down the story, nor boring young viewers to tears. Most importantly, the information seeped into our cartoon-addled brains without us ever realizing that we had been stealthily educated between segments of Tarzan and Far Out Space Nuts.

In The News made a brief comeback during the 1997 season, with three new segments airing each week hosted by news anchor Dan Raviv. Sadly, the celebrated return was short-lived, with the revival lasting for only that year. Meanwhile, there are millions of former 70s and 80s kids out there that can remember the distinctive electronic sound that indicated that In the News was about to start, and sticking around even if it meant having to put cartoons on hold for a few minutes.

If you happen to remember watching In the News during the Saturday mornings of your youth, share your memories with us as we tip our hats to these informative segments and their memorable host, here at Retroland.

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  1. HardyGirl66 says:

    I loved In The News. I can’t remember what it was about, but in one segment, Josie and Alan (from Josie & The Pussycats) narrated a segment. I thought that was really cool, and hoped they would have other cartoon characters narrate as well, but I never heard any. But Christopher Glenn had a very distinct voice, and you knew even if you tuned in late, you were watching In The News. RIP Christopher.

  2. Zoetrope11384EB says:

    I do vividly remember the In The News segments on CBS’s Saturday Morning Cartoon lineup. For a short time, Christopher Glenn hosted a shorter version of 60 minutes called 30 minutes. By the way, the year of Christopher Glenn’s Death was in 2006, not 1986.

  3. Eric says:

    Thank you for pointing out my error, which I’ve now corrected in the post. My apologies.

  4. NostalgiaTV says:

    A nice little piece of educational time filler on CBS TV’s

    saturday mornings of the past.

    Thanks for these kids tv news bumpers..Mr.Glenn

  5. Jennifer harris says:

    I remember In The News. The theme song gave me the creeps.

  6. Wow, I certainly do remember the In the News segments on CBS! I watched them every Saturday morning, and I also remember sending in a handwritten essay about the dangers of smoking when I was maybe 9 years old and in 4th grade (around 1974 or 1975, depending on what month it was). The In the News folks requested that children send in these particular essays, and not long after, a few of them were chosen to be read on air. I still remember my mom receiving the call from one of the CBS producers, saying my essay was one that an excerpt would be taken from, and when the segment aired that next Saturday, I was so excited to see my little handwritten letter on the TV screen! I sure wish there was some way I could see that segment now! RIP Christopher Glenn and God bless.

    • eric says:

      That’s a wonderful comment. Thanks for sharing!

    • Tim Klein says:

      I have a very similar memory! They must have requested essays on multiple topics, because mine was about vandalism in the schools. And I remember being more than a little freaked out to see my actual handwritten essay (on Snoopy stationery) shown on TV. I was 9 years old. From an old letter that my mother saved, I’ve deduced that it aired on May 1, 1976. If anyone reading this knows how I might get a video of it, I’d be EXTREMELY grateful!

  7. Mr. Brokenhead says:

    The electronic music in these segments was very Pink Floyd “On the Run”-ish (radio stations used to use that song as the background music for their traffic reports)

  8. mark says:

    I remember a segment I believe was on “In the News” about voodoo, a kid was staring at another kid on a blacktopped school playground with lots of fences and the kid started spazzing out like an epileptic fit. Spooked the hell out of me. Does anyone remember anything like this?

  9. Any idea who composed the atonal blips-and-bleeps theme music? I’ve Googled every which way from Sunday and could not turn up any links that point the way. Thanks!

  10. Lee Donovan says:

    “In the News” holds so much nostalgia for me. Christopher Glenn’s powerful baritone voice always commanded my attention, and I watched every segment with amazing relish, because, though geared toward children, it never talked down to us.

    I know every generation thinks his or her childhood was superior to the current generation’s, but I really feel a little sad that kids, today, can’t know the thrill of that little computer-sounding opening with Mr. Glenn’s wonderful take on important topics of the day, as we did, as children of the 70’s.

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