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Sidney Pike papers

Sidney Pike papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Sidney Pike papers
Creator: Pike, Sid, 1927-
Inclusive Dates: 1943-2011
Language(s): English
Extent: 8 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Collection Number: ms3767
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Sidney Pike's (b. 1927) career in television began with producing and directing baseball programming for Boston's WBZ-TV (1950-1957) and WHDH-TV (1957-1967). During his tenure at WHDH, Pike also produced a documentary, "American Way of Life," using his own family for an exchange of television programming between Brazil and the U.S. (1961-1963). In 1968, he became the station manager for Atlanta's WQXI-TV, Channel 11. Three years later, Pike joined Ted Turner to develop his newly purchased UHF channel, a relationship that lasted for twenty-five years. He served as station manager of WTBS until 1980, when Turner created CNN. In 1984, Pike began travelling the globe selling CNN International programming and he retired as President of CNN International Special Projects in 1996.

Scope and Content

The Sidney Pike papers document the television broadcasting career of Pike at WBZ-TV, WHDH-TV, ABC, WQXI-TV, Channel 17, WTBS, and CNN. The collection includes scripts, correspondence, photographs, film public domain research files, clippings, and marketing material.

The WBZ-TV files include scripts from the Bosco Roundup program, B. A. Rolfe's Storytime, 2000 A.D., and the Mental Health and Let Freedom Ring campaigns. The WDHD-TV series primarily documents "The American Way of Life" Brazil exchange project. The Brazil Project was a series of five programs about an average American family, which were shown on Channel 9, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The series was also translated and shown in Japan by the United States Information Agency. The majority of the collection documents Pike's career working with Ted Turner, first at Channel 17 (WTCG), then WTBS international sales, and finally retiring as President of CNN Special Projects.

The personal papers primarily document Pike's activities as chairman of the board for NETO (National Education Telecommunications Organization) and the International Foundation for Global Studies.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is organized into six series: WBZ-TV (Boston); WHDH-TV (Boston); ABC researcher/WQXI-TV (Atlanta); WTCG-TV (Channel 17) and WTBS; CNN (Cable News Network); and Personal Papers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sidney Pike papers, ms 3767. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2013.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Audiovisual materials.
CNN International
Cable News Network
Clippings (information artifacts)
Television broadcasting -- United States.
Television producers and directors -- United States.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Turner, Ted
WHDH-TV (Television station : Boston, Mass.)
WQXI-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)

Related Collections in this Repository

Collections in the Hargrett Library: John Holliman papers, ms 3131; WSB-TV and WSB Radio records, ms 2137.

Related audiovisual materials from this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archive:

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. WBZ-TV (Boston)

11ESSO (NY) NX 1000-1099
12Clippings, 1950-1957
13B.A. Rolfe's Storytime Script
14Scripts, 1950-1954
15Take Me Out to the Ball Game clipping, 1951
16Technical/program responsibilities, 1951
17WBZ-TV program clippings, 1951
19BOSCO Roundup Time, 1951-1952
110Roundup Time Series 2, 1952
111Scripts, 1952
112Scripts, 1952, 1954
113Television production lectures, 1953
114"2000 A.D." scripts
115"2000 A.D." information, 1954
116WBZ-TV Channel 4 Boston, undated
117WBZ-TV Channel 4, 1954
119Mental Health Campaign, 1956
120Let Freedom Ring Campaign, 1957
121Behind the TV Curtain with Sidney Pike
122Dance Show Featuring Bobby Darin and Fabien , undated
123TV work notes, playbills, stories written
124Brenda Hollis portrait, signed
125Azalea Trio photographs
126Sidney Pike at WBZ photograph
127WBZ alumni newsletter, 1997

2. WHDH-TV (Boston)

128WHDH-TV Boston, 1958
129WHDH-TV Boston, 1958
130Clippings, 1958
131Chubby and Droopy's movie shack
132Bozo the Clown with bonus winner photograph, 1960
133Teaching TV
134Miscellaneous, 1960-1964
135Correspondence, 1961-1963
136VSIA, 1961-1964
137VARIG, 1961-1964
138Original Letters USIA, 1961-1964
139Clippings, 1961-1964
140International Contacts, 1961-1965
141Presentation and Promotion, 1961-1966
142Alvero de Moya and Sid Pike photograph, 1961
143Sid Pike and Bob Cheyne photograph
21Newspaper clippings, 1961, 1964
22Letters from Alvaro Moya, 1961-1963
23Letters to Alvaro Moya, 1961-1963
24Brazil Project, 1961-1964
25Original Report, 1962
26WHDH-TV Report from Brazil, 1962
27Sid Pike, WHDH-TV, Boston, with Juscelino Kubitschek (cdor camera in background), 1962
28Brazil Project Press and Letter Exhibit, 1962-1963
29WHDH-TV Boston, 1962-1963
210Newest Projects, 1962-1964
211Dana Hall, 1962-1966
212Correspondence, 1962-1966
213Sid Pike, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1963
214Motion Picture Sound Recording Methods, 1963
215USIA Program, N.Y. Traffic, 1963
216Program for USIA "the policeman"
217ATFP, 1963
218Inter-office Memos, 1963, 1967
219WHDH TV Boston, 1963
220Brazil Project, 1963
221Brazil Project FCC Report, 1963
222Brazil Project Supplementary Report, 1963
223Brazil Project: WHOH-TV Award, 1963
224Original Copies, 1963
225WHDH-TV Boston, USA, 1963-1964
226Sid Pike and Alvaro de Moyo visiting Brazilian TV Station, 1963-1964
227Correspondence, 1963, 1966-1967
228Brazil Project scrapbook, 1963-1964
229Brazil Project clippings, 1964
230Pike's journal, 1964
231Brazil Contracts Trip, 1964 March
232Youth Symphony Program, 1964
233VARIG Proposal, 1964
234Consul-Boston, 1965
235NAB-USIA Correspondence, 1965 January 6
236Suggested Scripts - not used
237Brazil Project Program #1 Series introduction
238Brazil Project Program #2 Framingham School System
239Brazil Project Program #3 Columbia Report
2403rd Program Portuguese
241Brazil Project Program #4 Labor, 1963
31Brazil Program #5 Higher Education
325th Program Portuguese
33Brazil Project Program #6 Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
34WHDH-TV-Brazil Communication Project
35Final Vt Brazil Project, 1966
36Film Projects
37On the Air
OS1Worcester Sunday Telegram, "Framingham's TV Ambassador of Goodwill" and " He helps the great put their best face forward" articles [oversize], 1965-1966
OS1Manchete, "JK acorda o gigante e Brasil de JK" [oversize]

3. ABC Researcher/WQXI-TV (Atlanta)

38ABC Television Network, 1967
39Tubby & Lester, WQXI-TV
310NATPE Conference, WQXI-TV, 1971

4. WTCG-TV (Channel 17) and WTBS

311Prospects for WTCG, 1971
312WTCG Correspondence, 1972
313Rating Research WTCG-TV, 1973
314Written by Pike
317Charlotte 36 WREN-TV
318News Articles Pike/Turner, 1980s
319Clippings, 1980s-1990s
320Clippings, 1983-1999
321TBS News Clippings, 1986 May 26
322TBS News Clippings, 1986 June 23
323TBS News Clippings, 1986 June 16
324TBS News Clippings, 1986 April 28
325TBS News Clippings, 1986 March 17
326TBS News Clippings, 1986 July 28
327TBS News Clippings, 1986 June 2
328TBS News Clippings, 1986 June 9
41TBS News Clippings, 1986 August 18
42TBS News Clippings, 1986 September 15
43TBS News Clippings, 1986 July 7
44TBS News Clippings, 1986 August 4
45TBS News Clippings, 1985 December 16
46TBS News Clippings, 1985 November 4
47TBS News Clippings, 1985 October 28
48TBS News Clippings, 1985 October 21
49TBS News Clippings, 1985 November 11
410TBS News Clippings, 1986 September 1
411TBS News Clippings, 1985 December 2
412TBS News Clippings, 1985 May 5
413TBS financing clippings, 1987-1988
414Clippings, 1987-2003
415Speeches - This is Turner Broadcasting
416Turner Annual Reports, 1972-1989
417Building Mobile Units for Ted, 1986
418AFRTS [Armed Forces Television and Radio Services], 1985-1993
OS1Letter from Department of Defense, AFRTS [oversize], 1982
419Dr. Bill Blume, 1985-1988
420Turner Satellite Handbook, 1990 March 12
421Speeches, 1981 October
422Speech-Pacific Telecommunications Council, 1988 February 18
51Super Station WTCG Atlanta
52Public Domain-Brylawski Reports Films not ordered A thru M (folder 1 of 2)
53Public Domain-Brylawski Reports Films not ordered A thru M (folder 2 of 2), 1982-1983, 1985
54Public Domain-Brylawski Reports Films not ordered N thru Z (folder 1 of 2), 1982-1985
55Public Domain-Brylawski Reports Films not ordered N thru Z (folder 2 of 2), 1982-1985
56Public Domain Films-Legal Reports Films not in Public Domain A-M (folder 1 of 2), 1982-1983, 1985-1986
57Public Domain Films-Legal Reports Films not in Public Domain A-M (folder 2 of 2), 1982-1983, 1985-1986
58Public Domain Films-Legal Reports Films not in Public Domain N-Z (folder 1 of 2), 1982-1984
59Public Domain Films-Legal Reports Films not in Public Domain N-Z (folder 2 of 2), 1982-1984
510Public Domain Films-Legal Reports Films in Public Domain (folder 1 of 2), 1982-1983, 1985
511Public Domain Films-Legal Reports Films in Public Domain (folder 2 of 2), 1982-1983, 1985
512Public Domain-Brylawski Reports Films ordered A thru M (folder 1 of 2), 1982-1983, 1985
513Public Domain-Brylawski Reports Films ordered A thru M (folder 2 of 2), 1982-1983, 1985
514Public Domain-Brylawski Reports Films ordered N thru Z, 1982-1983, 1985
61Public Domain Files, Alphabetical Listing (folder 1 of 2)
62Public Domain Files, Alphabetical Listing (folder 2 of 2)
63Public Domain, 1984, 1986
64Films: 5th Book of Over 1000 more Public Domain Films, 1973
65Films: 10th Book of Over 1000 more Public Domain Films, 1973
66Public Domain Films, 1983
67Arthur C. Clarke, 1996
68Lee Becker UGA/Romania, 1989, 1998
69Public Domain
610Atlanta International Film Festival
611Sid Pike and African delegation photograph
612Sid Pike and unidentified men photographs
613Ted Turner portrait, 2003
614Sidney Pike and unidentified woman photograph
615Unidentified photographs
616Turner Quarterly Reports, 1973-1974, 1978-1981, 1990

5. CNN (Cable News Network)

OS1Letter from WORLDNET [oversize], 1990
617Report on Broadcasting in South and Southern Africa, 1991 August
618Speech Mar Del Plata, Argentina, 1988 March 10
619CNN Dish, 1990
620Stanley Foundation, 1990-1991
621Turner International
622Cable News Network International, 1992 August
623China, 1985, 1986
624International Herald Tribune, 1991 February 13
625Sid Pike interview with Wes Hanemayer, 1996
626Contact sheets/negatives
627Channel 7 Sidney, 1997
628Clippings, 2003
630Nairobi photographs
632Guide to CNN Television
633Introducing CNN to South Africa
634The Marshall McLuhan Center on Global Communications, 1987
635Sidney Pike's international travel schedules, 1984-1993
636CNN Satellite Handbook, 1990
637CNN marketing materials
638CNN marketing
639CNN A decade of Achievement, 1990
640CNN, Drawing Lines in the Sand: War in the gulf editorial cartoons
641CNN inauguration, 1992
642Letter to Congressmen, support NAFTA, 1993
643Press releases, 1987, 1989
644Correspondence, 1988
646Patrick Okebie and Sidney Pike in Africa photograph
647Sid Pike and Arthur C. Clarke, 1989
648Edward Sagalayeu and Sid Pike
649Sid Pike in St. Petersburg
650Sid Pike in Pakistan, 1989
651Sid Pike and Ted Turner at TV-Asahi, Japan
652Ted Turner, Sid Pike, signing of China, CNN
653Sid Pike at Intelsat meeting
654Sid Pike with television executives, Napal, 1989
655Ted Turner, Sid Pike, CNN Tokyo, Japan
656Sid Pike in Kenya, 1987
657Sid Pike at Taj Mahal, 1987
658Sid Pike in front of TACC Building, Russia
659Sid Pike and unidentified man at CNN Building

6. Personal Papers

OS1Rainbow Reveille : United States for CES in Austria newspaper [oversize], 1946 June 15
660Personal, 1943-1962
663Sid Pike Personal - The Book
664Pike, Sidney Personal, 1997
665Reference Material
666Dad Book, 1964, 2000s
71Book Promotion, 2005-2006
72Personal Acknowledgements, 1990, 1991
73Sid Pike - Kudos, 1956-1960
74Who Are Two Men Who Changed the World?
75Global Educational Satellite Effort part of NETO
76NETO National Education Telecommunications Organization, 1996-1997
77NETO/EDSAT, 1996-1997
78NETO, 1996
79NETO, 1996
710NETO, 1996-1997
711NETO, 1997
712NETO/NEW, 1997-1998
713Washington, DC, 1997 February 10-13
714NETO, 1997-1999
715NETO, 1990s
716Institute for Eastwest Studies General (folder 1 of 2), 1990s
717Institute for Eastwest Studies General (folder 2 of 2)
718GENI, 1990s
719Pelton, 1990s
720Telecommunications Program, University of Boulder (folder 1 of 2), 1995-1996
721Telecommunications Program, University of Boulder (folder 2 of 2), 1995-1996
722Global Summit on Distance Education Final Report, 1996 October 23-24
723McLaren School of Business, University of San Francisco, 1991, 1997
724UGA Stewart Odendinal, 1987, 1997-1998
725UGA Board of the International foundation for Global Studies, 1999
726World Affairs Conference, 1992
727Conference on World Affairs, 1992 April 5-11
72848th Conference on World Affairs, 1996 April 8-12
729Conference on World Affairs, UC Colorado, 1996-1998
730Castalia Communications (after) (retirement), 2008
731IBM Conference - Brazil
OS1Sid Pike "We Changed the World" lecture and book tour posters [oversize], 2006
OS1Enameled medallion