1970 - 1971
The "Now Explosion" first aired in Atlanta on Channel 36 in 1970. It was a Top 40 music program which, along with airing the current songs of the day, showed images to go with the music, all to the patter of an unseen DJ. Images came from promotional films and videotapes from the bands' management, but the show's producer, Bob Whitney, also created in-studio and on-location film and tape images to play with the songs. He created psychedelic visual effects over the images, producing rapid zooms, shapes morphing on top of images, multiple colors and images. The show is a very good depiction of the music, cultural imagery, and clothing styles of the late 1960s and early 1970s. For more detailed information on the creation of the show, please see show producer Bob Whitney's webpage as well as an article about the show which appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on November 4, 2000.
The archives of this program consist of 1" original videotape, 2" original videotape, 16mm original film, BetaSP preservation masters, and VHS viewing copies. Programs may be viewed on site in the Libraries Media Department. For licensing information, contact the Media Department Head. Please be aware that complex underlying rights in the music depicted and played on the program will restrict reuse.
An inventory of demo tapes, sample reels, and program tapes is available in the Media Department. Contact Archivist Margie Compton at firstname.lastname@example.org