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As any veteran broadcaster will tell you, there was nothing like the early days of live television. No second takes, no calling “Cut!” to save your behind. All live and in the moment. Rediscover live TV with “Live on Film: Vintage Kinescopes” at the Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archive. The FMIA is offering 191 kinescopes of early Miami television programs, including those from WTVJ (once Channel 4, now 6) and WCKT (now WSVN Channel 7).

What’s a kinescope? As amazing as it may seem to the PS2 set, there was a day when DVDs and videotape didn’t exist. To record live television for posterity, a device called a kinescope -- mounted on the front of a video monitor -- shot motion-picture film of what appeared on that screen during the program, all in glorious black-and-white. Get a glimpse of Miami’s early favorites today from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Main Miami-Dade Public Library auditorium, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305-375-1505, or visit
Tue., May 30


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