Former NBC 25 Anchor says news has changed

Dave Oppermann worked at NBC 25 back when it was WKNX in 1959 and 1960.

Dave Oppermann is a bit of an institution in the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City news community. Opermann was one of the first television news anchors at what is now NBC 25.

Oppermann worked for WKNX TV and Radio back in 1959 and 1960. It was Channel 57 and operated in black and white. There were no teleprompters back then, no computers, no live trucks. Instead Opermann and his crew would go to a news story with a Polaroid camera and shoot a still picture of a fire, an accident, a natural disaster, or whatever was the news of the day in Flint, Saginaw or Bay City. They'd bring it back to the studio and read a news story while showing that picture. It was the early days of TV.

Opperman says he read the radio news in downtown Saginaw on Washington Avenue. He remembers doing the TV part "out somewhere on Sheridan Road in Saginaw". The television station was sold and later became WEYI, NBC 25. The station will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year.

Oppermann is now the President of the Nationwide Network, based in Saginaw. He's also involved with the Saginaw Rotary. He appeared on NBC 25 Today to talk about a concert that benefits the Rotary Club.

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