Channel 5's 'Chronicle' Marks 30 Years On Air14:25

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On the evening of Jan. 25, 1982, Channel 5's Chet Curtis brought something unexpected to a brand new audience: the voice of a local Portuguese poet living on the very tip of Cape Cod.

It was the first broadcast of a local nightly news show that has since become a New England institution: "Chronicle," now the longest running locally produced nightly news-magazine.

It's fitting that the night before its 30th anniversary, "Chronicle" reported from the other end of Massachusetts: the Berkshires.

For three decades, viewers have tuned into "Chronicle" as it crisscrossed New England — often quite literally, like in its longest running feature: Main Street and Back Roads.

But "Chronicle" isn't the only thing that's traveled far since 1982. So too has modern media. Now local news shows like "Chronicle" have to compete all the more for the ever-divided attention of viewers, who have access to the internet, TiVo, iPads, various local news blogs - the list goes on.

On its 30th anniversary, we will sit down with two "Chronicle" veterans about where the show has been, and where it's going.


  • Mary Richardson, "Chronicle" anchor, 1984-2010
  • Anthony Everett, "Chronicle" anchor, 2005-present

This program aired on January 25, 2012.