As the title indicates, this theme was originally a part of the film score for "Cool Hand Luke", starring Paul Newman. In 1968, WABC began using "The Tar Sequence" cut for their opening and closing theme. Many other ABC owned-and-operated stations followed suit along with the Eyewitness News name. WROC began using the theme in 1989 after switching from NBC to CBS affiliations and picking up the Eyewitness News name. It only lasted about a year and was replaced in 1990.
The Team to Watch
"The Team To Watch" first appeared on WSOC Charlotte in 1985. This theme has been credited to a different artist in the past, but after some research, it was found to be by the now defunct VTS Productions. WROC used the package from 1990 to 1991.
In late 1992, WROC began using this tune composed by Otis Conner. This started their "Eleven at 11" era which was a format that many stations nationwide began experimenting with, offering news, weather, and sports all within the first 11 minutes of the newscast.
The longest running music package used on WROC was Image News by Gari Media Group. It was originally composed as one of two packages for the Hearst-Argyle television station group in 1996 and was later made available to other stations via syndication. WROC began using Image News in 1998 along with a new look and branding. What's old became new again with the title of "News 8." Nexstar Broadcasting purchased the station in 1999 and made some significant upgrades to the on-air look of the station. In early 2000, a new set, professional graphics, and a custom version of Image News debuted on WROC. This launched the station into the new millennium with a very precise newscast title of "News 8 Now." Even the time and temperature bug was to the second. This consistent branding continued for most of the decade until August 2009.
U-Phonix debuted on WROC in 2009 with a familiar sound already known to this market. A portion of the U-Phonix package contains themes that were previously used on WUHF from 2002 - 2005. The original U-Phonix package was composed in 2004 for KTVT in Dallas/Ft. Worth. An updated version of the package was released in 2007 which contained portions of the former Sinclair News Music Package. This was done shortly after SESAC, the company which licensed the music to broadcast stations increased their rates to a point where many stations dropped their music altogether. There was a period of time in which some television stations used NO music to avoid paying the higher rates while replacement deals were worked out with other companies. This was completely out of the control of Stephen Arnold Music, which suffered a significant loss at the time. Sinclair Broadcast Group had discontinued the use of their custom package which prompted Stephen Arnold Music to include parts of it with U-Phonix, which only had one fewer note in the signature. A lawsuit was later filed against SESAC, which was only settled this past year. Read all about it here, if you'd like.