Sidney Pike papers

Sidney Pike papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Pike, Sid, 1927-
Title: Sidney Pike papers
Dates: 1943-2011
Quantity: 8.0 Linear feet (8 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3767

Biographical/Historical Note

Sidney Pike's (b. 1927) career in television began with producing and directing baseball programming for Boston's WBZ-TV (1950-1957) and WHDH-TV (1957-1967). During his tenure at WHDH, Pike also produced a documentary, "American Way of Life," using his own family for an exchange of television programming between Brazil and the U.S. (1961-1963). In 1968, he became the station manager for Atlanta's WQXI-TV, Channel 11. Three years later, Pike joined Ted Turner to develop his newly purchased UHF channel, a relationship that lasted for twenty-five years. He served as station manager of WTBS until 1980, when Turner created CNN. In 1984, Pike began travelling the globe selling CNN International programming and he retired as President of CNN International Special Projects in 1996.

Scope and Content Note

The Sidney Pike papers document the television broadcasting career of Pike at WBZ-TV, WHDH-TV, ABC, WQXI-TV, Channel 17, WTBS, and CNN. The collection includes scripts, correspondence, photographs, film public domain research files, clippings, and marketing material.

The WBZ-TV files include scripts from the Bosco Roundup program, B. A. Rolfe's Storytime, 2000 A.D., and the Mental Health and Let Freedom Ring campaigns. The WDHD-TV series primarily documents "The American Way of Life" Brazil exchange project. The Brazil Project was a series of five programs about an average American family, which were shown on Channel 9, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The series was also translated and shown in Japan by the United States Information Agency. The majority of the collection documents Pike's career working with Ted Turner, first at Channel 17 (WTCG), then WTBS international sales, and finally retiring as President of CNN Special Projects.

The personal papers primarily document Pike's activities as chairman of the board for NETO (National Education Telecommunications Organization) and the International Foundation for Global Studies.


This collection is organized into six series: WBZ-TV (Boston); WHDH-TV (Boston); ABC researcher/WQXI-TV (Atlanta); WTCG-TV (Channel 17) and WTBS; CNN (Cable News Network); and Personal Papers.

Index Terms

Audiovisual materials.
CNN International.
Cable News Network.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Television broadcasting--United States.
Television producers and directors--United States.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. .
Turner, Ted
WHDH-TV (Television station : Boston, Mass.).
WQXI-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Sidney Pike papers, ms 3767. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Collections in the Hargrett Library: John Holliman papers, ms 3131; WSB-TV and WSB Radio records, ms 2137.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. WBZ-TV (Boston)

11ESSO (NY) NX 1000-1099
2Clippings, 1950-1957
3B.A. Rolfe's Storytime Script
4Scripts, 1950-1954
5Take Me Out to the Ball Game clipping, 1951
6Technical/program responsibilities, 1951
7WBZ-TV program clippings, 1951
9BOSCO Roundup Time, 1951-1952
10Roundup Time Series 2, 1952
11Scripts, 1952
12Scripts, 1952, 1954
13Television production lectures, 1953
14"2000 A.D." scripts
15"2000 A.D." information, 1954
16WBZ-TV Channel 4 Boston, undated
17WBZ-TV Channel 4, 1954
19Mental Health Campaign, 1956
20Let Freedom Ring Campaign, 1957
21Behind the TV Curtain with Sidney Pike
22Dance Show Featuring Bobby Darin and Fabien, undated
23TV work notes, playbills, stories written
24Brenda Hollis portrait, signed
25Azalea Trio photographs
26Sidney Pike at WBZ photograph
27WBZ alumni newsletter, 1997

2. WHDH-TV (Boston)

128WHDH-TV Boston, 1958
29WHDH-TV Boston, 1958
30Clippings, 1958
31Chubby and Droopy's movie shack
32Bozo the Clown with bonus winner photograph, 1960
33Teaching TV
34Miscellaneous, 1960-1964
35Correspondence, 1961-1963
36VSIA, 1961-1964
37VARIG, 1961-1964
38Original Letters USIA, 1961-1964
39Clippings, 1961-1964
40International Contacts, 1961-1965
41Presentation and Promotion, 1961-1966
42Alvero de Moya and Sid Pike photograph, 1961
43Sid Pike and Bob Cheyne photograph
21Newspaper clippings, 1961, 1964
2Letters from Alvaro Moya, 1961-1963
3Letters to Alvaro Moya, 1961-1963
4Brazil Project, 1961-1964
5Original Report, 1962
6WHDH-TV Report from Brazil, 1962
7Sid Pike, WHDH-TV, Boston, with Juscelino Kubitschek (cdor camera in background), 1962
8Brazil Project Press and Letter Exhibit, 1962-1963
9WHDH-TV Boston, 1962-1963
10Newest Projects, 1962-1964
11Dana Hall, 1962-1966
12Correspondence, 1962-1966
13Sid Pike, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1963
14Motion Picture Sound Recording Methods, 1963
15USIA Program, N.Y. Traffic, 1963
16Program for USIA "the policeman"
17ATFP, 1963
18Inter-office Memos, 1963, 1967
19WHDH TV Boston, 1963
20Brazil Project, 1963
21Brazil Project FCC Report, 1963
22Brazil Project Supplementary Report, 1963
23Brazil Project: WHOH-TV Award, 1963
24Original Copies, 1963
25WHDH-TV Boston, USA, 1963-1964
26Sid Pike and Alvaro de Moyo visiting Brazilian TV Station, 1963-1964
27Correspondence, 1963, 1966-1967
28Brazil Project scrapbook, 1963-1964
29Brazil Project clippings, 1964
30Pike's journal, 1964
31Brazil Contracts Trip, 1964 March
32Youth Symphony Program, 1964
33VARIG Proposal, 1964
34Consul-Boston, 1965
35NAB-USIA Correspondence, 1965 January 6
36Suggested Scripts - not used
37Brazil Project Program #1 Series introduction
38Brazil Project Program #2 Framingham School System
39Brazil Project Program #3 Columbia Report
403rd Program Portuguese
41Brazil Project Program #4 Labor, 1963
31Brazil Program #5 Higher Education
25th Program Portuguese
3Brazil Project Program #6 Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
4WHDH-TV-Brazil Communication Project
5Final Vt Brazil Project, 1966
6Film Projects
7On the Air
OS1Worcester Sunday Telegram, "Framingham's TV Ambassador of Goodwill" and " He helps the great put their best face forward" articles [oversize], 1965-1966
Manchete, "JK acorda o gigante e Brasil de JK" [oversize]

3. ABC Researcher/WQXI-TV (Atlanta)

38ABC Television Network, 1967
9Tubby & Lester, WQXI-TV
10NATPE Conference, WQXI-TV, 1971

4. WTCG-TV (Channel 17) and WTBS

311Prospects for WTCG, 1971
12WTCG Correspondence, 1972
13Rating Research WTCG-TV, 1973
14Written by Pike
17Charlotte 36 WREN-TV
18News Articles Pike/Turner, 1980s
19Clippings, 1980s-1990s
20Clippings, 1983-1999
21TBS News Clippings, 1986 May 26
22TBS News Clippings, 1986 June 23
23TBS News Clippings, 1986 June 16
24TBS News Clippings, 1986 April 28
25TBS News Clippings, 1986 March 17
26TBS News Clippings, 1986 July 28
27TBS News Clippings, 1986 June 2
28TBS News Clippings, 1986 June 9
41TBS News Clippings, 1986 August 18
2TBS News Clippings, 1986 September 15
3TBS News Clippings, 1986 July 7
4TBS News Clippings, 1986 August 4
5TBS News Clippings, 1985 December 16
6TBS News Clippings, 1985 November 4
7TBS News Clippings, 1985 October 28
8TBS News Clippings, 1985 October 21
9TBS News Clippings, 1985 November 11
10TBS News Clippings, 1986 September 1
11TBS News Clippings, 1985 December 2
12TBS News Clippings, 1985 May 5
13TBS financing clippings, 1987-1988
14Clippings, 1987-2003
15Speeches - This is Turner Broadcasting
16Turner Annual Reports, 1972-1989
17Building Mobile Units for Ted, 1986
18AFRTS [Armed Forces Television and Radio Services], 1985-1993
OS1Letter from Department of Defense, AFRTS [oversize], 1982
419Dr. Bill Blume, 1985-1988
20Turner Satellite Handbook, 1990 March 12
21Speeches, 1981 October
22Speech-Pacific Telecommunications Council, 1988 February 18
51Super Station WTCG Atlanta
2Public Domain-Brylawski Reports Films not ordered A thru M (folder 1 of 2)
3Public Domain-Brylawski Reports Films not ordered A thru M (folder 2 of 2), 1982-1983, 1985
4Public Domain-Brylawski Reports Films not ordered N thru Z (folder 1 of 2), 1982-1985
5Public Domain-Brylawski Reports Films not ordered N thru Z (folder 2 of 2), 1982-1985
6Public Domain Films-Legal Reports Films not in Public Domain A-M (folder 1 of 2), 1982-1983, 1985-1986
7Public Domain Films-Legal Reports Films not in Public Domain A-M (folder 2 of 2), 1982-1983, 1985-1986
8Public Domain Films-Legal Reports Films not in Public Domain N-Z (folder 1 of 2), 1982-1984
9Public Domain Films-Legal Reports Films not in Public Domain N-Z (folder 2 of 2), 1982-1984
10Public Domain Films-Legal Reports Films in Public Domain (folder 1 of 2), 1982-1983, 1985
11Public Domain Films-Legal Reports Films in Public Domain (folder 2 of 2), 1982-1983, 1985
12Public Domain-Brylawski Reports Films ordered A thru M (folder 1 of 2), 1982-1983, 1985
13Public Domain-Brylawski Reports Films ordered A thru M (folder 2 of 2), 1982-1983, 1985
14Public Domain-Brylawski Reports Films ordered N thru Z, 1982-1983, 1985
61Public Domain Files, Alphabetical Listing (folder 1 of 2)
2Public Domain Files, Alphabetical Listing (folder 2 of 2)
3Public Domain, 1984, 1986
4Films: 5th Book of Over 1000 more Public Domain Films, 1973
5Films: 10th Book of Over 1000 more Public Domain Films, 1973
6Public Domain Films, 1983
7Arthur C. Clarke, 1996
8Lee Becker UGA/Romania, 1989, 1998
9Public Domain
10Atlanta International Film Festival
11Sid Pike and African delegation photograph
12Sid Pike and unidentified men photographs
13Ted Turner portrait, 2003
14Sidney Pike and unidentified woman photograph
15Unidentified photographs
16Turner Quarterly Reports, 1973-1974, 1978-1981, 1990

5. CNN (Cable News Network)

OS1Letter from WORLDNET [oversize], 1990
617Report on Broadcasting in South and Southern Africa, 1991 August
18Speech Mar Del Plata, Argentina, 1988 March 10
19CNN Dish, 1990
20Stanley Foundation, 1990-1991
21Turner International
22Cable News Network International, 1992 August
23China, 1985, 1986
24International Herald Tribune, 1991 February 13
25Sid Pike interview with Wes Hanemayer, 1996
26Contact sheets/negatives
27Channel 7 Sidney, 1997
28Clippings, 2003
30Nairobi photographs
32Guide to CNN Television
33Introducing CNN to South Africa
34The Marshall McLuhan Center on Global Communications, 1987
35Sidney Pike's international travel schedules, 1984-1993
36CNN Satellite Handbook, 1990
37CNN marketing materials
38CNN marketing
39CNN A decade of Achievement, 1990
40CNN, Drawing Lines in the Sand: War in the gulf editorial cartoons
41CNN inauguration, 1992
42Letter to Congressmen, support NAFTA, 1993
43Press releases, 1987, 1989
44Correspondence, 1988
46Patrick Okebie and Sidney Pike in Africa photograph
47Sid Pike and Arthur C. Clarke, 1989
48Edward Sagalayeu and Sid Pike
49Sid Pike in St. Petersburg
50Sid Pike in Pakistan, 1989
51Sid Pike and Ted Turner at TV-Asahi, Japan
52Ted Turner, Sid Pike, signing of China, CNN
53Sid Pike at Intelsat meeting
54Sid Pike with television executives, Napal, 1989
55Ted Turner, Sid Pike, CNN Tokyo, Japan
56Sid Pike in Kenya, 1987
57Sid Pike at Taj Mahal, 1987
58Sid Pike in front of TACC Building, Russia
59Sid Pike and unidentified man at CNN Building

6. Personal Papers

OS1Rainbow Reveille : United States for CES in Austria newspaper [oversize], 1946 June 15
660Personal, 1943-1962
63Sid Pike Personal - The Book
64Pike, Sidney Personal, 1997
65Reference Material
66Dad Book, 1964, 2000s
71Book Promotion, 2005-2006
2Personal Acknowledgements, 1990, 1991
3Sid Pike - Kudos, 1956-1960
4Who Are Two Men Who Changed the World?
5Global Educational Satellite Effort part of NETO
6NETO National Education Telecommunications Organization, 1996-1997
7NETO/EDSAT, 1996-1997
8NETO, 1996
9NETO, 1996
10NETO, 1996-1997
11NETO, 1997
12NETO/NEW, 1997-1998
13Washington, DC, 1997 February 10-13
14NETO, 1997-1999
15NETO, 1990s
16Institute for Eastwest Studies General (folder 1 of 2), 1990s
17Institute for Eastwest Studies General (folder 2 of 2)
18GENI, 1990s
19Pelton, 1990s
20Telecommunications Program, University of Boulder (folder 1 of 2), 1995-1996
21Telecommunications Program, University of Boulder (folder 2 of 2), 1995-1996
22Global Summit on Distance Education Final Report, 1996 October 23-24
23McLaren School of Business, University of San Francisco, 1991, 1997
24UGA Stewart Odendinal, 1987, 1997-1998
25UGA Board of the International foundation for Global Studies, 1999
26World Affairs Conference, 1992
27Conference on World Affairs, 1992 April 5-11
2848th Conference on World Affairs, 1996 April 8-12
29Conference on World Affairs, UC Colorado, 1996-1998
30Castalia Communications (after) (retirement), 2008
31IBM Conference - Brazil
OS1Sid Pike "We Changed the World" lecture and book tour posters [oversize], 2006
Enameled medallion