'Sunday Morning' at 30

The Baltimore Sun

Sunday Morning is turning 30, and the CBS mainstay is celebrating this weekend. If you have never seen the program - and sometimes it is the best thing on TV all weekend - think of it as an upbeat newsmagazine with a feel for humor and culture. Sunday, they will be looking at the way the world - including technology, popular culture and religion - has changed since the show made its debut three decades ago with Charles Kuralt as host.

These days, it's the forever-in-bow ties Charles Osgood at the helm. Osgood, a Baltimore native, will revisit some of Kuralt's "On the Road" clips Sunday.

As a longtime viewer of the program, I can say that Sunday Morning has changed over the years. Like all forms of TV journalism, the segments have gotten shorter, and the focus is almost all on what is contemporary. But Sunday Morning is one of the few network TV programs that will bother to send a reporter and crew down the street from its Manhattan headquarters, for instance, to show world-famous canvases at the Metropolitan Museum and interview someone who knows a little about Grandma Moses, Alexander Calder or Jacob Lawrence.

That is TV worth celebrating. (9 a.m. Sunday, WJZ, Channel 13)

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