RKO Teleradio Pictures

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


In 1955, Howard Hughes sold RKO Radio Pictures to General Teleradio, the media unit of the General Tire and Rubber Company. The studio was renamed to RKO Teleradio Pictures. The company would shut down in January 1957 and the television rights to the entire RKO Radio Pictures library were sold to C&C Television Corporation (although RKO does maintain the copyrights).

Logo (June 7, 1956)

Visuals: On a black background, a white line draws in below as the background fades into a blend of forest green, salmon, and pale yellow. The line below ruptures a wavelength, revealing "A". This follows with "YANKEE" and "DIVISION" wiping as well as the line producing a wave length. "RKO" appears one by one, with a shorter burst of waves appearing. "TELERADIO" and "PICTURES" then follow the same wiping/wave length animation, and "INC." appears like the "RKO" letters. The line then ruptures into a wavelength, and morphs into the text "FILM PRODUCTION". All the text is in white.

Technique: 2D animation.

Audio: Three long radar noises with echoing, followed by three short beeps, two more radar noises, another beep, and then a held-out radar noise.

Availability: Only seen on The Yankee Story. This logo may have been seen on other promotional films for the General Tire and Rubber Company.

RKO Radio Pictures
RKO Teleradio Pictures
RKO General Productions
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