I thought than in the runup to the convention coverage next week that I would show some old historical YouTube footage of election nights.
I think this is great stuff, real history of the drama of those elections. I'll just show network coverage from two of those elections, 1980 and 1984.
Here's footage from CBS election coverage in 1980, which was billed as Walter Cronkite's historic last election night. It proved to be his last election night in more ways than one, because, well, CBS News finished dead last. They didn't call the election for Reagan until very late, long after NBC called it based on exit polls. They didn't even call the race for Reagan until after Jimmy Carter conceded! If it seems like Carter conceded especially early, well, he did: he conceded before the polls closed out west. Boy was he HAMMERED by Reagan.
Interesting, too, that Reagan's states were colored BLUE!!!
And here's a look at coverage from the Reagan blowout of Mondale in 1984, the first election night for Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw as anchors.