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Like most TV networks, The Weather Channel has used songs from a variety of production music libraries.
In case you're not familiar with the concept of a production music library, it's basically a collection of songs composed exclusively for commercial use.
This generally comes in the form of a TV or radio promo, but it can be just about anything.
The reason companies often use these is because the cost of licensing the music is generally a lot lower than licensing popular music.
From the late 1980s to the mid 1990s, The Weather Channel used numerous tracks from the Network Music library.
Up until 1993, these songs were mainly used in promos.
That all changed on July 1st, when the playlist that started three months earlier was replaced entirely with Network Music tracks.
It is not known why this happened, but I assume there was a licensing issue with BMI.
The April playlist mysteriously returned completely in tact on August 1st.
Network Music made a return appearance on the local forecast and Business Travel Forecast playlists on March 1, 1995 when every song from the playlist that began the previous month was replaced.
This playlist continued until mid August when a new set of Network Music tracks was introduced.
Songs from the Killer Tracks library were also featured in many Weather Channel promos from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s.
Interestingly, Killer Tracks purchased the Network Music library several years ago.
The only other production music library that we know The Weather Channel has used is De Wolfe.
So far I've only found two songs from that library that The Weather Channel used.
Below is a list of tracks that The Weather Channel has used in promos from all three companies.
I've also linked to the promo if I have a video clip of it. If there any songs I've missed, please let me know.