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Offline nfd2004

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Television from a different time
« on: September 30, 2017, 11:52:02 PM »
 I know that some of the members on here remember television from a much different time.

 A time before color TV Shows and everything was seen in only black and white.

 A time before cable television using a set of rabbit ears antenna in our living rooms or if we were lucky, an outside antenna mounted on the roof.

 A time when the channel tuner went from 2 - 13 only.

 A time when all television stations would go off the air for the night and return back on in the morning hours.

 A time when a major city like New York was limited to only a few TV channels. As I remember:
  Channel 2 - WCBS
  Channel 4 - WNBC
  Channel 5 - WNEW
  Channel 7 - WABC
  Channel 9 - WJOR
  Channel 11 - WPIX
  (I hope I got those right)

 A time when Televisions used small tubes that sometimes needed replacement and the nearest drugstore usually had a tube testing machine to use for testing them.

 A time long before large flat screen TVs as we know them today.

 The TV Shows were so different then. From weekly comedy series to weekly variety shows. The moms would like to watch their favorite soap operas while cooking the meals and doing the household chores. Families would gather around the televisions to enjoy evening shows together.

 A time when Saturday morning TV was devoted to kids shows and cartoons.

 Over the years I built up a large collection of these TV shows on DVD. In the comedy series I have seen some of them dozens of times, but they are still funny to laugh at.

 It was such a different time then. Anybody who was around then would almost always agree. I guess some of us might also agree when it comes to music, as we see in so many of the Doo Wop music videos posted on that Doo Wop thread.

 Recently one of the regular contributor's to this site sent me an email of this Special July 4, 1970 Varity show. Most of those in this video have all passed on. But during this time they were some of the most famous people on television. Remembering that watching television was probably Americas most popular past time then.

 This video is a July 4, 1970 John Wayne Varity Show Celebrating Americas History. It includes some of Americas Most Famous actors and singers from that time. (Thank you MM)

 

 
   

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Television from a different time
« on: September 30, 2017, 11:52:02 PM »

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Re: Television from a different time
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2017, 09:39:48 AM »
Good video Bill.  Unless I am mistaken, your list of stations is OK except for these two:

Channel 5:  WABD (Dumont Television Network)
Channel 9:  WOR (Independent)

I used to watch "Captain Video" starring Al Hodge on Channel 5 and the "Million Dollar Movie" on Channel 9.  Frank Kizis, the dad of one of my buddies, was program director on channel 9.  The Million Dollar Movie theme was the theme from Gone With the Wind.

Does anybody else remember the "Merry Mailman starring Ray Heatherton from Oceanside? His daughter Joey was a real sex symbol in the '60s . . .

Ray Braguglia
Newport News VA


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Re: Television from a different time
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2017, 11:18:30 AM »
Also WNET Channel 13 (PBS)

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Re: Television from a different time
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2017, 12:02:54 PM »
TV was not 24/7.  They all went off the air at night?  Some stations played national anthem when they went on air and off air.  I think channel 2 played Late Show, a movie, and then Late Late Show, an old black and white movie.  No reality TV.  No color.  Live TV shows.  Families actually watched TV programs together. 

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Re: Television from a different time
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2017, 02:22:48 PM »
Ray Heatherton's son, Dick Heatherton, was a DJ on WCBS-FM 101.1 for a while if you recall.

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Re: Television from a different time
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2017, 04:46:11 PM »
Channel 2 sign off:

     

     


TV station test patterns:

     

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Re: Television from a different time
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2017, 05:17:29 PM »
TV commercials of the 1950s/1960s:

     

     

     

     

     
 
     

     

     
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Re: Television from a different time
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2017, 06:27:09 PM »
TV was not 24/7.  They all went off the air at night?  Some stations played national anthem when they went on air and off air.  I think channel 2 played Late Show, a movie, and then Late Late Show, an old black and white movie.  No reality TV.  No color.  Live TV shows.  Families actually watched TV programs together.
"No reality TV" How I long for those days again.


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Re: Television from a different time
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2017, 10:45:21 AM »
 For those of us LUCKY GUYs who can remember some of the above videos, we probably remember watching the evening news, followed by our favorite weekly television series. There were NO Reality Shows. Just a few hours of simply comedy or maybe a variety show.

 Most of the guys on this site have a special interest in the fire service. For many of the guys they served as career firefighters, volunteer firefighters, auxiliary firefighters. Some had other important jobs, but they related to the job done by firefighters as buffs.

 This video is an example of the kind of entertainment people watched back in those early days. I guess if some of us were to try and do that job today (at our age), this might be kind of what it would look like. It includes some very funny characters that some of us might remember - Harvey Korman and Tim Conway.

 

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Re: Television from a different time
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2017, 01:41:33 PM »
That fireman reminds me of someone I know. Hmmmmm, who could it be?

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Re: Television from a different time
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2017, 02:20:28 PM »
C'mon now, Frank . . . Willy never looked that good.  8)
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Re: Television from a different time
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2017, 09:35:54 AM »

 "There were NO Reality Shows. Just a few hours of simply comedy or maybe a variety show. "

But most of the shows were live.  Much more entertaining, especially the comedies with the occasional slip-up.  THAT is reality!

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Re: Television from a different time
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2017, 06:08:24 PM »
1960s TV McHale's Navy

     
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Re: Television from a different time
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2017, 06:47:26 PM »
Before "Emergency" - "Rescue 8" - 1958-1959 - LAFD stories



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rescue_8