Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Cleveland Television-Interesting comment, Introduction of New Historic site
The original Test Patterns for all 3 Cleveland TV Stations..WNBK-4, WEWS-5, and WXEL-9
To begin with, I want to share a comment on my recent "End of Analog TV" post that an anonymous poster left yesterday..interesting to say the least..
"WXEL-TV in Cleveland? I think someone is confused. The only station I can remember in this area with a call sign anything like that was WXEN-FM (now WVMX or whatever--I never listen to the darn station) in Cleveland. All my life, Cleveland's channel 8 (not 9--where do people get this idea?) had a three-letter call sign. This channel was also a CBS affiliate for over four decades, until Fox bought it out and the CBS affiliation went to channel 19, which no one without cable west of Cleveland could get very well. Why couldn't they have left CBS on station eight and put Fox or whatever on number 19? Other major cities in this country, like New York, Chicago, et al. have had their TV stations on the same dial numbers for over five decades. Why should Cleveland be any different?
Cleveland never had a channel 4 station that I can remember, either. All of my life, NBC has been on channel 3 in northeastern Ohio"
The answer is that all over the country, TV stations didnt have a great deal of transmitter power at first, plus with a limited number of stations, you could have say, Channel 4 Detroit and Channel 4 Cleveland close by without a problem... As the early 50's came around, stations wanted to up their power, well in situations all over the country, It was found that upping power at one transmitter would cause interference at close by stations. plus other stations were ready to go on the air on adjacent channels..This was why WXEL (WJW) Channel 9 moved to 8, to allow for WSTV-9 in Steubenville, Ohio in late December, 1953..
The comment above also pointed to something I've wanted to do for a long time..create a basic primer/historical timeline for each local station, which would answer some of the questions the anonymous poster brought up, as well as answer other questions..I will begin this on my next post..The stations featured will be:
Some stations may have much more info than others, and this may end up being in two parts..My goal is to make this a permanent page, with logos, etc..depending on how things go..Information will be from Wikipedia and what weve already done on the blog in the past, and other sources, such as official station histories..As Ive said before..anything I might be wrong on I dont mind being corrected..I want this ultimately to be a collaborative effort..Thank you all and have a good day..