Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year..And a request..

Just a quick note to wish all my readers a Happy New Year..As well as ask a question..
I have been buying some TV Today Magazines from an online TV Guide retailer in recent weeks. The magazine was published in Sandusky, Ohio from about 1951-1955. This magazine, at varous times, had both Cleveland and Detroit Editions. At other times, bith Cleveland and Detroit would be listed in the same edition, but I never know which edition I'm going to get when I order..While a recent purchase had a brief mention of "Soupy Hines" (Soupy Sales) on WXEL-9 at 11:15AM daily, the magazine was still the Detroit Edition..

I say all that to ask this..Would anyone out there have saved some of the Cleveland Edition of TV Today? Especially from the 1951-52 period..I'd be willing to pay a reasonable price for any issues..Which could be used in future blog posts..Thanks for any response..

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to all..

Three TV Guide Ad/Christmas Greetings:First up:WJW-TV 8 from 1962:Included in the photos:Ernie Anderson, Howard Hoffman, Warren Guthrie, Doug Adair, Jim Doney, Dale Young and John Fitzgerald.

Simple, unique Christmas Greeting-WEWS Channel 5-1968

"Seasons Greetings" 1972-Freom WKYC-TV 3

Good Morning everyone:
I would like to offer heartfelt wishes for a Merry Christmas on behalf of myself and my wife Linda from Cleveland Classic Media..I so appreciate the outstanding support and comments I've rexeived from Cleveland area TV/Radio fans and across the Media in the last year..Here's also hoping for a better year in the broadcasting industry as a whole financially...As of today I'll be gone, first to work today then to family functions this evening until later tomorrow night..Everyone travel safely and take care..

Tim Lones

Christmas Greeting and station ID-WJKW-TV 8 1977

Two Christmas Spots from WJKW-TV 8 (1977) featuring TV 8 Employee Children:Included are the Children of:
Virgil Dominic
Chuck Schodowski
Bob Wells
Jim Mueller
Tim Taylor
Judd Hambrick
Jim Finerty
Jan Jones:and a few others..

"Santa Claus" visits the TV 8 Newsroom..(1977)

I really miss the times when TV stations could just have fun like this and have a family atmosephere..and the viewer could sense that..

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

TV Christmas-December 1948

The lovely Mary Hartline of ABC-TV's "Super Circus", aired Sundays at 5PM on WEWS in early 1949.

Channel 5 "Previews" of shows on during the week..While Tele-Vue listed both WEWS and WNBK, just about all TV program and preview ads were bought up by WEWS-TV..WEWS was even placed first in the listings, ahead of WNBK-4..These previews feature "Bill Veeck Reports to the Fans", with Bob Neal as host and Jim Breslin as the director..And Admiral Broadway Revue with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on the old DuMont Network..Interesting how these ads use what today is called "Variety-Speak"..With sayings like "prexy" "sock", "hoofer", "chantoosie" and "terpsical tops"

Cover for March 19-27, 1949 edition of TeleVue Magazine, featuring an early picture of Douglas Edwards in the CBS Newsroom..The "CBS Television News" aired on Channel 5 at 7:30 weeknights

Ad for Tele-Vue, a 1949 TV Listings Magazine published in Cleveland

Paul Hodges, Host of Channel 5's "Dress and Guess" in early 1949

This time I want to feature Television in and around Christmas, 1948 using the Canton Repository. The Pictures above all come from Cleveland Public Library copies of Tele-Vue, from February-March 1949..The Repository, as most papers did at the time, played up radio, as radio was still a major form of entertainment for American Audiences..Television, if listed at all, had maybe a few lines of listings, if that..

Of course, most stations only aired a few hours a day in 1948-49..Usually about 5-11PM..I'd like to share the listings of WNBK-TV 4 and WEWS-TV 5 for December 23-25, 1948..From the Canton Repository:

Thursday, December 23, 1948 (Highlights:Not certain if this is the whole schedule)

6:30 Program Previews
6:35 Animal Story
6:45 Santa Claus
7PM Kukla, Fran and Ollie-NBC
7:30 Christmas Airs
8PM Movie-Beyond Tomorrow (1940)-Public Domain-available on all kinds of discount type DVD's

9:30 Bigelow Show-NBC
10PM Newsreel-NBC

6:30 Santa Claus
7PM Program Previews
7:15 Make Mine Music
8:05 What's It Worth
8:30 Linn Sheldon Show
8:45 Film Short
9PM Cleveland's People-European Christmas Celebration
9:30 March Of Dimes Bowling Tournament

Friday, December 24, 1948

6:30 Program Previews
6:35 Animal Story
7PM Howdy Doody-NBC
7:30 Stop Me If You've Heard This One-NBC
8PM Feature Film

6:30 Santa Claus
7PM Program Previews
7:30 A Present For Santa Claus
7:45 Yuletide Music
8:15 Places Please
8:30 Dress And Guess
9PM Christmas Fantasy

Saturday, December 25, 1948


(Schedule was listed exactly the same as previous night, which would seem unlikely so the following is based on a guess on my part as well as The Complete Directiory to Prime Time Network and Cable Shows-Brooks/Marsh-I'll try to find something more accurate in time)

6:30 Program Previews
6:35 To Be Announced
7PM To Be Announced
7:30 Television Screen Magazine-NBC
8PM Saturday Night Jamboree-NBC
9PM Basketball-NBC (From New York-Amateur Games)


3PM Movie-Cry Of The Wolf-Probably followed by Test Pattern
6:30 Christmas Night
6:45 Places Please
7PM The Man On The Street
7:30 Swing Into Sports
8:30 AHL Cleveland Barons Hockey vs. Indianapolis-From the Cleveland Arena..

I think this is very interesting in capturing the entertainment life of Cleveland at this period..

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Stark County Radio Christmas-December 25, 1948

Timken Roller Bearing Company ad for 2 Sponsored Christmas Day Programs on Canton Radio..Timken, being the largest employer for many years in Canton/Stark County led the way in many areas, including radio..

WAND-AM 900/FM 92.5 ad for Christmas programming on December 25, 1948..Canton Repository `12-24-48

A Downtown Canton Tradition for over 60 years..The Newsstand/Bookstore News Depot..The store was located for many years at 207 Market Avenue North. It is now at 220 Market Avenue South, In The Huntington Bank Building..

Here I thought we would take a look at Stark County and Cleveland area radio in the Christmas Season in 1948. The Canton Repository listed all Canton Stations and 3 major Cleveland AM Stations..Some others from Akron (WADC, WHKK), Pittsburgh (KDKA), Wheeling (WWVA) and Cincinnati (WLW) were listed under their respective networks, but programming was not listed for these stations.. Some Highlights:

Thursday December 23
Jack Webb in a Red Cross Dramatization at 6:30-WHBC-Months before his premeiere on Dragnet..

Frankie Laine guests on "Chesterfield Supper Club" with Perry Como at 7PM-WTAM

Homer Gives His Father a Box Of exploding cigars on the "Aldrich Family" at 8PM-WTAM

"Two Days Before Christmas" will be dramatized on "Crime Photographer" at 9:30 on WGAR

Friday, Drcember 24

White House Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony with President Truman-5PM-WHK, 5:15 WTAM, 7:30 WHBC

Ghost Of Christmas Past-Ohio Story 6:30 WHBC

Santa Claus Appears on "Mr. Ace And Jane"-8:30 WGAR

Santa Takes a Powder on "This Is Your FBI" 8:30 WHBC

"Legend Of The Candle" by Mrs. Twila Carmen of Minerva-9:30 WHBC

Saturday, December 25

Two Hour Christmas Party-9AM WAND

Christmas Address by King George VI Of England at 10AM-All Networks

The "Story Lady" Presents a program from Stark County Home as residents there receive Christmas Gifts from WCMW sponsors and listeners-10:30 WCMW

Santa Claus confuses Lou Costello with a Penguin on "The Abbott and Costello Show"- 11AM WHBC

Miracle For Christmas-Grand Central Station (Frank Sinatra-12:30 WGAR

"The Boy Who Sang For The King" will be presented on the "Dennis Day Show"-10PM WTAM

Canton Repository Program Listings
Saturday,December 25, 1948

900/92.5 WAND Canton (Now WCER and WDJQ, respectively)

7:45 Light Of The World
8AM News
8:05 Morning Melodies
8:30 Calvary Call
8:45 Organ Reveries
9AM Christmas Party
11AM Holiday Music
11:30 Victor Herbert
Noon Lunch Serenade
1PM Bing Crosby
1:30 Freddy Martin
2PM Fred Waring
2:30 Frank DeVol
3PM Loretta Young-"Littlest Angel"
3:30 Richard Himber
4PM Lionel Barrymore
4:30 Dave Dennis
5PM Weather/Sign-Off

WAND-92.5 FM Only
5PM Nutcracker Suite
5:30 Carnival
6PM Messiah
8PM Weather

1060/94.9 WCMW Canton (Now WILB and WQMX Respectively)

7:45 Man About Town
8AM Musical Clock
9AM Little Shepherd
9:15 Carol Singers
9:30 Santa Rides Again
10AM Fire Fighters
10:30 Old Folks Christmas-Stark County Home
11AM Man About Town
11:15 Children's Choir
11:30 Story Lady
12:15 Del Courtney
1PM Christmas Carols
2PM World Carols
2:15 Thanks for Christmas
2:30 Merchants
4PM Concert Hour
4:45 Voice Of The Army/Sign-Off

WCMW-94.9 Only
5PM Claude Thornhill
5:30 Russ Morgan
6PM Frankie Carle
6:15 Navy Band
6:30 Dinner Concert
7:30 Danceland

1100-WTAM NBC Cleveland

7AM News/Musical Clock
7:30 Musical Clock/News
8AM Jack Elton
8:15 Naval Reserve
8:30 News
8:45 Strike Up The Band
9AM Mind Your Manners
9:30 Cornich Choir
10AM King George VI
10:15 Mary Lee Taylor
10:30 Archie Andrews
11AM Meet The Meeks
11:30 Ed McConnell
Noon Edward Wallace (Early Newscaster on WNBK Channel 4)
12:15 Perry Brown
12:30 Marine Band
12:45 Guest Star
1PM Farm And Home Hour
1:30 Edward Tomlinson
1:45 Ohio News
2PM Kiddies Concert
2:30 First Piano Quartet
3PM Yes, a Santa (how listed..I am assuming this is Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus)
4PM Star Time
6PM Treasure House
6:15 News
6:30 NBC Symphony
7:30 Vic Damone
8PM Star Theater
8:30 Truth Or Consequences
9PM Your Hit Parade
9:30 Judy Canova
10PM Dennis Day
10:30 Grand Ole Opry
11PM News
11:15 Morton Downey
11:30 Guy Lombardo

1220 WGAR-CBS Cleveland

7AM Bill Mayer (News-Martin-Motor Melodies at 7:45)
9AM Christmas In Cleveland
9:45 St. Francis Hour
10AM King George VI
10:15 Chariot Wheels
10:30 Romance Drama
11AM News
11:15 Let's Pretend
11:30 Junior Miss
Noon Theater Of Today
12:30 Grand Central Station
1PM County Fair
1:30 Give and Take
2PM Stars Over Hollywood
2:30 Concert Orchestra
3PM BBC Singers
3:30 Dave Stephens
4PM Holiday Show
6PM Van Patrick
6:15 Bob Neal
6:30 Midwestern Hayride
7PM Audition Ambition
7:30 Vaughn Monroe
8PM Messiah
10:30 Minstrel Gitl
10:45 Decision Now
11PM News
11:15 Footlights Forum
11:30 Morgan's Musicale

1420 WHK Mutual-Cleveland

7AM News
7:15 Meditation
7:30 Spins and Needles
8AM World News
8:15 Breakfast Melody
8:30 Pat and Mike
9AM Hillbilly Music
9:15 Modern Revue
9:30 Polish Serenade
10AM King George VI
10:15 Book Caravan
10:30 Albert L. Warner
10:45 Rent Control
11AM Fire Safety
11:15 Story Teller
11:30 Magic Rhythm
12PM Smoky Mountain Hayride
12:30 Meet The Press
1PM Talent Parade
1:30 Christmas Story
2PM Polka
2:15 Polish Music
2:30 Hungarian Music
2:45 College Football-North/South Game
5PM Take A Number
5:30 True Or False
6PM Big Broadcast
8PM Twenty Questions
8:30 Cowboy Classics
8:45 Strikes and Spares
9PM True Or False
9:30 Guy Lombardo
10PM Take A Nubmber
10:30 Chicago Theater
11PM RCA Victor Choir
11:30 Eddy Duchin

1480/94.1 WHBC-ABC Canton

7AM News/Alarm Clock
8AM News/Top of the Morning
8:30 Morning Melodies
9AM Shopper's Special
10AM King George VI
10:15 Hansel and Gretel
11AM Abbott and Costello
11:30 Tomorrow's Headlines
11:45 Early Christmases In Canton-E.T. Heald of Stark County Historical Society
Noon News
12:15 Music Of All Nations
12:30 Fine Arts Quartet
1PM Maggie McNeils
1:30 Christmas Overseas
2PM Metropolitan Opera
5PM Tea and Crumpets
6PM News
6:15 Sports
6:30 Reminiscient Rhythm
6:45 Christmas Songs
7PM Episcopal Hour
7:30 Christmas Music
8PM Kay Starr
8:30 Famous Jury Trials
9PM Saturday Serenade
9:30 Amazing Malone
10PM Musical Etchings
10:30 Bing Crosby
11PM News
11:15 Sports Whirl
11:30 Hawthorn Thing (No idea what this is)

Next:Television locally:Christmas 1948

Friday, December 19, 2008

Bill Gordon .."Stay Smoochie You!" passes away..

Bill Gordon in 1955..Courtesy Cleveland Press Collection

Bill Gordon on the set of "The One O Clock Club" with Dorothy Fuldheim in 1959..

Veteran Radio and Television performer Bill "Smoochie" Gordon passed away from natural causes today at the age of 83..He worked for Various Cleveland radio stations from 1950-Into the 1990's, including WERE, WHK, and WBBG-1260. He also hosted "The One O Clock Club" with Dorothy Fuldheim on WEWS-TV 5 from the late 1950's till 1964 ..He also worked at WKBF-61 for awhile. He was very outgoing and was a pioneer of the freewheeling style of Radio..Prayers to his family at this time..

Cleveland Plain Dealer Obituary:

Bill Gordon on WEWS' Morning Exchange December 17, 1997..He discusses His history at WEWS, but mostly Dorothy Fuldheim..

Monday, December 15, 2008

Rankin-Bass: a Holiday Tradition..

Ending of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" with the Videocraft Logo

Rankin Bass Mid 1970's Logo..

Ad for a 1970's rerun of "Mouse On The Mayflower" sponsored by McDonalds..This and the image below courtesy Rick Goldschmidt's Blog..

"Bing Crosby" Mouse on the Mayflower ad, when it was hoped he would do the program..

Original TV Guide Ad for "Rudolph's" premiere Sunday December 6, 1964.

Featured earlier:Original Mouse on The Mayflower opening from NBC-1968

Today I thought we would focus on the iconic Rankin/Bass Productions, the company responible for many of the most beloved Holiday Specials of all time, Including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Little Drummer Boy and a host of others.

Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass founded Videocraft International in the fairly early 1960's..Their first project using what became called stop-motion animation was a "Pinocchio" series..This animation process became very famous with the premiere of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" on NBC's General Electric Theatre on December 6, 1964. This particular special, is probably the longest running animated Christmas Special still on the air-44 years running as of 2008..

Before this, Rankin/Bass produced a limited cel animation series of "Tales of the Wizard of Oz" in 1961 for national syndication. This series ran for several years on KYW-TV 3 in Cleveland on the "Barnaby" Show..

The success of "Rudolph" led to other specials like Cricket On The Hearth and Mouse On the Mayflower..Mad Monster Party came along in 1969..Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Coning to Town premiered by 1970.

Other Series produced by Rankin/Bass included Smokey the Bear, animated series based on the Jackson 5 and the Osmonds, and their most enduring regular series, Thundercats (1985).

Rankin/Bass Fan and collector Rick Goldschmidt has written some books about the Rankin/Bass Phenomenon,and has what may be one of the better websites about any entertainment company out there.."The Enchanted World of Rankin-Bass".. will be put in our permanent links)..The site, with the full support of Arthur Rankin Jr. , is a treasure trove of facts about the history of Rankin/Bass,. Including some video and audio clips, and rare advertisements..Including one in which Bing Crosby was recruited/hoped to be host-narrator on Mouse On The Mayflower..The Role that went to Tennessee Ernie Crosby turned down the offer..

Wikipedia on Rankin/Bass Productions..

One cannot imagine the Holiday Season without the likes of Rudolph and Frosty on our TV screens..and we have to thank Rankin/Bass for the great entertainment over the last 48 years or so..

PERSONAL NOTE:The Rankin-Bass Pages recently had a story about company founder Arthur Rankin Jr. being denied some 2.6 million dollars in profits from the use of this specials over the last 25 years or so by Warner Brothers because of a accounting error on Warners' Part..They refuse to pay Rankin on the basis that The 'statute of limitations' has run out..I generally don't try to comment on current events but this is just plain not right..More details and links on the Rankin-Bass Pages.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Alvin and the Chipmunks-Christmas Don't Be Late-1961

Here, from the CBS-TV "Alvin" Show in December 1961..The Original video version of "Christmas, Don't Be Late" with "David Seville" and his chipmunks Alvin, Simon, and Theodore..Seville was "played" by record producer/engineer Ross Badgasarian..The song, officially known as "The Chipmunk Song" dates back to 1958. Badgasarian had an earlier hit. "The Witch Doctor", using sped up voices..He adapted the sped up voice for three "chipmunks", which he voiced himself. "The Chipmunk Song" was Alvin and the Chipmunks' biggest hit and is still a fun holiday standard. After Ross Bagdasarian's passing in 1972, his son Ross Jr. Kept the Chipmunks alive through albums and an NBC Saturday Morning series from 1983-90..Along with a recent CGI feature film..

Alvin and The Chipmunks on Wikipedia..

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Andy Williams-Silent Night-1965

Here is Andy Williams singing the beautiful "Silent Night" in a 1965 Andy Williams Christmas Show..Andy was on NBC in a varitety series from 1962-67 and 1969-71..Donny Osmond has a brief introduction. The Osmonds are singing backup here..very nicely done..and in color..

Andy is still going strong at age 81, Headlining a Christmas Show in Branson, Missouri..

Monday, December 8, 2008

Friday, December 6, 1957

Early KYW-TV ad for Popeye Cartoons with Barnaby...Only having premiered a couple months before..As I said earlier in these pages, Popeye was aired continuously on Channel 3 from 1957-mid 1970's at least..

WJW-TV ad for the Syndicated"Last of the Mohicans" airing twice a week..Unusual for 1957..

A Pair of ad for part of the November-December 1957 CBS Lineup-Friday Nights-Trackdown at 8PM and Schlitz Playhouse of Stars at 9:30..

TV Guide:Ad for the "Voice of Firestone"Muisc/Opera/Fine Arts series..Originally on NBC Radio and Television from 1928-54..One of the few "highbrow" music series to have a long run on network TV..After it's cancellation by ABC in 1958, Firestone returned to ABC in Fall 1962 Sundays at 10PM but was cancelled again permanently in 1963.

Today we'll take a look at what was aired on my birthday, and during the week of November 30-December 6, 1957. just for the fun of it, (as all of this is, actually) something we did last year, highlighting 1960..This time, we will be looking at my avtual birth date in Canton, Ohio 12-6-57..

Editors Note:I do apologize for the not-so-good quality of the ads presented here. Quality of microfilm of early Magaines from Cleveland Public Library can be spotty at best, which is where I get most of my TV Guide listings from 1953-58....Sometimes you can only do so much with it..You can click any of the ads to read them a little better..

Weekday notes:

CBS-TV was trying to find a program to somewhat compete with the first hour of "Today"..In December 1957 Jimmy Dean held forth in the 7-8 AM hour with country music and variety..

WJW-TV had a Variety Show called "Good Idea", which aired from 8:45-10AM (Capt. Kangaroo was only 45 minutes in length).."Good Idea" was a program with guest interviews and music wrapped around syndicated sitcoms such as The Goldbergs, Halls of Ivy and Amos n Andy.

At 8:55 AM KYW-TV had a news break with Jay Miltner

Also at 8:55, WEWS had a news break with Court Stanton on Monday and Wednesday, and Bill Prentice Tuesday, Thursday and Friday..

News Crews:

News Pete French 6:55 and 11PM
Weather:Joe Finan 11:10
Sports:Bob Neal 11:15

News-Court Stanton Noon
Dorothy Fuldheim 6:30 PM
John B. Hughes 11PM
Sports:Ron Penfound, Paul Wilcox 6:50 PM
Weather:Bill Prentice 6:45 PM

6:40 Cleveland Today-No anchors listed

Warren Guthrie 11PM-Sohio Reporter

John Fitzgerald 11:10
Scotty Armstrong 11:15


News Jay Miltner
Sports Johnny Bell

(Saturday only-No Sunday newscasts-Movie at 10:30 PM)

News-Jim Doney
Sports-Jim Graner and Doug Adair (rotated Satrurdays and Sundays)

No weekend newscasts

Captain Penny's Fun Farm was on at 9AM on Channel 5..As well as Mr. Jingeling at 12:25 and 6:25 PM

NBC actually had a couple of Color afternoon programs Howard Miller (WFMJ-21) at 1PM and Matinee Theatre, a Five-a-week series of original teleplays..Very ambitious for afternoon programming..

"Ohio Story" a series of 10 minute shows on Ohio's History and development, aired at 3:50 PM Sundays on Channel 3..and 8:50 PM Thursdays on Channel 49.

Friday December 6, 1957

TV Guide Cleveland Edition..



7AM Today
8:55 News-Jay Miltner
9AM Cash On The Line-Tom Haley
Movie:Friends and Lovers-1931

10:25 Window-Women
10:30 Treasure Hunt-Jan Murray
11AM Price Is Right-Bill Cullen
11:30 Truth Or Consequences-Bob Barker
Noon Tic Tac Dough
12:30 It Could Be You-Bill Leyden
1PM Movie-The Secret Heart-1940
2:25 Window-Women
2:30 Bride And Groom
3PM Matinee Theatre-COLOR
4PM Queen For A Day-Jack Bailey
4:45 Modern Romances
5PM Blondie
5:30 Popeye-Barnaby
6PM Six o'Clock Adventure-Various half hour syndicated shows
6:55 News-Pete French
7PM Studio 57
7:30 Saber Of London
8PM Court Of Last Resort
8:30 Life Of Riley
9PM M Squad
9:30 Thin Man
10PM Gillette Boxing
10:45 Red Barber-guest Branch Rickey
11PM News-Pete French
11:10 Weather-Joe Finan
11:15 Sports-Bob Neal
11:20 Jungle-Cesare
11:30 Movie-Julia Misbehaves-1948
1AM Movie-Bewitched-1945 (Mystery)
2:30 News-Pete French


8:55 News-Bill Prentice
9AM Fun Farm-Ron Penfound
9:30 Paige Palmer
10AM Movie-Undercover-1943
11:30 Telecourse
Noon News-Court Stanton
12:05 Capt. Penny Noon Show-Ron Penfound
12:25 Mr. Jingeling-Max Ellis
12:30 Capt. Penny
1PM One O Clock Club-Dorothy Fuldheim, Bill Gordon
2:30 Beulah
3PM American Bandstand
3:30 Do You Trust Your Wife?-Johnny Carson
4PM American Bandstand
4:45 Santa's Toyland Party
5PM Buccaneers
5:30 Mickey Mouse Club
6PM Capt. Penny-This appears to be the first week of the evening show..started Monday December 2, 1957

6:25 Mr. Jingeling
6:30 Dorothy Fuldheim
6:45 Weather-Bill Prentice
6:50 Sports-Paul Wilcox, Ron Penfound
7PM Foreign Legionnaire
7:30 Rin Tin Tin
8PM Jim Bowie
8:30 Patrice Munsell-Music
9PM Frank Sinatra
9:30 Date With The Angels-Betty White
10PM Colt 45
10:30 Diamond Playhouse
11PM News-John B. Hughes
11:15 Tonight-Jack Paar-NBC
1AM News-Court Stanton


7AM Jimmy Dean
7:45 CBS News Richard C. Hottelet
8AM Captain Kangaroo
8:45 Good Idea-Variety
10AM Garry Moore
11:30 Strike It Rich-Warren Hull
Noon Hotel Cosmopolitan-Soap
12:15 Love Of Life
12:30 Search For Tomorrow
12:45 Guiding Light
1PM Movie-Within These Walls-1945
2:30 House Party-Linkletter
3PM Big Payoff-Randy Merriman/Bess Myerson
3:30 Verdict Is Yours
4PM Brighter Day
4:15 Secret Storm
4:30 Edge Of Night
5PM As The World Turns
5:30 Beat The Clock
6PM Action At Six-Kids
6:40 Cleveland Today
6:45 CBS News-Douglas Edwards
7PM Victory At Sea
7:30 Leave It To Beaver
8PM Trackdown
8:30 Zane Grey Theater
9PM Mr. Adams and Eve
9:30 Schlitz Playhouse
10PM The Lineup
10:30 Person To Person
11PM News-Warren Guthrie
11:10 Sports-John Fitzgerald
11:15 Weather-Scotty Armstrong
11:20 Movie-Everything Happens at Night -1939
12:45 Movie- The Man Who Walked Alone-1945



7AM Today
9AM Adelaide Snyder
10AM Arlene Francis
10:30 Treasure Hunt-Jan Murray
11AM Price Is Right-Bill Cullen
11:30 Truth Or Consequences-Bob Barker
Noon Tic Tac Dough
12:30 It Could Be You- Bill Leyden
1PM To Be Announced
1:15 Kitchen Corner-Mariner
2PM Howard Miller-COLOR
3PM Matinee Theatre-COLOR
4PM Queen For A Day
4:45 Modern Romances
5PM Fun House Gang
5:30 Popeye
6PM Sky King
6:30 News
6:45 Huntley-Brinkley
7PM Foreign Legionnaire
7:30 Saber Of London
8PM Court Of Last Resort
8:30 Life Of Riley
9PM M Squad
9:30 Thin Man
10PM Gillette Boxing
10:45 Red Barber-guest Branch Rickey
11PM News
11:20 This Concers You
11:30 Tonight-Jack Paar


7AM Jimmy Dean
7:45 CBS News
8AM Captain Kangaroo
8:45 Cartoon Classics
9AM Captain Kangaroo
9:45 Cartoon Classics
10AMGarry Moore
11:30 Strike It Rich
Noon Cartoon Carnival
12:15 Love Of Life
12:30 Movie-Laugh Your Blues Away-1943
2PM Beat The Clock
2:30 House Party
3PM Big Payoff
3:30 Verdict Is Yours
4PM Cartoon Classics
4:15 Secret Storm
4:30 Grizzly Pete
6PM My Little Margie
6:30 News
6:45 CBS News
7PM The Crusader
7:30 Leave It To Beaver
8PM Trackdown
8:30 Zane Grey Theater
9PM Mr. Adams and Eve
9:30 Schlitz Playhouse
10PM The Lineup
10:30 Person To Person
11PM News-Warren Guthrie
11:15 Movie-The Raven 1935


3PM American Bandstand
3:30 Do You Trust Your Wife
4PM American Bandstand
5PM Buccaneers
5:30 Mickey Mouse Club
6PM News
6:45 Flash Gordon
7:15 ABC News-John Daly
7:30 Rin Tin Tin
8PM Jim Bowie
8:30 Patrice Munsell
9PM Frank Sinatra
9:30 Date With Rge Angels
10PM Colt 45
10:30 News, Weather, Sports
11PM Duffy's Tavern
11:30 Film Drama



2:30 Movie-Twist Of Fate-English/1954
4PM Operation Blackboard
4:30 American Bandstand
5PM Movie-ShadownOf Death
6PM Looney Tunes
6:40 Sports, Weather, News
7:15 ABC News-John Daly
7:30 Movie-Conquest-1937
9:30 Date With The Angels
10PM Movie-Beachhead-1953

To conclude, I want to thank WIXY Grad for the kind Birthday greetings on his blog..Most of our next few blogs will focus on Christmas Season..My favorite time of the year..

Monday, December 1, 2008

Radio Daze:

Just a note to remind everyone of a TV special coming up tomorrow, December 2 at 9:30 PM on Western Reserve PBS (aka WNEO/45-WEAO-49)..Produced in part by Mike Olszewski and based on his book, Radio Daze, It is a ducumentary about the FM Music wars in Cleveland in the 1960's and 70's..

News release:

More Info and comments from Ohio Media Watch

Looks very interesting,,Had the opportunity to meet Mike Olszewski at Ghoulardifest in October. He is working on an extensive Cleveland TV History book to be released next year..

WJW-TV 1976-77 "City Camera" clips-Also Franz The Toymaker

From TV Guide August 18, 1966..An ad for the "Hoolihan the Weatherman" (Bob Wells) Noon Weather on WJW City Camera News..After he had been moved to Noon and weekend weather following the hiring of Dick Goddard at WJW-TV in March 1966..Also..This is an early use of the famed "ei8ht" logo which would be used from 1966-April 22, 1977-At the time of the WJW Call letter change to WJKW..It would be revived in a slightly different form in 1996 (without the CBS logo) in the "ei8ht is News" era..

Good morning:
Today Id thouight we'd share some of the oldest clips in the Ray Glasser (Videoholic)
Collection currently on YouTube..From the late "City Camera" era at WJW-TV "television 8" personalities include Jim Hale, Jeff Maynor, Murray Stewart, Hoolihan, Howard Hoffman,Jan Jones, Dick Goddard, Jim Mueller, and even Franz The Toymaker!

Franz the Toymaker from late 1960's-Early 1970's..Includes commercials and Channel 8 id..From Cleveland Memory Grenade

Part 2 of the "Franz" show above..

Some brief graphics from the 1976 era...sign-on, Intros to "CBS Evening News" and "Nite Movie"

1976 City Camera News Open:Jim Hale, Jeff Maynor, Dick Goddard, Jim Mueller

Also summer 1976:Howard Hoffman Noon Weather..Notice the ancient dials..

April 22, 1977:Also featured a while back:The changeover to WJKW-TV 8..The beginning of the "TV8" graphic which would be used for about 20 years,,While they were still "City Camera" by fall 1977 the "NewsCenter8" era would begin..

Again, thanks to Ray Glasser and Cleveland Memory Grenade for uploading these..

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Day-1962

TV Guide Closeup of Thanksgiving Parade Coverage

"Barnaby Goes to Plymouth" A KYW-TV Special starring of course, Barnaby {Linn Sheldon) featuring an reenactment of the first Thanksgiving..Filmed on location at Plymouth, Mass. and aired Thanksgiving night. The special was scheduled to be rebroadcast Saturday, November 23, 1963 at 7:30PM but presumably John F. Kennedy assasination coverage preempted/canceled it..

Cleveland Radio DJ(WNCX)/Broadcast historian Mike Olszewski recently uncovered this special, presumed "lost" for years..and Showed it to a warm, appreciative crowd October 19, 2008 at Ghoulardifest IV at the Holiday Inn, Independence, Ohio..In accordance with the wishes of the Linn Sheldon Family, it was only shown once, and there are no current plans to release it on DVD..

"The Pat Boone Show"..A Thanksgiving Day Special Variety hour featuring Patti Paige, Peter, Paul and Mary, Elaine Dunn and Phil Harris, in a rare TV appearance. This special was unusual in that it aired at 5:30 PM ET on NBC (WFMJ-21 Youngstown and WSEE-35 Erie, Pa.)

TV Guide Ad for the Dale Young Show, WJW-TV's attempt to create a local variety show similar to Channel 3's Mike Douglas and Channel 5's One O Clock Club..The show lasted from Fall 1962 to Spring 1963. Question:One of the gentlemen in the ad in obviously Dale Young, but who is the other guy in the picture?..Perhaps Jim Doney? He had been a cohost of this show with Young..

A brief look at Thanksgiving Day, 1962.The Thanksgiving Day Parades were "coordinated" by Bud Palmer and Chris Schenkel for NBC and Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo) for CBS. There was plenty of Football on the Three Networks..CBS had Green Bay at Detroit (when the Lions were actually competetive)..ABC carried the AFL New York Titans at Denver Broncos game..CBS also had the Texas A&M/Texas College Football Game.
There was a Barnaby Prime Time special, as noted in the above ad..In a different twist this time, I will include Erie and Toledo Programs in the listings below..

A special treat for the holiday..Gordon MacRae and 10 year old daughter Meredith singing "Count Your Bessings" on the NBC-TV Colgate Comedy Hour Thursday, November 28, 1954. Meredith MacRae grew up to become "Billie Jo Bradley" on Petticoat Junction, as well as appearing on many Game Shows and hosting a local talk show in Los Angeles..She passed away in 2000..Courtesy IraRona

Very recently found this, courtesy muttley16 at YouTube..The Original Prologue and opening titles for "Mouse On The Mayflower," A Rankin/Bass produced NBC animated special first shown in 1968..The Theme is sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford, who also stars in the special..I was fortunate to tape this special in a 1991 syndicated showing on WJW-TV 8..I consuider this cartoon a minor classic..

I would also like to take this time to wish the readers a Blessed and safe Thanksgiving Holiday..

TV Guide Listings
Thursday, November 22, 1962


6:20 News
6:25 Farm Fare
6:30 Columbia Lectures
7AM Today-Hugh Downs
8:30 Movie-Tom Sawyer 1938-SPECIAL
10AM Macy's Parade-SPECIAL COLOR
Noon News
12:30 Mike Douglas
2PM Merv Griffin-COLOR
3PM Loretta Young
3:30 Young Dr. Malone
4PM Make Room For Daddy
4:30 Barnaby, Popeye and Friends
5:05 Movie-Little Colonel 1935
6:30 News-Bill Jorgensen
6:40 Weather-Dick Goddard
6:45 Huntley-Brinkley
7PM Yogi Bear
7:30 Barnaby Goes To Plymouth-SPECIAL
8:30 Dr. Kildare
9:30 Hazel-COLOR
10PM Andy Williams-COLOR
11PM News-Jorgensen
11:10 Weather-Goddard
11:15 Steve Allen-Guests Tim Conway and Molly Bee
12:45 Movie-Alias a Gentleman 1948


8:55 News
9AM Cartoons
10AM Paige Palmer
11AM June Allyson
11:30 Yours For A Song-Bert Parks
Noon News-Randy Culver
12:10 Noon Show-Captain Penny
1PM One O Clock Club
2:30 Seven Keys
3PM AFL Football-NY Titans at Denver Broncos-Curt Gowdy, Paul Christman(NY Titans won 46-45)
5:45 Scoreboard-Paul Wilcox
6PM Captain Penny
6:20 Mr. Jingeling
6:30 Dorothy Fuldheim
6:45 News-Tom Field
6:55 Weather-Carolyn Johnson
7PM Ensign O' Toole (NBC) Guest Harry Morgan
7:30 Ozzie and Harriet
8PM Donna Reed
8:30 Leave It To Beaver
9PM My Three Sons
9:30 Mchale'a Navy
10PM Alcoa Premiere
11PM News-Tom Field, Joel Daly
11:15 Tonight-Johnny Carson-COLOR
1AM News


6:50 Meditation
6:55 News
7AM College of the Air
7:30 Rex Humbard
7:45 Clutch Cargo-Cartoons
8AM Captain Kangaroo
9AM B'Wana Don
10AM Thanksgiving Parades-Toronto, Detroit, Philadelphia
11:30 Sidelines-Bob Neal
11:45 Best of the Browns
Noon NFL Football-Green Bay At Detroit (Detoit Won 26-14)
3PM College Football-Terxas A&M at Texas-Terry Brennan, Jim Simpson (Texas won 13-3)
5:20 Scoreboard-Ken Armstrong
5:30 Mickey Mouse Club
6PM News-Ken Armstrong
6:05 Film Feature
6:55 Weather-Howard Hoffman
6:57 TV Editorial-Norman Wagy (How TV Guide listed it)
7PM City Camera-Doug Adair
7:10 Sports-John Fitzgerald
7:15 CBS News-Walter Cronkite
7:30 Mr. Ed
8PM Perry Mason
9PM The Nurses
10PM Adventures In Paradise-Syndicated Rerun-Instead of Alfred Hitchcock
11PM News-Warren Guthrie
11:10 City Report-Adair
11:15 TV Editorial-Wagy
11:18 Sports-Fitzgerald
11:23 Movie-Man Who Came To Dinner 1941
1:33 Code Of The Secret Service-1939



7:30 Comedy Carnival
8AM Captain Kangaroo
9AM Romper Room
10AM Macty's Parade-NBC
Noon Movie-Tom Sawyer 1938 (Same as shown on KYW-3 at 9AM)
1:20 Movie-Rulers of the Sea 1939
3PM College Football-Texas A&M/Texas
5:45 Movie-Rebel In Town-1956
6:25 Quick Draw McGraw
7PM News-Gordon Ward
7:15 News-John Saunders
7:30 Mr. Ed
8PM Perry Mason
9PM Real McCoys (CBS Sun. 9PM)
9:30 Hazel-NBC-COLOR
10PM Dr. Kildare (NBC Thurs. 8:30)
11PM News
11:30 Movie-A Lady Without a Passport 1950


7:20 Prayer For Today
7:25 Farm Report
7:30 Today-NBC (For some reason, 13 only carried 90 minutes)
9AM Camouflage-Don Morrow-ABC
9:25 Movie-Love Finda Andy Hardy 1938
11AM June Allyson
11:30 Yours For A Song-Bert Parks
Noon Movie-Larceny Inc. 1942 (Preempts Tennessee Ernie Ford)
1:30 Movie-Pied Piper of Hamelin 1957
3PM AFL Football-Titans/Broncos
5:45 ABC All Pro Scoreboard-Bob Wolff, Pat Hernon
6PM Deadline-Toledo News
7PM Wanted, Dead Or Alive
7:30 Ozzie and Harriet
8PM Donna Reed
8:30 Leave It To Beaver
9PM My Three Sons
9:30 King Of Diamonds-Broderick Crawford
10PM Premiere
11PM News-Warren Guthrie
11:10 News-Toledo
11:15 Weather (normally a TV Editorial at 11:20, but probably took the night off)
11:30 Tonight-Johnny Carson-COLOR
1AM Prayer For Today

Erie, Pa.


7:30 News
7:45 Cartoons
8AM News
8:30 Yoga For Health
9AM TV Enriches Learning
9:30 Movie-Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1939
11AM Jane Wyman Show
11:30 Yours For A Song-Bert Parks
Noon Tennessee Ernie Ford
12:30 Father Knows Best
1PM Best Of Groucho
1:30 Classroom
2PM Day In Court
2:30 Seven Keys
3PM AFL Football-NY Titans at Denver Broncos-Curt Gowdy, Paul Christman(NY Titans won 46-45)
5:45 ABC All Pro Scoreboard-Bob Wolff, Pat Hernon
6PM Huckleberry Hound
6:30 News
6:45 ABC News-Ron Cochran
7PM Ozzie And Harriet (ABC Thurs. 7:30)
7:30 Hennessey
8PM Donna Reed
8:30 Leave It To Beaver
9PM My Three Sons
9:30 Mchale'a Navy
10PM Alcoa Premiere
11PM News
11:30 Movie-Mrs. Miniver 1942


7:30 College Of The Air
8AM Today-NBC (1 hour only)
9AM Captain Kangaroo
10AM Thanksgiving Parades-Toronto, Detroit, Philadelphia
Noon NFL Football-Green Bay At Detroit (Detoit Won 26-14)
3PM College Football-Terxas A&M at Texas-Terry Brennan, Jim Simpson (Texas won 13-3)
5:30 Pat Boone Special-NBC-COLOR
6:30 Today's Golf Tips
6:40 News-Jim Dewart
6:45 CBS News-Walter Cronkite
7PM Broken Arrow-Western
7:30 Mr. Ed
8PM Perry Mason
9PM The Nurses
10PM Alfred Hitchcock
11PM News
11:25 Magic Moments In Sports
11:30 Tonight-Johnny Carson-COLOR



7AM Today
9AM People Are Funny
9:30 Leave It To The Girls
10AM Macy's Parade-COLOR
Noon Your First Impression-COLOR-Pamel:Inger Stevens, Paul Winchell, Larry Storch, Dennis James, and George Kirgo
12:30 Truth Or Consequences-Bob Barker
1PM News
1:15 Kitchen Corner-Mariner
2PM Merv Griffin-COLOR
3PM Loretta Young
3:30 Young Dr. Malone
4PM Make Room For Daddy
4:30 Here's Hollywood
4:55 NBC News-Sander Vanocur
5PM Film Feature
5;30 Pat Boone Special-COLOR
6:30 News
6:45 Huntley-Brinkley
7PM The Deputy
7:30 Bell Telephone Hour-COLOR SPECIAL Guests:John Raitt, Mahalia Jackson, Martha Wright, Poet Carl Sandburg
8:30 Dr. Kildare
9:30 Hazel-COLOR
10PM Andy Williams-COLOR
11PM News
11:30 Tonight-Carson-COLOR


7:25 College Of The Air
7:55 News
8AM Captain Kangaroo
9AM Romper Room
10AM Thanksgiving Parades-Toronto, Detroit, Philadelphia
Noon NFL Football-Green Bay At Detroit (Detoit Won 26-14)
3PM College Football-Terxas A&M at Texas-Terry Brennan, Jim Simpson (Texas won 13-3)
5:45 College Football Scoreboard
6PM Huckleberry Hound
6:30 News
6:45 CN+BS News-Cronkite
7PM Roving Camera-Stu Wilson
7:30 Mr. Ed
8PM Perry Mason
9PM The Nurses
10PM Alfred Hitchcock
11PM News-Warren Guthrie
11:10 Local News-Ken Thomas
11:15 Sports-Don Gardner
11:25 Movie Thundering Jets 1958


9AM Kartoon Showtime
10:30 Yoga For Health
11AM Jane Wyman Show
11:30 Yours For A Song-Bert Parks
Noon Tennessee Ernie Ford
12:30 Father Knows Best
1PM Movie-Miss Annie Rooney 1942
2:30 Seven Keys
3PM AFL Football-NY Titans at Denver Broncos-Curt Gowdy, Paul Christman(NY Titans won 46-45)
5:45 ABC All Pro Scoreboard-Bob Wolff, Pat Hernon
6PM Hopalong Cassidy
6:30 News
6:45 ABC News-Cochran
7PM Wanted-Dead Or Alive
7:30 Ozzie and Harriet
8PM Donna Reed
8:30 Leave It To Beaver
9PM My Three Sons
9:30 Mchale'a Navy
10PM Alcoa Premiere
11PM ABC News-Bill Shadel
11:25 Movie-The Keys of the Kingdom 1944


9:55 News
10AM Passport To Danger
10:30 High School Football-Probably the Akron City Series Championshp Game at the Rubber Bowl..
1PM Movie-A Guy Named Joe Part 1
2PM Day In Court
2:30 Seven Keys
3PM AFL Football-NY Titans at Denver Broncos-Curt Gowdy, Paul Christman(NY Titans won 46-45)
5:45 ABC All Pro Scoreboard-Bob Wolff, Pat Hernon
6PM Civic Forum of the Air
6:30 It's In The Bag
6:40 Sports-Bob Wylie
6:45 ABC News-Cochran
7PM News-Jack Fitzgibbons
7:15 Weather-Bill McKay
7:20 Talk Of The Town
7:30 Movie-The Marx Brothers At The Circus 1939
9PM My Three Sons
9:30 Interpol Calling-Police
10PM Alcoa Premiere
11PM ABC News-Shadel
11:10 Local News
11:15 Movie-Faithful In My Fashion 1946

Friday, November 21, 2008

November 1962-OSU-Michigan Week

TV Guide ad for a syndicated showing of "Sir Francis Drake" Wednesdays at 7PM on WKST-33 Youngstown. WKST began on Channel 45 in 1957, moving to Channel 33 in 1959. Channel 33 was remnamed WYTV in 1964. Channel 45 became WXTV, a failed independent from 1960-62, then WNEO PBS, Alliance Ohio in 1973..Channel 45's analog signal was shut off for good Wednesday, November 19, 2008 to make way for WNEO's digital signal, also on Channel 45, which signed on Friday, November 21, 2008.

TV Guide Ad for the syndicated "Knute Rockne Story" an hour long special aired on WJW-TV 8 Tuesday, November 27, 1962 at 7:30..Preempting "The New Loretta Young Show" and the "Lloyd Bridges Show."

June 1962 ad f0r Bill Jorgensen of KYW-TV 3's Eyewitness News "Night Edition" He would move across to TV 5 WEWS in the mid 1960's before starting a long career in New York City in 1967, first at WNEW-TV 5 and then at WPIX-11. He was among the first anchors onf INN news in the early 1980's..(Wikipedia)

!962 Ad for Warren Guthrie News. "The Sohio Reporter" aired not only on WJW TV 8, but WSPD-13 Toledo and WKBN-27 Youngstown

1962 TV Guide Ad for Mickey Mouse Club Reruns weekday on Channel 8.

WKBN ad for the Ohio State-Michigan Game..From TV Guide

This time, I thought we would look at the last week of November, 1962. Particularly with the Ohio State Michigan game coming up. The week in Television according to TV Guide..

Barnaby's Party on Saturdays (7:30-10AM) was a big 2 and one half hours long on KYW-TV 3..WJW countered at 8AM with B'wana Don, a show originating from Storer Broadcasting in Detroit and also aired in Toledo on WSPD-13.

WEWS-TV 5 carried Ensign O'Toole, a military comedy starring Dean Jones and Jack Albertson Thursdays at 7PM..What was unusual about this was that it was a current NBC program, usually carried Sundays at 7. KYW aired David L. Wolper's Biography Series in it's place.

ABC's only 2 color series were The Jetsons (Sunday, 7:30) and The Flintstones (Friday, 7:30.) However, Channel 33 Youngstown and 49 Akron did not carry these shows in color..

On the opposite side Outside of the above mentioned shows, The only show Channel 5 aired in color regularly was the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson..

Dale Young Time aired Monday-Friday 11-12 Noon on WJW-TV an answer to One O Clock Club on 5 and Mike Douglas on 3..The show only lasted from October 1, 1962-Into the Spring of 1963. Co hosts were Ernie Anderson and later, Jim Doney..

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was profiled in "The World of Jacqueline Kennedy" Friday, November 30, 1962 at 10PM on NBC (3,21)

The 1962 Michigan at Ohio State game was aired by the CBS Network with Lindsay Nelson, Jim Simpson and Terry Brennan as announcers..The 1962 game had similarities to this year's in that Ohio State had a winning record (6-3), though at 4-2 in the Big Ten they were tied with Northwestern for 3rd Place. Wisconsin won the Big Ten while Minnesota was second..Michigan was last with a 1-6 league record 2-7 overall.. Ohio State won the 1962 game 28-0.

In 2008 Michigan is next to last at 2-5 and 3-8 overall..while Ohio State at 6-1 and 9-2 is in a 3-way tie with Michigan State and Penn State for the Big Ten lead...

Saturday, November 24, 1962
TV Guide-Cleveland Edition




3 News

3 Columbia Lectures

8 Meditation

3 This Land Is Ours

3 Barnaby's Party-Sheldon/Conroy

8 Rex Humbard

8 B'wana Don
21 Time For Felix

5 News

5 Breakthru-Religion

21 Learn to Draw-Jon Gnagy

5 Cartoons
8-27 Captain Kangaroo
21 Bugs Bunny
33 Double Three Roundup

5 Inside Catholic Schools
21 Ruff and Reddy-COLOR

5 Lippy Lion

3-21 Shari Lewis-COLOR
8-27 Alvin

5 Learn To Draw-Jon Gnagy

3-21 King Leonardo-COLOR
5 Make A Face-Clayton
8-27 Mighty Mouse
33 Jeff's Collie (Lassie)

49 News

3-21 Fury
5 Quarterback Club-Ken Coleman
8-27 Rin Tin Tin
33-49 Make a Face

3-21 Magic Midway-Claude Kirchner
5-33-49 Top Cat
8-27 Roy Rogers

3-21 Make Room For Daddy-Early ABC Years
5-33-49 Bugs Bunny Show
8-27 Sky King

3-21 Exploring-COLOR
5-33-49 Allakazam-Mark Wilson
8-27 Reading Room

5-33-49 My Friend Flicka
8 College Closeup-John Fitzgerald
27 College Kickoff-Chris Schenkel

8-27 College Football-Michigan at Ohio State

3 Movie-Sailor's Holiday 1944
5 American Bandstand-Guest Tommy Roe
21 Mr. Wizard
27 Panorama
33 Hopalong Cassidy
49 This Is The Life

21 Movie-TBA
49 Movie-Hell Below 1933 (also to be aired on TV 3 at 1:35 AM)

3 Dimensions Three
5 WRU Perspective
33 Overland Trail

3 Inquest
5 Wide World Of Sports

3 Movie-Walk Swiftly, Stranger 1949
33 Cimarron City
49 Code 3-Police Drama

49 Passport To Danger

8 College Roundup-Ken Armstrong

8 Changing Times-Kiplinger
27 College Scoreboard

5-21 Horse Race-Display Handicap-Aqueduct
8 Film Feature
27 Movie-Main Street After Dark-1944
33 Footnote
49 Touchdown-Football

33 Canadian Travel

3-21 NFL Highlights
5 Captain Penny
33-49 Wide World Of Sports

3 News, Sports, Weather
5 Teenarena-Bill Baker
8 Wrestling-Cleveland
21 Captain Gallant
27 Wrestling-Youngstown

5 Captain Penny

3 Movie-California Conquest
21 NBC News-Sander Vanocur

21 Newa, Sports, Weather

5 Saturday News Roundup
8 Divorce Court
21 Checkmate
27 News-Dick Minton
33 Supercar
49 Top Star Bowling

5 Sports-Jim Brown

27 Sports-Don Gardner

5 Saturday News Roundup

5 Weather-Earl Keyes

5 San Francisco Beat
27 Whirlybirds
33 Beany and Cecil (Though the show is being fed from ABC in Color, Channel 33 shows it in Black and White)

3-21 Sam Benedict
5 Great Music-Chicago
8-27 Jackie Gleason
33-49 Roy Rogers/Dale Evans Show

3-21 Joey Bishop-COLOR
5-33-49 Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
8-27 Defenders

3-21 NBC Saturday Movie-Sailor of The King-1953
5-33-49 Lawrence Welk

8-27 Have Gun, Will Travel

5 Untouchables
8-27 Gunsmoke
33-49 Boxing-Don Dunphy

33-49 Make That Spare

3 News-Jack Bennett
5 News-Daniel Hackel
8 News-Jim Doney
21-27-33 News
49 Movie-Honky Tonk 1941

3 Weather-Ron Jay
5 Weather-Earl Keyes
8 Sports-Ken Armstrong
27 Sports-Don Gardner

3 Sports-Ken Goodman
5 Sports-Paul Wilcox
8 Weather-Howard Hoffman
27 Movie-All About Eve 1950
33 Movie-The Snake Pit 1948

3 Movie-Jeanne Eagles 1957
5 Movie-Stanley and Livingstone 1939
8 Movie-Crosswinds 1951
21 Movie-12 Angry Men 1957

8 Movie-$1,000 A Touchdown 1939

3 Movie-Hell Below 1933

Friday, November 30, 1962

3 News

3 Farm Fare

3 Columbia Lectures
21 Continental Classroom

3-21 Continental Classroom-COLOR

8 Meditation

8 News

3-21 Today-Hugh Downs
8 College Of The Air

27 College Of The Air

8 Rex Humbard

8 Clutch Cargo

27 News

8-27 Captain Kangarroo

5 News

3 Woodrow-Clay Conroy
5 Western Reserve Telecourse
8 B'Wana Don
21 People Are Funny
27 Romper Room
33 Kartoon Showtime

3 Best Of Groucho
5 Romper Room
8 Jack LaLanne
21 Leave It To The Girls

3 Felix-Cartoons
5 Paige Palmer
8 As The World Turns
21 Say When-Art James
27 Calendar-Harry Reasoner

21 NBC News-Edwin Newman

3-21 Play Your Hunch-Merv Griffin-COLOR
8-27 I Love Lucy
33 Yoga For Health

5 Cleveland TV Classroom

49 News

3-21 The Price Is Right-Bill Cullen-COLOR
5-33-49 Jane Wyman
8 Dale Young Time-Variety
27 McCoys (Real McCoys)

3-21 Concentration-Hugh Downs
5-33-49 Yours For a Song-Bert Parks
27 Pete and Gladys

3 News, Weather, Sports
5 News-Randy Culver
8-27 Love Of Life
33-49 Tennessee Ernie Ford
21 Your First Impression-COLOR

5 Noon Show-Children-Captain Penny

8-27 CBS News-Harry Reasoner

3 Mike Douglas
8 Search For Tomorrow
21 Truth Or Consequences-Bob Barker
27 News-Frank Leslie
33-49 Father Knows Best

27 Movie-Bonnie Prince Charlie 1949

8 Guiding Light

21 NBC News-Ray Scherer

5 One O Clock Club-Dorothy Fuldheim, Bill Gordon
8 Divorce Court
21 News-Youngstown
33 Susie-Ann Sothern
49 Movie-Men Of Boy's Town Part 2 1941

21 Kitchen Corner-Marjorie Mariner

33 Our Miss Brooks

3-21 Merv Griffin-COLOR
8-27 Password-Allen Ludden Panel:Betty White, Henry Morgan
33-49 Day In Court

33-49 ABC News-Alex Drier

5-33-49 Seven Keys
8-27 House Party-Art Linkletter

3-21 NBC News-Floyd Kalber

3-21 Loretta Young
5-33-49 Queen For A Day-Jack Bailey
8-27 Millionaire

3-21 Young Doctor Malone
5-33-49 Who Do You Trust?-Woody Woodbury
8-27 To Tell The Truth-Bud Collyer Panel:Joan Fontaine, Barry Nelson, Gene Rayburn and Phyllis Newman

8-27 CBS News-Douglas Edwards

3-21 Make Room For Daddy
5 Love That Bob!-Bob Cummings
8-27 Secret Storm
33-49 American Bandstand-Guest Fabian

3 Barnaby, Popeye and Friends-Linn Sheldon
5-33-49 Discovery '62
8 Edge Of Night
21 Here's Hollywood
27 Catholic School Story

27 Stanley-Cartoons

5-49 American Newsstand-Bill Lord
21 NBC News-Sander Vanocur
33 Casper and Company

5 Five O Clock Show-Captain Penny
(1) Three Stooges-A Plumbing We Will Go
(2) Little Rascals-Little Papa

8 Mickey Mouse Club
21 Movie-Bowery Batallion 1951
49 Movie-On Borrowed Time 1939

3 Movie-Gun That Won The West-1955

33 Double Three Ranch

8 Movie-Mystery Sea Raider-1940 (Ken Armstrong 5 minute Newscast at 6PM)

33 Lone Ranger

21 Century Milestones
27 Suppertime-Rex Humbard Family

5 Mr. Jingeling-Max Ellis

3 News-Bill Jorgensen
5 Dorothy Fuldheim
21-27-33 News

3 Weather-Dick Goddard
49 Sports-Bob Wylie

3-21 Huntley Brinkley Report
5 News-Tom Field
27 CBS News-Walter Cronkite
33-49 ABC News-Ron Cochran

5 Weather-Carolyn Johnson
8 Weather-Howard Hoffman

8 TV Editorial-Norman Wagy

3 Quick Draw McGraw
5 Ripcord
8 City Camera-Doug Adair
21 Highway Patrol
27 Mr. Lucky
33 Bat Masterson
49 News-Jack Fitzgibbons

8 Sports-John Fitzgerald

8 CBS News-Walter Cronkite
49 Weather-Bill McKay

49 Best Food Buys

3-21 Shakespeare-SPECIAL/COLOR Preempted International Showtime
5-33-49 Gallant Men
8-27 Rawhide

3-21 Sing Along with Mitch-Mitch Miller-COLOR
5-33-49 Flintstones-COLOR (B&W on 33, 49)
8-27 Route 66

5 I'm Dickens-He's Fenster
33 M Squad
49 Movie-The Big Lift-1950

3-21 Don't Call Me Charlie!-Comedy
5-33 77 Sunset Strip
8-27 Fair Exchange

3-21 World of Jacqueline Kennedy-SPECIAL (Preempts Jack Paar)

5 The Third Man
8-27 Eyewitness
33 Wyatt Earp

3 News-Bill Jorgensen
5 News-Tom Field, Joel Daly
8-27 News-Warren Guthrie
21 News
33-49 ABC News-Bill Shadel

3 Weather-Dick Goddard
8 City Report-Doug Adair
27 News-Ken Thomas
33 News-Don Parcher
49 News-Akron

3 Steve Allen
5 Tonight-Johnny Carson-COLOR
8 TV Editorial-Norman Wagy
27 Sports-Don Gardner
49 Movie-Rendezvous 1935

8 Sports-John Fitzgerald

8 Movie-Cloak and Dagger 1946

27 Movie-Hell's Island 1955
33 Movie-Gentleman's Agreement 1947

21 Tonight-COLOR

3 Movie-Homecoming 1948

5 News

8 Movie-The Case Of The Black Cat 1936

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Little Housekeeping..

Hello Folks:
Just a note to make everyone aware of a little Blog "Housekeeping" as it were. Two of the links on the left margin of the blog have been deleted..

Nostalgia Links..The Lady that was doing the site let the domain name lapse..

Clarke Ingram's DuMont History Site-Clarke's site had been hosted on AOL Hometown which went out of business at the end of October. If Clarke ever restarts the DuMont site, the link will be added back.

Also, Tonight I added a new link..Tri-State Media Watch, focusing on the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky-Southern Indiana Region. A 23 year old internet radio programmer from Florence, Ky. started the blog about a week ago, and seems to be doing a good job. He was inspired to begin his own blog from Ohio Media Watch..Best of luck to this young man..

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

RIP:Herb Score (1933-2008)

Early 1950's Sports Illustrated Cover-Courtesy

The Voice of Baseball in Cleveland has been silenced..

Herb Score,retired TV and Radio Broadcaster for the Cleveland Indians..Passed away this morning at the age of 75 after a long illness. He began in baseball as a promising left-handed pitcher for the Indians in the mid 1950's..An unfortunate accident on May 7, 1957 in which Score was struck in the eye by the Yankees' Gil McDougald, effectively limited his career. Though he came back to pitch, Arm problems eventually forced his retirement 1n 1964 after pitching for the Indians and Chicago White Sox. He immediately began his broadcast career on Indians Telecasts from 1964-67, then on radio from 1968-97..That era up until 1994 saw some of the worst Indians teeams, leading fellow broadcaster Joe Tait to comment "Herb has seen more bad baseball than anyone in Cleveland"..

To this longtime Indians fan (since 1970) it felt good to see Herb be able to broadcast some winners in the 1990's, including 2 world series teams (1995, 1997).Though sadly, neither won..Shortly after retiring, in 1998, Herb was involved in an auto sccident in New Philadelphia, Ohio that led to his longtime illness..

Prayers and good thoughts go out to the Score family, and to the Cleveland Indians Family at this time..

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Monday, November 3, 2008

WEWS Eyewitness News 1978-Bill Jacocks on "Video Piracy"

The following YouTube video is from an WEWS-TV 5 Eyewitness News report 30 years ago on the new at-that time Video Cassette Recorder. Prices were starting to come down on the devices at the time, and a new era in home entertainment dawned..The aspect of taping your favorite show to watch at a later time began to be a commonplace thing in homes across America.

The report also touched on a subject that is still controversial today..Video Piracy..In 1978 there were already underground networks trading and selling the latest Feature Film Videos..Legitimate Video sales were just beginning..Early home video camera were shown..There was already a mention in this report about Video Laser Discs on the horizon..The Technology has come a long way in the last 30 years with DVR's and YouTube..

Dave Patterson and Ted Henry are the News Anchors here..Ted jokingly goes out to a commercial saying something like, "After the break, Bill Jacocks introduces a 5-part series on Home Video Recorders..So, if you have one, roll your tape when we come back."

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Big Chuck! Book Review

Cover of "Big Chuck! Courtesy Gray and Company

Back Jacket of "Big Chuck!" Courtesy Gray and Company

Tonight I'd like to review "Big Chuck! My Favorite Stories from 47 years on Cleveland TV" Published by Gray and Company, publishers of many books about Cleveland and it's personalities in the last several years. Written by "Big Chuck" Schodowski with Cleveland Plain Dealer Columnnist Tom Feran..

The Book reads as if Big Chuck is sitting next to a group of friends, having a cup of coffee or other favorite beverage. He tells of being a sickly youngster, growing up in the lower middle class Harvard/East 71st street neighborhood in Cleveland. He gained a good work ethic early in life delivering the Cleveland News, then the Press, before he was a teenager..

He tells of working in a Foundry for 8 years, befriending his black co-workers, who gave him appreciation for Jazz and Blues Music, which would be a hallmark of his early work on "Ghoulardi"

Realizing he ddint want to work in the Foundry for his whole adult life, Chuck took his first class radio license classes, one day a week for 3 years, Leading to a summer job as a Camera Operator for KYW-TV 3 in 1960. Despite some early mishaps, he won the respect of his TV 3 co-workers by the end of the summer. He was recommended for an engineer's job at WJW-TV 8. The bulk of the book, of course is about his career at TV 8, where he says he never was told he was a permanent employee.

Chuck tells of his special relationship with Ernie "Ghoulardi" Anderson, working behind the scenes with Bob Soinski..Contributing to the "Ghoulardi Show" from 1963-66
when Ernie left for California..The Ghoulardi/Big Chuck/Lil John All Stars when everybody had a good time, or else..LOL..some wild stories there..

Then to the Hoolihan/Big Chuck years, the skts (2000 produced over the years)..Celebrities Chuck worked with, that respected Chuck, even in doing silly things..Becoming producer/director at TV 8, even doing movies for Storer Television..

There are very good pictures throughout the book all put in their proper conterxt..
The Gray Co. description says that Chuck's writing style is "Cleveland to the Bone".
Very good description of Big Chuck, who says in the Introducktion he was "Born and Died in Cleveland"

This is an excellent book, especially if you are a fan of the WJW-TV 8 Horror Host tradition spanning 44 years..If one is just a fan of Local Television. this is a book you wont be able to put down. As much as Chuck told, there seems to be so much more he could tell in a second volume..

Website of Gray and Company:

Look over some of their other books..A lot of Interesting Cleveland/Northeast Ohio subjects..

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Jan Jones-City Camera Weather-December 1976

Here, from December 23, 1976, is Jan Jones (known then as Jan Paulich Jones) hosting 6PM City Camera Weather..With her are Jim Hale, Jeff Maynor and Jim Mueller on Sports..Ms. Jones' Smiling face has been on Cleveland TV for over 30 years..She was on the Morning Exchange at WEWS-TV 5 from about 1979-87 with Fred Griffith (now on TV 3's Good Company) and the late Joel Rose.and had also been a cohost of Channel 8's PM Magazine with Michael Stanley. Notice Jan's dress..very 70's style..classy..

Notice also the Weather dials..Old fashioned in the age of radars and weather satellites. Thanks to Videoholic 50's-70's (Ray Glasser) for this nice clip..

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ghoulardifest Report

Bob "Hoolihan" Wells with son Bob Wells, Jr. Compliments member Midwave

My wife Linda and I with "Big Chuck" Schodowski

With "Lil John" Rinaldi

Just wanted to give a report on the Ghoulardifest October 17-19. It was a big success..I finally got to meet 3 men who have become heroes to me..Big Chuck Schodowski, Lil John Rinaldi and Bob "Hoolihan" Wells..They were there the entire weekend, and it was awesome..I was always told they were very approchable and friendly to fans, and that is so true..They do not act the "TV Star"..Very refreshing in this day and age..

There were lots of dealer tables, and despite the potential "horror tv" angle on
everything, it was all very much family friendly. Big Chuck's book was introduced that weekend, and is selling well on review of "Big Chuck" will be forthcoming soon..

There were several question/answer sessions, moderated by "Doktor Goulfinger". a California Horror Host/historian as well as stories by Chuck, John and Hoolihan..They were among the highlights of the fest..
A special time Friday Night was sharing in Bob Wells' 75th Birthday celebration..

Saturday Morning was a recreation of a Skit "Readings By Robert" With Bob Wells and Chuck..

Aside from the book...There are 2 more new DVD's that Big Chuck is selling..

"Oldies Only" 1968 Hooli-Chuck Awards
1979 Last Hoolihan Show
1979 First Lil John Show..(No movies)

The 1968 Show is special because..The Show was moved to Saturdays September 28, 1968. The Channel 8 Program Director wanted the show to die on Saturdays so he could cancel it..Parts of skits from 1966-68 are here in an "award show" format. Within weeks the resulting controversy moved the show back to Fridays.

Big Chuck and Lil John Holiday Specials
3 Holiday Specials (Summer, Halloween, Christmas) from Fox 8 in the 1990's-38 skits in all..

More Info..

I have to credit the folks at the website, who did a lot of the Festival organizing, and especially Promoter Ron Garsteck, who put it all together..There is already talk about Ghoulardifest 2009..We'll keep you updated..

Personal note:It was great to meet Mike and Kris While and family, as well as several of the regulars..

Compliments Hugo Sleestak..Saturday Ghoulardifest Opening..Emcee is Jim Szymanski

Recreation of "Readings By Robert" with Hoolihan and Big Chuck. Chuck relates how they did this once on the air....Live..Because Chuck and Hoolie were mad at the TV 8 General Manager..Chuck said they would just deny it, because it wasnt on tape..
Also compliments Hugo Sleestak..