With the NBA Finals coming up in the next several days, I thought I would indulge in a bit of NBA nostalgia..I've been an NBA fan since the 1968-69 season when I listened to many of the Cincinnati Royals games on WLW-700 in Cincinnati.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers came in the league in 1970-71 I listened to them on the old WCUE-FM 96.5 (Now WAKS)..WERE 1300, the Cavaliers flagship station for the first 2 Cavs seasons..was and is now unable to be heard in Canton..WEWS Channel 5 carried Cavaliers games from 1970-73..
This clip is from the Chicago-Golden State Western Conference Final Game 7 May 14, 1975. Brent Musberger and Oscar Robertson are the announcers..The main attraction of this clip is the intro theme..very catchy..
Lyrics to "NBA on CBS"
Give it all you got,
Take your your very best shot
And may the best team win.
The time is now, the name of the game is action.
They're on the floor,
And they're ready to score,
So let the game begin,
And let's see how the ball's going to bounce today
Welcome to N-B-A
Come on, and join the roar of the crowd"
Here's another classic about,
To come your way...
You'll see the best in basketball
When you watch the N-B-A,
When you watch the N-B-A on C-B-S.
(N-B-A on C-B-S, N-B-A on C-B-S, ... etc. fading out)
When the NBA moved from ABC to CBS after the 1972-73 season it didnt seem right to me..The NBA BELONGED on ABC..Of course, fans got used to the NBA on CBS over time and these days it doesnt matter..
Thanks to jkygogo for originally posting the clip..
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Akron Beacon Journal Ad for the "Jack Clifton Sunshine Club" on WCUE-AM 1150 Monday through Saturday...(1956)..WCUE was ultimately given away to Family Stations of Oakland, California, who have run a Satellite-fed conservative religious format since November 1986.."Family Radio"
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Saturday, May 24, 2008
TV Guide Ad for a Sunday, February 19th, 1956 CBS/TV 8 showing of "The Honest Man" starring Jack Benny and Zsa Zsa Gabor on GE Theater with Ronald Reagan..Incidentally, this program is currently part of a 40-show Jack Benny DVD set from Mill Creek Entertainment.
TV Guide Ad for what was the last Movie shown on Channel 3 as WNBK Sunday Night February 12, 1956 at 11PM
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Friday, May 16, 2008
Here is a repost of a YouTube video from a few weeks back,,Featuring Chuck Schodowski and Ernie Anderson on the final aired episode of "Parma Place" in 1966. This was done on the WJW-TV 8 "Ghoulardi" show weeks before Anderson headed for Hollywood and his ABC-TV voiceover career..Chuck and Bob "Hoolihan" Wells would take over the Ghoulardi time slot in December, 1966..It was said by some that Hoolihan and Big Chuck lost the "edge" that Ghoulardi had and "played it too safe" in their skits. I contend that the show eventually had to have a different texture or it would never have lasted as long as it did..Thanks to bigchuckandliljohn.com for posting this gem..
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
From November 1957..Ad for Tom Haley's Cash On The Line Movie slot..This was actually one of the first changes Westinghouse made when acquiring WNBK/KYW..The movie show began as "Morning Surprise" ..Apparently changing its name to "Cash on the Line" later on..Tom Haley was the longest running air personality at any one station in Cleveland History..Starting at WNBK-4 in 1948 and ending at WKYC-3 in 1997..49 years!
I apologize for the quality of the picture..Sometimes the microfilm goes dark when it prints..But I felt this was too important not to include..
UPDATE: Thanks to a friend of mine from bigchuckandliljohn.com, "Hugo Sleestak" for inverting the picture for me and making it look a bit better..It is much appreciated..
TV Guide Ad for WJW-TV 8's "Noon Report"..Mid-1960's
I would like to introduce everyone to yet another new link..The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia have been around since 1962..An association of current and former Philadelphia Radio and TV Broadcasters banding together to preserve Broadcast History in the Philadelphia area..One of their leaders, Gerry Wilkinson, was kind enough to allow me to use a Vintage KYW-TV slide to illustrate the post below about KYW's early days in Cleveland. Their website is a treasure trove of Vintage audio, video and photis from the History of Broadcasting in what is called "The Delaware Valley"..I have enjoyed their site for years and I'm sure you all will too..
Also..I thought I'd freshen up the blog with a new look..Please let me know if you like it..or not..Besides the cosmetic changes, links are now on the left of the page..Have a great day everyone..
Monday, May 12, 2008
KYW-TV 3 Station ID Slide...from likely 1957-58.. Special Thanks to Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia for the use of this image from their Archives
From Jerry Immel:KYW-Radio Transcription Disc Label..
TV Guide listing for Feb. 14, 1957..Probably a highlights show.. along with a Newspaper ad for the "Twin Hearts" Ball At Cleveland Arena that same evening..(Courtesy Jerry Immel)
"WBC" Ad touting how perfect KYW and Cleveland would be for each other..From the same TV Guide as the other ad below..
Ad/Article from TV Guide the week of Feb.11, 1956 on the occassion of WNBK's call letter change to KYW-TV. Courtesy Atlanta area voiceover artist Jerry Immel.
Our first posting in a while will highlight the NBC/Westinghouse swap of 1956-WPTZ-TV-AM to Cleveland (adding FM in the process)(with 3,000,000 dollars) and WNBK-AM-TV to Philadelphia(As WRCV). WPTZ had been bought in 1952 by Westinghouse from Philco Corp...To preserve the KYW Call Letters, then on their AM station at 1060 khz..They transferred them to Cleveland as KYW-TV 3, KYW-AM 1100 and KYW-FM 105.7..KYW had been in Chicago from 1921-34 before moving to Philadelphia..below are TV Guide listings:WNBK's final full day In Cleveland... and the first day of KYW-TV.
TV Guide Cleveland Edition
Sunday February 12, 1956
8AM TV Sunday School
8:30 The Christophers
9AM Catholic Hour
10:30 Youth Wants to Know
11AM American Forum
11:30 Pat Patterson
12:30 Norman Vincent Peale
12:45 Strange Adventure
1PM Movie-Japanese War Bride
2:30 Movie-In Old Sacramento
4PM Wide Wide World-Dave Garroway
5:30 Captain Gallant
6PM Meet The Press
6:30 Roy Rogers
7PM It's A Great Life-Comedy
8PM Colgate Comedy Hour-Johnathan Winters, Peter Donald, Stan Freberg
9PM Philco/Goodyear TV Playhouee
10PM Loretta Young
11PM Movie-Best Of Hollywood-Spitfire
Monday, February 13, 1956
9AM Variety Hour
10AM Ding Dong School
10:30 Ernie Kovacs
11AM Home-Arlene Francis
11:45 KYW-TV-Opening Ceremonies
Noon Tennessee Ernie Show
12:30 Feather Your Nest
1PM Movie-I Love Trouble
2:30 My Little Margie
3PM Matinee Theater
4PM Date With Life
4:15 Modern Romances
4:30 Queen For A Day
5PM Pinky Lee
5:30 Howdy Doody
6PM Ramar Of The Jungle
6:30 Watch the Birdie
6:35 Sports-Tom Manning
7PM My Little Margie
7:30 Tony Martin
7:45 John Cameron Swayze-NBC News
8PM Sid Caesar
9:30 Robert Montgomery Presents-Gene Rayburn in dramatic role
10:30 Man Behind The Badge-Syndicated
11:05 Weather-Joe Finan
11:15 Little Theater
11:30 VP Richard Nixon-Lincoln Day Dinner Speech-Special