Thursday, August 27, 2009

Added a new link

Just added a permanent link on "My Other Sites" to the Northeast Ohio TV Log Page..(Should have done it a week or so ago) It also has been updated with some TV 8 dates up to 1967..Have a good day all.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cleveland TV 1952 Part 2-Pre Tv Guide

Scene from Rocky King, Detective..One of the more popular DuMont shows.

From Early January 1953-TV Today=An Introductory article on WKBN-TV 27's debut in Youngstown

Jack Benny and Isaac Stern on the "Jack Benny Program"

Today, we'll conclude our look at April 1952 in Cleveland TV through "TV Today" by posting the Sunday April 20 and Monday April 21, 1952 schedules..Here is a link to the previous post on July 13, 2009

Sunday, April 20, 1952


Noon NBC Symphony
1PM Frontiers of Faith
1:30 American Inventory
2PM Battle Report (Korea)
2:30 American Forum Of The Air
3PM Fairmeadows USA-Serial
3:30 TV Recital Hall
4PMMeet The Press
4:30 Sarah Churchill, Hall Of Fame
5PM Zoo Parade
5:30 Meet The Masters-Music
6PM Roy Rogers
6:30 Magic Gate-Dave Kaigler
7PM Royal TV Showcase
7:3o Young Mr. Bobbin
8PM Colgate Comedy Hour
9PM Philco/Goodyear TV Playhouse
10PM Red Skelton
10:30 To Be Announced
11PM Feature Film-Mainline Theater
Midnight-World News


9AM News
9:05 TV Sunday School
10AM Film
10:45 Polka Date-Paul Nakel
11AM Star Babes
11:30 Guest Star-Studio Show
11:45 Film Shorts
Noon Gene Carroll
1PM Polka Parade-Johnny Vadnal
1:30 Film
2PM Great Books
2:30 Film Features
3PM Film Feature
3:30 To Be Announced
4:30 University Circle
5PM Super Circus-ABC
6PM Range Rider
6:30 John Carroll Presents
7PM Gene Autry
7:30 Jack Benny
8PM Toast Of The Town-Ed Sullivan
9PM Fred Waring
9:30 Break The Bank-Bert Parks
10PM Celebrity Time-Conrad Nagel
10:30 Royal Playhouse
11PM News/Sign-Off


10:30 A Story For Sunday
11:30 In The Park-Fantasy
Noon Ranger Joe
12:15 Hippodrome-ABC
12:30 Candy Carnival-Gene Crane-CBS
1PM Here's The Pitch-Gail Egan
1:15 Indians Baseball vs. Detroit Bob Neal/Red Jones (Doubleheader:Cleveland won both games 3-2 and 7-2)
6PM Space Patrol-ABC or Baseball Scoreboard (Schedule had both)
6:30 To Be Announced
7PM Not For Publication-DuMont
7:30 Foursquare Court-ABC
8PM King's Crossroads-ABC
9PM Rocky King-DuMont
9:30 Plainclothesman-DuMont
10PM The Ruggles-ABC
10:30 What's My Line?-CBS
11PM CBS Sunday News

Monday April 21,1952

7AM Today-Dave Garroway, Local News with Tom Haley
10AM Home Cooking-Louise Winslow
10:30 Winner Take All-Bill Cullen
11AM Charming Children
11:30 Idea Shop-Mildred Funnell/Gloria Brown
Noon Ruth Lyons' 50 Club-NBC Network version
12:30 It's a Problem
1PM One O Clock Playhouse-Lawson Demming
2:30 Living Fashion-Maggie Byrne
3PM Big Payoff-Randy Merriman, Bess Myerson
3:30 Ralph Edwards Show-Premiere
4PM Kate Smith
5PM Hawkins Falls
5:15 Gabby Hayes
5:30 Howdy Doody
6PM Buckskin Billy
6:45 Today's News
7PM Kukla, Fran and Ollie
7:15 Goldbergs
7:30 Those Two-Pinky Lee and Vivian Blaine
7:45 Camel News Caravan-Swayze
8PM Paul Winchell/Jerry Mahoney
8:30 Voice Of Firestone
9PM Lights Out
9:30 Robert Montgomery Presents
10:30 Who Said That?-Quiz
11PM Front Page News
11:05 Sports Scene
11:10 Hollywood Theatre
Midnight Final Edition


8AM News
8:05 Morning Melodies
8:30 Beauty For You-Paige Palmer
9AM Western Reserve University
9:30 Mixing Bowl
10AM CBS News
10:15 Arthur Godfrey
10:30 Bride And Groom
10:45 Al Pearce-Premiere
11:30 Strike It Rich-Warren Hull
Noon Frances Langford, Don Ameche Show-ABC
1PM Women's Window-Ethel Jackson
1:30 Garry Moore Show
2:30 First 100 years-Serial
2:45 Mike Wallace/Buff Cobb (Then Husband/Wife)
3:30 Bert Parks Show
4PM News
4:05 On The House-Bob Dale
5PM Uncle Jake's House-Gene Carroll
5:30 Western Film
6PM Supper Serenade
6:25 Mr. Weather Eye
6:30 Highlights of The News-Dorothy Fuldheim
6:45 Pooch Parade
7PM Perry Como
7:15 Thanks To The Engineer
7:30 CBS-TV News-Douglas Edwards
7:45 Judge Roy Scott
8PM Lux Video Theatre
8:30 Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts
9PM I Love Lucy
9:30 Claudia:Story Of A Marriage
10PM Studio One
11PM Polka Revue
Midnight-News Summary


11AM Ted Anthony News
11:15 Film Shorts
11:30 Good Neighbors
Noon The Egg And I-CBS
12:15 Love Of Life-CBS
12:30 Search For Tomorrow-CBS
12:45 Film Shorts
1PM Alice Weston
1:30 Midday Movie-Alan Freed, Grant Wilson
3:30 Film Shorts
4PM Pause For Pleasure-Russ Carlyle
4:30 Film Shorts
4:45 Comedy Carnival
5PM Tune Inn
5:15 Dinner Winner-Rena and Bob Ledyard
5:30 Desert Deputy-Western Films
6:30 Tom Corbett-ABC
6:45 Evening News-Bob Rowley
7PM Captain Video-DuMont
7:30 Hollywood Screen Test-ABC
8PM Out Of The Fog-Mystery-ABC
8:30 Johns Hopkins Science Review-DuMont
9PM Guide Right-DuMont
9:30 Bill Gwinn Hollywood Show-ABC
10PM Wrestling-Hollywood (Film)
11PM Warren Guthrie News
11:10 Today's Top Story-Sanford I. Whitman
11:15 Sports Final
11:20 Nite Owl Theatre
12:45 Sign-Off

Quick Note-Comment Moderation

Good Morning:
An Issue has come up recently that, until now I havent had to do much with. 99% of the comments have been on topic and courteous, and while I dont mind an occasional "pointed" comment, everyone has been pretty respectful and I appreciate that.

The only problems I've had really at all has been spam and that has been pretty rare..However, in the last week 4 variations of the same "comment" have been left-In Japanese yet! That in itself wouldnt be such a problem except that These were all under the same posting and as fast as I would delete it, it would come back.. Clicking the link to the Japanese text leads to an Adult video site..As a result, I am going to try moderation for a while, so I'll see your comments before they are published..Thanks all for your understanding..

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Link-Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol Book

Cover of "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol" The Making of the First Animated Christmas Special" by Darrell Van Citters..Released July 2009..

"Broadway" (Great to Be Back) Opening to "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol"

Animation Producer/Director Darrell Van Citters has recently put out a new book about the making of "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol"..From samples I've seen, it looks to be very well done.Closer to the Holidays, I expect to be able to fully review this book. For now, here is the book's webpage..

Review by Cartoon Historian Jerry Beck

Magoo's Carol is the first animated holiday special I ever saw and has a warm spot in my heart..

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Random Radio stuff....mostly

Courtesy Radio Survey Archive.. WINW Top 15+20 music survey for February 20, 1971

WINW Aircheck May 1986 from

Our friend Ed Thomas has once again come through with some really good vintage photos..Mostly from WINW-1520 Canton "Win-Wonderful"

WINW-1520 Coverage Map-Notice their secondary coverage area doesnt even hit Akron..Because the FCC in their wisdom, allocated both WINW and WKNT Kent. Ohio 1520 Khz with 1000 watts power in 1966..A situation still in effect today..

Pictures from WINW-Top:WINW Car presumably used for remotes and possibly news.second:Studio picture..Third:The WINW Lobby Fourth:Outside of the studios at 4111 Martindale Rd. NE, probably the late 1960's.

WFAH AM/FM Alliance Coverage Map..Probably 1969 or after..WFAH-FM was on 101.7 from 1950-68 (101.7 was WJER-FM Dover from 1968-2007 and is now WHOF Canton. ) 92.5 is now WDJQ (92.5 Had been WAND-FM Canton in the 1950's)1310 is now WDPN.

A pair of artifacts from WIXY-1260 Cleveland..I dont know if "Cindy" was an on air personality, but she was at least a board operator perhaps..Also:A WIXY Bumper Sticker

Finally:A very good looking copy of the WAKR-TV 23 logo from the 1970's..

As always, Grateful thanks to Ed Thomas for sharing these rarities with us..

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Link-TC (Twin Cities) Media

2007 WCCO-TV Logo

Good Morning:
I am always looking for new sites that have good historical content, videos, etc..from all over the country..Tom Oszman apparently taped a lot of newscasts and other programming from his native Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area from the 70's-90's..He has assembled much of this footage into his website, also are specials and even a Bowling For Dollars episode..Also has current links to Twin Cities TV stations..very well done..

Friday, August 14, 2009

Musician Les Paul dies at 94...

Album Cover..Les Paul and Mary Ford..

Les Paul, who revolutionized Guitar playing and recorded sound, passed away yesterday at the age of 94..He was mainly known for introducing the solid-body electric guitar to the world of music..He was also known for experimenting with electronic sounds in such a way that it ultimately changed the way music is played.
New York Times Obituary:

Along with his then-wife, Mary Ford, Mr. Paul had his biggest success in the mid 1950's with many hit records, including "Vaya Con Dios"..That success led to a 5-minute TV series, "Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home" that was nationally syndicated..Sponsored by Listerine and Richard Hudnut, the series was seen in Cleveland on WJW-Channel 8..usually following The 6 or 11PM Newscasts..The show seems a bit hokey watching it today..Mary is doing something in the home while Les just happens to come along with his guitar...suggesting any reason to sing a song..Which they, of course, do nicely..

Here, from YouTube user GrumpyPolecat is a sample of "Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home".With Mary singing "I'm sitting on top of the World" and Les playing "This Can't Be Love"

Interesting what they could do with what amounts to 4 1/2 minutes..set up a storyline, do 2 songs and a commercial or sometimes one song and 2 commercials..Then wrap up the storyline and say good bye..There are some other samples of Les and Mary's shows in the related videos..

Our condolences to the Les Paul Family at this time..

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Northeast Ohio TV Log begins:

Finished the first part of the Northeast Ohio TV Log..Info and timeline of WKYC-TV 3..I ultimately decided to stay with blogger for this..Here is the first portion of the log:

Any info can be corrected or improved on..appreciate any feedback..Thanks..

Monday, August 10, 2009

More on the Northeast Ohio TV Log:

UPDATE: (8-11-09 11:37 AM) As noted above, the Northeast Ohio TV Log will be on Blogger rather than Wordpress..I just feel much more comfortable with Blogger..

Last week, I announced the creation of a permanent listing of NE Ohio TV stations..The official Introduction to what will be known as "The Northeast Ohio TV Log" here:

I plan on starting with actual content this week..While It will be on Wordpress, I may move it to its own webpage in the future..

Saturday, August 8, 2009

WAKR-23 Newsday September 22, 1981

"23 Total News" Ad in TV Guide circa 1970

WAKR News Flyer distributed in area restaurants in the 1970's. This one is dated Thursday, July 21, 1977..Courtesy Ed Thomas..

Here, from YouTube and wksufreshair, is the entire Newscast of WAKR-TV 23 in Akron from September 22, 1981..Anchors are Mark Williamson and Tom Shay, Veteran Jack Ryan with the Weather and Frank DeMarco with Sports..A glitch at the beginning..While the graphic states it is "The Late Report" The announcer says its the "Early Report"

"23 Newsday" is in 4 parts..The 4th part had extra footage of WKYC-TV 3 Sports, presumably from the same day..Williamson is now Communications Director for the City of Akron..

This is a real find..While it has been fairly easy to find newscasts and other programs from Channels 3, 5 and 8 on YouTube and other sites, footage from other local TV stations has been much harder..Thanks to wksufreshair for sharing..

At the end of this is a few minutes of a Channel 3-WKYC-Special Report with Jim Mueller-The Sports with Joe Pellegrino..Doug Adair and Dave Patterson are the anchors..

Side Note:Am in the planning stages of the new Northeast Ohio TV Log as I mentioned last post..Hope to begin working on it next week..

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:
47 (67)

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..