Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Cartoon Fun-Hoppity Hooper Christmas Episode

A little fun to start the Holiday season:A Christmas Episode of "Hoppity Hooper" from December 19, 1965..This was actually a repackaging of "Hoppity" into a series called "Cartoon Fun" on ABC-TV sponsored by Topper Toys, which ran Sunday afternoons from September-December, 1965. Veteran comic actor Hans Conreid was Waldo Wigglesworth, Bill Scott(Bullwinkle) was Fillmore the Bear and Chris Allen was the naive frog Hoppity..The show was reminiscent of Rocky and Bullwinkle, with crude animation and puns galore..Very underrated in my opinion..Thanks to Toontracker for this gem..

Hello Everybody:Quick Update

Hope everybody had a nice Thanksgiving..Just writing to let you all know kind of what to expect in the next few weeks:

I've always had kind of a soft spot for the Christmas Holidays, especially when it comes to Television specials and just general Holiday Cheer on Television during this time of year..I'd like to share Video clips from Christmas shows of the past, as well as sharing Holiday Greetings Through TV Guide station ads as far back as 1953, as well as Christmas time Schedules through the years..

While we will be highlighting Christmas during December, It wont be all Christmas posts..If something else comes up, I'll write about it of course...Thanks everybody for visiting..

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving and the day After:50 years ago..


Thanksgiving Day..November 23, 1957 Radio Listings for the Canton Repository..Click each listing to make it easier to read..


From "Your Good Neighbor" WHBC-AM/FM..Santa Claus Calls..A traditional program for the kids to send letters to read on the air..sponsored by O'Neills Department Stores..I Think I read somewhere that longtime WHBC personality Jim Roberts played "Santa" on this program..


Ad for "Luncheon Serenade" a regular musical program over WAND-900 in Canton weekdays from 12-2 PM





Friday, November 24, 1957 Radio listings in the Canton Repository..By 1960, complete radio listings would go by the wayside in favor of paid station ads with program highlights..WHBC did paid ads for a few years..until 1967-68.


Today, I thought we would take a look at an even earler Thanksgiving-November 23-24, 1957..As presented in the Canton Repository..Things were very different back then..While the media certainly pushed the Holiday Shopping season, The Friday after Thanksgiving wasnt called "Black Friday" as yet..Radio stations actually waited until the day after Thankgiving to play Christmas music..and didnt play all Christmas music till later in December..The day after Thanksgiving also brought out the first sighting of "Santa Claus" or his "elves" all over the Holiday Airwaves as 1480 WHBC in Canton began "Santa Claus Calls" Nightly at 6:30 PM and WEWS-TV 5 in Cleveland brought out "Mr. Jingeling" for his second season of Holiday Cheer at least twice every weekday..

Thursday November 23, 1957 TV Listings

KYW-3 NBC

7AM Today
9AM Cash On The Line-Tom Haley
10:30 Treasure Hunt
11AM Macy's Parade
Noon Tic Tac Dough
12:30 Could Be You
1PM Movie
2PM Warmup
2:15 College Football-Texas/Texas A&M
5PM Comedy Time
5:30 Popeye
6PM Adventure
6:45 News(Huntley/Brinkley)
7PM Death Valley Days
7:30 Tic Tac Dough
8PM Groucho Marx
8:30 Dragnet
9PM People's Choice
9:30 Tennessee Ernie Ford
10PM Rosemary Clooney
10:30 Sherriff Of Cochise
11PM News, Weather
11:15 Sports, Jungle (animal show)
11:30 Movie

WEWS 5 ABC

9AM Fun Farm
9:30 Paige Palmer
10AM Mr. Jingeling
10:15 Hudson's Parade
11AM Film
11:30 Telecourse
Noon Capt. Penny/Mr. Jingeling
1PM One O Clock Club
2PM Stu Erwin
2:30 Bamberger's Parade
3PM American Bandstand
3:30 Do You Trust Your Wife?
4PM American Bandstand
4:45 Santa Claus
5PM Woody Woodpecker
5:30 Mickey Mouse Club
6PM Captain Penny's Fun House/Mr. Jingeling
6:30 Dorothy Fuldheim
6:45 Weather, News
7PM O Henry Theater
7:30 Circus Boy
8PM Zorro
8:30 Real McCoys
9PM Pat Boone
9:30 OSS
10PM Navy Log
10:30 Jane Wyman Show
11PM John B. Hughes News
11:15 Tonight

WJW-8 CBS

7AM Jimmy Dean
7:45 News
8AM Captain Kangarpp
8:45 Good Idea-Local
10AM Garry Moore
10:30 Arthur Godfrey
11:30 Strike It Rich
Noon NFL Football-Detroit/Green Bay
2:30 House Party
3PM New In Fashion
3:30 The 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 6
6:45 CBS News
7PM Hawkeye
7:30 Sergeant Preston
8PM Harbourmaster
8:30 Climax!
9:30 Playhouse 90
11PM News, Sports, Weather
11:20 Movie
1AM Late Movie

Friday, November 24, 1957

KYW-3 NBC

7AM Today
9AM Cash On The Line-Tom Haley
10:30 Treasure Hunt
11AM Price Is Right
11:30 Truth Or Consequences
Noon Tic Tac Dough
12:30 Could Be You
1PM Movie
2:30 Bride And Groom
3PM Matinee Theater
4PM Queen For A Day
4:45 Modern Romances
5PM Comedy Time
5:30 Popeye
6PM Adventure
6:45 News(Huntley/Brinkley)
7PM Studio 57
7:30 Saber Of London
8PM Last Resort
8:30 Life Of Riley
9PM M Squad
9:30 Thin Man
10PM Boxing
10:45 Red Barber
11PM News, Weather
11:15 Sports, Jungle (animal show)
11:30 Movie

WEWS 5 ABC

9AM Fun Farm
9:30 Paige Palmer
10AM Morning Movie
11:30 Telecourse
Noon Capt. Penny/Mr. Jingeling
1PM One O Clock Club
2PM Stu Erwin
2:30 Beulah
3PM American Bandstand
3:30 Do You Trust Your Wife?
4PM American Bandstand
4:45 Santa Claus
5PM Buccanneers
5:30 Mickey Mouse Club
6PM Captain Penny's Fun House/Mr. Jingeling
6:30 Dorothy Fuldheim
6:45 Weather, News
7PM Legionnaire
7:30 Rin Tin Tin
8PM Jim Bowie
8:30 Patrice Munsel
9PM Frank Sinatra
9:30 Date With The Angels
10PM Colt 45
10:30 Playhouse
11PM John B. Hughes News
11:15 Tonight

WJW-8 CBS

7AM Jimmy Dean
7:45 News
8AM Captain Kangarpp
8:45 Good Idea-Local
10AM Garry Moore
10:30 Arthur Godfrey
11:30 Strike It Rich
Noon Hotel Cosmopolitan
12:15 Love Of Life
12:30 Search For Tomorrow
12:45 Guiding Light
1PM Movie
2:30 House Party
3PM Big Payoff
3:30 The 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 6
6:45 CBS News
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 Of Stars
10PM The Lineup
10:30 Person To Person
11PM News, Sports, Weather
11:20 Movie
1AM Late Movie

All listings and images courtesy the Canton Repository

Thursday, November 22, 2007

1963-Thanksgiving Week in Cleveland TV


Ad for NBC's coverage of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 28, 1963..Betty White and Lorne Greene were hosts this year as they would be every year from 1962-71. NBC has had Macy's Parade Coverage since 1952..

Apparently WAKR-TV 49 Akron was going for a new image..Carrying the full ABC Lineup..In previous years they had been known for local movies in prime time and preempting ABC or running ABC shows at other times out of pattern.





TV Guide Ad for "The Andy Williams Show" on NBC Tuesday Nights at 10PM. Other than a few guest appearances on the Jack Benny Show, Phil Harris didnt do a lot of television..The Osmonds were known as "The Osmond Brothers Quartet"..Still relatively early in their Careers..

Lets take a look at The week of November 23-29, 1963..While the schedules below reflect Wednesday and Thursday November 27-28, We'll look at some highlights of the entire week..When I copied these listings, I had no thought of what had happened at the time, namely John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, Texas on Friday, November 22..Network Schedules were prempted for the next several days after..Let's look at what was supposed to be aired during this week..

WJW-TV 8 had Scheduled a Ghoulardi Episode Saturday, Nov. 23 (Island of Lost Men-1939)
Also on Saturday, KYW-TV 3 aired "Barnaby goes to Plymouth" A filmed "Barnaby" (Linn Sheldon) program in which he visits Plymouth, Mass. In a special Thanksgiving show.

Monday-Friday on NBC's "You Don't Say" (In Color)..John Astin and Carolyn Jones of "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster" ABC sitcom are guest panelists..They would be teamed the following fall for ABC's Addams Family..

KYW-3 presents a Mike Douglas Special Monday night 11-25 at 10PM with Tommy Sands, Nancy Sinatra and Bill Daily

WEWS-5 has Price Is Right Primetime Wednesday 11-28 at 8:30 PM with guest Troy Donahue joining Bill Cullen..and at 11:15 the Tonight Show Welcomes Dorothy Kirsten and Lorne Greene..

Mr. Jingeling (Max Ellis) had begun his visits at WEWS-TV 5 on behalf of Halles Department Store..weeknights at 5:30 PM..

TV Guide Schedule-Wednesday, November 27, 1963..

KYW-3 NBC

6:20 News
6:25 Farm Fare
6:30 Sea Power
7AM Today-Hugh Downs
9AM Woodrow-Clay Conroy
9:30 Your Star Today-Anthology Reruns
10AM Say When-Art James
10:30 Word For Word-Merv Griffin-COLOR
11AM Concentration-Hugh Downs
11:30 Missing Links-COLOR
Noon News
12:30 Mike Douglas
2PM People Will Talk-Dennis James-COLOR
2:25 NBC News-Floyd Kalber
2:30 Doctors
3PM Loretta Young
3;30 You Don't Say-Tom Kennedy-COLOR
4PM Match Game-Gene Rayburn-Panel:Pat Carroll, Henry Morgan
4:25 NBC News-Sander Vanocur
4:30 Barnaby, Popeye and Friends-Linn Sheldon
5:05 Movie-Tarzan Escapes-1936
6:30 Huntley-Brinkley
7PM News
7:30 Virginian-COLOR
9PM Espionage
10PM Eleventh Hour-Conclusion of a crossover story from "Dr. Kildare"
11PM News-Bill Jorgensen
11:10 Weather-Dick Goddard
11:15 Steve Allen-Guest Mel Torme'
12:45 Movie-Cairo Road-1950

WEWS-5 ABC

8:55 News
9AM Telecourse-Psychology
9:30 Romper Room-Miss Barbara
10AM Paige Palmer
10:45 TV Classroom-Science
11AM Price Is Right
11:30 Seven Keys
12PM News
12:10 Noon Show-Capt. Penny
1PM One O Clock Club-Bill Gordon, Dorothy Fuldheim
2:30 Day In Court
2:55 ABC News-Howard
3PM Queen For A Day
3:30 Who Do You Trust-Woody Woodbury
4PM Trailmaster
5PM Comedy Clubhouse-Capt. Penny
5:30 Mr. Jingeling
5:45 Comedy Clubhouse
6PM News-Tom Field, Charles Day
6:10 Weather-Ron Jaye
6:15 Dorothy Fuldheim
6:30 Yogi Bear
7PM Quarterback Club-Ken Coleman
7:30 Ozzie And Harriet
8PM Patty Duke
8:30 Price Is Right
9PM Ben Casey
10PM Channing
11PM News-Tom Field, Dan Hackel
11:15 Johnny Carson-COLOR
1AM News

WJW-8 CBS

7:05 Meditation
7:10 News
7:15 Sunrise Semester
7:45 Rex Humbard
8AM Captain Kangaroo
9AM Pinocchio
9:30 People's Choice
10AM As The World Turns
10:30 I Love Lucy
11AM Real McCoys
11:30 Pete And Gladys
Noon Love Of Life
12:25 News-Roger Goodrich
12:30 Search For Tomorrow
12:45 Guiding Light
1PM Hawaiian Eye
1:55 Editorial-Norman Wagy
2PM Password-Allen Ludden/Julia Meade and Frank Fontaine
2:30 House Party-Linkletter
3PM To Tell The Truth-Bud Collyer
3:30 Edge Of Night'
4PM Secret Storm
4:30 Laurel, Ghoulardi and Hardy
5PM Adventure Road-Jim Doney
6PM News, Sports, Weather-Roger Goodrich, Doug Adair, Joel Daly, Howard Hoffman, John Fitzgerakld
6:30 CBS News-Walter Cronkite
7PM Bachelor Father
7:30 CBS Reports
8:30 Leave It To Beaver (Syndicated reruns)
9PM Beverly Hillbillies
9:30 Dick Van Dyke
10PM Danny Kaye
11PM News Sports Weather-Daly, Adair, Fitzgerald, Hoffman
11:20 Movie-China Gate 1957
1AM Movie-Telegraph Trail-1933

49-WAKR Akron ABC

10:55 News
11AM Price Is Right
11;30 Seven Keys
Noon-Tennessee Ernie Ford
12:30 Father Knows Best
1PM General Hospital
1:30 Kartoon Karnival
2PM Matinee 49
2:30 Day In Court
2:55 ABC News-Howard
3PM Queen For A Day
3:30 Who Do You Trust-Woody Woodbury
4PM Trailmaster
5PM TV Hour Of Stars
5:45 Rex Humbard
6PM Professor Jack
6:55 Sports-Bob Wylie
7PM News-Jack Fitzgibbons
7:10 Weather-Bill McKay
7:15 ABC News-Ron Cochran
7:30 ABC News Reports-Delayed from Saturday 7PM-Bob Young
8PM Patty Duke
8:30 Price Is Right
9PM Ben Casey
10PM Channing
11PM ABC News-Murphey Martin
11:10 Local News
11:15 Movie-Under Fire 1957

Thursday, November 28, 1963

KYW-3

6:20 News
6:25 Farm Fare
6:30 Sea Power
7AM Today-Hugh Downs
9AM Woodrow-Clay Conroy
9:30 Your Star Today-Anthology Reruns
10AM Macy's Thanksgiveing Day Parade-COLOR
11:30 Missing Links-COLOR
Noon News
12:30 Mike Douglas
2PM People Will Talk-Dennis James-COLOR
2:25 NBC News-Floyd Kalber
2:30 Doctors
3PM Loretta Young
3;30 You Don't Say-Tom Kennedy-COLOR
4PM Match Game-Gene Rayburn-Panel:Pat Carroll, Henry Morgan
4:25 NBC News-Sander Vanocur
4:30 Barnaby, Popeye and Friends-Linn Sheldon
5:05 Movie-Steel Fist-1952
6:30 Huntley-Brinkley
7PM News
7:30 Festival-Rudolph Serkin-Classical Music
8:30 Dr. Kildare
9:30 Hazel-COLOR
10PM Arthur Godfrey Thanksgiving Special-COLOR
11PM News-Jorgenson, Goddard
11:15 Steve Allen-Dorothy Lamour, Woody Allen
12:45 Movie-Flesh and the Spur-1956

WEWS-5

8:55 News
9AM Choir Music
9:30 Romper Room-Miss Barbara
10AM Paige Palmer
11AM Price Is Right
11:30 Seven Keys
12PM News
12:10 Noon Show-Capt. Penny
1PM One O Clock Club-Bill Gordon, Dorothy Fuldheim
2:30 Cowboy And The Tiger
3:30 AFL Football-Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs-Curt Gowdy and Paul Christman report, with TV 5's Paul Wilcox doing a scoreboard after the game.
6:15 Cartoons
6:30 News-Field, Day
6:40 Weather-Ken Coleman
6:45 Dorothy Fuldheim
7PM High School Football '63-Last Show
7:30 Flintstones-COLOR
8PM Donna Reed
8:30 My Three Sons
9PM Jimmy Dean-With the McGuire Sisters and Don Adams
10PM Sid Caesar
10:30 Call Mr. D
11PM News-Field, Hackel
11:15 Johnny Carson-COLOR-Guest Tuesday Weld
1AM News

WJW-8
7:35 Meditation
7:40 News
7:45 Rex Humbard
8AM Captain Kangaroo
9AM Pinocchio
9:30 People's Choice
10AM Thanksgiveing Parades:

From New York-Macy's:Bess Myerson, Allen Ludden
Philadelphia-Gimbel's:Fran Allison. Gene Crane
Detroit:Hudson's:Bert Parks, Bob Murphy
Toronto:Lloyd Robertson (CBC)(2 hours-8 carried just 90 minutes)

11:30 Sidelines-Bob Neal
11:45 Best Of The Browns
Noon NFL Football-Green Bay At Detroit:Ray Scott, Van Patrick
3PM College Football-Texas at Texas A&M-Terry Brennan, Jim Simpson
5:55 Scoreboard-Joe Mayer
6PM News, Weather, Sports..Adair, Goodrich, Daly, Hoffman, Fitzgerald
6:30 CBS News-Cronkite
7PM Everglades
7:30 Password-Ludden-Jimmy and Gloria Stewart
8PM Rawhide
9PM Perry Mason
10PM Thriller-Syndicated
11PM News-Daly, Adair, Fitzgerald, Hoffman
11:20 Movie-Father Was a Fullback-1949
1AM Movie-Seventeen-1940

WAKR-49
10:55 News
11AM Price Is Right
11;30 Seven Keys
Noon-Tennessee Ernie Ford
12:25 ABC News-Lisa Howard
12:30 Father Knows Best
1PM General Hospital
1:30 Kartoon Karnival
2PM Matinee 49
2:30 Day In Court
2:55 ABC News-Howard
2:30 Cowboy And The Tiger
3:30 AFL Football-Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs-Curt Gowdy and Paul Christman
6:30 Professor Jack
6:55 Sports-Bob Wylie
7PM News-Jack Fitzgibbons
7:10 Weather-Bill McKay
7:15 ABC News-Ron Cochran
7:30 Flintstones-COLOR
8PM Donna Reed
8:30 My Three Sons
9PM Jimmy Dean-With the McGuire Sisters and Don Adams
10PM Sid Caesar
10:30 Jackpot Bil1iards
11PM ABC News-Murphey Martin
11:10 Local News
11:15 Movie-Kronos-1957

All ads and schedules courtesy TV Guide..

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all a blessed and safe Thanksgiving..Over the weekend I have a TV/Radio post from November 1957 using the Canton Repository I will be working on..

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Update-WXTV channel 45 Youngstown

Good Morning:

We had detailed in our November 9th post about nearly-forgotten WXTV-45 in Youngstown a little bit of its history and pattern of operation, We mentioned at the time that other than the TV Guide listings, there was very little information about this station floating around, especially on the internet. It would be very difficult to dig out the information without going to the time and expense of a special trip to Youngstown to check out Newspaper aricles. (which I still may do at some point after the first of the year now that I have dates to work with)

I had asked at the end of the November 9 article that anyone that had any memories about watching the station or any specific facts about ownership or local hosts to contact me..Well, two of our regular readers, Sportsteve24 of the Youngstown area and John F. Zies, came through in a big way..Sportsteve24 tells us that an owner of WXTV-45 was Sanford Schafitz, founder of WWIZ-1380 Lorain, Ohio and WFAR-1470 (Now WLOA) Farrell, Pa., and the "45 Hop" Teen Dance Show was apparently hosted by "Boots" Bell, longtime Disc Jockey at WHOT-1330 Campbell/Youngstown, Ohio..

John Zies sent me this very informative E-Mail based on volumes of "Television Factbook" of which he owns most editions from 1962-1996 (Would love to own that resource)..It details power and antenna of the 1960-62 version of channel 45 as compared to 21, 27 and 33 at the time.as well as specific dates of operation, etc..




"In response to your request for more data on WXTV, I went back to my old editions of Television Factbook, the industry “bible”, which I have most volumes from 1962 to 1996. From the Construction Permit and Stations Off The Air listings the following was obtained:



Ownership: WXTV, Inc, 803 E. Indianola Ave., Youngstown, OH. (Not very informative) This address is now home of a recording studio.



Period of Operation: November 15, 1960 to either February 28 or March 1, 1962. The two listings disagree about the end date. Obviously the TV Guide listings for March 1962 were provided before the plug was pulled.



In addition to weak programming, the station had a weak signal. Technical parameters were 16 kw visual effective radiated power, 10 kw aural ERP, and an antenna 330 feet above average terrain. This would have provided a radius of coverage of no more than 20 miles, and possibly less with the low sensitivity UHF tuners and converters of the time. By comparison they parameters of the other Youngstown stations at the start of 1963 were:

21 - 179 kw Vis, 89.5 kw Aur and 960 feet AAT

27 – 436 kw Vis, 218 kw Aur and 630 feet AAT

33 – 209 kw Vis, 105 kw Aur and 580 feet AAT



In Akron we could receive 21, 27, 33 and the old WKST 45, but I do not remember ever seeing WXTV.



I am really enjoying your articles. Found your site through Ohio Media Watch. I lived in Akron from 1952 to 1962 and had a great interest in TV. I still remember the Cleveland VHF channel changes, the coming of WAKR-TV 49 to Akron and installing a converter box to receive it, and the construction of antennas for Youngstown reception. Hope in the future you do an article on WAKR-TV, as I have mentioned in a couple of blog responses. If I can provide any additional historical data let me know....John"





A couple of interesting points:The power of WXTV Channel 45 was flea powered compared to 21, 27, or even 33 which even today 33 is'nt very strong..with a 20 mile radius, one wonders if WXTV-45 would even make it to Alliance, Ohio on a good day..The 803 Indianola Avenue address confirms the TV Guide Channel listings..Also, assuming the March 1, 1962 date of final sign-off was corrrect, The detailed listings of March 16, 1962 never aired.. Thanks again to John F. Zies and Sportsteve for the helpful insight..

Friday, November 9, 2007

WXTV-Channel 45-A valiant effort..



WEWS-5 ad for the Cleveland Browns Quarterback Club,,December 1960

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From April 1958-Something different:A TV Guide Southen Ohio ad for several syndicated shows on WTVN-Tv 6 in Columbus. (now WSYX)

WJW-TV 8 ad for "Bozo" in December 1960..Ed Fisher, Longtime radio personality, was said to have been Cleveland's Bozo.

As indicated by the lack of programming, I could find no TV Guide Ads to represent WXTV-45..


We saw in our last post that WKST-Channel 45 had moved down the dial to channel 33 around December 1, 1959. ..That left the familiar Youngstown limeup of 21-27-33 that local viewers started getting used to..Channel 45 was basically "turned in" to the FCC..It wasnt terribly long before someone gave channel 45 a second go..This time as Independent WXTV, making Youngstown a 4-station market for about 2 years.. The biggest difference aside from loss of Network hookup (which ended up being huge) was that channel 45 had an even later sign-On time (6PM). I imagine it bacame harder, with less advertising dollars, to buy and keep any syndicated programming, old or new, as time went by. I have not been able to find out who owned this incarnation of Channel 45, but there was a permit for WXTV Channel 73 in 1965 owned by a "Community Telecasters" of Farrell, Pa. I cannot really tell if they operated WXTV 45 or not..

There is almost no information about WXTV anywhere to be found unless I pore through old Youngstown Vindicator articles.Havent the time or financial resources to really do that..

The best thing I can do is compare TV Guide Schedules from the period..We know they were on the air from at least December 3, 1960-March 16, 1962..The last day they were listed in Cleveland's TV Guide..

First up:December 3-9, 1960

Saturday December 3, 1960


6PM Star Showcase-Drama
6:30 Susie-Ann Sothern
7PM Movie Ghost Town-1955
8:30 Ellery Queen
9PM Tiger By The Tail-English 1957
10:30 Movie-Ghost Town 1955

Sunday December 4, 1960


6PM Star Showcase
6:30 Cannonball
7PM Movie-Running Target 1956
8:30 Stage 7-Drama
9PM Movie-Monte Carlo Story 1957
10:30 Movie-Running Target 1956

Monday December 5, 1960


6PM Hawkeye (Mohicans)
6:30 Ramar
7PM Movie-Monte Carlo Story 1957
8:30 Stage 7
9PM Movie-Running Target 1956
10:30 Movie- Monte Carlo Story-1957

Tuesday, December 6, 1960


6PM Hawkeye
6:30 Ramar
7PM Movie-Bandido-1956
8:30 New York Confidential
9PM Movie Spring Reunion 1957
10:30 Movie-Bandido 1956

Wednesday, December 7, 1960


6PM Hawkeye
6:30 Ramar
7PM Movie-Spring Reunion 1957
8:30 Susie
9PM Movie-Bandido 1956
10:30 Movie-Spring Reunion-1957

Thursday December 8, 1960


6PM Hawkeye
6:30 Ramar
7PM Movie-The Showdown 1950
8:30 Charlie Chan
9PM Movie-Shanghai Story 1954
10:30 Movie-The Showdown 1950

Friday December 9, 1960

6PM Hawkeye
6:30 Ramar
7PM Movie-Shanghai Story 1954
8:30 Man From Interpol
9PM Movie-The Showdown-1950
10:30 Movie-Shanghai Story 1954

While WXTV had a fairly decent lineup of Syndicated Shows, They were starting already to buy fewer movies-and run them 2-3 times a week..

Next:June 3-9, 1961

Saturday, June 3, 1961

5:30 Sagebrush Theater
6:30 Weather
6:35 Home Show
7PM Movie-Spring Reunion 1957
8:30 Movie-Bandido-1956
10PM Movie-Ghost Town-1955

Sunday, June 4, 1961

5:30 Yugoslav Melodies
5:45 US Air Force-Documentary
6PM Way Of Truth-Religion
6:15 Victor George Show
6:30 Big Picture-Army
7PM Polka Party
7:30 Movie-Meet Me In St. Louis-1944
8PM Movie-Spring Reunion-1957
9:30 Movie-The Showdown-1950

Weeknights-6-7:30PM

6PM Northfield Racing
6:10 Club Calendar
6:15 Oezzenti Show-Music
6:20 Baby Showcase
6:25 Weather
6:30 45 Hop-Music
10:30 Weather

Prime Time Evenings

Monday June 5, 1961

7:30 Movie-The Showdown-1950
9PM Shanghai Story-1954
10:35 Movie-Spring Reunion-1957 (Third time in 3 days!)

Tuesday, June 6, 1961

7:30 Movie-Shanghai Story-1954
9PM Movie-City That Never Sleeps-1953
10:35 Movie-Shanghai Story-1954

Wednesday, June 7, 1961

7:30 Movie-City That Never Sleeps-1953
9:30 Movie- Hell's Outpost-1955
10:35 Movie-City Theat Never Sleeps-1953

Thursday, June 6, 1961

7:30 Movie-Hell's Outpost-1955
9PM Movie-Bullfighter and the Lady-1951
10:35 movie-Hell's Outpost-1955

Friday, June 7, 1961

7:30 Movie- Bullfighter and the Lady-1951
9PM Movie-Lisbon-1956
10:35 Movie-Bullfighter and the Lady-1951

Here, there were a few short local shows, but the rest of the schedula was basicaly all movies-The Only filmed shows besides movies, were "Big Picture" and the like..They seemed to have a very small film library..

Another Note:In acquiring TV Guide listings, what I get date wise tends to be entuirely at Random..In both December, 1960 and June 1961 the Movies Bandido, Spring Reunion, Shanghai Story and The Showdown were shown..pointing out just how small the film library was..






Now lets look at Friday March 16, 1962. It appears to be the last date WXTV-45 was carried in Cleveland's TV Guide. By now just about all Syndicated programming was gone and all that was left was a few movies and very cheap local shows..

5:45 Dusty Boyd-Children
6:15 Camera 15
6:30 45 Hop-Music
8PM Movie Sheriff of Las Vegas 1944 William Elliott Bobby (Robert?) Blake
9PM Movie-Fighting Kentuckian John Wayne, Oliver Hardy
11PM Trial At Tara-About St. Patrick Standing Trial for converting Druids to Christianity.

Channel 45-WXTV just couldnt get anything going..After a short while it was probably obvious they were not going to make it long term..The 1964 law requiring TV sets to have UHF/VHF Tuners should have helped WXTV some and probably would have changed other later channels in the Cleveland/Youngstown Markets. While 3-16-62 is the last day of TV Guide listings, it May have stayed on the air longer..The grand Y-Town Independemt TV experiment had pretty much failed..




Channel 45 remained silent from late 1962-1973 when Akron, Kent State and Youngstown State Universities appropriated channel 45, now licensed to Salem/Alliance, Ohio as WNEO-PBS WEAO-49 was added in 1975..both stations simulcast as PBS 45/49 In Akron-Canton/Youngstown, Ohio. Incidentally, in the mid 1950's both 45 and 49 were ABC in Youngstown/Akron at the same time..

Finally, anyone that has any memories of WXTV-45 from 1960-62..or inforation about the station more specifically as far as programming, personalities, etc..It would be appreciated very much..Plese contact me through ny e-mail or blog comments..

Thursday, November 8, 2007

WKST/WYTV-45/33..Youngstown's ABC-TV


TV Guide Ad in 1968 for the "Dan Ryan Report" Ryan would end up as WKBN-AM 570's morning show host for many years..

Generic ABC-TV ad for the then-new "Real McCoys" Comedy Series, aired on WKST-45 Thursday, May 15, 1958 at 8:30 PM. (Pittsburgh TV Guide)

April 30, 1958 TV Guide Closeup for "Disneyland" on WKST-45 New Castle, Pa. (Cleveland TV Guide)


Early in the Blog, at the end of April/First part of May 2007 we shared the formative years of Youngstown TV with the sign-on of WKBN-27 and WFMJ-21 (at first 73)..Now we'll take a look at a little bit of later Youngstown TV History..

Some background: WKBN, while primarily CBS, carried generous portions of ABC and DuMont TV schedules, some shows in non-prime time hours..October 30, 1957 brought the establishment of WKST-TV channel 45 in New Castle, Pa. The Youngstown Market's first ABC affiliate..As noted in the May 10-16, 1958 TV Guide Pittsburgh Edition, no less than 9 of the 12 listed stations in places like Altoona, Clarksburg, Steubenville/Wheeling, Johnstown, and of course Pittsburgh and Youngstown, were at least partial ABC affiliates. So WKST-45 technically became the first full time ABC affiliate in Western Pennsylvania, a few months before WTAE-TV 4 Pittsburgh signed on..

WKST-45 was the third UHF in a UHF Market..ABC was just starting to establish itself and still didnt have much to go on ratings wise compared to NBC and CBS..45 did carry ABC in pattern pretty much at this time..

Wednesday, April 30, 1958 (Cleveland TV Guide)

3PM American Bandstand
3;30 Do You Trust Your Wife?
4PM American Bandstand
5PM Wild Bill Hickock-ABC
5:30 Mickey Mouse Club
6PM Kasper Kapers
6:15 News, Sports
6:30 Flash Gordon
7PM Sports Focus
7:15 ABC News-John Daly
7:30 Disneyland
8:30 Tombstone Territory
9PM Ozzie and Harriet
9:30 Betty White Show-Last Show of Series-Began as "Date With The Angels" sitcom but appears to be a variety show format now
10PM Boxing-Chicago-Jack Drees
10:45 Movie-Singapore

WKST stayed on Channel 45 through at least most of 1959. Between November 28-December 3, 1959 the station had moved to channel 33, still as WKST but relicensed to Youngstown..

WKST-33
Monday, December 5, 1960

11AM Morning Court
11:30 Love That Bob!
Noon Texan
12:30 Beat The Clock
1PM About Faces
1:30 Young World
2PM Day In Court
2:30 Road To Reality
3PM Queen For A Day
3:30 Who Do You Trust?
4PM American Bandstand
5:30 Captain Gallant
6PM Little Rascals
6:45 ABC News-John Daly
7PM Jim Backus
7:30 Cheyenne
8:30 Surfside 6
9:30 Adventures In Paradise
10:30 Peter Gunn
11PM Movie-The Men In Her Life-1941

of 14 hours-only 2.5 programmed locally-The rest network-and no local news as yet

By 1964 Channel 33's call letters were changed to WYTV..Local News began with Paul Burke at 11PM weeknights by this time..Also, by 1964 Barney Bean had begun a long run as Children's Host..

Thursday, Feb. 15, 1968-WYTV-33

8AM Cartoons
9AM Ed Allen
9:30 Dateline:Youngstown-Charles DeVault-Live talk show-This may have mutated into "Good Morning Youngstown" with Gary Cubberly and Cindy Ikins by the mid-1970's..I remember watching "GMY"
10:30 Donna Reed
11AM Temptation
11:25 ABC News
11:30 How's Your Mother In Law
Noon Bewitched
12:30 Treasure Isle
1PM Fugitive
2PM Newlywed Game
2:30 Baby Game
3PM General Hospital
3:30 Dark Shadows
4PM Dating Game
4:30 Cartoons
5:15 Local News-Joe Shafran
5:30 ABC News-Bob Young
6PM Mike Douglas
7:30 Winter Olympics
8:30 Bewitched
9PM That Girl
9:30 Peyton Place
10PM Felony Squad (delayed from Mon. 9PM)
10:30 Rat Patrol (delayed from Mon. 9:30 PM)
11PM News
11:15 Winter Olympics
11:30 TBA
11:45 Joey Bishop

WKST/WYTV's first location was the First Federal Plaza in New Castle then moving to 3800 Shady Run Road, Youngstown by 1959..They are still located there.

WYTV is also notable for being the Youngstown home of Cleveland Indians Baseball in the 1960's and 70's, as well as Y-Town's first Fox affiliate from 1994-98..They have recently been sold to Parkin Brodcasting, and are now in a "shared services" agreement with WKBN-27..Their digital service is MyTV Youngstown which carries the My Network and WYTV News, and some retro programming..

Next:WXTV 45..A try at an Independent in the Youngstown area..

Friday, November 2, 2007

Barnaby-Opening to his final Show-Friday, March 30, 1990-WUAB/43

Here, courtesy of YouTube poster conanconquer, is the first minute or so of Barnaby's final telecast on WUAB-TV Channel 43 Lorain-Cleveland airing March 30, 1990 at 9AM. Here, Linn Sheldon completed about 42 years on television in the Cleveland area. He hosted dozens of shows, including talk/interview shows, entertainment and kids shows, Movie Hosting duties and in his earliest days, he even read the next days schedule on WEWS-TV 5 in 1948-49. Rogers Jewelers sponsored a 3-day a week record pantomime show by Sheldon, which was said to be the first sponsored show in Cleveland.

For all his talent, and everything he did in Television, he will be always remembered as "Barnaby", children's host for the better part of 33 years on KYW/WKYC-TV 3 and WUAB-43..It was said he could take a prop chest and with no script, "wing" a show when neccessary. He had that kind of talent..

After living in Florida briefly, Linn came back to Cleveland to enjoy his retirement among family and friends. Gray Publishing produced his Memoir, "Barnaby And Me"..in 1999.

Linn Sheldon passed away at the age of 86 April 23, 2006.

"If anybody calls, tell them Barnaby said hello. Tell them I think that you are the nicest person in the whole world. Just you.."

This is the only known video available of Barnaby on YouTube. Again, thanks to Conanconquer for originally posting it..