July 11, 2016

What's on TV? Friday, July 16, 1965

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oday I'm pleased to hand the commentary reigns over to Jon Hobden. As you'll recall from Saturday, Jon is the lender of this week's issue, and since this comes from the area in which he grew up, I thought he would be well-qualified to give us local color and insight into today's listings. Take it away, Jon!



WKTV, Channel 2 (Utica) (ABC, NBC)

Morning


07:00a
Today (guest Lansing Lamont)

09:00a
A Time For Us

09:25a
Marlene Sanders

09:30a
General Hospital

10:00a
Truth or Consequences (color)

10:30a
What’s This Song? (panelists Jimmy O’Neill, Marilyn Maxwell) (color)

10:55a
NBC News (Edwin Newman)

11:00a
Concentration

11:30a
Jeopardy (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
Call My Bluff (celebrities Vivian Vance, Art James) (color)

12:30p
I’ll Bet (celebrities Mr. and Mrs. Lorne Greene, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Landon) (color)

12:55p
News (local)

01:00p
Bugs Bunny

01:30p
Let’s Make a Deal (color)

01:55p
NBC News (Floyd Kalber)

02:00p
Moment of Truth

02:30p
The Doctors

03:00p
Another World

03:30p
You Don’t Say! (panelists Rick Jason, Mary Ann Mobley) (color)

04:00p
Bozo and Rocky

04:30p
Movie – “Riding Shotgun”

05:00p
Popeye Funhouse

Evening


06:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

06:30p
The Huntley-Brinkley Report

07:00p
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

07:30p
Bewitched

08:00p
The Farmer’s Daughter

08:30p
Chrysler Presents the Bob Hope Theatre (color)

09:30p
Jack Benny

10:00p
Jack Paar (guests Oscar Levant, Malcolm Muggeridge, Godfrey Cambridge, the Muppets) (color)

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guest host Joey Bishop) (color)

I remember this station for the fuzzy signal that we got on it if we were lucky.  We lived just outside Schenectady, and Utica was roughly 80 miles west of us.  WUTR, channel 20, went on the air in Utica in 1970 and took over the ABC affiliation, so WKTV was strictly with NBC by the time I remember.  WKTV often carried NBC programs that our local affiliate WRGB didn’t.  The only time I ever remember seeing NBC’s Who What or Where Game broadcast was on WKTV, since WRGB always preempted that game show either for noontime news (at 12:30 PM) or talk shows like David Frost’s.


WSYR, Channel 3 (Syracuse) (NBC)

Morning


07:00a
Today (guest Lansing Lamont)

09:00a
Ladies’ Day

09:30a
Popeye

10:00a
Truth or Consequences (color)

10:30a
What’s This Song? (panelists Jimmy O’Neill, Marilyn Maxwell) (color)

10:55a
NBC News (Edwin Newman)

11:00a
Concentration

11:30a
Jeopardy (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
Call My Bluff (celebrities Vivian Vance, Art James) (color)

12:30p
Star Theater

01:00p
Movie – “Edge of Eternity”

02:30p
The Doctors

03:00p
Another World

03:30p
You Don’t Say! (panelists Rick Jason, Mary Ann Mobley) (color)

04:00p
The Match Game (panelists Pat O’Brien, Audrey Meadows) (color)

04:25p
NBC News (Nancy Dickerson)

04:30p
Let’s Make a Deal

04:45p
News (local)

05:00p
Movie – “Guns of the Timberland” (color)

05:30p
Magilla Gorilla

Evening


06:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

06:30p
The Huntley-Brinkley Report

07:00p
Lloyd Thaxton

07:30p
International Showtime

08:30p
Chrysler Presents the Bob Hope Theatre (color)

09:30p
Jack Benny

10:00p
Jack Paar (guests Oscar Levant, Malcolm Muggeridge, Godfrey Cambridge, the Muppets) (color)

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guest host Joey Bishop) (color)

Most of these game shows were before my time, but I do remember seeing Truth or Consequences in syndication and Concentration & Jeopardy late in their network runs.  I’ve been able to see You Don't Say! & the original Match Game since I’ve been a game show tape trader, and these can now be seen on YouTube.  I’ve only seen the opening of Call My Bluff on YouTube, but it was a forerunner of what I still consider my favorite all-time game show, Wordplay.  I only remember Let's Make a Deal from its later incarnations on ABC & syndication, but it did get back to NBC around 1990 and has been on CBS, hosted by Wayne Brady, for several years now.


WHEN, Channel 5 (Syracuse) (CBS)

Morning


07:30a
Party Line

07:40a
Today’s Calendar

07:45a
These Things We Share

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
Magic Toy Shop

09:30a
Ann Sothern

10:00a
Movie – “Hannah Lee” (color)

11:30a
Make Sure – Make Shore

Afternoon


12:00p
Love of Life

12:25p
CBS News

12:30p
Search For Tomorrow

12:45p
The Guiding Light

01:00p
Bat Masterson

01:30p
As the World Turns

02:00p
Password (panelists Peter Lind Hayes, Shirl Conway)

02:30p
House Party (guest Loriene Chase)

03:00p
To Tell the Truth (panelists Tom Poston, Kitty Carlisle, Peggy Cass, Les Crane)

03:25p
CBS News

03:30p
The Edge of Night

04:00p
The Secret Storm

04:30p
The Mickey Mouse Club

Evening


06:45p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

07:00p
CBS Evening News with Harry Reasoner

07:30p
Rawhide

08:30p
Cara Williams

09:00p
Our Private World

09:30p
Vacation Playhouse

10:00p
Slattery’s People

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:20p
Movie Double Feature – “Royal Wedding”, “Behind the Mask”

The first version of Password that I remember seeing was on ABC daytime in the early 70s, but GSN has shown the original Password often over the years, and I have certain episodes on tape & DVD.  I remember the syndicated To Tell the Truth hosted by Garry Moore too.  I probably have the strongest memories of a CBS program from my childhood of Captain Kangaroo.  I remember it opening with a theme song called “Puffin’ Billy” rather than the later “Good Morning, Captain!” I thought both were excellent theme songs.


WRGB, Channel 6 (Schenectady) (NBC)

Morning


07:00a
Today (guest Lansing Lamont)

09:00a
Educational TV

09:30a
Ann Sothern

10:00a
Truth or Consequences (color)

10:30a
What’s This Song? (panelists Jimmy O’Neill, Marilyn Maxwell) (color)

10:55a
NBC News (Edwin Newman)

11:00a
Concentration

11:30a
Jeopardy (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
Call My Bluff (celebrities Vivian Vance, Art James) (color)

12:30p
I’ll Bet (celebrities Mr. and Mrs. Lorne Greene, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Landon) (color)

12:55p
NBC News (Ray Scherer)

01:00p
Movie – “Carson City”

02:25p
News (Bill Carpenter)

02:30p
The Doctors

03:00p
Another World

03:30p
You Don’t Say! (panelists Rick Jason, Mary Ann Mobley) (color)

04:00p
Satellite Six (color)

04:45p
Breadtime Stories (color)

05:00p
Lloyd Thaxton (guest Junior Walker)

Evening


06:00p
News (Ed Eckert)

06:10p
Earle Pudney

06:25p
Weather (local)

06:30p
The Huntley-Brinkley Report

07:00p
Pete Williams (color)

08:00p
The Barn (color)

08:30p
Chrysler Presents the Bob Hope Theatre (color)

09:30p
Jack Benny

10:00p
Jack Paar (guests Oscar Levant, Malcolm Muggeridge, Godfrey Cambridge, the Muppets) (color)

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guest host Joey Bishop) (color)

This is the local station of which I have the most memories.  It was in existence going back to 1939, owned & operated by General Electric, which employed my father for over 30 years as a design engineer.  I can still remember Ernie Tetrault as the main anchorman for this station.  I don’t remember seeing Satellite Six (a local show that ran cartoons) or Breadtime Stories, but I know now that the latter was a local kids’ show hosted by a character called “Freddie Freihofer”. Freihofer’s Bakery was the sponsor, and I’m sure the kiddies on the show got to enjoy lots of the sponsors’ baked goods throughout.  Pete Williams and The Barn were two local more local shows gone before my time, preempting the first hour of NBC’s Friday primetime schedule. WRGB was bad at the time about preemptions, also preempting shows like I Dream of Jeannie on Tuesday night.  In its place the station ran The Little Red Schoolhouse, which I do remember much later as Answers, Please, a College Bowl-type local show with two local high schools competing.  I remember our local Scotia-Glenville High School competed pretty successfully for a few weeks around 1973 or so. Answers, Please lasted through part of the 1980s at least.


WWNY, Channel 7 (Watertown) (ABC, CBS, NBC)

Morning


07:55a
News (local)

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
Father Knows Best

09:30a
Donna Reed

10:00a
CBS Morning News with Mike Wallace

10:30a
The Price is Right

11:00a
Andy Griffith

11:30a
The McCoys

Afternoon


12:00p
Love of Life

12:25p
CBS News

12:30p
Search For Tomorrow

12:45p
The Guiding Light

01:00p
Rebus

01:30p
As the World Turns

02:00p
Password (panelists Peter Lind Hayes, Shirl Conway)

02:30p
House Party (guest Loriene Chase)

03:00p
To Tell the Truth (panelists Tom Poston, Kitty Carlisle, Peggy Cass, Les Crane)

03:25p
CBS News

03:30p
The Edge of Night

04:00p
The Secret Storm

04:30p
General Hospital

05:00p
Sugarfoot

Evening


06:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

06:30p
CBS Evening News with Harry Reasoner

07:00p
North Country Sportsman

07:30p
Rawhide

08:30p
Chrysler Presents the Bob Hope Theatre (color)

09:30p
Vacation Playhouse

10:00p
12 O’Clock High

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:20p
Night Life

This station was the only commercial station in its market at the time (probably even now), and it had a good mix of shows from ABC & CBS.  NBC’s signal from WSYR in Syracuse was probably strong enough to cover NBC there. 12 O’Clock High had a good rerun this night which I’ve seen recently on Me-TV’s sister channel, Heroes & Icons (H&I).  “The Ticket” starred Earl Holliman, who’d also starred in The Twilight Zone pilot, as a Kentucky farm boy who felt he didn’t have much to live for so was willing to take lots of risks with his life and those of others with him on missions.  Then he wins a local sweepstakes and befriends a nice woman, giving him a lot to live for now.  Will he follow through with the dangerous mission for which he’d just volunteered?


WROC, Channel 8 (Rochester) (NBC)

Morning


07:00a
Today (guest Lansing Lamont)

09:00a
Doctors At Work

09:30a
Smile Time

10:00a
Truth or Consequences (color)

10:30a
What’s This Song? (panelists Jimmy O’Neill, Marilyn Maxwell) (color)

10:55a
NBC News (Edwin Newman)

11:00a
Concentration

11:30a
Jeopardy (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
Call My Bluff (celebrities Vivian Vance, Art James) (color)

12:30p
I’ll Bet (celebrities Mr. and Mrs. Lorne Greene, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Landon) (color)

12:55p
NBC News (Ray Scherer)

01:00p
Movie – “Professor Beware”

02:30p
The Doctors

03:00p
Another World

03:30p
You Don’t Say! (panelists Rick Jason, Mary Ann Mobley) (color)

04:00p
The Match Game (panelists Pat O’Brien, Audrey Meadows) (color)  

04:25p
Skipper Sam

04:30p
Yogi Bear

05:00p
Superman

05:30p
Leave it to Beaver

Evening


06:00p
How’s Business

06:10p
Weather, News (local)

06:30p
The Huntley-Brinkley Report

07:00p
Dobie Gillis

07:30p
International Showtime

08:30p
Chrysler Presents the Bob Hope Theatre (color)

09:30p
Jack Benny

10:00p
Jack Paar (guests Oscar Levant, Malcolm Muggeridge, Godfrey Cambridge, the Muppets) (color)

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guest host Joey Bishop) (color)

I’ve seen a few minutes of What's This Song? on YouTube, and Wink Martindale wrote about it in his bio as the first game show he ever hosted.  It reminds me of You Don't Say! in terms of its mostly A-list celebrities but low payoffs for the winners (in the wake of the 1950s Quiz Show Scandal). International Showtime was a summer series on NBC (preempted by WRGB) which had Don Ameche hosting & commenting on circus & ice shows in Europe (credit to “always reliable” Wikipedia for this information).

While Joey Bishop is credited as guest host of The Tonight Show this week, Wikipedia stated that he had back trouble this week, so Jerry Lewis filled in for him, hosting cartoonist Al Capp & lyricist Sammy Cahn this night.  Joey’s back was apparently better the next week, so he returned for the rest of Johnny’s vacation until Johnny returned from his Las Vegas act the second week of August.  You can see examples of Jerry Lewis hosting The Tonight Show on YouTube.

[Was this the same back injury that kept Joey Bishop from hosting the Frank Sinatra closed-circuit concert that featured Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.? Ironic if true, that Johnny would wind up substituting for Joey there, while Joey was supposed to be subbing for Johnny on TV. - MH]


WNYS, Channel 9 (Syracuse) (ABC)

Morning


07:00a
Santa Fe Riders

07:30a
Charlie’s Place

08:00a
Trailmaster

09:00a
Jack LaLanne

09:30a
Mike Douglas (co-host Jack E. Leonard, guest Paul Haney)

11:00a
Romper Room

11:30a
The Price is Right (celebrity Betty White)

Afternoon


12:00p
Donna Reed

12:30p
Father Knows Best

01:00p
Rebus

01:30p
Laugh House (color)

02:00p
Where the Action Is

02:30p
A Time For Us

02:55p
ABC News (Marlene Sanders)

03:00p
General Hospital

03:30p
Young Marrieds

04:00p
Baron and His Buddies

05:00p
Bud Ballou

05:50p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

Evening


06:00p
Cheyenne

07:00p
The Rifleman

07:30p
The Flintstones (color)

08:00p
Richard Diamond

08:30p
The Addams Family

09:00p
Valentine’s Day

09:30p
Peyton Place

10:00p
12 O’Clock High

11:00p
77 Sunset Strip

12:00a
News (local)

12:05a
Nightlife

ABC took over The Price Is Right from NBC in September 1963.  ABC took NBC’s color out of it but added weekly celebrity contestants who played for either home or studio audience viewers. Betty White was apparently on one of her many trips to New York and may have made appearances on The Tonight Show and The Match Game while she was there.  A Time For Us, a daytime soap opera, had been renamed from A Flame in the Wind just three weeks earlier.  It has a bit of significance for me since it was airing, along with CBS’ House Party & NBC’s The Doctors, the minute I was born.


WTEN, Channel 10 (Albany) (CBS)

Morning


06:30a
Summer Semester – “Civil Rights and Civil Liberties”

07:00a
Cartoons

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
Romper Room

10:00a
CBS Morning News with Mike Wallace

10:30a
I Love Lucy

11:00a
Andy Griffith

11:30a
The McCoys

Afternoon


12:00p
Love of Life

12:25p
Woman’s World

12:30p
Search For Tomorrow

12:45p
The Guiding Light

01:00p
Girl Talk (panelists Julia Meade, Eve of Rome, Barbara Marco)

01:30p
As the World Turns

02:00p
Password (panelists Peter Lind Hayes, Shirl Conway)

02:30p
House Party (guest Loriene Chase)

03:00p
To Tell the Truth (panelists Tom Poston, Kitty Carlisle, Peggy Cass, Les Crane)

03:25p
CBS News

03:30p
The Edge of Night

04:00p
The Secret Storm

04:30p
The Mickey Mouse Club

05:00p
Movie – “Kansas Pacific”

Evening


06:30p
CBS Evening News with Harry Reasoner

07:00p
News, Sports, Weather (local)

07:30p
Rawhide

08:30p
Password (celebrities Woody Allen, Nancy Sinatra)

09:00p
Our Private World

09:30p
Vacation Playhouse

10:00p
Slattery’s People

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:30p
Movie – “Fire Down Below”

WTEN had a satellite station in N. Adams, MA, WCDC, on channel 19, so this station’s identification was always given as “WTEN, Albany, WCDC, North Adams, Massachusetts”.  I’ve read that back in the 1950s WTEN employed CT native Ted Knight as a kids’ show host before he made his trip West eventually to become Ted Baxter on Mary Tyler Moore.  What TV Guide lists as “Cartoons” at 7 AM included a show that started around 7:45 AM called Commander Ralph and the Good Ship News.  Longtime WTEN newsman Ralph Vartigian (who I just found out passed away last December at the age of 89) was Commander Ralph, who with his assistant Mr. Monkey had news & weather reports for kids just before Captain Kangaroo began at 8 AM.  When I was in 2nd grade, my class visited WTEN studios, and I remember seeing Commander Ralph’s set there.  I also remember seeing Dialing for Dollars on WTEN, but it probably didn’t go on the air until the early 70s.


WHEC, Channel 10 (Rochester) (CBS)

Morning


07:55a
Pastoral Call

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
The Little Rascals

09:30a
Gale Storm

10:00a
CBS Morning News with Mike Wallace

10:30a
I Love Lucy

11:00a
Andy Griffith

11:30a
The McCoys

Afternoon


12:00p
Love of Life

12:25p
CBS News

12:30p
Search For Tomorrow

12:45p
The Guiding Light

01:00p
Dr. Hudson’s Journal

01:30p
As the World Turns

02:00p
Password (panelists Peter Lind Hayes, Shirl Conway)

02:30p
House Party (guest Loriene Chase)

03:00p
To Tell the Truth (panelists Tom Poston, Kitty Carlisle, Peggy Cass, Les Crane)

03:25p
CBS News

03:30p
The Edge of Night

04:00p
The Secret Storm

04:30p
Movie – “The Good Humor Man”

Evening


06:00p
Sea Hunt

06:30p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

07:00p
CBS Evening News with Harry Reasoner

07:30p
Movie – “The Big Bluff”

09:00p
Our Private World

09:30p
Vacation Playhouse

10:00p
Slattery’s People

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:25p
Movie – “Blowing Wild”

There’s some original summer programming here!  Our Private World was a primetime spinoff of the CBS daytime soap opera As the World Turns, and it aired May through September. Vacation Playhouse was a dumping ground for unbought tv pilot episodes. The episode this night, which has no title included, stars Joanna Barnes, whom I loved as Vicky Robinson in the original Parent Trap movie, as a woman who hires a private eye to watch her, since she’s worried that her ex-husband is about to be killed and she wants an alibi.  This pilot also starred Keenan Wynn, who played some great villains for Disney in his long career.


WAST, Channel 13 (Albany) (ABC)

Morning


06:50a
News (local)

08:00a
Ed Allen Time

08:30a
Eight Thirty

09:00a
Movie – “My American Wife”

10:30a
Trailmaster

11:30a
The Price is Right (celebrity Betty White)

Afternoon


12:00p
Donna Reed

12:30p
Father Knows Best

01:00p
Rebus

01:30p
Loretta Young

02:00p
Where the Action Is

02:30p
A Time For Us

02:55p
ABC News (Marlene Sanders)

03:00p
General Hospital

03:30p
Young Marrieds

04:00p
Superman

04:30p
Magilla Gorilla

05:00p
Bronco

Evening


06:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

06:30p
77 Sunset Strip

07:30p
The Flintstones (color)

08:00p
Have Gun – Will Travel

08:30p
The Addams Family

09:00p
Valentine’s Day

09:30p
Peyton Place

10:00p
12 O’Clock High

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:20p
Movie – “Dream Girl”

WAST, along with WTEN, started on the UHF dial and stayed there until the late 1950s.  I remember it as the local station that used “Eyewitness News” in its newscast title.  WAST changed its network affiliation twice in the following years.  WTEN took its ABC affiliation in 1977, leaving it with CBS, and then WRGB took its CBS affiliation in 1981, leaving it with NBC.  WAST also changed its call letters to WNYT in 1981, and it’s still known as WNYT today.


WOKR, Channel 13 (Rochester) (ABC)

Morning


07:30a
Fisher Family

08:00a
Film Short

08:15a
The Friendly Giant

08:30a
Jack LaLanne

09:00a
Romper Room

11:00a
Rebus

11:30a
The Price is Right (celebrity Betty White)

Afternoon


12:00p
Mike Douglas (co-host Gordon MacRae)

01:30p
Father Knows Best

02:00p
Where the Action Is

02:30p
A Time For Us

02:55p
ABC News (Marlene Sanders)

03:00p
General Hospital

03:30p
Young Marrieds

04:00p
Donna Reed

04:30p
Lloyd Thaxton (guest Johnny Rivers)

05:30p
Movie – “Comanche”

Evening


07:20p
Weather, News (local)

07:30p
The Flintstones (color)

08:00p
Death Valley Days

08:30p
The Addams Family

09:00p
Valentine’s Day

09:30p
Peyton Place

10:00p
12 O’Clock High

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:30p
Nightlife

There are some nice ABC daytime reruns, both of The Donna Reed Show, which had one more upcoming season in primetime, and Father Knows Best, which had spent three years solely in reruns on CBS & ABC primetime after ceasing production in 1960. ABC also had The Flintstones (a rare ABC show in color) and The Addams Family, as well as an original Peyton Place (which never aired primetime reruns).  The one ABC show I’d love to see from tonight that I haven’t seen is Valentine's Day, which starred Tony Franciosa & Jack Soo. It had a great episode title that night, “Teahouse of the Bankrupt Moon,” and it involved Rocky, his valet, asking Valentine “Val” Farrow for financial backing for a pizza pagoda.  I’ve read that UCLA’s tv archive has a copy of this episode, including commercials, from this episode’s rerun this date, so maybe I can see it someday during my next trip to LA.

6 comments:

  1. Did anyone else notice the 4:30 movie for WKTV lasted only 30 minutes?

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    1. Maybe the movie was spliy into three or four parts, with each day, WKTV ran a half-hour (commercials included) of the movie. For a time, Channel 3 in Hartford did the same thing.

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    2. I was wondering about this when you pointed it out, so I looked up my own scan of a few of these pages from this issue, since Mitchell still has my copy at the moment. The WKTV movie ran until 6 PM, POPEYE FUNHOUSE was on WSYR, ch. 3, and the movie, "Guns of the Timberland", listed on ch. 3, was on WHEN, ch. 5, until its newscast at 6:45 PM. I also decided to look at the listings from Google News in the Schenectady Gazette for 07/16/1965, and it shows the movie running on WKTV for 2 hours until 6:30 PM, where TV Guide shows the movie running until 6 PM followed by local news. There were also a couple places where the newspaper's grid disagreed with the television highlights shown next to them. The grid has WTEN carrying PASSWORD at 8:30 PM, agreeing with TV GUIDE, but the highlights list the CBS network rerun of THE CARA WILLIAMS SHOW from that night, so I'm not sure which show WTEN actually aired that night. The highlights do give a name for the CBS VACATION PLAYHOUSE pilot, "Patrick Stone", which was the name of the detective, played by Jeff Davis.

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  2. Great job from my home area....I was almost 12 when this issue came out and I grew up just west of Syracuse in the Eastern Finger Lakes near Auburn, NY. Interesting item about the ownership of Channel 3 WSYR-NBC) in Syracuse. The Vadeboncoeur family dominated Syracuse and Central NY media for the 50's and 60's, so much so that when the AFL switched over to NBC in September of 1965, the second game of the doubleheader was preempted weekly for a 1940's B movie. Therefore, in November 1968, we missed the ENTIRE Jets-Raiders "Heidi game."

    The Vadeboncoeurs were no fans of '60's rock....Hullabaloo and The Monkees (along with I Dream of Jeannie) were preempted on Monday nights and replaced, of course, with 1940's B rated movies....Heaven forbid that the teen agers of Central NY be corrupted by go-go dancers, bubble gum manufactured rock and roll and a 4,000 year old blonde popping out of a smoking ancient bottle showing her belly button....Mitchell, the original WSYR-TV belonged in the town you consistently scorn....

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  3. INTERNATIONAL SHOWTIME wasn't a summer show...it ran on NBC from 1961 to 1965,

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  4. I worked in Watertown in radio from 1987-89. At the time WWNY was still the only broadcast network affiliate in Watertown, and while it was primarily a CBS affiliate, they still ran some NBC and ABC shows on tape delay, plus sports from all three. In January, 1988, a second station WFYF, signed on as an ABC affiliate. WWNY is still the dominant station in the market with some very talented people working there. It is what you want in a local station, one dedicated to serving the community.

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