Monday, July 6, 2009

Outside The NY Metro Area? Please Remember......

......your input and your memories are always welcome here! Even though this blog pays tribute to vintage television, movie showcases, etc. from the NY Metro Area, we also love to read information, thoughts and memories from folks who grew up outside the NY Metro Area and remember what it was like when TV was really something special. Are you from Chicago? Boston? LA? Anywhere else? Don't be shy! Chime in and join the celebration that is vintage TV we all remember and love!


  1. And certainly other cities had movie shows as celebrated (in their own way) as New York's. In many instances, network O&O's movie shows bore the same titles (such as "The Late / Early / Late Late Show" on CBS's stations - also on Westinghouse "Group W" stations, ironic considering that company's eventual acquisition of CBS in 1995; or "Movie ___" on most NBC stations, or "The ____ Movie" on ABC O&O's; not to mention the "Million Dollar Movie" franchise that aired not only on most RKO stations, but also on other stations across the country).

    I read a 1972 TV magazine from the DC/Maryland/Virginia region which showed NBC's Washington, DC O&O, WRC-TV, had a "Saturday Film Festival" after the late news. Makes me wonder about Chicago and L.A. (don't think Cleveland had such a show). But this version was along the lines of WNBC's "Sunday Film Festival."

    Thanks to the web, I've been made aware of such Windy City movie umbrellas as WBBM-TV's "The Best of CBS" and "The All Electric Magik Lantern Moving Picture Show"; WFLD's run of horror films including "Screaming Yellow Theatre" (with Jerry G. Bishop as the original "Svengoolie") and later "Son of Svengoolie" (with Rich Koz as the title character; he has carried on the show to this day, simply as "Svengoolie," on WCIU); and WLS-TV's "The 3:30 Movie" which was as celebrated to Chicagoans as WABC's "4:30 Movie" has been to a generation of New Yorkers.

    I've also been made aware of an opening of "The Early Show" used by KNXT (now KCBS-TV) in Los Angeles, with quick-cut stills of various movie stars and films in a rapid-fire montage, and a theme music being Johnny Pearson's "Power Drive" which was also the theme for an Australian cop series of the late 1960's and early '70's, "Division 4." This opening would have been definitely circa 1970 if not somewhat earlier, in its origin.

    I've seen an opening for a "Million Dollar Movie" on WEWS in Cleveland whose theme, I could swear, might have been used by WOR-TV for their "Late Movie" (or at least, a similar sounding music). And who could forget the future "Voice of ABC," Ernie Anderson, as beatnik horror-film show host "Ghoulardi" on WJW-TV, which later begat "Hoolihan and Big Chuck" which in turn ended up as "Big Chuck and Lil' John"?

    As well as Lawson J. Deming's "Sir Graves Ghastly" on WJBK-TV in Detroit, also seen on some other stations across the country; he also did fill-in work as an announcer on WJW (which, at the time, shared common ownership - and CBS network affiliation - with WJBK), and his voice somewhat reminded me of CBS/WCBS announcer Pat Connell.

    But I've wondered myself why there haven't been others outside of NYC who've spoken out.

  2. hi Bill
    I'm looking for live shows of late 70-80s bands into punk,industrial,etc NYC bands,maybe you recorded some from TV or videotaped some?,I have stuff to trade,I love no-wave/NY punk,email me at almudeno69(a) if you have some to trade or maybe know someone.

  3. Growing up in the 80's and 90's in NYC, I remember watching a lot of classic tv on wnew/wnyw 5 and wpix 11. On 5, we had morning reruns of "I Love Lucy", "Leave it to Beaver", "The Brady Bunch". I remember seeing them in the mid 80's, when I was only 2 or 3 years old. Wpix is the only local channel in NY that actually remembers it's from NY. They still show "The Honeymooners", "The Odd Couple" (occasionally) and "The Jeffersons"