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harls Jan 26, 2022 7:47 PM

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Originally Posted by VANRIDERFAN (Post 9515175)
That would be no good in Edmonton, you guys lived, what a quarter mile from the US border? Being 20 miles from the border I was only able to get WDAZ Channel 8 Devils Lake, Grand Forks and only for about an hour after the sun came up!

:D

WDAZ had the best broadcasting power.

KX96 had 100 thousand watts of power though. Blasting from Foxwarren.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVDK1HHRzhc

ScreamingViking Jan 26, 2022 7:47 PM

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Originally Posted by harls (Post 9515154)
Did you have one of these things? I did.

https://www.radiomuseum.org/images/r..._c_1841496.jpg


My grandparents had one of those in Windsor. I still remember the sound it made when you rotated the dial (I vaguely recall that on a good day they'd pick up a station in Toledo). They didn't even get cable until the 1990s, and only after we had it installed for them as a Christmas gift.

Anyone remember doing this?
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Or this: "OK Timmy... that's good, hold it juuuuust like that!"
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ScreamingViking Jan 26, 2022 8:25 PM

:previous: Actually that kid holding the antenna was probably just like me, at the cottage east of Sault Ste. Marie... grandpa had brought up a small black and white TV and connected it to a car battery -- no hydro there -- and depending how the antenna was oriented we'd get a channel from Sudbury (which I think was relayed at Elliott Lake) and one from SSM if the conditions were right, but the clearest was an ABC affiliate in Traverse City that also broadcast from somewhere in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Learned a lot about the state's geography when the news weather forecast was on!

He had a loud generator to power some tools and an ancient vacuum grandma used, but I think recharging the battery for the TV was its most common purpose. I made many trips from the TV to the generator outside toting that thing. Good times.

harls Jan 26, 2022 8:40 PM

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Originally Posted by ScreamingViking (Post 9515198)
I still remember the sound it made when you rotated the dial

wah wah wah wah wah wah wah wah..

Thanks for bringing me back down memory lane.

ScreamingViking Jan 26, 2022 8:46 PM

Lol. The model they had made more of a "ta-ch ta-ch ta-ch ta-ch ta-ch" sound. I think it even had a little light showing you where the antenna was aimed as it rotated.

Gresto Jan 26, 2022 9:24 PM

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Originally Posted by MolsonExport (Post 9514656)
Heck, we only had one B&W tv for years, and when I was living in Edmonton (72-74), we only received 3 channels (CTV, CBC, Radio-Canada). Romper Room, Mr. Dressup, Friendly Giant, Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, Rocket Robin Hood, and the Flintstones. And Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner.

https://i.makeagif.com/media/2-21-2018/7JuHl9.gif

Is that the villain from Rocket Robin Hood? That dreadful animation is seared into my brain. Yeesh, that was a godawful show! On the other hand, I still have much affection for shows from my childhood like The Amazing Spiderman, The Mighty Hercules (Daedalus's head bobbing up and down as he slinks through the forest:haha:), Dr. Snuggles, Fables of the Green Forest, Mr. Dressup, and The Littlest Hobo. We unfortunately didn't get Mr. Rogers (PBS) when I was a child, or I would have loved him. I grew to love him later (who wouldn't?). Also, in Ontario, did it get any better than avuncular old Elwy Yost and his movie shows? Even at a very young age, I was bothered by the ungrammatical, "This film not to be copied", that opened every feature presentation.

ScreamingViking Jan 26, 2022 9:31 PM

My American cartoon memories include this (though I only saw the reruns in the 1970s)... made me want to visit Lompoc. Maybe I will one day. ;) :D

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ScreamingViking Jan 26, 2022 9:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Gresto (Post 9515326)
Also, in Ontario, did it get any better than avuncular old Elwy Yost and his movie shows?

Magic Shadows!

PBS was great in that it showed Monty Python, uncut and unedited. Without that, my sense of humour would be vastly different today. :cool: (and clearly my parents were not paying attention to what I was watching, even before I hit 10 years old :haha:... my first glimpse of real boobies was when a Buffalo TV station aired The Godfather at some point in the 1970s; mom and dad later found out when they were watching that film and told me to cover my eyes during the scene, and I said "I've already seen this!!")

MolsonExport Jan 26, 2022 10:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Gresto (Post 9515326)
Is that the villain from Rocket Robin Hood? That dreadful animation is seared into my brain. Yeesh, that was a godawful show!

apparently he was an ally of Rocket Robin Hood. His name was Friar Tuck.

Here is a bio, in glorious high-quality animation:
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MolsonExport Jan 26, 2022 10:09 PM

The absolutely most high panic theme song beginning (0:05-0:08) is that of Spiderman, c. 1967
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Spiderman, Spiderman. Just came out of the garbage can.
Is he strong? No he's not. He's got radioactive snot.

MolsonExport Jan 26, 2022 10:17 PM

Remember those godawful PBS pledge drives?
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Wigs Jan 26, 2022 10:48 PM

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Originally Posted by MolsonExport (Post 9515386)
Remember those godawful PBS pledge drives?
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Yes! The "best" ones were WNED from Buffalo with Goldie Gardner and her epicly nasal Western NY accent :haha:

My older brother "Mum, the blonde lady on TV says we MUST support them"

Oh the 1980s! That haircut :haha:
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ScreamingViking Jan 26, 2022 11:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Wigs (Post 9515430)
Yes! The "best" ones were WNED from Buffalo with Goldie Gardner and her epicly nasal Western NY accent :haha:

My older brother "Mum, the blonde lady on TV says we MUST support them"

I hated how they made us wait until they had enough pledges to continue a show. I didn't understand the economics of public television. :D

I remember my dad watching the original Cosmos with Carl Sagan on PBS, which seemed really cool at points back then. I'll watch more when I have time, but at a glance the special effects have held up well for their age.

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And there was a show with this painter that used to do these nice landscapes with his "mighty brush"


Has the thread included this yet? Every time I come here, it's in my head. My apologies for Jean Stapleton's singing:

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ScreamingViking Jan 26, 2022 11:10 PM

While we're on the subject of PBS... a clip from another favourite show of my youth which also contributed heavily to my warped sense of humour. Here's their take on the public broadcaster personalities:

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Razor Jan 27, 2022 12:43 AM

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Originally Posted by north 42 (Post 9514821)
That’s funny that you only remember those shows as repeats, given your age. I was born in ‘65 and remember watching some of those shows when they were originally shown as well as in reruns. I do have pretty strong memories of my early childhood though, not everyone does, however. I remember watching Laugh-In in the late 60s, probably some of my earliest tv memories.

Being born in the first Gen X year, I feel almost as connected to the Boomers as I do Gen X, especially when I think back to my childhood. Do you feel any connection to the Boomers as well? I would think you might, considering you were born in ‘66.

No they were definitely re-runs, although I was alive (toddler) when they were still producing them. They were relevant re-runs though, Played after school, but not in the evening. I'm aware of both Laugh in and the Ed Sullivan show, and I almost remember Laugh In, but man it's waay back in the recesses, the same way that Under dog is..The Partridge Family definitely. There was one cartoon that I also barely remember..It was scary to us young uns and I sort of remember it being triangular stick figures centering around a witch. I remember the Vietnam War ending and it making major news, but not tuned into it while it was happening..I think it was on the news quite often though. My parents watched the news a lot..I had bigger fish to fry like making sure my brother didn't steal my big wheels!

The moon landing, I kind of sorta remember that..Just the excitement surrounding that event..As far as relating to the boomers..Yes definitely!.I was around them more .My baby sitters were boomers..My older sister, and older brother whom are a few years older then myself, technically fit into that age group. athough my brother once said he identified as an X'er (64)..The late Boomers were our baby sitters, younger hipper Aunts and Uncles but not teachers..I got my music influences from some of my younger boomer Aunts and Uncles actually. I would say I have slightly more in common with younger boomers then tail end X-ers listening to Nirvana.

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Originally Posted by MolsonExport (Post 9514656)
Heck, we only had one B&W tv for years, and when I was living in Edmonton (72-74), we only received 3 channels (CTV, CBC, Radio-Canada). Romper Room, Mr. Dressup, Friendly Giant, Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers, Rocket Robin Hood, and the Flintstones.

Yes to all of that, and like the cliche, us kids were the remote!

harls Jan 27, 2022 4:01 AM

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Originally Posted by O-tacular (Post 9501143)
I miss the days before smartphones.

Remember when we went to the toilet to actually.. poop?

biguc Jan 27, 2022 10:47 AM

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Originally Posted by harls (Post 9515683)
Remember when we went to the toilet to actually.. poop?

Remember sneaking the Sears catalogue along when we weren't?

ScreamingViking Jan 27, 2022 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by biguc (Post 9515826)
Remember sneaking the Sears catalogue along when we weren't?

Eaton's had the better models. :cool:

MonctonRad Jan 27, 2022 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by harls (Post 9515154)
Did you have one of these things? I did.

Saturday morning, turn it to Minot, ND to pick up Bugs Bunny.

https://www.radiomuseum.org/images/r..._c_1841496.jpg

We had a rotator for our rooftop TV antenna in Charlottetown too. It was a pretty novel device on the island. Not too many people had them.

There was only one TV station on PEI when I was growing up - CFCY-TV in Charlottetown. It was a CBC affiliate, but had some independent programming. With the rotating antenna, it was possible to bring in signals from Moncton (CKCW-TV, then an independent and CBAF-TV, French CBC), and from Sydney NS (CJCB-TV, also then an independent).

CJCB was my favourite - it brought me the wonders of Batman (the Adam West one), and the original Star Trek. :)

Oh yes, and the sound the rotator made was a loud cha-chink, cha-chink, cha-chink while it rotated the antenna to it's new position.

acottawa Jan 27, 2022 1:14 PM

I went through a rabbit ear phase in the early 2010s (after cutting cable). I think somewhat easier in the digital era though.


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