Wednesday, June 1, 2011

“Today (today)…I consider myself (self)…the luckiest man (man)…on the face of the earth (earth)…”

I took a brief respite from trying to find just what in blazes I did with the prizes in the Bergen & McCarthy giveaway (I’m running out of boxes, fellas, so it shouldn’t be long now) to play around on Facebook a bit and I saw an interesting tidbit on the page of Chicago’s Me-TV (click to embiggen, as my pal Elisson would say):


Now, our CharredHer cable system carries WSB Atlanta’s digital station, which has been a Retro Television Network (RTV) affiliate for the past couple of years, and for some odd reason in the back of my mind I wondered if this might mean that WSB was switching from RTN/RTV to the Chicago-based cable offering that echoes what the once-proud TV Land was before it went through that unhappy phase what with its father dying and the mortgage and Nick at Nite going out with men.  So I surfed on over to the channel listings at my CharredHer webpage and saw this (more embiggening might be needed)…


The Big ValleyRawhideHawaii Five-O.  As my BBFF Stacia would say in moments of sheer excitement—“Hot cookies, Agnes!™”  A quick trip out to the living room (where the ‘rents were staring at Rachael Ray…and I’m guessing because the Bait Car marathon was over) confirmed that we have Memorable Entertainment, baby…and I am the happiest camper right now in the entire Classic City.

As for RTN/RTV…well, a moment of silence for a cable offering that even though it did feature the occasional reruns of shows like Alfred Hitchcock Presents/The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Bachelor Father, The Bold Ones, Daniel Boone, Dragnet (the 1967-70 version), McHale’s Navy, Peter Gunn and The Rifleman on the schedule had far too much drek like Airwolf, The A-Team, Knight Rider and Magnum, P.U. P.I. in otherwise valuable time slots.  Retro Television Network will now be offered on the low-powered Atlanta affiliate WYGA-TV (LD), which must suffer the additionally painful indignity of having its Wikipedia entry declare “it now appears to be off the air.”

Me-TV, not to put too fine a point on it, is going to become my new favorite TV station…for there is an embarrassment of riches to be had.  Gunsmoke, both the half-hour and hour versions (I’m assuming the color hours, because Encore Westerns has the black-and-whites).  The Many Loves of Dobie GillisGomer Pyle, USMCThe Beverly HillbilliesPetticoat JunctionI Love LucyMy Three SonsPerry MasonThe HoneymoonersThe Twilight ZoneThe UntouchablesCombat12 O’Clock HighHoney WestGet SmartCar 54, Where are You?  Hogan’s HeroesThe Wild Wild West.  And even—glad to see ya!The Phil Silvers Show.  (It’s like a methadone clinic for TV junkies.)

In conclusion, I have a few people to thank: Mike “Mr. Television” Doran, for believing in my Me-TV dream, Robert “Master of His (Public) Domain” Huggins for keeping vintage TV alive on DVD, my buddy and future program director of WTDY John, for his unflagging support of the blog (he’s the one who scored me classic reruns of The People’s Choice, Sky King and Dobie Gillis), and Rick “Cultureshark” Brooks for also being a fellow classic TV aficionado despite the fact that he’s also a Pittsburgh Pirates fan (well, you know how kids will fall in with a bad crowd).  We’re all winners, people!  (Holds up remote in triumph…)

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5 comments:

Jeff Overturf said...

I want my Me TV!!

Brent McKee said...

I'd like any of the choices that are around on the American airwaves - MeTV, Antenna TV, and yes RTN (especially if they still have Jack Benny). Unfortunately I'm Canadian and what we have is Deja View (http://www.dejaviewtv.ca/). Even when the Canadian on-air stations are dragged (kicking and screaming) into digital broadcasting later this year we won't have anything like these stations.

Linda said...

By golly, Ivan, you're right. Why do most of the shows I want to see appear in the middle of the night? :-)

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Why do most of the shows I want to see appear in the middle of the night? :-)

Wow--talk about great minds...I said to myself this evening: "If I had access to this channel when I still night auditing I wouldn't have been nearly as surly..."

ClassicBecky said...

RAWHIDE! Man I'd like to see that again -- I was one of the few young girls who thought Eric Fleming was the cool one, as opposed to Clint! And I LOVE the black and white Gunsmoke -- much better!

You're a great guy Ivan, but I hate you -- I don't get that channel!