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Posted on 02/07/2018 20:02

 I don't know if this was intentional or a mistake but in the pilot, Carter / Larry Hovis rank was Lieutenant and in of the rest of episodes he was a Sargent.  I believe Hockstetter and Burkhalter had different ranks too.

Posted on 02/07/2018 11:22

This makes me wonder if any store won't go back into selling Vinyl because record companies are releasing current artists on Vinyl, and I believe re-releasing other albums on vinyl.

I realize that Vinyl takes up more space than CD's, but it was nice to be able to buy a 45 by some artists, if you didn't care for the rest of the songs that might be on an album.

I remember when CD's and Cassettes took up a lot of space in the stores because they tried to make them more theft resistant.

Posted on 02/07/2018 11:18

This is really nice, brings me back to my teens, and when the stores weren't being pushed out of business by Wal-Mart.  K-Mart always had great sales.  Too bad most of them are closed now.  Not to mention their parent company Sears.

Posted on 01/27/2018 08:13

Well this is getting more and more confusing.

I am up to Season 3 and Episode 86 of the entire series, and the production numbers that are missing 5784-73 and 5784-77.

Episode 86 is 5794-87.

What I see online, even though the production numbers are out of sequence, they list the episodes in order and the dates they originally aired.

It just seems odd that they would have the production numbers out of sequence, especially when they taped them, I believe they were numbered in order of production, therefore they should have aired on TV in the order they were produced.  I don't believe they taped an entire season in a few weeks, especially when nobody could predict how long the series would last.

Posted on 01/24/2018 20:23

I usually didn't pay attention to the Special Features in this DVD set but in in going through and keeping track of the production numbers.  I started watching the special features and noticed that there was a gag reel   Bob's wedding to Sigrid Valdis otherwise known as Patricia Crane and there was the Jell-o commercial so they did include these things

Posted on 01/18/2018 19:51

Thanks Chip,
It would be nice if they would re-release the series again with the episodes in the correct order.and include outtakes and ending credits where they show previews of the next episode and sponsored by.   Also  Commercials such as the Jello one when Carol Channing was in it.

Posted on 01/18/2018 08:51

I know you like Classic TV Programs, so you may have more information on this series.

I have all 6 seasons on DVD, but have a question about the episode order.  I have watched them several times, and finally decided to keep track of the number at the beginning of the end credits.

I have noticed that for every season that some numbers are missing and some are not in sequence.

I have only started to keep track of these numbers since yesterday, and for Season 1, they are as follows:

Episode   1 5784-01
Episode   2 5784-03
Episode   3 5784-04
Episode   4 5784-02
Episode   5 5784-09
Episode   6 5784-06
Episode   7 5784-07
Episode   8 5784-12
Episode   9 5784-10
Episode 10 5784-14
Episode 11 5784-15
Episode 12 5784-13
Episode 13 5784-16
Episode 14 5784-18

5784-17  are all missing from this sequence,   Do you know if these numbers are incorrect?  Or, are the episodes out of order on the DVD set?  I do remember from watching all episodes that they number sequence continues out of order and has missing numbers.

One would think that CBS and Paramount would have done a better job at putting them in the correct order.

Posted on 12/25/2017 11:16

Steve, I am glad you were able to receive the Antenna TV Broadcast this year.  We only have one affiliate, and it is hard to pick up the few stations that we do get with an indoor antenna,

Posted on 12/25/2017 11:15

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!
Well, we had snow overnight, so it caused a signal interruption on my Satellite Dish, so I only got about an hour of the WPIX Yule Log for this year.  Fortunately, I also was able to DVR the Antenna TV Broadcast and am watching that right now.  IT is OTA (Over The Air), so satellite signals not needed.  This is the first year that I wasn't able to get the WPIX Broadcast because of signal.  I know it is basically the same program every year, but I like to have each years broadcast.

I did get the 1-hour broadcast of the original footage last night, and was surprised that WPIX started out the 4-hour broadcast with the first hour of music with Joy To The World (Percy Faith) instead of starting our with hour 2.

Posted on 11/26/2017 07:56

Thank you so much Chip,
i really appreciate the information.  I remember a few of the songs being played in the 1970's, probably on CFLG FM in Cornwall Ontario.  They played a lot of this type of Christmas music, and that is where I heard music from Heintje, that I hadn't heard since the 1960's.

Posted on 11/25/2017 09:19

I was listening to the free Sirrius/XM this morning in my car, and heard a familiar instrumental version of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by The London Sound 70.  I tried searching online, but didn't really find any albums for sale.  There wasn't any on eBay, but I see a few songs on YouTube, The Sounds of Christmas on Decca Records.  I wasn't able to make out the catalog number.

Do you know where I might get a good copy of this album?

Posted on 11/12/2017 09:48

I remember an Easy Listening station in the Burlington Vermont area that had a 32 hour Christmas Music marathon, it was sponsored by Chittenden  Bank, and though I don't remember the play list, I believe it was exactly the same for several years.  Being I don't currently live in Vermont, I can't say they still do this, but would venture to guess that if they do, it wouldn't be the great classics from the 1950's though about 1972.  I may still have a few audio recordings from one of these broadcasts on cassette tapes,  Unfortunately a lot of the tapes have deteriorated, and right now any of the cassette decks I have access to, all need belts in order to work.  So I can't check them out.
I believe a lot of the songs in the list are the same as your list.  I think they played this into the middle 1980's then they added more current artists.

Posted on 11/09/2017 10:18

Thank you.  Yes, I don't remember the exact year that the WPIX glitch happened, but I do remember that I had come to the message board to do a post about it, and you had also mentioned about hearing the audio drop out or something and bumped your head.  I know that you work tirelessly to try and get this program to go as perfectly as possible, so when something goes wrong, you want to do everything you can to make sure it doesn't happen again.

As for the problem on my end, it could be something with my DVR.  But the signal didn't drop out at all.  Could be a hard drive glitch when recording on the DVR.

I won't be home to monitor the broadcast this year, but can access my DVR while I am away.  I just hope the weather will be good so there won't be any signal problems.  Either with Satellite or OTA.

Posted on 11/08/2017 12:55

I am in the process of copying the 2016 Antenna TV broadcast to my computer to eventually burn to a DVD, and though I haven't been continually monitoring the transfer, I was just listening to Jingo Jango, and about 3/4 of the way through, there was an audio glitch.   I don't know if it is on the WPIX broadcast or not as I haven't fully watched it yet.  Is this just me, or was there a small glitch last year?  I don't think it was an OTA Signal problem because it that happens, I get a message on my screen that The Digital Television signal was interrupted and part of your recording was lost.

I remember a few years back, I was watching it as it aired, and there was an audio glitch.  If I remember correctly you were monitoring to too, and were in another room and heard the audio glitch, and rushed to your TV to see what was going on and bumped your head.

I don't remember if this was during the first year of the 4-hour broadcast or if it was when Antenna TV first broadcast it.

[EDITED] After I initially posted this, I am noticing that the audio levels aren't constant  I didn't notice this when I first started copying it to my computer, but for the last 30 minutes or so, it has been fading in and out considerably.  The video is perfect, so I don't believe it has anything to do with how it was recorded on my DVR.

Posted on 11/07/2017 13:47

In my area, (Buffalo) it is difficult to pick up most of the TV Stations since the "Digital Transition"  Most broadcasters don't even transmit at 1000 KW anymore, and being Digital it is a very narrow signal.  Their antenna towers are much shorter than they were with we were still Analog. and most used to transmitted at  500,000 kw Visual and maybe 480,000 aural.  (Just used that wattage as an example being the there were actually 2 frequencies received by the TV Tuner and converted into one, the channel you were on, and Visual was somewhat stronger than Aural)
I have tried several different indoor antennas, even a home made bow-tie one.  It seems to work the best, but digital transmission are affected by any type of interference, so it is still difficult to pick them up reliably,  Even bad weather will interfere with the signal.  It does help in the transmitter is under 10 miles away, but in most cases they aren't.

Dish Network and I believe the other providers do not have to give you the secondary channels, just the primary.

I do pick up Antenna TV somewhat reliably, but other networks like Get TV and Retro (COZI, THIS-TV) etc., that broadcast a lot of Classic Christmas programs.  i.e. Bing Crosby. Andy Williams, Perry Como, Danny Kay and Gisele MacKenzie  Dinah Shore are very hard to pick up.

The housing project where I live doesn't allow outdoor antenna's.  I do have a satellite dish, but had to pay a non-refundable $100 deposit, and the dish isn't physically attached to the building and no holes were drilled into the building.  They used a flat coaxial cable that goes under the window sill.  My dish is mounted on a pole in a 5-gallon bucket filled with concrete.

Posted on 10/19/2017 06:46

That's awesome Chip 

Posted on 10/18/2017 07:26


I wasn't allowed to post a "New Topic" so I will ask my question here.  It says I don't have the privilege to post a new topic.

Any news on the 2017 Yule Log Broadcast?  Will it be a 5-Hour broadcast this year?

Posted on 09/25/2017 14:53

Thanks Chip,
It would be nice to see if there was any additional information to add to the special.

Posted on 09/24/2017 11:27

 I was just curious if WPIX has any intention of adding to their 2006 promotion A Logs Life maybe how they did find the original 1966 footage in their archives and maybe some of additional information about the yule log?

I'm not sure if I'm asking this in the proper Forum if not please move it thank you.

Posted on 09/06/2017 07:12

Thanks Chip,
I appreciate it.  It would be nice to have the full song listing though.  I would doubt that there would be any information in WPIX's archives from their WPIX FM Broadcasts.

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