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Posted on 04/19/2018 06:56

Thank you Chip,
From what I was told, Tribune is no longer offering the Superstation package to Cable, Satellite or Fiber Optic Television providers.  I have read several complaints that say something that even if Charlie Ergen, the President of Dish Network had changed his equipment or services, that he couldn't get the Superstation Package back either. (Yeah Right) lol

I can't get a distant CW network because we have a local CW network station.

It isn't right, even if I go to one of those Pick and Choose Streaming Channel Services, I can't get WPIX, unless it was in my Direct Marketing area.  So why even offer a Pick and Choose Service?  If I am willing to pay for a specific channel, it shouldn't matter where I am located.

As you know, I love the Classic Television Movies and Programs, and yes we get some shows like I've Got A Secret and What's My Line, but our Local station that gives us Retro TV or MeTV, Get TV, Grit TV etc, they don't give us all the programs that the actual Networks are, and they fill in with a local talk show or a local bowling show.  So even it I were watching, Hazel and then they advertises that Leave It To Beaver is "coming up next on most of these stations", I will get the local bowling show instead.

It is good to know that Antenna TV will continue to broadcast The Yule Log.

I will miss not being able to have a backup network though for when WPIX airs it, since I could get a few changes at different times to DVR it. and if there was bad weather, it might not last long enough to affect both channels being they broadcast The Yule Log at different times.

Posted on 04/18/2018 17:08

I'm not sure which section this should go to, so please if it is in the wrong one, could you move it for me?

Well, I can no longer get WPIX or the other Superstations.    Last week we have very high wind gust for 2 days straight, and it knocked over my satellite dish and broke the mounting bracket for the LNB to the arm of my dish.

I had to go to Cleveland Clinic yesterday and there was a change that I would be there for a few days or more if they were going to do some surgery.  So being I didn't know how long I was going to be in the hospital, and that I couldn't actually pick up any signal from Dish Network, I called them to see if there was a way I could get a credit for the number of days I would be in the hospital, since I wouldn't be home to let a technician in and they told me that I could put my account on "Vacation" and only pay $10.00 a month until I get back from the hospital.  So i said that would be fine and wehn I get back from the hospital I could just call to have them take it off "Vacation"

Well I didn't need the surgery yet because they had to do an X-Ray with contrast and because I still have swelling from the previous surgery, they are going to wait at least a few more weeks.

I came home lat evening, and I was able to get the mounting bracket for the LNB, and got the dish re-aimed.  I called Dish Network to have my service taken off of "Vacation" and then they asked me to check and make sure all my stations where there, and unfortunately WPIX, WWOR, WSBK, KWGN and KTLA were gone. 

When I told the customer service rep that they were gone, she told me that I couldn't get them back because they stopped offering the Superstation package in 2013 and because I had my service put on vacation for even just 3 days, that voided me being grandfathered in.  They have no way of even overriding that.

I was on the phone for over an hour trying to find a way to get that package back because I was NOT told that if I put my service on Vacation, that I would lose that package.  Even if I were to upgrade my receivers to their Hopper system, I would lose that package.

So now I can only hope that Antenna TV will continue to broadcast it each year, and the full 5-hours.  Also that they might put a commercial in between the 3rd and 4th hour like they did a few years ago.

I won't get The Honeymooners anymore.  Yes they are available on DVD as well as other programs that WPIX airs, especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it is so much better to actually watch them when they air on WPIX

Posted on 02/26/2018 11:36

Yes, it is sad that the cast members are all gone now.  IT might be interesting to know if any of the "Extras" who were very young at the time the film was done remember anything about what might have been deleted from the original movie that was first shown in theaters.  I am sure it would be hard to tack them down and possibly the only way might be financial records of the production company who most likely paid them their fee for being an extra in the move.
I know I mentioned this elsewhere on the board, but my mother told me that she saw the movie when it first came out and when Kris was on trial for lunacy, there were parents and children picketing/protesting outside the courthouse with signs about releasing Santa Claus.  But the movie I first saw on TV in the 1960's didn't have those scenes.

Posted on 02/26/2018 11:29

Johnny it is just so strange that the production numbers could be so far out of sequence on some of the episodes.  A few go into another season or they are several numbers apart.
For instance in Season 5, Episode 144 is 5784-119 and is is the last episode of Season 5 but the first episode of season 5 is episode 119 5784-121

In Season 3,  Episode 63 starts with 5784-65 and Episode 78 is 5784-62.  The season ends with episode 92  5784.73

Then in Season 6, they added another number to the production numbers starting with Episode 151  35784-149 ending with Episode 168 35784-156

I don't know how many episodes were taped before their actual broadcast on TV, but it does seem odd that they would have them so far out of sequence.

I do vaguely remember at the end of each episode in the 1960's that they had a preview of the next episode.  It would be interesting to know if these ending credits still exist.

I have watched the complete series of Car 54 Where on Shout TV on ROKU, are and in their end credits, it shows the "Sponsored By"  But when it was airing on MeTV or Antenna TV a couple years ago, those graphics weren't in the ending credits.

Posted on 02/24/2018 14:39

I'm not sure if this is the correct topic to post this, but another member here who also has a Facebook account posted a still that was seen on eBay from the movie.  It is from a deleted scene were Kris purposely fails his mental examination and ends up at Bellevue.

It would be interesting to find out if any more stills or actual footage could be found, maybe in the vault at Twentieth Century Fox/20th Century Fox.
Still from a deleted scene of Mriadcle on 34th Street
EDITED 2/24/2018 because the link wouldn't work correctly so I am trying to insert the image I "borrowed"

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.

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