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(Date Posted:12/19/2016 00:30)




Here is the official 2016 local Tribune affiliate broadcast schedule for the ORIGINAL WPIX Yule Log!

 Please Note: All broadcast times are for December 25th and are shown in that city's local time:


New York/WPIX ~ 7am-12pm

Seattle/KZJO ~ 9am-4pm

Miami/WSFL ~ 8:30am-11am

Salt Lake City/KSTU ~ 5am-7am

St. Louis/KPLR ~ 5am-6:30am

Indianapolis/WXIN ~ 6am-9am

Grand Rapids/WXMI ~ 5am-7am

Harrisburg/WPMT ~ 4am-10am

Chicago/WGN ~ 1:30am-8am

Portland/KRCW ~ 11am-1pm

Denver/KWGN ~ 7am-11am

Hartford/WTIC ~ 6am-9am

Sacramento/KTXL ~ 1:30pm-5pm


Note: For the National television coverage on Antenna TV, please Click Here.








**KDAF/Dallas, KIAH/Houston, KTLA/Los Angeles and KSWB/San Diego are not showing the WPIX Yule Log.
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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/24/2016 22:31)

Chip,

I can't say that I exactly remember how the original fireplace looked being I was only 8 years old at the time, and no video tape means existed, and no camera photos taken, but I do remember definitely watching it in 1966 and every year thereafter until the California re-shoot, though we didn't realize that it was redone until the WPIX Special "A Log's Life"  and I was fortunate enough to see each broadcast up until 1989 and then (2000, on the Internet) 2001 to present.

This is just my opinion, but I like the flames and logs much better than the California re-shoot.  the only "Jerking" I can see, is it appears as if someone was holding the camera instead of it being on a dolly, but it was on a dolly. Other than that I really love it!!!!!  Yes, I know that the California re-shoot is highly superior but I really love the andirons and the flames.

I took a picture of the TV screen using my laptop computer, but the camera doesn't work correctly, so the image is very grainy.

As you should be able to see, there are black bars all around the screen, and zooming in doesn't make a difference other than the image is a little larger.  The PIX11 logo, goes beyond the video, so I am guessing once again that The Yule Log broadcast won't fill the screen either.

I have asked Dish Network about this and they tell me that WPIX won't allow them to give us the HD feed because this isn't a local TV station for us, but is a Superstation.

I just hope that our Antenna TV affiliate doesn't superimpose their large WGRZ 2-2 logo on the screen or that they don't interrupt for anything else.

(EDITED to correct typos and to change the size of the picture. and add more notes!!!)

My Television screen is 55 inches, and on the sides in this image of the screen there is almost almost 10 inches of black on both sides and the PIX11 Logo is partly in the video, so the normal WPIX images would extend about 5 inches away from the actual edge of my Television screen on both sides.  (Being this is the SD feed)  The black at the top and bottom is about 3 inches.

Now for regular HD broadcasts, i.e. my local channels, 99% of the time the image fills the screen without zooming in, but occasionally it has black bars at the top and bottom only.

Normally I get the 16:9  or 1.77:1 Screen Ratio, but when I get the black bars at the top and bottom only, i.e. watching a DVD/Blu-Ray, they are in 21:9  or 2:35:1 Screen Ratio.




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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/25/2016 01:30)


There is no one that knows, loves or cherishes this program more than I do and certainly no one that has dedicated more of his life (blood, sweat and tears) to its preservation, promotion and legacy by virtue of my 2006 audio restoration of the original 3-hour soundtrack, my new Fourth and Fifth hours that I created and added to the program in 2009 and 2016 respectively, as well as all the work involved in maintaining the YuleLog.com website and YuleLog.com message board as the sole owner and webmaster.

So all that I can say beyond what I have said repeatedly and unequivocally before about
the classic and legendary 1970 reshoot footage being far superior to the original 1966 footage both technically (because it was shot on state-of-the-art 35mm film), as well as artistically (because of the much more ornate mantelpiece that was used and the spectacular roaring fire that was captured on film within that glorious 7-minute loop that the 1970 program is comprised of), is that this will very likely be the only year that the original 1966 footage will be shown.

Again, as I have also said repeatedly and unequivocally before, the 1966 footage will never be allowed to displace the 1970 Yule Log footage, as that is the iconic fireplace footage that has captured the fascination of millions in the tri-state area since 1970, and now, with its broadcast nationally since 2003, many more millions across the country. Again, it is this iconic footage that has become so classic and legendary, not the original 1966 footage.

After all the years we searched for it, it was great to finally see the original 1966 footage air again purely for nostalgic reasons -- especially on its 50th anniversary. But next year, happily, the classic and legendary 1970 Yule Log will be unfettered by competition from its inferior predecessor.


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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/25/2016 03:18)

Beautifully put!
Tuning in NOW! And only 3 hours to go until the new 5th hour! Can't wait to hear it!
Merry Christmas Master Chip! 
And Happy 50th!

The Log couldn't have gone to a better and more qualified person, other than yourself.
You've not only resurrected and restored the one and only ORIGINAL Yule Log for newer generations to come, so that they may know GOOD Christmas music when they HEAR it among so much of the bad and homogenized Christmas music that is sadly so factory-cranked-out in the world of today, you've preserved its origins of importance not only in the visuals, but also the audios as well, by retaining the official Log's classiness by creating and merging the 4th and 5th hours most appropriately to sync perfectly with the particular mid-20th century musical atmosphere that the Log offers, unlike the many clones OF the Log that have since come and gone so many times, because they just didn't have that beautiful roster of talent in the hearing department. That "mid-20th century era" of Christmas music, in my opinion, could never be copied or duplicated. It almost seems now that the arrival age of the two words "IN STEREO" was an era that was perfectly timed to yield the warm-your-soul phonics that the original Yule Log continues to yield each year, and thanks to you, will do so for eternal centuries to come. 
The Heavens themselves must have surely known, that The Log, and the sounds OF it ... needed to go to the right Father, in which you are, with such devotion; protecting it, helping it grow, as if it were a well brought-up child. It will live on forever, because of YOU Lawrence F. "CHIP" Arcuri!
So Happy Father's Day!

Well done on this most important offspring of yours that has "archived" this perfect glorious music for the entire universe to harmonize with each year on this most significant day that honors our Master's birth.
And because of you, the once blind and deaf ears of the music industry to so many locked-away and buried-in-the-vaults classic Christmas carols, sung by the crooning and instrumentalist greats ... are now not so blind and deaf anymore.
May the industry continue to listen to your voice, and this beloved board of yours, in continuing to properly restore and remaster planet Earth's most cherished Christmas music ... so that the future will never be without it, ever again.

Each and every one of your precious pieces of music in which you have fought so relentlessly hard to get labels to unlock their masters and dust them off, should NEVER be "out of print" ever again. May you never have to lobby so hard for such music that should never again disappear, not only for THIS season, but for EVERY season. 
These aren't just songs,
these are some of the best songs Earth ever generated in what is now a bygone era that is not only just a part of AMERICA's history, but the entire GLOBE's!
These are masterpieces for the future to study ... on how to do Christmas music the RIGHT way.
These songs ... ARE Christmas.
And no Christmas would be complete WITHOUT these songs, and the original renditions OF them!

I, and my generation, are honored to have watched and listened to you raise your most beloved adopted child all of these years, and the Heavens are most grateful to you for SHARING this child of yours ... with so many.
You've helped to continue the Log's mere 7 minute loop, for 7 billion people.

Many "bells will ring" today because of your most determined spirit that has endured so much, 
and because so, you "got your wings" quite some time ago.
Should you ever forget that during times of doubt and sadness,
just let me know,
and I'll be happy to remind you of it.

You've helped us ALL be more happy Lawrence,
you've helped us ALL ... to have a more Wonderful Life ...
AND a fireplace ... that pipes out only the BEST light and warmth on earth.

Merry Christmas,
and Have A Happy!


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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/25/2016 03:55)


Many sincere and heartfelt thanks for your incredibly kind and generous message, Joshua; I am deeply touched and appreciative.

Have a blessed Christmas, my boy.


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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/25/2016 05:59)

Chip,
I wasn't implying that WPIX replace the highly superior California re-shoot with the 1966 footage by any means.

I can't say that I have invested most of my time and resources in getting the music restored and adding the 4th and 5h hours to the program either.

As you know, Christmas is a huge part of my life and we both have been collecting Vinyl records for about the same amount  of time.  Though I can't say that my collection is anywhere close to yours.  It is larger than most people.

The WPIX Yule Log has been very near and dear to my heart and though I don't have the resources that  you and your predecessor had, I can say my love for this great program is probably as deep as your.  I am a very dedicated fan of the WPIX Yule Log.  I haven't missed a broadcast since 1966.  And whether I watch it live it or recorded I intend to watch it for many years to come God Willing.  I watch it during the year too.

As for my opinion about the flickering flames, I do love that they were much fuller in the 1966 footage.  And the burning log is fuller.

Yes the quality isn't that good from the 1966 footage,   But if you were to compare the unrestored 1970 footage to the restored, the difference might be similar.

Yes I realize that WPIX wouldn't invest time and money into digitally cleaing up the 1966 footage because of it being such a short loop that it would be jerky and therefore not worth it for many reasons.

The andirons in my opinion have that extension toward the center on the 1966 footage and  look better to  me.  My love for this beautiful music is so deep that even if the 1970 footage had never happened, I would be more than content to watch 4 to 5 hours of original 1966 footage being it would be better than no fireplace  all.

Please don't get me wrong,  I fully appreciate your time and resources involved in restoring the music so that people can appreciate this beautiful program for generations to come.  I'm addition, I want to add your hard work on getting all the great Christmas music released on CD.

If it wasn't for dedicated persons such as yourself, the great gift that Fred Thrower gave us might never have been able to continue giving.

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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/25/2016 08:45)

The 'jerking' mentioned in a previous post about the 1966 log appear to be caused more by worn sprocket holes in the original film. They can stabilize that image if they wanted to do so. Much in the same way that the early silent films were speed corrected and images stabilized. It's not cheap..but it can be done.
I enjoyed seeing the 1966 Yule Log again...on Christmas Eve where it belongs!!! I hope that WPIX might do that again...even for an hour...in the ensuing years. There is a certain magic to having it back on Christmas Eve in the later hours of the day as night comes in. I've already emailed WPIX and asked then to do just that....air it on Christmas Eve...even if just for that one hour.

On a side note....last week I stopped into a local indie store here in New Jersey. Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ has been my go-to record store since the early 80's. I managed to grab some used Christmas vinyl. It appears that someone had just recently dumped their store branded Christmas vinyl (obviously a collector at one point) and I was able to grab some Christmas vinyl from Acme Markets, A&P, GoodYear...and I was able to fill one of the holes in my WT Grants Christmas album collection.  A few others as well. I wanted to make sure that they went to a good home. :-)
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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/25/2016 10:35)

Genoman, I am not the expert, but I believe that the jerking was caused because of it only being a 17 second loop, therefore the transition wasn't smooth.  Yes part of the jerking could be from the sprocket slots in the 16mm film.  I would venture to guess that this found footage is in good condition for it's age. so there shouldn't be sprocket slot wear.

I wholeheartdly agree with you that there is a certain magic to having it back on Christmas Eve.  And of course being the original 1966 footage, it brings back such good feelings.  (Not that there is anything wrong with the California re-shoot and a lot more people probably remember that footage if they hadn't watched The Yule Log prior to that filming)  I am glad that somoene else agrees with me.

Though I did watch this in 1966 and consecutive years, it wasn't until 1971 that I was able to watch it in full color.  We only had a B&W televison and our first year living in Westchester County, we still didn't have a Color Television, but we got one for an early Christmas present in 1971, so we were able to watch it in color as well as listening to it in Stereo on WPIX-FM.

Prior to that we were living in Burlington, Vermont, and being there were maybe 4 or 5 TV Stations, the cable company gave us WPIX on Channel 11 and after the Canadian French Language station on Channel 2 went off the air, we would get WCBS Channel 2 and could watch The Late Late Show and then The Late Late Late Show, which were usually the Classic B&W Movies.

When we moved back to Vermont in 1975, WPIX was still on the cable system along with HBO and Showtime, but then only one channel each,  So I was still able to watch the Yule Log.  I don't remember the year, but I was using my VCR to tape it too.  Unfortuantely, only one tape survived because there was a pipe leaking above where I had some of my tapes stored.  I think it was the 1986 broadcast.   I had sent Chip a copy when he was trying to get the song list completed, it might have been 1985.  But I still continued watching every year.  Sadly, the cable company no longer offers WPIX to it's subscribers.  I was fortunate that Dish Network lets us have WPIX, WWOR, WSBK, KWGN and KTLA as Superstations.  So I am able to continue viewing The Yule Log.

Congratulatons on the Vintage Vinyl.  You might catch up to Chip and myself, but I'm not even close to Chip yet.  I would never be able to catch up to him.

Chip, KUDOS to you on the music for the 5th hour.  It is so approrpiate for The Yule Log.  Thank you for all your hard work.

I don't know how I'm going to fit it on a single DVD+r lol.  I know the DVD9's hold more but they are more expensive too.


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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/25/2016 22:18)


Susan,

WPIX did digitally restore the '66 footage and what you saw on television was the best that could be done to restore it. It's fatally flawed because its only16mm film stock.

And glad you liked my new 5th hour.



Gene,

There's no sprocket problem with the '66 footage and as I said in my above comments, everything that could be done to restore the film has been done. And yes, the program does indeed belong on Christmas Eve night; however, because of commitments to network programming, WPIX just can't show it on Christmas Eve night like they used to.



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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/28/2016 10:03)

Chip,
First- I have to say that I had to go out xmas morning at 11 to get some food that was 25 min away and was able to play the log from the wpix website in my car. The 5th hour was fantastic..stuff I have never heard ( and being my age, I don't know where I would have anyway) and fit the mood for the log and in the car. Congrats to you and Wpix for making it great.

I did find it interesting that on the webcast that were putting the words up to the songs. It was strange , yet kind of cool of doing it  ( kind of fulfilling Fred's original thought in a weird sort of way). I must say though I don't think this would work broadcast on tv as the log in the simplest form without words works as it always has.


Finally, I do agree from a historical standpoint, the 66 footage was great to see this anniversary year, but the Ca 70's and beyond version should be the one going forward.



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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/28/2016 10:14)

So here we are three days after Christmas and I'm watching the 1966 Yule Log on my Pix 11 app on my Amazon Fire Stick. They have that and the regular Yule Log as well as the Log's Story on demand. 
I will be watching them on New Year's Eve. I like to slide out of the Christmas Season the same way that I slide into it. No drop off of a cliff when December 26 rolls around.


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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/28/2016 10:35)

By the way, Chip, lest I seem disrespectful in my appreciation of the 1966 Yule Log....you have done tremendous work on the 1970 Yule log with not only the restoration, but also the addition of a fourth and fifth hour. The longer the Yule log, the happier the season, the more the memories come back. Thank you.
On a side note, anyone else notice how much 'slower' the flames are on the 1966 log as compared to the 1970 flames which are jetting up that chimney? ?

Anyone else find themselves watching the bump on the 1970 log disappear and come back?? ?
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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/28/2016 21:38)


Rob,

Glad to hear how much you enjoyed the new 5th hour. And I agree on the song lyrics. For the televised broadcast, closed-captioning is available for those who want to see the lyrics to the songs.



Gene,

I'm hoping that I'll be able to get the full 5-hour presentation aired nationally in the future on Antenna TV; however, this more than likely will be the only year that my new 5th hour will be broadcast on WPIX. It worked out this year because, since Christmas fell on a Sunday, there was no morning news program that day. However, next year Christmas falls on a Monday and the Yule Log will once again be preceded by the morning news. As a result, it will probably be back to four hours.



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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/29/2016 13:21)

Well...better four hours than none at all.
Again..appreciate the work done on this!!
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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/29/2016 20:33)

Was the 1966 Yule log broadcast in HD in NYC? Since I'm in the Chicago area, I could only see the streaming SD version.

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RE:2016 Yule Log Broadcast Schedule (Local Coverage)
(Date Posted:12/30/2016 12:42)


Yes, the original 1966 version of the WPIX Yule Log was broadcast in HD on Christmas Eve from 11pm-12am; and then again one last time on Christmas Day from 7am-8am.


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