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Television – 6/17/82

Time enough for another quick visit to June 1982, courtesy of the final edition of The Cleveland Press. Today: TELEVISION LISTINGS.

Star Trek or Ironside ... Star Trek or Ironside...

TV listings: June 17, 1982. Click to see what's on.

This being the June after fifth grade for me, I would have been in summer TV mode, so I would absolutely have taken full advantage of WUAB-TV Channel 43’s morning slate of The Jetsons and Battle of The Planets. (Which was not called “G-Force,” despite what some people seemed to think when we were all growed up.) Maybe even a Rocky & Bullwinkle before starting my day for real. And had this still been during the school year, I would have absolutely come home and been glued to Lost in Space at 4 p.m. Depending on the weather, etc., I may also have partaken of some Brady Bunch. (Later on, you’ll note Channel 43 was home to The Rockford Files and Sanford and Son. Until I was a teenager, this was easily My Favoritest Channel.)

Also notable: Nickelodeon’s daytime programming at the time was still the five-hour block of Pinwheel.

Just-after-dinner viewing might have included Family Feud or M*A*S*H.

Now, it’s June, so Prime Time is reruns-and-movies territory, but you can see that  NBC (Channel 3) hasn’t reached its Golden Thursday era yet, with Fame still preceding Diff’rent Strokes and Gimme A Break before Hill Street Blues. (Seems weird to me that Fame was the 8 p.m. show, while the goofy sitcoms were on from 9 to 10 p.m.)

I also kind of like the large empty blocks where sations just WENT OFF THE AIR >gasp!< (Or, if they DID run informercials, they sure as hell didn’t advertise them in the listings. Screw you, Guthy-Renker.)

April 13, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, Ohio, Television | , , , | Leave a comment

Indiana Jones & The Buzzard of Rock

During a newsroom remodel at my last workplace, a copy of the June 17, 1982 edition of The Cleveland Press passed into my guardianship. It was the final day of publication for the 104-year-old paper, which is why this copy had been kept around in one of my colleagues’ desks.

Me, of course, I find its real value in the reminders and glimpses of the world in which 11-and-a-half-year-old me was growing up. Not in the hard news stuff, really, but in the advertisements and the music articles and the movie listings and television programming grids. Not that I specifically remember all of these things, exactly, but they were there, being absorbed into my brain whether I knew it or not.

For instance, just feast your eyes on this ad for WMMS in which The Buzzard sports full Indiana Jones gear beneath a Raiders of the Lost Ark-style splash. Snake wearing headphones? Bonus.

Why did it have to be snakes? Because they RAWK. \m/

Cleveland, 1982. Adios, Satipo. (Click for larger versions)

Oh, and trust me: This is just the first of the almost-three-decades-back journeys this Press edition is fueling. Fire up the wayback machine, Sherman.

April 12, 2010 Posted by | 1980s, eighties, Ohio | , , , , | 1 Comment


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