Tag: television

Reliving the Glory Days of the Weather Channel

Reliving the Glory Days of the Weather Channel

TV & Radio
I've been clean for several years, but at one time I was a hardcore Weather Channel junkie. From the late '80s through about the mid-1990s, I watched the Weather Channel more in one week than I watched most other channels in a year. And so it makes me just a little bit sad to see what has become of my once-favorite TV destination. Instead of the sober, lo-tech and slightly geeky take on weather that the network used to specialize, we now have a cesspool of lame reality programming and ugly public disputes with cable providers. But it was not always so. When it was launched in May 1982, the Weather Channel had one mission and one mission only -- to broadcast the weather. Sounds so simple, how could it possibly work? Because the internet is so awesome, we have footage from TWC's first...
Film at 11: A Gallery of Vintage TV News Program Ads

Film at 11: A Gallery of Vintage TV News Program Ads

Ephemera, TV & Radio
Sometimes I know that a post I'm putting together is destined to get 20 views if I'm lucky. But I have to follow my muse wherever she may lead me, and today she leads me to TV newsrooms across the country. I can't say exactly why, but I find these old advertisements for network TV news programs to be just so... quaint? Charming? I don't quite know how to put it. I just love how much these ads convey what it must have been like to watch the news back in the day -- not slick in the least. Just a bunch of square white men (and sometimes white women) reading the day's events. And now the news of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s...  
All Aboard the 1955 Honeymooners’ Special Jackie Gleason Bus

All Aboard the 1955 Honeymooners’ Special Jackie Gleason Bus

Auction Finds, Games & Toys
I've written before about the Great One, Jackie Gleason, on this site. Between his television, movie, and music careers, the man was a bona fide superstar during the 1950s and into the '60s. So I don't know why I was surprised to find out that his image was even used to sell toys. In this case, most appropriately, a bus. But not just any bus -- it's the 1955 Honeymooners' Special Jackie Gleason Bus, produced by a company called Wolverine. The Jackie Gleason Bus features Ralph Kramden from the Honeymooners, of course, but other Gleason characters as well. I can spot Joe the Bartender, Reginald Van Gleason III, and the Poor Soul. And awa-a-y we go! Notice that while the bus is tin the wheels are wooden. I also think the POW! license plate is a nice touch. For more auction...
Auction Finds: Vintage Cragstan RCA-NBC Mobile Color TV Truck

Auction Finds: Vintage Cragstan RCA-NBC Mobile Color TV Truck

Auction Finds, Games & Toys
I would so love to own one of these vintage tin beauties -- it's a battery-powered RCA-NBC Mobile Color TV Truck from Cragstan. I've included multiple shots here because there's a lot of great detail here. Based on the NBC logo used, I'd date this at around the late 1950s. Here's a few pics with the original box. Love the vintage '50s color scheme. Great detail on the cameraman, and of course there's the classic RCA "His Master's Voice" logo on the side. On the right side we have the original peacock logo, circa late '50s. I wonder what's going on behind the blinds? For more auction finds, click here.
Proud As a Peacock – NBC Logo Evolution

Proud As a Peacock – NBC Logo Evolution

Featured Posts, TV & Radio
Much angst was generated among TV watchers recently with the consummation of the unholy alliance between Comcast and NBC Universal. This new corporate oligarchy, dubbed NBCUniversal, rolled out a new logo recently that dispensed with the iconic NBC peacock. Many expressed concern that this was to be the new logo for the NBC network. Even Brian Williams seemed perturbed by the loss of the peacock. Turns out all the worry is over nothing. The NBCUniversal logo, which is awful, is nothing more than corporate branding meant more for internal use than external marketing. The NBC stations that had been using the peacock (NBC, MSNBC, CNBC) will still have it, so fear not Brian. So now that everyone's blood pressure can come down a few points, I thought it would be nice to take a look at the hi