Monday, November 9, 2015

As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly

A faux tweet noted that a low-power station in my old hometown Cincinnati will pick up Buzzr, the oldies game show subchannel. The station's call letters are WOTH. And get this, its sister station is WKRP.

Which does bring back memories for a few of us. WKRP in Cincinnati was a terrific CBS sitcom that ran from 1978 to 1982. The network moved the low-rated show around the schedule all the time, but WKRP eventually found success as a syndie. In 2008 Cincy's low-power TV station WBQC took the call letters for nostalgia's sake.

Anyway, WOTH is bringing Buzzr onboard because Tribune Media pulled Antenna TV from the station. Antenna will run Johnny Carson's Tonight Show starting January 1, and Tribune wants to get the subchannel onto high-power stations carried by local cable providers. Time Warner Cable, the main provider in Cincinnati, doesn't carry WOTH. So most Cincy viewers won't be able to watch Buzzr, like most people in the U.S. Not that the oldies subchannel is getting much of an audience anywhere. It does get nice comments on the web, though.

To get back to WKRP in Cincinnati, YouTube recalls the show's most inspired moment. Those turkeys did not die in vain.

3 comments:

  1. Off topic but not sure where to place it. Just read the biography of Gene Rayburn by Adam Nedeff ,"The Matchless Gene Rayburn" I had really enjoyed the detail of his book on Bill Cullen. This portrait of Gene Rayburn was sweet but incredibly sad in his days after Match Game. But very detailed too and I believe a real look at the personality of Gene Rayburn. It just became available on Kindle.

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  2. One more misc.....MIllionaires Monopoly has left the Portland Oregon station which was airing on the Tribune CW station here.....

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  3. I think I mentioned the Nedeff book in a faux tweet. Millionaire has also vanished from the Portland market.

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