TV Shows of My Youth

Day 356

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Growing up in the mountains of southwest Virginia made television reception difficult. I have written about the process of aiming the antenna properly on this blog before.

We were lucky to get one channel, WCYB Channel 5 out of the Tri-Cities. So, whatever came on, we watched. No one watched TV during the day other than the farmers who watched the farm report and the women who watched their stories, better known as daytime soap operas.

At night, however, we all gathered around the old black and white TV together. There were the adult shows like “Lawrence Welk” and “Sing Along With Mitch”. Then family shows like the “Wonderful World of Disney”. Occasionally we saw real treats like Bob Hope entertaining the troops with his USO show. And magical shows like Mary Martin in “Peter Pan”.

The shows geared toward kids were the ones I loved the most. Some may be familiar and some you may not recall.

My Mother the Car

Mr. Terrific

MCKeever and the Colonel

And my favorite: Topper

Of course there was an entirely different genre of TV that included shows like Lassie, Fury, Rin Tin Tin, Flipper, and Sky King. Those shows deserve a post all their own, so I will visit them in a future post.

15 thoughts on “TV Shows of My Youth”

  1. Such wonderful memories! Did you watch wagon train??!! That’s one of the shows I loved because I was always attracted to the west! Lucky me to be here, and even luckier for NOT having to come in a covered wagon! Lol.

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  2. Maggie, I relate. We twisted the rusty old TV antenna outside our living room window but could receive signal from only KYTV channel 3 out of Springfield, MO.

    I grew up in the Ozark mountains.

    Chet Huntley and David Brinkley ate dinner with us weekday evenings.

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    1. Debbie, it is certainly funny to think about having you new station Vs. the choices today. So many people flip through the channels and say “there’s nothing on”. The 6:00 pm news was a big item at our house, too.


  3. We had just two channels, but we did get Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, and Flipper.
    Our first TV looked a lot like the one you picture.
    The vertical and horizontal hold often failed, causing the image to tumble around, until my Dad got to the button at the back.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Pete, I hadn’t thought about it 8n a long time, but my Dad often had to get up and adjust the horizontal and vertical hold as well. Sounds like we shared some tv shows growing up.

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  4. Television and our response to it sure has changed over the years. ♥️ I sometimes believe we went the wrong way as the life you describe here sounds so appealing to me.

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  5. We didn’t have a tv until I was 9 and then there was only one channel. Eventually there were three. I never got in the habit of television watching as a result. I did like the Wonderful World of Disney and my siblings and I were pleased when the show came from Frontier Land.

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