Saturday, June 14, 2008

WPIX turned 60

WPIX Celebrates 60 Years on the air as New York City's first independent television station. Granted a license under the WLTV call letters it was an open contest to pick new call letters that someone suggested WPIX.

To this day this is the best news show in NYC.

To celebrate they've been giving a showcase of some of their well known broadcasts. The line-up is as follows...

  • 12noon The Little Rascals
  • 1pm Abbott & Costello
  • 2pm The Three Stooges
  • 3pm The Adventures of Superman
  • 4pm Get Smart
  • 5pm My Favorite Martian
  • 6pm I Dream of Jeannie
  • 7pm The Odd Couple
  • 8pm The Honeymooners
  • 9pm WPIX 60th Anniversary Special

Watching The Little Rascals, Abbott & Costello, and The Three Stooges you get kind of that funny-creepy feeling because of all the stereotypes and racial jokes.

With The Adventures of Superman, Get Smart, and My Favorite Martian they cleaned up their acts but the shows were kind of cheesy. I don't mean to say they're second rate but they were not high budget shows.

WPIX is given trivia in between the breaks one was that the budget for The Adventures of Superman was so low that they filmed all the scenes for each set at once in the same clothes. Meaning for each season the cast never changed their outfits.

Other trivia...
  • Anytime the Three Stooges hit their noses a bike horn would sound.
  • The Martian's spaceship was made of wood and cardboard and painted silver later it was sold in 1975 for $750.
  • Superman's original costume was brown and gray because it showed up better in black and white then red & blue.
  • Babara Eden and Larry Hagman later starred together in Dallas.
I wathced most of these shows on WPIX channel 11 growing up. My least favorite were The Honeymooners and The Odd Couple I just never got into them didn't think they were funny.

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