This concludes our broadcasting day.

The air is perfectly still, the sky partly cloudy, and it’s cold but warmer than yesterday. I hurried to get my papers and yesterday’s mail then lingered over cups of coffee while I read the two papers. The sky got cloudy.

I do have a small shopping list, but I’m debating whether today or tomorrow when it will be warmer still. Part of the reason to stay inside is the cold, but I do admit that that the bigger part is pure laziness. I’d have to get dressed, out of my cozies into my outside clothes. That seems a daunting task.

Henry has finally figured out coming in dog door, but he still needs encouragement before he goes out the door. He runs down the hall and turns to look at me. I say go, and he goes a few feet then turns around again. When he finally gets to the door, he goes outside. Sometimes he’s outside so long I get nervous and go check on him. He always comes running.

Lately I have been watching really old television on Best TV Ever. This morning I watched the very first Dragnet when it wasn’t even Dragnet but rather Badge 714. The station is filled with black and white programs dating back to the early 50’s. Some I remember, many I don’t. Robin Hood is one of the programs. I remember the arrow and Richard Greene as Robin Hood.

Our TV was in a wooden console with doors that covered the screen. The console was huge. The TV screen was small. Knobs turned the TV on and off. In the back were tubes. The rabbit ears antenna sat on top of the console. Snow was common, on the screen, not the yard. One of us would play around with the antenna hoping to find the sweet spot where the snow disappeared. Sometimes we didn’t, but we watched anyway. I remember the first time I stayed awake long enough to watch the TV station sign off for the night with the Star Spangled Banner. I even watched the Indian test pattern for a while. It was boring, but I was excited staying up so late, later then the TV.

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10 Comments on “This concludes our broadcasting day.”

  1. Birgit Says:

    Joan Baez TV evening. She was and is a hero of mine and influenced my life. I sang, played guitar and was part of the peace movement in the 1980’s when nuclear weapons where around us and threatened our lives. Living in a targeted area everyone knew we could be dead the next day by intention or accident.
    So today I re-watched Joan’s biopic How Sweet The Sound. Memories of her life, memories of my life. Afterwards last year’s Paris concert of her farewell tour with many familiar songs. Also today that crazy man called your president blew up the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty for no good reasons.
    This concludes our broadcasting day.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I too see Joan Baez as a hero. I found her in the 60’s and couldn’t imagine if I hadn’t. I have a couple of her earliest records.

      Please don’t use your when speaking of this president. I also don’t understand why he blew up the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. I can’t imagine the political kudos he is hoping for.

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    It got warm quickly here with a high in the low 60s. Tomorrow it will be even warmer at 65 degrees.

    Our first TV was a Crosley table model with a 10 inch screen that had a matching mahogany stand that matched the case. The tuning knob was like a radio and there was a small tube that indicated when a TV station was received. It also tuned in FM radio which was new in 1947 and there were only a few stations. The rabbit ears were part of the TV experience.

    Currently, over the air digital TV is making a comeback as a rebellion to the high cost of cable. With a high speed internet connection and a subscription to Hulu, Netflix or Google and an antenna for local stations the cost can be lower than cable.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We’re looking at maybe the 40’s for Monday. Right now it is about 15˚, another freezing night.

      I don’t remember our first TV. I just remember the console as I sat in front of it to watch TV for so many hours. My favorite view of the rabbit ears was when foil was wrapped around the ears. The rabbit ears gave way to the rooftop antenna.

      Even with an antenna, we could only get a couple of stations here on the cape in the 60’s. We were just too far from the Boston and Providence stations.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        In the late 1950s my parents bought a 21 inch Zenith console TV in a blond wood cabinet. It was the first TV to have a wireless remote control. The remote could change stations and turn the TV on and off. It used ultra sonic sound and when you pushed the button it made a clicking sound.

      • katry Says:

        I would have loved a remote control. We used to get up and change the dial. Not that it was a long walk, it was just a bit of a pain.

        21 inch sounds like a much bigger one than we had.

  3. olof1 Says:

    I don’t think we got especially much snow during the night but a new snowstorm will come today and I live at the edge of where it is supposed to pass. So we’ll either get loads of snow or almost none at all and since I think we have more than enough I do hope for the later πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Not especially cold though, just below 32F at the moment.

    Long time since they showed any old shows on tv here but I could of course find them out on the net. I think I would try and find The Carol Burnett show or I Love Lucy, they were my big favorites when I grew up or perhaps some of the old British sitcoms that they always showed here. I would not try and find any Swedish ones because they tended to be about hard time or class struggle πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We have been as we haven’t really had much sn

      I am amazed with the number of old black and white TV shows on that channel. I loved the fifties shows with their cars and clothes. I watched a few today. I have also been watching Prime Video which has series I like but which have gone off regular TV like Stargate SG1.

      Have a great day!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Are there old Perry Mason shows on that channel?
    We always had a tv as far back as I can remember. My father was an early adopter. The earliest tv that I remember had the screen inside the console. The lid tilted up and there was a mirror attached to it. You watched the reflection of the tv screen because the mirror was configured to enlarge the image. I don’t remember if the printing was backwards, though. I probably thought that was normal. πŸ™‚
    The only shows I remember from the 50’s were Pinky Lee, Big Brother, Boomtown, Robin Hood, Ding Dong School with Miss Frances. I remember the snow and the Indian test pattern. I remember that when you turned the tv off, the image collapsed into a tiny dot of white light that hung around for a few seconds and then disappeared. Sort of a reverse Big Bang effect. πŸ˜€

    It’s cold here though not as cold. I had errands uptown. I didn’t go out except to bring the dogs out. There’s clean laundry in the dryer and in the washing machine. Maybe tomorrow.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Perry Mason is on a couple of channels. LEASE is one of them. On Comcast it is station 283. I know there might e one or two more, but I don’t remember which ones. If I see it, I’ll let you know.

      Our console had the screen inside, but you watched the screen, not from a mirror. I remember every one of the shows and TV stuff you mention. I was never a Pinky Lee fan, but I watched all the rest. I even watched the first Robin Hood the other night. I really loved Ding Dong School. I had forgotten about the white dot.

      I am bringing dessert to my friend’s for the game. I thought I needed a few things, but when I checked, I had what I needed so I chose to stay inside. I do need bread so I guess I’ll go out tomorrow. My laundry is still upstairs. I’ll bring it down tomorrow where it can sit next to the cellar door.

      Have a great evening!


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