Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Over the last few months on the Facebook page I've been posting a number of relatively rare opens and closes of sitcoms, game shows and other vintage shows from a YouTube poster with the username of "Gilmore Box". That name is taken from a character played by Bob Sweeney on "The Brothers" a sitcom that lasted a single season on CBS-TV in 1956.
"Gilmore Box" is aka Bob Leszczak, who has an affinity for what are known as "Single Season Sitcoms". Those that had high hopes for success , but because of either a bad time slot, behind the scenes problems, or just lack of quality, lasted just one season (or less). Leszczak is a former radio host (Bob O' Brien) that has put out a great resource that details these sitcoms in alphabetical order, with a lot of previously unpublished detail, such as production company, producers and directors, and other information that puts out the history of these shows in marvelous detail.
The best parts of the book are the pictures..Many unpublished before, and interviews with actors that took part in the sitcoms. Names such as Jackie Joseph Lawrence, Sherry Alberoni, Tab Hunter, Lee Meriwether and a host of other actors that were interviewed by Bob for the project..
Another angle is Big movie stars that were thought to be a shoo-in for success (Jimmy Stewart) only lasted one season in their sitcom. While this is not a book you would read start to finish necessarily, it is a fantastic resource for shows that many of us had forgotten about, if we remembered them in the first place..Bob has done a great job here, and I highly recommend this book..
Link to Amazon page.
Opening to The Tab Hunter Show
Norby (David Wayne) Hey Landlord! Stanley-Don Pardo Life With Father
.. All these and many others are featured in the book..Again, Highly recommended..
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Cover Page Of The PD Sunday Magazine-July 8, 1973.
1953-TV Guide Ad for Tom Field News-WTAM/WNBK
1957-Field leaves Cleveland after 17 years to go to WRCV-3, Philadelphia's NBC owned and Operated station, only staying a few months..
May 1963-Profile of Tom Field, who returned to Cleveland and WEWS in 1958, staying until 1967..
We've written on the Facebook Page occasionally about Tom Field. who was one of the early TV newscasters in Cleveland..His active years were 1940-into the 1980's at WNBK/KYW-TV, WTAM Radio, WRCV Philadelphia, WEWS and finally as News Director of WDBN-FM, Medina..Here is an in-depth article published in the Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine dated July 8, 1973, Courtesy of our good friend Jerry Immel. He had already been at WDBN several years and was very content with where he was..One story..Field was asked to send samples of his work to NBC in New York..He wasn't sure why but he got an answer that "we decided to go with our guy on the West Coast"..that "guy" was Chet Huntley, chosen to team with David Brinkley on NBC nightly news..It could have been The "Field-Brinkley Report. "
WRCV Philadelphia Station ID by Tom Field (1957)-From Jerry Immel..
Tom Field passed away May 2, 1992 in Florida..
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Sadly, since the failure of the National Hockey League Cleveland Barons in 1978, Pro Hockey has been very much a minor sport in the Cleveland area, with several teams coming and going..
In saying all that, I want to look back to a time where Minor League Hockey was major sports news in Northeast Ohio..The Original Cleveland Barons of The American Hockey League were the classiest organization in the AHL..Players would spend years in Cleveland, preferring the Barons to life in the NHL..
WJW-AM 850 FM 104.1 Cleveland
Sponsor was Pilsener Brewing Company, whose "P.O.C." (Pride Of Cleveland) Beers were big at the time..
Ad from the Lorain Journal..From a Historical Lorain County Website
TV Highlight listing for the Providence Reds At Cleveland Barons,
November 19, 1949..
The way games were broadcast in this era was much different than today..On both Radio and TV, Only the third period was broadcast, meaning that most often the broadcast/telecast would not start until 9:30 or 10:00 or later for night games..I guess it wasnt worth it for sponsors to buy a 2-3 hour window for games..
It would seem that WJW Radio had a pregame show at 9:45 with the action starting at 10. WEWS would join in progress at 10 for the Saturday games..
There was also many Saturday Nights that a wrapup show. "With The Barons" would air late at night on Channel 5.. As for the Barons themselves, they finished first in the AHL Western Division with a 45-15-10 record for 100 points, 19 points ahead of the second place Indianapolis Capitals, though the Capitals beat the Barons 4 games to 0 in the Calder Cup Finals in 1950..This is the only Cleveland Pro Hockey Team ever to hit 100 points during a regular season..
Goalie Johnny Bower, after many years in Cleveland, would go on to a Hall Of Fame Career for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Below is the Barons' Record for the televised games only. As indicated above, all telecasts were at home, though WJW Radio and its Barons Network broadcast all games, Home and Away..A couple of notes:The team was 18-1-1 in these games, and average attendance was 8,684 fans for the televised games..Listing includes W-L, final score and attendance for each game.
Harry Jones, (Later Sports anchor-Indians announcer for WJW-TV 8) Browns Writer Harold Sauerbrei and John Dietrich filed stories on these games for the Plain Dealer..
WEWS Cleveland Barons/1949-50
October 22 Cincinnati-Won 4-3 7325
October 29 Buffalo-Won 9-3 8214
November 5 Indianapolis-Won 4-3 8338
November 12 Buffalo-Won 5-0 9076
November 19 Providence-Won 7-6 9114
November 26 Cincinnati-Won 9-3 9354
December 3 Pittsburgh-Tied 2-2 9571
December 10 New Haven-Won 8-2 9021
December 17 Hershey-Won 7-1 8114
December 31 Cincinnati-Won 5-1 6894
January 7 New Haven-Won 4-0 8084
January 14 Indianapolis-Won 10-0 10,318
January 15 Pittsburgh (Sunday Afternoon)-Lost 3-5 8256
February 4 Indianapolis-Won 7-3 10,087
February 11 New Haven-Won 7-0 7857
February 18 Buffalo-Won 6-2 10,411
February 25 Providence-Won 6-2 8214
March 4 Cincinnati-Won 4-3 8879
March 11 Providence-Won 8-5 7856
March 18 Indianapolis-Won 5-3 8692
I realize people here are'nt big hockey fans for the most part, but I wanted to show in some way, just how big the sport was in The Cleveland area, and try to dig out some history that may be lost otherwise..It would be great to find some old radio games from this era, or even the 60's-early 70's..