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Date Posted: 13:55:04 02/13/12 Mon
Author: BobS
Subject: Paul Shannon and Weekday Afternoons

Fifty years ago, weekday afternoons on Pittsburgh TV were a haven for kids. In September 1962, the following kids shows were on afternoons:

Channel 2: 4:30 - 5:00: Funsville with Josie Carey, Sterling Yates and Johnny Costa as Indian Mary. 5:00 - 5:30: various Hanna-Barbera cartoon shows.

Channel 4: 4:30 - 5:00: Popeye n Knish with Hank Stohl. 5:00 - 6:30: Paul Shannon's Adventure Time.

Channel 11: 4:30 - 5:00: Cap'n Jim's Popeye Club. 5:00 - 5:30: Mickey Mouse Club. 5:30 - 6:15: By Williams' Cartoon Pals.

Not to be outdone, Channel 13 had Kindergarten from 4:30 to 5:00. This was three years before Misterogers would appear on Pittsburgh airwaves.

Late afternoon/early evening news was relegated to 15 minutes each of local and network news on each of the commercial stations. By September 1964, local and NBC and CBS news were extended to 30 minutes each. ABC evening news would not extend to 30 minutes until 1967.

Also, by 1964, the afternoon kids shows would disappear from channels 2 and 11, replaced by movies. Adventure Time would continue as THE afternoon kids show on Pittsburgh TV.

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