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Date Posted: 07:28:27 10/14/15 Wed
Author: Garage Rocker
Subject: Re: Those Were the Days
In reply to: Man of Many Memories 's message, "Those Were the Days" on 11:26:59 10/06/15 Tue

Since you asked so many, many questions, it took a while to answer them all.

Who recalls all the stations' massive promotional budgets and bigger-than-life ideas? NOT ALL, JUST SOME.

Was anybody here on the crews that produced Mister Rogers Neighborhood? Pennsylvania Lottery drawings? Bowling for Dollars? Chiller Theater? Kidsburgh? Friday Night Videos? Pittsburgh 2Day (from the "2 o'clock era")? Evening Magazine? Competing BINGO shows? Channel 4 promos with Don and Paul spilling coffee all over the newsroom? YES, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, AND NO.

Who here remembers the days when TV news wasn't interested in routine city stop-and-robs and suburban single-family house fires? NOT ME

Remember when a TV crew doing a live shot was a sideshow event and attracted spectators? NO, I DON'T

Remember when a city-county building news conference attracted reporters from four, five, or more RADIO stations? YES

Remember the TV reporter who worked a story so deep she got a subpoena and went to jail to keep her pledge to protect a source? NO, I ONLY REMEMBER WHEN IT HAPPENED TO MARIE TORIE BUT NOT WHILE SHE WAS WORKING IN PITTSBURGH.

Anybody here recall the adventures of climbing TV Hill? And the neighborhood characters who awaited? I CLIMBED IT, BUT IT WASN'T AN ADVENTURE. IT WAS JUST A LONG WALK. I NEVER NOTICED ANY CHARACTERS.

Maybe you spent a sweaty summer day at Kennywood waiting in a long line to get a Sharpie-scribbled autograph card from a new-in-town reporter you'd never seen. NO, BUT I GOT AN AUTOGRAPH FROM DON RIGGS AT THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRSHOW.

Do you remember the iconic, gravelly-voiced guy on Kaufmann's ads and Channel 2 promos - and the day you discovered he phones it all in from Cleveland? NO, THAT DOESN'T RING A BELL

Anybody here still have your Captain Pitt membership card? Did it matter that he had more in common with Maryland than the Monongahela? NO, I NEVER JOINED TV SHOW CLUBS. I ALSO DIDN'T LIKE CAPTAIN PITT VERY MUCH AND DIDN'T CARE WHERE HE CAME FROM.

Any stories from the picket lines? NO

Were local TV and radio news products better back then or now? Where are they headed? I HATE IT WHEN TV SHOWS ARE REFERRED TO AS "PRODUCTS", BUT THEY USED TO BE BETTER AND ARE GETTING WORSE.

Why did you get out? Why are you still in? I ONLY STUCK A TOE IN A LONG TIME AGO AND DECIDED I'D RATHER PURSUE A DIFFERENT PATH.

Maybe that'll get you thinking about a memory or two. You might have some idea-starters of your own. Of course it goes without saying some stories are best shared without names or call letters. Let's all play fair and make this a fun dialogue! I THINK I'VE STARTED MORE THREADS IN THE PAST MONTH THAN ANYONE ELSE.

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