Dying to Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery 7:00 pm. The TV guides would say, without fail, that the Hulk would be airing on Channel 17 at 10 pm on Sunday night, and then my brother and I would eagerly tune in to see... a "Feed The Children" infomercial. I remember not being able to sleep that night due to the demise of WKBS. Ant-Man! Had WKBS Channel 48 AND Field Communications remained around I would've worked there (even if it was for free). Among channel 48's first on-air reporters was Jim Vance, who started his television career with WKBS in 1968 before moving to WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., in 1969. Starting in 1982, the station aired a news simulcast of CNN2 (now HLN) with local news inserts at 10 p.m. on weekdays. Watch sports, entertainment, family & kids, news, and HD programming. :), Thanks "Unknown." Thanks to everyone for sharing your memories of this great TV station.Unfortunately I don't know the songs people were asking about. Both played after the Penn State-Nebraska football game. I recall the really early days of Channel 48, when it had talk shows nobody remembers now, like "The Woody Woodbury Show" and "The Alan Burke Show." Any one know??? But then Philly 57 fulfilled the void Channel 48 left. Was this channel also the one that had Uncle Floyd? Man in the Saddle 6:00 pm. V Neal. I just got finished playing "Hide and Seek" and ironically "TV Tag." !Made my day - lots of memories when I hear this song. Tonight completes the last day of the broadcasting operations of WKBS-TV, channel 48, Field Communications Burlington/Philadelphia. My father was Dickory Doc, which aired on WKBS 48 in the mid 60’s, Copyright 2021 Brian Arnold. Two years later - here I am!!! It was one of the best things Philadelphia had going for itself. It covers all of their stations:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U85IU9pAgohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka0FBlWEy04WKBS's Monday-Friday primtime lineup: Wonder Woman at 6pm, Sandford & Son at 7, All in the Family at 7:30, a movie from 8-10 (except Fridays, home of Jacques Cousteau and David L. Wolper), Best of Groucho at 10; Night Gallery at 10:30, and The Odd Couple at 11.Ahh, those were the days! I remember watching "I Love Lucy", "The Lucy show", "Wonder Woman", "The Bob Newhart show", "The Dick Van Dyke show", "Sanford and son", "The Jeffersons", "All in the Family", "Mork and … 17 in Philly is the SCRUBS repeat station. ", Jim Vance, Washington’s longest-serving local news anchor, is dead at 75, Broadcast Pioneer's Website page describing the history of WKBS and the reason for going dark, with audio of Vincent Barresi's farewell speech, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WKBS-TV_(Philadelphia)&oldid=1003267502, Television channels and stations established in 1965, Television channels and stations disestablished in 1983, Defunct television stations in the United States, Articles with dead external links from April 2019, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles with dead external links from July 2018, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. It was during 1967 that Stu Nahan joined Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Famer Gene Hart at WKBS-TV, Channel 48, licensed to Burlington, NJ and Philadelphia. At midnight tonight, listen to Vincent Baressi's final signoff (http://www.broadcastpioneers.com/wkbssignoff.html) and Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence". The first rescan will take place by July 23, 2018. Boy, what a waste of air Channel 17 is. It was a really cool jazz piano piece. The station carried on as an independent for more than a decade before being sold to the Trinity Broadcasting Network in 2004. After having regular 6 pm superheroes every day for a couple of years, being reduced to merely hoping one would be on once a week was a big letdown.I missed Channel 48 for years. DAMN IF IT WAS! However, we take great pride in knowing that we have been of service to you over the past eighteen years. The Six Million Dollar Man and his pseudo-superheroic adventures didn't hurt any, either.I remember that Channel 17 picked up the Incredible Hulk in syndication after Channel 48 went dark, but they never aired it regularly. Oct 16, 2016 - This past month, I've twice mentioned programs I saw as a young boy on Channel 48 in Philadelphia during the late 70s/early 80s. Seeing this stuff brings a lot of it back. Wow you opened a floodgate of memories for me...coming down the Passyunk Bridge and seeing that 48 on the dish...Kimba the White Lion, the Flintstones, McHales Navy....Band who could forget, 1 banana 2 banana 3 banana 4, 4 bananas make a bunch and so do many more... Bernie Herman, Marty Jacobs. Don't know if it was by Ray Coniff??? For that, we are most appreciative. No matter what you’re into, RCN TV in Lehigh Valley has you covered. We, the people of WKBS will all go forward in our new careers, and I can assure you that we will always have the people of the Delaware Valley in our hearts. gethigh.  By June 1983 three of Field's stations had already been sold, leaving the company with its Philadelphia and Detroit outlets. The Providence Journal Company, owners of WPHL-TV, offered to buy WKBS, sell WPHL's channel 17 broadcast license to a religious broadcaster and merge WPHL and WKBS' stronger programming under WKBS' license and channel allocation. )For the person who asked about the happy music jingle WKBS used -- on the off-chance you ever read this -- it was called "That Happy Feeling" by Bert Kaempfert.Does anyone remember which Philly UHF channel used to show "Of Lands and Seas" with Colonel John D. Craig or "The Lloyd Thaxton Show?" Thanks so much for the jingle name! Featuring investigative crime series such as The First 48, real-life docuseries and exclusive originals, Court TV … Can anyone tell me the name of the theme music for Bernie Hermans movie show on channel 48? However, by the early 1980s, WTAF was the entrenched top independent in Philadelphia. They were like friends for heaven's sake! I was around for the Kaiser/Field WKBS, but certainly enjoyed the Kaiser station in Boston, Channel 56 WLVI (note the Roman numeral) from '69-'73 and then again, if less voraciously, after moving back to the Boston area for '76-'79. Nice to know that this post is still so popular this many years later :). Not all programming available in all areas. Thanx again for the memories! Ride Lonesome 10:00 pm. Dying to Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery 6:00 pm. With the local CBS-CW duopoly, the CW station 57 runs some suprisingly good stuff in the dead of night (FRASIER and RENO 911), for those who just can't get to sleep. In the early days of commercial television in Philadelphia, from the mid-1940s through the late 1960s, national programming was limited, for the most part, to the three broadcasting systems—ABC (American Broadcasting Company), CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System), and NBC(National Broadcasting System). Aug 06, 2019 | 42m 8s | tv-14 d,l The interventionists arrive to Philadelphia’s Heroin Hub and meet Nicole, a 39-year-old heroin addict and prostitute, who’s lived in the area for five years. As for Uncle Floyd (who I also enjoyed), he appeared on Channel 23, the New Jersey public TV network. The top story was Channel 48 going off off the air. Stay tuned to this channel … My goal was to see Davy Jones live (which I have gotten to do quite a few times now!). The Fox station is sticking with sitcoms and infomercials in late night, and unsurprising choices in weekend fringe (the STARGATE repeats with the FARSCAPE cast members can get me to watch on a slow afternoon). This station never nearly matched what had been offered on WKBS, and was also hampered by an inadequate signal which leaned to the southeast. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last. Digital Subchannels: 48.1 WGTW/TBN 48.2 Church Channel 48.3 JCTV 48.4 Enlace USA 48.5 Smile of a Child. wayyyyy back in the early 80's Philadelphia had another channel 48. The sequence began with an editorial by the station's final general manager, Vincent F. Baressi:. I can't thank you enough for this blog post. The station broadcast from 1965 to 1983. During his television career, Webber also continued working in radio, doing Phillies pre-game shows on WPHL-TV … Afternoons of Kimba, the Banana Splits, Saturdays full of movies,When the end came in 82, I was a junior in High school and felt like I was at a wake. I loved superhero shows as a kid (the campier the better), so this double-whammy was perfect. I'm happy you enjoyed the post. After channel 48 went off the air, the Philadelphia market was left with two independents. I don't recall the call letters, but it was channel 48… I hated Woody Woodpecker and Flintstones being on Channel 17. Most of the cool TV shows my friends watched appeared on that very station. Thanks for your message Flyersrok! Within a few months, WGBS established itself as the third independent in Philadelphia. Channel 48 also had CREATURE DOUBLE FEATURE on Saturday afternoons, and Sunday afternoons featured weekly presentations of Abbot & Costello movies, followed by East Side Kids films.I confess, I have no idea what our UHF stations program outside of weeknight primetime these days. Simple theme. I remember video of the employees waving goodbye and it hurt me, I was losing my family.I thank you again for this post. I couldn't believe it either. In its final years, channel 48, along with rivals WPHL and WTAF, was carried on cable systems throughout the New York City market portion of Northern and Central New Jersey, as well as parts of the Baltimore and Harrisburg markets. Pat Farnack - part-time news anchor for 1980 attempt to create 10p newscast, now midday anchor at, Dan Foley - full-time staff announcer from 1965 sign on until the 1983 sign off. Through those eighteen years of operation, we have endeavored to best serve all interests of the Delaware Valley. Dickory Doc was broadcast on Channel 48 in Philadelphia and on Channel 38 in Boston from 1966-1969 . I can remember my brother and I would watch channel 48 in black and white tv, eating a jar of peanut butter. From the mid-1960s through to the end of the 1970s, Webber hosted cartoon shows for local stations Channel 17 (WPHL) and Channel 48 (WKBS). What Took You So Long?). Sure, we watched other … ", "Field to dismantle its Philadelphia station, WKBS-TV. Still missing the station to this day. Sure, we watched other … I grew up in Hamilton Twp, NJ right outside of Trenton, and spent A LOT of my time watching TV. Station: WGTW-TV – Trinity Broadcasting Network 48 ... Market: Philadelphia, PA This channel has two rescan dates. I felt like I lost part of me family. The commitment of all of our station's employees has been dedicated to you, our viewers. the Old Channel 48 in philadelphia.  The station struggled at first, in part because it signed on only a year after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required television manufacturers to include UHF tuning capability. Because it was the kind of station it was, their fans will always remember Channel 48, and keep her memory alive! Then, in October 1985, former subscription television outlet WWSG-TV (channel 57, now WPSG) became a full-service independent and changed its calls to WGBS-TV. Channel 48, WKBS TV in Philadelphia, was THE TV station for Philly kids back then. The DuMont Network also had a presence in Philadelphia in these early days (from 1946 until the network’s demise in 1956). I''m not talking about the current one out of burlington, wgtw. More … However, Journal's offer was still well below Field's asking price. The sign-off sequence, usually a film of The Star-Spangled Banner, was instead replaced by a video of the employees saying farewell accompanied by a few instrumental lines of Auld Lang Syne and the last few lines of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence".  On August 30, 1983, following the telecast of a college football game, WKBS-TV signed off for the final time. For years, it was known as "Color Channel 48." 57 is by far the best of the three UHFs, with solid sitcoms and the first-run dramas you mentioned, plus major local sports. Of course, there are Even More now, but you could see how I had to use imagination to envisage a one- or three-station town. Dying to Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery … I remember switching channels to see if it was true. "In Phil-a-delph-i-a, the kid's choice is...Channel 48!" A Tourist Trap on the Information Superhighway. 29 has Seinfeld, Simpsons, and King of the Hill, and that's pretty much it for me. WKBS-TV came on the air on Wednesday, September 1, 1965. First, the Brady Bunch, and then The Monkees. I've Been Through The Desert On A Post With No Nam... 1982 Hasbro G.I. 2.3. Restrictions apply. Detective Leon Lubiejewski, known by all as “Luby,” has worked for the Philadelphia Police Department for the past 33 years, 25 of them as a homicide detective. I'll definitely check out those blogs, as I'm always on the lookout for new ones.I'm happy to hear your memories of your UHF viewing. Actual channel line-up may vary. However, the experiment failed, apparently because the Philadelphia market was not ready for a prime-time newscast. I only came inside in the summertime to watch Channel 48. Channel 48's efforts have been recognized by many broadcast professional awards, and more importantly, by our viewers. The Hanging Tree 11:30 pm. Here's that third:http://leegoldberg.typepad.com/a_writers_life/. Most of channel 48's programming (except for shows provided by syndication firm Viacom) and some production equipment were sold to WPHL-TV, while the station's license was returned to the FCC. FOX 48, UPN 48, WB 48, The CW Burlington-Philadelphia, My48...what could've been... As a kid, I loved Channel 48, mainly for Wonder Woman and Incredible Hulk, which tended to alternate (I want to say the 6 pm slot), with one running for six months, and then the other. WKBS' license expired on October 4, 1983 and was returned to the FCC, while WGTW's construction permit was issued on July 14, 1988.. 4. Brunson signed her station on as WGTW-TV on August 15, 1992. WKBS-TV, UHF analog channel 48, was an independent television station licensed to Burlington, New Jersey, United States, which served the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania television market. After a while, they stopped even pretending, and just never aired it at all. I hope you stick around! I wanna say "Happy traveler.... or something" but I can't for the life of me remember. The first station to make a serious attempt to replace WKBS as the market's third indie outlet was WRBV-TV (channel 65, now WUVP), based in Vineland, New Jersey in June 1985. I finally did check their schedules out of curiosity, and you've hit the nail on the head. While many larger broadcast groups were interested in the station, none were willing to pay Field's asking price. Kids Tv. The 70's really were the best days of my life. I was shock. Celebrate Mardi Gras with these 10 Films! The networks did not broadcast shows until the evening, so the bulk of the b… 13th Dimension, Comics, Creators, Culture, Behold JERRY ORDWAY’s Spectacular Golden Age BATMAN, Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else, Paul and Bob Present Gospel Harmonies (Singspiration LP 133, prob. In the 1970s, WKBS-TV attempted a 10 p.m. newscast. (Or, Welcome, 2021! 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