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April 16, 2018 12:42 pm  #1


One More TV Guide Classic: The Weeks Canada Stood Still

I came across this bit of history in going through some old TV Guides, this one from 1972. Who knew then that this event would force offices across the country to a halt, close the schools nationwide and still be talked about to this day?

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April 16, 2018 1:39 pm  #2


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A white 10 and a black 10. The black one would be CFPL. What would the white one be?

 

April 16, 2018 1:43 pm  #3


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According to the listings, it's WHEC, the CBS affiliate in Rochester. I find it hard to believe they would have interrupted shows like All In The Family to bring this to their audience, but stranger things have happened. I checked the pages and it is indeed shown that way in the listing themselves -  the old WBEN-TV Channel 4 is said to provide the only CBS programming during the time when the game is on. 

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April 16, 2018 5:28 pm  #4


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The CBS line-up would have consisted of reruns when the first four games were held in Canada in early September.  Nonetheless, I agree that the listings are likely wrong.  At the time, hockey was not very popular in the United States .  Several NHL franchises in American cities were suffering financially.   Had WHEC-TV shown the games the ratings would have been abysmal.  I doubt even a United States/Soviet Union series would have drawn much interest in the U.S. in '72.
Its interesting to note that CBLT had not yet flipped to Channel 5 and the white 11 was actually CKWS-TV in Kingston.  CHCH Hamilton did not carry the series because it was not affiliated with either CBC or CTV.
 

 

April 16, 2018 6:11 pm  #5


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Chuck99 wrote:

Its interesting to note that CBLT had not yet flipped to Channel 5

Speaking of which, this ad began appearing in the TV Guide in late August and early September of 1972.

I remember it well. When they started testing, it completely wiped out WBEN on channel 4 at the time, forcing us to buy a special filter to keep getting it. (Most everything was over the air in those days.) But until the conversion to digital, it never did come in clearly again. 

I got up early on the day of the big sign-on just to see what they'd do. I'm not sure if anyone else caught it or if it was deliberate, but they showed the CBC I.D. slate upside down for a second or so, before correcting it right side up. I think it was in tribute to CBLT's original sign-on in the early 50s, which became famous for having the ID slide flipped over, a rather inauspicious beginning for the CBC's brand new television service.  

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April 16, 2018 6:13 pm  #6


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I am trying to remember the distinction between the Black and White and it  was a system used by the newspaper listings as well. I think it was white for the more distant from  SOWNY , even though one would have needed a rotor in bring in some of the black channels such as CHEX  12 and CKCO 13 and even CKVR 3. Also the Rochester stations though white were sometimes available without a rotor depending on where you lived. Not many had cable in those days.

I remember the CBS Sunday afternoon games. I think they were called  and/ or hosted by Dan Kelly. Did not last that long due to poor ratings and I think there was also a gent named Jiggs ( sp?) McDonald involved at some point.


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April 16, 2018 7:05 pm  #7


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Here's the official channel line-up from the 1972 Toronto-Lake Ontario edition. Note that there was no City TV or Global yet and that TVO - then called CICA and the Ontario Educational Communications Authority on channel 19 - was celebrating just its second year in existence. (I love the fact they still indicated which shows were in "color," spelled the American way.)

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April 16, 2018 7:07 pm  #8


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All I want to know is where is the U ?

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April 16, 2018 7:39 pm  #9


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ok so I guess the black and white was mainly to distinguish between Canadian and American  channels and secondly to distinguish duplicates on the same channel for example 11. I seem to recall a white 6 for Deseronto.   The channel line-up reminds me about an ad I used to see on the Rochester stations maybe until the 1980's for The House of Guitars with a long haired gent and the ad would always end with the phrase "we have all the Beach Boys albums."


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April 16, 2018 8:03 pm  #10


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Well I should have known. I just did a search and found one of the House of Guitars ads:




 

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April 16, 2018 9:33 pm  #11


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from the reaction to this thread, it's good to know that my old "Graffiti" magazines from the 80s will someday be fodder for conversation.

 

April 17, 2018 1:54 pm  #12


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I was in high school and lived in the Niagara Peninsula at the time and we were quite happy with the flip to Channel 5.  Reception on CBLT improved without interfering with Channel 4 in Buffalo.  The move occurred on September 11, 1972, which meant the first four games of the Summit series were broadcast on Channel Six and the last four games in Russia were broadcast on Channel 5.
 

 

April 17, 2018 2:08 pm  #13


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Phil Esposito was in Frank D'Angelo's film, Sicilian Vampire.





He is also seen singing along with the smash hit "Just a Gigolo"



 

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April 18, 2018 1:17 pm  #14


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Yep, I betcha Phil never thought his exploits on the ice in 1972 would lead to such an illustrious movie career.