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Sunday
May032015

May 3, 2015: Summer Weekend

There are twelve more ads today, from the July 19-25, 1997 issue of TV Guide Magazine, and from July 19-25, 1997 issues of The Blade, plus one Random Pages gallery addition, a Wednesday, 7/23/97 Blade Business Section story by Homer Brickey, "Buckeye Cable Begins Core of Fiber-Optic Net." There's one addition to the FOX gallery, a Sunday, 7/20/97 TV Guide ad for Goosebumps, "Night of the Living Dummy III." There are three additions to the Buckeye CableSystem gallery, all from The Blade, starting with a Tuesday, 7/22/97 ad for "The Godfather," parts one and two, on USA Network. Next is a Thursday, 7/24/97 ad for "High Stakes" on Lifetime (Cynthia Gibb), followed by a Friday, 7/25/97 ad for Wings on the Discovery Channel, sponsored by MidAm Bank. There are two additions to the ToledoVision 5 gallery, a Saturday, 7/19/97 ad for the movie "Old Yeller" and a Friday, 7/25/97 ad for an Oakland A's vs. Cleveland Indians game, sponsored by the University of Toledo. There are six additions (all TV Guide ads) to the Vintage Cable Ads gallery starting with a Saturday, 7/19/97 ad for "The Godfather," parts one and two on USA. Next are two HBO full-page ads (Sinbad's Summer Weekend), a Saturday, 7/19/97 ad for The HBO Comedy Hour, "Sinbad: Nothin' but the Funk," and a Sunday, 7/20/97 ad for Summer Jam 3: '70s Soul Music Festival. There's another 7/20/97 ad too, for the series premiere of Showtime's The Hunger, "The Swords," "Menage a Trois" and "Necros." There's also a Monday, 7/21/97 ad for Loch Ness Discovered on the Discovery Channel (Sci-trek), followed by a Tuesday, 7/22/97 ad, another one for A&E Mystery Movie presents "A July to Die For." The movies in this ad were "Daniel and Pascoe," "Cracker" and "A Touch of Frost." Today's last ad is an addition to the Other Vintage ads gallery, a Wednesday, 7/23/97 ad for The Blade's website (www.toledoblade.com). More ads from the July 26-August 1, 1997 issue of TV Guide Magazine, and from the online archives of The Toledo Blade, are on the way...

Thursday
Apr302015

April 30, 2015: It's a Fresh Rerun-Free Summer at The 10 Spot

There are fifteen more "cable" ads today, from the July 12-18, 1997 issue of TV Guide Magazine and from July 14-18, 1997 issues of The Blade, starting with four additions (all Blade ads) to the Buckeye CableSystem gallery. There's a Monday, 7/14/97 ad for Court TV's On Appeal where the topic was the Supreme Court case about public school financing in Ohio. Next is a Wednesday, 7/16/97 ad for the sixth season premiere of MTV's The Real World, in Boston, followed by a Friday, 7/18/97 ad for The Regional All-Star Football Game on the Community Channel and another 7/18/97 ad for Jack Hannah's Animal Adventures on the Family Channel. There are two additions, also from The Blade, to the ToledoVision 5 gallery, a Tuesday, 7/15/97 ad for "Imagine: John Lennon" and a Friday, 7/18/97 ad for appearances by Kids' WB stars at July 18-20 Mud Hens games. The rest of today's ads (all from TV Guide) are additions to Vintage Cable Ads gallery starting with a Saturday, 7/12/97 ad and close-up description for "The Aristocats" which was followed by Movie Surfers, "Inside Disney's George of the Jungle" on the Disney Channel (Saturday PremEARS!). Next is 7/12/97 full-page ad and close-up description for the series premiere of HBO's Oz, "The Routine," followed by a Sunday, 7/13/97 ad (A&E Mystery Movie presents "A July to Die For"). Movies featured were "Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse," "Silent Witness," "Daniel and Pascoe," "Cracker" and "A Touch of Frost." There's also a 7/13/97 full-page ad and close-up description, for the series premiere of Showtime's Dead Man's Gun, "The Impostor" and "Buryin' Sam." Henry Winkler was executive producer of the series and appeared in the first episode. The next five are MTV ads (It's a Fresh Rerun-Free Summer at the 10 Spot). There's a Sunday, 7/13/97 ad for Apt 2F. Also on that page was a close-up description for several MTV shows and some 9-10pm listings. Next is a Monday, 7/14/97 ad for Road Rules, "Nice to Meet You," followed by a Tuesday, 7/15/97 ad for MTV Unplugged: Blackstreet, and a Wednesday, 7/16/97 ad for The Real World: Boston. There's also a Friday, 7/18/97 ad for seventh season premiere of Beavis and Butt-Head. More July 1997 ads, from the July 19-25, 1997 issue of TV Guide Magazine and from the online archives of The Toledo Blade, are on the way...

Tuesday
Apr282015

April 28, 2015: There's No Such Thing as Free Cable

You'll find nine more ads today, from the July 5-11, 1997 issue of TV Guide Magazine and from July 5, 8, 10, & 12, 1997 issues of The Blade, plus three Random Pages gallery additions starting with a July 5-11, 1997 TV Guide Soap Opera Guide. At that time there were eleven soap operas on daytime TV. Only four of those are still around, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless on CBS, General Hospital on ABC, and Days of Our Lives on NBC. Next are four TV Guide close-up descriptions, the first one for Wimbledon Tennis on NBC, the second one for TV Guide Looks at Science Fiction (William Shatner) on USA and Sci-Fi Channel, the third one for Nick News Special Edition: Are We Alone? on Nickelodeon, Aliens: Are We Alone? on Discovery Channel and Abducted! An MTV News Special Report on MTV, and the fourth one for a Betty Grable Marathon on AMC. There's also a Thursday, 7/10/97 Blade Peach Section story by ChristopherBorrelli, "Anderson Leaves WSPD Radio for Ch. 36." There's one addition to the FOX gallery, a Tuesday, 7/8/97 full-page ad and full-page close-up description for the 1997 MLB All-Star Game. There are three additions to the Buckeye CableSystem gallery (all Blade Peach Section ads) starting with a Saturday, 7/5/97 ad for "The Cable Guy" (Jim Carrey) on HBO. Next is a Thursday, 7/10/97 ad for the WNBA on ESPN2, followed by a Saturday, 7/12/97 ad for Kenan & Kel on Nickeodeon (Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell). There are two additions, both for movies, to the ToledoVision 5 gallery, a Thursday, 7/10/97 ad for "Grease" (Olivia Newton John, John Travolta) and a Saturday, 7/12/97 ad for "The Presidio" (Sean Connery, Mark Harmon). There's also one addition to the Vintage Cable Ads gallery, a Friday, 7/11/97 TV Guide ad and close-up description for Spicy City on HBO. The last two ads today are additions to the Other Vintage ads gallery starting with a Tuesday, 7/8/97 full-page ad for "Family Day at the Ballpark," sponsored by Food Town and Kimberly Clark. There's also a Thursday, 7/10/97 ad for Rapids Rally Days in Grand Rapids. More July 1997 ads, from the July 12-18, 1997 issue of TV Guide Magazine and from the online archives of The Toledo Blade, are on the way...

Sunday
Apr262015

April 26, 2015: Greatest Episodes of All Time

You'll find eighteen more ads today, from the June 21-27, 1997 and June 28-July 4, 1997 issues of TV Guide Magazine, and from June 26-July 3, 1997 issues of The Blade, plus one Random Pages gallery addition, a Monday, 6/23/97 story by Chris Borrelli, "WJZE Snaps Up Fired Program Director," about Lyn Casye, and also includes an item about Channel 24's news, soon to be led by Virgil Dominic. There's one addition to the CBS gallery, a Friday, 7/4/97 ad for an Independence Day special, What's Right With America (Patrick Duffy, Timothy Busfield). There's also one addition to the FOX gallery, a Sunday, 6/22/97 ad and close-up description for World Bowl '97, the World League of American Football championship game in Barcelona (James Brown, Howie Long, Terry Bradshaw, Ronnie Lott). The Barcelona Dragons defeated the Rhein Fire, 38-24. There's one addition to the PBS gallery, too, a Friday 7/4/97 ad for A Capitol Fourth, another Independence Day special. There are four additions to the Buckeye CableSystem gallery starting with a Thursday, 6/26/97 ad for "Kazaam" on the Disney Channel (Shaquille O'Neal). Next is a Monday, 6/30/97 ad for Crossfire on CNN, sponsored by MidAm, followed by another 6/30/97 ad, for Talk Soup on E!, sponsored by the University of Toledo. There's also a Wednesday, 7/2/97 half-page ad for "Family Friendly TV" on the Family Channel, ToledoVision 5, Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. There's one addition to the ToledoVision 5 gallery, a Thursday, 7/3/97 ad for Macy's 4th of July Spectacular on Independence Day. There are nine additions to the Vintage Cable Ads gallery (all TV Guide ads) starting with a Wednesday, 6/25/97 ad for James Taylor: Live by Request on A&E, followed by a Friday, 6/27/97 ad for Dennis Miller Live on HBO with guest Jerry Seinfeld (Rebel without a Pause). Next is a full-page color ad for TV Land, from the June 28-July 4, 1997 issue of TV Guide which featured the "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time." The ad had William Conrad as Frank Cannon, Charlie the Tuna, Phil Silvers as Sgt. Bilko, Flip Wilson as Geraldine, Ed Sullivan, Bruce Weitz as Mick Belker, Eva Gabor as Lisa Douglas, Felix Silla as Cousin Itt, Dick Wilson as Mr. Whipple, James Arness as Matt Dillon, Mike Connors as Mannix, Bob Cranc as Col. Hogan, Carolyn Jones as Morticia Addams, Bamboo Harvester as Mister Ed, Denzel Washington as Dr. Phillip Chandler, and Sonny (Bono) and Cher. There's also a Saturday, 6/28/97 full-page ad for HBO's The Mr. Vegas All-Night Party starring Drew Carey (Old Four Eyes), followed by a Sunday, 6/29/97 ad for E! True Hollywood Story (Michael Landon). The other four ads are for Nick-at-Nite's TV Land and TV Guide Magazine's salute to the Greatest Episodes of All Time on Nick-at-Nite. The Monday, 6/30/97 ad had pictures of Mary Tyler Moore and James Arness and was for Mary Tyler Moore, "Chuckles Bites the Dust," (the number 1 episode) The Dick Van Dyke Show, "It May Look Like a Walnut," The Odd Couple, "Fat Farm," Mister Ed, "Leo Durocher Meets Mister Ed," and Gunsmoke, "The Jailer." The Tuesday, 7/1/97 ad had pictures of Veronica Hamel and Daniel J. Travanti and Lucille Ball and was for I Love Lucy, "Lucy Does a TV Commercial," Bewitched, "Divided He Falls," Green Acres, "A Star Named Arnold is Born," and Hill Street Blues, "Grace Under Pressure." The Wednesday, 7/2/97 ad had pictures of Henry Winkler and Andy Kaugman and was for Happy Days, "Richie Fights Back," The Odd Couple, "Password", Taxi, "Latka the Playboy," The Bob Newhart Show, "Death Be My Destiny," and Brooklyn Bridge, "When Irish Eyes are Smiling." The Thursday, 7/3/97 ad had pictures of Lucille Ball and Denzel Washington and was for I Love Lucy, "Lucy's Italian Movie," The Dick Van Dyke Show, "Coast to Coast Big Mouth," and St. Elsewhere, "Time Heels." These ads are great reminders of how good TV Land was when it first began, only to become what it is now, where you never know what'll be on, what time shows will start and what time they'll finish and if they'll break the record for the longest commercial breaks. It's become UNWATCHABLE! At least we have Me-TV. Today's last ad is an addition to the Other Vintage ads gallery, a Friday, 6/27/97 ad for that evening's Rally by the River, headlined by REO Speedwagon. More July 1997 ads, from the July 5-11, 1997 issue of TV Guide Magazine and from the online archives of The Toledo Blade, are on the way..

Thursday
Apr232015

April 23, 2015: You Ain't Seen Summer Yet

There are ten more ads today, from the June 14-20, 1997 issue of TV Guide Magazine and from June 14, 18 and 20, 1997 issues of The Blade, plus three Random Pages gallery additions, one from TV Guide and two from The Blade. There's a Saturday, 6/14/97 Blade Religion section story, "Christian TV Station Wins Battle to Broadcast in Toledo," about WLMB-TV40. Next is a Saturday, 6/14/97 TV Guide page with some 7:30 and 8:00 PM listings and two close-up descriptions, one for the last episode of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, "The Family Hour," and one for the HBO movie, "Path to Paradise." You'll find a full-page ad for that movie below. There's also a Tuesday, 6/19/97 Blade Peach Section story by Chris Borrelli, "ABC's Programmers Place Potholes in WTVG's Road to Improving Newscasts." Also included is an item about local award winners and an item about Buckeye's Pay-Per-View lady, Tracy Rinehart being replaced by Ellen Joyce. There's one addition to the NBC gallery, a Sunday, 6/15/97 ad for the daytime soap Sunset Beach. It was carried at 11:00 am in Lima and Detroit (on Ch. 50), 12:00 pm in Ft. Wayne and Dayton, 1:00 pm in Columbus and at 3:00 pm in Toledo. There are four additions to the Buckeye CableSystem gallery, all Blade ads, starting with a Saturday, 6/14/97 ad for "Fargo" on TMC, followed by a Wednesday, 6/18/97 ad for "The Quick and the Dead" on Flix (Sharon Stone). Next is a Friday, 6/20/97 ad for the Golf Channel's coverage of The Jamie Farr Kroger Classic (with replays on TV5) followed by another 6/20/97 ad (You ain't seen summer yet, until you've seen yourself on The Family Channel!). There are five additions to the Vintage Cable Ads gallery, all TV Guide ads, starting with three for HBO, a Saturday, 6/14/97 full-page ad for "Path to Paradise," followed by another 6/14/97 full-page ad, for the Oscar De La Hoya vs. David Kamali fight (Painfully Handsome). De La Hoya KO'd Kamali in round two of 12. There's one more 6/14/97 HBO ad (and close-up description), for Arli$$ (Robert Wuhl). Next is a Sunday, 6/15/97 ad for the Disney Channel's Hercules Strikes Manhattan and Inside Disney's Hercules. There's also a Friday, 6/20/97 ad for TNN's Orlando demolition derby coverage on Motor Madness (metal to metal Florida free-for-all). More 1997 ads, from the June 21-27 and the June 28-July 4 issues of TV Guide Magazine, and from the online archives of The Toledo Blade, are on the way...