Friday, December 31, 2010

Antenna TV - Jan.1,2011

Late Thursday afternoon Dec.30,2010 : WGHP 8.2 in High Point,NC began airing previews for Antenna TV. The new channel will launch at 12:00 A.M. on Jan. 1, 2011 with a Three Stooges marathon.The regular schedule begins on Monday January 3, 2011.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Santa - WGHP - 1971

Happy Holidays to everyone !

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Antenna TV - WGHP TV 8.2

On January 1, 2011, Antenna TV is set to launch nationally and will debut locally on WGHP's sub - channel 8.2 which you can receive with an over the air antenna. At this point I don't know if Time Warner or other cable / satellite providers will add it or not. Antenna TV will have classic tv shows, cartoons and movies.Two shows that I am particularly interested in seeing again are Wild Bill Hickok and Circus Boy.You can check out the schedule for Antenna TV by clicking the link.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Southern Exposure - WGHP

This ad features Bill Boggs and his guests for May 14 through May 18,1973 on WGHP channel 8 in High Point,NC.

WFMY News - 1973

This ad from May 1973 features Lee Kinard-weather,Rick Amme-news and Woody Durham-sports on WFMY channel 2 in Greensboro.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Frank Deal - Superstars Movie - WGHP

One of the many things I always liked about WGHP was that the station was big on showing movies.Lots of movies.What Frank Deal did on this show,as the host, was basically what we see Robert Osborne do today on Turner Classic Movies.I loved the humor and trivia that Frank Deal presented on this show.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thriller with Boris Karloff - WGHP

The ad is from May 1966.

Cordelia Kelly and Lucy - WFMY

This ad from WFMY channel 2 in Greensboro promoting Cordelia Kelly and I Love Lucy is from May 1966.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Golden Triangle News - WSJS

Robert Estes-news,Gene Overby-sports and Bryan McMurry-weather.Anyone out there remember the "Shell weather tower"? The ad is from January 1968.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Astro Boy - WSJS

Astro Boy on WSJS channel 12 in Winston-Salem.The ad is from March 1964.

Limbo - WGHP

This WGHP channel 8 ad is from March 1968.

Georgia Castle - WGHP

Georgia Castle reports the weather on WGHP in August 1967. Miss Castle also did a five minute weather update at 7:25 p.m. each weeknight.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

1974 New Season on WGHP

This ad is from September,1974 for WGHP channel 8.

Bill Boggs - WGHP

This Southern Exposure with Bill Boggs ad is from May 1972 on WGHP-TV channel 8.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bachelor Father - WSJS 1959

John Forsythe as Bentley Gregg and Noreen Corcoran as his niece Kelly.This WSJS channel 12 ad is from June 1959.

WFMY News - 1959

Charlie Harville with the channel 2 news on WFMY in June 1959.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

WGHP Eyewitness news 1971

This ad with Fred Blackman is from June 1971.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Shock Theatre - Timeline on WGHP

Dick Bennick as Dr. Paul Bearer

I have been researching archived newspapers and old NC editions of TV Guide to try to confirm the timeline of Shock Theatre on WGHP channel 8 in High Point,NC. Here is what I have come up with:

Friday Oct.18,1963: Shock Theatre debuts on WGHP.

Friday Nov.6,1964: The first run of Shock Theatre comes to an end with "The Boogie Man Will Get You" (1942) starring Boris Karloff. Les Crane's "Nightlife" debuted on Nov.9,1964 and aired each weeknight through Friday May 28,1965 on WGHP.

Friday June 4,1965: Shock Theatre returns to WGHP with "The Ghost of Frankenstein" (1942) starring Lon Chaney Jr.

Friday June 23,1967: Shock Theatre ends it's Friday night run with "Svengali" (1931) starring John Barrymore.

Saturday July 1,1967: Shock Theatre begins it's Saturday night run with "The Manster" (1959) starring Peter Dyneley.Shock Theatre would remain in it's late Saturday night timeslot until April 26,1980 when "The Creature From The Black Lagoon" aired. On May 3,1980, "Solid Gold" aired in Shock Theatre's timeslot.After that WGHP resumed showing a variety of movies in the Saturday 11:30 p.m. slot such as "Walking Tall" starring Joe Don Baker.

Saturday January 10,1981 : WGHP brings back Shock Theatre once again.This time in a later timeslot of 1:30 a.m. with "Tales of Terror" starring Vincent Price.

The tv listing at the top of the page is from Saturday June 27,1981.It is the last one I currently have for Shock Theatre on WGHP. The Code of Scotland aired at 12:30 a.m. that night or rather the next morning.

Update : March 19, 2013

April 24,1982 - Currently I have information that indicates that Shock Theatre on WGHP 8 ended on this date with "DoomWatch" (1972) starring Ian Bannen and Judy Geeson.

May 8, 1982 - WXII 12 in Winston-Salem, NC began it's own version of "Shock Theater" with channel 12 writer Paul Iacono and director Tim Whitt as hosts. The first movie was "Dr. Phibes Rises Again" with Vincent Price.

November 20,1982 - "Shock Theater" on WXII 12 ends with "Shock Waves" (1972) starring Peter Cushing.

I have not yet been able to determine whether WGHP 8 brought 'Shock Theatre" back to it's schedule anytime after this. I keep searching.

WFMY - TV Matinee 1966

This ad with Lee Kinard is from May 1966.

Monday, September 20, 2010

WGHP - 1974

Jo Nelson,Fred Blackman,Frank Deal and Charlie Harville in September 1974.Please click on the image to see it a little bit larger.

WGHP News - 1969

This is from August,1969.Please click on the image to view it in a larger format.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

WGHP News - Nov.19,1968

Gene Hunter-news,Jerry Merritt-weather,Charlie Harville-sports and Paul Harvey did a short commentary on various subjects during each show.

Pam Parker on WGHP

This ad is from March 1968.I enjoyed watching Pamela Parker's weather updates at 7:25 each night.Please click on the image to view it in a larger format.

WGHP News - 1968

This ad is from January,1968. Richard Buddine with the news,Pamela Parker with the weather and Charlie Harville with the sports.

Limbo The Clown on WGHP

This ad is from Oct.28,1968.

Friday, September 17, 2010

WGHP - Oct.15,1963

Each weekday afternoon when my brothers and I got off the school bus,I would run in the house,turn on the tv and start turning the old VHF knob on our black and white set.I always hoped that one day there would be a new channel added.This was the day.It was 5:00 p.m.when the knob landed on channel 8,and there was Johnny Weissmuller starring as Tarzan in Tarzan and the Mermaids.I don't believe I have ever seen a crisper,sharper print of this movie than the one WGHP presented that day on "Adventure Theatre".In those early years of WGHP,they also aired The Little Rascals/Our Gang on "Kartoon Karnival " which aired on Saturday mornings. Amos'N Andy aired weekday evenings at 6:30.I have a soft spot for channel 8 because I got to see it when it first came on the air.Those were the days. I enjoy thinking about the history of tv in the Triad or as it was called back then,"the Piedmont Golden Triangle".

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sam & Ella Seal

When I was growing up in the 1960's,I was fortunate enough to spend a good deal of time working in tobacco with Sam and Ella.They are two of my favorite people ever.I learned a lot being around them. The mule that you see Sam plowing with was named "Kate". Please click on the photo to see it in a larger format.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Charlie Harville 1964

Charlie Harville and Art Bradley in November 1964.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Vintage Cigar Bands

Recently while carefully removing an antique photo from it's frame,I found these on the board between the photo and the back of the frame.I was pleasantly surprised.Please click on the photo to enlarge it so you can get a better look.Also if anyone can put a year on any of these,it would be greatly appreciated.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Daniel Boone

The ad is from 1966. In North Carolina, the show currently airs daily on the Retro Television Network.The channels are digital sub-channels of WHKY in Hickory,WRAZ in Raleigh and WWAY Wilmington. I purchased an outdoor antenna from a local distributor for $36,which allows me to receive the Hickory channel, and that surprised me as I am only a few miles from the VA,NC border. I have thoroughly enjoyed the channel since WHKY added it this past Christmas.Check out RTV here:

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Thunder Road

These ads are from June 1958.Robert Mitchum,Keely Smith and Gene Barry were the stars.The late Don Davis who ran the Bright Leaf Drive-In in Mount Airy, brought it back many times over the years.Sadly the drive-in closed in last month.The property is being sold.It was the last drive-in theatre in our area.I will miss it.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Old Rebel & Marco The Polar Bear

During the sixties,Santa Claus would be featured on the Old Rebel's show and Marco the Polar Bear would be Santa's helper. This photo of the Old Rebel and Marco was shot during the 1966 Christmas parade in Lexington,NC. I wish I had found this photo before Christmas but better late than never I guess.

Dick Bennick as Count Shockula 1966

On Thanksgiving night,November 24,1966, Sandra Crissman was crowned "Mess Lexington" by Count Shockula (Dick Bennick). The contest was sponsored in part by WGHP channel 8's Shock Theatre. This was part of the "Mess America" contest sponsored by WGHP's Shock Theatre and Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Remember when Maya aired on WSJS channel 12? The show starred Jay North ( Dennis The Menace). The ad is from September 1967.