Four locally originated programs were broadcast in 1963, using a borrowed
videcon television camera. WGSF did not again possess equipment to originate
any programming, other than station identification, until 1966.
Borrowed Dumont cameras were used for several months in early 1966 for
the origination of locally produced broadcasts, including offerings by a
summer school class in television production.
Slide projectors and the "still" RCA TK-20 Iconoscope camera chain was
utilized for several more programs that fall.
When station WJW-TV in Cleveland donated two RCA TK-30 studio cameras
later that year, production finally "took off."
WGSF was airing at least thirteen locally-originated programs a week by
In addition, WGSF broadcast many 16mm films from various sources during
the years from 1967 to 1976.
This series of posts will share some of the memories and insights into
local origination on WGSF Television.
The Newark Test
During the time frame after the cameras were sent back to Cincinnati,
and the RCA cameras arrived from Cleveland, John Hall and I developed a
slide show called The Newark Test. We asked viewers to take the test on
a form printed in The Advocate. A
slide of the Newark area was shown, then the correct multiple choice answer.
Everything started out good - Show the picture, ask the multiple choice question,
and then show a slide of the correct answer of A, B,C, or D.
We had a back up Kodak carousel projector, and a spare bulb. After about
10-minutes we were "sliding down the hill." Projector bulb burns out (of
course); spare projector pressed into service as the slides were being transferred
to the back-up projector. The
picture slides in the transfer didn't get in the exact right order and
of course the letter showing the answer to the question some how got in the
wrong spot. Sometimes the correct or wrong answer got ahead of the picture.
If I remember correctly the audio was recorded by John and me ahead of
People who probably didn't really know that Newark had a TV station, were
ringing the phone off the hook to inform us of the jumbled mess. Too bad
we didn't have a phone system like today, in which we could tell them to start
pressing (dialing) numbers for improved service while disgusting music played
telling them their call was important to us.
See also: Murphy's Law
As I think of things, I will write them as we walk down memory lane. Things
to be covered:
Licking County Spotlight; Land of Legend shows on the hill; and probably
Comments on 1975-1976 Programs
Here are excerpts from Diane's program summary from 1975 and 1976.
Boy, John Hall and his movies happening on the weekends with Laurel
and Hardy and some of the serials ("The Crimson Ghost" and "Nyoka and
the Tigermen"). More game being shown: baseball, football, and
1976 Programs . . .
I finally made it through 1976. Boy, you can feel the depression on
the paperwork. Some info was incomplete so a couple of shows I had to
guess if they were new or reruns. Also, for several of shows (Wildcat Den,
Communiscope), the topic is not on the log and I looked through the Advocate
microfishe at the library and many times the published schedule did not match
the program log.
Anyway, Licking County Art Association did 6 shows (2 hours, 55
minutes, 25 seconds), Communiscope did 12 shows (9 hours, 44 minutes,22
seconds), 31 Reports did 127 shows (61 hours, 12 minutes, 40 seconds), Wildcat
Den did 20 shows (9 hours, 35 minutes, 40 seconds), other specials had 32
programs (18 hours, 23 minutes, 46 seconds), and of course the movies with
101 features (143 hours, 8 minutes, 56 seconds).