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Old Cable TV Line ups(New thread)

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organman95
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Re: Old Cable TV Line ups(New thread)

Post by organman95 » Fri Nov 04, 2022 6:15 pm

I think it was whichever could be picked up clear.



ChrisWL1980
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Re: Old Cable TV Line ups(New thread)

Post by ChrisWL1980 » Tue Nov 22, 2022 6:10 pm

Here are some more old cable lineups for the Canadian Sault, which I found on Newspapers.com in the Sault Star.

Lake Superior Cablevision - March 1983
3 - WNEM NBC 5 Saginaw (Bay City)
4 - WKBD IND 50 Southfield (Detroit)
6 - CJIC CBC 5 Sault Ste. Marie
7 - TV Ontario (OTA ch20)
8 - WCML PBS 6 Alpena
9 - WWUP CBS 10 Sault Ste. Marie
11 - CKCY CTV 2 Sault Ste. Marie
12 - WJRT ABC 12 Flint
13 - CBLFT SRC (CBC French) (OTA ch26)
17/D - Superchannel (Pay TV)
18/E - First Choice (Pay TV)
19/F - C Channel (Pay TV)
20/G - CICI (MCTV) CTV 5 Sudbury
By March 1984, the basic channels were the same, but C Channel was gone and Superchannel had moved to 16/C

Lake Superior Cablevision - February 1987
2 - TV Guide
3 - WNEM
4 - WKBD
5 - News/Time/Temperature
6 - CJIC
7 - TVO
8 - La Chaine Francaise (TVO French)
9 - WWUP
10 - Cable 10 (Community Access)
11 - CHBX (formerly CKCY)
12 - WJRT
13 - CBLFT
23 - WCML
24 - Home Shopping
25 - TV Guide
26 - CICI (MCTV-CTV)
27 - House of Commons
28 - Ontario Legislature
29 - Toronto Stock Exchange
30 - Broadcast News Service
Pay Channels:
16 - First Choice/Superchannel
18 - TSN
19 - MuchMusic
20 - TNN
21 - A&E
22 - CNN

Shaw Cable - November 1995
2 - CIII Global (OTA ch12)
4 - WGKI Fox 33 Cadillac
6 - MCTV-CBC (CJIC)
7 - TVO
8 - La Chaine
9 - WWUP
10 - Cable 10
11 - MCTV-CTV (CHBX)
12 - WJRT
13 - CBLFT
14 - WNMU PBS 13 Marquette
16 - WEYI NBC 25 Saginaw (sorry, Sinklair)
18 - MuchMusic
19 - Vision TV
20 - YTV
21 - The Weather Network
22 - CBC Newsworld
29 - Showcase Television
30 - A&E
31 - CNN
32 - TNN
33 - TSN
34 - New Country Network (replaced CMT on Canadian cable systems)
35 - Women's Television Network
36 - Bravo
38 - Discovery
39 - Life Network
40 - Telelatino
Pay Channels:
23 - Family Channel
24 - WGN Chicago
25 - MoviePix
26 - WSBK Boston
27 - WTBS Atlanta
28 - Movie Network (formerly First Choice)
NOTE: The cable conversion tables also included Blind River, Elliot Lake, Espanola, Iron Bridge, Thessalon, and Wawa. WGKI, WNMU and WEYI were not carried in any of those communities and I believe they received WUHF, WTVS and WDIV for their service of those respective networks.



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Re: Old Cable TV Line ups(New thread)

Post by matt1 » Wed Nov 23, 2022 1:06 am

Back in August of 1982 over 40 years ago when I was 17 years old, my late dad & I were going to the Upper Peninsula going to U.S. 2 to M-149 to see Indian Lake & then go to Escanaba which we stayed for the night at a local motel. Then to Munising to see the Pictured Rocks for the first time. Then went to the dirt forest road H-58 which I thought I got lost BUT made it. Also stopped at Grand Marais to get something to eat. My late dad wanted to go to Tahquamenon Falls BUT we did not have anytime because my late dad wanted to get a motel so we then stopped at a downtown Sault Ste. Marie, MI motel & WNEM 5 was on cable!! I went "Holy Toledo" I don't believe it. That was it & we went home the next day.



ChrisWL1980
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Re: Old Cable TV Line ups(New thread)

Post by ChrisWL1980 » Thu Nov 24, 2022 1:35 pm

WNEM and WJRT were apparently on cable in the Sault as early as 1970. I was also interested to see WLUC 6 Marquette listed in newspaper TV listings on both sides of the border then.
Incidentally, before WCML 6 signed on, the only source of "public TV" programming in the Canadian Sault was cable 7, which carried taped OECA (TVO) programs before TVO opened its OTA transmitter in the market. Sault MI apparently had nothing. Even what is now WNMU 13 didn't exist until very late 1972. Did any commercial stations in Northern MI carry Sesame Street or other PBS/NET shows before CMU expanded to Alpena?

Speaking of Tahquamenon, this was Sun Cablevision (later absorbed by TCI-Taft) in Newberry in 1981-82:

2 - CKCY 2 Sault CTV
3 - WJMN 3 Escanaba NBC (switched to ABC the following year)
4 - HBO
5 - CJIC 5 Sault CBC
6 - WLUC 6 Marquette CBS/ABC
7 - WTOM 4 Cheboygan NBC
8 - WGTQ 8 Sault ABC
9 - WKBD 50 Detroit
10 - WWUP 10 Sault CBS
11 - WLUK 11 Green Bay ABC (switched to NBC the following year)
12 - Time & Weather
13 - WNMU 13 Marquette PBS



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