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Detroit OTA schedule for 7/1/1995

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Detroit OTA schedule for 7/1/1995

Post by mtburb » Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:02 pm

Source: Detroit Free Press, July 1, 1995 (the pages I needed happened to be free to view on newspapers.com because someone made clippings of the schedules on those pages)

This is in the midst of a weird hybrid moment in Detroit TV history - WJBK, WXON, WKBD and WGPR were each getting used to their respective new network affiliations; though The WB and UPN did not air programming on Saturdays at this time; WKBD continued carrying Fox Kids; and WGPR found itself carrying programming not typical of a CBS affiliate, let alone a just-minted one, including cartoons 2 Stupid Dogs and SWAT Kats. WGPR was in the midst of being sold to CBS and most of it's local programming had already been purged or were about to go off the air. WADL would continue it's struggles to compete with what essentially had become three stations that were sort of independent - WXON, WKBD and CBET, the latter because that station was required to preempt American shows that the Detroit stations had the rights to.

I will need corrections for program titles thanks to the Free Press abbreviating many of them.

So here's what a typical Saturday in the summer of 1995 looked like. This also happened to be Canada Day, so CBC was bound to preempt normal programming.

Saturday, July 1, 1995
WJBK (Fox 2 Detroit, New World)
6 AM: Motorweek
6:30: Infomercial
7 AM: Madison's Adventure
7:30: What's Up Network
8 AM: TV-2 Eyewitness Weekend (Michael Collins)
9 AM: Reality Check
9:30: Creepy Crawlers
10 AM: Iron Man
10:30: Fantastic Four
11 AM: Boogie's Diner
11:30: Super Dave
12 PM: WWF Superstars
1 PM: Beach Clash: Seattle vs. Tallahassee
2 PM: Soul Train (Tanya Blount, Y?N-Vee)
3 PM: The Road (Toby Keith, Alison Krauss)
4 PM: High Tide (Mick uses his martial arts skills)
5 PM: TV-2 Eyewitness News
5:30: Tough Target
6 PM: Sirens (family man's death investigated)
7 PM: Real Stories of the Highway Patrol
8 PM: Cops (chase in Kansas City)
8:30: Cops (a shooting call turns volatile)
9 PM: America's Most Wanted (fugitives captured outside the United States are profiled)
10 PM: TV-2 Eyewitness News (tentative)
11 PM: TV-2 Eyewitness News
12 AM: Forever Knight "A Permanent Hell"
1 AM: Infomecial
1:30: The Road
2:30: Infomercial
3 AM: Movie "Ring of Fire" (1991) (Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Maria Ford)
5 AM: Beach Clash: Seattle vs. Tallahassee

WDIV (NBC 4 Detroit, Post-Newsweek)
6 AM: Wonderland
6:30: California Dreams
7 AM: Saturday Today (actor Ben Kingsley; female bodybuilders; Jim Fowler with baby animals; "Lawyers for Children"; Hawaiian BBQ)
9 AM: WCW World Wide Wrestling
10 AM: Name Your Adventure
10:30: Saved By The Bell: The New Class
11:30: NBA Inside Stuff
12 PM: Wimbledon Tennis (early round)
3 PM: Senior PGA Golf: US Senior Open (third round)
6 PM: News 4
6:30: NBC Nightly News (Dawn Fratangelo)
7 PM: Wheel of Fortune
7:30: Megabucks Giveaway
8 PM: Empty Nest (Carol plots to meet a man) (repeat)
8:30: Empty Nest (Laverne's frustrating dates) (repeat)
9 PM: The John Larroquette Show (John gets arrested) (Repeat)
9:30: The John Larroquette Show (old flames) (Repeat)
10 PM: Law & Order (a wealthy woman's husband is a suspect when her body is found) (Repeat)
11 PM: News 4
11:30: Saturday Night Live (host Bob Newhart, musical guest Des'ree)
1 AM: Sightings
2 AM: Infomercials
3 AM: Lighter Side
3:30: Lifestyles
4:30: NBC News Nightside
5:30: Kidbits

WXYZ (ABC 7 Detroit, Scripps)
6 AM: World of National Geographic "Season of the Cheetah"
7 AM: Animal Adventures
7:30: Captain Planet
8 AM: Free Willy
9 AM: Tales from the Cryptkeeper
9:30: Reboot
10 AM: Bump in the Night
10:30: Fudge
11 AM: The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show
12 PM: Cro
12:30: PJ Funnybunny
1 PM: National Geographic on Assignment
2 PM: Movie "Best of the Best" (1989) (Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones)
4 PM: Sid and Ed
4:30: Wide World of Sports (Tour de France; European Cup gymnastics; Special Olympics)
6 PM: Channel 7 Action News
6:30: ABC World News Tonight (Catherine Crier)
7 PM: Entertainment Tonight (Chris O'Donnell)
8 PM: McDonald's Family Theater: The Magic Paintbrush (animated)
8:30: Movie "Ducktales The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp" (1990) (Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Christopher Lloyd)
10 PM: Busted Pilot: Philly Heat (Peter Boyle)
11 PM: Channel 7 Action News
11:30: Movie "Porky's II: The Next Day" (1983) (Dan Monahan, Wyatt Knight)
1:30: Independence Day Concert (Spin Doctors, Carly Simon, David Hasselhoff)
3 AM: Movie "Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys" (1990) (Bruce Greenwood, Greg Kean)
5 AM: Singsation
5:30: Black Forum

CBET (CBC 9 Windsor, CBC)
sign on at 7 AM
7 AM: CBC Playground
7:30: Barney & Friends
8 AM: The Raccoons
8:30: Sesame Street
9:30: Fred Penner's Place
10 AM: Street Cents
10:30: Cycle!
11 AM: Jennings Home
11:30: Canadian Gardener
12 PM: Canada Day Celebration
1 PM: Cottage Country
1:30 Major League Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays (Jays lose 6-2)
4:30: Equestrian (ATCO Cup)
5:30: Spilled Milk
6 PM: News
7 PM: Personal Best
7:30: Great Canadian Ghost Stories
8 PM: True North Concert III (Susan Aglukark)
9 PM: Canada Day (performances across the nation)
10 PM: Saturday Report
10:25: Movie "Secret Nation" (1991) (Cathy Jones, Mary Walsh)
12:25: Movie "The Bay Boy" (1984) (Liv Ullmann, Kiefer Sutherland)
sign off at 2:30 AM

WXON (WB 20 Detroit, Aben E. Johnson Jr.)
6 AM: Living in Lakes Area
6:30: Madonna Magazine
7 AM: Key's Kids
7:30: Perceptions
8 AM: The Odd Couple
8:30: The Brady Bunch
9 AM: Cutting Edge
9:30: Perfect Strangers
10 AM: Highway to Heaven
11 AM: California Dreams
11:30: Sweet Valley High
12 PM: Movie "Stand and Deliver" (1988) (Edward James Olmos)
2 PM: Movie "Gorilla in the Mist" (1988) (Sigourney Weaver)
4 PM: Babylon 5 "All Alone in the Night"
5 PM: Baywatch "Baja Run"
6 PM: Beverly Hills 90210 "Fire and Ice"
7 PM: Family Matters "The Candidate"
7:30: The Cosby Show "Isn't It Romantic?"
8 PM: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys "The Warrior Princess"
9 PM: Vanishing Son "Jersey Girl"
10 PM: Kung Fu: The Legend Continues "Dragonswing II"
11 PM: Space Precinct "The Fire Within"
12 AM: Highlander: The Series "Obsession"
1 AM: Magnum PI
2 AM: Movie "Gremlins" (1984) (Zach Galligan)
4 AM: Movie "The Inspector General" (1949) (Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak)

WADL (Independent 38 Mount Clemens, Adell)
6 AM: America's Clown
6:30: Sonshinny Day
7 AM: America's Clown
7:30: Infomercial
8 AM: Kidzone
9 AM: Infomercials
12 PM: USWA Wrestling
1:30: Infomercial
2 PM: Movie "Time Lock" (1957)
3:30: World News Report
4 PM: Infomercial
4:30: NASCAR Winston Cup Weekly
5 PM: Infomercials
6 PM: TV-2 Eyewitness News (repeat from WJBK at 5 PM)
6:30: Infomercials
10 PM: Jack Van Impe
10:30: Peter Popoff
11 PM: Infomercials
12 AM: Shop at Home

WKBD (UPN 50 Detroit, Viacom)
6 AM: For My People
7 AM: Bill Nye The Science Guy
7:30: Mutant League
8 AM: Animaniacs
8:30: Power Rangers
9 AM: Eek! Stravaganza
9:30: Batman and Robin
10 AM: Spiderman
10:30: The Tick
11 AM: X-Men
11:30: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
12 PM: Star Search (Doug E. Fresh)
1 PM: Movie "The Warriors" (1979) (Michael Beck)
3 PM: Major League Baseball: Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox (Tigers win 11-2)
6 PM: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
7 PM: Married with Children
8 PM: Movie "The Beguiled" (1971) (Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman)
10 PM: The Ten O'Clock News
10:30: Court TV: Inside America's Courts
11 PM: Movie "Melvin and Howard" (1980) (Paul LeMat, Jason Roberts)
1 AM: WWF Wrestling Challenge
2 AM: American Gladiators
3 AM: Star Search
4 AM: Little House on the Prairie "The Election"
5 AM: The Ten O'Clock News (repeat from 10 PM)
5:30: Business

WTVS (PBS 56 Detroit, Detroit Educational TV Foundation)
6 AM: Humanities
6:30: West Tradition
7 AM: Read, Write
8 AM: Discovering Michigan
8:30: Michigan Magazine
9 AM: Wood Doctor
9:30: Hometime (suite)
10 AM: This Old House
10:30: Old Yankee Workshop
11 AM: Michigan Out-Of-Doors
11:30: Golfing
12 PM: Sportsman
12:30: Great Lakes
1 PM: Sewing
1:30: The Joy of Painting (Bob Ross)
2 PM: Gourmet
2:30: Cucina
3 PM: Graham Kerr
3:30: Kitchen
4 PM: I'll Fly Away "Commencement"
5 PM: Victory Garden
5:30: Previews
6 PM: Great Lakes
6:30: Michigan
7 PM: National Geographic on Assignment "The Life and Legend of Jane Goodall"
8 PM: The Lawrence Welk Show "Illinois Show"
9 PM: America's Great National Parks "The Story of Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)"
10 PM: Costal Naturalist
10:30: Eyewitness "Dinosaur"
11 PM: Austin City Limits
12 AM: Mystery "Prime Suspect 2"
1 AM: Rumpole of the Bailey
sign off at 2 AM

WGPR (CBS 62 Detroit, International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, sale to CBS and call letter change to WWJ pending)
6 AM: World of Faith
6:30: Solomon's Temple
7 AM: Winning Ways
7:30: Key's Kids
8 AM: The Little Mermaid
8:30: Beethoven
9 AM: Aladdin
9:30: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
10 AM: Garfield and Friends
11 AM: WildCATs
11:30: Skeleton Warriors
12 PM: Beakman's World
12:30: CBS Storybreak
1 PM: Pro Beach Volleyball
2 PM: Sports Show (NASCAR Super Trucks series from Milwaukee)
4 PM: PGA Golf: Saint Jude Classic (third round)
6 PM: Golf Applied Tech.
6:30: CBS Evening News (Bob Schieffer)
7 PM: Robin's Hoods "To Heir Is Human"
8 PM: Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman (guest stars Lloyd Bochner, Nicholas Pryor) (repeat)
10 PM: Walker Texas Ranger (Elleen Brennan) (repeat)
11 PM: University Hospital "Til Death Do Us Part"
12 AM: Richard Bey
1 AM: A Current Affair Extra
2 AM: Night Heat
3 AM: Movie "The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood" (1984) (George Segal, Morgan Fairchild)
5 AM: 2 Stupid Dogs
5:30: SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron

EDIT 3/29/2019: Added the network newscast anchors courtesy Vanderbilt TV News Archive.
Last edited by mtburb on Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:48 pm, edited 1 time in total.


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Re: Detroit OTA schedule for 7/1/1995

Post by sfpcc » Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:06 pm

]WADL (Independent 38 Mount Clemens)
6 AM: America's Clown
6:30: Sonshinny Day


Does anyone out there know what exactly was America's Clown? It sound like a clown who was big in the 70's or 80's who has just stayed around too long, (maybe a little like Krusty.)



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Re: Detroit OTA schedule for 7/1/1995

Post by mtburb » Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:50 pm

sfpcc wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:06 pm
]WADL (Independent 38 Mount Clemens)
6 AM: America's Clown
6:30: Sonshinny Day


Does anyone out there know what exactly was America's Clown? It sound like a clown who was big in the 70's or 80's who has just stayed around too long, (maybe a little like Krusty.)
Probably, from all of what I know, just one of the super-cheap programs WADL was airing during the 90's.


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Re: Detroit OTA schedule for 7/1/1995

Post by sfpcc » Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:28 am

Back then their seemed to be a lot of syndicated action shows or dramas on the schedule, most of which are forgotten:

Babylon 5 (okay that show kind of has a following)
Forever Knight (which was a good show that was a kind like Angel before Angel)
Sirens
Vanishing Son
Robin's Hoods
University Hospital
High Tide
What's kind of sad is that I remember most of these shows.



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Re: Detroit OTA schedule for 7/1/1995

Post by sfpcc » Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:37 pm

[quote=sfpcc post_id=568995 time=1553920103 user_id=4168]
Back then their seemed to be a lot of syndicated action shows or dramas on the schedule, most of which are forgotten:

Babylon 5 (okay that show kind of has a following)
Forever Knight (which was a good show that was kind like Angel before Angel)
Sirens
Vanishing Son
Robin's Hoods
University Hospital
High Tide
What's kind of sad is that I remember most of these shows.
[/quote]



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Re: Detroit OTA schedule for 7/1/1995

Post by RingtailedFox » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:24 am

I loved watching cartoons back in the late 1980s and 1990s.... man, that was a wonderful era for animation.. he-man, the raccoons, eek! the cat, ducktales, iron man, reboot... ohh man, i miss when 62 aired Swat Kats! that show kicked ass... too much ass, actually, as it got cancelled for being "too violent" and "too intense for kids"... that and Ted Turner's wife (Jane Fonda) didn't like the show... isn't that always the way, that the best shows never last long? :p

I agree that a subchannel showing classic cartoons (i suppose for me, that would be 1980-2000) like that could, and likely would be quite popular and successful. I know Me-TV had a H*** saturday morning block of cartoons from the 1950s and 1960s (mostly older MGM stuff like Mr. Magoo)... Luken Communications' PB&J subchannel only lasted a few years and was only available here and there, but definitely not everywhere... the downside is, most programming from 1980-2000 is fondly remembered, and thus, the broadcast rights are either extremely expensive, or outright unavailable (since the current owners might want to put them on their own cable networks or streaming platforms)... c'est la vie...


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Re: Detroit OTA schedule for 7/1/1995

Post by windsor » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:59 pm

Your right with what your saying about ownership rights and all.....but I still dont know what the owners are waiting for not showing some of these great cartoons??? If they wait too long will anyone care about them when they are released around 2040....lol.


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