tjw Posted April 11, 2016 Report Share Posted April 11, 2016 A few years ago I wrote an article for my Lucy web site entitled “When is a Premiere Not a Premiere,” which dealt with the fact that back in 1951 there was at least one TV station (and possibly more) that showed I Love Lucy prior to its “official network premiere” on CBS on October 15, 1951. The experts all told me that such things occurred many times back in the early days of television, before all the network links were in place, etc. This morning, I stumbled on something similar that was happening as late as 1964 – when episodes of The Lucy Show were being shown on an independent station in Canada days before they aired on CBS here in the United States. Who knew? I found this information while thumbing through an old TV Guide for the week of April 25, 1964 – the “Lake Ontario Edition,” which reported the programming schedules for stations in the western New York area: Buffalo, Rochester, Erie (PA), etc. It also reports the lineups for independent CKCO-TV (Channel 13) in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada – just to the north of Lake Erie… CKCO-TV carried (presumably via 16mm film) the episode “Lucy Enters a Baking Contest” on Saturday evening, April 25, at 7:30PM, two days before the same show was telecast over the CBS Television Network on Monday evening at 8:30PM. The CBS version was shown over WBEN-TV (Channel 4) in Buffalo and WHEC-TV (Channel 10) in Rochester. I assume that the signal from neither of these two stations was strong enough to be received in the Kitchener community – hence, Desilu (or CBS) arranged for Channel 13 to carry the show on its own. I must also assume that there were other stations in Canada that made similar arrangements. I realize that this is not “earth shattering news,” but it is another eye-opener because we have always been trained to believe that a network program had its first-ever showing on the network in question – but that (obviously) was not necessarily true… Gosh, if we had all known each other back then -- Brock might have been the first of "our crowd" to see the weekly Lucys... (And here I thought people were moving north to avoid the draft!) 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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