Saturday, February 5, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week #6: Radio and Television

This is the sixth challenge in a weekly series from GeneaBloggers called 52 weeks of personal genealogy history.

Week 6: Radio and Television. What was your favorite radio or television show from your childhood? What was the program about and who was in it?

My earliest TV memories are of some of the shows in the 60's and I remember the transition from black & white to color TV. We didn't have cable, so just had the 3 networks, PBS, and a couple of independent stations that mainly showed old movies.

When I was in grade school, I discovered The Monkees. Who was in it? Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork and no, I didn't have to look that up! What was it about? Four guys running around in zany situations and occasionally singing a song. Great fun!

Saturday morning was cartoon day. My favorite was Looney Tunes, but we also watched Bullwinkle, The Pink Panther, Scooby Doo, Penelope Pitstop, The Jetsons, and many more.

In my teens, I discovered sci-fi and horror. I loved the reruns of The Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and The Alfred Hitchcock Show.  They reran the original Star Trek series every night around dinner time and my Dad, sister, and I used to watch it while eating dinner on TV trays much to my Mom's dismay!

Other favorite shows in the 70's were Happy Days, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All In The Family, The Carol Burnett Show, and Sonny and Cher. Hard to choose one favorite!

Radio wasn't playing the serials by the time I grew up, but my favorite program back then was Casey Kasem's Top 40 Countdown.


  1. I caught the Monkees when MTV did their revival and LOVED them! The show was awesome. I went to see them in concert twice with my mom and sister when they "came back". I still love listening to their music!

  2. I watched the revival on MTV too, partly to see if the show was as much fun as I remembered. I still loved it! Davy and Mickey did a tour in the late 70's and I saw them in a small club in Tallahassee. It was a childhood dream come true! :)