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Broadcast/Cable TV History - 1960s

1960-07-18 Channel 12 signed on in Tijuana.

1960-10-01 The Christian Broadcasting Network was born, it was not yet on satellite.

1962-09-11 Channel 24 (public) signed on in San Bernadino.

1962-09-30 Channel 34 signed on in Los Angeles.

1964-03-16 Channel 12 signed on in Santa Maria.

1964-03-21 Channel 22 signed on in Los Angeles.

1964-09-28 Channel 28 (public) signed on in Los Angeles.

1965-00-00 WOR-TV channel 9 was sent on microwave, date unknown. Syracuse, New York-based Eastern Microwave, Inc. began distributing WOR-TV to cable subscribers via microwave to cable systems in areas around New York City.

1965-00-00 Telemation, Inc. delivers a 24-hour Associated Press news channel (alpha-numeric) as a service to cable viewers.

1965-11-14 Channel 39 signed on in San Diego.

1966-06-29 Channel 52 signed on in Los Angeles.

1967-01-05 Channel 40 signed on in Los Angeles.

1967-05-01 The Overmyer Network signed on.

1967-06-01 The Overmyer Network signed off.

1967-06-25 Channel 15 (public) signed on in San Diego.

1967-06-12 Channel 39 San Diego went dark.

1967-09-01 WJRJ-TV channel 17 (the future world famous WTBS) signed on in Atlanta, Georgia.

1968-02-02 Channel 39 San Diego returned to the air.

1968-10-05 Channel 42 signed on in Palm Springs.

1968-10-26 Channel 36 signed on in Palm Springs.

1969-04-00 Manhattan Cable Television (airing briefly sometime in the Spring of 1969) aired closed-circuit post-season telecasts of the Knicks basketball and the Rangers hockey teams.

1969-10-15 Manhattan Cable Television began its distribution service of its New York sports broadcasts to nearby cable operators in the region. It didn't have a name for the first two years but was referred to as Manhattan Cable during the network's first two years. In 1971, it became the Madison Square Garden Sports Network, or MSG Network. It was distributed via microwaves.

1969-10-16 Channel 30 San Bernadino signed on.

1969-12-10 Ted Turner's company, Turner Communications Company, was given the FCC approval to purchase WJRJ-TV.

Cable History Highlights For This Year Range

In 1961, TelePrompTer's Irving B. Kahn and Hubert J. Schlafly demonstrate Key TV, an early pay TV concept, during the second Patterson-Johansson heavyweight boxing fight.

In 1961, One of the first heavyweight boxing fights carried on a cable system is the Floyd Patterson-Ingamer Johannson event on March 12. It is offered at no cost to all customers in TelePrompTer's recently purchased Elmira, New York system. For customers who don't have cable, but sign up for installation, the fight is also shown at the local theater on a big screen projector. New York Telephone reluctantly agrees to allow the event, in spite of the pole contract terms that state "no Pay TV," because the event is free.

Source: The Cable Center website: Cable History Timeline: http://www.cablecenter.org/resources/exhibits/cable-history-timeline.html

Lineups as of the end of the year

San Diego/Tijuana TV

6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 39

Los Anglees TV

2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 22, 28, 34, 40, 52

Other Area TV

3 (Santa Barbara), 6 (San Luis Obispo), 12 (Santa Maria), 24 (San Bernadino), 30 (San Bernadino), 36 (Palm Springs), 42 (Palm Springs),

Satellite TV (for the consumer end of the cable system)

none yet
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