August 1971, when I was almost 10, we first got cable-TV in
Vallejo, CA, at North Bay Cable Television...my memory's shot
but here goes what was there over the years (1971-79, more
We, too, had the Line A/Line B switch:
2A - KTVU Oakland (2, ind.)
2B - Local weather channel, consisting of a live B/W camera
panning several analog meters showing temp, humdity, etc.
3A - In 1977, "The G Channel," showing one "new" movie a few times a week
(a poor man's "premium" movie channel, but we did not pay extra for)
3B - KCRA, Sacramento (3, NBC)
4A - KRON, SFO (4, NBC)
4B - Local; mostly Vallejo City Council and PSA scrolls
5A - KPIX, SFO (5, CBS)
5B - Religion audio with local PSAs
6A - ?
6B - ?, I wanna say it was KGSC, San Jose (36, ind., now KICU)
7A - KGO, SFO (7, ABC)
7B - ?
8A - ?, I wanna say it was KEMO, SFO (20, ind., pre James Gabbert)
8B - KTXL, Sacto (40, ind.)
9A - KQED, SFO (9, PBS)
9B - ?
10A - KTSF, SFO (26, ind; watched Al Jazzbeaux Collins' morning
TV show in '79)
10B - KXTV, Sacto (10, CBS)
11A - KNTV, San Jose (11, ABC)
11B - KMUV, Sacto (31, Ind., all movies, then Spanish; later KRBK,
12A - ?
12B - mostly ?, but for a VERY short time, we had KHSL, Chico (12, CBS/ABC)
13A - KBHK, SFO (44, ind)
13B - KOVR, Stockton (13, ABC)
VERY BRIEFLY in the mid-1970s, we had a weakly-fed KFTY, Santa Rosa
(50, ind.) feed on 10A, before it went off for awhile. I remember seeing
Rod Sherry, former KPIX newsman, doing news for KFTY. By the time KFTY
returned to the airwaves, our family moved to Lodi in December 1979. When
we moved back to the North Bay in 1984, I was surprised to see Sherry was
And since we're talking retro, let's bring back the Saturday Night Bullfights
on Channel 36!