I've been on the info boards for quite a while now, but only recently started exploring this particular board. It's quickly becoming one of my favorites.
I wasn't going to resurrect this thread, until I saw the post about the Elmira cable system. I grew up in Bath, NY in the 1980s. Here is the lineup offered to subscribers of Bath Television and Service Co-op Inc. at that time.
2. WENY, Elmira (ABC)
3. WETM Elmira (NBC)
4. WIVB Buffalo (CBS)
5. WPIX New York (Ind)
6. WOR New York (Ind)
7. WKBW Buffalo (ABC)
8. WROC Rochester (NBC)
9. WSKG Binghamton (PBS)
(The signal was actually taken from a local translator, W60AD) Before that, the company attempted to receive NET/PBS programming from WXXI in Rochester, but reception was always problematic.
10. WHEC Rochester (CBS)
12. WNEW New York (Ind)
In addition, one could also pay extra for HBO. In that case, you were issued a special set top box with push buttons for channels 14 to 22. HBO was on 22, while all other channels were blank. Clearly, they had plans for expanded offerings, eventually. Later, Cinemax appeard on channel 21, and The Disney Channel on 20. The rest of the slots would remain empty until 1988 when they were filled with the following:
18. USA Network
19. Public Access (with audio from the local radio station, WVIN)
This was the second attempt by Bath TV to put TNN on the system. In 1986, they removed WIVB from the lineup, citing OTA reception issues. TNN was its replacement. There was such an outcry over this change, however, that WIVB was put back on the system after a very short time. Eventually, though, WIVB was taken off the system in the early 90s, and replaced by the CBN Family Channel. Again, there were protests, but the management at Bath TV made it quite clear that they were standing firm this time around.
As time passed, other out-of-market network affiliates would be dropped to make room for more cable offerings. This continued right up until Bath TV sold out to Time Warner in 2004. They were the last system in the area to sell out, I believe.
I'm always looking to learn more about local broadcast history. I am extremely curious as to what the cable lineup in Bath, NY looked like before 1980 (which I am assuming was the year both ESPN and CNN were added). What stations were sacrificed to make room for these new offerings? I was told by a relative several years ago that WOKR (13, Rochester, ABC) was carried in Bath at one point, but I never got confirmation of this.
If anyone has any ideas as to where I could find an old channel guide/listing for this system, please post your suggestions here.