Saturday, March 17, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

Take Two. Sorry for the other post guys!

The T-Birds – Prowlin’

Buster Poindexter – Hot, Hot, Hot

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen 

Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie

Roxette – It Must Have Been Love

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Classic Nick Thur. – Children's Programming Without Commercials

Children’s Programming Without Commercials

By Les Brown | March 4, 1979 | ARCHIVES | 1979

The new network does not go by initials but by the name Nickelodeon. Since it carries no advertising, it is liberated from the tyranny of audience headcounts. Instead of being designed by specialists in the art of riveting the great mass of viewers to the set, its programming is assembled by an authority in children's education, Dr. Vivian Homer, who helped develop “The Electric Company” for the Children's Television Workshop.

Programs carried by Nickelodeon, a channel for children, are intended to be more edifying than run‐of‐the‐mine children's shows. The channel tries to be nonviolent, nonsexist, nonracist and nonpropogandistic. Its fare is a mix of foreign animations, vintage movie serials, films produced for the school market, short informational pieces, read‐aloud comic book presentations, music and teenage forums.

Who created this utopian service? Not a philanthropic foundation but the entertainment conglomerate, Warner Communications. Nickelodeon was developed over the past year at Warner's experimental two‐way cable installation, known as QUBE, in Columbus, Ohio. Packaged into a 13‐houra‐day service, the programs are to be distributed to cable systems nationally, beginning April 1, by satellite. Even without commercials or direct subscription fees to consumers, Warner expects the venture to make money.

Revenues will come from the cable systems that carry the network, each paying 10 cents a month for every household reached. A dime a month may seem paltry, but as Warner executive observed, “Ma Bell built an empire on the 5‐cent phone call.” Initially, Nickelodeon will reach 500,000 households, with the number expected to treble in a year and to expand steadily thereafter. For the cable systems paying the fee, Nickelodeon represents a loss leader — a giveaway likely to attract additional customers. As new subscribers sign up for cable television at $7 to $10 a month, the Nickelodeon revenues grow. With 10 million subscribers, the, Nickelodeon dimes will add up to $1 million monthly.

“Cable operators see this as an opportunity to be the good guys in comparison with commercial broadcasters.” said John Lack, president of Warner Cable. That idea implicit in the headline on the Nickelodeon brochure: “At Last. Children's Programming That's Fit For Children.”

An Electronic Sandbox
Dr. Horner explained the Nickelodeon philosophy: “We are trying to make it be not‐television, different from commercial or public television. And much of it will be — pardon the expression — good for them. The object is not to compete with the commercial networks but to provide an alternative. We're not trying to sell the kids anything. We're paid in advance for what we provide, and so we're not motivated the same as other television programmers.”

“This doesn't look at all like television fare.” Dr. Horner noted. “The pace is different, slower, gentler. There is none of the bang‐bang‐bang that the commercial people think necessary to catch and hold attention. The programming made up of varied materials of varying lengths, so that none of it begins or ends on the hour. I think of it as an electronic sandbox the kids can come to whenever they wish.”

For children between age 7 and the teens, the fare mostly films from the Bernice Coe collection of quality films for television and from Xerox, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Macmillan and other companies producing for schools.

Bridging the age groups are old movie cliffhangers. such as the Tom Mix and Rin Tin Tin serials, and a new television form billed as Video Comic Books, in which the dialogue balloons are read by off‐screen actors. ‘'I think of it as a kind supported reading activity, without making any educational claims for it,” Dr. Horner remarked.

Nickelodeon's big, original production is a daily teenage program, “America Goes Bananaz.” This is a youth version of the talk‐variety programs typified by “The Mike Douglas Show,” with disco music and guest‐star spots girding the “rap sessions,” or dialogues, on teenage issues. “This program has some conventional TV concepts,” Dr. Horner conceded. “but the difference is that it cares about kids and their concerns, without playing down to them.”

Whatever the merits of the particular programs, the Nickelodeon concept elevates children's television from the programming ghettos to which it has been consiened by the networks and also insulates it from the cynicism (If commercial impresarios.

To the extent that television is a babysitter, the least that may be said for Nickelodeon is that its attitude more positive, and its approach more responsible, than those of the alternative electronic nannies.

Nickelodeon is not the first venture of its kind but only the most ambitious. Last September, UA‐Columbia Cablevision, in partner‐ship with Learning Corporation of America, began „ending out a weekly children's film senes, “Calliope,” for about 2 cents a subscriber. Programs have included “The Mime of Marcel Marceau” and “Ballet With Edward Villella. “Sent out as an added service to the sports events on UAColumbia's Madison Square Garden cable network, “Calliope” is received in about 850,000 households, according Kay Koplovitz, manager of the miniature network. “Our concept.” she said, “is not to provide programming in bulk but rather the best children's films available. There aren't many of them that we could fill up a channel all day, every day of the week.”

Still to come in the cable‐television sweepstakes is a new family‐entertainment channel, laden with children's programming, from Home Box Office, largest of the pay‐television networks.

In cable, as in commercial television, children's programming is growing hotly competitive. The difference is that the race is along the high road rather than the low.

A version of this archives appears in print on March 4, 1979, on Page E20 of the New York edition with the headline: Children's Programming Without Commercials. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

Bruce Springsteen – Glory Days

Naked Eyes – Always Something There to Remind Me

Deniece Williams – Let's Hear It for the Boy 

Lipps. Inc. – Funky Town

Phil Collins – You Can't Hurry Love

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

a-ha – Take On Me

Paul Young – Some People

Sheena Easton – Telephone (Long Distance Love Affair)

Cheap Trick – The Flame

Doug Stone – Jukebox With A Country Song

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Classic Nick Wed. – Don’t Just Sit There Fan Interview

After posting the Double Dare fan interviews on the last Classic Nick Wednesday a friend and fellow Classic Nickelodeon fan contacted me and told me about the time he and his brother visited the television talk show “Don’t Just Sit There.” At this time, I would like to say a very special that you to my friend Mike Keller and dedicate this blog post to the memory of his brother. 

Don't Just Sit There – Fan Interview

Your Name:

Were you a contestant or an audience member?
Audience Member

Did you have to fill out an application? If so, do you remember any of the questions?
Not that I can remember, I do remember having to sign a release form

Did the show require you to be a certain age to participate?
Again, not that I can recall, I was in second grade at the time, so I don't think so

Did you get to officially meet any of the hosts? If so what were they like?
No unfortunately we did not, I was very excited and impressed just being there though haha

How did it feel walking into the studio for the first time? Had you been there before?
Never been to anything like that before, it was very exciting for me

What is your best memory of being there?
Just everything about it, I was already a fan of the show and watched it regularly, the episode we were there for had Scott Baio as the guest and my brother and I both liked Charles In Charge so that was cool. I had also been a huge music fan since I was very young, was just starting up drums at that time, and I thought the band on the show was very cool as well, I liked that they were all teenagers, made it seem possible to me even at that age ha.

Do you have any behind the scenes stories you can share with us?
Not particularly, before we went into the studio we were in another room where a Nickelodeon staff member basically gave us the rundown of everything, she also guided us in how to react when the show was being taped.

Any last thoughts?
It was a fun experience and I remember when the show finally hit the air I was shown twice so that was VERY cool haha, thanks for letting me do this, 80's Nick forever!!!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star

Behind The Scenes - Video Killed The Radio Star (The Buggles)

Steve Winwood – Roll With It Baby

Donna Summer – Last Dance

Huey Lewis & the News – Hip to Be Square

INXS – Need You Tonight

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Special Delivery – Nikkolina & Driving Miss Daisy

A little girl grows closer to her family as she learns about her Greek heritage.


Driving Miss Daisy
Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, a 2010 hit on Broadway, comes to television with five-time Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award® nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award® winner James Earl Jones as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, respectively. Actor Boyd Gaines (a four-time Tony Award winner) reprises his Broadway role as Boolie Werthan.

Directed for the stage by David Esbjornson, the production was recorded in Australia at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne. Uhry’s classic play is a timeless, searing, funny, and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America, told through the complex relationship between two of popular culture’s most enduring characters. When Daisy Werthan, a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son hires Hoke Colburn, an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing, soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them. Their iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions worldwide. Learn more about the production and performers.

Please click this link to watch the video. Thank you. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

The Honeydrippers – Good Rockin' At Midnight

Def Leppard – Hysteria

Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight

The Moody Blues – Your Wildest Dreams

Ice House – Electric Blue

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Classic Nick Wed – Double Dare Fan Interviews

Your Name?

Were you a contestant or an audience member?
I was an audience member.

Did you have to fill out an application? If so, do you remember any of the questions?
I don't remember having to fill out anything, though having been only 8 years old at the time, I'm not sure if my parents had to fill out anything or not.

Did the show require you to be a certain age to participate?
I don't think there were age restrictions on audience members, but I think you had to be at least 8 or 9 to be on the show.

Did you get to officially meet Marc Summers? If so what was he like?
I did manage to have a few words with Marc during one of the commercials. He was friendly and down to earth. Also, I don't know if this counts for anything, but I had a direct, one to one phone call with him back in 2010.

How did it feel walking into the studio for the first time? Had you been there before?
Walking into the studio was a surreal, magical experience. I had never been there before.

What is your best memory of being there?
My best memory of being there, besides talking to Marc, was watching the father from the Reilly team get his bald head almost completely covered in a white, batter-like substance, and watching Pick-It sneeze.

Do you have any behind the scenes stories you can share with us?
As only an audience member and not a contestant, I can't really say anything about what goes on behind the scenes.

Any last thoughts?
I do get a tremendous feeling of nostalgia from watching any version of this show, but most especially shows that were taped in Philly, since I've always lived only about 10 miles away from the WHYY studios.

Going back to question five, tell us about this phone call you had with Marc? How is it that you got to talk to him?
Well, I had always hoped to meet him on a more personal level than the fleeting encounter I had with him on the show, since he was one of my most favorite TV people growing up. So, anyway, back when I turned 30, my mom wanted to do something special for my birthday, and she got the idea to try to track down Marc (he was actually in the phone book, believe it or not) and have him as a surprise guest for the big party we had. Unfortunately, with him being very busy with his Food Network show at that time, he wasn't quite able to fulfill that wish, but he did call me on my birthday, and we talked for about 20 minutes. I told him how DD was still something I loved after so many years and told him that I had been to a taping of FDD in 1988, though I don't think he specifically remembered exactly who I was. I also told him about my other game show passion, The Price Is Right, and he mentioned that, back in the early and/or mid-70s, he had been a page or done some type of entry level work behind the scenes for that show.

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Your Name:
Stephanie a contestant my last name was Gonzales

Were you a contestant or an audience member?

Did you have to fill out an application? If so, do you remember any of the questions?
No application, but we did go through this "interview process" along with other candidates.

Some of the questions: what President head is on the penny? How many crayons in a box of 16 count Crayola crayons (seriously that was the question). I can't remember some of the others🤔

Did the show require you to be a certain age to participate?
Yes, 13 was the age.

Did you get to officially meet Marc Summers? If so what was he like?
Just when he first came on the set when we were pre-recording. He came out and action was called, something happened during sound check and he was not happy😐 he threw the mic and told the crew to get it together before he walks out again, kind of weird but after all was set he was happy-go lucky.

How did it feel walking into the studio for the first time? Had you been there before?
Walking into studio was a DREAM come true, actually it was amazing when they handed us the famous tees and Reeboks (I wanted the British Knights). We had never been to the set, there were 11 of us on a family vacation, and when we went through the tour they were showing some potential new obstacles and physical challenges, then that is when they finally asked and announced to everybody that was on the studio tour that they were looking for contestants to film the next day. They were going to hold tryouts the very next day, contestants had to be related because they were shooting for a Celebrity Family Double Dare segment. My cousin and I fit the criteria, so we went ahead and signed up.

What is your best memory of being there?
When they were asking us the interview questions, I remember telling my cousin that we just had to keep smiling no matter what. We had the biggest cheesiest smiles the entire time when they were asking us questions.

Do you have any behind the scenes stories you can share with us?
Apparently, they were expecting 2 celebrities for each team and they ended up asking if there was another family member that could join because they were down to only one celebrity per team, good thing my uncle came to the rescue. Another thing was that all that slime was made of applesauce that had coloring added to it, pretty much everything was edible.

Any last thoughts?
I wish there could be a Double Dare traveling tour haha, Across the state of Texas with a stop in San Antonio at my school campus where I teach.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

Tiffany – I Think We're Alone Now

Billy Joel – Uptown Girl

Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Diamond Rio – Meet in The Middle

Michael Jackson – Bad (long version)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

NickCon 2019 Update

For me this has been a VERY, VERY long road but it will be well worth it when we are finally able to bring my dream into fruition. Now, with that, I have bad news, and then I have better news so here we go.

When we last saw our heroin she has just missed a call from her contact at Nickelodeon legal department. Not being discouraged she (I) called back the next day and…got a busy signal. Naturally. But the woman called me back and said that Nickelodeon does not endorse fan gatherings of any kind therefore they will not allow us to use the Double Dare set for our NickCon event. Very sad indeed. For as big as they are you’d think that they would be happy that SOMEONE out there in the world remembers them before they were even Nickelodeon, and they said they did but still won’t let us use the Double Dare set.

My next question to her was, do you have a problem if we asked Marc Summers to come down by himself without the Double Dare set? She said that he was free to make that decision on his own but still they will not endorse our event.

When I contacted Mr. Bush, President of the Altus Chamber of Commerce with that news he too was discouraged however after a few emails we have decided that we do not want this event to die off just because Nickelodeon will not support us. He also said that he is going to start looking at upcoming dates and locations for the event!

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are approaching the fuse! – In other words, we are about to take our first steps to really getting this thing off the ground!

Now, before we all go running around like chickens with our heads cut off in sheer joy (and for me that’s very hard right now) let’s take a moment to breath. There is still a lot of work to be done and I have not asked Marc if he would be like to, or if he would be available to, come because I wanted to talk to Brian (Bush) about it first.

At the moment of this posting the following guests have agreed to attend, they are just waiting on dates:

Marty Schiff, Out of Control
George James, Pinwheel
Patricia, from Old School Lane
Scott and Adam, from The Orange Years (hopefully they will be available)
Matthew Klickstein (hopefully he will be available)

Other guests are being discussed but we will have to wait and see.

So, for now, that’s what’s going on. Needless to say, I am very excited but I’m still trying to keep my head glued on. I’m very happy and thankful to Brian for sitting down with me and listening to this idea and I’m very thankful to have him helping me with it. If any of you would like to thank him, please post your comments and I will make sure that he sees them.

Again, say a prayer for us and let’s do this!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

Dan Seals – Bop

Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately

The Whispers – Rock Steady

Rum Tum Tugger Music Video (Terrence Mann)

Fat Albert Rap Theme

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Classic Nick Wed. – Sightings

Today’s Classic Nickelodeon Wednesday is a bit different. For the last few months I’ve had a few Classic Nickelodeon sightings and I wanted to share them with you. Hope you enjoy them. 

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As I was cleaning out my spare bedroom I found an old 16 Magazine from 1985. As I flipped through it I found the address page and low and behold, I found an address to write to Alasdair Gillis from You Can’t Do That On Television! 

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Before Tomorrow People fans knew Trevor Bannister as “Colonel Masters” he was already well known on the hit television series Are You Being Served? Where he played “Mr. Lucas” Here he is with fellow co-star John Inman preforming “Mammy.” Who knew the Colonel was so well coordinated? 

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Curious George has been around for a long time and if you watched Pinwheel in the ‘80’s then chances are you saw George as a Pinwheel Cartoon. In October I happened to notice this sign in the electronics department in Walmart. George is such a cutie! 

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Last Friday while I was out of town for a doctor's appointment I took a stole through Target and noticed this guy on one of the 4-way shelves in the electronics department. 

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'90's kids may remember the night Nickelodeon aired Puf-a-Palooza, an all night marathon of the wold and crazy worlds of Sid and Marty Krofft. While going through some old newspapers I ran across this article about H.R. Pufnstuf appearing on the Nickelodeon show Mutt & Stuff.

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About two weeks ago while I was in Walmart I happen to look over at the TVs by the door and noticed they were showing Hey Arnold. How could I NOT take a picture of that?! 

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As you all know, Paddington Bear aired during Pinwheel making it a Pinwheel Cartoon as I like to call them. While I was in the dollar store I happened to notice this DVD set of Paddington Bear DVD. 

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What's Nickelodeon without Slim?! Personally I prefer the real stuff, as seen on You Can't Do That On Television, but for today's modern kids who's never seen the show this will have to do. Still, it does look fun don't cha' think? 

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So, you’re probably asking what does a unicorn in a pen have to do with Nickelodeon right? Three Nickelodeon Special Deliveries, namely, Alex and the Wonderful “Doo Wah” Lamp, Big Apple Birthday and The Stowaway where part of a two volume VHS anthology series collectively known as Unicorn Tales. In the opening title of the videos is a unicorn in a pen kicks the fence then jumps over it and runs away. Here is the coloring book and a screenshot of Unicorn Tales.