Saturday, April 21, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard – Pancho & Lefty

Carlene Carter – I Fell In Love 

Rick Springfield – Jessie's Girl

Peter Wolf – Lights Out

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Special Delivery – Robin & Harvey Interviews

Double Dare – Pilot Clips (1986)

Double Dare’s John Harvey Interview

Double Dare’s Robin Russo Interview

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

Timbuk 3 – The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

Roxette – Listen to Your Heart

Prince – Raspberry Beret  

Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens – Street of Bakersfield

Stray Cats – Stray Cat Strut 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Classic Nick Thur. – Matt & Jenny

 Matt and Jenny on the Wilderness Trail 1850 was better known to American audiences as simply, Matt and Jenny when it aired on Nickelodeon in the early 1980’s.

In the first episode we meet newly orphaned Matt and Jenny Tanner who have just learned that their mother has died from typhoid fever while immigrating from Bristol, England. Deciding to jump ship at the next port the Tanners are aided by a young man on the ship, but trouble ensues when they are mistaken for thieves and make a run for it.

While on the run they, quite literally, run into Mr. Adam Cardston, the gentlemen from the ship who had tried to save their mother. Mr. Cardston feels responsible for the children and decides to help them find their Uncle Bill Tanner who had arrived in Canada about five years before Matt and Jenny had. Along the way they meet a kind stranger named Kit who is a bit of a wanderer.

After trouble breaks out at the abandoned Tanner Farm Kit and Mr. Cardston decide to help Matt and Jenny look for family vowing that one, or both of them, would be with them at all times. The children agree, and together they set out to find their family.

Filmed mainly at the Toronto International Studios lot at Kleinburg, Ontario viewers are taken back to 1850’s Canada with it’s beautiful scenery. Matt and Jenny helps us all to remember to value our families whether they are near or far and is a lesson that that we should all keep very close to our hearts especially in today’s troubling world.

Megan Follows – Jenny
Neil Dainard – Adam Cardston
Duncan Regehr – Kit

Created by – William Davidson
Directed by РJoseph L. Scanlan, Ren̩ Bonni̬re, & Francis Chapman
Theme music composer – Ron Harrison
Country of origin – Canada
Executive producer(s) –   Ralph C. Ellis
David Gideon Thompson for Polytel Film Ltd.
Producer(s) – William Davidson
Original release – October 21, 1979 – 1980

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) – Rock n' Roll Is King

Wall of Voodoo – Mexican Radio 

A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)

Tracey Ullman – You Broke My Heart (In 17 Places)

Journey – Separate Ways

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Special Delivery

Blue's Adventure

Inside the Factory Where Robotic Dinosaurs Come to Life

Nickelodeon Takes Over Your School – News Coverage

Original 1990 Tour Videos from Nickelodeon Studios | The Splat

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy 39th Anniversary Nickelodeon

On April 1, 1979 the Pinwheel Channel re-launched as Nickelodeon, the first Network for kids. Thirty-Nine years later and Nickelodeon is still with us howbeit completely different from it’s humble beginnings. So, come join in the fun as we celebrate our Nickelodeon and hopefully next year, we we’ll all be celebrating Nickelodeon 40th Anniversary together at the first ever Nickelodeon Fan Convention.

Nickelodeon 1981 Promo

Video Comics


Hocus Focus

Dusty’s Treehouse

Vegetable Soup

Today’s Special

The Adventures of Black Beauty (S1 E1)

The Adventures of Black Beauty (S2 E1)

The New Adventures of Black Beauty (Picks up with Jenny from S2)

Matt and Jenny

Adventures in Rainbow Country

First Row Features (Opening Credits)

Nickelodeon ad with Fred Newman (1983)

The Third Eye – Under the Mountain

What Will They Think Of Next (Science International)

You Can’t Do That On Television

The Tomorrow People

Against the Odds

Kids’ Writes

Belle & Sebastian

Adventures of the Little Prince

Danger Mouse

Double Dare

Nick Rocks: Video To Go

Out Of Control – Dave Coulier vs. Fred Newman

Standby... Lights! Camera! Action!

Mr. Wizard's World

Count Duckula

Dave the Gnome

Maya the Bee

Hey Dude Outtakes 1989

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Don't Just Sit There - 1989 (The Health Show)

Nick at Nite "Promo Feed" (January 1, 1990)

UFO Kidnapped

Livewire & Commercials

Columbus & America Goes Bananaz

The Monkees at 50

Nick Rocks Closing, Commercials, And Bumpers (October 31, 1986)

Saturday, March 31, 2018

In Search of Saturday

Welcome to “In Search of Saturdays" an advertising space I’ve designed to help our members find those long-lost movies, cartoons, TV shows, toys, games and anything else that we’ve all been looking for, for a very long time.

The instructions are simple. Post your personal “looking for” list in the comments and we’ll all see if we can help you find what you’re looking for. - This will be a group effort please.

If you can’t remember the name of a show or toy that’s alright, post what you can remember and maybe someone here will be able to tell you what it is. Also, please remember that if you are listing television shows or movies please let us know if you are looking to purchase these shows or if you just want to watch them online. Then we, the members of the group, will help try to help each other and go “in search of” those items for our fellow members.

A good place to start our searches is iOffer which, in my opinion, is better than eBay because you can find lots of shows there that you can’t find anywhere else.

*** MY WANT LIST ***
This is a list of the Classic Nickelodeon programs that I’m looking for to purchase. Please note that I am a private collector who does not copy and resell my collection. The videos and DVDs that I collect are for my own private viewing here in my home or my Mother’s house where I originally watched them. If you have any of these and would like to sell me copies – for my private viewing – please contact me at Also, IF YOU CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL PLEASE PUT THE NAME OF THE SHOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE. Thank you.

Muppets Magazine 1982
People Magazine – no date available – Marc Summers’ car accident article
Any '80’s women’s or children’s magazines
Early to Mid-1980’s TV Guides

Dusty's Treehouse
Hocus Focus
Nick Rocks Video to Go
Pinwheel (Other than what is currently on youtube.)
Spread Your Wings
Standby...Lights! Camera! Action!
Studio See

The Adventures of the Mole
Bunny in the Suitcase
Emily (my favorite)
Hattytown Tales
Magic Coco
The Magic Roundabout

Beware, Beware My Beauty Fair
Clarence & The Ottaway (staring Billy Hufsey)
Kids’ Writes (other than the 6 episodes on youtube)
Silver City (The Righteous Apples special)

Classic Nick Rocks

Whitney Houston – So Emotional

Phil Collins – Something Happened On The Way To Heaven

R.E.M. – Stand

The Cars – Drive 

Straight Company – Taff Zali

Sunday, March 25, 2018


Look who me and Mamma ran into today at Walmart, it’s Mr. Horatio Knibbles’ distant cousin Hoppy! How cute is he?! Check out Mr. Knibbles’ video on my last Special Delivery!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Classic Nick Rocks

The Go Go's – Head Over Heels

The Jets – Crush on You

Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue 

Fandango – Autos, Moda y Rock and Roll (concert)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Special Delivery – Easter

The Easter Bunny is Comin' to Town

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

A Family Circus Easter

The Berenstain Bears' Easter Surprise

Mr. Horatio Knibbles - In Seven parts

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