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  • #145001

    daniel anderson
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    i will add a few more..
    i do remember one time on “Hockey Night In Canada” when a nephew of a former Leafs player died during a pregame ceremony..CBC actually switched to the other game(i think it was Montreal and can’t remember the other team but it was a American team and the Habs were on the road i think it was the Blackhawks) after a while they decided to cancel the game in Toronto and CBC switched full time to the Habs game(that was the first time i think in a long time that CBC had done a Saturday night game from Chicago since the doubleheader started in 95)

    #145132

    Joseph_Gallant
    Participant

    Daniel Anderson asked me:

    (T)hat is interesting, Joseph that you were watching “Mike Douglas” while everyone else was watching “As The World Turns” when the first bulletins about JFK hit..makes me wonder if your mom didn’t like ATWT?

    My Mom was catching an afternoon nap, and back then, no self-respecting almost-eight-year-old boy would be caught dead watching “As The World Turns”.

    But it’s my understanding that “ATWT” was at or very near the top of the daytime ratings in 1963. If “ATWT” wasn’t number-one, “Password” (which followed it at 2 P.M. ET) probably was.

    CBS’s early-to-mid-afternoon lineup (“ATWT” at 1:30 ET, “Password” at 2 ET, and “Art Linkletter’s House Party” at 2:30 ET) was a powerful one-two-three punch in the ratings for much of the 1960’s.

    Had the first news of the Kennedy shooting moved on the wires after 2 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, my Mom would probably have been up and chances are, we would have been watching “Password” (since “Mike Douglas” ended at 2) and would have heard Walter Cronkite’s first voice-over bulletin.

    #148757

    daniel anderson
    Participant

    as far as the Challenger explosion: i was watching a game show when John Palmer, the newsreader on “The Today Show” broke in on the network with the bulletin. I  checked ABC and Steve Bell was on with a similar announcement. i kind of figured that CBS would break in and they did too. every channel was on the story so late in the afternoon, trying to find something that wasn’t Challenger related,  i checked the independent station, WAXA(we had two in Western NC) and i watched Eight is Enough instead. i wanted to get away from the tragic news so that’s what i watched instead. i even watched The Brady Bunch on WHNS(the other indie in the market) because i didn’t want to the the footage of Challenger blowing up anymore!

    #149082

    daniel anderson
    Participant

    On 9/11 i was watching a rerun of Little House on the Prairie. my mom was watching GMA. anyway shortly before 9:00 ABC broke into a commercial to report that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. i wasn’t aware of it, so i kept watching Little House. a few minutes later, my mom came back she told me that the second plane had hit. i was really upset at that point but i kept watching television then the unthinkable happened: both towers collapsed.  I put my head down near the TV in disbelief at what had happened. to this day it was one of the saddest breaking news events i’ve watched.

    #149201

    hgn2001
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    I had waited forever to be able to videotape episodes of THE TIME TUNNEL which were to start on September 10th, 2001 on the Sci-Fi Channel. So that Monday I taped the first episode. I think it aired 7a-8a in the East. And then on Tuesday, Sept. 11th, the second episode aired and I taped that.

    My wife was working intermittently at that time and was upstairs, still in bed with the TV on GOOD MORNING AMERICA. After taping, and then some computer time, I came up to take a shower and head to work. It was around 8:45 when the GMA anchors started talking about a fire in the World Trade Center. They quickly determined that it was a plane that hit the tower. I began to pay attention and watched for awhile when they broadcast live the second plane hitting the other tower, and that’s when everyone knew we were under attack.

    I quickly showered and headed off to work. The ABC affiliate in Philly was on channel six and I listened to their coverage on the FM radio in the car down at 87.7 FM. It was such a clear-blue-sky day that I actually looked East-North-East to see if I could see any of the smoke, but I never found a proper vantage point.

    As I traveled down the Lincoln Drive (memorialized in the Brian De Palma film BLOW OUT), the first tower collapsed. That was just devastating news. I arrived at my desk about ten minutes after that, where my small personal TV was already up and running by my co-workers. And we all watched stunned as the second tower fell, and then waited for news from both the Pentagon and Central Pennsylvania.

    No-one really was able to retain their composure for the rest of that morning and we were all sent home early. I wasn’t able to get out of my depression for days, thinking about the many people who were murdered and gave their lives that day.

    #149206

    Bill Recto
    Participant

    The Orlando Mass Shooting I first saw that on the CBSN feed from CBS News App. I did not realize there was another shooting at first because of another Orlando Shooting the one where a celebrity died a day before the LGBT Bar was covered in Bullets.

    That was crazy because its the biggest mass shooting to cover so many victims by one guy since the 2011 Norway incident. And yes since then politics over how many shooters were really involved and the questionable relationship to Isis have been talking points in the LGBT mass murder in Florida.

    #149884

    daniel anderson
    Participant

    I have a few questions about 9/11:

    When did ABC and Charles Gibson interrupt the entire ABC Television Network? I’m guessing a few minutes after the first attacks.

    2. When did all the cable networks suspend programming or simulcast cable or network news coverage?

    #149885

    Bill Recto
    Participant

    Wow the Turkey Political fight, the Attack in Nice France, the German Mass Shootings. I first saw these events on the CBSN (All news Feed app) and NPR, BBC World and PBS newshour.

    #149886

    Bill Recto
    Participant

    Typhoon Yolanda and the Philippine elections 2016 I saw that during breaking news on the Local Philippines channels while watching a movie from there.

    #149887

    Bill Recto
    Participant

    I have a few questions about 9/11:

    When did ABC and Charles Gibson interrupt the entire ABC Television Network? I’m guessing a few minutes after the first attacks.

    2. When did all the cable networks suspend programming or simulcast cable or network news coverage?

    . Well that depends because in some cities Some ABC affiliates may have switched between the national ABC News Feed and WABC7’s coverage of 9/11 right when the second plane hit the second tower.

    #149902

    daniel anderson
    Participant

    I know that my ABC station which is WLOS/13 showed ABC’s coverage expect for their local newscasts and they limited it to the early morning news and the early evening and late evening newscasts.  I don’t think they had a noon newscast during the period after the attacks until the Monday after the attacks. WYFF/4 and WSPA/7 did the same thing too.  Were there any stations that didn’t air local news during that time, and showed the network feed?

    #149925

    Joseph_Gallant
    Participant

    Daniel Anderson asked:

    When did ABC and Charles Gibson interrupt the entire ABC Television Network? I’m guessing a few minutes after the first attacks.

    According to a videotaped aircheck from WJLA-7 Washington (it’s on the following You Tube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALhZFB1piRM ), ABC first broadcast the news at 8:51 A.M. EDT, on “Good Morning America” (I’m pretty sure “GMA” was coming out of a commercial or station break).

    Because this was a clip from ABC’s Washington affiliate, portions of network coverage are pre-empted for local WJLA coverage once news broke that an airplane had crashed into the Pentagon building across the river in Virginia.

    “GMA” was, and is, broadcast live only on the East Coast. The Central, Mountain, and Pacific time zones usually get the show on tape-delays of 1, 2, and 3 hours respectively, so that the program airs from 7 to 9 A.M. local.

    At the 1 minute point of the above clip, Gibson pauses so that a “Special Report” can go out to the entire network. It’s at 8:52 EDT that ABC stations outside the Eastern time zone get the first news of it from the network. In the Central time zone, that bulletin interrupts the taped first hour of “Good Morning America”, while in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, that bulletin interrupted local early-morning newscasts, with the possible exception of some small markets where the local ABC station didn’t produce local early-morning newscasts.

    #149945

    daniel anderson
    Participant

    Joseph:

    That matches the timeline i mentioned earlier.

    It was at 8:52 that i did switch from the  rerun of Little House on the Prairie and i did see the “ABC News Special Report” slide and voiceover. so so i did switch in time to see the first bulletin from ABC(i would have waited for the show i was watching to end before switching, but my mom heard the fact that a special report was coming on the network so i thought “well i’d better switch from Little House to ABC to see what the bulletin is about”(Little House reruns were on TBS for many years at that time.) that’s the only time i’ve switched to another channel before the end of a show to get a bulletin, however, i have seen shows get interrupted for bulletins before on a channel i was watching.

    The other time i did that was in February of the same year.

    I was watching the Daytona “500” stock car race, where on the last lap, Dale Earnhardt was involved  in a wreck. at first i thought he would get out of the car OK, but as time wore on the announcers knew this was serious. A few hours later, I was watching NBC’s NBA game between the Lakers and Pacers and decided to change the channel to FOX(which had carried the race). then NASCAR President Mike Helton came to the podium. At that point, i knew something bad was wrong and then he said: “This is undoubtedly one of the toughest announcements that I’ve ever personally had to make, but after the accident in turn four at the end of the Daytona 500, we’ve lost Dale Earnhardt.” i was really upset at that point to chnage the channel back to the NBA game. At that point, the NBA game became a afterthought.

    #149947

    Bill Recto
    Participant

    The Baton Rouge and Dallas Shootings I got that from the CBS N App and the San Diego police shooting I first saw that on Newson app where that app carried KABC7 News and it was during the ABC7 Eyewitness News Morning at 5am.

    #173835

    Bill Recto
    Participant

    http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/04/10/70653/multiple-gunshot-victims-at-san-bernardino-element/

    Well I was notified via text message by newson, tunein apps to be aware of the San Bernardino shooting 2017 edition at a school. Film on app showed the 2017 London attacks via BBC News.

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