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Naptown Nostalgia: Don’t touch that dial!

cbs-logo-wide       If you have ever wondered how to seriously screw with the people of Indianapolis, tell them that you are changing the way in which they watch TV. Trust me on this, you will need to get out the riot gear.

While no one is a big fan of change, the people of Naptown seem inordinately averse to it. Sometimes I think the city motto should be “We’ve never done it that way before (and we certainly aren’t going to start now!)” The other day, my entire equilibrium was rocked with the announcement that the CBS affiliate was changing stations. Instead of watching CBS programming on Channel 8 as I have all my life (save for the three years that I lived in North Carolina) I will now have to watch it on Channel 4.

I’m going to be honest…I don’t think I can do this.

I’m a person who tends to be set in her ways. When things switch around on me, I don’t handle it well. I remember years ago when, for reasons that remain a mystery to me, the NBC and ABC affiliates “traded” with each other and really screwed with my head. I was so little at the time that I literally have friends who do not remember this causing me to wonder if I imagined it myself. Thankfully in light of this recent news, those who recall this earth shattering event have come forward proving (at least for the time being) that I am not crazy and that moving things around the dial is problematic for some people. I do remember when Channel 13 was ABC and I watched Donny & Marie on Friday nights. Suddenly they were on Channel 6 and it took me forever to find them. I also remember when, in the early cable era, all of the local affiliates were on their appropriate channel numbers (except for Channel 59 because the cable box didn’t go that high) then all of a sudden, someone in a cubicle somewhere had to completely mess up the system and make Channel 13 show up on Channel 12, Channel 6 is on Channel 5 and Channel 8 is on Channel 7. Seriously, do these people subscribe to the George Lucas method of doing math?

When my son was little, he was a big fan of Sesame Street…no problem. We have a PBS affiliate. Once upon a time we called it Channel 20 and it was on the UHF dial in its appropriate spot between Channel 19 and Channel 21. Now if you ask me “how to get to Sesame Street” I am going to tell you that despite the fact that WFYI is called Channel 20, it is actually located on channel 3. (Don’t judge me, people, I suspect Count Von Count sympathizes with my issue here.)  We have the Christian channel WHMB-TV 40 that, last time I checked, is Channel 9 and as I recall at one point we had a Channel 42 which appeared on Channel 10 before disappearing completely or being swallowed whole by Channel 4. I really do not know what happened to it, but I am begging you…DON’T TOUCH THAT DIAL!!!!

And now…we have this. CBS is moving to channel 4. At the moment, no one knows what is going to happen to the people working at the CBS affiliate. Perhaps they will find another affiliation and continue, but unless I am crazy (and the jury is still out on that) I think all of the major networks are accounted for. I have no clue as to what happens to the shows that were previously on channel 4 such as The Carrie Diaries, Arrow, etc…there are rumors that they are being moved to WTTV’s sub-channel 4.2 (seriously? Now we are using decimals?) but that will only help out people who have an antennae. Those of us who simply have cable may be out of luck and have to turn to our apps to see current episodes. and NO one has addressed what will happen to Sammy Terry’s Halloween special when all of this occurs…believe me, heads will ROLL if we do not get to see our favorite ghoul on October 31 on Channel 4. That would be a change we CAN’T live with.

I’m telling you we have already suffered enough this year. We had to contend ourselves with the fact that Jim Neighbors won’t sing at the 500 anymore. I don’t think we can take anything else..give us another 60 years and we’ll discuss another major break with tradition, but for now, I’m begging you. Leave the TV alone.

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Naptown Nostalgia: Help Save the Sammy Terry Halloween Special

Hey Everyone!

IMG_9481     Last week I had the change to hang out with the Circle City’s favorite ghoul Sammy Terry at the House of Blue Lights in Fountain Square. Not only did he pose with a copy of my book, the FAMOUS FACES OF WTTV-4 (which he provided content for) but he also told me about a little problem he is facing and how he is asking for everyone’s help. Here’s the scoop:

Since 1962, it has been my honor to continue bringing you your Hoosier Horror Heritage. I hope together we can maintain the memories of your past and create new memories for the coming generations. 

However, George and I need your help. 

The new general manager, Paul Rennie of Fox59/WTTV is the only reason that WTTV aired a Halloween Special in 2013. We owe him thanks! He has received a great deal of fan correspondence during his first 30 days on the job that he wanted to see the show and judge if it was worth sustaining. Recently moving here from out of state, Paul is unfamiliar with Hoosier & Sammy Terry’s legacy. 

Please politely encourage him with thanks for this past Halloween TV Special, share your memories of Sammy, and your desire for future Sammy Terry TV Specials. 

Please repeatedly contact him in different ways over the next year to show your support for continuing Sammy Terry’s Horror Heritage for you and your next generations. Place it on your calendar to contact him somehow every month. 

Send mail to: Paul Rennie           Or Call: 317-687-6500

General Manager 

6910 Network Place

Indianapolis, IN 46278

Or E-mail: prennie@tribune.com


Please invite all of your family and friends (and everyone you can alert to this need) to contact Paul and ask for future shows. Together, we can preserve our past and share “Horrible Family Fun” in the future. 


If you are one of the legions of Sammy Terry fans who can’t stand the thought of this legendary figure becoming a a thing of the past, I highly encourage you to reach out and help preserve the only local host of that era we have left who still regularly appears o television. I know I will be sending my letters and making calls in hopes that I will have many pleasant nightmares with my children  in the future!



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