December 12, 2010: Affiliation Changes (1994)

 

It's one day after the 16th anniversary of the great affiliation change that took place in Detroit on 12/11/94, when channel 2 became the Fox affiliate, channel 62 became the CBS affiliate and channel 50, which was the Fox affiliate, soon to become the UPN affiliate. You'll find several TV Guide pages (from the Detroit edition) in the Random Pages gallery, some by request, that show some of these changes. There are two TV Guide pages with a list of channels, one for the Detroit edition and one for the Toledo-Lima edition, there are two Saturday evening grid pages from 12/10/94 (with the last evening of CBS shows broadcast on WJBK) and two Sunday evening grid pages from 12/11/94 (with the first evening of Fox shows on 2 and the first evening of CBS shows on 62) and a Saturday night page that has a listing for the last CBS show on channel 2, the Walker, Texas Ranger episode "Payback." It also has a  listing for Arab Voice of Detroit on 62 at 10PM (the last time it was shown in prime time on 62). You'll also find a page from Sunday morning (12/11/94) which has a Reader Alert! box which explains the affiliation changes. I also added 17 ads from December 1994. There are two full-page ads in the Channel 50 Movie gallery, one for "Romancing the Stone" (Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner) and one for "Commando" (Arnold Schwarzenegger). There's one in the ABC gallery for The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic (Kirstie Alley, Margaret Cho, Tom Hanks, Billy Joel, Michael Richards) and there's one in the CBS gallery for "Reunion" (Peter Strauss, Marlo Thomas). There are five in the FOX gallery, a full-page ad and TV Guide close-up description for Billboard 94 Music Awards (Dennis Miller, Heather Locklear, The Rolling Stones, Melissa Etheridge, Salt-n-Pepa, Warren G., R. Kelly, Tom Jones, Stone Temple Pilots), an ad and TV Guide close-up description for Science Fiction: A Journey Into the Unknown (hosts William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly), two versions of the same ad, one from the Toledo-Lima edition and one from the Detroit edition, for the New York Undercover episode "Los Macheteros" (Michael DeLorenzo), an ad and TV Guide close-up description for the last Fox NFL game (Lions at Jets) to air on WKBD (Barry Sanders, Ronnie Lott) and another one for the first Fox NFL Sunday games (Bears at Packers & 49ers at Chargers) to air on WJBK. The NBC gallery has two, a full-page ad and TV Guide close-up description for "It's a Wonderful Life" (James Stewart, Donna Reed) and one for Christmas in Washington (Helen Hunt, Anita Baker, Kenny G, Kathy Mattea, Jon Secada). There are five in the TBS gallery, one for a marathon of eight Dr. Seuss shows (It's a Seuss Saturday on TBS!), one for "A Christmas Story" on Award Theater (Peter Billingsly), one for three Steven Spielberg movies, "Duel," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Jaws," one for a TBS NBA Thursday game with the Nuggets vs the Heat (Dekembe Mutombo) and one for two Holiday specials, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Flintstones' Christmas Carol. I also added two ads to the Michigan gallery. They're WFUM-TV 28 (Flint) ads for holiday shows. More ads from December 1994 and January 1995, including ads for the WB and UPN, are on the way...

There's also one more bonus ad today in the Holiday Season Ads gallery. It's a Tiedtke's ad (Happy New Year to all our Friends!) from the 1/1/65 Toledo Blade. For those who don't know what Tiedtke's was look here.