Monday, June 6, 2011

TV Time!

Television - what a weird concept, when you think about it, and totally amazing.  I was born in 1968 so I've never known life without it. Indeed, some of my earliest memories involve TV:  hearing my mom and dad roaring with laughter at "Laugh-in"; hearing the hourly chime on CBS; watching the Jim Nabors Show because I had a crush on him (now, how geeky is THAT?  Hey, I was four at the time - what did I know?).  I also have a vague memory of watching The Brady Bunch in prime time (it went off the air when I was 5).

I suppose it wasn't too surprising that, given my love of TV, I would eventually make it a career choice and major in Electronic Media in college (actually, my degree is a BS [that's about right] in Communication Processes with an emphasis in Electronic Media).  I began my TV career when I was a junior in college; my bestie from high school, Jacq Hearden Todt, told me about an opening for camera operator at WBAY-TV, Channel 2 in Green Bay (at the time it was the CBS affiliate).  My beginning wage was was the minimum for the time in 1988 - $3.35/hour!

I worked at WBAY for two years and then moved on to WFRV-TV, Channel 5, which was the ABC affiliate at the time.   I had more responsibility there, but I also had a very mean and sarcastic boss. They worked us on INSANE shifts.  Here was a typical day for me at Channel 5:

5:00 - 8:30 a.m.:  work the morning show; 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: work the noon show; 4-6:30 p.m. - work the 5 & 6 newscasts; 9-10:45 p.m. - work the 10 p.m. newscast.

And somehow you were supposed to fit the rest of your life in the cracks.  One good thing came of this:  I met my first husby Dan here, and we married while we were still both working there. I quit 3 months after we were married because they wouldn't let me off for my own wedding reception.  :D

By now you're thinking, "This is a great story, Mel, but what's so ephemeral about TV?!".  Good point.  Here I am, reminiscing and rambling on about the good ol' days, without explaining myself.  And without getting into the metaphysical aspects of why television is essentially one big ephemeral pile of nothing but air (let's face it - TV is nothing but a bunch of memories - you can't save TV in print form), I do love collecting TV ephemera.

Most of my TV stuff is generic but I do have a few pieces that are from the Green Bay markets.  This stuff is hard to come by, but little by little I'm building up my collection:

And of course, I've made some pieces that deal with TV, too!  :D

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