Originally Posted by eacalhoun
Here's the email I just sent via the website of the station formerly known as WRET, WPCQ, ActionNews36, WCNC TV 36/Cable 6, NBC6, Carolinas News Channel, NewsChannel36, and now (???) -.....
Okay, back, to a final forum comment. I just thought of "cause and effect" - it was either 1977 or 1979 - had WCCB remained ABC, WSOC remained NBC, and then WRET (36) remained Independent and ultimately a Fox affiliate, what would the discussions on this forum look like today. Hmmmm.....
WRET was owned by Ted Turner (RET are his initials) and in the 70s. In the pre-satellite TV days of the 1970 Turner had managed to get the station carried on some non-local cable systems in the Carolinas. I remember it being on the cable in Myrtle Beach & Conway in the 70s. When they did the switch to NBC it created a bit of an issue on these systems as that caused the Charlotte NBC affiliate to be carried there. Cox cable also carried WCIV, WECT, & WIS which then gave the Myrtle Beach/Conway area 4 NBC affiliates on its system. Imagine the years in court rooms something like this would cause today.
I think Turner sold the station when he moved on to start CNN and to make his ATL station, 17 a satellite superstation. If i remember right, 17, was carried on the Charlotte Cablevision system in the late 70s along with WDCA, 20, another independent at the time. This was when WPCQ was born.
I miss the days of the truly independent TV stations and stations there were very oriented towards the local community instead of national brands. I remember as a young teenager watching WRET were the weekend horror/sci-fi movies hosted by the costumed Dead Ernest (if I remember the name right). There was also a Movie 36 program. They were proud of their channel # then. On the other stations there was Fred Kirby cartoons and its tie-in to Tweetsie Railroad, Dialling for Dollars movies, wrestling from the Crocketts, etc. All of this connected the viewer to the station and the local area. It seems to me that WCNC completely misses this now, their biggest advantage over satellite TV, and that is creating a local connection to its views. Constant re-branding doesn't do this.