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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #75 on: January 26, 2019, 07:06:14 PM »

Kindergarten: The Letter People
1st Grade: Reading Rainbow
3rd-5th Grade: Bill Nye the Science Guy
6th-8th Grade: Channel One

I also remember watching Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? at home in the afternoons.  I still think Carmen Sandiego is the reason I love geography.
Channel One was canceled about 6 months ago, must not be popular anymore as I have never heard of other people doing it.

I can't believe Ch. 1 lasted THIS long! I remember my school getting it in the late 80s/early 90s.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #76 on: January 26, 2019, 07:29:29 PM »

Kindergarten: The Letter People
1st Grade: Reading Rainbow
3rd-5th Grade: Bill Nye the Science Guy
6th-8th Grade: Channel One

I also remember watching Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? at home in the afternoons.  I still think Carmen Sandiego is the reason I love geography.
Channel One was canceled about 6 months ago, must not be popular anymore as I have never heard of other people doing it.

I can't believe Ch. 1 lasted THIS long! I remember my school getting it in the late 80s/early 90s.
Seems like it’d be a hell of a lot cheaper to stream the content via the Internet than to maintain all those televisions and satellite dishes.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #77 on: January 27, 2019, 01:21:06 PM »

Kindergarten: The Letter People
1st Grade: Reading Rainbow
3rd-5th Grade: Bill Nye the Science Guy
6th-8th Grade: Channel One

I also remember watching Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? at home in the afternoons.  I still think Carmen Sandiego is the reason I love geography.
Channel One was canceled about 6 months ago, must not be popular anymore as I have never heard of other people doing it.

I can't believe Ch. 1 lasted THIS long! I remember my school getting it in the late 80s/early 90s.
Seems like it’d be a hell of a lot cheaper to stream the content via the Internet than to maintain all those televisions and satellite dishes.

There was no such thing as internet connection back then. But for the most recent installs, yes.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #78 on: January 27, 2019, 11:00:26 PM »

Does anyone remember Zoom?

I remember they had "rapping" that was very different from what rap is now.  People insist that rapping is a drug-induced condition, but it has much more innocent origins.

The main idea of Zoom is that the cast would perform scripts sent in by viewers, and I remember the Zip Code at the end of the song they sing of the address: "Boston Mass, oh two one three four.  Send it to Zoom!"  I was glad to see the same Zip Code on Frontline for a while, until they finally moved to a different part of town.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #79 on: January 28, 2019, 07:31:42 AM »

People insist that rapping is a drug-induced condition, but it has much more innocent origins.
People also insisted the same thing about jazz. People are morons.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #80 on: January 28, 2019, 07:58:10 AM »

Does anyone remember Zoom?

I remember they had "rapping" that was very different from what rap is now.  People insist that rapping is a drug-induced condition, but it has much more innocent origins.

The main idea of Zoom is that the cast would perform scripts sent in by viewers, and I remember the Zip Code at the end of the song they sing of the address: "Boston Mass, oh two one three four.  Send it to Zoom!"  I was glad to see the same Zip Code on Frontline for a while, until they finally moved to a different part of town.
Heh.  I remember the 1970s version of Zoom.  Love that people now nostalgically remember the reboot.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #81 on: January 28, 2019, 10:24:41 AM »

Speaking of PBS, though a non-sequitur of sorts, I read this morning that Caroll Spinney aka Big Bird had once been considered for the Challenger Space Shuttle crew when NASA was first considering sending civilians.
 
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #82 on: January 28, 2019, 10:41:49 AM »

Channel One News probably wanted its own proprietary hardware as much as possible. And actually there was Internet back then, but it was impossible to stream media. Now it is only expensive. Channel One News wanted to reach to a young audience with allowances and lunch money even if the school buildings did not yet have any way to view Channel One News. If the school had no connection at all or an insufficient connection, the costs for Channel One News to deploy its hardware would be equal the costs to deploy Fiber Internet Service. Another thing benefits Channel One News is that many schools heavily censor the Web Sites. Channel One News wanted to eliminate that possibility.

I have watched both versions of Zoom. The old version did indeed have a Piano Jazz theme. The late 1990s version used a much longer Rap variant.

The 1970s apparel included horizontal striped shirts. The 1990s version included a very bright mostly solid single colour shirts with the (updated) ZOOM logo on it.

The programme let viewers submit requests to them with a loss of ownership disclaimer at the end credits. The cast (replaced every year except 2 or 3 of them from the previous year, to not recur more than 2 years, except for Carolone Botelho) would read the submissions.

These submissions are performing arts, science experiments, recipes, debates, and community action.

It seemed to have inspired a Noggin show "Sponk!" that was very short lived. Hosted by Johnathan McClain, Karen Fowler, 8 cast members, 4 boys, 4 girls, 2 teams, 2 sitting out, with the occasional studio audience participant, and of course took submissions from the home audience. Also, a home audience viewer would win a small prize. These performances are not too different from Zoom. The main two differences is they divided into teams and their performances were timed with its buzzer the sound of a squawking chicken. The cast fought over the prized golden rubber chicken.

ZOOM segments were never timed.

Sponk!'s cast never changed as it was only one year of production.

A possible reason why neither show is on the air any more is be cause kids these days won't put their cell phones long enough to watch and participate Television.

If ZOOM ever returns, it will probably have a theme music consisting of squeaking mice.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #83 on: January 28, 2019, 10:59:53 AM »

I remember something in high school that I think was sort of like a poster version of Channel One. They had these huge posters that described different events and activities, and the lower portion of the poster was just a big row of ads. (I remember an ad for Sears with a drawing of a person opening their mouth, revealing the Sears logo.)
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #84 on: January 28, 2019, 11:03:57 AM »

I also remember similar posters in college, but I don't think they had ads. I remember one of the posters featured a small photo of singer Jewel, and I think Jewel would have too much integrity to participate in a Channel One-style project.

One day, I noticed someone blew a bubble with bubble gum and stuck it over Jewel's face on this poster, to make it appear as if Jewel was blowing a bubble.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #85 on: January 28, 2019, 11:04:55 AM »

A possible reason why neither show is on the air any more is be cause kids these days won't put their cell phones long enough to watch and participate Television
Childrens' television programming still exists.  They watch it on...their phones.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #86 on: January 28, 2019, 12:52:24 PM »

Good. But I still don't believe children today would actively participating in interactive programmes such as "ZOOM" and "Sponk!".
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #87 on: January 28, 2019, 01:07:12 PM »

Good. But I still don't believe children today would actively participating in interactive programmes such as "ZOOM" and "Sponk!".
I think you'd be surprised.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #88 on: January 28, 2019, 02:44:19 PM »

A possible reason why neither show is on the air any more is be cause kids these days won't put their cell phones long enough to watch and participate Television
Childrens' television programming still exists.  They watch it on...their phones.
Some stuff on youtube is anything but kid friendly though.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #89 on: January 28, 2019, 10:12:55 PM »

The ironic thing about naming your program Channel One is that Ch. 1 VHF is not allowed to be used for any purposes due to interference with aviation and amateur radio users.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #90 on: January 30, 2019, 10:59:01 AM »

I also remember similar posters in college, but I don't think they had ads. I remember one of the posters featured a small photo of singer Jewel, and I think Jewel would have too much integrity to participate in a Channel One-style project.

One day, I noticed someone blew a bubble with bubble gum and stuck it over Jewel's face on this poster, to make it appear as if Jewel was blowing a bubble.

We had posters like that in my college, Washington State University in 1988, posted by Whittle Communications, which I remembered was the owner of Channel One, which I luckily never saw.  One poster was a large close up of political talk host Morton Downey Jr., which my roommate wanted when they changed the poster in a month.  I found it wadded up in the trash, so I retrieved it for him.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #91 on: February 01, 2019, 06:13:38 AM »

I think Channel One provided the TVs that we watched the program on. The Channel One TVs were mounted on an arm that was mounted to the wall. They were set to automatically come on whenever it started. Later on, the school got some TVs on carts that were pushed around for showing movies, so I guess they either couldn't or didn't want to use or upgrade the Channel One TVs.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #92 on: February 01, 2019, 09:35:30 AM »

They were set to automatically come on whenever it started.
Well that says it all, doesn't it.
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Re: PBS educational shows you watched in school
« Reply #93 on: February 09, 2019, 01:41:02 AM »

The ironic thing about naming your program Channel One is that Ch. 1 VHF is not allowed to be used for any purposes due to interference with aviation and amateur radio users.

Most cable systems and some satellite systems have a channel 1
but Even in Over The Air Digital Broadcasting the FCC has not approved a Virtual Channel 1.x
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