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From GroupBlog 274: Jerrold Starcom II Cable TV Converter, issued to Tulsa Cable subscribers in the 80s.

The sumptuous woodgrain plastic finish complemented my woodgrain plastic finished TV.

Tulsa played an important role in the development of cable TV. Here is a good article from Tulsa People magazine: The cable guys: How two Tulsans changed the course of TV history, by Bob Haring. The two guys were Ed Taylor and Roy Bliss (see TTM@Facebook to watch 1984 C-SPAN interviews with them).

Help me remember the 1980s Tulsa Cable basic lineup. (There was no “extended” cable until into the 1990s; the price in 1990 was $16.95/month).

KGCT had been carried since its inception in 1981. It was dropped by Tulsa Cable in 1986 after a federal court declared the FCC’s must-carry rules unconstitutional. What channel was it?
Religion included programs produced by Rocky Stegman with Clayton Vaughn and Dr. John Wolf.
Showtime/The Movie Channel were not included as of Mark Savage’s C-SPAN interview, 9/26/1984.

(Updated 9/16/2014 from archived Tulsa World articles by Rita Sherrow and others, Facebook correspondents Geej McAbee, Tom Alexander and Kenny Bolen, with DolfanBob filling most of the remaining gaps. It may look confusing, but there WAS shifting around from the early 80s through the early 90s.)

What about KXTX-Dallas. Tempo Television/SPN, CMT, Religion? What else is missing? What is in error?

  2 – KJRH
  3 – KTVT-Ft. Worth?; VH-1 full-time as of 12/1989; E!/High school and college sports, UHF simulcasts, 3/1992
  4 – KSHB-“Kansas City 41”
  5 – TNT; KOKI, 3/1992
  6 – KOTV
  7 – Maybe KXTX-Dallas? (KWHB, 3/1989?)
  8 – KTUL
  9 – USA until Lifetime, 3/1992
10 – The Family Channel
11 – KOED
12 – Nickelodeon
13 – Electronic Program Guide
14 – Home Box Office (pay)
15 – Cinemax (pay)
16 – Escapade->Playboy (pay); Encore, 3/1992
17 – The Disney Channel (pay)
18 – Tulsa Public Schools
19 – Tulsa Junior College
20 – BET/VH-1 as filler until 12/1989, when Movietime became the filler
21 – WGN-Chicago
22 – WTBS-Atlanta
23 – KOKI until C-SPAN II/Bravo, 3/1992
24 – Headline News until TNT, 3/1992
25 – ESPN
26 – MTV until USA, 3/1992
27 – Tulsa Public Schools as of 9/26/1984, later Nostalgia/Home Sports Entertainment Network thru 12/1989, then The Travel Channel/HSEN until CNBC/HSEN, 3/1992
28 – Tulsa Public Schools as of 9/26/1984. A & E as of 3/1992
29 – The Weather Channel then AMC, 3/1992
30 – America’s Shopping Channel until QVC on 12/1989, then HLN, 3/1992
31 – CNN (was the City Government Channel in 1975)
32 – The Discovery Channel; CMT in wee hours as of 12/1989
33 – AMC, later KTVT until 12/1989 when dropped; later Nostalgia Channel/AMC, then VH-1, 3/1992
34 – SportsTracker as of 9/26/1984, later CNBC, then MTV, 3/1992
35 – Lifetime until QVC, 3/1992
36 – C-SPAN
37 – Showtime (pay), probably some years after Mark Savage’s C-SPAN interview on 9/26/1984

And FM service: KLON – jazz from Long Beach, CA, WFMT – classical from Chicago…

From the TTM KOKI page: anti-cable TV piece in a 1982 KOKI media kit, courtesy of Chris Sloan

From the TTM KOKI page: anti-cable TV piece in a 1982 KOKI media kit, courtesy of Chris Sloan

Actually, there were fewer than 36 channels of basic cable content, since pay channels were at channels 14-17 (HBO, Cinemax, Escapade/Playboy, Disney respectively; Program Guide at 13, shopping channel at 30, etc.)

We are approaching that number on local broadcast TV, even excluding the full-time shopping and religious channels.