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    • If this Continues I wonder if Alex Newell would still appear given the success of Zoey's playlist
    • Painful...I was on Morgan's character's side..tbh...and that's a bad thing 
    • Yeah not only did they play popular music a lot back in their heyday, they often drove sales for song prominently used on the shows.   Supercouples often had songs that replayed all the time over scenes with said couple.
    • I've uncovered an interesting situation that played out in the Augusta, Georgia, area in the mid-1970s. Soaps featured in what was happening.   WATU was an unaffiliated station from 1968-70 that occasionally broadcast some NBC material. Some because WJBF carried material from both ABC and NBC and the arrangement back then was - at least from NBC - was that if one of its networks didn't want certain programming, it could be offered to unaffiliated stations. NBC changed this policy in late 1970 without giving WATU much of a heads up, forcing it to change programming abruptly, causing chaos in its schedule. It went off the air shortly after because its advertising revenue died in the aftermath.   In 1971, the FCC ruled that if an area had three television stations, each had to carry only one network. WATU came back on the air January 14, 1974, wanting to be an NBC station. Initial plans were to start running a full NBC lineup April 1. NBC was to welcome it to the fold as an affiliate once it reached 6,000 primetime viewers. It did so by the end of May, but NBC refused.   On January 28, 1974, this is what the daytime schedule looked like in the area:    WJBF (Augusta GA) 9 a.m. Barbara Walters; 9:30 One Life to Live; 10 Password; 10:30 Jeopardy; 11 The Wizard of Odds; 11:30 Hollywood Squares; noon local news; 12:30 Split Second; 1 All My Children; 1:30 Let's Make a Deal; 2 Days of Our Lives; 2:30 The Doctors; 3 Another World; 3:30 General Hospital; 4 Trooper Terry; 4:30 Gilligan's Island WRDW (Augusta) 9 a.m. Carousel; 9:30 3 on Match; 10 Jokers Wild; 10:30 $10,000 Pyramid; 11 Gambit; 11:30 Love of Life; noon Young and the Restless; 12:30 Search for Tomorrow; 1 Secret Storm; 1:30 As the World Turns; 2 Guiding Light; 2:30 Edge of Night; 3 The Price is Right; 3:30 New Match Game; 4 Somerset; 4:30 Gomer Pyle USMC WATU (Augusta) Started broadcasts at noon each day Noon Jackpot; 12:30 Baffle; 1 movie; 2:30 Phil Donahue; 3:30 How to Survive a Marriage; 4 Dinah's Place; 4:30 movie   How to Survive a Marriage was not picked up by WJBF, which freed it to run on WATU. WATU dropped it from the lineup that fall.   Later that year, WATU field a suit against WJBF because it was still running an ABC and NBC schedule. The suit was dropped in 1975 and WATU was supposed to get a full NBC lineup May 1, but that still hadn't changed over in November 1976, when The Augusta Chronicle ran a big story November 14 about how confusing the television lineups were there.   WJBF was still cherry-picking NBC programs to go along with its ABC lineup, but because it wasn't running a full lineup of either, when a new show was announced for NBC or ABC viewers had to meticulously search TV listings to see when or if anyone had it.    WATU was of course still ticked to not have the NBC lineup it had wanted in early 1974. Soaps were a major reason for its anger, according to the Chronicle:   "But channel 26 [WATU], the new kid on the block in the television marked, still does not carry the complete NBC program lineup because of a contractual agreement between Channel 6 [WJBF] and the NBC network that allows the ABC affiliate to carry five NBC shows - the early morning "Today Show," the late night "Tonight Show," and three afternoon soap operas, "Days of Our Lives," "The Doctors" and "Another World.""   Later in the article: "As for the afternoon soap operas [WATU's production manager] charged that Channel 6 "has a monopoly on daytime viewing" because it carries three NBC soap operas in addition to all the ABC soap operas." Augusta's third channel, WRDW, was primary CBS, but openly cheered for WATU because of its own issues with WJBF. Before it became primary ABC, WJBF had been primary NBC and there wasn't a third channel. WJBF and WRDW both claimed secondary ABC affiliations and battled for the shows.   After WJBF became primary ABC, both networks took on secondary NBC affiliations. Thus, WRDW carried Somerset in its daytime lineup for most of its run, though Another World was airing on WJBF. After running at 4 p.m. (see above lineup), it moved to the 1 p.m. slot in February 1974 after the ending of The Secret Storm. TV listings indicate it aired on WRDW through September 24, 1976 then moved to WATU on September 27, finishing its run there.   WJBF claimed the contractual obligation with NBC is why they continued to cherry-pick the programs. It finally agreed to give up its NBC shows in 1977 and not renew its contract, going full ABC lineup Aug. 29 and allowing WATU to get all of the NBC shows it had been wanting for so long.   Friday, Aug. 26 Augusta-area daytime WJBF 10 One Life to Live; 10:45 General Hospital; 11:30 Family Feud; noon The Better Sex; 12:30 Ryan's Hope; 1 Divorce Court; 1:30 Days of Our Lives; 2:30 The Doctors; 3 Another World; 4 Edge of Night; 4:30 Mickey Mouse WRDW 10 Here's Lucy; 10:30 The Price is Right; 11:30 Love of Life; noon My Three Sons; 12:30 Search for Tomorrow; 1 Young and the Restless; 1:30 As the World Turns; 2:30 Guiding Light; 3 All in the Family; 3:30 Match Game; 4 The Andy Griffith Show; 4:30 Star Trek WATU 10 Sanford and Son; 10:30 Hollywood Squares; 11 Wheel of Fortune; 11:30 Anybody's Guess; noon Shooting Stars; 12:30 Chico and the Man; 1 Gong Show; 1:30 PTL Club; 3:30 The Little Rascals; 4 Bozo the Clown; 4:30 Laurel and Hardy   Monday, Aug. 29 Augusta-area daytime WJBF 11:30 Family Feud; noon Second Chance; 12:30 Ryan's Hope; 1 All My Children; 2 Divorce Court; 2:30 One Life to Live; 3:15 General Hospital; 4 Edge of Night; 4:30 Mickey Mouse WRDW 11:30 Love of Life; noon news; 12:30 Search for Tomorrow; 1 Young and the Restless; 1:30 As the World Turns; 2:30 Guiding Light; 3 All in the Family; 3:30 Match Game; 4 Gilligan's Island; 4:30 The Little Rascals WATU 11:30 Anybody's Guess; noon Shooting Stars; 12:30 Chico and the Man; 1 Gong Show; 1:30 Days of Our Lives; 2:30 The Doctors; 3 Another World; 4 PTL Club

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