The 26 Oct 2005 Do any of you remember television before Cable TV? To some, having only a handful of stations compared to these times might seem like the stone age or something, but it really wasn't all that bad. They were actually some real good times. I grew up in Detroit, and here are the stations we had: Channels 4, 7 and 2. These were the ABC, NBC, and CBS, all the major programming but they also had some neat things of thier own, such as "Scream Theatre" on Channel 7 on friday nights, or "Sir Graves Ghastly" on Channel 2 Saturday afternoons. Then there was.. WGPR-TV, Channel 62 - This was the first black owned TV station, and one of my favorites. They would show old movies all night long every night, old cartoons, and lots of strange but interesting programming that set it apart from any other station at the time or since. The movies on "Movies all night" were mostly very old 30's dramas and westerns. John Wayne, East Side Kids, you name it, quite a mix of stuff. Believe it or not, there was sometimes foreign films that showed NUDITY as well thrown into the mix!!!! Church programs were shown all day sunday, the real fire and brimstone stuff!!! Channel 50 - This was a really FUN station. Cartoons every day after school. The "Chiller Movie" on saturday nights. Lots of great syndication comedies. Older movies (though not as old as the stuff 62 would play!!) Real great station for kids, lots of fun. I heard this later on became Fox. Channel 20 - This was a real interesting station; somewhere between 62 and 50 but trying to be 7. Thier horror movie thing was called "Shock Theatre". Early on in the 1980's, all programming after 8:PM was scrambled for this cable-like service called "ON TV". Channel 9 was interesting: It was a canadian station that we got crystal clear since we were right across the boarder. Then there were those stations that ya got, but didn't really come in all too well; Channel 13 and "Toledo 11" come to mind. It's a shame because those always seemed to have some GREAT programming. Slowly, cable began to creep it's way into the neighborhood. I would go over my friends house and there were all these stations to pick from, and it was like crazy!!!! We never had it. In fact, my family back east never got cable until 1997!!!!!!!!!!!! And we were a HUGE TV family, there was a TV, literally, in every single room (even the bathrooms). LET'S HEAR ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE "BEFORE CABLE"!