This Was Television On December 1

1977: The precursor to Nickelodeon is born

An early interactive cable system called QUBE, based in Columbus, OH, launched a channel devoted to children’s programming called The Pinwheel Network. The interactive elements never caught on, but the channel, owned by Warner Communications, hung around long enough to be rebranded as Nickelodeon in 1979. Dedicated to shows aimed at kids of all ages—as well as at their parents, in the nostalgic Nick At Nite evening bloc—Nickelodeon became a mainstay in the expanding cable TV systems of the 1980s. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Woody Allen, comedy scribe (77); Nestor Carbonell, immortal (45); Bob Goen, emcee (58); Emily Mortimer, news producer (41); Jeremy Northam, Catholic councilor (51); Paul Picerni, G-man (d. 2011); Richard Pryor, stand-up (d. 2005); Sarah Silverman, comic (42); Robert Symonds, character actor (d. 2007); Charlene Tilton, Ewing kin (54); Treat Williams, small town doc (61).

Add Your Thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Basic HTML is allowed. Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

%d bloggers like this: