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This Is Framingham
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That’s entertainment!(?)

January 8th, 2007

I was at a friend’s house watching TV and we decided to check out the “new” cable access channel three.  Broadcasting was a shot of a Victrola playing some old music- maybe from the 1920’s or 30’s.  We thought it was just filler for in between shows but whenever we’d flip back to channel three it was still going.  We thought after 30 minutes it would stop but the timer kept ticking and went for a full hour.
We laughed because we thought it was kind of boring to broadcast for an hour but then I thought I it must not be if someone is into that music, and it’s nice someone wants to share that with the public but, is it worth watching a record spin on TV?  Is it meant just to have on while you’re doing other things around the house? But then you’d just listen to the radio, right?  I thought maybe I wouldn’t think it was so silly if it was playing a Journey record (which of course someone else would think is boring) but I don’t know.
I’m guessing this program is simply for someone to share their love of this kind of music, which is nice and I’m sure if I had a better idea I’d propose it to the station.  I did jokingly think of having my own show and imagined how bad it would be when I saw the posting of air time availability for cable access, but that got put on the back burner.  Maybe some day!

Just curious if anyone has some favorite shows because I’d be interested to know what shows are popular.


  1. Hmm, but what happens when the record ends? Do you see somebody’s hands changing the record, or do they edit that out and you just skip to the next record?

    Comment by adamg January 8, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

  2. Well, we have directTv and they play XM radio on the 800 stations. And the screen is black. Which is kind of annoying…. because i’d rather it be like windows media player where there is some sort of visual moving around on the screen that i can maybe manipulate to my liking. instead. Black. Assed. Blank. Screen.

    i’d almost prefer having the old tyme turntable on the screen when i’m cranking Artie Shaw or Benny Goodman while housecleaning. That’s mostly what we play for background music (20s/30s/40s tunes) when not watching the tube. That way the kids get exposed to something other than Guster and Barenaked Ladies.

    cable access fascinates me.

    Comment by christine January 8, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

  3. Yeah, there was a hand that changed the record and set the needle on the new disk.
    That was the “exciting” part, waiting to see (that first time) what happened as the needle got closer to the end of the record : )

    Comment by michelle January 8, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

  4. Call me when it skips–I’d like to see how that’s handled. Does the record get taken off or does the victrola get bumped to skip over the scratch? I can’t wait!!!

    Comment by Nancy January 8, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

  5. I just had a flashback to being a kid and laying on the floor in front of my toy record player, watching the record spin while listening to the music. Maybe that sense of intently listening in a sort of old-fashioned way is what the producer of the show is trying to evoke.

    Or maybe they just couldn’t think of anything for a visual…

    Comment by Ethan January 8, 2007 @ 9:05 pm

  6. My Dad has Comcast cable TV at his house and he loves to just listen to the Big Bands “station” on there (Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, etc). The screen just shows the name of the song, the artist, and possibly the year and label, nothing else. I’m sure it’s purely for listening enjoyment, not for “watching” and think it’s a great addition / alternative to all the crappy reality shows on TV now. Isn’t there a video you can buy of just a fire crackling in the fireplace? Just to emulate a fireplace, now that’s weird. So at least this has music!

    Comment by Seth January 9, 2007 @ 6:15 pm

  7. Reminds me of the yule log they used to play on channel 11 in New York on Christmas day when I was a kid. Just a burning log in a fireplace with christmas music. I guess it was for people who didnt have a fileplace (like me).

    Comment by Tim January 10, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

  8. how do you get a program to be aired?
    you just give a tape?

    Comment by iougs January 10, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

  9. there’s a program on that channel that shows the collection at the Framingham Historical Society Museum, presented by none other than Steve Herring, the town historian. It’s actually pretty good, as he also talks about the history of the town.

    Comment by hcapet January 15, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

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