Johnny Carson

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Isn't this great news? David Letterman will return to TV next year in a Netflix series.

Letterman, who ended his 33-year late-night career two years ago, will do six one-hour shows featuring a long conversation with a single guest, and "in-the-field segments in which he will explore topics on his own," Deadline says. 

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Of all his memorable movies roles – and Gene Wilder had many – my favorite was Wilder as the washed-up Waco kid gunslinger in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles."

So why "Blazing Saddles," when news reports about his death today at age 83 from complications with Alzheimer's disease mention "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," "The Producers," "Young Frankenstein, "Stir Crazy," "Bonny and Clyde," "Silver Streak" or "The Woman In Red" with his wife, Gilda Radner?

Former "Family Feud" host Ray Combs – arguably the funniest person  to come from Hamilton -- died on this day 20 years ago.

Tragically, it was a suicide. But I choose to remember Ray for all the fun and laughs he gave us in his 40 years -- not how he died.

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Heeere’s Johnny! Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” returns Jan. 1 on the Antenna TV network airing here on WSTR-TV’s Channel 64.2.

The Carson shows have not been seen since he retired in 1992.

Starting Friday, his “Tonight” show will air every night on over-the-air Channel 64.2 and Time Warner Cable Channel 996, and on 125 on other Antenna TV stations from coast to coast. 

His guests are a Who’s Who of Entertainment from the 1970s and ’80s: Bob Hope, Jerry Seinfeld, Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Oprah Winfrey (as a new talk show host in 1986), Raquel Welch, George Carlin, Flip Wilson, Jonathan Winters and Robin Williams (on the same show), Michael Landon, Sean Connery, Goldie Hawn, Cybill Shepherd, John Ritter, Peter Falk, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Don Rickles and Lawrence Welk. Below is his guest list and original air date for every January show.

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Before we welcome 2016, let’s look back at this year in TV, movies, radio and media from A to Z.

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WSTR-TV has added the Antenna TV network to Channel 64.2 in advance of the nostalgia network’s debut of Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” reruns Jan. 1.

Antenna TV bumped the Get TV network from Channel 64.2, which is carried by Time Warner Cable on Channel 996.

Get TV moved to Channel 64.4, not available on Time Warner.

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The Antenna TV channel will return to Cincinnati airwaves on one of WSTR-TV’s (Channel 64) digital multicast channels before Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" reruns begin Jan. 1.

When low-power WOTH-TV (Channel 20) dropped Antenna TV earlier this month, I wrote that Antenna’s owners were seeking a stronger signal before the Carson show comeback. And that’s what happened.

Tribune Broadcasting today announced with Sinclair Broadcast Group and four other station owners to add 26 new outlets for Antenna TV. 

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Update 4 p.m. 08/13/15: As I suspected, Tribune executive Sean Compton grew up as a huge Johnny Carson fan in Connersville, Ind., watching “The Tonight Show” while listening to his father (Dale “The Truckin’ Bozo” Sommers) on WLW-AM.

Compton, Tribune president for strategic programming and acquisitions, for years had wanted to get rights for Carson’s “Tonight Show,” which will debut Jan. 1 on Tribune’s Antenna TV network.

Tired of being told it was impossible, Compton reached out to Carson’s nephew, Carson Entertainment President Jeff Sotzing, through a mutual friend. Compton, a former WLW-AM and Jacor Communications employee, explained all in this email to me:

“This was NOT easy to do… Jeff’s job is to help protect the legacy of his amazing uncle… This deal was all about one thing, protecting and showcasing that legacy in a way that Johnny would approve.  I was sincere and honest with Jeff the whole way through, made sure he knew of our plans to run it in a way that viewers would want to see it (in late-night seven days a week, with few to no edits).

“As a kid I lived in Connersville Indiana.  We didn’t change our time six months of the year, so in the summer I’d watch Johnny twice.  Once on WLWT, and then again on WTHR in Indianapolis, as they delayed prime/late night half the year to stay on consistent Indiana time. 

“I had two TV’s in my room growing up and five radios. I listened to distant stations, and often had my ear on The Bozo while watching Johnny. 

“I actually found two (Carson) episodes -- one where Johnny was talking about a WKRC radio promotion in 1988, and an episode where Loretta Lynn talked about listening to country and western music on WCKY-AM -- … while screening EVERY episode of Johnny from 1972-1992.

“For six months every night including weekends I was screening episodes. We picked our first year, 365 episodes, and they are amazing!

“We need our low-power Cincinnati affiliate to get us on cable so Cincy can see this show. Start a movement, will you!!!”

Original post at :11:18 a.m. 08/13/15: Heeere’s Johnny! Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” returns to television after a 24-year absence on the Antenna TV network aired by low-power WOTH-TV (Channel 20.3).

Entire Carson “Tonight Shows” have not been broadcast since he retired in May 1992.  Clips of Carson’s late-night interviews aired on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in recent years.

The shows were acquired for Antenna TV, owned by Tribune Media Co., by Sean Compton, a former WLW-AM and Jacor Communications employee.