A New Channel to Love
Is anybody else out there addicted to the WQED Neighborhood channel (Comcast channel 201)? If you haven’t seen it, this channel is all local programming like episodes of OnQ and those great Rick Sebak documentaries. Oh, you know you love them, just admit it. In the grand scope of what passes for television these days, these shows are like comfort food for the pop culture soul.
Each month, the programming has a different theme. This month, it’s “Back to School.” In July, my roommate and I cried on at least three separate occasions while watching “Things that Aren’t There Anymore.” Perhaps it was a bad time of the month for both of us, but I think it’s more likely that we just really really want to live in a Pittsburgh where Isaly’s Deli, Forbes Field and the Allegheny County Fair still exist.
Then, in August, I watched “The Mon, the Al, and the O” at least 150 billion times. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but seriously, how can you turn away from the subpar early nineties production values of this gem about the three rivers? As an added bonus, every male interviewed in this documentary has a totally bitchin’ Magnum P.I. moustache.
The point is, this is a really sweet new channel and I recommend that you jump on the bandwagon and start watching it before it ends up filed under my personal list of “Stuff That’s Gone” that includes (in no particular order) Graffiti, Bovvers Shoes, the “Rant” column in the CityPaper, Liberty Tavern, John Fedko’s facial hair and Wendy Bell’s blog.