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.

3 Comments so far

  1. Joe (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

    My roommate thinks I’m nuts for DVRing these shows. I was a sucker for WQED documentaries as a kid growing up in rural Ohio. They have a special place in my heart.

  2. Bonnie from Murrysville (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 7:04 pm

    I spent most of my life in Erie (40+ years) and have only lived in the Pittsburgh area for 3-1/2 years now. I absolutely LOVE Pittsburgh and all it has to offer and thankfully my husband has lived here all his life and has taken me many, many places in my short time here and tells me even more about the area. We LOVE the Rick Sebak shows and catch them anytime we can. We hit the jackpot though a couple weekends ago when we were flipping channels and it was membership time on WQED. But not only membership time, someone must have been in a Christmas mood………..because for just a $50 membership you got THREE of Rick Sebaks DVDs!!!!!!!!!!! Yes THREE……..not ONE like you usually get…..THREE. Did I say THREE???? LOL Anyway, not only was it THREE DVDs, it was probably our three FAVORITE ones! LOL So yes, I called and we joined! We will be getting Things That Aren’t There Anymore, The Strip Show, and Kennywood Memories! If you have checked into the price of these they are $19.99 a piece to purchase!!!!! Remember, I said we are getting them all for a $50 membership which means we will also get the Pittsburgh magazine every month and everything else a WQED membership offers! So……….after they showed scenes from those 3 DVDs for an hour with Rick and Chris talking in between and promoting membership they went on to the next hour………..three OTHER Sebak DVDs for a $60 membership! Thankfully they were three that we didn’t enjoy QUITE as much as the three we are getting…….but still, what a deal! Don’t know if they are still doing those promotions or not but check out WQEDs website and maybe they are. Anyway………..enjoyed hearing that someone else enjoys those DVDs as much as we do! Maybe someday we will own them all!

  3. kara (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

    what is your take on wendy bells blog. . .
    i think she got some ‘hate-oration style feedback’
    you won’t see that on here :)

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