It’s one thing to fondly recall the days of Barnaby. It’s quite another to dig through 35-year-old television channel lineups to remind us all that WEWS-TV5 ran Hoppity Hooper at 12:30 p.m. on June 19, 1965.
But unearthing these tiny memory-joggers is what makes Tim Lones’ Cleveland Classic Media blog (clevelandclassicmedia.blogspot.com) so interesting. He seeks out the old photographs and collects advertisements that promoted WKYC-TV-3 weatherman Wally Kinnan and reminded us all that “The Greatest of the Great Movies Are on WJW TV 8.”
“I was really into TV geekery as a kid,” Lones says. “They called me ‘the walking TV Guide’ when I was little. I could quote you whatever was on that night. Of course, we only had three channels then.”
In January, the 52-year-old Canton resident took Cleveland Classic Media to Facebook, where fans can now keep up with Lones’ tribute on a daily basis.
“What bothers me about TV in general is that everything is disposable,” he says. “I just wanted to preserve the memories.”