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Written by Alan Kline (admin)   
Monday, September 07 2009 20:08


A brief history (from Wikipedia) of KFCB 42, Concord CA (now KTNC-TV). I wrote a good share of the KFCB portion of the article.



KTNC-TV, digital channel 14, is a Spanish-language independent station in Concord, California, serving the Sacramento and San Francisco areas. It is owned by Pappas Telecasting and broadcasts at 2240 kilowatts.

Programming on KTNC can also be seen in Mendocino County on KUNO-TV digital channel 8, licensed in Fort Bragg.

Station history

The station began broadcasting in 1983 as KFCB, a Christian-broadcasting station owned by First Century Broadcasting (later, Family Christian Broadcasting) --the initials in the company name formed the station's original call letters. At that time, its president was Rev. Ronn Haus. A majority of its air time was devoted to Christian programming, including its own in-house productions. The flagship program was called "California Tonight", later retitled "Coast to Coast", a Christian talk show with sermons, conversations with religious topics, and musical guests. The program utilized an applause cart (audio tape cartridge) to give the viewers the impression of a studio audience. Other programming included The 700 Club, Dr. Robert Schuller's

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The FBI wades in... Print E-mail
Written by Alan Kline (admin)   
Wednesday, July 22 2009 18:17

Well, let's look at the inbox again, shall we? Today's installment of spam scams written in lousy English once again involves the FBI...

It has been discovered that your contract/inheritance/winning FUND was about being transferred to an unknown account under your name. This attempt was perpetrated by someone who claims to be working for you, and that you have given him due authority to have the FUND moved to the account specified below:

SOUTHWESTERN FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
WESCORP 924 OVERLAND COURT
SAN DIMAS, CA 91772. USA.
ACCOUNT NUMBER: xxxxxxxxx
ABA/ROUTING NUMBER: xxxx-41-21-9
SHARETYPE NO.: 25
FINAL CREDIT HABIB FENZI AND CO. (Beneficiary).

Sorry, but I haven't seen good ol' Habib in years and years...

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) waded in after being alerted by the supposed bank.

Waded in??? The FBI waded into an investigation like a timid 4-year-old approaches a pool? Yeah, right.

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Memories of Dr. Max Print E-mail
Written by Alan Kline   
Thursday, May 21 2009 13:27

 

If you grew up in Eastern Iowa between 1961 and 1981, you probably grew up watching Dr. Max--Max Hahn-- on WMT-TV. No one ever said what kind of doctor Max was--he just sat there in his living room and showed cartoons every afternoon. His friend Mombo the clown would make regular visits to befuddle the Doctor and do magic tricks.

The "Dr. Max Show" was from the old school of children's television--the school where any local station worth its license had a daily kids' show, and chances are, a kid would learn things without even trying. There were plenty of cartoons--"Colortoons" to Max--Bugs Bunny and friends, Popeye, and more. But in between, Dr. Max would often talk about things like books, pets, or the fun things that kids could do through the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation department. I learned to value books that way. As a 3- or 4-year-old, I was like most kids--I left my books piled every which way in my room. That is, until I saw that Dr. Max took care of his books and put them away when he was done reading. I started doing the same...

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