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A Yesteryear glance back to April 15, 1954's Johnson City Press-Chronicle

Bob Cox • Jun 25, 2018 at 12:15 PM

Today's feature takes us back to April 15's Johnson City Press-Chronicle. The 1950s were a time of enjoyment for me. When this paper was issued, I would have been 12 years old. See how many items below you can remember:

Family Drive-In Theatre

Family Drive-In Theatre, next to the Derby Grill on the New Jonesboro Highway. Two Shows Nightly. "Son of Ali Baba" with Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie and Cartoon. Adults ... 50 cents, children under 12 in cars admitted free."

The radio dial

Smiley Burnette Show Over WETB Radio:

"America's Number One Cowboy Comedian, Smiley Burnette, and featuring Whippoorwills, Georgia Brown, Gay Rancheros with Many Guests. 12:30 P.M., Monday Thru Fridays, 790 Over Your Radio Dial.

"The Daily Radio Timetable Shows Thursday Morning and Evening, April 15. Local Stations Include WETB (Johnson City), WJHL (Johnson City) and WBEJ (Elizabethton).

"All Programs Shown In All Capital Letters Were Brought To Listeners From The Mutual Broadcasting System.”

How many of my readers recall The Mutual Network?

WETB (790) programs that I recall from that era were "Old Country Preacher," "Bright Spot Hour" (Greenville, S.C.), "Hillbilly Hit Parade," "Western Swing Time," "Frankie Carle" and "The Best on Wax."

WJHL (910) programs: “Breakfast Club," "When a Girl Marries (soap opera)," "Young Dr. Malone" and "Ma Perkins" (soap operas) and "Lum & Abner."

WBEJ (1240) programs: "Swap and Shop" (very popular program), "Gabriel Heatter," "Queen for a Day," "Sgt. Preston of the Yukon," "Sky King," "Fulton Lewis Jr.," "Official Detective," "Crime Frontiers," "My Little Margie."

Television Stations

“Hannahs sponsored WJHL-TV, Channel 11 and also WBTV, Charlotte, N.C. WJHL signed on at 3 p.m. and signed off at 11:30.”

King Bros. Circus

"Johnson City, Tue. April 20, East Main Street Grounds (near Broadway Street and E. Main. Auspices Junior Chamber Commerce."

"King Bros. Circus: World's Newest, World's Finest Big Show. 6 Arenas Used For Its 1,000 Wonders, Bigger — Better — Grander — Than Ever.

"An Eclipsing Epoch In The World's Greatest Amusement Institution.

"600 People, 150 Arenic Stars, 50 Musicians, 250 Wild Animals, 16 Hippopotamus, 15 Elephants And 500 Seats. Daily Expense $7,400 And $1,700,000 Capita.

"Acts Include The Conley Family (The Greatest Bareback Riders In The World), The 4 Estradas (Astounding Acrabats From The Argentines), Apollo Brothers (Daring Gymnastics), La Forms (Intrepid Aerialists. Champions Of Europe).

"Gorgeous Street Parade 11:30 A.M., Twice Daily 2 & 8 P.M., Doors Open At 1 & 7 P.M."

"Back To Pre-War Prices. Adults $1.18 and Children $.54. All Tickets Plus Tax. Reserve and Admission Tickets On Sale Circus Day At Liggetts Drug Store. Main and Roan Streets."

Gregg Electric Co.

"Enjoy More TV Programs ... Receive Present and Future Channels Better. Insist On the Famous FINCO 400-A Patented Double Co-Lateral TV Antenna. It Will Give You Best Possible Pictures On All Channels, UHF And VHF.

"When Installing A New Antenna Or Replacing Your Old One Insist On The Scientific Antenna Specifically Designed For the Stations Now On the Air and Those Soon To Be On The Air In This Area.

"Gregg Electric Co., Television Sales and Services, 117 E. Market Street, Phone 178."

Sevier Theatre

"Assignment Paris! See this grand movie on the Sevier's wide — panoramic screen. Breath-Taking Action. Starring Dana Andrews, Marta Toren, George Sanders, Audrey Totter and Sandro Gigle. Friday-Saturday. A Riot of Comedy. Breath-stopping suspense filmed on the spot in Paris! Color cartoon ‘Flirty Birdie.’ ”

The cartoon featured Tom and Jerry and was released in 1945. It was then re-released on July 4, 1953.

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