If you grew up in the Capital Region, you absolutely know Fox 23 - or as it was originally branded - WXXA TV 23. WXXA was the area's first independent TV station when it signed on July 30th, 1982.

Original WXXA Logo/Buddy2243 via YouTube
Original WXXA Logo/Buddy2243 via YouTube
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At the time, the only other over-the-air options were the networks: 6 (CBS), 10 (ABC), 13 (NBC), and 17 (PBS). WXXA bought the rights to air classic shows like 'I Love Lucy', 'Perry Mason', 'The Flintstones', and a library that consisted of over 3,000 movies.

Promo for a showing of Frankenstein 1970/buddy2243 via YouTube
Promo for a showing of Frankenstein 1970/buddy2243 via YouTube
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WXXA was known for its guerilla marketing tactics that not only promoted the new station, but began taking advertising dollars away from some of the network affiliates in town.

'Gorilla Marketing'/buddy2243 via YouTube
'Gorilla Marketing'/buddy2243 via YouTube
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Some of the advertisers you would have seen in the early days:

Magnavox touting their color TV's, some with remote control!

Magnavox/buddy2243 via YouTube
Magnavox/buddy2243 via YouTube
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Martin's Aluminum, ready to 'beat' high prices on aluminum siding

Martin Aluminum/buddy2243 via YouTube
Martin Aluminum/buddy2243 via YouTube
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Smith Pontiac - GO SEE MARK, GO SEE MARK, GO SEE MARK

Smith Pontiac/buddy2243 via YouTube
Smith Pontiac/buddy2243 via YouTube
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In 1986, WXXA became an affiliate for the fledgling Fox Network. The affiliation only meant that it carried the network's only show at the time, the Late Show with Joan Rivers. So the channel still remained largely independent.

Fox 23 Logo/buddy2243 via YouTube
Fox 23 Logo/buddy2243 via YouTube
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One of the staples on WXXA was its lineup of after school cartoons, known as the Fox 23 Kids Club. Afternoon cartoons were hosted by (in my opinion) the greatest TV character in Capital Region TV history, Ranger Danger. A spoof on a goofy forest ranger with that unforgettable catch phrase:

Ah Yeah

Ah Yeah! Ranger Danger/buddy2243 via YouTube
Ah Yeah! Ranger Danger/buddy2243 via YouTube
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Eventually, the Fox Network added more programming and WXXA picked up more of its shows. WXXA became a powerhouse in the mid 90's when Fox landed the contract to broadcast the NFL - making WXXA the Capital Region's flagship for the New York Giants.

Terry Bradshaw on Fox NFL Sunday/buddy2243 via YouTube
Terry Bradshaw on Fox NFL Sunday/buddy2243 via YouTube
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Fox 23 continues to be a television powerhouse in the Capital Region to this day. Congrats on 40 years WXXA!

Albany TV Commercials from January 1992

So what were we watching on TV in 1992? Thanks to Junkie's Tape Bin on YouTube, he was rolling his VCR on January 27th. Here are some highlights

Vintage 1951 Video Shows NY Thruway Being Built In Albany

It was a pretty big deal when the Thruway was being built in the 1950's and this vintage video not only shows the highway being built in the Albany area, but also some vinatge shots of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy.