Same BAT-time, same BAT-channel!

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Real Estate Agent with Realty One Group # S.0190863

60 years ago, the majority of areas in America had 3 TV stations to choose from. 1 for ABC, 1 for CBS and one for NBC. A few areas even had a fourth for PBS. And those lucky elite had a 5th or 6th that were independent.

 

Some younger folks are having a stroke at this time wondering how anyone ever lived with less than 200 TV channels. But wait, kids – it gets worse!

 

There were actually parts of the country where you could only get 2 or even (gasp) 1 channel.  But wait, kids – it gets worse!

 

When you turned on the TV, it had to warm up. Taking 30 or dare I even say 60 seconds to warm up so that you could see the picture.  Then when the picture came on, you had to (by hand) turn the channel nob to change the channel. THEN, the channel may not be clear and so you had to adjust a dial to try to get the channel in as clear as you could.  If you watched a half hour program, you would have to actually get up off the couch, turn the channel nob to get the next station that you wanted and then adjust the fine-tuning dial to get the picture as clear as you could.

 

I thought of all this today as I thought of my business. It seems I had forgotten to adjust my fine tuning. I had turned to the channel that I wanted to get my business from, but the connection was fuzzy at best. Lately, using that fine tuning, I suddenly get a better connection with my customers. The fine little adjustments can make a huge difference. If you had seen people watch TV in the 60s, you might have known that.

 

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Comments (24)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Rocky= and I remember that screen that came on after midnight when nothing was on. We were thrilled when we got UHF or VHF channels, not sure which but honestly they were just ok. Glad you did some fine-tuning. 

Mar 17, 2021 03:22 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Thank you Kathy we all need to fine tune and get the clear picture from time to time.

Mar 17, 2021 04:36 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Rocky,

Nice analogy.  It plays well with us old-timers.  I can remember that little fine tunning know and I remember the only time you got to see any cartoons was 3 hours for so on Saturday morning.  In metro LA, you could add KTLA, KTTV, and KHJ to the mix of the big 3. Opps! I am missing the call letters for channel 13. Fun times!

Mar 17, 2021 07:00 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Hey there Sheri! I believe that was KCOP. When the stars aligned, we could tune into a fuzzy and hazy faded picture from 11 and 13 way down in San Diego.

Mar 17, 2021 07:16 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I am willing to bet that you really really really appreciated that one channel to the  utmost  degree! :)

Mar 17, 2021 09:34 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Worse yet Rocky, we had to watch it in black and white, we had no color TV 🤪

Mar 17, 2021 10:49 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Rocky.

I can do better, We had a large antenna that needed to be turned outside of our home.  Then came rabbit ears,  better but still had to move them from time to time 

Mar 18, 2021 02:06 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

It's nice to reminisce about those things! Thanks for sharing!

Mar 18, 2021 04:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great analogy, Rocky. You are just so clever, I'm downright envious! I remember those TVs and the 7 channels I grew up with in NYC. And lets not forget that the broadcasting stopped at mid-night! 

Mar 18, 2021 04:43 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Excellent analogy between the old TVs and business. I totally remember those TVs. And you know what? With just a few channels, it seemed there was always something interesting to watch. With 200+ channels, it's hard to find anything of quality.

Mar 18, 2021 05:00 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Laura. It was certainly a different culture. Programming was much more for the masses instead of the splinters.

Mar 18, 2021 05:10 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Paul. Yes I can remember when it was a big deal if a prgram announced it was "in living color"

Mar 18, 2021 05:11 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning James. Yeah, I thought about mentioning the antenna, but there is only so much the younger generation can take. LOL

Mar 18, 2021 05:12 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Joe. It is funny what we can learn today by looking back at yesteryear.

Mar 18, 2021 05:13 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Nina! Yes, if you had insomnia there were no late night infomercials to gaze at.

Mar 18, 2021 05:14 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Kat! Perhaps because programming became splintered instead of for the masses.

Mar 18, 2021 05:15 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rocky, not sure WHY we have to have 200 channels, and I still probably watch 3-5 channels only.

Mar 18, 2021 07:13 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hello Joan! I admit I watch about 20 channels. Only because programming has become so splintered.

Mar 18, 2021 07:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

We enjoyed our favorites on a regular basis when we had only three stations. We did not have computers or cell phones in those days.

Mar 18, 2021 09:17 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Roy. I remember the computers in the TV series back then. They took up a whole room and were not as powerful as my smartphone today. LOL

Mar 18, 2021 09:37 AM