Is 4:30 a.m. too early to watch a newscast?

Since July of 1982, Pittsburgh has had a morning newscast of some kind on at least one of its TV stations.  Now, these are the newscasts that air before the network’s morning programs air.  Newscasts would air at various times between 4:30 and 7 in the morning … and they would air for either one hour, 90 minutes, two hours or 2 1/2 hours.

WTAE gave us Pittsburgh’s first early morning newscast in ’82, but they aired it in two 15-minute blocks.  They aired at 6:15 and 6:45 in the morning … and they were shown during ABC’s “World News This Morning.”  WPXI gave us our city’s first complete 30-minute newscast in October of 1986.  It aired from 6:30 until 7 in the morning back then.  KDKA would start an early morning newscast of its own in 1990 … and it was one hour long.  It aired from 6 until 7 in the morning.

Nowadays, all three of our local stations start their early morning newscasts at or around 4:30 on weekday mornings.  The 4:30 a.m. newscast first came to Pittsburgh in 2010.  In my opinion, I think it might be too early to watch a newscast at that time.  Then again, I’m always up just before that time … and I may watch bits and pieces of an early morning newscast on one of our local stations, if I’m up to it.

I hope you enjoyed my little history lesson in today’s blog post.  Pittsburgh has had early morning newscasts in one form or another for more than 37 years now.  So, maybe I will watch a morning newscast whenever I wake up tomorrow morning.

Joseph Likes “The Brady Bunch!”

50 years ago today, “The Brady Bunch” premiered on television for the first time.  In honor of this special milestone, I’d like to tell you about my experiences of being a fan of this classic TV show.  I would watch the show on Nick at Nite several nights a week whenever I was a teenager … and, then, I would watch it on various other cable TV channels for a few more years after that, including Hallmark Channel, TV Land and Me TV.  This show is one of the best shows of all time … and the show’s characters are all fantastic.

Currently, you can watch “The Brady Bunch” on Sundays from noon until 2 p.m. on Me TV.  You may see an episode that you really like at some point in that time frame.  Now, I don’t really have a favorite character on the show, but I do have a favorite episode of the show … and that would be “Greg Gets Grounded” from the show’s fourth season.  There’s one part of the show that I could relate to in a way.  About halfway through the show, Greg wants his parents to use “exact words” with him so that he would know exactly what they were saying … and, in my case, I would tell my relatives and my friends to use “exact words” with me since I’m autistic.  That’s because autistic people like myself want people to speak with them as clearly as possible, so I can relate to that part of “Greg Gets Grounded” in a big way.

So, today, I would like to wish “The Brady Bunch” a happy 50th anniversary!  Is there an episode of the show that you like … and do you have a favorite character on the show?  Leave a comment if you have a favorite “Brady Bunch” character and/or a favorite “Brady Bunch” episode.

Joseph’s Moment Of Peace: Joseph’s Dusters

Today, I’m going to tell you about an item that relaxes me in a big way.  I have actually owned this item in one form or another for several days now.  I bought Swiffers Dusters at Big Lots a few days ago.  I was able to use them in my computer room whenever I had the chance to do so … and this item relaxes me in a big way.  You put a special duster on the yellow handle … and it really picks up the dust.  Then it locks the dust that I just picked up inside of the dusters.  Recently, I bought another box of Swiffer Dusters … and it has Febreze in the dusters.  There are 10 dusters in the box … and I previously bought a box of Swiffer Dusters not too long ago.  There were five of them in a box … and it had no scents in them.

Next time, I will give you a chance to revisit another one of my blog posts from my blog’s third year.  The post will be about one of my friends and I wrote it down in January of 2017.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around May 16th in previous years …
Joseph’s New Work Pants (May 16, 2018)
Does this cloud resemble a face? (May 16, 2017)
My 30th birthday gifts (May 17, 2016)
What does Joseph Pratt do on a typical weekend? (May 16, 2015)
Joseph’s Moment Of Peace: Joseph’s leather jacket (May 18, 2018)

My fame actually lasted longer than one second!

During the second half of my blog’s fifth year, I will give you a chance to revisit some of my past blog posts. Today, I’m going to let you revisit a blog post from March of 2016.

Back in March of 2016, I went to the Home and Garden Show with a relative. It was at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. Now, WPXI always talks about this event in one form or another in its newscasts during the month of March … and I just happened to walk past one of its cameras while I was looking at the exhibits upstairs. Now, little did I know, I would actually appear on WPXI’s newscasts not long after I walked in front of one of the station’s cameras. I didn’t see a red light on it or anything. I guess it must have been on whenever I walked past it. Whenever they showed the event the first time, I appeared on the station for about one second … and, then, when they showed it again a few days later, I was on there for about 5-10 seconds. I was on both WPXI and PCNC that month. I have appeared on WPXI before whenever they would do the MDA Telethon at either Monroeville Mall or the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills. I was putting money into their “fish bowl” whenever I appeared on Channel 11. I was on there several times back in the 2000s. Now, when I appeared on the MDA Telethon on WPXI, I spoke for a second or two … and, when I appeared on WPXI and PCNC three years ago, I said nothing. I guess you could say I have become a “local star” in some form.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around April 23rd in previous years …
I bumped into two people at Kohl’s recently! (April 23, 2018)
My semi-chaotic day at work (April 24, 2017)
Joseph’s Road To His 30th Birthday: Joseph’s 30th Year On Earth (April 24, 2016)
I’m still remembering Piglet (April 23, 2015)
Joseph’s Moment Of Peace: Our ceiling fan (April 20, 2017)

Joseph Pratt's Interests And Some Other Things

IMG_20160313_121755 On March 5, 2016, I went to the Home and Garden Show … and I happened to be walking past one of Channel 11’s cameras while I was at the show. Later that evening, I appeared on one of PCNC’s newscasts. Several days later, I appeared on Channel 11’s Sunday Morning newscast for a few seconds.

A few days ago, I appeared on one of PCNC’s newscasts for about one second while they were talking about the Home & Garden Show.  Well, one week later, they talked about it again on Channel 11’s Sunday Morning newscasts … and they showed a clip of me walking past one of their cameras … and I was actually on that newscast for about 5-10 seconds or so.  So, my fame actually lasted longer than one second.

Surprisingly, it’s not the first time that I appeared on Channel 11.  I actually appeared on their…

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I saw something neat on “CBS This Morning!”

At around 8:35 this morning, while I was watching the Saturday edition of “CBS This Morning,” I saw a “live shot” of Pittsburgh.  They were showing Heinz Field and the Fort Duquesne Bridge in this “live shot” … and, while they were doing that, I recognized those places almost immediately.  They usually show live shots of various cities before and after the commercial breaks … and I almost never see Pittsburgh in a “live shot,” but I was able to do that yesterday.  They almost always show the city and the city’s CBS station in the “live shot” … and they were able to show the word “Pittsburgh” and the call letters of our CBS station in the “live shot.”  How neat is that?  The CBS station in Pittsburgh is KDKA.

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On March 9, 2019, at around 8:35 in the morning, I saw a “live shot” of both Heinz Field and the Fort Duquesne Bridge while I was watching the Saturday edition of “CBS This Morning.” I almost never get to see them show Pittsburgh in one of their “live shots” whenever I watch the show, but, yesterday morning, I was able to do just that. KDKA is Pittsburgh’s CBS station.

Next time, I will write my 1,075th blog post for you guys … and it will be about a local disc jockey.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around March 10th in previous years …
I still have my Penguins hoodie one year later! (March 11, 2018)
Joseph Has A Question For You: How do you like Joseph’s new mattress? (March 9, 2017)
My one second of fame (March 10, 2016)
Old Man Winter is slowly leaving National Hill (part 1) (March 10, 2015)
Old Man Winter is slowly leaving National Hill (part 2) (March 11, 2015)

I saw five “threes” on television recently!

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On March 1, 2019, at 3:33 in the afternoon, it was 33 degrees outside. I was watching PCNC whenever I snapped this photo.

This past Friday, while I was watching PCNC, I noticed that it was 33 degrees at 3:33 in the afternoon.  You don’t see stuff like this everyday, of course.  If I see something like this on TV, I may snap a photo of it, if I’m able to do so at the right time.

Next time, I will let you guys get another chance to revisit my first two blog posts, which were written on August 24, 2014.  I will show you my second post ever … and I will also show you a link to the first blog post that I wrote down on this blog.  I may throw in a surprise or two along the way.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around March 3rd in previous years …
The grey clouds are everywhere! (March 4, 2018)
Joseph’s New Superman Shirt (March 2, 2017)
Our new wooden handrail (March 2, 2016)
My other warm-up suit (March 3, 2015)
This is one of my warm-up suits! (March 2, 2015)

Joseph’s Sundays Are “Golden” Ones

You are probably wandering why my Sundays are “Golden” ones.  Well, let me explain why that is the case.  After hearing about a “Golden Girls”-themed cruise, which will set sail next year, I was prompted to write a blog post, telling you guys why my Sundays are “Golden” ones.  That’s because I watch “The Golden Girls” on TV Land every single Sunday for several hours.  Now, while I won’t be going on this cruise next year, I will, however, continue to watch “The Golden Girls” on TV in one form or another for as long as I possibly can.

I have been an on and off fan of the show for many years … and I have watched it on various cable channels, including Lifetime.  I became a true and loyal fan of the show after I started seeing it on Lifetime a few years ago.  I also watched the show on DVD.  This show is fantastic … and, if you’re trying to ease the Sunday blues and if you’re trying to avoid watching sporting events on Sunday afternoons, you should try to watch “The Golden Girls” on TV Land for at least 30 minutes or so.  It will put a smile on your face.  Blanche is my favorite “Golden Girls” character.

If you ever need something to watch on Sundays, make sure you watch at least one episode of “The Golden Girls” at some point between 8 in the morning and 6 in the evening.  You will be able to smile whenever you watch the show.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around February 19th in previous years …
Joseph went to The Lions Den Cafe! (February 19, 2018)
Joseph is finally getting a new mattress (Part 1) (February 20, 2017)
My Claiborne jacket (February 19, 2016)
Some great buttoned-down shirts of mine (part 1) (February 19, 2015)
Some great buttoned-down shirts of mine (part 2) (February 20, 2015)

Watching “The Lucy Show” on DVD

I started using my computer again over the weekend … and, this past week, I gave my computer a break for just over a week.  While I was doing that, I was able to watch the fourth and fifth seasons of “The Lucy Show” on DVD.  I had never seen most of the show’s episodes from season 4 before, so it was a blast for me to see episodes of the show from that season.  I really enjoyed them.  I have seen episodes from the show’s fifth season many times.  I would watch them on various “Lucy Show” DVDs and I once watched it on the now-defunct WBGN, which was an independent station in Pittsburgh.  When I saw episodes from the show’s fifth season on DVD this past week, I was amazed as to how “clear” the episodes were.  Before that, whenever I would watch the show on my other DVDs, the pictures were sometimes a little bit fuzzy.  I like this show a lot … and, if it’s on TV again, I may watch it in the future.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around February 4th in previous years …
Joseph’s new green lacrosse pullover top (February 4, 2018)
How should I remember Piglet this Sunday? (February 6, 2017)
Joseph’s Rejected Features (February 3, 2016)
I got a fantastic T-shirt this week! (February 10, 2015)
Joseph’s Road To His 30th Birthday: Joseph’s 19th Year On Earth (February 7, 2016)

Joseph’s Weekends Are Full Of Class!

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On November 18, 2018, Joseph was watching news anchor Paul Martino and weatherman Ray Petelin on KDKA’s Sunday evening newscast.

On November 18, 2018, I was watching KDKA’s Sunday evening newscast for about 20 minutes or so … and I saw two personalities who were classy in several ways.  They are Paul Martino, a reporter and an anchor for KDKA, and Ray Petelin, who is one of their meteorologists.  Before that, he was the weekend evening meteorologist at WTAE for seven years.  Until September of this year, they both aired on two different stations at the same time.  Now I can watch them both on the same station at the same time on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Seeing those two personalities on KDKA prompted me to write this blog post, which is about seeing TV personalities on weekends.  WPXI’s weekend newscasts are full of classy people.  Kevin Benson, who has been WPXI weekend weatherman for over 30 years, is easily one of the classiest weathermen on TV.  He appears on just about every newscast on weekends.  The station has classy weekend anchors, like Marlisa Goldsmith, who is their weekend evening anchor, and Jennifer Tomazic, who is their weekend morning anchor.  They have classy weekend reporters too, like Erin Clarke and Lori Houy.

Some of WTAE’s classiest people are on their weekend newscasts.  One of them is weekend morning weatherperson Cam Tran … and another one is Brittany Hoke, who is both a reporter and an anchor for the station.

As I said before, Paul Martino and Ray Petelin are two of KDKA’s classiest personalities … and they give KDKA’s weekend evening newscasts some class.  The station’s Saturday morning newscasts have a classy person as its anchor … and her name is Brenda Waters.  I like it whenever she needs her newscasts by saying, “Have a positive day!”

Finally, the cable news channels are full of classy people on weekends.  Some of them include Lynn Smith, who anchors “Weekend Express” on HLN, and Ana Cabrera, who anchors the weekend evening editions of “CNN Newsroom” on CNN.

I love weekends because they are almost always full of classy people to watch on television.

In honor of my blog’s fifth year, I’d like to show you five blog posts that I wrote down on or around December 6th in previous years …
A terrific nurse and a terrific friend (December 6, 2017)
I had Lyme disease six months ago! (December 6, 2016)
Joseph’s Road To His 30th Birthday: Joseph’s Tenth Year On Earth (December 6, 2015)
We’ve had our red truck for one year now! (December 13, 2014)
A cloud-free sunset (December 7, 2015)

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