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Joseph’s Moment Of Peace: Watching WQED on weekend afternoons

Since the Fall of 2018, I have been able to watch WQED on Saturday and Sunday afternoon for a few hours whenever the pledge-drive shows are not airing. I generally watch this channel in my “computer room” for three hours on some Saturdays … and I watch it for one to three hours on Sundays, depending on what kinds of shows are airing then.

It actually started on the afternoon of October 27, 2018. I was watching the Pittsburgh TV stations cover an incident, which happened at Tree Of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill that morning, and, after I had gotten tired of seeing them talking about it for a while, I switched over to WQED … and, since then, I have been able to watch the station for a while on the weekends.

Watching WQED on some weekend afternoons relaxes me, depending on which programs are airing. The programs that air on there at those times are sometimes fun to watch. It’s hard for me to pick a great show that I really like to see on there on the weekends, but, if I had to pick one, it would probably have to be “The Woodwright’s Shop,” which airs at 2:30 on some Saturday afternoons.

If you need to watch some relaxing shows on weekends, may I suggests watching WQED for a few hours on weekend afternoons? It may relax you in a big way. The channel relaxes me in a big way.

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Joseph’s Top Blog Posts For July 2020

We are almost halfway through 2020 already … and it has been a rather interesting year so far, to say the least. Today, I am going to talk about some of the posts that I’ll be writing down in July. My features are coming back this month … and, then, I’ll give my features a break in August as I prepare to celebrate my blog’s sixth year.

One of my blog posts will be entitled “I still have my half-zip hooded jacket two years later!” I will talk about my grey half-zip Beautiful Giant hooded jacket, which I have owned for nearly two years, in the blog post.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “Our new bathroom is three years old!” I will talk about our bathroom in that blog post at some point in July.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “I have owned my Pitt tank top for five years!” I have owned my blue Pitt tank top for nearly five years now … and I will talk about it in the blog post next month.

I will write my 1,400th blog post next month … and it will be entitled “Joseph’s 1,400th Blog Post Is About A Classy Zip-Up Hoodie!” I can’t tell you which hoodie I will talk about in my 1,400th blog post, but I can assure you it will be about a classy hoodie. Which one do you think I will talk about in that blog post in July?

I will be using my blog’s features in July. Let me tell you how I’ll be using them this time. Some of these posts may catch your eye.

Joseph’s Flashback-Joseph saw the old WPXI building on Television Hill before it was torn down!
Joseph Has A Question For You-How should Joseph celebrate his blog’s sixth birthday next month?
Joseph’s Moment Of Peace-Watching WQED on weekend afternoons
Let’s Talk About A Past Blog Post-Joseph “Gets Railed” For The Holidays In A Stylish Way!

I hope you guys will be able to check out at least one of my blog posts in July. At least one of them may catch your eye. Enjoy your day and stay safe!

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Some Pittsburgh TV personalities were on more than one station!

Yesterday evening, former KDKA weatherman Jeff Verszyla did the weather reports for WTAE’s Sunday evening newscasts. It was the first time since late 2018 that Jeff had appeared on TV. He worked at KDKA for more than 20 years before he started to do weather reports for WTAE.

Seeing Jeff do the weather on both KDKA and WTAE prompted me to talk about some other Pittsburgh TV personalities who appeared on one or more TV stations over the years in today’s blog post.

A few of Pittsburgh’s TV personalities were on more than one TV stations over the years … and I will tell you a few of the personalities that worked at more than one Pittsburgh TV station over the years.

Some of the people who worked at more than one Pittsburgh TV station over the years include Rich Walsh, who worked at WPXI and is now at KDKA, Christine D’Antonio, who worked at KDKA and is now at WPXI, Ray Petelin, who worked at WTAE and is now at KDKA and Ashley Dougherty, who worked at KDKA as a freelancer and is now at WTAE as a regular weather person.

Several other people worked at two Pittsburgh TV stations over the years … and those people are also fantastic personalities. I am honestly say that I have watched at least one of these personalities on more than one of the stations that they have appeared on. They do a fantastic job on their stations, each and every time.

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Happy 40th Birthday, CNN!

Today, CNN, which is the Cable News Network, is 40 years old. For the past five months or so, I have been able to watch CNN on a daily basis for several hours in a day. In fact, as I type this blog post, I am watching CNN in my “computer room.” In my house, it’s on Comcast Channel 32. I also have the CNN app … and I may watch CNN on there whenever I want to see it on my smartphone. CNN has some fantastic people and some fantastic shows on there as well.

CNN is one of my favorite cable networks ever … and I’m able to watch it as often as I can whenever I’m in my “computer room.” I’ll also watch it in either my living room or in my dining room. I’ll also see it on the CNN app or on CNN’s website … and, sometimes, I’ll watch various CNN shows on demand if I see anything interesting on there. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite show on CNN because there are lots of good shows on there, but if I had to pick one, I would probably have to say that “Erin Burnett OutFront” is my favorite CNN show. I used to watch it on demand, but now I’ll occasionally watch it at around 7:00 on weekday evenings. I probably won’t watch the whole show, but I may watch bits and pieces of it whenever I get bored.

Let me just wish CNN a happy 40th birthday today. It’s one of the best cable networks ever … and I will continue to watch it as often as I can in the future. The network is that good.

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Joseph Likes To Watch Hoda And Jenna On NBC’s “Today Show!”

One of my favorite programs to watch during the week is the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today Show,” which features Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager.  Hoda is one of the anchors of NBC’s “Today Show,” which airs on WPXI from 7-9 on weekday mornings, and Jenna is the daughter of former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.

Now, I sometimes watch a few minutes of the fourth hour of “The Today Show” on WPXI during the 10:00 hour on weekday mornings … and, sometimes, I will also watch the show on demand.  If you take out the local commercials that air during the show, it will run for either 52 or 53 minutes.  Well, anyway, this show is fun to watch … and it almost always puts a smile on my face.  Hoda and Jenna have done the fourth hour of “The Today Show” together for just over one year now … and they have not been able to do the show in the same studio together too much during that time period.  That’s because they were both on their maternity leaves at different times over the past several months … and they are currently doing the show in separate locations because of the Coronavirus Outbreak.  I really like this show a lot … and the show puts a smile on my face almost every time I watch it.

Before Jenna became Hoda’s co-host on the fourth hour of “The Today Show,” Kathie Lee Gifford, who once did a morning talk show with Regis Philbin, was Hoda’s co-host … and I really enjoyed the show whenever Kathie Lee and Hoda did it.

If you need a pick-me-up and if you are near a TV set at 10:00 on a weekday morning, may I suggest that you check out the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today Show” with Hoda and Jenna on your local NBC station?  Here in Pittsburgh, that would be WPXI.  It will put a smile on your face.  You can also watch it on demand at a later time if you can’t watch it at 10:00 on weekday mornings.  I sometimes watch it on demand before I go to sleep.

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Joseph recently wrote his 1,337th blog post down!

This past Sunday, while I was checking out my statistics on my blog, I was able to see some of the notifications on it as well … and, as I was looking at them, I noticed something unusual in one of those notifications.  In one of the blue badges, there was a pencil in it … and next to it was the number “1337.”  It was somewhat unusual because I didn’t think something exciting would happen if I got to this particular point on my blog.  Well, after seeing the badge … and after seeing the message saying that WordPress wants to congratulate me on writing 1,337 posts on my blog, I decided to search for the number on Google.  It turns out that the number “1,337” means “elite.”

Well, I just happened to write a blog post for you guys at 7:00 on Sunday morning … and little did I know it would become my 1,337th blog post.  The blog post is about me watching old episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on demand.  Those episodes are on OWN On Demand … and they are mainly from the second half of Oprah’s 25-year run on TV.  That would be from around the late ’90s until 2011.

So, anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to check out at least one or several of my 1,337 blog posts that I wrote down before I wrote the 1,337th blog post on Sunday.  I wrote a post yesterday, which was my 1,338th blog post … and, today, I’m writing a blog post, which is my 1,339th blog post.  So, if you would like to see the post that would quietly become an “elite” blog post, you can check out the link here …

Joseph Is Watching Old Episodes Of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” On Demand (My 1,337th Blog Post)

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On April 5, 2020, I wrote my 1,337th blog post on my blog. I didn’t know that “1,337” is a special number on this bog.

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Joseph Is Watching Old Episodes Of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” On Demand

Now, back in May of 2011, Oprah Winfrey’s talk show signed off for the last time after being on the air for nearly 25 years.  I was able to watch the talk show on several occasions while it was on the air.  Here in Pittsburgh, it aired on WTAE from the Fall of 1995 until May of 2011 … and, before that, it aired on KDKA for nine years.  Her talk show was (and still is) one of the best shows on television.

Now, over the past few weeks, I have been able to watch several episodes of Oprah’s talk show on demand, thanks to OWN On Demand.  OWN is short for Oprah Winfrey Show … and the network may show an episode of Oprah’s talk show from time to time.  Well, anyway, for the past few weeks, I have been able to watch some episodes of “The Oprah Show” in either the dining room or the living room.  They have some pretty interesting episodes of our show on demand.  Some of them are about good things … and some of them are about bad things.  Some of them are about both good things and bad things.

If you guys ever get bored and if you are able to watch shows on demand, maybe you can check out an old episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on demand.  It’s on OWN On Demand.  It might keep you busy for about 50 minutes or so.

Enjoy your day … and stay safe!

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Does Joseph Like Soap Operas?

Back in the 1930s, Procter and Gamble, the company that makes fantastic products like Crest toothpaste, Tide laundry detergent and Ivory soap, invented soap operas.  The first soap opera was a soap opera called “Painted Dreams,” which premiered on the radio in 1930 … and, for 90 years, we have had some fantastic soap operas on both radio and on TV.

Over the years, I have watched some soap operas, including “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Another World,” “Passions,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “One Life To Live,” “All My Children,” “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns,” just to name a few.  Only four of these soap operas are still on TV … and you can find them on your local stations on weekday afternoons.

If I have to pick a soap opera that I like the best out of all of them, I would probably have to say “General Hospital.”  It premiered on ABC back on April 1, 1963 … and this is no April Fools’ joke.  Tomorrow, the soap opera will turn 57 years old.  Only “Guiding Light” has reached the 57-year mark on TV.  It did so on June 30, 2009, nearly three months before the show ended its long run.  Two more soap operas aired for 50 or more years.  “Days of our Lives,” which is still on NBC, has aired for more than 54 years … and “As the World Turns,” which ended its run nearly 10 years ago in September of 2010, aired for 54 years.  Now, “Coronation Street,” which airs in England, has been on the air for nearly 60 years.

So, do I like soap operas?  Well, sometimes I do … and sometimes I don’t.  Of course, you don’t have to watch soap operas just on weekday afternoons anymore.  Now that all four soap operas are now viewable both on demand and online, you can watch them anytime, even on weekends.  They’re that good.

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Joseph’s Flashback: I heard a classy voice-over artist on FOX 53 whenever I was a kid!

Since October of 1986, WPGH has been Pittsburgh’s Fox affiliate.  At first, FOX only had a late night talk show with Joan Rivers … and, then, it would start airing FOX’s programs for several hours at night, starting in April of 1987.  Over the years, it would start airing programs in various dayparts … and, in primetime, they would start airing shows in primetime every night by 1993.

Now, WPGH is a fantastic station to watch … and, from the late ’80s until around the late ’90s or so, one man did the voiceovers for the promos that aired on FOX 53 every day.  He always did a fantastic job in doing voiceovers for the station.  His name is Bob Karson.  These days, he does a short program called “The Discovery Files,” which is from the National Science Foundation.  Those programs last for about one to two minutes or so.  Mr. Karson is a terrific voice-over artist, no matter what he does.  For example, if you were to watch WPGH in the early ’90s, you would likely hear him say, “You can watch a movie, Sunday afternoons at 2 on FOX 53.”

To say the least, the best years of FOX 53 were the years that featured Bob Karson’s voiceovers in the station’s promos.  If you were watching the station back then, you may have also heard him doing the movie intros, bumpers and outros that WPGH had at that time.

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Joseph’s Top Blog Posts For March 2020

The month of March is almost here … and Spring will officially be here in just a matter of weeks.  Today, I’m going to tell you about the blog posts that I’ll be writing down in March.  I already wrote one of these posts down yesterday, but, of course, I hope you will check it out in March anyway.  See if you can guess which one it is before you read this post any further.  I’ll give you the answer in the middle of this post.

At some point in March, I will write my 1,325th blog post … and it will be entitled “Joseph’s 1,325th Blog Post Is About A Classy Shirt!”  I can’t tell you which shirt I’ll be talking about yet.  I can assure you … the shirt that I’ll be talking about in that blog post will be a classy one.  I will give you a hint.  It will be about one of my polo shirts.

Another one of my blog posts is going to be entitled “Derek Papakie Turns 30 Today!”  I wrote this blog post down yesterday, but, of course, I hope you will check it out in March anyway.  In case you haven’t seen it yet, let me tell you what it will be about.  In the post, I wished my cousin and friend, Derek Papakie, a happy 30th birthday.  Derek is a terrific person.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “Joseph Puts ‘The Classy Test’ To The Test.”  Now, I will be talking about “The Classy Test” in the blog post … and I will ask you guys questions that are in this test.  Now, I first talked about it in a blog post last March … and I figured I should talk about it again.  I will probably ask myself these questions in the post as well.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “Joseph Still Has A Classy Chaps Button-Down Shirt One Year Later!”  I will talk about my plaid long-sleeve Chaps button-down shirt in a blog post in March.  The shirt is very classy, to say the least.

I will also use my blog’s features in March.  Let me tell you how I’ll be using them this time.

Joseph’s Flashback-I heard a classy voice-over artist on FOX 53 whenever I was a kid!
Joseph Has A Question For You-What should Joseph do in his “computer room” in the early evening hours?
Joseph’s Moment Of Peace-My Burt’s Bee Gloves
Let’s Talk About A Past Blog Post-Joseph’s New Classy IZOD Sweater

I hope you will check out at least one of these blog posts in the month of March, including the one that I wrote yesterday.  Did you guess which one it was?  Just scroll up to see the answer.  Enjoy your day!