PIX, PIX, PIX ... If you get this ...
.. then you remember Channel 11 in its old-school heyday. The phrase was uttered by countless kids who'd call into the station during cartoon time to play a primitive "Space Invaders" type game, trying to match the utterance of a "PIX" with a strike on the screen. (And yes, there was always the clown who'd exclaim "PIX PIX PIX PIX," to the frustration of genial staff announcers such as Ralph Lowenstein.)
TV Pixx is but one of many WPIX memories people of a certain age savor. Another is repeats of "The Honeymooners," "The Odd Couple," and "The Jeffersons." And the thing is, you don't have to troll YouTube or plumb old Beta tapes to find these shows on the CW 11. Channel 11, unlike most other TV stations in the nation, still has respect for its history and the power of its old programming, so you now catch Felix and Oscar at 2 a.m. and George and Weezie at 2:30.
And Ralph and Alice? You can enjoy an hour's worth at 1 a.m. Monday mornings, and, this being the age of interactivity, you can even help program the hour. The station recently began a contest where viewers can select their faves for screening. Hey, that goes with the PIX vibe -- remember the phrase "What's your opinion, we'd like to know."
[Full disclosure: amNY is part of Tribune, the owners of WPIX. Even more disclosure: We're nuts about old TV.] A few years back, WPIX offered a "Pix at Night" slate of classics in prime-time, a noble experiment, as well as an "Odd Couple" marathon hosted by Tony Randall shortly before his death. So we're happy to tell old-school TV fans that they better make sure their cathode-ray tubes are fine-tuned come June. A station spokeswoman told us that WPIX is planning a 60th anniversary celebration with a retro day of programming. Will we hear the 11 Alive jingle again? Hang out with Paula and Carol on "The Magic Garden?" We hope so.
-- Rolando Pujol