1995 TV Mashup

In the fall of 1995 I tossed a tape in the VCR and somewhat indiscriminately recorded while I flipped channels over a few different nights. The above video is the result. Most of it is not locally relevant, but there are a few clips from Duluth Public Access Community Television, including two excerpts from Colleen Shannon’s In My Room.

Some of the transitions are edits I made in 2015 for the purpose of cutting this down to 28 minutes, but many of them are just what naturally happened in 1995 when I paused the tape, changed channels and resumed recording.

Yes, I know how geeky this is. Yes, I’m proud of myself.


Eddy Gilmore

about 6 years ago

Passion, Profit, POWER. AWESOME!

Chris Vadnais

about 6 years ago

In My Room is mint.


about 6 years ago

Was there a (hint louder than) subliminal sound of a helicopter? I honestly kept listening because it was sort of hypnotizing. I am a sucker for trying to get out of the work in front of me!

Paul Lundgren

about 6 years ago

I think what you are hearing is bad audio resulting from me using cheap equipment to digitize the footage.


about 6 years ago

Was that bit with David Letterman as a weatherman on KDLH Duluth just using Duluth as a random punch line?

Paul Lundgren

about 6 years ago

That was a coincidence in which the old Letterman weather footage happened to coincide almost perfectly with KDLH-TV's station identification. The graphic isn't part of the 1970s stock footage; it was generated by KDLH to appear locally over part of the 1995 Letterman broadcast.

Andy Miller

about 6 years ago

Oh man... I need a Reba Visa...

This was recorded in the prime of my TV watching days... I feel like I've seen it all before... 

I miss the old Comedy Central logo

Paul Lundgren

about 6 years ago

I should note, by the way, that the original edit of this included two clips from Mystery Science Theater 3000, but it was flagged for copyright infringement, so I had to cut those two parts out.

Paul Lundgren

about 2 years ago

Update: This video made it three and a half years before getting flagged for additional copyright violations: some music video excerpt, a Barry White video clip, and a Baywatch scene.

Maybe I'll cut those out and re-upload some day.

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