In the month of December, Mom would tune in a serial on the radio called the Cinnamon Bear. The radio show was originally from 1937 and told the tale of a brother and sister trying to find their missing Christmas tree star in Maybeland with the help of a stuffed bear that came to life. I do not remember the station Mom found the radio show on but I remember her tuning it in each year.
I also remember the whole family sitting down to watch Wild Kingdom and then The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights. Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom was all about animals from all over the world. Disney had documentaries, cartoons and and educational shows.
Of course during the junior high days, there was the monthly ABC After School Specials. For some reason I really enjoyed watching those. The stories were always different. The trick to watching them was to get home before my brother. Matt wanted to watch cartoons, the Three Stooges or baseball, ugh....... Sometime during junior high I got my own tv in my room which was a big improvement over watching TV in the basement if Mom and Dad were watching in the family room.
Thank you to Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog (http://wetree.blogspot.com