Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Remembering King Kong on Thanksgiving: The Days of WOR-TV

For those who grew up around the New York area in the '70s and '80s, King Kong went with Thanksgiving in the same way that Santa went with Christmas.

For those that were either removed from the New York/New Jersey area, or are too young to remember, WOR-TV would play their annual King Kong marathon every Thanksgiving. A tradition which typically consisted of the 1933 original, Son of Kong, and Mighty Joe Young. Every so often things would be changed up and King Kong vs. Godzilla or King Kong Escapes would be played - but the original King Kong was always a staple in the line-up.

Unfortunately, due to major companies owning most television stations, tighter programing constraints, and simply lack of creativity, the tradition has long since disappeared. However, in an age of DVDs the tradition can continue to live on, though, sadly, without the quirky local commercials that always proved to be a welcomed intermission. Yet, all is not completely lost because, thanks to Youtube, a sample of days gone by can be relived once again...

Happy King Kong (Thanksgiving) Day!

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