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TV Ads – 1978 – KXAN Ch 36 Austin Programming Promos Of Magnum P I + Marx Bro Night At The Opera


KXAN Channel 36 TV is an NBC affiliated television station licensed to Austin, Texas….as the station is owned by Nexstar Media Group as part of a duopoly with Llano licensed MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO  (channel 14)….as Nexstar also operates CW affiliate KNVA (channel 54) under a local marketing agreement with owner Vaughan Media. The three stations share studios on West Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (between the Old West Austin section of Austin and the University of Texas at Austin campus)….while KXAN’s transmitter is located at the West Austin Antenna Farm north of West Lake Hills

KXAN is one of two stations in Austin (the other being KVUE, channel 24) to retain its original network affiliation in the wake of a network swap between KTBC and Fox station KBVO (now KEYE-TV, channel 42) in 1995….as a result of Fox’s affiliation deal with New World Communications due to that network acquiring rights to NFL games.

Magnum, P.I. is an American crime drama television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator (P.I.) living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1978 to 1988….and according to the Nielsen ratings, Magnum, P.I. consistently ranked in the top twenty U.S. television programs during the first five years of its original run in the United States.

A Night at the Opera….which was a 1935 American comedy film starring the Marx Brothers….which featured Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Margaret Dumont, Sig Ruman, and Walter Woolf King. It was the first film the Marx Brothers made for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after their departure from Paramount Pictures….and the first after Zeppo left the act. 

A smash hit at the box office, A Night at the Opera was selected in 1993 for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.  It is also included in the 2007 update of AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies at number 85….as it had previously appeared in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs 2000 showing at number 12.

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