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Get Your 1970s Pop Culture On Get TV

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Glen Campbell's 1982-83 syndicated show airs on Get TV.

What do Glen Campbell, Andy Griffith, Emmylou Harris, Flip Wilson, Dolly Parton, Ricky Nelson, Johnny Cash, Freddie Fender, Bette Midler, Carl Perkins, Dustin Hoffman, Bob Hope and Sonny and Cher have in common?

All appeared in 1970s and early 1980s TV shows which air 10 p.m.-midnight Sundays on Get TV.

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Willie Nelson with Dolly Parton in this 1985 CBS Television publicity photo.

On Sunday, June 30, we'll get two half-hour Glen Campbell Music Show episodes from 1982, with guests Willie Nelson, Roger Miller and Jerry Reed, and two half-hour Dolly shows starring Dolly Parton from 1976 with Ronnie Milsap, Mel Tillis and Ralph Emery.

In July, Get TV digs deep into its TV archives for rare gems starring Johnny Cash, Campbell, Parton and Sonny and Cher with guest stars ranging from Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn and Carl Perkins to Ricky Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Andy Griffith and game show host/singer Chuck Woolery.

Every Sunday night, I check out the Get TV lineup for great 1970s music and comedy. Last week Get TV's Sunday lineup featured Bette Midler's 1977 special, Ol' Red Hair Is Back with Dustin Hoffman and clown Emmett Kelly, and Ann-Margret's 1977 Rhinestone Cowgirl special with Bob Hope, Perry Como, Minnie Pearl and Chet Atkins.

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Johnny Cash hosted a variety show for ABC from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium 1969-71.

The week before, I caught a 1976 Johnny Cash and Friends show with Roy Clark, Tanya Tucker, Steve Martin and June Carter Cash, followed by the 1977 Mac Davis: Sounds Like Home with Parton, Tom Jones and disco queen Donna Summer!

I'm not a huge country music fan. But Get TV reruns of the 1969-71 ABC Johnny Cash Show recorded in Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium (when it was still home to the Grand Ole Opry) have a wonderfully eclectic mix of music superstars: Creedence Clearwater Revival; Eric Clapton's Derek & The Dominos; Stevie Wonder; bluegrass legend Bill Monroe; Merle Haggard; Anne Murray; Ricky Nelson; Kris Kristofferson; Roy Orbison; Loretta Lynn; Chet Atkins; the Staple Singers; gospel singer Mahalia Jackson; James Taylor; and Jose Feliciano. The Johnny Cash Show cast included his wife June Carter Cash, Carl Perkins, the Statler Brothers and Cash's group, The Tennessee Three.

In April-May, Get TV aired Sonny and Cher shows with guest stars David Bowie, Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka and opera singer Robert Merrill; actresses Twiggy and Farrah Fawcett; comedian Flip Wilson; rocker Gregg Allman;  and actors Don Knotts, Harvey Korman, Carroll O'Connor, Tony Randall, Glenn Ford, Chuck Connors and Griffith.

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Filp Wilson (right) with Buddy Hackett from his 1973 NBC variety series.

You never know what Get TV will pull out of the vault. A couple times I saw a 1970 Smokey Robinson Show with The Temptations, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder. On June 9, I watched a 1974 Flip Wilson… Of Course comedy special with Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin and Peter Sellers.

On Memorial Day weekend, Get TV aired a couple of  roasts: The Friars Roast of Don Rickles with Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett, Milton Berle, Henny Youngman and newsman Chet Huntley from 1970; and The Friars Roast of Jerry Lewis with Carson, Berle, Rickles, Alan King, Jack Carter and Charlie Callas from 1971.

Here's the Get TV lineup through July 21, according to the channel's website:

SUNDAY JUNE 30

10 p.m. Glen Campbell Music Show with Willie Nelson and Roger Miller from Nov. 20, 1982.

10:30 p.m. Glen Campbell Music Show with Jerry Reed from Dec. 18, 1982.

11 p.m.  Dolly with Ronnie Milsap and Ralph Emery from Feb. 1, 1976.

11:30 p.m.  Dolly with singer/songwriter Mel Tillis and Emery. May 30, 1976

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Dolly Parton in 1977.

SUNDAY JULY 7

10 p.m. Glen Campbell Music Show with Tammy Wynette from Jan 22, 1983.

10:30 p.m. Glen Campbell Music Show with Emmylou Harris and Glen's parents from 1982.

11 p.m.  Dolly with Freddie Fender and Ralph Emery from Jan. 1 1977.

11:30 p.m.  Dolly with Tom T. Hall and Ralph Emery from June 13, 1976.

SUNDAY JULY 14

10 p.m. Johnny Cash Show with Glen Campbell, Marty Robbins, Carl Perkins, June Carter Cash and Nancy Ames from Jan. 28, 1970.

11 p.m. Glen Campbell Music Show with Ronnie Milsap and Glen's sister Sandi Brink from Feb. 26, 1983.

11:30 p.m. Dolly with Chuck Woolery and Ralph Emery from Feb. 15, 1976.

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Sonny and Cher singing on CBS in 1973

SUNDAY JULY 21

10 p.m. Johnny Cash Show with Loretta Lynn, Ricky Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Carl Perkins and June Carter Cash from April 29, 1970.

11 p.m. Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour with Andy Griffith from Dec. 11, 1972.

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.