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Saturday Shenanigans

Are you ready for a blast from the past? We are thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new Saturday Morning Cartoon block, “Saturday Shenanigans,” starting today, Saturday, May 27th, 2023. Get ready for a nostalgic trip down memory lane as we bring you an enchanting lineup of classic cartoons and other vintage children’s programming, including our favorite SPACE PATROL!

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Saturday Shenanigans – A Cartoon Extravaganza! Every Saturday morning, we’ll transport you back to the golden era of Saturday morning cartoons. Prepare to be captivated by beloved animated classics, heartwarming adventures, and the unforgettable characters that shaped our childhoods. From timeless favorites to hidden gems, Saturday Shenanigans promises a joyful start to your weekends.
  2. Catch Us Everywhere – Online, Roku, and Local Businesses! We want to make sure you can enjoy Saturday Shenanigans wherever you are. Tune in to our live stream on our website, available on New Ellijay Television, to immerse yourself in the magical world of cartoons.

    Don’t worry, Roku users, we’ve got you covered too! Find us on the NETV Roku app and easily stream the Saturday Shenanigans block on your television.

If you’re out and about in town, head over to the Ellijay Coffeehouse and other local businesses that support NETV. They’ll have our channel playing, so you can indulge in a cup of joe while reliving your favorite childhood memories.

  1. Rediscover the Magic – Classic Cartoons and Vintage Children’s Programming! Saturday Shenanigans is not just about cartoons; it’s a celebration of nostalgia and the joy of being a kid again. Our hand-picked lineup includes iconic shows that have stood the test of time, featuring characters, some of which have become household names and others who are just waiting to for their chance shine again.

    Get ready to laugh, cheer, and sing along as you rediscover the magic of vintage children’s programming.

We can’t wait to see the smiles on your faces as you join us for Saturday Shenanigans. Gather your loved ones, pour a bowl of cereal, and immerse yourself in the enchantment of Saturday morning cartoons.

Remember to stay connected with New Ellijay Television for all the latest updates, exclusive shows, and community-driven content. Follow us on social media for sneak peeks, interactive discussions, and special surprises.

Thank you for your continued support, and let’s make Saturday Shenanigans a cherished tradition in our beloved community! Join us this Saturday and every Saturday for a morning filled with laughter, excitement, and the timeless magic of childhood.

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Trolley Trouble (1927) – Restored and Scored!

We’re thrilled to announce the release of a restored version of the classic Disney cartoon “Trolley Trouble” with a brand new soundtrack! This 1927 animated short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, Oswald premiered to the world in this cartoon, and went on to appear in dozens of cartoons before ultimately being replaced by Mickey Mouse.

Here are some fun facts about Oswald and the early days of Disney animation:

  • Oswald was one of the first animated characters to have a consistent personality and backstory. He was known for his mischievous nature and his penchant for getting into trouble.
  • When Walt Disney lost the rights to Oswald, he was devastated. But he didn’t give up on animation, and instead went on to create a new character named Mickey Mouse, who would go on to become one of the most iconic animated characters of all time.
  • Oswald was eventually purchased by Universal Studios, and continued to appear in cartoons well into the 1930s.
  • In recent years, Oswald has made a comeback of sorts. He was featured in the popular video game “Epic Mickey” and has been embraced by Disney fans as a beloved character in his own right.

While not as well known as Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks was a key figure in the early days of Disney animation, and played a major role in the creation of both Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. He worked closely with Walt Disney in the 1920s and 1930s, serving as a chief animator and helping to develop the distinctive Disney animation style. In fact, Iwerks was the one who actually designed Mickey Mouse, creating the character’s iconic round ears and white gloves.

However, Iwerks’ relationship with Disney was not always smooth sailing. When Disney lost the rights to Oswald in the late 1920s, Iwerks found himself caught in the middle. He was one of the few animators who remained loyal to Disney during this difficult time, but he also recognized the potential of working with the popular Oswald character. Ultimately, Iwerks left Disney in 1930 to start his own animation studio, where he continued to work on Oswald cartoons. While Iwerks’ solo efforts were not as successful as those of Disney, he remained a respected figure in the animation industry and continued to work on various projects throughout his career.

Despite being overshadowed by Mickey Mouse, Oswald has remained a beloved character, and it’s exciting to see his first released appearance, “Trolley Trouble”, restored to its full glory. The restoration of “Trolley Trouble” was a labor of love, and we’re proud to have been a part of it. We’ve enhanced the picture quality to give viewers the clearest and most vibrant picture possible, while the new soundtrack adds excitement and energy to the already thrilling rampage on rails.

“Trolley Trouble” is a prime example of the early days of Disney animation, and we’re excited to share it. So if you’re looking to dive into the history of animation, head over to our independent streaming service, New Ellijay Television, and check out “Trolley Trouble” with its brand new restoration and soundtrack. And while you’re there, be sure to explore the other classic cartoons available for streaming.

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Archival TV: Why Yesterday’s Classics Matter Today

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While the focus of New Ellijay TV is local-first, a quick glance through the on-demand library will show you that’s not all there is to see. You can also stream dozens of films such as Vincent Price’s classic House on Haunted Hill or cartoons like Popeye The Sailor Meets Sinbad The Sailor through the NETV archives channel, with more added all the time.

At first, it might seem odd to spend so much time archiving and uploading these classics. But, as you’ll see below, cataloging and restoring archival TV is an important process that could help preserve entertainment for generations. Here are just a few reasons why it’s such an important task.


It’s easier and more profitable for media companies to let these old properties fly off into the sunset to live in obscurity instead of dedicating labor and resources to preservation.

When this happens, one of three things occurs:

Realistically, the property will live on a site like and fade away. While is a fantastic resource, it doesn’t offer much in terms of discoverability due to how vast the website truly is.

In other cases, companies may put together barebones DVD compilations, with few to no extras. This might seem better than the first option, but frankly, the quality of these compilations are often so lackluster that you’re better off skipping them.

The third option is for a media company to take the time and effort re-release, upscale, or remaster their properties for modern audiences. While remastering takes the most time, it’s ultimately the most important, as it’s the only scenario in which the media is preserved in a digital format.

To make an already complicated job even tougher, most productions would simultaneously film and preserve footage through kinescope recording, which involved filming the live broadcast on a monitor and transposing that footage onto a tape reel.

If you’ve ever wondered why a lot of old shows look grainy, it’s because the kinescope process, while effective, didn’t offer much in terms of image quality, so the footage that we do have from this era often needs a lot of love.

Historical Value

Many of these old shows and movies have had a major influence on today’s entertainment. 

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, for instance, was one of TV’s earliest sitcoms, and without it, you can pretty much forget about shows like The Simpsons or Modern Family. In fact, it was one of the very first shows to break the fourth wall and acknowledge the audience, something sitcoms have cribbed from ever since.

Many of the projects NETV focuses on come from an interesting point in history, too, as they’re from an era where producers were trying whatever they could to translate radio plays to a visual medium.

They represent a weird era of entertainment where companies would just try anything to see what would stick. It was a period of experimentation, where you’d always find someone trying something odd yet ingenious.

If it weren’t for the type of experimentation creators were doing, today’s media landscape would look completely different, and it’s important to honor that work.


At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how old a piece of media is. If it’s interesting and entertaining, it’s often worth preserving.

While these classics might stream in black and white and the footage might be a little grainy, a good story is a good story.

It’d be easy to thumb your nose at something like Space Patrol because of how “old” it looks. But you’d be missing out on some fantastic stories that hold up surprisingly well today.

When push comes to shove, a good story is a good story, regardless of when and how it was first told.

Champion Archival TV With Us

Archival TV is important, and without the right love and care, most of these old shows and movies will sit in a dusty warehouse somewhere, likely damaged by the passage of time. That’s not fair to audiences who deserve to see these fun, campy, and often surprisingly progressive pieces of art.

All of our archival TV and movies are free to watch, so find your next favorite or just relive a classic in a brand-new way. If archival TV isn’t your thing, don’t worry, we have plenty of original content too, with more developed and released all the time!

If you’d rather get involved and make your own show, get in touch and let us know what you’re hoping to do! We’re looking to work with creators from all backgrounds.

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‘Expedition Sasquatch’: The Sasquatch Hunting Show That Isn’t Really About Killing Sasquatch

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Sasquatch is a menace who can, and must, be compromised to a permanent end. At least, according to Jack, Fat Jimbo, Intern Jess, and the rest of the team at Expedition Sasquatch, New Ellijay TV’s premier and only streaming TV show about hunting and killing sasquatch.

But Expedition Sasquatch is more than a comedy mockumentary about finding and likely maiming new types of sasquatch (though there could be a mouse ‘squatch right behind you and you’d never know).

At its core, Expedition Sasquatch is a show about a group of like-minded people coming together to pool their collective knowledge and resources to solve a common goal, even if that goal happens to be bizarre and difficult. It’s about knowing the odds and throwing caution to the wind anyway in favor of finding an accepting community.

‘Accepting’ is a word that does a lot of heavy lifting, as this isn’t a show that aims to punch down at people. While some of the stories and encounters are played for laughs, you’re laughing with the characters, not at them.

And that’s an extremely important distinction.

Expedition Sasquatch has accidentally become NETV’s most autobiographical show. Not because we’re hunting sasquatch (we already found several species, you’re just not ready), but because NETV has always aimed to be an inclusive and welcoming environment that encourages new ideas and perspectives.

We believe that media should be fun, weird, and accessible.

Most of the equipment used to film Expedition Sasquatch is simple point-and-shoot tech that anyone with a Makerspace subscription can use to tell their own stories.

You don’t have to care about sasquatch – or cryptids in any form, really – to enjoy Expedition Sasquatch.

It’s a show for anyone who has ever considered themselves an outsider or had a goal that others considered ‘strange’. Just like Jess and Jimbo aim to hear as many believers’ stories as possible, NETV is a network where anyone’s stories can be heard, so please, join us and let your voice be heard.

The first episode is streaming now on NETV’s on demand section, so make sure to check it out. You can also sign up for our mailing list to make sure you’re in the know when new episodes drop.

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Roku App Available Now

Guess what? We’re on Roku! We’ve had a beta app available for some time, but now we’re official! You can Find New Ellijay Television in the roku store, or add New Ellijay TV directly to your roku. This means you can enjoy New Ellijay Television on your … Television, along side all your other Roku channels.

Apps for other platforms are coming soon, but if you have a special request get in touch and let us know.

So, what are you waiting for? Go watch our Live Stream, catch a rock show, or join the world’s worst bigfoot hunters on their quest to Find and Kill Bigfoot.

Of course, if none of that is to your liking, you can always Make TV With Us and get the things you want to see on the airwaves.