WSILTV History

WSIL History

This page is dedicated to the early days of WSIL-TV and the early days of television. The station and the industry has come a long way since 1953. These videos and photos are from the archives of WSIL. Read more »

More WSIL History Stories

Cactus Pete - Featuring Bill Plater

A very rare recording of Bill Plater as "Cactus Pete" featuring Carl Reynolds as "Sheriff Red Eye." Read More »

Cactus Pete - So Long, Buckaroos!

Cactus Pete does his familiar sign-off, "So Long, Buckaroos!" Read More »

Cactus Pete - Tin Cup Offer

Get your tin cup so you can drink your Dairy Brand milk just like old Cactus Pete. Read More »

Cactus Pete - Funny Looking Car

In this clip from the Cactus Pete's Funny Company show, Cactus Pete talks about a funny looking car he saw. Read More »

Cactus Pete - Watching TV

A clip from Cactus Pete's Funny Company show. This children's program aired on WSIL from the mid-1950's until the 1970's. Read More »

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