In my day...
There were a total of 7 UHF channels: 17, 23, 24, 26, 29, 30 & 47 Half of those channels were North of our house, and the others were South. Our antenna was on a motor. So, depending on the channel you wanted to watch, you had to turn the control box knob to command the antenna to turn toward the transmitter. It took a couple of minutes for the antenna to move and it went Click, Click, Click, Click... as it marched around the dial.
ABC: 17 & 47
NBC: 23 & 24
CBS: 29 & 30
There were also local shows on in-between the network shows, so (for example) Popeye might be on Channel 29 at 3:30 PM, but Channel 30 might have something else. But they would both have The Waltons.
Cartoons were only shown at two times: Saturday morning and weekday afternoons - and the weekday afternoon shows were old reruns of Popeye, Mighty Mouse, Woody Woodpecker, etc. Weekday mornings were shows like Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Rodgers for little kids. Sunday mornings had Gumby and Davy & Goliath.
Edited by billybob_jcv - 9/15/13 at 10:00pm