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Bombshelter Videos originally aired more than 20 years ago on KSTW-TV11 every Thursday night from Nov 1987-Nov 1988 and once or twice every weekend on KTZZ-TV22 from May 1989-Sept 1994. Bombshelter Videos created a cult-like following of late night fans that credits the programs weekly broadcasts for playing a significant role, in exposing them, to what ultimately became known as “Grunge” and the "Seattle Music Scene".

Early episodes of Bombshelter Videos premiered, now famous, alternative rock bands like Sonic Youth, Nine Inch Nails, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. BSV even produced and aired the first Sub Pop TV commercials ever. It was for Soundgarden’s “Screaming Life” EP (1987).

Hosting live at Catch 22. Anchorage, AK 1983

Music Video History

ck in 1984 Frank Harlan was hosting 4 hours of music videos 10pm-2am, 5 nights a week...Live on Catch 22!

CATCH 22 was an experimental UHF broadcast television station in Anchorage, AK. Lots of programmers were experimenting with a music video format way back then. As a matter of fact, MTV was only a year old at the time. After about a year at Catch 22 Harlan, ans a few other late night video jocks were "Let go". So, he moved his projects to what was then called the Open Channel which formally became known in the cable TV industry as Community Access. There he continued to create Bombshelter Videos and defined the concept of his 30 minute weekly series.

This is how it all began...

Bill Bored hosting from the original Bombshelter Videos set. It was in a back bedroom of his apartment in Anchorage, Alaska.

All episodes that aired on Catch 22 were shot at this location.

Alaskan punk rock band the Clyng-Onz actually shot their music video "Let's Get Juvenile!" at this location.

Anchorage, Alaska
circa 1984

Bill Bored hosting from the second incarnation of the Bombshelter Videos set that was kept in the garage of a house he shared with other performance artists and musicians.

A lot of great production took place in that garage including a series called Frank-N-Bart Comedy Network and a Clyng-Onz music video titled, "Bum".

Working with the Open Channel (Community Access), Harlan was able to have full-time access to professional 3/4" broadcast quality equipment. He continued to produce there until he relocated to Seattle, Washington (June 1987) to launch the half-hour formatted version of Bombshelter on broadcast television.

Anchorage, Alaska
circa 1986

After the big move from Alaska to Seattle, Frank set up production in the dining room area of his Capitol Hill apartment, just a few blocks east of Broadway.

Dozens of national and local bands dropped in to do program i.d.'s including Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Sonic Youth, D.O.A and many others. The neighbors were amused.

Bombshelter Videos premiered in Seattle on KTZZ-TV11, November of 1987 with Sonic Youth on-camera saying, "...stay tune for Bombshelter Videos, next on this station".

All programs aired on KTZZ were shot at this loation.

Seattle, Washington
Circa 1987

South Lake Union Apt.- Upper level

In 1989, the Bombshelter set was recreated and located in the dining room, right in the middle of the apartment. In order to get to the kitchen or bedroom, the far right panel of the set opened up like a hidden door.

When the landlord got the squaters out of the basement unit, we rented it too. And, moved our production studio and the Bombshelter set to the ground level of the triplex.

Seattle, Washington
Circa 1989

South Lake Union Studio

From the beginning of the series, band's flyers were pulled from electrical poles around Seattle and plastered on the walls of the Bombshelter set.

Band flyers were added every 4 episodes so the backdrop always appeared a little different and 100's of bands (even the ones without videos) were paid homage.


Photo: Robert Barkley, DP and Bill on set. Seattle, Washington
Circa 1990


BSV's Ballard Studio, located on 65th street and was a converted old movie theater. We did most of the work converting it...

The new studio-style Bombshelter set was on wheels and measured 9 feet across the back and 13 feet across the front. It was the biggest Bombshelter ever!

The theater was a big space, the studio only occupied about half of it. There was a sign shop on one corner of the building and several band practice spaces inside. War Babies practiced there, and the Posies and Nirvana shared a space there too. Sometimes you could hear them jamming into the wee hours of the night.

Seattle, Washington
Circa 1992

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