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Spend weekend with Andy, Opie, Aunt Bea

By Mark Washburn
mwashburn@charlotteobserver.com

WCCB (Channel 18) has scheduled a weekend mini-marathon of the old "Andy Griffith Show."

WCCB will air old episodes Saturday and Sunday 2 to 8 p.m. Next weekend, the station has scheduled episodes 5 to 8 p.m.

Griffith, a native of Mount Airy, died a year ago this week. Mount Airy is said to be the model for Mayberry, the North Carolina hamlet featured in the folksy show that ran on CBS for eight years beginning in 1960.

Episodes will be shown in order. First up is "The New Housekeeper," in which Aunt Bea is introduced.

WCCB switched to the CW network this week after losing the Fox affiliation to WJZY (Channel 46).

One small bit of trivia associated with the switch: Ashley Anderson was a reporter for WCCB on its first 10 p.m. news show broadcast New Year's night in 2000. On Sunday, the last night the station carried the Fox network, she anchored the newscast.

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