Hi Twin4002, I believe your story to an extent.
The reason I believe you is I grew up in Oscoda, well actually Ausable, but it is all the same town.
Your parents are right when they said 2 or 3 channels, channel 11 was/is the local Alpena channel, the other was channel 50 out of detroit, and I
don't remember the other.
I lived there from 1968 thru 1990, and recall hearing relatives talking about people seeing ufos near WAFB. (Wurtsmith is the proper spelling)
The first appearance was between 1966 and 1969, and all I can remember is that planes were sent to identify it and that they couldn't catch it.
The second appearance was sometime around 1976, or 77.
That's the one where the ufo was seen near the bomb storage facilities on WAFB, and chased out over lake huron, and had lost the ufo over Saginaw
I was only 10 or 11 at the time of the 76 sighting, but I remember everyone in town was talking about it for quite some time at the "Coney Island"
where everyone went afterwork to gossip and drink coffee.
I also had a brief encounter in either 2000, or 2001 during deer season Behind WAFB near Bissonette road at my dad's deer camp.
But I won't clutter your thread with my sighting, because I have never heard a ufo described like what my brother and I seen.
Although I have thought about starting a thread to see if anyone has seen anything like it.
I'm very interested in hearing anything else you or your parents would like to relate.
Mention the "coney island" and see what they say, I'll bet I may know who they are.
If you would like to chat in private, send me a u2u once you have enough points/posts or whatever it takes.
BTW,... Welcome to ATS.