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Sunday, April 20th, 2014
35 Years Ago Today

During an airing of Eddie Korosa's Polka Party on WCIU Channel 26, the camera turns during a rendition of "All I Need Is You" to show some of the behind-the-scenes set-up. FuzzyMemories.TV forum member TeleFrank believes those were RCA film chains and an Ampex VR-1200 video tape recorder. You can just make out the slide for the Baby Doll Polka Club on one of the monitors. This recording was made in Black & White even though the original broadcast was in color. This aired on April 21, 1979.

WCIU Channel 26 - Eddie Korosa's Polka Party - "Behind-The-Scenes Glimpse" (1979)

During an airing of Eddie Korosa's Polka Party on WCIU Channel 26, the camera turns during a rendition of "All I Need Is You" to show some of the behind-the-scenes set-up. Thought you technical junkies out there might enjoy this little clip.

You can just make out the slide for the Baby Doll Polka Club on one of the monitors. :-)

Note: This recording was unfortunately made in Black & White even though the original broadcast was in color.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, April 21st 1979.

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Nice techinal stuff to make this show work :-)
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Wednesday, November 4th 2009 at 11:06pm.

Was that an RCA TK-27 film chain among the technical equipment WCIU had at the time? Sure looks like it . . .
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, November 5th 2009 at 1:37pm.

Actually, I think it might have been a GAF 836, Kodak conversion kit for the bypass control feeder wheel in line while the reader wire reads the grooves in the sound track strip on the film.
I think the Kodak ones were better. The holder poptimeter was made of high carbon low conductive plastalloy. They don't get as hot when they run for long periods of time. That temperature can play hell on those hemmerbezzel choppers and beetlethrowers. The aluminum ones in the GAF get too hot and melt the feeder wheel if run for more than 2 hours and would cause the film to fuse to the wheel and leave residue in the hoppenbop insulator rods. Those are EXPENSIVE to replace!

;)

Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Thursday, November 5th 2009 at 7:36pm.

Are you sure you're not confusing this with the armature sprocket causing interference, thus causing the combustion line to interfere with the flow in the Dynaflow? ;-/
Comment posted by W.B. on Friday, November 6th 2009 at 1:47am.

W.B. - Don't let 'em get you down, I love your tech talk. ;-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Friday, November 6th 2009 at 10:11am.

Oh don't worry 'bout me, that was why I brought up that famous quote of Ed Norton's from one of the "Honeymooners" episodes. (The facetiousness of the third comment, that is.)
Comment posted by W.B. on Friday, November 6th 2009 at 10:25am.

Don't forget to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow... ;-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Friday, November 6th 2009 at 11:46am.

They were RCA chains. The VTR's were Ampex and why they opened the door to the studio is a mystery. Sorry I can't geek you out with specs and numbers.
Comment posted by telefrank on Sunday, November 8th 2009 at 8:12am.

The performance of the RCA TK-27's was very mixed and varied from station to station - I've seen worse examples of slide replication from such a chain than what was seen on WCIU.
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, April 17th 2011 at 12:05am.

Ampex VR-1200 I think. I am just looking at it over a year later.
Comment posted by News4LA on Saturday, May 5th 2012 at 7:54am.

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