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Saturday, May 28th, 2016
35 Years Ago Today

Here's the opening for the NBC Thursday Night at the Movies presentation of "Almost Summer" on WMAQ Channel 5. Includes a WMAQ station ID and PSA voice over at the beginning by Ed Grennan.

Movie intro voice over by Les Marshak.

This aired on May 28, 1981.

WMAQ Channel 5 - NBC Thursday Night At The Movies - "Almost Summer" (Opening, 1981)

Here's the opening for the NBC Thursday Night at the Movies presentation of "Almost Summer" on WMAQ Channel 5. Includes a WMAQ station ID and PSA voiceover at the beginning. (by Ed Grennan)

Movie intro voiceover by Les Marshak.

This aired on local Chicago TV Thursday, May 28th 1981 at 8pm.

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The movie intro V/O was Les Marshak.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, April 25th 2009 at 7:04pm.

Did you know? Les Marshak did the voice-over for several record offers during the late 70's and early 80's. I've heard about him from some of the special tv offers I saw from the Channel 44 commercial breaks.
Comment posted by khidak1 on Saturday, April 25th 2009 at 7:55pm.

That fall, a new NBC Movie intro would be introduced

Comment posted by Wgn9 on Sunday, April 26th 2009 at 10:56am.

That's not all. Mr. Marshak handled the overnight shift on WABC Musicradio 77 in New York between October 1969 (after Roby Yonge, who was about to be let go by the station anyway, broadcast all the "Paul [McCartney] Is Dead" theories that ensured he would be fired sooner than expected) and early 1970 (when Indianapolis D.J. Jay Reynolds was hired; Mr. Reynolds remained with WABC through 1976).
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, April 26th 2009 at 2:23pm.

To this day "Almost Summer" has not been released on VHS or DVD. Hopefully Universal studios was release it sometime.
Comment posted by betamax75 on Sunday, April 26th 2009 at 2:25pm.

The movie's theme song is sung by Mike Love of The Beach Boys

Comment posted by Wgn9 on Sunday, April 26th 2009 at 6:40pm.

Well, to be technical, the theme song is sung by Celebration, which was a short-lived Beach Boys "spinoff" band featuring Mike Love and several touring members of the Beach Boys. I think Brian Wilson cowrote most of their songs. One, uhh....notable...song they did was a disco rendition of the Beach Boys' "Gettin' Hungry". yoy!

BTW -- more unnecessary trivia that if my wife found out I knew she'd probably divorce me...there are multiple versions of the song "Almost Summer" -- because they're customized with lyrics pertaining to the big radio stations in areas where they sent promo copies of the record. The only one I've heard was the KRTH one...

Comment posted by dauber on Monday, April 27th 2009 at 12:27pm.

Is the WMAQ announcer Ed Grennan? For some reason that sounds familiar.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Monday, April 27th 2009 at 12:50pm.

Sure was; such station ID voiceover info duly added to clip description.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, May 28th 2011 at 6:42pm.

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William Zbaren is still around; he's now an architectural photographer:
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