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WGN Channel 9 - Station Sign-On (1980)

Here is a mostly complete Station Sign-On from WGN Channel 9. The National Anthem was cut.

The announcer doing the Station ID at the beginning is Carl Greyson and the voiceover for the Sign-On is Steve Hunter.

Followed by "WGN Television - 24 Hours a Day" ID with "Last Farewell" music (voiceover by Steve Hunter); which in turn is followed by part of opening titles of William Tell (a.k.a. The Adventures of William Tell), a British-produced syndicated adventure series that lasted 39 episodes from 1958 to 1959 and starred Conrad Phillips in the title role.

This aired on local Chicago TV in 1980.

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Since this sign-on announcement would have been a stock tape that was plugged in every morning, the announcer over the ID slide was probably just the studio announcer on duty.

I think the program was called "The Friendly Giant" or something...it was out of Europe.

Comment posted by SuperCFL on Wednesday, April 9th 2008 at 9:38am.

At first I thought it was "Robin Hood", but now that I think about it, I'm not really sure what that opening was. Too bad it wasn't "Sea Hunt" :-)
Comment posted by madsixtian on Wednesday, April 9th 2008 at 5:07pm.

The voiceover for the still of the receiver dish; I am pretty sure that was Carl Greyson. The VO. for the rest; I am not sure.
Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Wednesday, April 9th 2008 at 9:46pm.

I believe that show at the end is "The Adventures of William Tell" which was a syndicated UK import from the 1950's. I remember seeing it as a kid, but I didn't know it was shown as late as 1980.
Comment posted by bobk on Thursday, April 10th 2008 at 8:17pm.

Definitely Carl Greyson at the start like armitagenlowell said and unmistakably Len Johnson for the rest of it.
Comment posted by Erniebaud on Friday, April 11th 2008 at 4:53am.

You are correct that is The Adventures of William Tell. British show from the late 50's. WGN use to run this and the Biography series very early on weekend mornings.
Comment posted by telefrank on Saturday, April 12th 2008 at 6:45am.

At the end of this clip, it reminds me SO MUCH of the Ricola cough drop ads!
Comment posted by mgg75 on Monday, April 14th 2008 at 7:28pm.

Didn't the theme go like "HECANTELL, HECANTELL, HECANTELL"????.
Comment posted by Telenews on Friday, May 16th 2008 at 9:51pm.

Has a complete version of this sign-on (with the National Anthem intact) ever turned up?
Comment posted by SuperCFL on Sunday, June 21st 2009 at 9:37am.

So, that's what the '80s NAB bug looks like up close. I remember when Paramount Network Television used it between 1980 and 1982 on most of their shows including "Happy Days" and "Mork & Mindy." At least one or two Stephen J. Cannell shows had it also.
Comment posted by RocketBoy on Friday, June 10th 2011 at 12:56pm.

So if WGN serves viewers "24 hours a day," as they say in the station ID in this clip, why was there a sign-on announcement?
Comment posted by KBA on Friday, June 10th 2011 at 1:11pm.

A formality at this point. Sister-station WPIX Channel 11 in New York had a daily sign-on during the 1980's and into the '90's that can be found here (as voiced by the late Bill Biery who, along with Ralph Lowenstein, was the "Voice of 11 Alive" during that period).
Comment posted by W.B. on Friday, June 10th 2011 at 1:39pm.

The announcer doing the sign-on is Steve Hunter, not Len Johnson.

I always had the same question as KBA. For whatever reason, they would always do the entire sign-on routine every morning around 5:00 or so, even though they'd been broadcasting all night. Maybe it was some sort of legal requirement or something?

William Tell was a great show! It's been released on DVD, although for some reason they replaced the opening music on the DVD release, though with the same video (I believe).

Comment posted by RLaPorte on Sunday, January 29th 2012 at 3:16pm.

Sign-on V/O info changed, and info on what program was shown at the end of this clip added, to description.
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, January 29th 2012 at 4:59pm.

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Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by FieldGal44 on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 6:22pm CT

Interesting points by D4C. They've since pared down their menu choices in order to speed up service and boost the coffers, but I've never understood why they've never tapped into the coupon market.

I agree that "I'm Lovin' It" is long past its shelf date. The now-infamous 2004 documentary "Super Size Me" and the recent "pink slime" controversy certainly hasn't done the company any favors either.

Plus, as consumers we've become much more aware of what we put in our bodies nowadays, and even McDonald's is getting expensive (seriously, $4.10 Egg McMuffins?) I've saved oodles of money over the past year alone just by getting a Foreman grill and cooking my own meals that I can stretch out over a few days. (Then again, I live in San Francisco, so I'm not exactly teeming with options.)


Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by ChrisBCritter on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 5:02am CT

"Anytime I hear that tune, I have to sing along...

McDonald's is our kind of place,
They feed you rattlesnakes,
They throw food in your face,
It's such a happy place!"

I remember most of it as follows...

McDonald's is your kind of place
??????
They throw pies in your face
They steal your parking place
McDonald's is your kind of place
Milkshakes taste just like slime
Hamburgers are greasy grime
French fries aren't worth a dime
McDonald's is your kind of place
It's such a wrecked-up place
McDonald's is your kind of place!


Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by Detroit4Chicago on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 3:36am CT

Spot produced at a time when McDonald's was a much smaller company, even the growth potentials had a great future.

The "You Deserve a Break Today" campaign certainly was a boost; this "Our Kind of Place" was the beginning of it, I suppose.

My guess of the present "I'm Lovin' It" was made at a time (c.2006) when McDonald's was still relevant but company-wise had slow growth, even it was getting business from the Super Size and Dollar Menus. McDonald's was simple, but by the late 1990's, ideas like the McLean and the Arch Deluxe were man-of-failures. Changes had to come and when the new synergies (including the McCafe) were introduced, so did the "I'm Lovin' It" thing, done at a time when most of America's economy was rolling and heavy consumer spending in the mid 2000's was present. Self-gratification was the hip thing at the time, and McD jumped on it.

Although they McCafe was popular and profitable, I think what happened was that McDonald's was on a constant remodeling kick and changes to the menu. Around 2006, many of the MCD's that were older were remodeled with elaborate decor. Within less than a decade, many were demolished and given new bare bones outside architecture with somewhat posher accommodations inside (i.e.: plush seats, stool-side seating, etc) and double drive thrus for efficiency. I think that constant remodeling pushed the cost of food up, along with inflation. Plus, other fast food restaurants were cutting deals in the form of coupons, something that McD are shy on.

And "Please Have Your Payment Ready" is nice, it's also a turnoff.

Other than reasons aside, I now think the "I'm Lovin' It" thing is becoming dated, along with "What Happens Here, Stays Here" was a few years ago.


Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by Pete on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 6:54am CT

Very cool commercial.


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Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by HUdson 3-2700 on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 9:45pm CT

Anytime I hear that tune, I have to sing along...

McDonald's is our kind of place,
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They throw food in your face,
It's such a happy place!


Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by Brian1978 on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 3:48pm CT

I've dropped my McDonald's cup with one of those lids on it and all the liquid spilled all over the place. I call this False Advertising!!!!


Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by Brian1978 on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 3:13pm CT

So according to the sign, even back in 1967 there have been billions and billions served at Mcdonalds? The franchise had been around for what, a decade by then? Also, I really kind of dig the waiter's smile. Wish I can get that kind of smile when I go to a McD's today!


Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by Dth1971 on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 12:50pm CT

The jingle is sung to the tune of "Down by the Riverside".


Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by ChitownTVFan on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 6:56am CT

It sure beats that lousy "I'm lovin' it" jingle we got now.


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