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WFLD Channel 32 - The Addams Family (Partial Break, 1971)

Here's a partial commercial break from The Addams Family on WFLD Channel 32. Includes:

Good 'N Fruity candy (partial commercial)

Cocoa Puffs (cut off?)

Not sure if the tape was stopped here or if the commercial was just cut-off

Lucky Charms with Rally Sport Racer (cut off at beginning)

Notice the color is on at the beginning, and then turns off. What could have caused this?

(Again, sorry the audio is kind of loud)

This aired on local Chicago TV in 1971.

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I guess 1971-1972.
Comment posted by dth1971 on Sunday, April 27th 2008 at 6:44pm.

Video tape starts to break down after about ten years. And if the heads on the playback machine aren't aligned with the heads on the machine that recorded the tape, the tape may have tracking problems, the video can lose color or resolution, and the audio starts to sound muddy.
Comment posted by kba on Sunday, April 27th 2008 at 8:31pm.

Also, seeing that the earth is a giant magnet...Well, we all know what happens to magnetic media when exposed to a magnet. Which makes these tapes treasures or, dare I say miracles!
Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Monday, April 28th 2008 at 8:47am.

Nice rare early 1970's Good 'n Fruity jingle ("Rainbows of flavor") which doesn't match up to Good 'n Plenty's Choo Choo Charlie commercials.
Comment posted by dth1971 on Monday, April 28th 2008 at 9:38pm.

Daaaaaaaaannnnnngggggg! 35+ years and I STILL know all of the lyrics to the "Good n' Fruity" Rainbow jingle. I was singing along just now - the first time I've seen it in that long.
Comment posted by madsixtian on Wednesday, April 30th 2008 at 6:09pm.

Yahooooo, I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs! LOL!
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Wednesday, April 30th 2008 at 10:03pm.

I was surprised that the cuckoo was the mascot for Cocoa Puffs this early on. I had thought he was a late-70s idea. But I guess he was there from the beginning. How old is Cocoa Puffs cereal, by the way?
Comment posted by Ringthane on Thursday, May 1st 2008 at 6:55am.

Ringthane, I have come back from the lab with some answers for you! Cocoa Puffs have been around since 1958, which means they turn 50 this year! Sonny, however, is four years younger - he started appearing on TV in 1962.
Comment posted by madsixtian on Thursday, May 1st 2008 at 5:33pm.

Sweet! Thanks for indulging me, madsix.
Comment posted by Ringthane on Thursday, May 1st 2008 at 6:41pm.

I know I've heard the music in the Rally Sport Racer spot somewhere before. It may be a piece of production music I have.
Comment posted by brithgob on Wednesday, May 28th 2008 at 11:02pm.

Good 'n Fruity - The cherry tastes good as the Fourth of July.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Wednesday, July 4th 2012 at 7:39am.

Did you know Carly Simon was the singer of the Good 'n Fruity Rainbow Band jingle?
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Saturday, June 21st 2014 at 8:27am.

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I actually lived at 4715 Boonsboro Road Boonsboro Village Apartments. Just about everyone in Lynchburg knew that. Glad it wasn't Chicago!

I'm the voiceover in the news preview (voiceover by ??) with teases and opening titles (without theme music - imagine that!), with wide shot of news set (voiceover by ??).

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Comment posted in WFLD Channel 32 - Keyfax Nite-Owl Service (Opening, 7/16/82) by davismv on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 6:19pm CT

Wow, lots of new night owl stuff starting to surface!! Fuzzy, I knew there was more, and I'm sure there's some more yet to be found!!


Comment posted in Digger by Romper Room (Commercial, 1975) by LaPrincess on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at 11:43pm CT

I had Digger. Why I had a fake dog when I had two dogs (one of which I could walk as a child)is something that makes no sense.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 11:05pm CT

@Detroit4Chicago - You got it - only difference is there's no repeat at the end. :-)


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Detroit4Chicago on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 10:51am CT

My sneak preview guess of EBS Cart #3: "This concludes operations under the Emergency Broadcast System. All broadcast stations may now resume normal broadcast operations. I repeat....."


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Tommy33 on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 10:28am CT

This is scary. 1985, the last throes of the Cold War. MX and Pershing II missiles. Our launch sites in WEST GERMANY. Before perestroika and glasnost. If you want to get really scared watch "Threads." Better yet, don't watch "Threads."


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 12:18am CT

Detroit4Chicago - Thanks for the input. I defer to your expertise. It would be awesome (awesomely frightening?) to hear one from a local Chicago station that actually mentioned an "Attack Warning". But I guess this might be the closest we can get to that right now. :-)

I also obtained the EBS Cart #3 from the same batch - I will post it eventually. It's not as exciting as this one and if I recall correctly is an "All Clear" or cancellation of the alert or something. Same graphics and same announcer though. (Rick Garofalo has no idea what became of the EBS Cart #1, by the way) :-)

Subcarrier - Thanks for the story. Scary stuff! :-)


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Detroit4Chicago on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at 8:12pm CT

I believe this is not a RED CARD EAN (although judging by the label on the cart via Facebook, it does seen that way.)

I believe that this here was a standby script that was adopted by the FCC around 1972 when the Commission had changed some of the EBS/EAN procedures a year after the disastrous "wrong tape" incident at NORAD.
This also included the elimination of the EAN Message #1 ("White Card") and EAN Message #2 ("Red Card/Attack Warning") alert scripts. After the changes were made, you did not know what the heck was going on.

I think in this case, EBS #1 was the initial interruption announcement, use of the 22.5 second two-tone attention signal then the body announcement of the EAN. This clip from the cart, being marked EBS #2, may have been used for standby purposes when no Presidental "or his representative" address to the nation was available and everyone in the country was biting their nails and fidgeting.

My guess is that after 1981, the FCC (during the Reagan administration) and/or FEMA had given the "green light" for radio and TV stations to stay on the air and rebroadcast WGN Radio's EBS programming during an EAN request. I believe in turn, WGN would rebroadcast WLS (the EBS PEP; dunno..)

Before this, only key EBS radio stations (WGN and/or WLS) whom were allowed to stay on the air during an EAN would have been the only one(s) airing this script; everyone else would have been off the air after being ordered to cease broadcasting and to wait for the Emergency Action Termination to be given.

BTW (and on the same topic,) I'd like to know if anyone who worked at channel 5 have any knowledge if WMAQ-TV was a "Non-EBS" station during an EAN. (???)

Case in point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAsGpYMpn3s&list=PL4dCu1NpF8Sb-xR8_fV_XTD0ypUIwKsNT


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Subcarrier on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 8:11pm CT

I have a cart that was also used for the EBS. It was taken out of service when the EAS replaced it. It's labeled "National Emergency" and has a black plastic cover with diagonal stripes over the business end so it didn't get put on the air accidentally. The announce is similar to the clip- and it is chilling to hear. I played it on the prelisten bus on the MC switcher we were using at the time (CDL 990) which was probably a bit dangerous! After I heard it I threw it back in the rack as quick as I could.


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Thanks for the update. I also added information to the description.


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