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ABC Records - Steely Dan - Aja (Commercial, 1978)

Here's a cool promo commercial for Steely Dan's Aja album on ABC Records.

Voiceover by Eartha Kitt. (RaaarRRaaRRAar!)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Thursday, June 15th 1978.

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Lois Griffin voiceover?
Comment posted by MST3K1993 on Monday, September 29th 2008 at 9:29pm.

Piggy-backing off of MST's statement:

Now we know where Alex Borstein got the voice for Trisha Takanawa, Asian reporter.

Comment posted by Melk on Tuesday, September 30th 2008 at 7:49am.

No, the voiceover in the commercial might be Eartha Kitt.
Comment posted by dth1971 on Tuesday, September 30th 2008 at 8:15am.

Funny, I thought it would've been Tammy Grimes.
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, September 30th 2008 at 12:17pm.

The voiceover IS Eartha Kitt. Close your eyes and think of the black Catwoman in the Batman TV show.
Comment posted by NuBnPrnc2k on Tuesday, September 30th 2008 at 12:17pm.

That would be pretty amazing if it really was her. I have no other guesses. So, I suppose we'll never know for sure... (crosses arms, waits for answer to magically appear)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, September 30th 2008 at 2:00pm.

This was a great album, but I forgot they did a commercial for it. Now that I think of it, commercials promoting albums, like this one, were big at one time. Got any more?
Comment posted by ro46214 on Tuesday, September 30th 2008 at 5:31pm.

The album was released in September 1977. My 13th birthday, the month we moved into the house I am still living at, and they month I started Grade 8, and then this album! Peg was one of my favorite songs!
Comment posted by visaman on Wednesday, October 1st 2008 at 3:57am.

It appears that this is Eartha Kitt

Comment posted by Wgn9 on Friday, October 3rd 2008 at 8:47pm.

It IS Eartha Kitt.



Purrrrrrrrrrr-fect! :D

Comment posted by Ray on Saturday, October 4th 2008 at 2:43pm.

Today, she does the voice of Yzma/Amzy on Disney's Emperor's New School.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Monday, October 6th 2008 at 11:31am.

I believe this album had one of my favorite songs: Black Cow.
Comment posted by sugarbear522 on Thursday, February 26th 2009 at 3:39pm.

HEY!!!!! We've got that album on CD!!! Great band, great music!!!! They ROCK!!!!
Comment posted by michiganfan on Tuesday, January 26th 2010 at 11:01pm.

ABC Records was taken over by MCA Records in 1979. In 2003, MCA Records was absorbed in to Geffen Records. Geffen now has the entire ABC and MCA Records catalog. One of the best LP's by Steely Dan. You might find a lot of these in thrift stores.
Comment posted by Betamax75 on Saturday, April 20th 2013 at 9:01am.

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Man, how cynical I was before I had kids! The commercial isn't that bad. And I still have birthday cards from when I was a kid; they bring back memories. :-)


Comment posted in WSET Channel 13 - News 13 (Preview, Break & Opening, 1977) by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 8:31pm CT

JFTaylor - Very cool, thanks for coming! I will update the video description. Tell me, did you save any airchecks as old as this from your work?


Comment posted in WSET Channel 13 - News 13 (Preview, Break & Opening, 1977) by JFTaylor on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 7:52pm CT

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 ??).

In 1977, there were only 6 members of the news staff... News Director/Anchor - Stan Jayson, Weather - Charles Middleton, Sports - John Buren, Reporters - Jeff Taylor & Jennifer Smith and a Photographer.


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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!!


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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


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