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Kaiser Broadcasting Company (ID #1, 1977)

Here it is at long last! A complete Kaiser Broadcasting ID! I wish I could say this was from a Chicago recording, but it actually comes from a tape made off of one of WFLD's sister stations - WKBD Channel 50 in Detroit.

As you can hear at the end of this clip (in an extremely brief snippet) - the same music was used in the WFLD one, so it's very likely that they were identical (except perhaps for the announcer?)

Voiceover by ??

"KBC - The Kaiser Broadcasting Company"

This aired on local Detroit TV on Wednesday, February 23rd 1977 at 9pm! (not Chicago TV, but still cool)

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Here is a good history of Kaiser:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiser_Broadcasting

Comment posted by afdave on Wednesday, January 20th 2010 at 12:39pm.

Awesome find, fuzzy! Music to my ears :-) Long live the Kaiser period!
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Wednesday, January 20th 2010 at 2:31pm.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFLD-TV

Just reading that as I was clicking through all the links surrounding Kaiser.

The page goes into a lot of history of the news division, without anything listed about the McFarland/NewsScene years. Someone should incorporate some of that into the article.

Comment posted by afdave on Wednesday, January 20th 2010 at 3:00pm.

Updating and adding stuff to Wikipedia pages is something I always want to do more of, but can rarely find the time for. So I think I'll have to leave that to others. We make the videos and post basic info; it's up to the rest of the world to help place it in it's proper historical context, either with messages here or on other sites. At some point I would like to have an Exhibits section here that would use our video clips to illustrate various histories so that everything is together, but I'm not sure when I'll get to that. :-(

I was just thinking about that today - the "average" user that might come to the site and see the Kaiser ID video, may not think much of it or understand the significance, and might not know that it was used on WFLD when they were under their ownership, and what years this was during. They might not even remember that WFLD was a Kaiser station, so if someone doesn't know a lot of the history already, they might have to fill in a lot the blanks themselves. This is what I'd like to try and improve in the future.

Sure, I could just add it to the video description but I was thinking that it might be redundant or a bit insulting for the people that already know the backstory.

Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, January 20th 2010 at 3:44pm.

Also, did it stick out to anyone else that they said "KBC", like they were trying to be like a "Network" like ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.

Trying to "initialize" the company name like that makes me think, at least for some period of time, that they might have been thinking (however fleetingly) about becoming a more formal "4th network" possibly.

Anyone know if there were any "dreams" of that at the time?

Comment posted by afdave on Wednesday, January 20th 2010 at 4:49pm.

That's a good point on the network-angling thing. I found another slightly later Kaiser ID that is a bit different - I it's animated and reminds you a bit of the CBS network ID of the 60s. I'll post it soon. Pretty soon we'll have this whole WFLD history fleshed out -

1968-1972: Owned by good 'ol Field and everything's right in the world.
1972-1977: Aliens take over the station, holding it hostage. Chicagoans are confused and bewildered.
1977-1982: Field retakes the station!
1982-present: Station dies. ;-)

Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, January 20th 2010 at 5:13pm.

Kaiser did syndicate The Lou Gordon Show out of WKBD, so maybe they wanted to capitalize (pun intended) on that ad hoc network. Were there any other shows Kaiser sold?

You know, not only might the average user be unaware that Kaiser owned WFLD, they may have thought Kaiser gave up all their TV stations after losing World War I! :-)

Comment posted by T.K. on Wednesday, January 20th 2010 at 11:28pm.

T.K. - If the Germans won WWI, would all stations be affiliates of Kaiser Broadcasting now? ;-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, January 20th 2010 at 11:42pm.

Kaiser stood for Henry Kaiser, Shipbuilding magnet who built thousands of Victory ships of WWII. in the post war years, he attempted to become a auto maker (Kaiser-Frazer).
Comment posted by cwf1701 on Monday, February 8th 2010 at 9:11am.

Yep, he also formed Kaiser Aluminum (logo looks very similar) and Kaiser Permanente health care organization.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Monday, February 8th 2010 at 2:14pm.

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