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Tele1st - "Scrambled Delights" (1984)

Here's an example of some scrambled programming on Tele1st. As Chris (Phantom) described earlier, we see the picture cycling between normal and inverted (negative) colors. And the sound has a constant sharp percussive beat in the background while the program audio sounds like it is smooshed together.

All in all, I wouldn't have wanted to be a teenager on drugs while watching this.
I edited together some segments separated by fade-outs. This was worth $25.95 a month? Cheap cooking shows?

This aired on local Chicago TV in 1984.

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This clip aired on Wednesday, February 22nd 1984, and is included in the following categories:

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Garbled?
Comment posted by dth1971 on Wednesday, May 19th 2010 at 7:55am.

It was not every late-night that Tele1st had shown movies.
Comment posted by Betamax75 on Wednesday, May 19th 2010 at 8:18am.

"Format & Continuity - Jac Holzman" - from the closing credits of first cooking show
I presume this was the same individual who ran Elektra Records from its 1950 founding until he left in 1973.

Also, given the color bars and tone at the end (and the shape of the former), I presume this was from just prior to the WLS sign-on as elsewhere on this site.

Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, May 19th 2010 at 11:42am.

This video and the WLS Sign-on are not from the same recording, although it's possible that it occured as you described.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, May 19th 2010 at 12:25pm.

Sounds garbled to me.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Wednesday, May 19th 2010 at 12:36pm.

Ken, that's the way it aired.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, May 19th 2010 at 1:51pm.

I figured it would have been from within the same time period, as the bars seen at the end here are exactly the same as on the WLS sign-on.
Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, May 19th 2010 at 1:51pm.

I think at the end it was doing its transition from Tele1st to WLS ABC Channel 7 mode.
Comment posted by Betamax75 on Wednesday, May 19th 2010 at 2:25pm.

@ Fuzzy: I know :-)
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Wednesday, May 19th 2010 at 3:58pm.

The sped up audio reminds me of how a radio sounds when you're high on nitrous oxide in the dentist's chair.

Check out the way Mr. Chan summons the weird Taser sound with just a wink at 1:52! ;-)

I'm sure that this is the first time I've ever seen a "Marriage Broker" listed in a show's credits! (1:28)

Comment posted by T.K. on Wednesday, May 19th 2010 at 8:34pm.

Titus Chan's Flavors of China, Assisted by Lorna Ho? This is straight out of the writers room of Saturday Night Live.
Comment posted by Stevie TV on Thursday, May 27th 2010 at 7:16am.

Now I am grateful that my mom & stepfather had a subscription to United Cable then. No way would they have paid $25.95 a month for this.
Comment posted by OldTVNut on Sunday, June 5th 2011 at 7:52pm.

According to Szake, this was accidentally recorded when he mixed up the AM/PM indicator on his VCR and was followed by the WLS-TV sign-on from February 22, 1984 (he says it's on the same tape, too).
Comment posted by IAmNomad on Saturday, February 23rd 2013 at 2:15am.

Elephant ears?
Comment posted by VintageCanada on Monday, February 25th 2013 at 10:38am.

More on Titus Chan's "Flavors of China": http://www.worldcat.org/title/flavors-of-china/oclc/7620194
Comment posted by VintageCanada on Tuesday, February 26th 2013 at 7:25pm.

One more thing, regarding Szake's accidental recording: I think the intended job was The 3:00 Movie?
Comment posted by VintageCanada on Tuesday, February 26th 2013 at 7:46pm.

VintageCanada: Does anyone have the TV listings for that day? ABC ran the Winter Olympics a few days earlier, and I think I was trying to record a Chicago Blackhawks or USA hockey game.
Comment posted by Szake on Tuesday, February 26th 2013 at 9:52pm.

OK. Unrelated stuff: if you're using headphones, and the overall sound is up loud enough, you can hear something in the background of the brief silence just before the first tone. Close to 8 minutes in. Not sure if it's bleed WMAQ, WGN, or a radio station on 87.5/Channel 6, or, something in the WLS control room, or maybe something else. It is kinda hard to make out.

Another thing I have to ask: were there any VHF channel 8s within about a few hundred kilometers of Chicago?

Comment posted by VintageCanada on Wednesday, February 27th 2013 at 10:26am.

Well, there is WOOD-TV (8) in Grand Rapids MI, and there is WQAD (8) in the Quad Cities.
Comment posted by cwf1701 on Thursday, February 28th 2013 at 6:19pm.

They tell me that Molly Brown's puff pastries are downright unsinkable.
Comment posted by T.K. on Saturday, February 22nd 2014 at 8:58am.

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My great grandma had this record. Strangely Boxcar Willie looks like he could be related to my guy friend.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by pvx on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 12:49am CT

In reply to Szake's, T.K.'s, and Fuzzy's comments regarding the letters flashing in the corners of the screen at the beginning--I have seen this as well in other national TV commercials on film from this era.

I have a really good hunch as to what this is--going from my experience working master control in local commercial television and handling the physical airing of commercial spots (albeit much later in the early 2000s on videotape and satellite-delivered video files for on-air playout, as opposed to the film print this commercial is most likely from), this is more than likely an ISCI (Industry Standard Commercial Identifier) code, an unique 4 letter & 4 number identification code assigned to national commercial spots that receive national network and/or local affiliate airing. Each ISCI code is unique to the spot for identification for advertisers, ad agencies, post-production staff, and the station's/network's traffic/logging, ad sales, and and master control personnel. A typical ISCI code is usually in the format of ABCD1234.

I'd hazard to guess that it must of been the industry standard in the 70s to have the ISCI code digits show up on the corners of the first few film frames of the spot, to ease identification for the master control/projectionist/editor at a station to know what spot it was while splicing it together with other commercial films to make a spot reel (or when threading the spot by itself up in a film-chain projector) for airing in a local commercial break.

When the transition to delivering commercials to stations/networks on videotape became more common practice, usually the ISCI code was displayed during the slate & countdown before the spot on the beginning of the tape (obviously not aired, unless the MCO screwed up and switched it up too early ;) )).

I wonder of the ISCI code of this spot is something like xMxHx0x3 (the "x"s being whatever letters/numbers displayed at the left side of the screen, which is mostly cut off in this video), say, something like IMGH1023?


Comment posted in Boxcar Willie - King Of The Road - 20 Great Tracks (Record Offer, 1981) by Phantom on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:10pm CT

This album came from Suffolk Marketing which also sold records of Slim Whitman, Jim Nabors, Jim Reeves & Cristy Lane.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by T.K. on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 4:04pm CT

I was able to stop on two frames... the first with M in the upper-right corner and H in the lower-right and the second frame with O in the upper-right and 3 in the lower-right. So... MO, H3? If it was flashing M-O-M, I'd think maybe it was a subliminal message to ask your mother to buy a ticket.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:39pm CT

Seriously though, it seems like the letters change in each corner very quickly, like it is cycling through something. I also see an 'O' in the upper-right hand corner. Can't we get the conspiracy nuts to break this down for us? This is probably bigger than the "subliminal" station sign-off message. ;-)


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:36pm CT

I still see the X. ;-)


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When Lurie said, "Toronto certainly is a great city and I know the commissioner wants to get a team in Washington," he's referring to the Seattle Mariners, the other American League expansion team that had been announced in January 1976.

The A.L. had been embroiled in a lawsuit with the state of Washington, which accused the league of breach of contract for not allowing a local nonprofit group to purchase the bankrupt Seattle Pilots prior to the 1970 season. (The other owners believed their clubs would be devalued as a result of such an arrangement. Instead, the team was sold to Bud Selig and moved to Milwaukee between the end of spring training and Opening Day 1970.) Granting another expansion franchise to Seattle was the league's way of settling the case and avoid paying $32 million in damages.


Comment posted in Boxcar Willie - King Of The Road - 20 Great Tracks (Record Offer, 1981) by Duck 182 on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 3:40am CT

I think I remember my Grandma and Aunt having this on 8 track.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by ER3017 on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 1:19pm CT

I see it too


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by Szake on Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 9:14pm CT

You can see a M in the upper right hand corner, an H in the lower right hand corner and an I in the upper left hand corner one second into the video.


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