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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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Comment posted in WLS Channel 7 - ABC News Special Report - "Death of Bobby Sands" (1981) by Detroit4Chicago on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 7:57pm CT

I remember vividly this bulletin; it was also a period when I was preoccupied with the notion of death of human beings. I think we changed the channel from watching M*A*S*H and happened to see this. And this came on.

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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?


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