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WMAQ Channel 5 - Meditations, Sign-Off, & Anthem (1984)

Here's the sermon segment Meditations on WMAQ Channel 5 followed by the station sign-off and national anthem. Also preceeded by a WMAQ "The People's Court" bumper promo and ending with some static.

The pastor during Meditations is Rev. Richard (Dick) D. Ahlberg of the First Evangelical Free Church. Voiceover for the Station Sign-off is Ed Grennan. Music used for Meditations is "Last Dance" by Chuck Mangione.

Wow, who knew - 2-16-84 was Judgment Day? Doug Llewelyn said so!

This aired on local Chicago TV early Thursday, February 16th 1984 at 2:30am.

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Voice of Ed Grennan on the sign-off (probably recorded).
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Friday, June 4th 2010 at 4:02pm.

Very likely that the sign-off was pre-recorded. Since at least the 1970's, WNBC Channel 4 in New York had their sign-ons and -offs recorded anew every few years, as did WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland. Can't say about WRC Channel 4 in Washington, DC; but well into the early 1980's the sign-ons and -offs of KNBC Channel 4 in Los Angeles were live.

As to the "SSB" WMAQ used . . . it dated back to at least the 1960's.

Comment posted by W.B. on Friday, June 4th 2010 at 4:11pm.

I'd never seen a sign-off SSB with lyrics on screen; I was half expecting a bouncy ball too.
Comment posted by AMNewsboy on Saturday, June 5th 2010 at 6:04pm.

I remember fondly the days when the stations actually took the night off by showing various landscapes while playing the Star Spangled Banner and then go either into static or test patterns.
Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Tuesday, June 8th 2010 at 10:45pm.

ah, now there's the version of the People's Court that I grew up waching, the one with Judge Wapner ( or as my dad called him "Judge Whopper")
Comment posted by OldTVNut on Sunday, June 5th 2011 at 4:24pm.

The Star Spangled Banner in this video (and Fuzzy's recording of it as well) has been brought into this tin foil hat fight:


Comment posted by afdave on Monday, September 12th 2011 at 2:05pm.

Wow. Peoples is cuckoo. I wonder if I should show them the alternate angle Zapruder film I have. ;-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Monday, September 12th 2011 at 9:41pm.

Not to mention the recently-discovered restoration of the missing 18.5 minutes from one of the Nixon Watergate tapes, using the latest audio restoration software and technology designed to "un-erase" magnetic tapes . . . ;-)
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, September 13th 2011 at 8:03am.

I had to check out the website and lots of nutties going on there. I'm not sure whether they are on drugs or possibly need some but definitely way out there. Sadly, reminds me of my former friend who's now schizophrenic and convinced the government was sending him messages via rock music.
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Wednesday, September 14th 2011 at 12:55am.

"Fuzzy's Feature" description for Friday, February 15, 2013:
"29 Years Ago Today

"Here's a bumper promo for 'The People's Court,' the sermon segment Meditations and the real, unedited version of the 1960s Star Spangled Banner on WMAQ Channel 5. This aired on February 16, 1984."

Thanks for clearing that up for all those nutjobs, Szake!

Hmm, looks like whoever recorded this got some DX'ing done at the end.

Comment posted by IAmNomad on Saturday, February 16th 2013 at 7:45pm.

Folks, it's gotten weirder...


Comment posted by BobAnthony on Wednesday, August 14th 2013 at 5:11am.

OMG I agree with you BobAnthony....
Comment posted by ER3017 on Wednesday, August 14th 2013 at 7:03am.

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