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WGN Channel 9 - Ending of The Cisco Kid and Opening of The Lone Ranger (1980)

Here's the ending of an episode of The Cisco Kid (starring Duncan Renaldo as Cisco and Leo Carrillo as Pancho) and beginning of an episode of The Lone Ranger on WGN Channel 9. (picture's a bit fuzzy) ;-) Includes:

Ending moments of final act of Cisco Kid episode, "Magician of Jamesville" (original airdate March 15th 1956, per IMDb)

Commercial: 1st Metropolitan Builders - Remodeling home kitchens with beautiful cabinets and spacious counter tops - "For Less Than You Probably Thought Possible"

Theatrical trailer for the "Sunn Classic" (sic) movie The Bermuda Triangle (main voiceover by Brad Crandall) (ending voiceover by ??)

Commercial: Eagle Discount Supermarkets - Low Prices on Wide Selection of Well-Known Brands, Store Name Products, Bonded Meats and Farm Fresh Produce - "We Mean Savings"

Promo slide for Hogan's Heroes - alternating with My Three Sons Monday through Saturday at 5:30pm (voiceover by Clif Mercer)

Closing credits of Cisco Kid episode (notice Quinn Martin credited as Audio Supervisor - may or may not be the same as the famed producer of such shows as The Fugitive, Cannon and Barnaby Jones), with promo voiceover for upcoming repeat of May 17th 1979 Philadelphia Phillies/Chicago Cubs "game of the decade" (which the Cubs lost, 23-22) for Monday, January 21st at 7pm (by Jack Brickhouse)

Promo slide for Carol Burnett & Friends, Monday through Saturday at 6:30pm (voiceover by Clif Mercer)

Commercial: Lincoln Carpeting - with Al Parker - 3 Rooms of Carpeting for only $169 - with free silverware for 30th anniversary celebration

Commercial: Shake & Bake Coating Mix - mother with small child who doesn't like "tough" fried chicken - "For Chicken That's Tender, Not Tough" - also in barbecue style

WGN "Last Farewell" video animation ID (voiceover by Clif Mercer)

Opening titles for The Lone Ranger - "Return Us Now to Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear" (voiceover by Fred Foy)

Commercial: Jim Solway Chevrolet - Groucho impersonator says "the magic word" in a take on You Bet Your Life

Commercial: Aronson Furniture - Knocks Out High Prices - sale on 8-piece rustic pine set for $399 ($30 down, $30 a month). Featuring Linn Burton (of Bert Weinman Ford fame) in person.

Commercial: 1st Metropolitan Builders - Remodeling recreation room with rich, beautiful wood paneling - "For Less Than You Probably Thought Possible"

First few seconds of Lone Ranger episode, "Thieves' Money" (original airdate November 2nd 1950, per IMDb)).

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, January 20th 1980 during the 11:24am to 11:33am timeframe.

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Specific original air date of "Lone Ranger" episode added to clip description.
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, July 14th 2011 at 12:49pm.

That's Linn Burton for Certain on the Aronson commercial.
Comment posted by KBA on Thursday, July 14th 2011 at 1:06pm.

In the 1950's The Cisco Kid was sponsored by local bread companies (Weber's Bread on the West Coast, Butternut Bread in the Midwest including Chicago, etc.)
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Thursday, July 14th 2011 at 8:07pm.

I smile every time I see the WGN ID and hear "The Last Farwell"
Comment posted by NuBnPrnc2k on Thursday, July 14th 2011 at 8:47pm.

- The fuzzy picture makes it more authentic. My brothers and I would watch these shows after Mass on Sunday while my folks were cooking brunch.

- The guy doing the Eagle commercial sounds like the guy that did the Jewel commercials.

- I used to live near the Aronson's on 46th and Ashland. Never went shopping there...

Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Friday, July 15th 2011 at 1:06pm.

I'm surpised Cisco Kid was filmed in color back in 1956.
Comment posted by Smctopia on Saturday, July 16th 2011 at 2:41pm.

Apparently, no-one knew "The Cisco Kid" was filmed in color after the mid-1950's until 1966 or so when local TV stations reacquired film prints of the show, with the color episodes being offered in color for the first time. This was most certainly the case with the second half of the run of the George Reeves "Adventures of Superman" which was in color, and wasn't seen as such until after 1966.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, July 16th 2011 at 3:56pm.

I've been waiting for this one!!!!! Big sunday breakfast and the Cisco Kid. Thanks Fuzz!!!
Comment posted by Pantaloon123 on Sunday, July 17th 2011 at 10:10am.

I believe The Cisco Kid was the first television show to be filmed in color. That show was definitely ahead of its time.

I remember watching the movie 'The Bermuda Triangle' at the Marquette Theater on 63rd Street near Kedzie Avenue. I thought it was an interesting film.

Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Monday, July 18th 2011 at 1:52pm.

Bonded meats?
Comment posted by APM on Tuesday, July 19th 2011 at 11:24am.

OMG Hudson me too...! When I saw this clip, it totally took me back to Sundays when I *used* to go to mass.
Comment posted by WJake15 on Wednesday, October 16th 2013 at 9:21pm.

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Comment posted in WFLD Channel 32 - Keyfax Nite-Owl Service - "Episode Two!" (Opening, 1981) by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 12:48pm CT

davismv - Thanks Mark! Well, we do have some late-breaking developments - once again provided by our researcher extraordinaire, Mr. Chris Tufts (Phantom). He found this interesting article on the development of Teletext in the U.S. as well as it's use on Nite-Owl. It's from New Scientist magazine and dates to July 22nd 1982. After reading this one has to wonder - what happened? Everything seemed so rosy. They had lots of viewers, and were making some advertising money apparently. So why did Nite-Owl quit just about a month later at the end of August 1982? Were they just tired of "giving it away for free"?

In any case, Chris found another interesting article, this time from Broadcasting Magazine dated September 7th 1981. In it, we finally learn that the true start date of Nite-Owl was early Friday, September 4th at 12 Midnight! Therefore, we can say with certainty that the clip you see here is the opening of Nite-Owl's Second Episode! We'll have to adjust the airdates of a few other clips to reflect this new information.

(T.K. - the answer to your question regarding Nite-Owl's music is also in this article - although who knows, perhaps they changed music providers at some point during the run of the show)

One other thing - the article mentions that WFLD was actually including teletext pages over its regular broadcasts since April of 1981. I had never heard this before. This information just leaves me wanting more. Did they transmit the teletext pages over every program that aired on WFLD since April 1981? Secondly, if you have a recording of a WFLD broadcast from that time period and you are able to fashion some kind of decoder, can you see the original teletext pages that aired during the broadcast? According to this article, there were at least 100 decoders floating around the Chicagoland area. Did anyone save one?

davismv - Regarding your questions: this was recorded by someone who was a "serial taper" but who also apparently had a short attention span. His tapes are filled up with 4-6 hours of material per tape, and rarely are there complete programs, but instead have little "snippets" (no pun intended) of news, sports, commercials, and whatever else struck his fancy I guess. There are a lot of good "bits" but unfortunately almost each one makes you wish he stuck with the recording at least a little longer. (but then again, if he recorded longer segments we wouldn't have the variety that he captured, so it's a six-of-one situation)

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Also, some thrift stores now have policies of not letting "home-recorded" tapes make it to the shelf at all - they will just toss or recycle them if donated. The reason I've heard for this is that either someone complained before about something they found on one of the tapes ("adult" content perhaps), or the thrift store people are just being proactive and trying to avoid any issues like this from happening in the first place. In any case, it does stink. One idea I had that you might want to do is call all of your local thrift stores in your area and ask them if they ever get any home-recorded tapes and what they do with them. (first hurdle is making sure they understand what you're talking about - I usually use the term home-recorded tapes and then make sure it's clear by saying I'm not talking about "store-bought" movie type tapes - but tapes that people recorded themselves at home off of TV) If they say that their policy is to just throw them away or recycle them, tell them to save them for you. Give them your name and number and tell them you will pay for them too if they are what you're looking for. Make sure you're talking to a manager or someone at the store that actually has the power to make this change. Also remind the manager to inform his workers so that they are aware of what to do with the tapes too. And lastly, it couldn't hurt to call the stores again every couple months or so, and talk to the same manager if possible, to double check they are still saving tapes for you and that they haven't lost your contact info. :-)

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Comment posted in WFLD Channel 32 - Keyfax Nite-Owl Service - "Episode Two!" (Opening, 1981) by Phantom on Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 6:41pm CT

An article in Broadcasting Magazine in February 1982 says Nite-Owl had as many as 110,000 viewers on some nights.


Comment posted in WFLD Channel 32 - Keyfax Nite-Owl Service - "Episode Two!" (Opening, 1981) by T.K. on Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 10:04pm CT

It struck me how much Keyfax resembles the graphics of the Prodigy online service several years later. I guess I shouldn't be surprised because they both used the NAPLPS graphics language, which was originally developed for videotex and teletext use.

Now I'm curious how Nite-Owl's music feed originated. Usually the all-night news tickers run by stations in other cities simply carried audio from a sister radio station or the local National Weather Service broadcast. It sounds like Nite-Owl had a dedicated playlist. Did WFLD have a full-blown radio automation system with multiple carts and reels run off a clock, like something by Harris or IGM? Or did someone just dub everything together onto a new reel for each night's playback? Or did the overnight master-control operator sit there and play each song back from its own cart?


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But what's neater-than-neat? Watching the Empire State Building take off like a Saturn V rocket in Commodore 65 form!


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