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WLS Channel 7 - Ending of Halloween Is Grinch Night and Opening of The Halloween That Almost Wasn't (1979)

Here's the closing credits for Halloween Is Grinch Night, followed by the opening moments of The Halloween That Almost Wasn't on WLS Channel 7. Includes.

End credits for Halloween Is Grinch Night - (C) MCMLXVII (1977) Dr. Seuss and A.S. Geisel - A DePatie-Freleng Production (voiceover by Allan Jefferys)

Promo for 240-Robert episode "Double Trouble" (with early acting appearances by future film star Michelle Pfeiffer and future NCIS star Mark Harmon) - after NFL Monday Night Football on the West Coast (main voiceover by Ernie Anderson) (ending voiceover by Allan Jefferys)

Commercial: Sugar Free Diet Rite Cola

WLS station ID bumper with PSA for Museum of Science & Industry coal mine (voiceover by Wayne Atkinson)

Opening credits and Part 1 of The Halloween That Almost Wasn't

"We'll Return After These Messages" bumper - with a silhouette bat (voiceover by Gilbert Hodges?)

The Halloween That Almost Wasn't bumper and sponsor notice (voiceover by Gilbert Hodges?) - Brought to you by Kenner - "Makers of Long Playing Toys for Children of All Ages"

Commercial: Star Wars Radio Controlled R2-D2 by Kenner - "2 9-volt and 2 C alkaline batteries not included" - can make noises by wireless remote control (voiceover by Norman Rose)

Commercial: Kenner's new Betty Crocker Juicer Blender - "Food and four batteries not included" - for making pudding, toppings and orange juice (voiceover by ??)

The Halloween That Almost Wasn't bumper - "Now, back to our story" (voiceover by Gilbert Hodges?)

Beginning of Part 2 of The Halloween That Almost Wasn't

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, October 28th 1979.

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In a sense, this video also serves as an unofficial tribute to announcer Allan Jefferys (here heard over the "Halloween Is Grinch Night" end credits and the end of the "240-Robert" promo), who passed away September 29th 2011 at age 88 at his home in Pinehurst, NC.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, October 29th 2011 at 1:04am.

"Halloween Is Grinch Night" was released at video at one point with just the title "Grinch Night".

That Betty Crocker Juicer line "for little moms" seems so dated now. Young aspiring unmarried girls or girls that didn't plan to have kids weren't allowed to play? LOL.

Comment posted by Smctopia on Saturday, October 29th 2011 at 1:19pm.

And "The Halloween That Almost Wasn't" was released on video as "The Night Dracula Saved the World".
Comment posted by Smctopia on Saturday, October 29th 2011 at 2:09pm.

It really does sound dated because what if she's a working mom? Or how about if her husband likes to cook? I know many families where the dad does the cooking. I hate to cook but most of my boyfriends loved it. I'm pretty sure the Easy Bake Oven is now marketed to both genders and many top chefs today mentioned getting started on one.
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Sunday, October 30th 2011 at 12:18am.

I have never seen "The Halloween That Almost Wasn't" until now. The funniest thing about it, for me, was the groan at the thought of Judd Hirsch as Dracula. He was actually quite good in what little I saw in the movie. On the subject of the Betty Crocker Blender and Juicer, I think it is interesting how there are so few head chefs in the world's five-star restaurants and yet so many young girls from the 50s to 80s who grew up practicing the subtle skills of the kitchen through EZ-Bake Ovens and the like. Are these toys just rubbish?
Comment posted by Melk on Tuesday, November 1st 2011 at 5:05pm.

I kinda wish I had one of those R2D2s now, just to see my cat freak out LOL.
Comment posted by OldTVNut on Monday, September 28th 2015 at 12:52pm.

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Comment posted in KNBC Channel 4 - Ending of NewsCenter4 - Early Edition with Paul Moyer & Kelly Lange and Editorial Reply (1977) by W.B. on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at 7:48pm CT

Added name of Merrill Lynch ad spokesman to description (info courtesy of a YT user).


Comment posted in Sanka (Commercial, 1980) by David H on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at 11:28pm CT

The only place I can find Sanka now is on amazon. At least it's still around, stopping people from feeling edgy.


Comment posted in Butternut Bread - "Snoopy For President Sweepstakes" (Commercial, 1980) by David H on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at 11:17pm CT

Dolly Madison Zingers were better than Hostess Zingers.


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - Channel Two News - Coverage of Sam Giancana Funeral (1975) by FuzzyMemories on Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 8:59am CT

A portion of this clip was featured in a recent episode of AMC's The Making of the Mob: Chicago.

The episode was the Second Season finale, entitled "Last Man Standing" and premiered on August 29th 2016. After notorious mobster Sam Giancana meets his end, one of the characters watches the evening news for updates. See a screen shot from this episode as well as our end credit here.


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - Hunter - "The Costa Rican Connection" (Opening, Preview Breaks & Ending, 1977) by ChitownTVFan on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at 7:21pm CT

The 1977 version of Hunter first aired on CBS on Friday, February 18, 1977 during the midseason until its cancellation three months later on May 27th with only 9 shows aired. The last 4 of them didn't air nor did the 1976 series pilot.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1980) by Smctopia on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at 10:08pm CT

This ad features footage of the Lobster ride that was located at the Marriott's Great America in Santa Clara California as the one in Gurnee has five cars per arm, not four.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by Smctopia on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at 10:06pm CT

The footage of the Lobster ride in this ad is actually from the Marriott's Great America in Santa Clara, CA and not the one in Gurnee. The giveaway is that California's Lobster had four cars per arm while Gurnee's has five. Gurnee's Lobster was renamed East River Crawler but in 2017 will revert to the Lobster name and be relocated to where the Orbit was located. Orbit is being removed.


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - Hunter - "The Costa Rican Connection" (Opening, Preview Breaks & Ending, 1977) by W.B. on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at 9:10am CT

Modified clip description with corrected info of run of better-known (and completely different) series of same name.


Comment posted in KNBC Channel 4 - Ending of NewsCenter4 - Early Edition with Paul Moyer & Kelly Lange and Editorial Reply (1977) by W.B. on Friday, September 9th, 2016 at 3:26pm CT

Thanks for advising as to that theme music (it did sound as if it came off a vinyl record, as when they looped from the end to the beginning the early part sounded much clearer on the high end than on the fadeout before they started again).

On another note - does anyone note the slight resemblance between Paul Dandridge and longtime anchor at NYC sister station WNBC Channel 4, Chuck Scarborough? (As has been noted by others over the years.)


Comment posted in KNBC Channel 4 - Ending of NewsCenter4 - Early Edition with Paul Moyer & Kelly Lange and Editorial Reply (1977) by RocketBoy on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 11:22pm CT

Thanks once again for this piece of classic So Cal TV history.

On a side note, in regards to the ending theme, I'm actually surprised they went through the trouble of listing the theme's composer in the credits. With that small piece of information, this is what I found, thanks to Billboard Magazine...

"Nightly News"
Composed by Donald Craig
Arranged by Del Kacher
Performed by Chris Delton with the Electric Modes

According to Billboard, the station had started using that song to close out their newscasts around Spring 1973 and was in use at KNBC for 11-13 seasons. That's about as much information I can provide for now. Hope that helps.

P.S.: Here's one more music tidbit for W.B.'s benefit. Prior to that theme, NBC 4 used James Stein's "The World Had Quite a Day Today" as their closing theme for roughly 2 years.


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