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WAVE Channel 3 - Celebrity Sweepstakes (Opening, 1975)

Here's the first 2 minutes and 20 seconds or so of an episode of the game show "Celebrity Sweepstakes" as aired on WAVE-TV Channel 3 in Louisville, Kentucky. Only a couple episodes of this show still exist apparently, so it's likely this is the only existing clip of this episode, which featured celebrities Darren McGavin, Jim Nabors, Dan Rowan, Betty White and regulars Joey Bishop and Carol Wayne. Jim McKrell was the host of this daytime game show.

Features a recap of the Shamrock Sweepstakes special promotion with a clip from High Rollers (with host Alex Trebek)

Here's an article Chris Tufts found, from the Times-Standard in Eureka, California (on 3-15-75) talking about the lengths NBC went to in order to avoid any suspicion about rigging the game, after the events of the mid-1950s quiz show scandals.

Also includes a "Channel 3 Wave Movies" ID slide for WAVE TV3 in Louisville at the beginning.

Unfortunately the tape ran out (and thus the recording) before we see any more. :-(

This aired on local Louisville Television on Tuesday, March 18th 1975.

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The background behind Jim McKrell looks like the one from "The Newlywed Game".
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Sunday, August 11th 2013 at 10:01pm.

Appears to me that the MC has the same exact backdrop as The Newlywed Game had back then...
Comment posted by afdave on Monday, August 12th 2013 at 11:19am.

The only ones that do exist are the 1974 pilot episode, the 10/1/1976 finale and one more NBC episode that Andy Warhol recorded, since the NBC episodes were wiped out (taped over) per network practice to save money on tape.
Comment posted by Betamax75 on Monday, August 12th 2013 at 1:10pm.

Why do so many other game shows from the 70s exist though?
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Monday, August 12th 2013 at 2:19pm.

Celebrity Sweepstakes had 3 players at first, but a little later in the run it downsized to two. Oh, and the NBC Shamrock Sweepstakes giveaway was a 5-day event to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Monday, August 12th 2013 at 3:53pm.

Rick, the only 70s Game Shows still intact are the ones the CBS aired since they stopped wiping in 1972. Most shows from the 70s CBS daytime (with the exception of "Gambit", "Musical Chairs" and a few others) aired on GSN (Game Show Network) NBC and ABC continued to wipe out their game shows until 1978 (for ABC with the exception of "Family Feud" and "A Better Sex" in which those remain intact) and 1979 (for NBC with the exception of "The Gong Show" in which remains intact). One time, GSN aired an unaired 1974 episode of "Winning Streak" which was supposed to air on NBC but was pre-empted due to the coverage of President Nixon's resignation.
Comment posted by Betamax75 on Monday, August 12th 2013 at 8:34pm.

At :07 seconds, was that the TOH time tone for the network?
Comment posted by Detroit4Chicago on Monday, August 12th 2013 at 10:36pm.

NBC's TOH time tone, for many years, was 750 Hz (give or take) lasting :00.5 seconds duration. This tone (albeit increased by a few Hz) was used for many years thereafter, and into the 2000's, by KYW News Radio 1060 in Philadelphia. The duration on this clip appears to be shorter.
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, August 13th 2013 at 4:18am.

It is indeed a time tone. On the program that preceded this clip there is another one just like it at the hour mark - a quick beep "blip".
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, August 13th 2013 at 10:31am.

The reason some copies of the game shows from the 1960s/70 still exist is syndication. For example, the last couple of years of the Coiller version of "To Tell the Truth" and the last 2-3 years of the 1960s Password exist is because Mark Goodson thought to syndicate the reruns to local stations. Others like the 1958-73 Concentration was preserved on Kinescopes when the episodes was first aired and forgotten about for some 50 years. Still others, like the 1966-81 Hollywood Squares may have escaped with some of the earliest episodes lost (as GSN in 2002/3 aired some NBC shows from the 1968 Prime time version (2/3 of the entire 1968 run), and a 1977 Storybook Squares episode).
Comment posted by cwf1701 on Thursday, August 15th 2013 at 3:54pm.

What was the object of Celebrity Sweepstakes? Answer trivia questions about the celebrities on the stage?
Comment posted by ArmitageNLowell on Friday, August 16th 2013 at 1:28pm.

@ArmitageNLowell: check out the link from Wiki.

Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Saturday, August 17th 2013 at 11:51am.

I'm not sure if it's been said before, this must've come from a U-Matic tape.
Comment posted by VintageCanada on Saturday, September 23rd 2017 at 4:30pm.

Yes, indeed - it's from a Umatic. :-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, September 26th 2017 at 2:51pm.

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