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Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
40 Years Ago Today

Here is Part 2 of an NBC Special Report (on local Rockford affiliate WTVO Channel 17) from when it was first announced that Elvis Presley had died.

Here you get a FuzzyMemories Two-fer: an historical event and a technical difficulties moment all in one. The sound fades down at the end of the Brian Ross piece and doesn't return when the discussion panel segment in the studio begins featuring David Marsh of Rolling Stone Magazine, Disc Jockey Murray The K, and Steve Dunleavy of the New York Post.

WTVO Channel 17 in Rockford is nice enough to put up a title, "Sound Trouble Temporary" as well as to make frequent announcements that absolve them of any blame - "We have temporarily lost the sound portion of this network program. The trouble is along network lines and engineers have been notified. The trouble is not in your home receiver. We expect the sound to be restored shortly. Meanwhile, we will continue with the picture portion of the program."

Finally, after about 3 minutes and 40 seconds of no sound, the audio is restored but it sounds like a low-fi telephone-quality for 30 seconds until the normal audio comes back on.

This continues until the tape of the person recording this ran out and another had to be put in, missing a portion of the discussion panel.

Can anyone read lips and make out some of what's being said during the sound trouble?

This aired on August 16, 1977.

NBC Network - "Elvis Has Left The Building" - "Technical Difficulties" (Part 2, 1977)

Here is Part 2 of an NBC Special Report (on local Rockford affiliate WTVO Channel 17) from when it was first announced that Elvis Presley had died.

Here you get a FuzzyMemories Two-fer: an historical event and a technical difficulties moment all in one. The sound fades down at the end of the Brian Ross piece and doesn't return when the discussion panel segment in the studio begins featuring David Marsh of Rolling Stone Magazine, Disc Jockey Murray The K, and Steve Dunleavy of the New York Post.

WTVO Channel 17 in Rockford is nice enough to put up a title, "Sound Trouble Temporary" as well as to make frequent announcements that absolve them of any blame - "We have temporarily lost the sound portion of this network program. The trouble is along network lines and engineers have been notified. The trouble is not in your home receiver. We expect the sound to be restored shortly. Meanwhile, we will continue with the picture portion of the program."

Finally, after about 3 minutes and 40 seconds of no sound, the audio is restored but it sounds like a low-fi telephone-quality for 30 seconds until the normal audio comes back on.

This continues until the tape of the person recording this ran out and another had to be put in, missing a portion of the discussion panel.

Can anyone read lips and make out some of what's being said during the sound trouble?

This aired on local Rockford, IL TV on Tuesday, August 16th 1977. (not Chicago, but close enough)

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I think Murray the K. was talking about where he got that wig. He had less hair when he was palling around with the Beatles 13 years earlier!
Comment posted by kietdoke on Tuesday, March 24th 2009 at 6:34pm.

You can tell this is an old clip. Not just because of the hairstyles and clothes, but because Steve Dunleavy is smoking. Can you imagine if he did that today?
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Tuesday, March 24th 2009 at 6:48pm.

The (NBC) interviewer Brian Ross is now ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent. And of course he's 31 years older. :')
Comment posted by BabyBear on Wednesday, March 25th 2009 at 4:25am.

Norm M. Nite and Murray the K? No Casey Kasem?
Comment posted by dth1971 on Wednesday, March 25th 2009 at 8:23am.

I remeber Steve Dunleavy when he a reporter for Fox's 'A Current Affair'. By that time, of course, his his hair wasn't that thick nor dark.
Comment posted by Loyal32fan on Wednesday, March 25th 2009 at 10:10am.

I feel so much better knowing that engineers have been notified. The whole message could have been "Please don't call the station. We know already."
Comment posted by T.K. on Wednesday, March 25th 2009 at 11:43pm.

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