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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
36 Years Ago Today

Here's the opening and first break of Donahue in Chicago featuring his guests Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach.

Commercial: Reach Toothbrush by Johnson & Johnson

Commercial: Country Time Lemonade © 1981 General Foods Corp.

Commercial: Chef Boy-ar-dee - Spaghetti and 8 Mini Meat Balls with Tomato Sauce

Goldblatt's - Instant Cash for Gold, Jewelry, Sterling Silver, etc - Free Appraisal

Opening minutes of Donahue's chat with former Beatle Ringo Starr and former Bond girl and soon-to-be Mrs. Ringo Starr - Barbara Bach.

This aired on March 23, 1981.

WFLD Channel 32 - The Gong Show (Ending & Break, 1978)

Here's the ending and after show break for The Gong Show on WFLD Channel 32. Includes:

Gene-Gene, The Dancing Machine!

Ending credits for The Gong Show (ending voiceover by Ron Beattie - with promo for 10:30am Saturday movie - Laurel & Hardy in "Air Raid Wardens" (good for a double check on the date)

Bigsby & Kruthers

Loc Blocs - "Lego Vs. Loc Bloc"

The Egg Scrambler by Ronco (ending voiceover by Ron Beattie)

Field Communications ID - Original Style!

WFLD Six Million Dollar Man promo (voiceover by Ron Beattie)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, December 1st 1978.

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Now if there was a high-quality sign-off from 1978 with Ron Beattie announcing in that bunch, I'd be a happy clam . . . ;)

As for "Air Raid Wardens" . . . from what I see in the Chicago Tribune, this film aired Dec. 2, 1978 at 10:30 A.M. So this aircheck may've come from Dec. 1, 1978. (Certainly wasn't Jan. 21, 1978, the other airdate of this film on 32 - the Kaiser-era logo was still in place then.)

Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, April 10th 2010 at 5:05am.

Also . . . Firestone, which syndicated "The Gong Show," also had syndicated the 1969-78 syndie version of "To Tell the Truth."
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, April 10th 2010 at 5:06am.

Chuckie baby! What a character.
Comment posted by jPHQ on Saturday, April 10th 2010 at 5:27am.

W.B. - Yep, you're right. Before I noticed this voice over promo the only things we had to go on dating-wise were the Sanford & Son and Six Million Dollar Man promos. They were kind of vague, but I felt pretty confident that we had it. I probably should have added the "likely" caveat. FuzzyMemories regrets the error. :-/
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, April 10th 2010 at 8:15am.

Thanks, Fuzzy! I needed that...
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Saturday, April 10th 2010 at 9:45am.

I love Gene-Gene one of my earliest TV memories.
Comment posted by pantaloon123 on Saturday, April 10th 2010 at 12:37pm.

There's a sad irony with Gene in his later years; he lost both of his legs to diabetes in 2001.
I wonder if the unknown comic was one of Barris's fellow agents in the CIA? ;)

Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Saturday, April 10th 2010 at 4:05pm.

Nice way to wrap up the week with both acts winning the trophy & the $716.32
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Saturday, April 10th 2010 at 7:32pm.

From my understanding, "The Unknown Comic" was Murray Langston, who was a regular on the 1971-74 "Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour." I don't know if Langston ever served in the CIA, however.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, April 10th 2010 at 8:05pm.

@W.B. Firestone also did domestic syndication of the King Features cartoon backlog and Blondie films prior to 1978 as well.
Comment posted by RocketBoy on Sunday, May 30th 2010 at 7:02am.

The Loc Blocs commercial was interesting. It may have had more pieces per set, but guess which brand is still around today?
Comment posted by Studio76Art on Monday, January 24th 2011 at 4:00pm.

Legos?
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Monday, January 24th 2011 at 5:20pm.

I actually have on tape the GSN Gong Show marathon where Murray Langston unbags..I should say unmasks himself:) he served as host of the marathon doing funny little skits with people out in the street as wraparounds. IIRC I believe WMAQ had a promo with him in it too playing cards with people.
Comment posted by GalagaFleetCommander on Friday, May 6th 2011 at 5:20pm.

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Comment posted in WSET Channel 13 - News 13 (Preview, Break & Opening, 1977) by JFTaylor on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 7:52pm CT

I actually lived at 4715 Boonsboro Road Boonsboro Village Apartments. Just about everyone in Lynchburg knew that. Glad it wasn't Chicago!

I'm the voiceover in the news preview (voiceover by ??) with teases and opening titles (without theme music - imagine that!), with wide shot of news set (voiceover by ??).

In 1977, there were only 6 members of the news staff... News Director/Anchor - Stan Jayson, Weather - Charles Middleton, Sports - John Buren, Reporters - Jeff Taylor & Jennifer Smith and a Photographer.


Comment posted in WFLD Channel 32 - Keyfax Nite-Owl Service (Opening, 7/16/82) by davismv on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 6:19pm CT

Wow, lots of new night owl stuff starting to surface!! Fuzzy, I knew there was more, and I'm sure there's some more yet to be found!!


Comment posted in Digger by Romper Room (Commercial, 1975) by LaPrincess on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at 11:43pm CT

I had Digger. Why I had a fake dog when I had two dogs (one of which I could walk as a child)is something that makes no sense.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 11:05pm CT

@Detroit4Chicago - You got it - only difference is there's no repeat at the end. :-)


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Detroit4Chicago on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 10:51am CT

My sneak preview guess of EBS Cart #3: "This concludes operations under the Emergency Broadcast System. All broadcast stations may now resume normal broadcast operations. I repeat....."


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Tommy33 on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 10:28am CT

This is scary. 1985, the last throes of the Cold War. MX and Pershing II missiles. Our launch sites in WEST GERMANY. Before perestroika and glasnost. If you want to get really scared watch "Threads." Better yet, don't watch "Threads."


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 12:18am CT

Detroit4Chicago - Thanks for the input. I defer to your expertise. It would be awesome (awesomely frightening?) to hear one from a local Chicago station that actually mentioned an "Attack Warning". But I guess this might be the closest we can get to that right now. :-)

I also obtained the EBS Cart #3 from the same batch - I will post it eventually. It's not as exciting as this one and if I recall correctly is an "All Clear" or cancellation of the alert or something. Same graphics and same announcer though. (Rick Garofalo has no idea what became of the EBS Cart #1, by the way) :-)

Subcarrier - Thanks for the story. Scary stuff! :-)


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Detroit4Chicago on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at 8:12pm CT

I believe this is not a RED CARD EAN (although judging by the label on the cart via Facebook, it does seen that way.)

I believe that this here was a standby script that was adopted by the FCC around 1972 when the Commission had changed some of the EBS/EAN procedures a year after the disastrous "wrong tape" incident at NORAD.
This also included the elimination of the EAN Message #1 ("White Card") and EAN Message #2 ("Red Card/Attack Warning") alert scripts. After the changes were made, you did not know what the heck was going on.

I think in this case, EBS #1 was the initial interruption announcement, use of the 22.5 second two-tone attention signal then the body announcement of the EAN. This clip from the cart, being marked EBS #2, may have been used for standby purposes when no Presidental "or his representative" address to the nation was available and everyone in the country was biting their nails and fidgeting.

My guess is that after 1981, the FCC (during the Reagan administration) and/or FEMA had given the "green light" for radio and TV stations to stay on the air and rebroadcast WGN Radio's EBS programming during an EAN request. I believe in turn, WGN would rebroadcast WLS (the EBS PEP; dunno..)

Before this, only key EBS radio stations (WGN and/or WLS) whom were allowed to stay on the air during an EAN would have been the only one(s) airing this script; everyone else would have been off the air after being ordered to cease broadcasting and to wait for the Emergency Action Termination to be given.

BTW (and on the same topic,) I'd like to know if anyone who worked at channel 5 have any knowledge if WMAQ-TV was a "Non-EBS" station during an EAN. (???)

Case in point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAsGpYMpn3s&list=PL4dCu1NpF8Sb-xR8_fV_XTD0ypUIwKsNT


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Subcarrier on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 8:11pm CT

I have a cart that was also used for the EBS. It was taken out of service when the EAS replaced it. It's labeled "National Emergency" and has a black plastic cover with diagonal stripes over the business end so it didn't get put on the air accidentally. The announce is similar to the clip- and it is chilling to hear. I played it on the prelisten bus on the MC switcher we were using at the time (CDL 990) which was probably a bit dangerous! After I heard it I threw it back in the rack as quick as I could.


Comment posted in Sears Bank & Trust - "Fastest Bank in Town" with Bobby Hull (Commercial, 1979) by FuzzyMemories on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 10:10am CT

Thanks for the update. I also added information to the description.


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