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Monday, August 3rd, 2015
38 Years Ago Today

Here's a technical-difficulty moment that plagued WZTV Channel 17 in Nashville, Tennessee during the airing of the I Dream of Jeannie episode "Nobody Loves a Fat Astronaut" (originally aired on the NBC network on March 17, 1969) with Barbara Eden as both the title character and her evil sister, Jeannie II.

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Sound going off on episode 19 seconds into this clip, after brief sprocket sound from 16mm film projector (once again a bit of fortuitous synchronicity as to the timing of the sound going out "I'm sorry, sister - I did not hear you..." - reminiscent of this clip where a tornado warning was immediately preceded by huge gusts of wind on film)

"Please Stand By" slide, with a drawing of a dog holding onto a cord with his mouth (Can't get more perfect than this, can you? This and similar slides (I am presuming stations from around the country had) were parodied memorably on The Simpsons.

Commercial: Kellogg's Corny-Snaps cereal, with Shelly the Turtle in Zorro outfit, signing with an "S"

Back to episode, with sound being a bit wobbly at the start (to tell you the truth it wasn't that great during the entire episode)

Station Historical Note: This airing fell nearly one year and five months after WZTV (now a FOX affiliate) took to the air on March 6, 1976, after having been dark for the previous five years following the end of the prior station to occupy the Channel 17 frequency, WMCV, which had signed-on August 17th 1968.

This aired on local Nashville TV on August 4, 1977.

WZTV Channel 17 - I Dream of Jeannie - "With the Light Sound Film-Warble" (1977)

Here's a technical-difficulty moment that plagued WZTV Channel 17 in Nashville, Tennessee during the airing of the I Dream of Jeannie episode "Nobody Loves a Fat Astronaut" (originally aired on the NBC network on March 17th 1969) with Barbara Eden as both the title character and her evil sister, Jeannie II.

This clip includes:

Sound going off on episode 19 seconds into this clip, after brief sprocket sound from 16mm film projector (once again a bit of fortuitous synchronicity as to the timing of the sound going out - reminiscent of this clip where a tornado warning was immediately preceded by huge gusts of wind on film)

"Please Stand By" slide, with a drawing of a dog holding onto a cord with his mouth (Can't get more perfect than this, can you? This and similar slides (I am presuming stations from around the country had) were parodied memorably on The Simpsons.

Commercial: Kellogg's Corny-Snaps cereal, with Shelly the Turtle in Zorro outfit, signing with an "S" (an example of this box can be found here) - "There's Fun in Your Good Breakfast"

Back to episode, with sound being a bit wobbly at the start (to tell you the truth it wasn't that great during the entire episode)

Station Historical Note: This airing fell nearly one year and five months after WZTV (now a FOX affiliate) took to the air on March 6th 1976, after having been dark for the previous five years following the end of the prior station to occupy the Channel 17 frequency, WMCV, which had signed-on August 17th 1968.

"I'm sorry, sister - I did not hear you..."

This aired on local Nashville TV on Thursday, August 4th 1977 during the 5:00pm to 5:30pm timeframe. (Not from Chicago, but still of historical interest.)

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Viewer Comments

Apart from the dog, what other technical difficulty slides we might find? :)
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Friday, January 17th 2014 at 2:03pm.

Barbara Eden as Jeannie and her sister, it was like Patty Duke playing cousins Patty and Cathy Lane and Hayley Mills playing 2 sisters.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Friday, January 17th 2014 at 5:01pm.

In the Corny Snaps commercial: Shelly the Masked Turtle is voiced by Arnold Stang.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Friday, January 17th 2014 at 5:03pm.

@ChitownTVFan the one with the dog is reminiscent of those from Channel 6 on "The Simpsons". I liked the drunk cameraman myself.
Comment posted by GalagaFleetCommander on Friday, January 17th 2014 at 10:41pm.

Just noticed the audio is only in the left channel on this clip - sorry about that. I'll have to fix it eventually.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Sunday, March 23rd 2014 at 5:08pm.

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