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The following excerpts were recorded on August 5, 1980 around 4:49 AM (based on the sports scores) starting at 3:20 of this 6:24 clip.

WXYZ Channel 7 (Detroit) Action News - Sports and Weather slides

WXYZ Channel 7 (Detroit) - partial sign-off with beginning of National Anthem

Another WKRP excerpt (must have been recorded over the older material)

Little bit of commercial offer from HRB Corp. for The Complete Medical Exam Book by Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D.

Little excerpt of New Zoo Revue

Unknown show - "You have no idea which..."

Unknown show - "Pay your salaries..."

Excerpt of Davey & Golliath - "I'm sorry...c'mon"

Bars and tone from WIFR Channel 23 Freeport/Rockford - "Testing"

Woodworking show (?) - "Like a hair dryer except it's much hotter..."

End of earlier seen commercial offer from HRB Corp. for The Complete Medical Exam Book by Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D.

Another quick New Zoo Revue excerpt

Another quick shot of Complete Medical Exam Book offer

More bars and tone from WIFR Channel 23 Freeport/Rockford - "Testing"

Color bars and music from "WTVO NBC Television Channel 17 Rockford, Illinois"

More of the mystery Woodworking show - "Um...they come in a variety..."

Ending of Bonanza promo from WSNS Channel 44 Chicago (had to be before July 1980) (voiceover by Mal Wyman)

Beginning couple seconds of WSNS Monster Movie opening (had to be before July 1980)

More WKRP (must have been recorded over the older material)

Part of the ending credits from What's Up Tiger Lily?

Ending of a Rod Grams news promo from WIFR Channel 23 (Freeport/Rockford)

Beginning seconds of the cold open to The Stockard Channing Show with Ron Silver (probably aired after WKRP) (must have been recorded over the older material)

End of report by Mary Conway on WIFR Channel 23 (Freeport/Rockford)

Daniel Schorr giving a partial opening to the Presidential Debate of Tuesday, October 28th 1980, giving way to a shot of First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Featuring Howard K. Smith and Barbara Walters on the panel.

Various Stations - "TV DX Potpourri" (1979/1980)

Here are some clips from as far away as Detroit and Cleveland that were recorded in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago using a tall antenna - "TV DXing" as it was known.

As described by Wikipedia, TV DX is a term referring to the active search for distant television stations received during unusual atmospheric conditions. The term DX is an old telegraphic term meaning "long distance." TV DX aficionados would attempt to record or take a picture of Station ID slides or other easily discernible proofs of their "conquests". The goal, obviously, would be to try to pick up a visible signal from as geographically far away as possible.

The following excerpts were recorded on Saturday, December 29th 1979.

Portion of commercial offer for Time-Life's The Old West book series (different phone number and address)

Unknown show or commercial with female singer

WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Tarzan Movie - "Tarzan's Secret Treasure" bumper

WTVS Channel 56 (Detroit) - Partial slide promo for Legacy of Genius - The Story of Thomas Alva Edison

WUHQ Channel 41 (Battle Creek / Kalamazoo) - partial Station ID Slide

WISE Channel 33 (Fort Wayne, Indiana) - NewsCenter33 partial promo and CHiPs slide

WFFT Channel 55 (Fort Wayne, Indiana) - "Makin' TV fun again!" partial promo for "That's Hollywood - Sundays at 6pm"

Unknown clip - "Ladies..."

WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Pistons Vs. Atlanta - "Tonight at 7:30" partial promo

Your old newspapers are worth money!

end of "Super Girls" commercial offer (in Michigan)

WUAB Channel 43 (Cleveland) - end of Superhost commercial return bumper going into The Three Stooges (Superhost was played by Martin J. Sullivan)

WGPR 107.5 FM commercial - "Bruce Harper 2pm-7pm Saturdays"

end of Roy Clark Guitar Book commercial offer

WUAB Channel 43 (Cleveland) - M*A*S*H promo - "Weeknights at 7:00pm"

WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Tarzan Movie bumper with Bill Kennedy voiceover (?) advertising movie coming up next - "Desire in the Dust" with guest host Dean Miller (?)

"This is Field Communications in Detroit" bumper (voiceover by Darwin Gillette)

Quick flash of WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Creature Feature - "The Last Woman on Earth" - "Today at 3:30" bumper slide

WGPR Channel 62 (Detroit) partial station ID slide

WOUB Channel 20 (Athens, Ohio) - Bowery Boys slide

Partial Rollerwall commercial offer

End of Lustreware commercial offer (Detroit)

WOUB Channel 20 (Athens, Ohio) - Bowery Boys slide

end of WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) promo for L.A.T.E.R - "The Life and Times of Eddie Roberts" - "Premieres January 7 [1980] at 11pm"

WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Bill Kennedy - "Desire in the Dust" bumper slide

WUAB Channel 43 (Cleveland) - Gilligan's Island partial promo - "Weekdays at 5:30pm"

WLIO Channel 35 (Lima, Ohio) - "The Bob Newhart Show" promo slide - "Weekdays at 5:30pm" (voiceover by ??)

Excerpt of the WKRP in Cincinnati episode "The Patter of Little Feet" (re-run) from April 7th 1980.

The following excerpts were recorded on August 5th 1980 around 4:49 AM (based on the sports scores)

WXYZ Channel 7 (Detroit) Action News - Sports and Weather slides (and voiceover by ??)

WXYZ Channel 7 (Detroit) - partial sign-off with beginning of National Anthem (voiceover by ??)

Another WKRP excerpt (must have been recorded over the older material)

Little bit of commercial offer from HRB Corp. for The Complete Medical Exam Book by Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D. (seen in it's entirety within this commercial break)

Little excerpt of New Zoo Revue

Unknown show - "You have no idea which..."

Unknown show - "Pay your salaries..."

Excerpt of Davey & Golliath - "I'm sorry...c'mon"

Bars and tone from WIFR Channel 23 Freeport/Rockford - "Testing"

Woodworking show (?) - "Like a hair dryer except it's much hotter..."

End of earlier seen commercial offer from HRB Corp. for The Complete Medical Exam Book by Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D.

Another quick New Zoo Revue excerpt

Another quick shot of Complete Medical Exam Book offer

More bars and tone from WIFR Channel 23 Freeport/Rockford - "Testing"

Color bars and music from "WTVO NBC Television Channel 17 Rockford, Illinois"

More of the mystery Woodworking show - "Um...they come in a variety..."

Ending of Bonanza promo from WSNS Channel 44 Chicago (had to be before July 1980) (voiceover by Mal Wyman)

Beginning couple seconds of WSNS Monster Movie opening (had to be before July 1980)

More WKRP (must have been recorded over the older material)

Part of the ending credits from What's Up Tiger Lily?

Ending of a Rod Grams news promo from WIFR Channel 23 (Freeport/Rockford)

Beginning seconds of the cold open to The Stockard Channing Show with Ron Silver (probably aired after WKRP) (must have been recorded over the older material)

End of report by Mary Conway on WIFR Channel 23 (Freeport/Rockford)

Daniel Schorr giving a partial opening to the Presidential Debate of Tuesday, October 28th 1980, giving way to a shot of First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Featuring Howard K. Smith and Barbara Walters on the panel.

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This person must of had an antenna from Radio Shack because one time I had a UHF Antenna (originally used to get ON-TV) and it picked up signals from South Bend and Southern Michigan.
Comment posted by Betamax75 on Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 8:36am.

Long-distance listening or viewing was, and might still be, a popular hobby, probably more so with radio (long-, medium-, and shortwave) than with TV. You would send a report to the station that told them what date and time you heard or saw them and what was being broadcast at the time (and usually a comment on the sound and/or picture quality), and the station would reciprocate by sending a QSL card. Collecting the QSL's was a big deal. Some of these are pretty good quality.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 2:12pm.

Wow...as a kid in the mid-70s I would TV DX using an audio cassette recorder. Lotsa station breaks and IDs of Milwaukee stations, which from Michigan City, IN was a big deal to me. Hard to explain how exciting that was to a kid, but it was. If I'd had a VCR back then the back of my head might've come off.
Comment posted by Pushbutton on Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 2:55pm.

"Bars and tone from 'WTVO NBC Television Channel 17 Rockford, Illinois' "

Well not really...but bars and music. Some stations played music under the bars or test pattern from what I heard.

Comment posted by BobAnthony on Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 3:59pm.

DX-ing--so that's what it was called. I always figured it was called "the local stuff sucks, let's try and pick up something better".

I used to do this (albeit without the cool high-power antennas), but never fared too well at this--not being smart enough to factor in atmospheric conditions. I seem to remember picking up Grand Junction (other side of the Rockies from Denver) once or twice and Colorado Springs with some degree of regularity. I used to get radio stations from Cheyenne, WY from time to time--indeed, I need to see if I can find my tape of it, seems like I got a weather warning at the time.

Comment posted by OddityArchive on Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 5:54pm.

A great review of various Midwest TV markets! I worked at WISE-TV 33 Fort Wayne, IN, then known as WKJG-TV, the station's original call letters from November 1953 through May, 2003. WKJG was Fort Wayne's first Television station. I worked at Channel 33 from December, 1997-September, 1998. I then worked at WNDU-TV Ch. 16, South Bend (again, also in master control) from September, 1998-March, 2006.
Comment posted by Matt on Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 7:00pm.

I should mention that Channel 33 was started by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's publisher, Bill Kunkle. WKJG stood for William Kunkle Journal Gazette. Actually, stations east of the Mississippi start with a "W", while stations west of the Mississipi start with a "K." There are a few exceptions such as KDKA Pittsburgh, and WFAA Dallas.
Comment posted by Matt on Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 7:16pm.

WUAB 43 Cleveland could often be seen in Elkhart, Indiana in the early morning hours and late night. On some very good nights and days, I could pick up WKBD-TV in my house with just a bow tie antenna on my color TV in South Bend. This was when WCAE-TV 50, St. John wasn't on the air.
Comment posted by Matt on Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 7:28pm.

I don't recall doing this with TV but I remember on vacation as a kid one night in Florida (near Palm Beach) that we were able to get WLS AM on the radio. We had a good laugh when we heard the cold Chicago winter weather forecast!
Comment posted by Smctopia on Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 7:53pm.

On June 12, 2009, In the United States, the switch from analog TV transmission to digital was completed. The only station on analog channel 2 that day near Chicago is WESH in Orlando, Florida. They had "night light" service which was basically a set of full screen graphics telling you that WESH in Orlando is now digital. I've never heard of a VHF station getting that many miles of coverage, but then again, there are usually more powerful channel 2s between Chicago and Orlando broadcasting. I also got something on analog channel 17. That day in the NW suburbs of Chicago, I got CBS WSBT 22.1, 22.3 and 22.3.
Comment posted by Szake on Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 9:22pm.

There was a time when the Great Lakes region was a good area in the country (if not the continent) were you could pick up (DX) TV stations as far away as Cleveland, parts of Ohio and Indiana.

One year that I had picked up the Cleveland stations was in August of 1989; I stayed up all night to see what stations were on and which, signed off, which stayed on and when the the stations that signed off came back on. Stations that signed on and off in Cleveland at that time were WUAB/ch.43, (which had a EIA Resolution test pattern) WBNX,ch.55.. WVIZ/ch.25 (PBS and a coloroized version of the EIA pattern) and WOIO/ch.19 (Fox.) NBC O&O WKYC, which then was running 24 hours, barely came in as WJBK and WDIV in Detroit had "sandwiched" thier signal (ch. 2 was at 54-60 MHz, ch.4 at 66-72 MHz and WKYC rubbing up against those two, ch.3's picture and sound were in "white noise" mode. Other stations that came were WEWS/ch.5 (ABC.) with clear audio and a fair picture, but I remember their signoff had a choir of girls signing some sort of hymn, followed by a telop slide of a Civil Defense logo (scared the s**t out of me!) then signed off with the SSB; WJW/ch.8 (running 24 hours with CBS News Nightwatch in the overnight hours) had some interference from WXYZ/ch.7.

Other stations I picked up were WLIO in Lima, OH, channel 22 in Akron, OH, and (believe it or not) WWTV-TV from Traverse City, MI on ch.9 (when CBET was off the air!)

And all of this was picked up with a then three year old portable Magnavox color TV! Simple rabbit ears, no rooftop antenna, no tower used, no booster amplifier. Just the right position in my house on the second floor and very little suburban development at the time. It was so cool.

Comment posted by Detroit4Chicago on Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 10:22pm.

on 1:31 for the "Roy Clark Big Note Guitar Book", voiceover by Jack Reynolds, just to let you know.....
Comment posted by ER3017 on Wednesday, September 25th 2013 at 7:17am.

The Channel 20 Bowery Boys slide is from WXON in Detroit, not WOUB.
Comment posted by T.K. on Wednesday, September 25th 2013 at 8:40pm.

The female singer at 0:04 is Joan Baez. I posted stills of her on the Both Sides Now stereo music forum and got this detailed answer from member Jamie Crawford:

"It's Joan. May 30 1975 hosting Midnight Special. She was supporting the Diamonds And Rust album."

Comment posted by ChrisBCritter on Thursday, September 26th 2013 at 3:45am.

When working at WKJG (and I could kick myself for not making a copy of this) I was shown an 8 mm film in color, dating back to early fall of 1953. They were erecting the tower!! People were coming around to State Street to watch the antenna go up!

Now tower people, like so many of us in TV, have sort of a warped sense of humor. One day, they stuffed a dummy, dressed it and then dropped it from 600 feet up. (This was on the aforementioned film) People were screaming, running for the tower believing a tower worker had an accident falling from the tower. The tower crew thought this was hysterical.

The police and crowd of course, DID NOT! Someone living close enough to the station saw this, and called the police from her home. No one was arrested but the tower crew were all called down and received one heck of a chewing out both from the police and the crowd. The station manager had also got a call, and he chewed them out as well. There was also a brief article in the local paper of the event.

I wish now I had dubbed that over to tape. But I did not. And now that 33 and WPTA 21 have merged, that film could be lost. I regret that.

Comment posted by Matt on Thursday, September 26th 2013 at 12:39pm.

I got as far as Scotts bluff Neb, Baltimore, and St Petes fla. Canadian broadcasting sometimes too.
Comment posted by Pantaloon123 on Thursday, September 26th 2013 at 2:32pm.

An online tour of WISE-TV (Once WKJG) can be viewed on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q-qou3FzdI
The audio guy in the video, Jim, was there the first day 33 signed on the air in November, 1953. A heck of a nice guy...:)
Very, very little had changed since I worked there.
A more complete tour from 1997 (A year before I got there can be found here...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90IUtLkK6Dc
I knew a lot of these people as well. Great group of people! :)

Comment posted by Matt on Friday, September 27th 2013 at 11:44am.

In the 80s, I used to pick up stations from around Illinois and South Bend, Indiana. WNDU, WSBT and WSJV from South Bend.
WIFR and WTVO in Rockford, WEEK in Peoria and WAND in Decatur were just some of the stations that was I able to get on good olde rabbit ears from Chicago's North Side. It was fun and educational getting news and entertainment from around the Midwest. It also served as a mini travelogue.

Comment posted by jfthstv on Friday, September 27th 2013 at 8:09pm.

I believe the movie "What's Up Tiger Lily?" was aired on WSNS as part of All Night Movies, by the looks of the picture on the screen.
Comment posted by ER3017 on Tuesday, October 8th 2013 at 6:17am.

Russell Johnson, who played The Professor on Gilligan's Island has died at the age of 89.
Comment posted by Szake on Thursday, January 16th 2014 at 10:37pm.

Side note: Rod Grams, the WIFR reporter in the ID promo, later became lead anchor at KMSP in Minneapolis-St. Paul, then eventually became a Republican US Senator from his home state of Minnesota for one term (1995-2001). He died in 2013.
Comment posted by TGRogers on Tuesday, August 4th 2015 at 9:55pm.

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Comment posted in Various Stations - "TV DX Potpourri" (1979/1980) by TGRogers on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 9:55pm CT

Side note: Rod Grams, the WIFR reporter in the ID promo, later became lead anchor at KMSP in Minneapolis-St. Paul, then eventually became a Republican US Senator from his home state of Minnesota for one term (1995-2001). He died in 2013.


Comment posted in Montgomery Ward - "Gifts They'll Cherish" (Commercial, 1981) by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at 7:45pm CT

@MisterUptempo - Thanks for the ID! :-)


Comment posted in Montgomery Ward - "Gifts They'll Cherish" (Commercial, 1981) by MisterUptempo on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at 10:47pm CT

The voiceover on this spot was done by none other than Herb Graham, a very familiar voice in Chicago for decades.

I remember him best from his program on the old FM100, called The Hour in the Middle of the Evening. He was also the voice of Bubbie Beaver, on Channel 2's Sunday morning program, The Magic Door.


Comment posted in Beatlemania At The Shubert Theatre (Commercial #1, 1980) by Detroit4Chicago on Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at 7:56pm CT

This somewhat reminded me of Stars on 45.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Bozo's Circus - "Frazier's Pledge" (1978) by Smctopia on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at 8:15pm CT

I tried playing it again (on Firefox). I had to let it buffer several times but I got it to play but the sound still wasn't in sync with the picture.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Bozo's Circus - "Frazier's Pledge" (1978) by Smctopia on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 9:05pm CT

I'm currently on the go and using my IPad so right now I can't play anything. I will have to try it tomorrow when I have a chance.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - The Nine O'Clock News - "Farewell, Frazier..." (1985) by Brian1978 on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 8:41pm CT

@Loyal32Fan: All that is on display at the new Museum of Broadcast Communications. The chair, painting of Garfield Goose, and the bookcase are on display right when you walk in the doors and Frazier's costume is on display by the Garfield Goose puppets, which is in an area that also has all the different costumes from Bozo's Circus and Ray Rayner show. While I do like the building since they have more room for exhibits, I do NOT like having to pay $12 for admission! It's like what happened to the Museum of Science and Industry. For the longest time, it was free admission then when they started charging admission, it got expensive. I dread the day they start charging admission to Lincoln Park Zoo. Sadly, I think that day will happen within a few years. Will there be ANYTHING left to do for free in Chicago anymore?


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Bozo's Circus - "Frazier's Pledge" (1978) by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 12:02am CT

Smctopia - Are you still having problems playing the entire clip? (I'm waiting on posting new clips until we have these issues worked out - I really wanted to move forward with the new file format)


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - The Nine O'Clock News - "Farewell, Frazier..." (1985) by Loyal32Fan on Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 7:35pm CT

I remember visiting the Museum of Broadcast Communications back in 1998. I saw Thomas' costume from his Garfield Goose show on display. I also saw the chair with the book on it from Family Classics also on display. It was very interesting.


Comment posted in WFLD Channel 32 - Strawberry Shortcake: Pets on Parade (Break #3, 1984) by Brian1978 on Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 3:18pm CT

I bet the reason Wicket had the last name Warrick is because he was played by then child actor Warrick Davis who would later become popular as the star of the movie Willow.


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