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Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
44 Years Ago Today

Here's something strange - during the broadcast on WSNS TV-44 of Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series, they kept changing back to a World Championship Hockey slide - is this Channel 44's way of trying to do an ID or was this a glitch?

This happens all throughout the game it seems, at varying times.

This aired on September 28, 1972.

WSNS Channel 44 - Summit Series Game 8 (Technical Difficulties?, 1972)

Here's something strange - during the broadcast on WSNS TV-44 of Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series, they kept changing back to a World Championship Hockey slide - is this Channel 44's way of trying to do an ID or was this a glitch?

This happens all throughout the game it seems, at varying times.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Thursday, September 28th 1972. (Game aired here from 9pm to Midnight)

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Maybe someone with a little more knowledge of how the early INTELSAT worked (or didn't) in the 1970's can explain. I would guess that the feed to the satellite from Soviet TV was less than reliable.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Monday, July 20th 2009 at 1:05pm.

This game was played in Moscow, which is eight hours ahead of Chicago, so the telecast must have been on tape delay. Some of the technical problems look like bad or damaged tape.
Comment posted by kba on Monday, July 20th 2009 at 2:57pm.

There were some problems with the conversion of the video signal from PAL to NTSC when the Moscow feed was relayed to CTV. I think I read about that somewhere.
Comment posted by VintageCanada on Monday, July 20th 2009 at 7:41pm.

Chyron's in Cyrillic too when they showed that one player's name instead of the Latin alphabet we use.
Comment posted by jPHQ on Tuesday, July 21st 2009 at 4:44pm.

Kba: Sounds like what happened with the original Nixon-Krushchev Kitchen Debate tape in 1959.
BTW: It is the 50th. anniversary this year!

Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Wednesday, July 22nd 2009 at 12:02am.

Not just some hockey player, it's the great Philip Esposito, an honoured Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and is considered to be one of the best to have ever played in the National Hockey League.

I was in grade 3 at the time of this game, and we would listen to a bit of it on the radio at school.

Comment posted by visaman on Friday, July 24th 2009 at 11:47pm.

Phil Esposito played for the Black Hawks from 1963-67. His brother Tony played for the Hawks from 1969-84. Both are well remembered.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Saturday, July 25th 2009 at 8:00am.

From what I read, the video signal only was sent by satellite, and the audio signal was sent over telephone line. (It's a miracle either signal got to North America, let alone both.)

The play-by-play guy is the legendary Foster Hewitt, by the way.

Comment posted by TheGhostofFloydKalber on Sunday, August 16th 2009 at 5:00pm.

From what I could tell, the Soviet Union in those days used France's SECAM color system. As for Esposito, he played with the New York Rangers from 1975 until his retirement in 1981, and for three years in the '80's was its general manager (and was infamous for a series of trades he made while in that position).
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, March 20th 2011 at 2:11am.

I agree with everyone here. And I might add that I believe it is illogical to think that 44 would do this purposely. I especially would like to think that they would not show an "ID" just as Esposito is scoring a goal.
Comment posted by AnnArborMI90 on Sunday, September 9th 2012 at 12:13pm.

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