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Halls - "Cab Driver Relief" (Commercial, 1979)
Here's a commercial for Halls Mentho-Lyptus cough tablets (cough drops).
This aired on local Rockford, IL TV in early January 1979. (not Chicago, but close enough)
Zenith - "Do It Now!" (Commercial, 1979)
Here's a commercial for Zenith's "Do It Now!" sale, with your choice of 23" (diagonal) color TV consoles (in simulated wood grain finish) for only $548.88 - all this, to beat inflation.
Voiceover by Bud Kelly.
This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, February 2nd 1979.
4-Way Cold Tablets (Commercial, 1965)
Here's a vintage commercial for 4-Way Cold Tablets, showing the difference between it and a regular cold capsule in terms of the relief that is offered - 4-Way providing relief for nasal congestion, aches and pains, sluggishness and fever, as opposed to the cold capsule only offering relief for the first-named of these symptoms.
Voiceover by Phil Tonken (longtime staff announcer for WOR Channel 9 in New York).
This aired on local Chicago TV early Friday, March 5t...
WLS Channel 7 - The Edge Of Night (Commercial Break, 1976)
Here's a complete commercial break during the soap opera "The Edge of Night" on WLS Channel 7. Includes:
Hunt's Tomato Sauce - "You can trust every can of Hunt's"
Pay Day by Parker Brothers (voiceover by John Bartholomew Tucker)
Clorets - The Breath Deodorant (featuring actor Richard Herd)
Fry Baby Electric Deep-Fryer by Presto
This aired on local Chicago TV around mid-November 1976 during the 3pm to 3:30pm half-hour.
WLAK FM 94 - "The Place to Relax" (Commercial, 1980)
Here's a commercial for the "beautiful" music of WLAK - The Lake FM 94 - "The Place to Relax", which played a lot of instrumental easy-listening songs.
This station is now known as WLIT-FM (93.9 "My FM"). Each November and December, they torture Chicagoans with non-stop holiday music.
Featuring actor Patrick O'Neal (who starred in my favorite Columbo episode in 1978, "Make Me A Perfect Murder") (O'Neal also did this same type of ad (and with the same slog...
WVON 1390 AM - "We Are Family" (Commercial, 1980)
This station has a bit of a confusing history, but it now occupies the frequency 1690 AM.
WVON was a "heritage" station to Chicago's black community featuring great Black air personalities like Lucky Cordell, Bruce Brown, Herb Kent "the cool gent", Yvonne Daniels and many others. WVON became well-known outside the Chicago area as well. Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, sent every song he produced immediately to WVON before any other station. Other similar stations ...
Bockman Windows - "Goldilocks and The 3 Windows" (Commercial, 1980)
Here is a commercial for Bockman Windows, as a take-off on Goldilocks & The Three Bears.
This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, May 19th 1980.
Schlitz Malt Liquor - "Robin Hood" (Commercial, 1980)
Here's one of those great old Schlitz Malt Liquor commercials with the bull kickin' butt and chewin' bubble gum. And he was all out of bubble gum.
Trivia: The scene with the bull crashing through the windows from this particular commercial was used in the film "Johnny Dangerously".
This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, May 19th 1980. (1978 Copyright)
WGN Channel 9 - WGN Presents - "The Maltese Falcon" (Opening, 1980)
Here is the opening for the WGN Television Presents presentation of "The Maltese Falcon" , starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet
Includes a WGN ID at the beginning. (voiceover for all by Carl Greyson)
This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, May 19th 1980 at 11:00pm.