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Bell System - "Electronic Switching" (Commercial, 1980)

Views: 2113

Here is a commercial for the Bell System that advertises their efforts to switch over to the new ESS, or Electronic Switching System, that paved the way for such features as Call-Waiting and Caller-ID.

"The Bell System - Keeping Your Communications System the Best in the World."

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, March 23rd, 1980.

Emergency Broadcast System Test (1981)

Views: 6500

Here's another Emergency Broadcast System test that aired on WMAQ Channel 5 one Saturday afternoon.

"This is a test. For the next sixty seconds this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test.

This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. The broadcasters of your area in voluntary cooperation with the FCC and other authorities have developed this system to keep you informed in the event of an emergency.

Atari - "The 1980 Atari Games" (Commercial, 1980)

Views: 2614

Here's a commercial for the 1980 Atari Games - Basketball, Sky Diver, Human Cannonball (it looks like Shaun White is playing), Space Invaders

Featuring "Andy Leonard".

Ending voiceover by Danny Dark.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Tuesday, October 28th 1980.

Atari - Phoenix (Commercial, 1983)

Views: 1255

Here's an amusing commercial for the Atari 2600 video game Phoenix.

"Reach For Atari!"

This aired on local Chicago TV on Tuesday, March 15th 1983. (The Ides of March!)

Atari - "E.T. At Christmas" (Commercial, 1982)

Views: 3390

In a last ditch effort to sell copies of this game before putting them in a landfill, Atari made this commercial with E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial playing his own game on the Atari 2600 VCS.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Wednesday, December 1st 1982.

McDonald's - "Play and Win" (Commercial, 1982)

Views: 1963

Here's another commercial for McDonald's promoting their Atari "Scratch & Win" cards, with dramatized examples of past winners: the Baldwin family (presumably not including Alec or Billy) with an Atari home computer center (playing video games on the TV screen); Mike Jr. teaching his dad how to use the Atari 800 home computer; and the Murray family playing and winning an Atari home video game. Must be 13 or older to play. Expires October 22nd 1982 - or as long as supplies last. Void where...

Emergency Broadcast System Test (1983)

Views: 2694

Here's a test of the Emergency Broadcast System (or as they were referred to here, "Emergency Broadcasting System") that aired on WLS Channel 7. The text was modified somewhat from this 1981 EBS test on WMAQ Channel 5:

"This is a test. This station is conducting a test of the Emergency Broadcasting [sic] System. This is only a test . . .

"This is a test of the Emergency Broadcasting [...

WFLD Channel 32 - Super Cartoon Sunday (Break #2, 1984)

Views: 2168

More Super Cartoon Sunday. (Sunday version of Super Cartoon Sunrise) Includes:

Super Cartoon Sunday bumper (Jeff Lupetin announcing)

SlapSticks by Keds

Apple Jacks


Emergency Broadcast System Test (Tiny Excerpt, 1977)

Views: 4793

Here's a clip that's very short but also very rare. On the 1977 WSNS tape, between the two episodes of Superman there was a quick switch to something that might have been recorded previously - a small excerpt of an Emergency Broadcast System test. You can see the slide used for it and make out a word or two of the announcement "Broadcasters...(in your area, probably)"

Slide says: "Emergency Broadcast System - Official Government Information - Civil Defense Instructions"