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Remember that classic sitcom from 1977 called "Off the Wall"? No? Well neither does anyone else because it only aired once - on May 7th 1977. A failed television pilot.
What do you think the odds are that someone in the Chicagoland area (not connected with the production of the show) recorded the entire show, with the original commercial breaks intact, didn't ever record over the tape, and then saved the tape for 38 years before we got our hands on it? (just to give you some hi...
Here's something pretty...odd. The opening sketch and first break for the Richard Dawson hosted version of Bizarre - the same show that would eventually be aired here in the States on Showtime, with host John Byner.
This was a failed pilot which ABC passed on. Includes:
Ending of a WLS Eyewitness Newsbrief with Joel Daly
Opening of Bizarre
Commercial: Datsun 210 Hatchback
Commercial: Purina Fit & Tri...
Here's a 60 second spot for the United States Air Force, with their ubiquitous "Aim High" slogan.
Featuring a version of "Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder..." (officially known as "Air Force Song") that bears a strong resemblance to the theme from the 1980s show Airwolf.
This aired on local Chicago TV late Saturday, January 5th 1985.
Here's the opening and first commercial for the 1976 airing of that perennial Halloween classic, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" as aired on WBBM Channel 2. Previous to this, we saw the opening for the 1980 airing.
WBBM-TV animated Station ID (voiceover by Jerry Harper)
CBS Pre-emption notice for "Doc" (voiceover by ??)
A CBS Special Presentatio...
Here's a promo for the 10-6-80 airing of The Star-Spangled Movie presentation of the 1966 film "Adventures of Captain Fabian" on WSNS TV-44. Previous to this we saw a few other glimpses of this bumper movie show - maybe it always aired at 3:30pm on weekdays? Could this help definitively date those other clips?
Voiceover by Don Ferris.
This promo aired on local C...
Here's a sponsorship tag at the end of an airing of Chicago Wrestling from Ben's Auto Sales - 5858 South Western Avenue featuring Bob Luce, legendary wrestling promoter and pitchman.
Bob also teases a Wrestling event at the Hammond Civic Center, Saturday, October 18th 1980 at 8:30pm (doors open at 6:30!) between Bruiser and Brody (?)
Background music is the Disco Star Wars Theme by Meco
What are the odds? Recorded at random and saved without meaning to, here is an episode of The Dating Game on WSNS Channel 44. Cool enough because it has the original commercial breaks intact - however as I was scanning through it I slowly recognized the face - Chicago's Bozo the Clown the Second, Mr. Joey D'Auria was one of the bachelors!
In Part 1, we hear the intro to the show given by host Jim Lange - it's cut off slightly, however from what he says later in the sho...
Here's Part 4 of an episode of The Dating Game on WSNS Channel 44.
In this Part we have Game 2 featuring the lovely Lisa.
This aired on local Chicago TV on Thursday, July 24th 1980 during the 5:30pm to 6:00pm timeframe. (the show itself has a Copyright of 1979 though)