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WCFL AM 1000 - "Hot Ticket" (Commercial, 1981)

Views: 1009

Here's another commercial for WCFL AM 1000 during its "This Is It" days, this one featuring a promotion in coordination with White Hen Pantry stores for a "Hot Ticket" scratch-off game where you could win $1000, or prizes like a Hawaiian vacation or a new car.

Voiceover by Dave Martin, who was WCFL's program director at the time. He later held the same job at WCLR, and voiced this commercial, too.


Greatest Fights of the Century - "Louis vs. Marciano, October 1951" (1953)

Views: 754

Here's a vintage episode of a 15-minute series, Greatest Fights of the Century, hosted by Jim Stevenson, which ran on the NBC Network from 1948 to 1954 (after Gillette Cavalcade of Sports) and, in Chicago, aired Friday nights on WNBQ Channel 5 at 9:45pm. This was from an original 16mm print, with the Academy leader leading it off. Includes:

Opening, with sponsor billboard for Vaseline Hair Tonic and Vaseline Cream Hair Tonic (voiceover by Phil Tonken, one of the...

Your Local Zoo or Aquarium - "It's Wild" (1984?)

Views: 538

Here's a couple spots that one of our contributors, Matthew Graczyk found on Quad 2" videotape for "Your local Zoo or Aquarium". He believes these were used for the local Peoria area, although they do not specify and are generic enough to be used all over.

There's a 10 second spot followed by a longer 30 second spot.


Not sure when these would have aired but I'm going to guess 1984.

WGN Channel 9 - Mid-Day Report With Clif Mercer (1980)

Views: 1347

Here's a complete edition of the Mid-Day Report on WGN Channel 9, here anchored by Clif Mercer (filling in for Merri Dee who was on vacation) First time I've ever seen Clif Mercer in action! Includes:

Mid-Day Report bumper

Clif Mercer reads the following items:

- the ERA - Equal Rights Amendment - may come up for a vote in the Illinois House today but may be postponed by supporters if they can't get enough votes for passage

Dispensa's Castle Of Toys (Commercial, 1979)

Views: 1799

Here's only the second commercial for Dispensa's Castle of Toys that we've ever found!

Same great session music (oh, to have the original tapes of this - maybe it was done by the same people who did the Super Cartoon Sunrise theme) - this one has less creepy Santa though.

Dispensa's Castle of Toys was located in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois on Route 83 and Roosevelt Road.

WGN Channel 9 - Bozo's Circus - "4th of July Spectacular" (1978)

Views: 2316

Here's a special Independence Day treat - a Bozo's Circus salute to the 4th of July as aired on that day in 1978 on WGN Channel 9. Introduced by Frazier Thomas, with performers from The Diana School of Dance, (and featuring a patriotic Cooky and Bozo cameo appearance at the end!)

An amazing time-capsule! Just when you think it's over, it continues. ;-) Watch the baton-twirler boy as he misses his mark a few times, but recovers nicely.

For the ke...

Mattel - "Mork & Mindy Toys" (Commercial, 1979)

Views: 776

Here's a commercial for a collection of toys by Mattel based on the TV show Mork & Mindy. Includes:

Mork doll with Talking Spacepack - "Says 8 things"

Mork Talking Ragdoll - "Says 7 things" (some even halfway intelligible)

Mork from Ork (this would have been my favorite - a little Mork action figure inside an egg that you can open - I pretty much did this myself when my mom gave me the egg from her pantyhose to play with)


National Pride Car Wash (Commercial, 1980)

Views: 663

Here's a commercial for National Pride Car Wash. Were these local to Chicago?

This aired on local Chicago TV on Tuesday, July 1st 1980.

Schlitz Malt Liquor - "Gunga Din" (Commercial, 1980)

Views: 815

Here's another commercial for Schlitz Malt Liquor featuring "Gunga Din" along with the requisite British soldiers.

Featuring an appearance by the beer's famed bull mascot who crashes into the room at the end. "Don't Say Beer, Say Bull!"

"...I do take all major credit cards."

(C) 1978 Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co., Milwaukee and other great cities.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Tuesday, July 1st 1980.