NBC Network - "Elvis Has Left The Building" - "Technical Difficulties" (Part 2, 1977)

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Here is Part 2 of an NBC Special Report (on local Rockford affiliate WTVO Channel 17) from when it was first announced that Elvis Presley had died.

Here you get a FuzzyMemories Two-fer: an historical event and a technical difficulties moment all in one. The sound fades down at the end of the Brian Ross piece and doesn't return when the discussion panel segment in the studio begins featuring David Marsh of Rolling Stone Magazine, Disc Jockey Murray The K, and Steve Dunleavy of the New York Post.

WTVO Channel 17 in Rockford is nice enough to put up a title, "Sound Trouble Temporary" as well as to make frequent announcements that absolve them of any blame - "We have temporarily lost the sound portion of this network program. The trouble is along network lines and engineers have been notified. The trouble is not in your home receiver. We expect the sound to be restored shortly. Meanwhile, we will continue with the picture portion of the program."

Finally, after about 3 minutes and 40 seconds of no sound, the audio is restored but it sounds like a low-fi telephone-quality for 30 seconds until the normal audio comes back on.

This continues until the tape of the person recording this ran out and another had to be put in, missing a portion of the discussion panel.

Can anyone read lips and make out some of what's being said during the sound trouble?

This aired on local Rockford, IL TV on Tuesday, August 16th 1977. (not Chicago, but close enough)


Date Uploaded: 03/24/2009

Tags: 1970s   Rockford TV Station Clips   News   Technical Difficulty Moments & Screw-Ups     




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Finally, after about 3 minutes and 40 seconds of no sound, the audio is restored but it sounds like a low-fi telephone-quality for 30 seconds until the normal audio comes back on.

This continues until the tape of the person recording this ran out and another had to be put in, missing a portion of the discussion panel.

Can anyone read lips and make out some of what's being said during the sound trouble?

This aired on local Rockford, IL TV on Tuesday, August 16th 1977. (not Chicago, but close enough)" /> Share

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