WCIU Channel 26 - The Ginny Tiu Show (Part 1, 1969)
Here's Part 1 of The Ginny Tiu Show which aired on WCIU Channel 26. Ms. Tiu was a child prodigy pianist whose chief claim to fame was playing by ear and not being able to read a note, and who was a familiar presence on such 1960's TV series as The Ed Sullivan Show, Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall, and a 1966 episode of I've Got a Secret (from Steve Allen's run as host), as well as appearing in the 1962 Elvis Presley film Girls! Girls! Girls! In later years, she would become a fixture in the Hawaii concert scene, particularly in Honolulu. On this show, she was accompanied by members of her family (brother Alexander, and sisters Vicky and Elizabeth), and Elaine Mulqueen on commercials.
This program was taped in color at the studios of WREX Channel 13 in Rockford, IL (an ABC affiliate at the time, but today affiliated with NBC) on June 7th 1969, with Jack Mulqueen as producer / director and Drew Leach as creative director, but (unfortunately) aired on WCIU in black-and-white (it very likely also aired on WREX just to say to the Union that the program aired on another station).
Shot of WREX Channel 13 slate (in color) being held by a floor director, accompanied by (approx.) 700 Hz tone - slate message: "WREX-TV 13 - Recorded 6-7-69 - Play TBA - Length - Director Jack - Title Ginny Tiu Show - Talent Ginny Tiu - Remarks High Band"
Introduction by Ed Sullivan of Ginny Tiu (apparently from the November 21st 1965 edition of The Ed Sullivan Show which was from its first season in color), mentioning her first national TV appearance on his show on April 12th 1959 (featuring Johnnie Ray, Cedric Hardwicke, Gertrude Berg, Patachou, Shelley Berman, Teresa Brewer, and Phil Foster - the full cast list can be seen here), and mentioning her and her family appearing
Opening of The Ginny Tiu Show, with her brother Alexander on drums, her sisters Vicky and Elizabeth among the other backing musicians, and Ginny on the ivories - show title (set in Franklin Gothic Condensed) aired to the right of the screen during a shot of the Baldwin piano Ginny is playing
30 seconds of black
Commercial: Pentel 67 marker - "Writes with the greatest of ease" - sells for 29 cents (voiceover by Al Parker?)
Commercial: Fisher Pressurized Space Pen - featuring drawing of astronaut writing with pen - with Elaine Mulqueen (outside of her duties on Mulqueen's Kiddie-A-Go-Go) - "Used by the astronauts on the Apollo flights" - sells for $1.98
Commercial: McLennon's of 220 South State - "The World's Largest Inventory of Pens and Pencils" - featuring Elaine Mulqueen (again)
This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, June 14th 1969 during the 5:30pm to 6pm timeframe.
Date Uploaded: 06/26/2012
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