Various Stations - "TV DX Potpourri" (1979/1980)

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Here are some clips from as far away as Detroit and Cleveland that were recorded in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago using a tall antenna - "TV DXing" as it was known.

As described by Wikipedia, TV DX is a term referring to the active search for distant television stations received during unusual atmospheric conditions. The term DX is an old telegraphic term meaning "long distance." TV DX aficionados would attempt to record or take a picture of Station ID slides or other easily discernible proofs of their "conquests". The goal, obviously, would be to try to pick up a visible signal from as geographically far away as possible.

The following excerpts were recorded on Saturday, December 29th 1979.

Portion of commercial offer for Time-Life's The Old West book series (different phone number and address)

Unknown show or commercial with female singer

WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Tarzan Movie - "Tarzan's Secret Treasure" bumper

WTVS Channel 56 (Detroit) - Partial slide promo for Legacy of Genius - The Story of Thomas Alva Edison

WUHQ Channel 41 (Battle Creek / Kalamazoo) - partial Station ID Slide

WISE Channel 33 (Fort Wayne, Indiana) - NewsCenter33 partial promo and CHiPs slide

WFFT Channel 55 (Fort Wayne, Indiana) - "Makin' TV fun again!" partial promo for "That's Hollywood - Sundays at 6pm"

Unknown clip - "Ladies..."

WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Pistons Vs. Atlanta - "Tonight at 7:30" partial promo

Your old newspapers are worth money!

end of "Super Girls" commercial offer (in Michigan)

WUAB Channel 43 (Cleveland) - end of Superhost commercial return bumper going into The Three Stooges (Superhost was played by Martin J. Sullivan)

WGPR 107.5 FM commercial - "Bruce Harper 2pm-7pm Saturdays"

end of Roy Clark Guitar Book commercial offer

WUAB Channel 43 (Cleveland) - M*A*S*H promo - "Weeknights at 7:00pm"

WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Tarzan Movie bumper with Bill Kennedy voiceover (?) advertising movie coming up next - "Desire in the Dust" with guest host Dean Miller (?)

"This is Field Communications in Detroit" bumper (voiceover by Darwin Gillette)

Quick flash of WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Creature Feature - "The Last Woman on Earth" - "Today at 3:30" bumper slide

WGPR Channel 62 (Detroit) partial station ID slide

WOUB Channel 20 (Athens, Ohio) - Bowery Boys slide

Partial Rollerwall commercial offer

End of Lustreware commercial offer (Detroit)

WOUB Channel 20 (Athens, Ohio) - Bowery Boys slide

end of WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) promo for L.A.T.E.R - "The Life and Times of Eddie Roberts" - "Premieres January 7 [1980] at 11pm"

WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Bill Kennedy - "Desire in the Dust" bumper slide

WUAB Channel 43 (Cleveland) - Gilligan's Island partial promo - "Weekdays at 5:30pm"

WLIO Channel 35 (Lima, Ohio) - "The Bob Newhart Show" promo slide - "Weekdays at 5:30pm" (voiceover by ??)

Excerpt of the WKRP in Cincinnati episode "The Patter of Little Feet" (re-run) from April 7th 1980.

The following excerpts were recorded on August 5th 1980 around 4:49 AM (based on the sports scores)

WXYZ Channel 7 (Detroit) Action News - Sports and Weather slides (and voiceover by ??)

WXYZ Channel 7 (Detroit) - partial sign-off with beginning of National Anthem (voiceover by ??)

Another WKRP excerpt (must have been recorded over the older material)

Little bit of commercial offer from HRB Corp. for The Complete Medical Exam Book by Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D. (seen in it's entirety within this commercial break)

Little excerpt of New Zoo Revue

Unknown show - "You have no idea which..."

Unknown show - "Pay your salaries..."

Excerpt of Davey & Golliath - "I'm sorry...c'mon"

Bars and tone from WIFR Channel 23 Freeport/Rockford - "Testing"

Woodworking show (?) - "Like a hair dryer except it's much hotter..."

End of earlier seen commercial offer from HRB Corp. for The Complete Medical Exam Book by Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D.

Another quick New Zoo Revue excerpt

Another quick shot of Complete Medical Exam Book offer

More bars and tone from WIFR Channel 23 Freeport/Rockford - "Testing"

Color bars and music from "WTVO NBC Television Channel 17 Rockford, Illinois"

More of the mystery Woodworking show - "Um...they come in a variety..."

Ending of Bonanza promo from WSNS Channel 44 Chicago (had to be before July 1980) (voiceover by Mal Wyman)

Beginning couple seconds of WSNS Monster Movie opening (had to be before July 1980)

More WKRP (must have been recorded over the older material)

Part of the ending credits from What's Up Tiger Lily?

Ending of a Rod Grams news promo from WIFR Channel 23 (Freeport/Rockford)

Beginning seconds of the cold open to The Stockard Channing Show with Ron Silver (probably aired after WKRP) (must have been recorded over the older material)

End of report by Mary Conway on WIFR Channel 23 (Freeport/Rockford)

Daniel Schorr giving a partial opening to the Presidential Debate of Tuesday, October 28th 1980, giving way to a shot of First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Featuring Howard K. Smith and Barbara Walters on the panel.


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As described by Wikipedia, TV DX is a term referring to the active search for distant television stations received during unusual atmospheric conditions. The term DX is an old telegraphic term meaning "long distance." TV DX aficionados would attempt to record or take a picture of Station ID slides or other easily discernible proofs of their "conquests". The goal, obviously, would be to try to pick up a visible signal from as geographically far away as possible.

The following excerpts were recorded on Saturday, December 29th 1979.

Portion of commercial offer for Time-Life's The Old West book series (different phone number and address)

Unknown show or commercial with female singer

WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Tarzan Movie - "Tarzan's Secret Treasure" bumper

WTVS Channel 56 (Detroit) - Partial slide promo for Legacy of Genius - The Story of Thomas Alva Edison

WUHQ Channel 41 (Battle Creek / Kalamazoo) - partial Station ID Slide

WISE Channel 33 (Fort Wayne, Indiana) - NewsCenter33 partial promo and CHiPs slide

WFFT Channel 55 (Fort Wayne, Indiana) - "Makin' TV fun again!" partial promo for "That's Hollywood - Sundays at 6pm"

Unknown clip - "Ladies..."

WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Pistons Vs. Atlanta - "Tonight at 7:30" partial promo

Your old newspapers are worth money!

end of "Super Girls" commercial offer (in Michigan)

WUAB Channel 43 (Cleveland) - end of Superhost commercial return bumper going into The Three Stooges (Superhost was played by Martin J. Sullivan)

WGPR 107.5 FM commercial - "Bruce Harper 2pm-7pm Saturdays"

end of Roy Clark Guitar Book commercial offer

WUAB Channel 43 (Cleveland) - M*A*S*H promo - "Weeknights at 7:00pm"

WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Tarzan Movie bumper with Bill Kennedy voiceover (?) advertising movie coming up next - "Desire in the Dust" with guest host Dean Miller (?)

"This is Field Communications in Detroit" bumper (voiceover by Darwin Gillette)

Quick flash of WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Creature Feature - "The Last Woman on Earth" - "Today at 3:30" bumper slide

WGPR Channel 62 (Detroit) partial station ID slide

WOUB Channel 20 (Athens, Ohio) - Bowery Boys slide

Partial Rollerwall commercial offer

End of Lustreware commercial offer (Detroit)

WOUB Channel 20 (Athens, Ohio) - Bowery Boys slide

end of WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) promo for L.A.T.E.R - "The Life and Times of Eddie Roberts" - "Premieres January 7 [1980] at 11pm"

WKBD Channel 50 (Detroit) - Bill Kennedy - "Desire in the Dust" bumper slide

WUAB Channel 43 (Cleveland) - Gilligan's Island partial promo - "Weekdays at 5:30pm"

WLIO Channel 35 (Lima, Ohio) - "The Bob Newhart Show" promo slide - "Weekdays at 5:30pm" (voiceover by ??)

Excerpt of the WKRP in Cincinnati episode "The Patter of Little Feet" (re-run) from April 7th 1980.

The following excerpts were recorded on August 5th 1980 around 4:49 AM (based on the sports scores)

WXYZ Channel 7 (Detroit) Action News - Sports and Weather slides (and voiceover by ??)

WXYZ Channel 7 (Detroit) - partial sign-off with beginning of National Anthem (voiceover by ??)

Another WKRP excerpt (must have been recorded over the older material)

Little bit of commercial offer from HRB Corp. for The Complete Medical Exam Book by Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D. (seen in it's entirety within this commercial break)

Little excerpt of New Zoo Revue

Unknown show - "You have no idea which..."

Unknown show - "Pay your salaries..."

Excerpt of Davey & Golliath - "I'm sorry...c'mon"

Bars and tone from WIFR Channel 23 Freeport/Rockford - "Testing"

Woodworking show (?) - "Like a hair dryer except it's much hotter..."

End of earlier seen commercial offer from HRB Corp. for The Complete Medical Exam Book by Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D.

Another quick New Zoo Revue excerpt

Another quick shot of Complete Medical Exam Book offer

More bars and tone from WIFR Channel 23 Freeport/Rockford - "Testing"

Color bars and music from "WTVO NBC Television Channel 17 Rockford, Illinois"

More of the mystery Woodworking show - "Um...they come in a variety..."

Ending of Bonanza promo from WSNS Channel 44 Chicago (had to be before July 1980) (voiceover by Mal Wyman)

Beginning couple seconds of WSNS Monster Movie opening (had to be before July 1980)

More WKRP (must have been recorded over the older material)

Part of the ending credits from What's Up Tiger Lily?

Ending of a Rod Grams news promo from WIFR Channel 23 (Freeport/Rockford)

Beginning seconds of the cold open to The Stockard Channing Show with Ron Silver (probably aired after WKRP) (must have been recorded over the older material)

End of report by Mary Conway on WIFR Channel 23 (Freeport/Rockford)

Daniel Schorr giving a partial opening to the Presidential Debate of Tuesday, October 28th 1980, giving way to a shot of First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Featuring Howard K. Smith and Barbara Walters on the panel." /> Share

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