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36 Years Ago Today:Here's a promo for the world premiere of "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" with Mickey Rooney, on WFL...
12/11/2020
WFLD Channel 32 - "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" (1984)

36 Years Ago Today:

Here's a promo for the world premiere of "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" with Mickey Rooney, on WFLD Channel 32.

This aired on December 11, 1984.

Here's a promo for the world premiere of "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" with Mickey Rooney, on WFLD Channel 32.This aired on local Chicago TV on Tuesday, ...

Original WSNS Chanukah bumper slide from the 1970s.
12/10/2020

Original WSNS Chanukah bumper slide from the 1970s.

12/10/2020

Here is data from The Market Profile Edition of Spot Television Service from Broadcast Advertisers Reports Inc.

The week of Monday April 3rd-Sunday April 9th 1978 had 8582 non-network paid commercials according to data collected from tapes recorded from 7AM-3 AM (140 hours) on Channels 2, 5, 7, 9 & 32.

Here are most seen brands advertised by category:
Shoes: Buster Brown-27
National School: Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics-21
Book: Candidly Elvis-28
Magazine: TV Guide-48
Package Delivery: Federal Express-30
Cream/Lotion: Only Solution Hair & Skin Mist, Nivea-29
Syrup/Jelly: Kraft Jam-21
Margarine: Imperial-22
Cereal: General Miller Monster Cereals-18
Pizza: La Pizzeria Frozen Pizza-20
Citrus Fruits: Sunkist Oranges-28
Other Fruits: Libby’s Canned Fruit-33
Meat: Bob Evans Sausage-22
Bread: Fresh & Natural Bread-33
Coffee: Folgers Coffee Flakes-32
Candy: Pearson Candy-23
Soft Drinks: Coke-81. Fresca-58
Beer: Olympia-25
Jewelry: Star Wars Jewelry-27
Toy: Hasbro’s Charlie’s Angels-20
Paper Products-Puffs-17, Charmin-17, Dixie-17
Record: K-Tel Disco Rocket-26, 60 Juke Box Hits-25
Detergent: Tide-35
Cleaner: Sparkle-26, Texsize-26
Car: Plymouth Volare-26, AMC Pacer-25
Auto Part: Sunshield Visor-35
Airline: TWA-29
Fertilizer: Scott Turf Builder-25
Lawn Mower: Lawn Boy-28
Local Car Dealer: Long Chevrolet-58, Hanley Dawson-33
Bank: Northwest Federal Savings Bank-34
DIY: Saxon Paint-28
Contractor: First Metropolitan Builder-26
Nursery: Franks-21
Carpet: Lincoln-37, Empire-26
Movie: The Turning Point-24, Laserblast-22
Restaurant: McDonald’s-60, Burger King-31
Health Club: Chicago Health Club-39
Clothing Store: House of Lewis-35, Evans Furriers-26
Department Store: Carsons-49, Wieboldts-45
Discount Store: Venture-46
Supermarket: Dominick’s-81, A&P-72, Jewel-67
Carpet Store: Pipers-41
Furniture Store: Polk Bros.-92, Nelson-53
Radio Station: WBMX-59, WCLR-34, WGN-33

Total of local commercials by station for the week

Channel 2: 216, 236, 245, 243, 240, 174, 141
Channel 5: 240, 241, 258, 263, 243, 164, 166
Channel 7: 284, 259, 250, 272, 274, 186, 228
Channel 9: 309, 344, 355, 391, 381, 356, 315
Channel 32: 146, 160, 195, 184, 184, 166, 182

National Accounts on all five stations:
A & W Root Beer
Amtrak
Anacin
Cadbury Candy
Cheer
Dermassage
Folgers Coffee
Fresh & Natural Bread
Heath Candy
Kmart
Kellogg’s
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Nestle
Plymouth
Saluto Pizza
Sparkle Glass Cleaner
Tide
Wilkinson
Woolite

Local Accounts on all five stations:
A&P
Coca Cola
Flower Show
Harris Bank
House of Lewis
Illinois Bell
Jet-Dri
Jewel
McDonald’s

Original WSNS Christmas bumper slide from the 1970s.
12/09/2020

Original WSNS Christmas bumper slide from the 1970s.

40 Years Ago Today:Here's a CBS Network promo for two Christmas specials coming up on Saturday, December 13, 1980 - "Bug...
12/09/2020
CBS Network - Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales & Twas The Night Before Christmas (Promo, 1980)

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's a CBS Network promo for two Christmas specials coming up on Saturday, December 13, 1980 - "Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales" and the Rankin-Bass special, "Twas the Night Before Christmas" Also includes a CBS "EYE-D" at the end.

This promo aired on December 9,1980.

Here's a CBS Network promo for two Christmas specials coming up on Saturday, December 13th 1980 - "Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales" and the Rankin-Bass s...

Original WSNS Christmas bumper slide from the 1970s.
12/07/2020

Original WSNS Christmas bumper slide from the 1970s.

12/07/2020
WFLD Channel 32 - Eight O'Clock Movie - "Samson And Delilah" (Commercial Break, 1981)

39 Years Ago Today:

Here's a complete commercial break from the Eight O'Clock Movie presentation of "Samson and Delilah" on WFLD Channel 32. Includes:

WFLD Eight O'Clock Movie bumper (music is "K-Jee" by MFSB off the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack album)

Planters Cheez Balls and snacks

Spectrum

Sasson

Roper Microwaves - "Good Old Reliable Roper." at Grant's Hardware in Joliet

Alper-Richman Furs at 645 North Michigan Avenue (voiceover by Jim Barton)

WFLD Eight O'Clock Movie return bumper (music music is "K-Jee" by MFSB off the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack album) (voice over by Jim Barton)

This aired on Monday, December 7, 1981

Here's a complete commercial break from the Eight O'Clock Movie presentation of "Samson and Delilah" on WFLD Channel 32. Includes: WFLD Eight O'Clock Movie b...

Happy Holidays bumper slide from WFLD, mid-70s.There's a number of these - they look like schoolchildren's drawings sent...
12/06/2020

Happy Holidays bumper slide from WFLD, mid-70s.

There's a number of these - they look like schoolchildren's drawings sent in. (?)

12/06/2020
ON TV - "The Blue Lagoon" (Opening, 1981)

39 Years Ago Today:

Here's an ON TV opening for a showing of "The Blue Lagoon". Also includes the end of a short at the beginning as well as an ON TV "Coming" promo for The Rolling Stones Live in Concert (Simulcast on WLS AM & FM) on Friday, December 18th. (Alternate promo than the one previously seen)

Voiceover for ON TV Rating Announcement for "R" Film by WSNS' former General Manager/Announcer Mal Wyman.

This aired on Sunday, December 6, 1981.

Here's an ON TV opening for a showing of "The Blue Lagoon". Also includes the end of a short at the beginning as well as an ON TV "Coming" promo for The Roll...

Original WSNS Christmas bumper slide from the 1970s.
12/05/2020

Original WSNS Christmas bumper slide from the 1970s.

12/05/2020
The Ice Cream Machine By Ronco (Commercial, 1978)

42 Years Ago Today:

Here's a commercial for The Ice Cream Machine by Ronco. Makes a great Christmas gift! Available at:

Walgreens
Woolworth and Woolco
Osco Drug
Venture
Goldblatt's
Montgomery Ward

This aired on December 5, 1978.

Here's a commercial for The Ice Cream Machine by Ronco. Makes a great Christmas gift! Available at: Walgreens Woolworth and Woolco Osco Drug Venture Goldblat...

Original WSNS Christmas bumper slide from the 1970s.
12/04/2020

Original WSNS Christmas bumper slide from the 1970s.

12/04/2020
Homemakers with Shelley Long - "Weekend Lamp Extravaganza" (Commercial, 1980)

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's a commercial for Homemakers' weekend Lamp Extravaganza, featuring Shelley Long (of Cheers fame). Sales on table lamps, floor lamps, desk lamps and other types throughout the weekend (up to December 7th) at Woodfield, Downers Grove and Orland Square.

(C) Homemakers, Inc., MCML### (1980)

This aired on December 4, 1980.

Here's a commercial for Homemakers' weekend Lamp Extravaganza, featuring Shelley Long (of Cheers fame). Sales on table lamps, floor lamps, desk lamps and oth...

12/03/2020
Service Merchandise - "Catalog Showrooms" (Commercial, 1978)

42 Years Ago Today:

Here's a commercial for Service Merchandise featuring the Minolta pocket autopak 450e camera.

"We're changing the way America shops"

This aired on December 3, 1978.

Here's a commercial for Service Merchandise featuring the Minolta pocket autopak 450e camera. "We're changing the way America shops" This aired on local Chic...

12/02/2020
Wieboldt's - "The Wonderful World of Christmas" (Commercial, 1979)

41 Years Ago Today:

Here's a Christmas commercial for Wieboldts featuring a special on clothes by Jena Ltd.

This aired on December 2, 1979.

Here's a Christmas commercial for Wieboldts featuring a special on clothes by Jena Ltd. Voiceover by ?? This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, December 2n...

The Museum of Classic Chicago Television's cover photo
12/01/2020

The Museum of Classic Chicago Television's cover photo

12/01/2020
Prevent Child Abuse - "Stressed Mom" (PSA, 1985)

35 Years Ago Today:

Here's a memorable public service announcement to help prevent child abuse featuring an overly stressed mother and her baby.

Brought to you by the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse and the Ad Council.

This aired on December 1, 1985.

Here's a memorable public service announcement to help prevent child abuse featuring an overly stressed mother and her baby. Brought to you by the National C...

11/30/2020
Mr. Pop! By Lakeside (Commercial, 1981)

39 Years Ago Today:

Here's a commercial for a bit more obscure game for kids - Mr. Pop! - by Lakeside.

Mr. Pop! - The Game Where Girls Are Only Allowed To Be Spectators...

This aired on Monday, November 30, 1981.

Here's a commercial for a bit more obscure game for kids - Mr. Pop! - by Lakeside. Mr. Pop! - The Game Where Girls Are Only Allowed To Be Spectators... This ...

11/29/2020
WGN Channel 9 - The 9 O'Clock News - "Roy Leonard Reviews Santa Claus: The Movie" (1985)

35 Years Ago Today:

Here's an excerpt from the 9 O'Clock News on WGN Channel 9 - Rick Rosenthal introducing Roy Leonard for his review of "Santa Claus: The Movie". (The anchor at the end is Pat Harvey)

This aired on November 29, 1985.

Here's an excerpt from the 9 O'Clock News on WGN Channel 9 - Rick Rosenthal introducing Roy Leonard for his review of "Santa Claus: The Movie". (The anchor a...

11/29/2020
WFLD Channel 32 Saturday Afternoon Movie "The Kettles On Old McDonald's Farm" (Break #1, 1980)

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's something pretty rare - some footage from WFLD Channel 32's Movie for a Saturday Afternoon featuring the Kaiser-era 32 logo, so this must have dated to at least early 1977 (previous to this we only had a tiny excerpt of a bumper). Most of it was taped over unfortunately, but this is what remains. This first segment, a partial commercial break includes:

Partial Commercial: Life cereal - "Playing Doctor"

WFLD Movie for a Saturday Afternoon bumper (voice over by Jim Barton)

This aired on November 29,1980.

Here's something pretty rare - some footage from WFLD Channel 32's Movie for a Saturday Afternoon featuring the Kaiser-era 32 logo, so this must have dated t...

11/28/2020
CBS Network - The Incredible Hulk (Ending & Promos, 1977)

43 Years Ago Today:

Here is the ending credits to an episode of The Incredible Hulk (with voice over promo for Circus of the Stars and Universal logo) followed immediately by CBS Network promos for M*A*S*H, One Day at a Time, and Lou Grant.

Voice over during end credits for The Incredible Hulk by Bob Hite, famous as the voice of the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" from 1972 until his retirement in 1979.

This aired on November 28, 1977

Here is the ending credits to an episode of The Incredible Hulk (with voiceover promo for Circus of the Stars and Universal logo) followed immediately by CBS...

Original 1970s WSNS 35mm slide - maybe used for the day after Thanksgiving?  :-)
11/27/2020

Original 1970s WSNS 35mm slide - maybe used for the day after Thanksgiving? :-)

11/27/2020
Field Communications - The Reluctant Robot (1980)

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's a (remastered) version, from an original master tape, of "The Reluctant Robot," a special Field Communications production which aimed to get kids interested in astronomical science - and aimed at Star Wars kids but, based on the budget, came off more like Doctor Who in comparison (not that there's anything wrong with that...).
Includes:

Slate showing:
U.S. Video
Agency - Aesop Films
Client - Field Communications
Title - "The Reluctant Robot"
Length - 60:00
Date - 12/17/79

Voiceover (robot ICU2) advises of "strange radio signal," leading to professor's search for stars; topics discussed here include static, pulsars that orbit, inspection of rocket ship and proper maintenance procedures before blasting off to find out about this pulsar.

Professor and ICU2 go to Spears 'n' Robot store to search for robot assistant in their journey (one robot inside, MK-10, was especially klutzy) and deal with fast-talking salesman; Professor wants the CS-1000 - but ends up with domestic service robot, Sirius D5A (named "Norman") who was considered "useless" but seeks to prove his mettle.

At night the Professor shows Norman the wonders of the stars and the planets, and gives a history lesson of how the universe got started; followed by brief looks at the individual planets in our solar system, with an animated sequence explaining the solar system (including the "Zone of Life"). Next is a look at the Milky Way, as well as the possibility of billions of other solar systems.

Then, a look of their plans for the 36 trillion mile space journey; the Professor gives a lecture about light being "the fastest thing there is," with an animated scenario of his space trip. References to the black hole ("something to be avoided") and an animated sequence on how a shrinking planet maintains gravitational pull are included.

On their last night on Earth before their journey, the Professor gives readings on what is to be their trajectory. Norman is watching the Night Owl Theatre film "Space Monsters" on TV, then a search for him begins. Norman is discovered by the Professor, ICU2, Sniff and the junkyard owner. An animated look at Earth's plant and animal life follows with comparisons of gravity on other planets.

Next day the journey is to start, and Norman finds a Chart of the Stars which the Professor, ICU2 and Sniff had completely forgotten about. Afterwards, the rocket takes off - and next we see aliens from another planet showing their own wonderment about the massive solar system.

The Cast
The Professor - Dan Leegant
Norman - Michael Lee Gogin
ICU2 - Eileen Todd [Eileen Carey]
ICU2's Voice - Liz Mamorsky
Bellows - Tom Chase
Grimes - Cliff Watts
Alien #1 - Kellee Brod
Alien #2 - Eileen Todd [Eileen Carey]
Delivery Man - Bob Day
Written by William Van Horn and Mitchell Rose
Teleplay by Roy Anthony Cox and Mark Krigbaum
Costume and Robot Design - Deborah Capen
Robot Engineering and Assembly - Don Nelson, Dave McMillan, Paul Hara, Roger Liptak
Sniff's Radio Controls - Hal Hague
Animation - Mitchell Rose and William Van Horn
Music by Ed Bogas and Fritz Heilbron
Videography - Roger Krupp
Lighting Director - Dick Favaro
Video Production Consultant - Ed Dudkowski
Art Director - Karil Daniels
Key Grip - Bob Day
Production Assistant - Bob Sitzwohl
Assistant to the Director - Toy Percer
Rocket Model - Mark Paillassou
Editing and Production Design - Eclipse Films
Video Location and Post-Production Facilities - Dudkowski-Lynch Associates
Special Thanks To - Kingsly Whiteman and Chabot Observatory, NASA, Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corp., Paramount Television, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Mills College, Walnut Creek Police Department and STABA
Sequence from "Star Trek" - (C) 1966 Paramount Pictures Corporation
Sequence from Lost in Space - (C) Twentieth Century Fox Television
Director of Children's Programming Development, Field Communications - Dr. Frank Allen Philpot
A Sparlin/Free Production for Field Communications
(C) 1979 Field Communications

This aired on November 27, 1980.

Here's a (remastered) version, from an original master tape, of "The Reluctant Robot," a special Field Communications production which aimed to get kids inte...

11/26/2020
Your Chicagoland Buick Dealer - "Sweetness" (Commercial, 1980)

40 Years Ago Today:

Here's a commercial for your local Buick dealers featuring some Chicago Bears including James Scott, Dennis Lick, and Walter Payton. "Your Buick Dealers are Talkin' Your Language Right Now..."

"Free Landau Roof" (but is it Martinized?)

This aired on November 26, 1980.

Here's a commercial for your local Buick dealers featuring some Chicago Bears including James Scott, Dennis Lick, and Walter Payton. "Your Buick Dealers are ...

Original 1970s WSNS Happy Thanksgiving 35mm slide.
11/25/2020

Original 1970s WSNS Happy Thanksgiving 35mm slide.

11/25/2020
Merry Christmas From Mattel - "The Barbie Dream House" (Commercial, 1982)

38 Years Ago Today:

Here's a Christmas themed commercial for the Barbie Dream House by Mattel. Features a jingle based on the song "Georgy Girl".

Is that Missy Gold?

"SuperStar Ken Doll sold separately"

This aired on November 25, 1982. (Copyright 1979 - or is it 1978?)

Here's a Christmas themed commercial for the Barbie Dream House by Mattel. Features a jingle based on the song "Georgy Girl". Is that Missy Gold? "SuperStar ...

11/24/2020
Giant Loc Blocs (Commercial, 1979)

41 Years Ago Today:

Here's a commercial for Giant Loc Blocs by Entex. I've had this stupid tune stuck in my head for over 40 years. Feels good to pass it on. ;-)

These giant lock blocks are kind of like Legos.

This aired on November 24, 1979.

Here's a commercial for Giant Loc Blocs by Entex. I've had this stupid tune stuck in my head for close to 30 years. Feels good to pass it on. ;-) keywords fo...

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Here are the commercials from WGN-TV back on Thanksgiving 1996 where it was shown during an airing of Disney’s animated film, “The Rescuers” with two Donald Duck cartoons as a bonus. Thanks to “AndresMagicAndMore”. In addition, it features a promo for “Family Classics” with Roy Leonard where it will feature Christmas movies like “White Christmas”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, “Scrooge” and “Disney Classics” like “One Magic Christmas”.
And ... I also met Harry Cary there. Who ... had it better than me? Seriously.
When I was Brian of the "Good Time Bunch." Often we had other visitors to Channel 44. Ed Morris always in attendance. I met wrestler BIG Moose Cholac - 365 pounds. Shaking his hand was like shaking a women's handbag I met the Crusher and his cousin (or brother) never quire sure ... the Bruiser. Who radiated TV violence at that time. I met Pretty Boy Bobby Heenan ... and was vindicated because I also met Verne Gange ... the "good one." Yes ... this really happened. Right there in Chicago. And there was a big studio fight one night that went out of control. And our cameraman Mark was hurt. So ... this was semi-real. At all times. But ... what a memory. Brian
On YouTube, you have a classic Lo-Sal commercial with Rodney Dangerfield. I know Rodney did another spot for them I front of a greasy spoon with a neon sign that said World's Worst Restaurant. It ended with the cook walking out and Rodney saying to him: "Hey, where you going? Out to lunch?" Do you have that one available to upload.
Happy Halloween, The Museum of Classic Chicago Television!
Danial Braund
Xena Warrior Princess Aired on WGN 9 Long ago it also aired when Games were postponed or rain delay for standby
Does anyone remember a kids' show from 1982 about The Bible known as The Good Book? It starred Robert Morse (yes, Bert Cooper from Mad Men) and some other people and acted out Bible stories as skits. I have some of the episodes. Amazon and Ebay have them on DVD and sometimes VHS. Why it aired on an obscure channel called Selectv, and not PTL, I don't know. There were probably more than a few episodes made, but they were probably recorded over, destroyed, or a collector is hoarding them instead of releasing them on DVD or VHS. I found your site on wiki, but couldn't get in touch with anybody to ask about this. Thanks! Nancy King
This may have been discussed previously, but I haven't seen anything on this, but does anyone remember in the late 70's when WMAQ would show a classic movie on Saturdays after SNL, and SCTV. One night they showed Rebecca. About a third through the movie the late night crew decided it would be funny to put sound effects over the movie. So there were ghostly moans, chains rattling, fog horns. About an hour into the movie an announcer came on and applogized. I think it was reported that the guys running the movie at the station just thought no one was watching. They were all fired.
Artwork based upon a title slide from WFLD Channel 32 in the 70s. Not completely accurate, but tried to capture the spirit of it.
Was it Channel 7 that every year would, late at night, showcase many of the local high-school valedictorians — “The Best of the Class”?