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Thursday
Apr052012

April 5, 2012: Auto Pilot Podcast

I just wanted to alert VTTV viewers to a new audio podcast on Scott Johnson's Frogpants network, called AutoPilot where Scott and Tom Merritt talk about classic TV pilot episodes. The first one was about the original Star Trek and the second one was about the ABC series, Battlestar Galactica. I've added a new gallery with print ads for pilots discussed on their podcast, here (bottom of right column links). I don't have an ad for the Star Trek pilot but you'll find one for the Battlestar Galactica pilot and for next week's subject, Stargate SG-1. They are supposed to do a show on The A-Team pilot, too. I'll add any more ads that I have for pilots discussed on future episodes to the gallery, too.

Wednesday
Apr042012

April 4, 2012: An Educational Mission

 

I added 19 more ads today, from September and October 1973, plus two more Random Pages gallery additions, from Peach Sections of The Blade. There's a Wednesday, 9/26/73 story, "2 Movies, Michigan-Navy Game On Ch. 100 Saturday" and a Tuesday, 10/9/73 story by Norman Dresser, "Ch. 11 Movie Editing Brings Viewer Protests," about WTOL-TV cutting out almost 25% of the film, "Gypsy" just so they could sign-off at 1:30 a.m. There are three more "This Year, Like Last Year" ads in the Channel 11 gallery (Chris Sobeniak alerted me that You Tube link, promoting Fall 1973 CBS shows). There's a 9/22/73 ad for CBS Saturday night shows, All in the Family "We're Still Having a Heat Wave" (Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton) M*A*S*H "5 O'Clock Charlie" (Wayne Rogers, Alan Alda), Mary Tyler Moore "Angels in the Snow," The Bob Newhart Show "Motel" (Suzanne Pleshette) and The Carol Burnett Show. Next is a 9/23/73 ad for Sunday night CBS shows, The New Perry Mason "The Case of the Prodigal Prophet" (Monte Markham), Mannix "A Way to Dusty Death" (Mike Connors) and Barnaby Jones "Death Leap" (Buddy Ebsen) plus WTOL's Hotline "Football Widows" (Joe Inzitari). There's also a 10/9/73 ad for Tuesday night shows, The Price is Right and CBS prime-time shows, Maude "Maude's Facelift" (part two), Hawaii Five-0 "The Sunday Torch" and the premiere of Shaft, "The Enforcers" (Richard Roundtree). There are four NBC '73 ads in the Channel 13 gallery. There's a 9/20/73 ad for NBC Thursday night shows, the fourth season premiere of The Flip Wilson Show, Ironside "Murder by One" (Raymond Burr) and NBC Follies (Sammy Davis, J.) and there's a 9/28/73 ad for NBC Friday night shows, Sanford and Son "Fred, the Reluctant Fingerman" (Demond Wilson, Redd Foxx), The Girl with Something Extra "A Gift for the Gifted" (Sally Field, John Davidson), Needles and Pins "The Spy Who Came in on a Hanger," (Louis Nye, Norman Fell), The Brian Keith Show "The Camp Doctor" and The Dean Martin Comedy Hour. There's also a 10/2/73 ad for NBC Tuesday night shows, Chase "The Winning Ticket is a Loser," The Magician "The Manhunters" (Bill Bixby) and Police Story "Dangerous Games" (James Farentino) and there's a 10/3/73 ad for NBC Wednesday night shows, Adam-12 "West Valley Division," Banacek "No Stone Unturned" on The NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie, and Love Story "Love Came Laughing." There's one in the NBC gallery, a Wednesday 9/26/73 ad for The Bob Hope Comedy Special, sponsored by Ford. There's also one in the PBS gallery, a Friday, 10/5/73 ad for Technology: An Educational Mission, on WBGU-TV 57. There's another ad for Channel 100 in the Buckeye Cablevision gallery, a Saturday, 9/22/73 ad for a replay of a Michigan vs. Stanford football game. There are five WSPD-AM 1370 ads in the Radio Station Ads gallery. There's a Monday, 10/1/73 ad for their "Rip the Wrap Off!" contest, two more for Bob Owens, a Thursday, 9/20/73 ad and a Monday, 10/8/73 ad, and two more for Jack Mitchell, a Monday, 9/24/73 ad and a Tuesday, 10/2/73 ad. There are four more in the Other Vintage ads gallery, including a Friday, 9/21/73 ad for Osterman's Jewelers commercials on prime-time programs. There's also a Sunday, 9/23/73 ad, on two pages, for 1974 models at Brondes Ford (Super Bees, Phil and Don Brondes), a Monday, 10/1/73 ad for Smokey the Bear at Southwyck Mall, and a Tuesday, 10/2/73 ad for Orange Juice from Florida (Anita Bryant). More Fall 1973 ads, from the online archives of The Toledo Blade, are on the way...

Monday
Apr022012

April 2, 2012: This Year, Like Last Year

 

I added 21 more ads today, from September 1973 plus three more Random Pages gallery additions, all by Norman Dresser, in Peach Sections of The Blade. There's a Thursday, 9/13/73 story, "WTOL-TV To Carry TU-Tampa Grid Game" which also includes an item about WFOB carrying Bowling Green football games. Next is a Friday, 9/14/73 story, "Ch. 24 To Introduce 'First Evening News'" followed by a Tuesday, 9/18/73 story, "Prime-Time FCC Rule Described As Failure." There are seven ads in the Channel 11 gallery, including a 9/10/73 ad for Monday night shows, To Tell the Truth (Garry Moore), The Hollywood Squares (Peter Marshall) and CBS prime-time shows, Gunsmoke "Women For Sale" (part one), Here's Lucy "Lucy and Danny Thomas," The New Dick Van Dyke Show "Those Who Care" and Medical Center "The Guilty." There's also a 9/11/73 ad for Tuesday night shows, The Price Is Right (Art James) and CBS prime-time shows, Maude "Walter's Problem" aka "Life of the Party," Hawaii Five-0 "Hookman" and "Coffee, Tea or Me" on The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies (Karen Valentine, John Davidson). Next is a 9/12/73 ad for Wednesday night shows, Hollywood Squares (Mike Connors) and CBS prime-time shows, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and a two-hour Cannon, "He Who Digs a Grave" (William Conrad). There's a 9/13/73 ad for Thursday Night shows, To Tell the Truth, Wild, Wild World of Animals and CBS prime-time shows, The Waltons "The Journey" and "Hot Rock" on The CBS Thursday Night Movies and there's a 9/14/73 ad for Friday night shows, The New Treasure Hunt (Geoff Edwards) and CBS prime-time shows, Calucci's Department "Pilot" and "Planet of the Apes" on The CBS Friday Night Movies. There's also a Saturday, 9/15/73 ad for a Toledo vs. Tampa football game, with Orris Tabner, from Tampa Stadium, and a 9/17/73 ad for Monday night shows, Hollywood Squares (Burt Reynolds) and CBS prime-time shows, Gunsmoke "Women For Sale" (conclusion), Here's Lucy "The Big Game," with O.J. Simpson, The New Dick Van Dyke Show "Dennis Takes a Wife" and Medical Center "Time of Darkness." There are seven ads in the Channel 13 gallery, including a 9/10/73 ad for NBC Monday night shows, Lotsa Luck "Olive's Present" (Dom DeLuise), Diana "The Lady Comes Across" (Diana Rigg) and "Shoot Out" on NBC Monday Night at the Movies (Gregory Peck). There's a 9/11/73 ad for NBC Tuesday night shows, Chase "The Wooden Horse Caper" and "Drive Hard, Drive Fast," an NBC Movie Special and a 9/12/73 ad for NBC Wednesday night shows, Adam-12 "Harbor Division" and "In the Heat of the Night," another NBC Movie Special. Next is a 9/13/73 ad for NBC Thursday night shows, The Rowan & Martin Special (Harry Belafonte), Ironside "Confessions From a Lady of the Night" (Raymond Burr) and NBC Follies (Sammy Davis, Jr.). There's also a Saturday, 8/15/73 ad for America Goes Public, the Democratic National Telethon, on NBC and a 9/16/73 ad for NBC Sunday night shows, The Wonderful World of Disney "The Barefoot Executive" (Joe Flynn), The Glen Campbell Special and another special, Steve and Eydie...On Stage (Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Lucille Ball). There are four ads for WSPD-AM 1370, in the Radio Station Ads gallery, a Tuesday, 9/11/73 ad for Jack Mitchell's new show, a Wednesday, 9/12/73 ad for Bob Owens, a Thursday, 9/13/73 ad, "Rip the wrap off and win!" and a Friday, 9/14/73 ad. There are four more in the Other Vintage ads gallery. There's a Thursday, 9/13/73 ad for Towne Club Pop, a Tuesday, 9/18/73 full-page ad for Jimmy Dean Pure Pork Sausage, a Wednesday, 9/19/73 ad for Toledo Home Federal Savings and Loan and a Wednesday, 9/19/73 ad for Brondes Ford (Super Phil and Super Don Brondes). More Fall 1973 ads, from the online archives of The Toledo Blade, are on the way...

 

Friday
Mar302012

March 30, 2012: Channel 100 is Here!

 

I added 14 more ads today, from August and September, 1973 plus six more Random Pages gallery additions, from Peach Sections of The Blade. The first four stories are by Norman Dresser. There's a Tuesday, 8/14/73 story, "More Staff Changes Made at WCWA Radio," a Thursday, 8/18/73 story, "Toledo To Get New TV Service," about Channel 100 on Buckeye Cablevision (see two-page ad below), and two Tuesday, 8/21/73 stories, "WTOD To Broadcast Michigan Football" and "Kutz Will Be Missed By Toledo Radio Fans," about the death of Eddie Kutz. There's also a Tuesday, 8/28/73 story, "Hydroplane Race To Be Televised" (see channel 11 ad below), and two, Saturday, 9/1/73 stories, "Jerry Lewis Telethon To Be On Ch. 24" and "WABJ In Adrian To Have Radiothon." There are four more Thursday, 9/6/73 stories by Norman Dresser, "WSPD Radio To Change Format," "Jerry Lewis Telethon Pledges Total $100,000," "Cablevision, Radio Grid Covergae Set" and "WBGU Broadcasts Ann Arbor Festival." There's one ad in the Channel 11 gallery, a Sunday, 9/2/73 ad for the Toledo Clear Water Cup Races. There are two Channel 24 gallery ads for The New Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon , a Tuesday, 8/14/73 ad (Johnny Carson) and a Thursday, 8/18/73 ad. There's one in the Buckeye Cablevision gallery, a Tuesday, 8/28/73 two-page ad for Channel 100, a new Pay-TV service, and there's one in the Channel 5 gallery, a Sunday, 8/19/73 ad for Jabberwocky. There are six in the Radio Station Ads gallery, including two for WCWA-AM 1230. There's a Friday, 8/10/73 ad and a Thursday, 8/16/73 ad, for their "Seaway 60 to the Sea" contest. Next is a Wednesday, 8/29/73 ad for WSPD's hourly reports from The USGA Amateur Championship from Toledo's Inverness Country Club, followed by a Saturday, 9/1/73 ad for WPOS-FM's 7th anniversary (Bill Glass, Doug Oldham, Mel Johnson). There's another one for WSPD's new format, a Tuesday, 9/4/73 ad, and a Monday, 9/10/73 ad for the Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton fight, on WKLR-FM 99.9 (Ali won by a split decision). Today's last three ads, as usual, are in the Other Vintage ads gallery. There's a Wednesday, 8/15/73 full-page ad for Southwyck Mall's first anniverasry celebration, a Monday, 8/20/73 ad for the Volkswagen Beetle, available in Toledo at Lake Port VW and Will Dennis VW, and a Wednesday, 8/22/73 ad for the 8th annual German-American Festival, at the Lucas County Recreation Center. More 1973 ads, including some for the network's fall line-ups, from the online archives of The Toledo Blade, are on the way...

Wednesday
Mar282012

March 28,2012: The Ghoul, In "Living" Flesh

 

I added twelve ads today, from June, July and August, 1972 plus ten more Random Pages gallery additions, from The Blade, including one more about Watergate. There are four Friday, 6/1/73 stories by Norman Dresser, "Soaper and Quiz Fans To Get a Break," "Ch. 11 to Carry CBS Show Taped In Toledo," "'Mike Douglas Show' To Be Taped in Ohio" and "A Very Late Show To Follow Tonight," about NBC's Tomorrow. Next are two more stories by Norman Dresser, a Tuesday, 6/5/73 story, "Ch. 24 To Carry Canadian Football" and a Wednesday, 6/6/73 story, "Black TV Station Set In Detroit," about WGPR-TV 62. There's also a Wednesday, 6/15/73 story by Seymour Rothman, "Local Boy Makes Good On TV," about Dick Torio doing commentary for CBS Sports Spectacular coverage of World Cup Wrestling in Toledo. Next is a Monday, 6/18/73 story, "WCWA Radio Fires 5 Staff Members" and a Friday, 6/29/73 AP story by Jerry Buck, "Pay TV Making Debut Via Cable." There's also a Sunday, 7/1/73 TV Tab photo of Charlie Chaplin, for WBGU's airing of "The Gold Rush," and a Tuesday, 7/17/73 story by Norman Dresser, "WJR Personality Marks Anniversary," with a photo of Jay Roberts. There are three more Norman Dresser stories, a Saturday, 7/21/73 item, "25th Anniversary Marked by Ch. 13" and two Monday, 7/30/73 stories, "Ch. 11 Decides to Telecast 'Sticks and Bones' But at 12:30 a.m. Instead Of Prime Time" and "Swimming Safety Film Series Set On Ch. 24," about Romper Room showing "Teaching Johnny to Swim." There are only two ads for tv shows today, The first one is in the Channel 11 gallery, a Monday, 7/2/73 ad for the conclusion of Elizabeth R (Glenda Jackson) and the second one is in the Buckeye Cablevision Channel 5 gallery, a Monday, 7/2/73 ad for The Great Lakes Invitational Softball Tournament from the Lucas County Rec. Center. There are five more in the Radio Station Ads gallery, one a Friday, 6/1/73 WTTO ad for a Toledo Sports Arena concert with the Guess Who and Argent. There are four WCWA-AM 1230 "The idea...It's working" ads, a Monday 7/23/73 ad, a Monday, 7/30/73 ad, a Friday, 8/3/73 ad, and a Tuesday, 8/6/73 ad. There are five more in the Other Vintage ads gallery including a Thursday, 6/7/73 ad for The Ghoul, at Cedar Point. There's a Sunday, 6/10/73 full-page ad for Ontario Discount Department Store and a Saturday, 7/7/73 ad for The Andersons. There's also a Friday, 7/20/73 ad for The Cake Walkin' Jass Band at Big Al's (Holiday Inn West) and a Monday, 7/23/73 ad for Towne Club Pop. More 1973 ads, from the online archives of The Toledo Blade, are on the way...