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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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Here is another neat little glimpse into what WTTW Channel 11 was like in the 70's - The opening for "Soundstage" from 1977, featuring Martin Mull. Includes:

End of a promo for Nova - "Across the Silence Barrier" (Don Ferris voice over at end)

Commonwealth Edison funding grant notice (Don Ferris voice over)

Cool ID slide with "This is 11 WTTW Public Television for Chicago" (Don Ferris voice over)

Soundstage simulcast on WXRT 93 FM instructions (Don Ferris voice over)

Soundstage introduction (Marty Robinson voice over)

This aired on June 22, 1977.

WTTW Channel 11 - Soundstage (Opening, 1977)

Here is another neat little glimpse into what WTTW Channel 11 was like in the 70's - The opening for "Soundstage" from 1977, featuring Martin Mull. Includes:

End of a promo for Nova - "Across the Silence Barrier" (Don Ferris voice over at end)

Commonwealth Edison funding grant notice (Don Ferris voice over? Or is that someone else? Sounds a bit different.)

Cool ID slide with "This is 11 WTTW Public Television for Chicago" (Don Ferris voice over)

Soundstage simulcast on WXRT 93 FM instructions (Don Ferris voice over)

Soundstage introduction (Marty Robinson voice over)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Wednesday, June 22nd 1977.

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That ID slide for Communist Edison is another Don Ferris voice-over. It was a stock slide, I saw it used many times.

And I agree, that station ID slide is a beautiful photo of Chicago!

Comment posted by SuperCFL on Thursday, November 22nd 2007 at 8:52am.

From Chicago? Where was this? Park West?
Comment posted by kietdoke on Friday, November 23rd 2007 at 8:37pm.

Haven't seen Martin Mull as a musician in some time. Any clips of him from "Fernwood 2Nite"?
Comment posted by ro46214 on Sunday, November 25th 2007 at 8:13am.

I've heard of this show from a former viewer, speaking of watching a show upon which she saw The Pointer Sisters, The Bee Gees & more! Watching while also tuned-in to a FM station to listen to the audio of the program being presented in stereo "simulcast" (Simultaneous Broadcast).

I first guessed it was "The Midnight Special" she was speaking of. But since that was nation-wide, how could they have arranged such a thing with any regional stations? There weren't really any "family of stations" at that time. Plus, the only real experience I ever had with simulcast was in '83... when "Friday Night Videos" premiered on NBC, after "The Tonight Show". By then WLUP "The Loop" had become a member of the Westwood 1 radio network, and carried Dr. Demento. So they did the simulcast for that show. After that, stereo TV audio broadcast was carried directly via the TV signal. And the need for simulcast died along with 8-track being the popular choice for portable prerecorded audio (CD's were introduced the same year, so...).

Thankfully, while searching youtube I stumbled across a broadcast of "Soundstage" related to my query. Details of source, era of broadcast & additional read the same... so I figured this is what she was talking about. And finding this piece here confirms it: She used to "Soundstage"! I can't wait to tell her this confirmation! Not if only I could find the old Pointer Sisters broadcast...

Comment posted by nickdimer on Sunday, April 26th 2009 at 9:57pm.

I remember the first "Soundstage". It was called something like "Muddy Waters and Friends" and featured Muddy, Mike Bloomfield, Nick Gravenites, Johnny Winter, Buddy Miles, Willie Dixon and a host of other blues and rock musicians. It was the best of the "Soundstage" shows. After that, it was pretty much downhill, as I recall, although this particular show (with Martin Mull) was one of the better ones.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Monday, April 27th 2009 at 6:38am.

Nick Dimer - Great story, glad we were able to help out! :-) I actually have an audio only recording of the Bee Gees appearance on Soundstage - must have been recorded off the simulcast - but no video unfortunately.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, April 28th 2009 at 12:11pm.

While this clip aired I was pressing "record" on my little shoebox cassette recorder and pointing my microphone at the TV speaker. I was 14 years old and thought Martin Mull was a real hoot. I played the heck out of that cassette that summer. My friends and I enjoyed Flo & Eddie's "history of rock n' roll thus far" or whatever they called it. Nice to have an exact airdate; thanks for this!
Comment posted by Pushbutton on Thursday, June 22nd 2017 at 11:01am.

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While this clip aired I was pressing "record" on my little shoebox cassette recorder and pointing my microphone at the TV speaker. I was 14 years old and thought Martin Mull was a real hoot. I played the heck out of that cassette that summer. My friends and I enjoyed Flo & Eddie's "history of rock n' roll thus far" or whatever they called it. Nice to have an exact airdate; thanks for this!


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