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Sunday, October 21st, 2018
39 Years Ago Today

Here's a promo for some shows on the Fall 1979 WGN Channel 9 season, introduced by Phil Donahue. Shows include:

The Palace
The Life & Times of Grizzly Adams
The Thriller Movies (anyone know what this was?)

This aired on Monday, October 22, 1979.

WGN Channel 9 - "We're For You" (Promo, 1979)

Here's a promo for some shows on the Fall 1979 WGN Channel 9 season, introduced by Phil Donahue. Shows include:

The Palace
The Life & Times of Grizzly Adams
The Thriller Movies (anyone know what this was?)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, October 22nd 1979.

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Viewer Comments

I hardly recognized Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" as it was being murdered by that guy in the clip from "The Palace"! (Any idea who he is?)
Comment posted by tkaye on Sunday, January 27th 2008 at 10:37pm.

I believe that is Jack Jones, known as the man who sang "The Love Boat" theme song.
Comment posted by BobAnthony on Monday, January 28th 2008 at 6:39am.

That was a cool clip.
Comment posted by 1980sfan on Monday, January 28th 2008 at 8:11am.

My guess is the Thriller Movie was a feeble attempt to bring back a horror movie show to replace CF. or to try to compete against Sven. I don't know, I do not remember it.
Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Monday, January 28th 2008 at 9:06am.

So where was that great entertainment Phil was speaking of?
Comment posted by BabyBear on Monday, January 28th 2008 at 12:00pm.

Another great find Rick! Loved Grizzly Adams as a kid! :)
Comment posted by MATSYLPOFF on Monday, January 28th 2008 at 2:38pm.

You're right, that is Jack Jones under that shaggy hair... he sure changed after his '60s fame as a dapper ballad singer ended!
Comment posted by on Saturday, February 2nd 2008 at 9:26pm.

The Thriller Movies mostly came from a package of films produced in England that aired in the U.S. first as ABC's Late Night Wide World of Mystery. WGN aired this on Friday and Sunday nights for a few months to dismal ratings. The films ended up airing on the Late Show years later.
Comment posted by Phantom on Saturday, October 16th 2010 at 1:04pm.

Do you think the syndicated "The Palace" was a short lived revival attempt of the original 1960's ABC variety show "The Hollywood Palace"?
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Wednesday, October 22nd 2014 at 2:24pm.

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https://youtu.be/bFx5jngtTes?t=2125 is an updated link to the episode.


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He will be missed.


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Off the Wall was just one of four college-themed sitcoms that sank over the next two years, though this one was a year before Animal House. In 1979, AH ripoffs Brothers & Sisters, Delta House, and Co-Ed Fever would all bomb, with the latter lasting a whopping single episode like this stinker.


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"Comedy Tonight" was adapted for a Stove Top commercial in 1986.


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1:18 Y'know, if you really have to store your leftover crepes in the freezer...


Comment posted in WSNS Channel 44 - "DePaul Basketball" (Station ID, 1978) by FieldGal44 on Friday, September 21st, 2018 at 12:36am CT

The 1977-78 DePaul team was led by the mighty Dave Corzine, who went pro after that season and, of course, would spend seven years with the Bulls.


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - CBS Special Movie Presentation - "A Christmas Without Snow" (Opening & Break, 1980) by FieldGal44 on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 9:17pm CT

I ate way too much Quaker instant oatmeal growing up. The raisins & spice was my favorite.


Comment posted in WLUP - 'The Loop' FM 98 - "Do You Like Music?" (Commercial, 1978) by FieldGal44 on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 7:13pm CT

Good Lord, this is not the way to sell a radio station. As Fuzzy says, utterly generic, not to mention redundant ("old great classics"). What genre are they selling?? Plus, the camera is right in his face like an '80s PSA, and he sounds like he's hawking something on a street corner. I'm surprised he didn't start by saying "Psst! Hey, kid!"


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I may be wrong, but that mic might look like the Electro-Voice EV-667 . . .


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I know some people was mad as heck that night, lol!! The way the words at the bottom of the screen was soooo slow that I can't imagine how the people felt waiting for the numbers to see if they won, lol!!!


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