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Saturday, September 20th, 2014
34 Years Ago Today

Here's the opening moments of the premiere night of ON TV Subscription Television which aired in Chicago on WSNS Channel 44.

This starts with the video animated ON TV ID, then the introductory promo which promotes the new subscription channel as a "revolution in Chicago broadcasting."

The first night's lineup includes "10" with Bo Derek, Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews; "Norma Rae" with Sally Field; and "Slap Shot" with Paul Newman. Brief clips from other films such as "Cabaret" (with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey), "Every Which Way But Loose" (with Clint Eastwood), "Halloween", and "California Suite" (with Alan Alda and Marsha Mason) are shown, as are excerpts from a Chicago Bulls game and a concert performance.

This aired on September 22, 1980.

ON TV - "Premiere Night" (Opening, 1980)

Here's the opening moments of the premiere night of ON TV Subscription Television which aired in Chicago on WSNS Channel 44.

This starts with the video animated ON TV ID, then the introductory promo which promotes the new subscription channel as a "revolution in Chicago broadcasting."

The first night's lineup includes "10" with Bo Derek, Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews; "Norma Rae" with Sally Field; and "Slap Shot" with Paul Newman. Brief clips from other films such as "Cabaret" (with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey), "Every Which Way But Loose" (with Clint Eastwood and a chimpanzee), "Halloween", and "California Suite" (with Alan Alda and Marsha Mason) are shown, as are excerpts from a Chicago Bulls game and a concert performance.

Courtesy Chris Tufts, Here's an interesting article about the premiere from the Daily Herald (by Diane Mermigas). And here's the "money quote" - "ON TV expects to have enough feature films, nightclub entertainment and sporting events at hand to give subscribers their money's worth. But, if a film shortage hits, ON TV officials pledge they will not resort to poor R- or X-rated films." Riiiiiiiight.

Voiceover by Lloyd Hanson.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, September 22nd 1980 at 7pm.

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Viewer Comments

The voice-over is Lloyd Hanson, how come you didn't put the "WSNS Channel 44" category?
Comment posted by ER3017 on Sunday, April 14th 2013 at 8:17am.

How fitting that this is the premiere night of ON-TV, and this is the highest-quality recording of ON-TV on this site. Is this Beta-I?
Comment posted by AnnArborMI90 on Sunday, April 14th 2013 at 9:39am.

@ER3017 - I think we may have decided that ON TV shouldn't be in the WSNS category. If people are browsing the WSNS category they may be annoyed having to sift through all the ON TV clips while looking for the "real" TV-44 clips. Keeping the ON TV clips to their own category makes things more organized. (I think there are some older ON TV clips that we haven't removed from the WSNS category yet though)

@AnnArborMI90 - This actually came from a Umatic tape saved by a station employee. One other cool thing I got recently was a 35mm station slide of the ON TV logo with the WSNS logo below, as seen used in a number of clips on this site. Quality is pristine - would make a great T-shirt image I think. :-)

Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Sunday, April 14th 2013 at 11:01am.

That would be nice to see in all that glory - ON-TV/WSNS.
Comment posted by VintageCanada on Sunday, April 14th 2013 at 11:45am.

Voiceover info added to clip description. And seconding Fuzzy's judgment.
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, April 14th 2013 at 11:45am.

I hate to nitpick but, Clyde the primate in "Every Which Way..." was an orangutan, not a chimpanzee. He was a very smart one at that!
Comment posted by ArmitageNLowell on Sunday, April 14th 2013 at 11:58am.

Fuzzy: I wish you had the opening first night of ON-TV rival Spectrum and/or the opening first night of Sportsvision.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Sunday, April 14th 2013 at 12:17pm.

Here, even if we hear the V/O introducing the debut of ON-TV, get to hear the theme during this period in its entirety.

I'm just wondering what the title of this piece of music is named, who recorded it and how long did ON-TV use it (???)

Comment posted by Detroit4Chicago on Sunday, April 14th 2013 at 8:33pm.

@Detroit4Chicago: This music was used from 1980-1983. When the logo changed sometime in mid-1983 the music changed as well. The changed music was used from mid-1983 until July 1, 1985 when ON-TV folded.
Comment posted by Betamax75 on Monday, April 15th 2013 at 9:16pm.

The opening music in the beginning when they were going from the commercial mode to the scrambled mode was Bob Jame's Touchdown.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS_k4E1vN_E
Comment posted by Boomer933 on Monday, May 20th 2013 at 10:22pm.

fuzzy.. is there anyway to get more out of this video? Did they have the transition from the commercial mode to the scrambled mode thing? it would be great to get that too from the premiere night..
Comment posted by Boomer933 on Friday, May 24th 2013 at 11:10pm.

Boomer933 - Sorry, what you see is 100% of what there was - just this excerpt was saved for posterity by a former WSNS employee.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Friday, May 24th 2013 at 11:53pm.

"Snowbird Fantasy," "The Walkman," and "Touchdown"? The programmer at 44 really liked Bob James, I guess!
Comment posted by AnnArborMI90 on Saturday, May 25th 2013 at 7:49am.

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In reply to Szake's, T.K.'s, and Fuzzy's comments regarding the letters flashing in the corners of the screen at the beginning--I have seen this as well in other national TV commercials on film from this era.

I have a really good hunch as to what this is--going from my experience working master control in local commercial television and handling the physical airing of commercial spots (albeit much later in the early 2000s on videotape and satellite-delivered video files for on-air playout, as opposed to the film print this commercial is most likely from), this is more than likely an ISCI (Industry Standard Commercial Identifier) code, an unique 4 letter & 4 number identification code assigned to national commercial spots that receive national network and/or local affiliate airing. Each ISCI code is unique to the spot for identification for advertisers, ad agencies, post-production staff, and the station's/network's traffic/logging, ad sales, and and master control personnel. A typical ISCI code is usually in the format of ABCD1234.

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When the transition to delivering commercials to stations/networks on videotape became more common practice, usually the ISCI code was displayed during the slate & countdown before the spot on the beginning of the tape (obviously not aired, unless the MCO screwed up and switched it up too early ;) )).

I wonder of the ISCI code of this spot is something like xMxHx0x3 (the "x"s being whatever letters/numbers displayed at the left side of the screen, which is mostly cut off in this video), say, something like IMGH1023?


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I was able to stop on two frames... the first with M in the upper-right corner and H in the lower-right and the second frame with O in the upper-right and 3 in the lower-right. So... MO, H3? If it was flashing M-O-M, I'd think maybe it was a subliminal message to ask your mother to buy a ticket.


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Seriously though, it seems like the letters change in each corner very quickly, like it is cycling through something. I also see an 'O' in the upper-right hand corner. Can't we get the conspiracy nuts to break this down for us? This is probably bigger than the "subliminal" station sign-off message. ;-)


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:36pm CT

I still see the X. ;-)


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