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Sunday, May 29th, 2016
36 Years Ago Today

Here is an NBC promo for the Late Night Saturday line-up on WMAQ Channel 5. After Saturday Night Live, it was SCTV at 12 Midnight, Sha-Na-Na at 12:30 AM, The Guinness Game at 1 AM, and finally Tales of the Unexpected at 1:30 AM.

Voiceover by Garry Meier (verified by Rob Hart - "He says they were taping the Steve & Garry special "Not for Midgets Only" when the Channel 5 people asked him to record a couple of promos.")

"Channel 5 - Proud as a Peacock!"

This promo aired on May 30, 1980.

WMAQ Channel 5 - "Late Night Saturday" (Promo, 1980)

Here is an NBC promo for the Late Night Saturday line-up on WMAQ Channel 5. After Saturday Night Live, it was SCTV at 12 Midnight, Sha-Na-Na at 12:30am, The Guinness Game at 1am, and finally Tales of the Unexpected at 1:30am.

Voiceover by Garry Meier (verified by Rob Hart - "He says they were taping the Steve & Garry special "Not for Midgets Only" when the Channel 5 people asked him to record a couple of promos.")

"Channel 5 - Proud as a Peacock!"

This promo aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, May 30th 1980.

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Followed by another classic movie with Movie 5 at 2a.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Monday, July 27th 2009 at 6:33pm.

I remember SNL did a parody of the "Proud as A Peacock" slogan: "Smart as a Peacock".
Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Monday, July 27th 2009 at 8:30pm.

For a while, The Hudson Brothers had a show that followed Sha-Na-Na and was before Tales of the Unexpected.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Tuesday, July 28th 2009 at 8:46am.

Voice over sounds like Garry Meier!
Comment posted by boobtube on Tuesday, July 28th 2009 at 6:33pm.

Yes it does! Rob Hart mentioned this too but I wasn't sure. It sounds a lot like him in the beginning but not as much as the promo goes on though. Can anyone confirm?
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, July 28th 2009 at 10:05pm.

The Guinness Game was a 1979-1980 syndicated game show hosted by the late Don Galloway ("Ironside", "General Hospital"). I wish Fuzzy had an episode of this game show from WMAQ 5 airing!

Also: I remember seeing the Guinness Game pilot hosted by Bob Hilton in Spring 1979 on an NBC station in Washington, D.C.! It was part of a game show pilot special package along with an unsold game show pilot hosted by Alex Trebek called "Intuition".

Comment posted by dth1971 on Wednesday, July 29th 2009 at 8:45am.

My two favorite late night shows after Saturday Night Live was SCTV and Sha Na Na. Back in the day before TV stations got the notion that airing Infomercials was better than airing reruns or syndicated shows.
Comment posted by Bertonator on Sunday, August 2nd 2009 at 7:34am.

"SCTV," at the time, was airing on the NBC O&O's. KNBC Channel 4 in Los Angeles aired this on late Saturday nights/early Sunday mornings at 1 A.M. (PT) - likewise, WNBC Channel 4 in New York ran it after "SNL" at 1 A.M. (ET). Both stations also ran "Sha Na Na" throughout the late 1970's.

To 'HUdson 3-2700': Would that Hudson Brothers show in question be "Bonkers!"? That ran in 1978-79, and was shown in New York on WCBS Channel 2, first at 7:30 PM on Fridays, then shunted to late Saturday nights/early Sunday mornings in-between "Late Show" film screenings.

Comment posted by W.B. on Monday, September 14th 2009 at 9:10pm.

That was the one, W.B. I thought the bad jokes were a riot.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Tuesday, September 15th 2009 at 8:15pm.

I've got an episode of Bonkers off WMAQ, but no commercials. :-(
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, September 15th 2009 at 8:16pm.

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