1967 Cool Whip contest ad to win an appearance on Gomer Pyle, USMC. Don’t even pretend like you wouldn’t love to win that.

1967 Cool Whip contest ad to win an appearance on Gomer Pyle, USMC. Don’t even pretend like you wouldn’t love to win that.

On this day in 1968, Mister Rogers welcomed us to his neighborhood for the first time. We are all better for it.

On this day in 1968, Mister Rogers welcomed us to his neighborhood for the first time. We are all better for it.

WPIX/Dick Tracy ad, c. 1961 on Flickr.
Follow Friday! (1/24/14)

When I’m not busy posting all kinds of awesomeness to Tumblr, I’m checking out what others have to share. And so on occasion I’ll recommend other blogs you should be following to enrich your life. Today I heartily recommend you follow fadedsignals.

Rather than try to sum up the great word Faded Signals does, I’ll just quote their About blurb:

[Faded Signals] is a collection of old advertisements, articles and other material found in the pages of trade magazines like Broadcasting & Cable, Radio News, Television and others.

The material comes from David Gleason’s invaluable American Radio History site, which offers extensive archives of historical broadcasting publications.

So yeah, it’s a pretty narrow focus but I find their stuff fascinating.

1961 ad for the “Willeford’s Weather” segment on WLWI-TV 13 Indianapolis, hosted by local television personality George Willeford. They apparently had something called Clyde the Weather Machine, and I would love to know more about that.
WLWI, which launched in 1957, was sold in 1975 and changed its call letters to the now-current WTHR in ‘76. The station’s most famous former employee is weatherman David Letterman.

1961 ad for the “Willeford’s Weather” segment on WLWI-TV 13 Indianapolis, hosted by local television personality George Willeford. They apparently had something called Clyde the Weather Machine, and I would love to know more about that.

WLWI, which launched in 1957, was sold in 1975 and changed its call letters to the now-current WTHR in ‘76. The station’s most famous former employee is weatherman David Letterman.

1962 TV ad for the premiere of The Jetsons on ABC.

1962 TV ad for the premiere of The Jetsons on ABC.

Transformation sequence from the opening of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, 1976.
If still images are more your thing, I have the View-Master reel set for this show scanned.

Transformation sequence from the opening of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, 1976.

If still images are more your thing, I have the View-Master reel set for this show scanned.

1974 ad for the series debut of Happy Days on ABC.

1974 ad for the series debut of Happy Days on ABC.

Rod Serling hanging out with some of the props used during the run of The Twilight Zone, 1962.

Rod Serling hanging out with some of the props used during the run of The Twilight Zone, 1962.

Remember kids, just because your favorite show didn’t win an Emmy doesn’t mean it’s not great.

Remember kids, just because your favorite show didn’t win an Emmy doesn’t mean it’s not great.