About six years ago (HERE) I sent in a Kindertrauma about a PSA that discussed hearing loss, to find out if anyone else experienced it and also got the creeps!
I found it by accident today, in a compilation of WPIX Channel 11 promos and commercials uploaded just a year ago. I thought I should share it so the post can be updated AND for others to tell me if I was exaggerating too much!
(HERE IT IS) time stamped for your nightmares.
Yay Carol! So glad you found your trauma after all these years! And thank you so much for keeping us up to date! Especially since we were no help at all (but at least provided you with some fetching Penny Marshall as Madonna imagery). I can totally see why that TV spot stuck with you; very off-putting for sure!
I’m more freaked out by the Charisma ad at the end of the video. Between her hair, her accent and the store’s phone number, it’s a like a Bwooklyn fevah dream.
Wow – those commercials take me back to childhood. I grew up in New Jersey and watched WPIX often (that was the local network with reruns of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone). I donâ€™t remember the tinnitus commercial, but I definitely remember some of the others – DeVry Institute, Kraftomatic, Apex Tech. WPIX ran those commercials for years.
I’m going to guess you’re still scarred, like me, by WPIX’s Chiller Theater six-fingered hand intro.
I can still see myself at my grandmother’s house eating a TV dinner in front of the TV (saving the brownie for last) and watching Chiller Theater flicks as well as the 4:30 movie (hopefully Godzilla). A microcosm of growing up in NJ.
OMG I think I had the “Pierre Cardin” phone that came with the Kraftmatic Adjustable bed!! But we did not have such a bed! Where did it come from? I am also an East coast kid and this brings back all the memories. WPIX showed CHEERS forever.
bdwilcox – I’m young enough to just barely remember Chiller Theater. It went off the air when I was seven. I do remember WPIX broadcasting Morgus the Magnificent’s show more clearly, a few years later, on Saturday afternoons. It didn’t last on WPIX for long, though.
Ben S – yes! WPIX ran Cheers, The Odd Couple, The Honeymooners (all 26 episodes), Star Trek, and The Twilight Zone over and over and over again for years, pretty much throughout most or all of my childhood. WPIX also ran the best syndicated shows: Tales from the Darkside; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Friday the 13th: the Series.
WWOR was still running The Adventures of Superman on Saturdays in the 80s, and it looked ancient (especially compared to the Christopher Reeve films). WNEW had I Love Lucy.
There were so many WPIX commercials that they left off though. Bide-A-Wee animal shelter, “Hey, Mr. D’Agostino, move closer to me!”, “Beautiful Mt. Airy Lodge”, the original First Alert “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”, the drawing school where you had to draw a turtle and a pirate, Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante, These commercials are indelibly burnt into my psyche along with all the re-runs of Gilligan’s Island, Bewitched, I Dream of Genie, Lost in Space, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes, The Jetsons, The Flinstones, Land of the Lost…I could go on and on.