New Audio Exhibit: All in the Family Closing Credits, 1975-1976

My latest exhibit is an audio exhibit titled All in the Family Closing Credits, 1975-1976. This is the first audio exhibit I’ve completed and it took my a long, long time. Much longer than I anticipated. Several years ago, I digitized a small collection of quarter-inch reel-to-reel audio tapes containing recordings of television broadcasts from 1975 and 1976. The recordings were made in Alexandria, Virginia and consist primarily of CBS programs like All in the Family, M*A*S*H, and The Jeffersonsas broadcast on WTOP-TV (Channel 9) out of Washington, D.C.

There are a few recordings of ABC shows like Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley plus a single NBC recording of The Practice.

It was only last fall that I had the time to sit down and finish listening to these recordings to identify commercial breaks and closing credits. That’s when I realized the tapes include almost every All in the Family episode from the 1975-1976 television season. Only the last four episodes are missing. Listening to the closing credits from these All in the Family episodes sparked an idea. Why not put together an audio exhibit showcasing the closing credits from All in the Family episodes aired on CBS during the 1975-1976 season?

Most of the closing credits from All in the Family contain voiceover promotional spots for other CBS programs like Maude, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Beacon Hill, The CBS Thursday Night Movie, and Medical Center. Two of the episodes have local WTOP-TV voiceovers for The Price Is Right during the closing credits.

I find these closing credits voiceovers fascinating. Having almost an entire season’s worth from the same show offers a rare glimpse at how CBS promoted itself during the 1975-1976 season. I hope you’ll check out All in the Family Closing Credits, 1975-1976 and listen to some of the closing credit voiceovers.

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3 Replies to “New Audio Exhibit: All in the Family Closing Credits, 1975-1976”

  1. as ive stated before///its all in the eye of the beholder> The farther back you regress=the more influence it has on the present !!==you can find priceless value in trivia if you…. want……./ The most remarkable thing is sorting out UNIQUE anecdote—and time sensitive stuff..——So keep the skim reading/ or listening to these
    –things and never throw out the treasure with the trash……Yes * news / voice over details can sometimes be shocking ..

  2. I wonder who the CBS narrator was. It’s clear that Rob Reiner does the “filmed before a live audience” bit but it’s hard to tell who is speaking afterwards. The best I could come up with was Jack Whitaker, although it’s hard to find a clear recording to compare it with.

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