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Published on Apr 4, 2013
The C.E.T. Amateur Showcase was a local program featuring local talent. (C.E.T. stood for Chicago Engineers for Television.) It was Chicago's first UHF (Ultra High Frequency) station on channel 26. What a concept: A local TV show dedicated to giving all those in the Chicagoland area who desired it a chance to receive the exposure that only television can give.
The audio track is off an old tape recording we had. The two Polaroid pictures and letters are the only visual memories. Listening to this brings back a lot of memories, including adjusting those funny special little "ears" on top of our TV's back then to get the best picture.
We can still remember heading to the audition with so much gear in Steve's Nova that the top had to be down. While driving to Niles a commercial came on the radio, something about "The Other Half" playing somewhere. (Must have been Kirby Bivan's group out of Skokie.)
A few years ago someone contacted us through our website whose band also appeared on the show at another time wondering if there was any footage archived at the station. From what we learned directly from WCIU, back in those days, live TV was rarely recorded due to the enormous expense of 2" open reel videotape.
We still have that Polaroid Swinger too. (Hard to get film for it though. LOL)