This Classic WBLM TV Commercial Brings Back Fond Memories For Me
While browsing through YouTube this week I stumbled upon a WBLM blast from the past that I had forgotten all about.
I remember the first time I saw the commercial for WBLM. It was 1985, the year that our very own Captain started working at The Blimp. I was 14 years old and a WBLM fan along with "FM 103", the brand new top 40 station in Portland. Back then WBLM was at 107.5 while WGAN, known as FM 103 was at 102.9. The two stations would switch frequencies in 1989.
The commercial features the custodian of the studio who would clean overnight and jam to the music he was hearing on BLM. If my memory from 35+ years ago serves me well, there was more than one of these commercials.
The one seen here on YouTube shows the custodian coming back from a trip of some sort, maybe on a blimp? Unfortunately, the first few seconds of this 30-second commercial are cut off, but you get the gist of it.
He's interviewed by a news reporter after he returns to a welcome home party after being picked up at the Portland Jetport by limo. His response when the reporter asks him "Got any words for Blimpville?" He then starts to lip-sync to several classic rock tunes and WBLM jocks.
The voice you hear at the beginning of the commercial is the legendary J.J. Jeffrey, who was a major market star who came home to Maine and created WBLM with another legendary radio jock, Bob Fuller.
I would never imagine that 38 years after seeing this commercial for the first time, that I would actually be working at WBLM, but here I am, Sunday mornings from 7 to 10.