The Evolution of the Zenith Television & Stereo (1972 Commercial)

This commercial had me as soon as they invoked The Shadow on that Zenith radio. My family had a Zenith TV in our living room well into the 1980s and the Zenith logo still has positive association for me.

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3 thoughts on “The Evolution of the Zenith Television & Stereo (1972 Commercial)

  1. Drahken says:

    It’s funny looking at that very early TV & thinking of all the new HD ones.

    It’s too bad though that zenith gave up on the whole quality thing somewhere around the turn of the century. I got a 19″ one somewhere around 1997 or 1999 & the thing went all green on me after about 2 years. In contrast, the cheapo amtel one that I got to replace it lasted about 5 years.
    In sharp contrast to that, we had a zenith console from probably the late 70s/early 80s (it lacked a coax connector on the back, but it had buttons instead of dials, but I don’t think it had a remote (we got it used, so I can’t be 100% certain)), and that thing lasted a good 20 years. Even when it was replaced, it was still working, just getting pale.

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    While sorting out historic relics from recycling material in a recent paper mound scavenging experience, I found a receipt from our trusty tv repairman from the 80s.

    This ‘doctor’s bill’ (a relatively painless 16 dollars) was for a quick fix tube replacement on our beloved Zenith color set.

    I think I kept it as reassuring proof that a blackened screen could indeed be brought back to life with a call to the local witch doctor.
    The waiting truly was the hardest part.
    Tom Petty was right.

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