WJZ’s “The Buddy Deane Show” and “Shakedown”

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Next up in our highlighting of the WJZ-TV Collection, we feature two shows at the same time. You can’t mention the history of one without the other: “The Buddy Deane Show” was a teen dance show featuring popular music and dance, broadcasting on Channel 13 from 1957-1964. It was created by Zvi Shoubin and based off of the popular show, “American Bandstand”. If it sounds familiar to you, it was the basis for “The Corny Collins Show” in John Waters’ 1988 “Hairspray” feature film. You can see some footage of the show and how successful it was in ratings via this recently digitized WJZ promotional film from 1959.

This concept was brought back by WJZ-TV in 1986 with the show “Shakedown”, which ran for about a year. This first iteration of the show seemed to feature more of local area musicians, with live performances and dancing mixed in. “Shakedown” was then revived in 1992. This second incarnation seemed much more focused on dancing, as well as live DJ-ing. We can’t seem to find when the second iteration of “Shakedown” stopped airing–we will have to update after more research. Check out some camera original footage of “Shakedown” from a famous local club, Odell’s.

Unfortunately not much of “The Buddy Deane Show” has survived in the WJZ-TV Collection, which is pretty typical for early local television as it was shot live and many did not consider it valuable enough to record and save at the time. If it was recorded, then most typically that was to share it on other stations so it was sent away or not kept. Many times old recordings were taped over in the interest of saving money and space, and then thrown away when the station moved on to a new and “better” video format. However there is some footage that remains like the few clips above, as well as several interviews of the cast of “The Buddy Deane Show” which WJZ remembered on air in the 1980s after the success of “Hairspray”.

It looks like what did survive in the collection is more of the first iteration of “Shakedown”, with a few episodes of the beginning of the second iteration. There are U-matic videocassettes and 1″ open reel video, masters and show dubs. We also have found some Shakedown content in the large WJZ series of items that initially were unknown, like the video above shot at Odell’s Nightclub.

We are sharing the inventory of tape labels for this series, but keep in mind these may be inaccurate. We will be up and running for digitization requests in a few weeks! Help us get there quickly by donating to our fundraiser!

Box 1.
Credits Tape Back Up – (Part 1)
Credits Tape Back Up – (Part 2)
Loyo – For Lwr Rt; 10 min
Slates
Pilot
Show #1. (Master): Aired – February 1, 1986
Show #1A. (Back up) (Master) (Stereo): Taped – May 13, 1987; Aired – May 20, 1987; Guest – Pretty Poison

Show #2.-JR Cline
Show #3.
Show #4. Tape # – 704-317; Note – Dub 1” – ¾”; Aircheck – February 22, 1986
Show #5.  (Master) Aired – March 1, 1986
Show #5. Aired – March 1, 1986
Show #6.  Aired March 8, 1986
Show #7.  (Master)
Show #8. Tape # – 704717; March 22, 1986
Show #9.  (Master) (Stereo); Aired – March 29, 1986

Box 2.
Show #10. (Stereo); Aired – April 5, 1986
Show #11. (Master) (Stereo); Taped – April 4, 1986; Aired – April 12, 1986

Show 11A.  (Backup) (Master); Taped – August 23; Aired – August 29 & August 30
Guests – Chandra Simmons (“Never Let Me Go”); Shirle Brown Campbell of WEAA-FM; Network in Pasadena (Nite Club)

Show #12. (Master) (Stereo); Taped – April 5, 1986; Aired April 19, 1986

Show #12A. (Back-up) (Last Show) (Master) (Stereo); Taped – August 23, 1987; Aired – September 5 & September 9; Guests – SA-Fire (“Don’t Break My Heart”); Kauleen Sharp; WQSR-FM Huey Lewis and the News (“Silver Bullet); Jeremy’s Nite Club

Show #013. Aired – April 26, 1986; Note – Steve Cochran
Show #014. (Stereo); Taped – April 20; Aired – May 3, 1986
Show #15. (Master) Aired – May 10, 1986
Show #15. Note – Studio Record
Show #16. (Master); Aired – May 17, 1986
Show #16. Note – Studio Record
Show #17. Note – Studio Record
Show #18. (Stereo);Taped May 18; Aired – May 31, 1986
Show #20. (Master) (Stereo); Aired – June 14, 1986
Show #21. Aired – June 21, 1986

Box 3.
Show #22.  (Master); Aired – June 28, 1986
Show #22. Aired – June 28, 1986
Show #23 . (Master) (Stereo); Aired – July 5, 1986

Show #24. (Master) (Stereo); Topic – Dance Show; Taped – June 28, 1986; Aired July 12, 1986; Guests – Harold Anthony; Sweet Cookie

Show #24. (Master) (Dub); Taped – June 29
Show #25. (Master) (Stereo); Aired – July 19, 1986
Show #25.  July 19, 1986; Note – Janice Christie; Razamatazz; D.J. Ennis
Show #29.  (Stereo); Aired – August 16, 1986
Show [#31] – (Studio Master)
Show #31. (Stereo); Aired – August 30, 1986
Show #32.  (Stereo); Taped – August 24; Aired – September 6, 1986
Show #33.  (Master) (Stereo); Aired – September 18, 1986
Show #34.  (Master) (Stereo); Aired – September 25, 1986
Show #35. (Master) (Stereo); Taped – September 20, 1986; Aired – September 27, 1986
Show #36.  (Backup) (Master) (Stereo); Taped – September 20, 1986; Aired – October 4, 1986

Box 4.
Show [#36] Master/Backup; Taped – September 20
Show #38.  (Backup) (Master) (Stereo; Taped – October 4, 1986; Aired – October 10, 1986
Show #39.  (Backup) (Master); October 18
Show #40.  (Backup) (Master); Taped – October 18, 1986; Aired – November 1, 1986
Show #43.
Field Segments w/ Effect; Aired – April 25, 1992; Note – This Tape is Damaged
Aircheck – Taped – May 2; Aired – May 2, 1992
Show #R2.  Aired – June 27, 1992; Repeated – July 4, 1992
Show #11. Aired – July 4, 1992
Show #4. Aired – May 16, 1992 [note on tape – #17 (DUB) August 29, 1992)

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