Here’s a fun way to kick off a Q105 ’80s Party Weekend! Someone took the time and dug out some VHS tapes from 30 years ago to make this compilation of Tampa TV commercials from the 80s. From Mugs ‘N Jugs to “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” enjoy these ads from WTOG (Channel 28) back in the mid ’80s.
Taken from various weekday daytime programming on independent station (now CW O&O) WTOG in Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL, featuring a mix of mostly truck driving schools, attorneys, and career colleges, typical of daytime ad breaks at the time. WTOG had dropped its Fox affiliation the previous month, sending it to WFTS channel 28-who then lost it to WTVT in 1995, joining ABC.
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Coach Bobby Bowden of the Florida State Seminoles watches his players during a game against the Florida Gators at Florida Field in Gainsville, Florida. Florida State won the game 28-14.
Promotional portrait of the British rock band Def Leppard in 1985. L-R: Steve Clark, Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Pete Willis, Rick Allen.
Members of the rock group Heart including (L-R) Howard Leese, Nancy Wilson, Mark Andes, Denny Carmassi and Nancy Wilson (seated) pose for a picture with actor Mr.T (center) after a concert at the Rosemont Horizon, Chicago.
A man and woman among the crowd in Central Park, New York, who have gathered to mourn the death of John Lennon. The man holds a picture of Lennon and Yoko Ono in bed during one of their 'love-in' peace protests.
Quarterback Vinny Testaverde of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stands behind center during a game against the Phoenix Cardinals at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers won the game, 14-13.
Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO, who all appear in the Star Wars franchise, attend the royal premiere of 'The Empire Strikes Back' at the Odeon Leicester Square, London, UK, 20th May 1980.
Diana, Princess of Wales accepts a jacket with an embroidered gold crown for Prince William from British singer and drummer Phil Collins of rock band Genesis, before the band gave a Royal charity concert at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK, 2nd March 1984.
A car precariously balanced, just 14 inches short of plummeting 140 feet into Tampa Bay, Florida, after the freighter 'Summit Venture' rammed into the Sunshine Skyway Bridge during a thunderstorm, killing 34 people.
9th May 1980: Debris from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge perched on the bow of the freighter 'Summit Venture' after the vessel rammed the bridge during a thunderstorm at Tampa Bay, Florida, causing 34 deaths.
Freddie Mercury at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom, on 5 June 1982.
Detroit Lions head coach Wayne Fontes (left) confers with Hugh Culverhouse during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers won the game, 21-10.
Boomer Esaison # 7 of the Cincinnati Bengals meets the press before the Super Bowl XXIII game with the San Francisco 49ers at the Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida. The 49ers won, 20-16.
Brooke Shields plays the marooned Emmeline in the desert island adventure 'The Blue Lagoon', directed by Randal Kleiser.
Beatle John Lennon (1940 - 1980) and his Japanese girlfriend Yoko Ono with Beatle Paul McCartney (right), at the premiere of the new Beatles film 'Yellow Submarine' at the London Pavilion, 18th July 1968. John and Paul hold apples, the symbol of their newly formed company, Apple Corps. Thousands of Beatle fans brought traffic to a standstill in Piccadilly Circus as they waited to see the group arrive at the premiere.
English singer, songwriter, DJ and fashion designer Boy George, UK, 25th April 1984.
LAKE PLACID, NY - FEBRUARY 24: The USA hockey team celebrates winning the gold medal after defeating Finland 4-2 in the gold medal match during the 1980 Winter Olympic Games on February 24, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by Steve Powell/Getty Images)
English comedian Benny Hill (1924 - 1992) saluting from a rowboat on a lake, 16th May 1985. (Photo by P. Shirley/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
English actress and author Eleanor Bron, English musician and actor Sting, and English actress and author Sheila Hancock, UK, 26th November 1984. (Photo by Colin Davey/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actor, director and producer Larry Hagman (1931 - 2012) signing $100 bill from television show Dallas, in which he plays 'JR Ewing', outside the Metropolitan Police offices, London, UK, 10th June 1980. (Photo by Frank Tewkesbury/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
English singer Mick Jagger in concert with the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden, New York City, November 1981. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Prince Charles and the Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997, later Diana, Princess of Wales) arrive for a British Film Institute dinner at 11 Downing Street, the official residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, 2nd February 1982. Diana wears a lace and velvet gown by Bellville Sassoon. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American singer Lionel Richie performs a nine-minute version of his song 'All Night Long' at the closing ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, 12th August 1984. (Photo by Steve Powell/Getty Images)
George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of Wham! pictured with backing singers Pepsi & Shirlie (Helen DeMacque and Shirlie Holliman) performing in Newcastle, 6th December 1984. (Photo by Rogers/Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
381935 03: FILE PHOTO: John Lennon and Yoko Ono shortly before Lennon was shot and killed in New York, NY in December, 1980. (Photo by Brenda Chase/Newsmakers)
circa 1980: American rock star Alice Cooper takes stage theatrics to new heights with the addition of his boa constrictor, on stage during a live concert. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
circa 1980: Sylvester Stallone, star of the Rocky and Rambo films. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
13th July 1985: Singer David Bowie (David Jones) with a friend at the 'Live Aid' concert in Wembley Stadium, London. David Bowie is holding up a copy of the Live Aid programme. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Bassist John Taylor (L), singer Simon Le Bon, and guitarist Andy Taylor of the British pop group Duran Duran performing on stage during a concert, 1984. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Bassist John Taylor (L) and singer Simon Le Bon, holding out a microphone, of the British pop group Duran Duran performing on stage during a concert, 1984. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne spreads his legs as he is held by MTV executive producer Julian Goldberg (L) and MTV VJ J.J. Jackson, circa 1982. Osbourne announced that he would establish a scholarship fund in the name of guitarist Randy Rhoads. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)