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Saturday, February 16th, 2019
44 Years Ago Today

Here's a quick bumper promo for NewsFive with "The Big Tuna" Floyd Kalber back when he worked at WMAQ Channel 5 - before his long tenure with WLS.

Story preview involves a Chicago dentist who was accused of killing two west-side druggists.

Also includes a bumper slide at the end for Chicago area Environmental Protection Agencies - "Bunch Up!" (voice over by Ed Grennan)

This aired on February 17, 1975.

WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsFive With Floyd Kalber (Bumper Promo, 1975)

Here's a quick bumper promo for NewsFive with "The Big Tuna" Floyd Kalber back when he worked at WMAQ Channel 5 - before his long tenure with WLS.

Story preview involves a Chicago dentist who was accused of killing two west-side druggists.

Also includes a bumper slide at the end for Chicago area Environmental Protection Agencies - "Bunch Up!" (voiceover by Ed Grennan)

(clip has reception problems, but hey...early 1975)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, February 17th 1975 during the 8pm to 10pm period.

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Actually like the 5 logo they used here. I remember this from looking at old Tribune microfilm and looking at the tv listings. If I'm not mistaken, it was used from about fall 1974 til December 31, 1975, when the NBC "N" got introduced and their o&o's got the standardized Helvetica station logo. Although I think the "Neon 5" would have gone well w/the 1976 N.

Also on a side note, this particlaur 5 logo was used at the same time by NBC affiliate KSD--now KSDK in St. Louis.

Comment posted by jPHQ on Friday, March 26th 2010 at 9:09pm.

Cool info, thanks. :-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Friday, March 26th 2010 at 9:21pm.

This was from when NBC O&O's were "doing their own thing," logo-wise. It was around 1975 that WNBC Channel 4 in New York began using Helvetica Bold for their logo - preceding by a year the introduction of the "N" logo.

As for WMAQ . . . this was, I.I.N.M., their third logo since they first applied the call letters of their long-running radio station to the TV outlet on Aug. 31, 1964. (The year before this "neon 5" took effect, they had a 5 that I swear looked like it came from the Impact font.)

Comment posted by W.B. on Friday, March 26th 2010 at 10:32pm.

^You're right about the Impact font logo. It was in a rectangle, and the NBC Snake was embedded in the empty space of the 5
Comment posted by jPHQ on Friday, March 26th 2010 at 10:45pm.

The WMAQ 5 number style looks like the same used for KTLA 5 in Los Angeles around the 1970's-1990's.
Comment posted by dth1971 on Friday, March 26th 2010 at 10:48pm.

@ W.B. and jPHQ: If you'd like I could post on the WMAQ forum the logos you're speaking of. I also have a "neon 5" logo slide from 1975 and the "Impact 5" logo slide from 1973 if you would be interested to see these.
Comment posted by Tim on Saturday, March 27th 2010 at 10:30am.

I don't think the ending voice over is weatherforecaster / announcer Jim Hill. The announcer on this clip was still at WMAQ in 1984, because his voice is on promos from that era too.
Comment posted by szake on Saturday, March 27th 2010 at 10:45am.

It's not every day you hear of a dentist charged with murdering pharmacists, so I had to look into the story Kalber teases. Apparently the dentist tried to open a practice near their pharmacy and some sort of dispute ensued. The dentist hired a hit man who had been studying a "how-to" manual on murder, which police found in the hit man's apartment.

Here's a Chicago Daily News story that was picked up by The Miami News.

Comment posted by T.K. on Saturday, March 27th 2010 at 11:14am.

To 'Tim': That would sound like a good idea . . .
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, March 27th 2010 at 3:35pm.

By all means Tim--those two logos are kinda lost when it comes to tape and picture availability. This is the first time I saw the Neon 5 on viral video. I have also seen a YouTube clip w/the Impact 5--it was from Xmas 1971, and while the video quality was poor, you could barely make out the station logo.
Comment posted by jPHQ on Saturday, March 27th 2010 at 4:49pm.

I thought it was interesting to see Floyd Kalber before his days on Channel 7. Rest In Peace, Floyd.
Comment posted by Loyal32fan on Saturday, March 27th 2010 at 11:47pm.

Wow. I didn't know Floyd Kalber died. R.I.P. :-(
Comment posted by Pete on Sunday, March 28th 2010 at 12:46am.

That's right, Pete. He retired in 1998 and passed away in 2004. I remember him fondly when he concluded the 6 o'clock news with a humorous story.
Comment posted by Loyal32fan on Sunday, March 28th 2010 at 8:11pm.

Thanks for the info Loyal. I haven't a chance to look up the details. I was never really a "fan" of any particular newscaster while growing up but hearing about certain people dying is kind of like watching your childhood die slowly. Sad, in a philosophical kind of way, but a reality nonetheless.
Comment posted by Pete on Monday, March 29th 2010 at 12:40am.

I used to watch Floyd Kalber before the "Tonight Show" and really enjoyed the stories he used to tell at the end. The only time I can remember that he didn't tell a funny story at the end was during Watergate when he did a blistering response to something Nixon said. He was a classic from the old school of TV news, and remained so even after moving to channel 7 (after a few years on the "Today" show).
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Monday, March 29th 2010 at 4:20pm.

Wasn't Ed Grennan the voiceover on the "Bunch Up" ID?
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, April 25th 2010 at 6:22pm.

So if this was recorded at Ridgewood High School on U-Matic, could it be by the same person that recorded Sorry, Wrong Number on WGN's Morning Movie later that year?
Comment posted by IAmNomad on Monday, February 18th 2013 at 2:27pm.

IAmNomad: You're right. Those two clips came off the same tape. It's possible the same person recorded this, The Monkees on WFLD, The Morning Movie, the end of Garfield Goose and a few others. I wasn't born at the time, but I believe there were about a dozen or so people that would have used the VCR back then. The tapes had no labels, so there wasn't any handwriting or notes to compare them to. The timer isn't there anymore, but the deck and TV this was recorded off of are still there and they still work. The outdoor antenna was worn out and unused for over a decade. I finally took it off the roof this past fall.
Comment posted by Szake on Monday, February 18th 2013 at 10:17pm.

I hope you played "Taps" while removing the antenna for all the great service it provided for so many years. That antenna gave us the Ridgewood tape recordings despite going up against a poorly tuned receiver. :-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, February 19th 2013 at 12:36am.

Rick: Its mast lives on as the base and pole for the radio transmitter on 88.1 FM.
Comment posted by Szake on Tuesday, February 19th 2013 at 1:54pm.

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