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WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsCenter 5 at 6pm (Part 4 - Last, 1981)

Here is Part 4, the final part, of NewsCenter 5 at 6pm on WMAQ Channel 5 featuring Jim Ruddle and Carol Marin. Includes:

Christopher Janus pleads not-guilty on fraud charges

President Reagan readies his 1982 budget for Congress

Damascus hijacker releases hostage

Bus plunge in Guatemala City kills 38

U.S. Government final report on Three-Mile-Island disaster released

Chet Choppock with Sports highlights including DePaul basketball, and Eddie Einhorn talking about their signing of Carlton Fisk

This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, March 9th 1981.

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Aaaaaaalllllll right! How ya' doin' everybody!
Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Tuesday, June 17th 2008 at 2:52pm.

Don't you love it when on air talent go out of their way to point out a technical error. They never do that when it's their fault.
Comment posted by telefrank on Tuesday, June 17th 2008 at 3:56pm.

That was one of my favorite Chicago news themes. Too bad they cut it off early at the end of the newscast.
Comment posted by kba on Tuesday, June 17th 2008 at 4:01pm.

Remember that Eddie Einhorn was the face of the Sox back in the beginning. Now it's Reinsdorf. I know Einhorn was very ill for awhile I suppose that's why he's rarely seen these days.
Comment posted by telefrank on Tuesday, June 17th 2008 at 4:09pm.

Carlton Fisk one of the White Sox best acquisitions ever.
Comment posted by 1980sfan on Tuesday, June 17th 2008 at 4:34pm.

That awesome DePaul team was the best we ever had prior to the Jordan Bulls of the 90's. I wished that Mark Aguirre would've stayed an extra year. They would've been NCAA champs.
Comment posted by ChicagoTVFan on Tuesday, June 17th 2008 at 6:36pm.

Do you have any Little House On The Prairie stuff recorded off
WMAQ?

Comment posted by Wgn9 on Wednesday, June 18th 2008 at 1:23am.

What happened to Jim Ruddle? I haven't anything of him in many years.
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Thursday, June 19th 2008 at 12:54am.

He's happily enjoying retirement, so I've read.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, June 19th 2008 at 8:27am.

"Pitch to Fisk at your own risk"!Man,I remember that sign that the Sox Supporters displayed at the left field wall at old Comiskey Park!And I have both the home and road 1981 "Throwback" jerseys that I proudly wear every so often!
Comment posted by SoxOnTV44 on Thursday, June 19th 2008 at 12:36pm.

What is that thing on the shelf behind Chet Coppock during the Eddie Einhorn interview?
Comment posted by kba on Monday, June 23rd 2008 at 8:23pm.

Books and a obviously phony fake plant that probably goes back to Kukla Fran and Ollie.
Comment posted by telefrank on Monday, June 23rd 2008 at 8:50pm.

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Am I the only person who thinks that Jerry Taft should be surprised on his next birthday with this clip?


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Can't beat the million-dollar sound of a jingle performed by the Ron Hicklin Singers. Even after 40 years, "At McDonaaaald's..." still sticks to the brain. It's been so long since a memorable uptempo jingle has been used in a national ad campaign, using one would stand out against all the maudlin and futuristic aural wallpaper used today.

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T.K. - You're correct - I hadn't noticed that, but this is the last regular appearance of Frazier Thomas on Family Classics that has yet been found. I don't have the opening for "The Black Swan" but I do have the last half hour or so including the complete ending, some of which you see here. I'll have to give this a proper posting at a later time.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - The 1985 Chicago Automobile Show Special (First 10 Minutes, 1985) by T.K. on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 10:37pm CT

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The guy that does the V/O for Forensic Files?


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