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WLS Channel 7 - Eyewitness News - "Bothersome Fans" (Promo, 1979)

Here's a funny promo for Eyewitness News on WLS Channel 7 featuring Joel Daly, Fahey Flynn, Terry Murphy, John Drury, and a pre-fame George Wendt (Norm from Cheers) playing a talkative taxi driver. Also features a glimpse of Dr. Walt Lyons, John Coleman, Bill Frink, and Tim Weigel at the end.

"Eyewitness News - Number One and still getting stronger."

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, January 21st 1979.

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I wonder if they really wear the circle seven pin off set?
Comment posted by TeleFrank on Tuesday, January 25th 2011 at 10:31am.

Wow...George Wendt as the cab driver for Fahey Flynn. It's always fun to see people who became big stars in their early days
Comment posted by kaseyi on Wednesday, January 26th 2011 at 6:48am.

I take it this was another Joe Sedelmeier classic? It doesn't seem like his animated style but this is a fun commercial nonetheless. George Wendt also mentioned in an interview with John Callaway a few years ago he had a job cleaning Mike Royko's office at the Daily News and Royko "Scared the hell out of me" according to George:)
Comment posted by GalagaFleetCommander on Wednesday, January 26th 2011 at 8:56am.

Cool clip Fuzzy. Thanks for posting.

Comment posted by 1980sFan on Wednesday, January 26th 2011 at 8:17pm.

Well, from all my fan con experience, it is best to only give the Buddy Christ salute.
(If anyone saw "Dogma" they'll know what that is.)
You feel like less of a "tool" and you become more approachable if, let's say, they are walking through the lobby or the lounge.
Just like what the commercial said; they are only human.

Comment posted by ArmitageNLowell on Thursday, January 27th 2011 at 1:41pm.

The first guy talking to Joel Daly was pretty famous as well.
Comment posted by AbeFroman on Friday, January 28th 2011 at 12:04am.

Oh how I remeber this one! I was only 7 at the time, but I felt glad that my dad wasn't Fahey Flynn's cabbie. My dad would've talked his ears off
Comment posted by OldTVNut on Saturday, April 30th 2011 at 5:52pm.

"Audience information based on (?) market report for 1978 airings for local news total audience.
Subject to qualifications available upon request."

Comment posted by IAmNomad on Thursday, January 24th 2013 at 10:58pm.

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At the end on the clip, I saw a title card of the 1954 movie called "Her Twelve Men" starring Greer Garson. I might be wrong, but that movie's title card comes from The Late Show on channel 2.


Comment posted in Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits (Record Offer, 1981) by ChitownTVFan on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 4:07pm CT

Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em...


Comment posted in Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits (Record Offer, 1981) by W.B. on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 3:07pm CT

It did seem it was cheaper to buy it in the stores. (The LP topped both the Pop and County charts of Billboard, and was ultimately certified diamond - yes, folks, diamond. It had been originally issued in September 1980, after Rogers' previous label United Artists was folded into a revived Liberty and the UA name was retired for records by parent Capitol-EMI.)


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I've never seen an ending slide that subtotals the cost. $8.98 $0.59 Postage $1.35 Cash On Delivery $1.00 Handling = $11.92.


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Notice also that Albert "Cubby" Broccoli was the producer (he did all the early James Bond movies) and Gert Frobe (Goldfinger) was in it.


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I think the main problem with Radio Shack is that many people's impression of what the store still is, is basically what it looks like in this commercial.


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Added color lightning ID V/O info.


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Read the book if you can find it - way different from the movie. I read it when I was about 7, and when the movie came out a couple years later I was pretty disappointed. Instead of the "Boys-Own-Adventure" story with mobsters and stuff being blown up, it was more like Mary Poppins with a car. And in retrospect, why did they put Benny Hill in this movie and give him nothing funny to do?

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The color-lightning segment's voice-over is Bob Carrington.


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My girlfriend has all 4 seasons on DVD She loves Bruce Willis. Great show though.


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