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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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This clip debuted on FuzzyMemories.TV on Tuesday, January 25th 2011.
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Comment posted in District Furniture & Appliances - "Come Down to the District" (Commercial, 1978) by W.B. on Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at 9:48am CT

Wonder if that song was what was floating in Joan Baez' head when recording her version of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" whereby how she sings one of the lines, sounds like "There goes the Robert E. Lee."


Comment posted in Panos Productions (Demonstration Reel, 1978) by W.B. on Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at 9:46am CT

Funny . . . they didn't look all that much like Donny & Marie in that storyboard . . .


Comment posted in District Furniture & Appliances - "Come Down to the District" (Commercial, 1978) by Smctopia on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 10:20pm CT

"Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" shows up in a lot of stuff from this era, including an episode of Laverne & Shirley (in one of the Shotz Talent Show episodes) and in Disney's Bicentenial "America on Parade" in their theme parks.


Comment posted in Panos Productions (Demonstration Reel, 1978) by Smctopia on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 10:18pm CT

Loved seeing the old fountain in the Woodfield ad. The water formed a waterfall and there were fish tanks below it. Now there's a mini escalator there and a Comcast area. So boring.

That is of course supposed to be Donny and Marie in the Hawaiian Punch Story Board.


Comment posted in District Furniture & Appliances - "Come Down to the District" (Commercial, 1978) by Szake on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 8:50pm CT

Rick: That jingle was referred to on the Bill Leff show you and I were on late night on WGN Radio back in December of 2012.

The song is public domain, and I heard it in one of those bouncing ball sing along cartoons, I recognized it as the District Furniture song. https://youtu.be/jLI3xzwAGDQ?t=4m4s

Nice Photoshop job of combing the intro and ending graphics into one thumbnail image.


Comment posted in District Furniture & Appliances - "Come Down to the District" (Commercial, 1978) by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 2:12pm CT

Thanks, Kevin for the ID on the source of the jingle!


Comment posted in District Furniture & Appliances - "Come Down to the District" (Commercial, 1978) by Szake on Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 8:03pm CT

This jingle was based off of the song "Waiting For The Robert E. Lee." The furniture shot, but not the logo or banjo player looks like it could have been shot in the Ridgewood High School TV Studio, from the white cylorama curtain to the C stand light just in the frame on the left side of the screen. They had just rented a servo zoom controller to upgrade a manual crank zoom and were probably ancy to use it. There was also a locally produced Preparation H ad pretending to be at a race track shot on videotape with the same setup.


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I saw the movie 'Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things'. Worst zombie movie ever.


Comment posted in WLAK FM 94 - "The Place to Relax" (Commercial, 1980) by Loyal32Fan on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 7:40pm CT

I remember Patrick O'Neal in an episode of the 'Night Gallery' called 'Fear of Spiders'. He also did television shows like 'Alfred Hitchcock' and 'The Outer Limits'.


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That Bingo head was from a commercial for the Muscular Dystrophy carnival kits featuring the Banana Splits.


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