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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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