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WGN Channel 9 - Five Minutes to Live By, Station Sign-On & Opening of The Westerners (1982)

Here's a complete sign-on segment from WGN Channel 9, including a Five Minutes to Live By sermonette and opening moments of a Zane Grey Theatre episode aired under the syndicated umbrella title The Westerners. Includes:

Station ID / Promo for A Woman Called Golda starring Ingrid Bergman for Tuesday, April 27th at 7pm

Five Minutes to Live By with Father Ronald Turcich, Principal of Saint Rita Elementary School in Chicago - a sermon about love and fear (A Presentation of WGN Community Affairs) (opening and closing voiceover by Floyd Brown)

Follow up Reverend Ronald R. Turcich, O.S.A.: he died Monday, November 11, 2013 at the age of 83. Native of Chicago. Loving son of the late John and Lillian Turcich. Devoted brother of John (Lorraine), Beverly (Richard) Zaleski and George (Eileen). Professed vows in the Augustinian Order in 1950. Ordained priest in 1958. Teacher and administrator at Mendel Catholic High School and Saint Rita High School, Chicago. Principal of Saint Rita Grammar School, Chicago, and Saint Paul the Apostle School, Joliet. Served at Divine Savior Parish, Norridge, and parishes in Pekin and Creve Coeur, Illinois and Douglas, Michigan. Resided at Mother Theresa Home, Lemont, after suffering a stroke in 2012. Services at Saint Rita High School Shrine Chapel, 7740 South Western Avenue, Chicago. Visitation Friday, November 15, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM followed by Mass at 10:00 AM and burial in Augustinian plot at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Augustinians, 5401 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615-5664 or Midwest Augustinians.org/donate to support care of elderly friars and seminary formation of young friars appreciated. For information, Heeney-Laughlin Funeral Directors, (708) 636-5500.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Commercial: Shedd Aquarium - "Exploring the Deep Frontier" from March 25th to September 30th (voiceover by Merri Dee)

Station ID / Promo for A Woman Called Golda (again)

WGN Station Sign-on - with 1960's logo and long shot of Chicago skyline with the John Hancock Tower at a distance (voiceover by Bob Bell)

National Anthem (performed outside WGN's 2501 West Bradley Place studios; apparently a different variation than that which was cut off on this 1980 WGN sign-on)

National Association of Broadcasters' Television Code Seal of Good Practice - 1965 design as seen on 1979 and 1981 WLS Channel 7 sign-offs and on 1980 sign-off of WNBC Channel 4 in New York (and in deep contrast to the more "modern" SOGP used on the 1980 sign-on, or even a late 1970's SOGP used on a 1979 WGN sign-off), followed by copyright disclaimer (voiceover by Bob Bell)

PSA - "Give to the College of Your Choice" with actor as William Shakespeare

Promo for Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at 1pm (voiceover by Floyd Brown)

WGN Animated Station ID

Opening for The Westerners - Presented by Keenan Wynn [The Westerners was a syndicated umbrella title for several late 1950's/early '60's Westerns produced by Four Star Television; Mr. Wynn was on-screen narrator for the 1959-60 series Black Saddle which first aired on the NBC Network; other shows syndicated under The Westerners umbrella were Zane Grey Theatre (1956-61), Law of the Plainsman (1959-60), Johnny Ringo (1959-60), and The Westerner (1960)]

Commercial: R.L. Dukes Oldsmobile - "The Deal Maker" (seen by itself here)

Commercial: Video Forum - "Brings It All Home to You"

Commercial: Franks Department Store - "Quality Goods at a Proper Price" - Save 20% during Franks Special Sale Days (voiceover by Floyd Brown)

Opening title of episode "Proud Woman" starring Hedy Lamarr (first aired on Zane Grey Theatre on the NBC Network on Friday, October 25th 1957)

This aired on local Chicago TV early Saturday, April 24th 1982 at about 4:30am.

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Edited to add voiceover information.
Comment posted by Phantom on Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 6:52am.

Wasn't U.S. Farm Report still airing on Saturday mornings at this time?
Comment posted by SuperCFL on Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 7:34am.

Does anybody know the title of the production music used in the Cubs ad? I always liked this long version with the lead-in.
Comment posted by SuperCFL on Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 7:42am.

Added voiceover info for 5 Minutes to Live By.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 7:47am.

In 1982, U.S. Farm Report was airing at 7 A.M. on Saturday. This clip aired around 4:30 A.M.
Comment posted by Phantom on Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 9:21am.

What band is playing the anthem I wonder. This is kind of akin to KTTV L-A's sign-on when the LAPD band played the anthem outside Metromedia Square (no longer in existance)?
Comment posted by BobAnthony on Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 10:19am.

@WB - I think this might be the same National Anthem film as the excerpt from the 1980 Sign-On, but I believe they just cut it off early in this example and didn't show the ending segment with the helicopter flying away. That being said, there are two versions of this National Anthem film - one for sign-on (with the flag being hoisted) and one of sign-off (with the flag being lowered and folded again).
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 11:13am.

The Cubs lost (surprise!) to the Pirates that afternoon 8-5.

Love the R.L. Dukes commercial, and the semi-creepy Video Forum one deserves its only entry too, I think, Fuzzy.

Comment posted by APM on Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 12:24pm.

I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that "5 Minutes to Live By" only ran 4:30.
Comment posted by AMNewsboy on Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 7:42pm.

More like "3 1/2 Minutes To Live By"...

I remember WGN's signon and signoff playings of the Star-Spangled Banner, and I think they had used this one (or one similar) starting in the late '60s.

Did anyone else think "That's HEDLEY" when Keenan Wynn was introducing the story?

Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 7:50pm.

Rev. Ronald R. Turchich, O.S.A. was Asst. Pastor of Divine Savior Church in Norridge, Illinois from about 1992 to about 1996. Most of his sermons at that time had the phrase "Very Emphatically" at least twice. He is now works with Saint Germaine Catholic Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois; Saint Peter's Catholic Church in Douglas, Michigan; and Saint Rita High School on Western Avenue in Chicago.
Comment posted by Szake on Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 8:46pm.

"A Woman Called Golda" is Ingrid Bergman's last film.
Comment posted by Betamax75 on Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 10:33pm.

WGN's sister-station WPIX Channel 11 in New York was probably the only commercial VHF station in the market NOT to have sermonettes at sign-on and -off - at least, as it stood from the 1970's on.

Also . . . from what I can see, the CG typesetting system WGN used in those days may've been similar to, if not same as, what WNEW Channel 5 in New York used back then, if this is of any indication (especially with the size of Helvetica Medium as predominantly used - WNEW's array of typefaces consisted of Helvetica Medium, Helvetica Bold, and their larger typeface was Korinna Bold).

Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, May 22nd 2011 at 5:37am.

It's also a big mystery why WGN would've used the 1965 SOGP slide on this sign-on while they used a more modern design on the 1980 sign-on . . . what, did they have different SOGP slides they rotated? And given the New Year's Day 1979 sign-off at the end of this clip which had yet another SOGP variation.
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, May 22nd 2011 at 8:55am.

I LOVE the RL Dukes commercial! I don't know how I don't remember this dealership. Does anyone know what happened to them?
Comment posted by LjSchultz1 on Sunday, May 22nd 2011 at 5:21pm.

Looks like the band might be the Salvation Army, Cook County Sheriff, Illinois State Police, an ROTC band from a college, or even the Coast Guard.
Not really sure. The film is grainy and the insignia patch on their sleeves aren't very clear.

Comment posted by ArmitageNLowell on Monday, May 23rd 2011 at 9:56am.

Followup on Fr. Turcich: He's now retired and living at St. Rita High School as of 2009. Evidently he was pastor of St. Peter's parish in Kalamazoo after he was at Divine Savior in Norridge. The announcement from the diocese of Kalamazoo said that he had battled cancer while there.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Wednesday, July 3rd 2013 at 11:07am.

I tired to post some information here, but it won't show up... so I put it in the video description instead.
Comment posted by Szake on Thursday, November 14th 2013 at 12:57pm.

In a nutshell, what did you add?
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, November 14th 2013 at 9:59pm.

The good Father's recent death, it looks like . . .
Comment posted by W.B. on Friday, November 15th 2013 at 4:34pm.

W.B. is correct. I thought it would be better as a comment than in the video description, but each time I typed it or copied and pasted it here, only a blank comment would show up.
Comment posted by Szake on Saturday, November 16th 2013 at 7:23pm.

Ever thought, after posting something in the Comments, then clicking on the same clip on the right side in the "Most Recent Comments Section"? Given how wonky the comment refresh tends to be as it is, this approach seems to work in terms of seeing a new comment take effect . . .
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, November 17th 2013 at 5:32pm.

I've tried that. It would post a blank message, and if I hit "edit," it would still be blank inside.
Comment posted by Szake on Sunday, November 17th 2013 at 7:35pm.

May Fr. Turcich's soul rest in peace.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Sunday, November 17th 2013 at 8:12pm.

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In reply to Szake's, T.K.'s, and Fuzzy's comments regarding the letters flashing in the corners of the screen at the beginning--I have seen this as well in other national TV commercials on film from this era.

I have a really good hunch as to what this is--going from my experience working master control in local commercial television and handling the physical airing of commercial spots (albeit much later in the early 2000s on videotape and satellite-delivered video files for on-air playout, as opposed to the film print this commercial is most likely from), this is more than likely an ISCI (Industry Standard Commercial Identifier) code, an unique 4 letter & 4 number identification code assigned to national commercial spots that receive national network and/or local affiliate airing. Each ISCI code is unique to the spot for identification for advertisers, ad agencies, post-production staff, and the station's/network's traffic/logging, ad sales, and and master control personnel. A typical ISCI code is usually in the format of ABCD1234.

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I was able to stop on two frames... the first with M in the upper-right corner and H in the lower-right and the second frame with O in the upper-right and 3 in the lower-right. So... MO, H3? If it was flashing M-O-M, I'd think maybe it was a subliminal message to ask your mother to buy a ticket.


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Seriously though, it seems like the letters change in each corner very quickly, like it is cycling through something. I also see an 'O' in the upper-right hand corner. Can't we get the conspiracy nuts to break this down for us? This is probably bigger than the "subliminal" station sign-off message. ;-)


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I still see the X. ;-)


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You can see a M in the upper right hand corner, an H in the lower right hand corner and an I in the upper left hand corner one second into the video.


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