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WGN Channel 9 - John Drury and NewsNine (Opening & Break, 1980)

Here's the opening moments of John Drury and NewsNine on WGN Channel 9. Also featuring sportscaster Bill Frink (who, like Drury, had come to WGN from WLS Channel 7), meteorologist Roger Triemstra, and commentator Len O'Connor. Includes:

WGN "Last Farewell" ID (voiceover by Marty McNeeley)

John Drury teases the following headlines:

- President Carter reports progress in trying to get 52 U.S. hostages held in Tehran released
- Possibility of strike by Chicago firefighters

Roger Triemstra promises snow and temperatures in the 20's

Bill Frink previews a De Paul win (they defeated Valparaiso, 95-71) - and a loss of home-court advantage

NewsNine open (dig that groovy theme music, as also heard here), with faraway shot of set (and RCA TK-45A camera with Q-TV's VPS-100 teleprompter system attached atop camera lens, strategically positioned and pointed towards Drury) (voiceover by Marty McNeeley)

John reports on President Carter's first news conference in 11 weeks (the last being November 28th 1979) in which he reports on "significant progress" in securing the release of the 52 American hostages held in Tehran, and Carter's condemnations of Senator Edward M. Kennedy's (D-MA) criticisms of the President's Iran and Afghanistan policies during recent campaigning. Excerpts of Carter's press conference are shown. John then introduces Len O'Connor who gives analysis of the significance and implications inherent in the President's news conference.

John reports on Vice President Mondale and wife Joan campaigning in Chicago for the Carter/Mondale re-election bid. A clip of Mondale's press conference is shown where he refers to the recent feud between the Carter campaign and Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne.

John goes to a commercial break with previews of the following stories:

- The growing threat of a firefighters' strike
- School board meeting
- Update on trial of serial killer John Wayne Gacy

Commercial: North West Federal Savings - with chefs at a bakery - Offers of any of 29 gifts (including lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners and blenders) with deposits of $300 or more - "We've Got More Time for You"

Commercial: Amlings Flower Land - Roses inside Bowler Beauty crystal clear glass - perfect as a gift for birthdays, anniversaries, anniversaries or "thank yous"

Commercial: Illinois State Lottery "Three of a Kind" game - same as seen back in 1978 (tape cuts off before the end, at the point of "Mind if we get a couple of--")

"I'm the Pope John of the Democratic Party."

This aired on local Chicago TV on Wednesday, February 13th 1980 during the 10pm to 10:07pm timeframe.

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I think it's DePaul, not DePauw.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Wednesday, September 7th 2011 at 7:38am.

Duly corrected. (As with the Carter press conference, this report of where they would play their games the next season was in newspapers on Feb. 14, 1980.) Alas, the way Frink says the name, certainly didn't help . . .
Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, September 7th 2011 at 8:19am.

I love that "Three of a Kind" commercial, especially "You could win a million bucks!" complete with head movement...
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Wednesday, September 7th 2011 at 1:24pm.

I liked the older Northwest Federal Savings tag (63 hours a week) better than this one. And who is the guy with the moustache? I think he's in most of their ads on this site. If he was their mascot he's certainly no Hubert lion!
Comment posted by Smctopia on Wednesday, September 7th 2011 at 7:37pm.

Great NewsNine segment. The opening tease from the three on-air people was videotaped about ten minutes before the show went on; notice how the blue Chroma-Key backdrop is not visible during the title camera shot, but later appears with the photo of the White House as John Drury begins the first story. During the opening shot, at the weather set, you'll notice someone standing next to Roger Triemstra. He is Anthony "Tony" Sulita, WGN's staff artist who painted the weather maps each weeknight. He was also known for designing the many book covers seen on Family Classics. Mr. Sulita only worked weeknights, as I was told, so on the weekends, it was up to the on-air meteorologists to do their own painting! Sulita also painted the smaller weather maps seen during the weather break segments that would air during Channel 9's afternoon and evening programming. Finally, we see Len O'Connor on the set during the live newscast; his segment was usually recorded, rather, "mechnically reproduced", earlier. Thanks for the flashback!
Comment posted by Don Weiss on Friday, September 9th 2011 at 5:43am.

So that's Tony Sulla - I've heard his name many times. He contributed a lot to all the shows we remember. People think that it was Roy Brown that painted the Family Classics book covers, but you're right - it was Tony Sulla.

Thanks for the information, and for sharing. :-)

Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Friday, September 9th 2011 at 6:22am.

I remember the Amlings in Melrose Park had one hell of a Halloween haunted house and carnival. Took my first date there. What a blast!
My mom had a couple of those rose-in-a-glass-ball thingies, but I think she bought them at K Mart or Zayre, maybe even Frank's.
I still wonder how they make those things.

Comment posted by ArmitageNLowell on Friday, September 9th 2011 at 6:45pm.

The "loss of home-court advantage" referenced I would think is DePaul's decision to stop playing at Alumni Hall on campus and instead play at the Rosemont Horizon (now Allstate Arena).
Comment posted by Joey G on Sunday, October 9th 2011 at 1:06am.

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