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WGN Channel 9 - "Old Style" (Station ID, 1981)

Here's an interesting station ID slide for WGN Channel 9 - a very old style of their logo that dates back to pre-1977. Kind of strange they were using this in late 1981.

Voiceover by Merri Dee.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Tuesday, October 27th 1981 at 9pm.

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Cool clip Fuzzy, thanks for posting.
Comment posted by 1980sFan on Tuesday, April 24th 2012 at 9:12am.

I think they were using that in the Sixties.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Tuesday, April 24th 2012 at 10:12am.

The earliest I've seen this logo type in connection with WGN was in print ads from 1964, that's probably when that was introduced. Then again, they were all over the map with "Seal of Good Practice" insignias as seen on sign-ons (using the 1965 variant in 1982 while using a newer variant in 1980).
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, April 24th 2012 at 12:02pm.

Great find!
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Tuesday, April 24th 2012 at 5:53pm.

A true Chicago TV classic.
Comment posted by Don Weiss on Wednesday, April 25th 2012 at 4:21am.

Must've been a backup for a failed tape machine. Glad somebody was able to get it!
Comment posted by SuperCFL on Wednesday, April 25th 2012 at 12:27pm.

Or was this some anniversary where they show old logos, like they did for WGN at 40, and their 50th anniversary?
Comment posted by Szake on Wednesday, April 25th 2012 at 3:53pm.

I Love the old Channel 9 ID logo. This was always my favorite out of all of them...thus far, anyway.
Comment posted by Matt on Wednesday, April 25th 2012 at 5:56pm.

@Szake, I don't remember WGN using old logos on-air until very recently. I remember seeing some during an anniversary program (maybe the 40th?)...but not during regular programming. And there's no citation of an anniversary, which would be expected. I still suspect that, for whatever reason, the usual video ID was not available and they had to throw up the first ID slide they could find.
Comment posted by SuperCFL on Wednesday, April 25th 2012 at 11:56pm.

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