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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The company that offered (for sale, of course) this color test pattern (and laid out the type including the "Broadcasting From Sears Tower" and "Circular Polarization" notices) was a Clifton, NJ firm called Tele-Measurements, Inc., which is still around. In 1977 adverts the company put out in magazines such as Broadcast Engineering and BM/E (Broadcast Management/Engineering), their designation for this type pattern was TM-501, as part of their "Tele-Pat" line. A much earlier version of this pattern was used in Chicago by WFLD Channel 32 in its early years on the air (from its 1966 debut into the early '70's, apparently giving way to electronic color bars around the onset of Kaiser's 1973-77 sojourn).
No doubt when the tape of Fr. Hitpas' sermonette got around to airing on NYC sister station WCBS Channel 2's "Give Us This Day" at sign-on or sign-off, the voiceover (either Pat Connell or Norm Stevens or Roger Forster or whomever) would have announced at the end that it "was presented in cooperation with the Communications Office of the Archdiocese of New York." And if at sign-on, would have been followed by first the station ID, then a 20-or-so-minute slides-only newscast read by the said announcer.
Isn't there a longer, minute version of this commercial? If I remember, they also had a segment where Larry from Perfect Strangers, "Boz Knows Comedy?" and you see Cooky trying to hit Bozo with a pie and as usual, it backfires. I swear I saw it on here. I checked YouTube and there's no such commercial on there.
Around Why-Tee (the phonetic spelling for the initials of YouTube), you have quite a few editorials (and even some editorial feedbacks) from sister station WPIX Channel 11 in New York City, as delivered by Richard N. Hughes who was perhaps the most famous of the editorialists in NYC. Pray tell, who amongst the Chicago TV stations' editorialists would have been better known "at the time"? I'm banking on WMAQ's Dillon Smith . . .
NYC sister station WPIX Channel 11's "Portions..." wording was "Portions Of The Preceding Program Were Pre-Recorded." The "pre-recorded" terminology was used by NYC stations almost uniformly, as if they believed New Yorkers wouldn't understand what "mechanically reproduced" meant.