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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Hold the presses - we started getting a difference of opinion in the WMAQ alumni group as to who the VO person actually was. I am trying to sort it all out but it seems likely that it is actually Jerry Mitchell, and not Henry "Hank" Cooke. More details as they become available on these FuzzMem stations, and on FuzzyMemories' Overnight.
Aha, Henry Cooke. How long was he with WMAQ? Ditto for Lorry Young.
As for Lee Hanna - he was brought in by parent network NBC to 'MAQ in 1976 to try to lift the station from last place, after propelling NYC sister station WNBC Channel 4 to the top with its 2-hour "NewsCenter4" newscast. Alas, for a variety of reasons, Mr. Hanna's tenure at WMAQ didn't work out and he was gone by 1978. Ron Powers, in the 1980 edition of his book "The Newscasters: The News Business As Show Business," had a section about Mr. Hanna's ill-fated WMAQ foray in his chapter of the ups and downs of WNBC's "starship newscast."
For some unexplained reason I received the Mork and Mindy game from some program that was giving all the kids toys for Christmas because so many apparently were poor (we weren't so I don't know why they included all kids). Anyway it was a card game and one of the creatures on the card was called oopadoo and we would call one of our dogs that.