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WGN Channel 9 - "Oh, What A Good Friend!" (Promo, 1983)

Here is a promo for WGN Channel 9 featuring the news team during that time:

John Drury
Denise Cannon (for you fans of hers out there!)
Tom Skilling
Bill Frink
also features:
The INN (Independent Network News) team
Marty McNeeley for Nightbeat

This aired on local Chicago TV in 1983.

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Wow...totally forgot about this promo!

RIP, John Drury.

Comment posted by SuperCFL on Monday, November 26th 2007 at 11:32pm.

"Independent Network News" originated from WGN's New York sister station, WPIX (Ch. 11, a.k.a. "11 Alive" from 1976 to 1985); the anchors shown were, respectively, Pat Harper (R.I.P.), Bill Jorgensen and Steve Bosh.

As for Bill Frink: I seem to recall he, like Drury, was once a WLS'er; and another WLS colleague from "Eyewitness News's" 1970's heyday, John Coleman, had founded The Weather Channel at this point (1983), after a stint with WCBS-TV in New York (which in turn followed his run with ABC's "Good Morning America"). Moreover, Mr. Coleman, a few years after this (I.I.N.M.) would return to Chicago TV via WMAQ.

Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, November 27th 2007 at 2:12am.

Speaking of John Coleman, he's now at KUSI in San Diego. I'm very sorry to hear about John Drury; I remember him at WBBM in the early 1960's. Rest in peace, John.
Comment posted by ro46214 on Wednesday, November 28th 2007 at 3:13pm.

At 0:23, where on their property was the digital marquee? When was it removed?
Comment posted by Szake on Wednesday, January 14th 2015 at 10:38am.

The sign was on Addison St. south of the WGN building. The land between the building and Addison has now been developed with a strip mall and some new row homes.
Comment posted by KBA on Wednesday, January 14th 2015 at 8:06pm.

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I should also note that at the time that bus was first purchased, both New York City Omnibus and Fifth Avenue Coach were controlled by a Chicago-based firm, The Omnibus Corporation (I detected a Chicago connection somewhere besides this WFLD airing). In 1954 that company sold the last of its various bus company interests around the country (they once controlled the Chicago Motor Coach Company, and that had been palmed off to the Chicago Transit Authority in 1952), with NYC Omnibus acquiring Fifth Avenue Coach. In 1956 that company rebranded itself Fifth Avenue Coach Lines, Inc. (with bus routes operated by the heretofore individual companies administered under FACO Division [10 routes] and NYCO Division [21 routes]). Later that year they purchased the bankrupt Surface Transportation Corporation which operated a handful of routes in Manhattan and every route in The Bronx (and whose upkeep was so p-poor, the joke was they came from the factory in that condition); their routes would be administered by a wholly-owned subsidiary started up by FACL, Surface Transit, Inc. All of these routes would be taken over by MaBSTOA in 1962 as the result of a strike against FACL and Surface Transit, brought about when new management led by an out-of-town wheeler-dealer named Harry Weinberg laid off 29 light-duty workers in retaliation for the city not granting his request for a fare hike.

As for The Omnibus Corporation, it ultimately became Hertz. As in, the rent-a-car business for which O.J. Simpson (grrr!) did their ads for years.

And the so-called "2969" paraded around today was originally a New York City Transit System bus numbered 4789. The passing off as 2969 went as far back as 1984 - when I noticed it being shown at the first RALPH convention I attended (which was the second overall).


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That sounds like Michael Bell doing the voiceover.


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Ah, here's how Magic Sand worked! http://www.retroland.com/magic-sand/


Comment posted in Magic Sand by Wham-O (Commercial, 1981) by Smctopia on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 10:43pm CT

I always wanted Magic Sand but my mom said it was "too messy". How DID it get instantly dry?


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A park in Chicago near where my Grandma lived used to have red slides like the ones in this ad, as well as the concrete dolphin. And of course Marvel is now owned by Disney. One of the smartest acquisitions they made (along with Lucasfilm)!


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There is a hand at 5:15 in the lower right hand corner of the keyer just before the credits begin.


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Morrand: This Victory Auto Wreckers Ad actually has THREE different phone number seen in this commercial. If you pause the video at 1:40, an old ending title graphic says 263-3405 for a split second in a smaller font than the duplicate ending title graphic with the more familiar 860-2000. The tow truck has 766-012? painted on it.


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The answer in how Snipets got around so early to non-Field stations, lay in an ad put up on eBay: Starting in 1978, these segments were nationally syndicated via The Samuel Goldwyn Television Company. This factor may explain why pre-'77 Kaiser-made episode-lets bore Field copyrights. There is still a yuuuuge question-mark as to whether Snipets made it to the biggest TV market in the country, New York City, and if so, on which station?

That this aired within Big Blue Marble also bears some irony. In NYC, that show aired for quite a few years on WPIX Channel 11 (which also ran WLS Chicago-originated Gigglesnort Hotel on Saturday mornings for a few years beginning in '77). Today KTLA is a sister station to WPIX - and therefore, also, to Chicago's own WGN Channel 9.


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Pushbutton - Great story, thanks for sharing. :-)


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TeleFrank - Thanks for the great info, as usual. :-)


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