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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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Comment posted in Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits (Record Offer, 1981) by W.B. on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 10:44pm CT

Added ending voiceover info (hearing this at a remote FedEx Office location, the voice at the end clearly sounded like Mr. Reynolds, and besides, a YouTuber who saw this clip on that site, name of Ryan Zwolinski [to whom the hat tip], apprised us of this).


Comment posted in Star Beat Presents What's Happening! (Commercial, 1981) by ArmitageNLowell on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 2:36pm CT

AMNews and SMC; One of Inn and Around's incarnations was also a club called the Grand Bandstand around 1984 or so. On Sunday evenings, it was open to all ages for a few hours (I'm guessing between 5-10pm) and didn't serve alcohol during that time frame. I went there a few times when I was a youngster.


Comment posted in Starbeat Presents What's Happening! (Commercial, 1983) by W.B. on Sunday, March 1st, 2015 at 10:49pm CT

I'm curious - from which of the Chicago TV stations were these Starbeat ads produced? I'm sure RCA TK-27/28 film chains were used for the slide transmission . . .


Comment posted in Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits (Record Offer, 1981) by Dth1971 on Sunday, March 1st, 2015 at 9:45am CT

Fuzzy: I wish you found another Kenny Rogers mail order record album TV commercial from the same early 1980's time for the 2 record set "Gold Dust and Gold Mine" featuring songs from the Kenny Rogers First Edition era.


Comment posted in Illinois Lottery - "Lucky Numbers II" (Commercial, 1983) by ChitownTVFan on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at 11:12am CT

$50,000 a day? lol No, that's $50,000 a year for the next 20 years until 2002 for a total of $1 Million.


Comment posted in Star Beat Presents What's Happening! (Commercial, 1981) by ChrisBCritter on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at 1:00am CT

Found this photo on a MySpace page of a band called "Passion" playing at Saints & Sinners:
https://myspace.com/johnnybeat81/mixes/classic-my-photos-434035/photo/165062694


Comment posted in Star Beat Presents What's Happening! (Commercial, 1981) by W.B. on Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 10:27pm CT

The other big question: Which station produced this ad? If WBBM, then its cuts from one slide to another differed significantly from the clunky "fade-out--fade-in" transitions for which New York sister WCBS Channel 2 was famous for decades, from the '50's well to the '80's. But then, practically every Chicago station, I.I.N.M., had RCA TK-27 film chains through which we all saw these slides (and films), and a few by this time may've even gotten the newer TK-28's.


Comment posted in Star Beat Presents What's Happening! (Commercial, 1981) by Smctopia on Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 8:33pm CT

Wow, I want to know what the Intergalatic Robot Show was!

I don't know about the first incarnation of Temptations but during the second go round it was a lesbian bar.


Comment posted in Star Beat Presents What's Happening! (Commercial, 1981) by AMNewsboy on Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 4:43pm CT

Via the Googles:

Put'n On The Ritz - Best guess is that it eventually became a place called Cafe 22 (the addresses match based on a newspaper article), and was at one point the Lombard Beef n' Barrel. I gave up trying to figure out where the eff this place was.

Inn and Around - Became a nightclub called Temptations, changed names to "Come Back Inn Sports Bar & Grill", then went back to Temptations before closing in 2012. Yelp says there was also a club called Club VIP there at some point.

Saints & Sinners - Apparently next to a cemetery, how lovely. Now housing.

Erik the Red - Now an Irish pub called Blackthorn Pub.

Tovia Club - Now called the Chicago 21 Club. Most definitely no sign of 2-million dollar anything here.

The Vineyard - Looks like the whole shopping center was given a makeover at some point, so it sure as hell ain't there now.

Ships Rail Lounge - Looks like there was some legal bankruptcy mess over the Dolton Lodge; it eventually became the Dorchester Senior Center which, quite honestly, looks like the most depressing senior center ever.


Comment posted in Star Beat Presents What's Happening! (Commercial, 1981) by W.B. on Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 9:02am CT

From what I've read, NYC rights to "Her Twelve Men" were held on and off by WOR Channel 9 for years.


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