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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 WGN Channel 9 - Mid-Day Report With Clif Mercer (1980) by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at 6:25pm CT

Upgraded the video file on this one. (report is complete now)


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - Editorial 5 - "ERA for Illinois" (1976) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 9:25am CT

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.


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - Editorial 5 - "ERA for Illinois" (1976) by W.B. on Sunday, June 26th, 2016 at 10:44am CT

P.S. Modified clip description to correct the spelling of the esteemed editorial director.


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - Editorial 5 - "ERA for Illinois" (1976) by W.B. on Sunday, June 26th, 2016 at 10:39am CT

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."


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsCenter5 Update, Break & Today Excerpt (1975) by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, June 25th, 2016 at 2:59pm CT

Finally able to ID the other WMAQ-TV voiceover person featured in this clip - Henry Cooke. Thanks to Deb Segal.


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