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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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There were also Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor locations in the state of Illinois besides North Riverside, IL.:
Woodfield Mall (Schaumburg, IL.)
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Comment posted in Circus Vargas (Commercial, 1984) by Szake on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 1:25pm CT

Circus Vargas is in California January to March of 2017.


Comment posted in WSET Channel 13 - News 13 (Preview, Break & Opening, 1977) by Szake on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 1:02pm CT

Rick: The photos on http://www.boonsborovillage.com/ look like the place was built in the late 1960s, early 1970s. According to apartments.com, it was built in 1970.


Comment posted in WSET Channel 13 - News 13 (Preview, Break & Opening, 1977) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, January 16th, 2017 at 8:24pm CT

Szake - Yes, but were those apartment buildings there 39 years ago? That's long ago enough that you have to at least ask the question. :-)


Comment posted in WSET Channel 13 - News 13 (Preview, Break & Opening, 1977) by Szake on Monday, January 16th, 2017 at 7:44pm CT

4715 Boonsboro Road is home to Boonsboro Village Apartments. There are 70 units in the 5 building complex, so maybe Jeff Taylor thinks that is a vague enough address to broadcast on TV... like if a Chicago reporter did that and said they live at 222 East Pearson, a building downtown with 709 condominiums in it.


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First off, looks like they were definitely moving away from the Field/Kaiser format from this point. They showed the closing credits all the way through this time, hehe.

Second, very interesting find (albeit a very short one) at the end of the tape. Don't see much of those "New Tom & Jerry/Grape Ape Show" blackouts in syndication ...depending on who ran those TV episodes.


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R.I.P. to Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus after May 2017.


Comment posted in McDonald's - The Chicago Bears - "Playoff Payoff" (Commercial, 1985) by Brian1978 on Sunday, January 15th, 2017 at 8:08pm CT

LaPrincess: I assume you were referring to Super Bowl XXI because XI was against the Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings. Of course Oakland won that game because the Vikings are like the Buffalo Bills of the 70's: made it to four Super Bowls and lost them all (except Buffalo had the honor of losing their four Super Bowls all in a row).


Comment posted in McDonald's - The Chicago Bears - "Playoff Payoff" (Commercial, 1985) by Brian1978 on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at 10:27pm CT

LaPrincess: I think Ditka bringing in Doug Flutie pretty much spelled doom for the team and their chance of repeating. The bigger tragedy I think was the following year. You had the player strike and Ditka calling the replacement players the "real Bears." They lose again in the playoffs to the same team from the year prior (the Redskins, who would go on to destroy the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII), this time with a healthy McMahon, and to top it all off, it was Walter Payton's last year before his retirement.


Comment posted in McDonald's - The Chicago Bears - "Playoff Payoff" (Commercial, 1985) by LaPrincess on Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 1:19pm CT

Brian, you reminded me of something, and that was how people jumped the gun. The stores had things like Superbowl XI champions long before the playoffs and of course they didn't make it to the Superbowl. I remember seeing the last game where they lost (which eliminated them) and how people were crying because they were so sure they'd make it.


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