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WGN Channel 9 - "Lou Rawls' Welcome Home" (Promo, 1984)

Here's one of the memorable Lou Rawls jingle promos that WGN Channel 9 had during the 1980's. Featuring:

Bozo's Circus (Ned Locke, Ray Rayner, Bob Bell, and Roy Brown)
Harry Caray
Denise Cannon & John Drury
The Love Boat
WKRP in Cincinnati
One Day at a Time
Animal House
Fantasy Island
Lou Grant
Barney Miller

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, January 7th 1984.


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Ah yes. Remember that one well. Believe they had one of Lou walking around Chicago while he was singing too. Used the studio recording like the song in this commerical, but I'm guessing it was meant to convey that he/Channel 9 was out amungst the people. :')

Comment posted by BabyBear on Wednesday, January 23rd 2008 at 6:20am.

I too remember this one well. It reminds of when Channel 9 was a great TV Station. Thanks Fuzzy.
Comment posted by 1980sfan on Wednesday, January 23rd 2008 at 7:57am.

Ah! Yes! before the the WB./CW. wrecked it for all of us! You know, why didn't this WB/CW build their own damned station? Same with Fox, Univision, Telemundo, Pax, etc. ABC*, CBS*, and NBC did!
(Shhhh...Mr. Hand is about to give a history lesson!)


*Actually, CBS took most of the DuMont stations and/or some of the ABC stations when the government forced ABC/Paramount to divest to prevent a "monopoly". ABC had to "rebuild" some of their stations by switching frequencies (like WBKB). But, still, CBS did build their own stations in other cities in their early television days.


Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Wednesday, January 23rd 2008 at 10:36am.

The christening of the new channel 9 logo made WGN do this promo. The new logo stayed until 1993.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Wednesday, January 23rd 2008 at 12:51pm.

Beautiful...I hated this 9 logo when it first appeared (too used to circle-9 and Last Farewell, I guess) but these promos helped turn me around.

I don't recall a promo of Lou Rawls walking around as he sang, but I do recall one of the recording session itself interspersed with scenes around Chicago much like this.

A happier time....

Comment posted by SuperCFL on Wednesday, January 23rd 2008 at 8:58pm.

RIP, Lou Rawls and John Drury (whom I thought I saw in this promo...)
Comment posted by 70s80s on Thursday, January 24th 2008 at 9:10am.

And you couldn't've picked a better time to put this up. 3 months away from WGN's 60th anniversary.
Comment posted by BadGurl404 on Sunday, January 27th 2008 at 4:17pm.

I FORGOT ALL ABOUT JOHN DRURY!
Comment posted by 69TH&STONY on Friday, February 1st 2008 at 4:15pm.

THAT WAS A TRANSITION AND NEW ATTITUDE FOR THE STATION! SEE HOW THE OLD WGN GLOBE SPINS WITHIN THE 9 AND TURNS INTO A SILVER SPINNING GLEAMING GLOBE! ANOTHER CLASSIC.
Comment posted by 69TH&STONY on Friday, February 1st 2008 at 4:19pm.

That logo is the earliest logo I remember from Channel 9. Looking at it now, it definitely has an 80s look to it! Interesting that this promo came out just three months prior to Bob Bell retiring as Bozo. Maybe the transition of the station was symbolic of the transitioning of different actors to play the iconic clown. Also, isn't it around this time that the Bozo setting changed from the red stage to the look it would have throughout the rest of the show's run?
Comment posted by Brian1978 on Tuesday, June 3rd 2014 at 2:44pm.

It's nice to remember the days when WGN was primarily a local station. I've not lived there since late 1987, but can still remember when the cable feed for the rest of the country wasn't that much different from the local programming.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Wednesday, June 4th 2014 at 8:40pm.

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