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Thursday, October 19th, 2017
34 Years Ago Today

Here's the station sign-on (voiceover by Marty Robinson) and AM Weather segment on WTTW Channel 11.

A.M. Weather was produced by the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting and sponsored by the Department of Transportation - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA), AOPA Air Safety Foundation, Phillips Petroleum, National Business Aircraft Association Inc, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Continental Grain, Avemco Insurance, PDQ Executive Air Service Inc, and Hughes Aviation Services. Produced in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Featuring meteorologists Carl Weiss and Barry Richwein.

Opening and closing voiceover by Alec Webb.

This aired on October 20, 1983.

WTTW Channel 11 - Station Sign-On & A.M. Weather (#2, 1983)

Here's the station sign-on (voiceover by Marty Robinson) and AM Weather segment on WTTW Channel 11.

A.M. Weather was produced by the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting and sponsored by the Department of Transportation - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA), AOPA Air Safety Foundation, Phillips Petroleum, National Business Aircraft Association Inc, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Continental Grain, Avemco Insurance, PDQ Executive Air Service Inc, and Hughes Aviation Services. Produced in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Featuring meteorologists Carl Weiss and Barry Richwein.

Opening and closing voiceover by Alec Webb.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Thursday, October 20th 1983.

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I loved this show. The NOAA meteorologists were clearly fine scientists who knew what they were talking about but always seemed a little less than comfortable in front of the cameras. Nevertheless, I learned a lot about weather (always an interest, from the early days of PJ Hoff) from this show, and a couple of years later the aviation forecasts (particularly the turbulence forecasts) were handy on days when I would have to fly somewhere. In the days before the Weather Channel, this was the best weather forecast on TV, and for years was the main reason I subscribed to WTTW.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Monday, November 22nd 2010 at 7:40am.

The "A.M. Weather" voiceover who handled the list of who produced and sponsored the show was Alec Webb, the "voice" for many years of the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting (now MPT, Maryland Public Television). It was his voice that was heard opening and closing every edition of "Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser" throughout much of the show's run.
Comment posted by W.B. on Monday, November 22nd 2010 at 9:15am.

I remember this, not because I ever watched it, but I remember its oddball timeslot in TV Guide. Neat to see the weather symbols which I learned when I took a Weather & Climate class in college but you never see on "popular" weather presentations.

October 20, 1983 was a cool and drizzly day in Chicago, I guess blowout from the Tropical Storm Tico they talk about. Not much temperature change that day, the high was 51 and the low 48.

Comment posted by APM on Monday, November 22nd 2010 at 9:57pm.

I'm glad somebody got this on tape...the WTTW sign-on and A.M. Weather were a major part of my mornings once. (Yes, I was odd!)

A.M. Weather was broadcast until about 1993-94, when it became a victim of budget cuts.

Comment posted by SuperCFL on Tuesday, November 23rd 2010 at 9:30pm.

When Marty Robinson mentioned "WTTW's microwave station" I had visions of a nonstop camera shot of the Radarange in Channel 11's break room.
Comment posted by T.K. on Wednesday, November 24th 2010 at 1:02pm.

"Microwave station" appears to be another euphemism for "studio-transmitter link" or something like that (such as "intercity relay"). The term "microwave station" was also in use by WFLD Channel 32 and the other Kaiser/Field stations on their sign-ons and -offs.
Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, November 24th 2010 at 2:05pm.

Doing a look at a website called FCC Info, WTTW still uses KSH-62 for their STL.

http://www.fccinfo.com/CMDProULSLookup.php?tabSearchType=UMIB&tabTextBox1=965023

KSH-62 by the way broadcasts between 6925 & 6950 Mhz

Comment posted by BobAnthony on Friday, November 26th 2010 at 5:14pm.

And the same can be said for WFLD's STL WDF-28

http://www.fccinfo.com/CMDProULSLookup.php?tabSearchType=UMIB&tabTextBox1=973554

Comment posted by BobAnthony on Friday, November 26th 2010 at 5:15pm.

And in New York, WPIX Channel 11's STL, WFD-495, as on 1980's to early 1990's sign-ons:

http://www.fccinfo.com/CMDProULSLookup.php?tabSearchType=UMIB&tabTextBox1=976656

Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, November 27th 2010 at 7:36am.

"A.M. Weather" voiceover info added to clip description.
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, April 14th 2011 at 5:55pm.

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