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Thursday, July 30th, 2015
35 Years Ago Today

Here's a brief audition that Chicago newscaster Joan Esposito did for the WFLD Channel 32 program PM Magazine. She didn't get the job, but she sure looks perty. Also auditioning with her is Hilly Hicks.

Joan Esposito would later go on to anchor at WLS ABC 7 and WMAQ NBC 5.

This tape was dated July 31, 1980.

PM Magazine - "Joan Esposito Audition" (1980)

Here's a brief audition that Chicago newscaster Joan Esposito did for the WFLD Channel 32 program PM Magazine. She didn't get the job, but she sure looks perty. Also auditioning with her is "Hilly Hicks"?

Joan Esposito would later go on to anchor at WLS Channel 7.

Tape was dated July 31st 1980.

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Viewer Comments

wow! she is looking so very cute and pretty here!
Comment posted by thecromiecircle on Monday, September 28th 2009 at 9:31pm.

Well who really got the job to host PM Magazine replacing Play the Percentages?
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Monday, September 28th 2009 at 9:54pm.

Chef Tell was my favorite department segment on PM Magazine!
Comment posted by dth1971 on Tuesday, September 29th 2009 at 7:10pm.

JoAnn Williams and Mike Leiderman were the first hosts of (Chicago) PM Magazine! ;)
Comment posted by 70s80s on Wednesday, October 7th 2009 at 10:40am.

Hilly Hicks was an actor in the 70's and early 80's appearing on a bunch of different shows. I remember seeing him on several episodes of the second season of "The Bill Cosby Show" as a semi-regular. I wonder what happened to him.
Comment posted by antifrodis on Wednesday, October 7th 2009 at 3:51pm.

Thanks, AF - I was wondering who he was. :-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, October 7th 2009 at 4:00pm.

Here is his Wikipedia entry... he was in "Roots" as well:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilly_Hicks

He is now a pastor in California.

Comment posted by afdave on Wednesday, October 7th 2009 at 7:48pm.

Happier days for Joan. Shame how things went of her later in the decade.
Comment posted by BabyBear on Tuesday, October 13th 2009 at 9:44pm.

She's doing well. Wow, years go by! http://www.j2sc.com/joane.htm
Comment posted by ScarlettOHara on Thursday, November 11th 2010 at 7:57pm.

Ms. Esposito seemed to look rather chipper while presenting some of the Chicago Emmy Awards in 1989, by which time she was at WMAQ Channel 5.
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, April 24th 2011 at 2:57pm.

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Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Bozo's Circus - "Frazier's Pledge" (1978) by Smctopia on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at 8:15pm CT

I tried playing it again (on Firefox). I had to let it buffer several times but I got it to play but the sound still wasn't in sync with the picture.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Bozo's Circus - "Frazier's Pledge" (1978) by Smctopia on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 9:05pm CT

I'm currently on the go and using my IPad so right now I can't play anything. I will have to try it tomorrow when I have a chance.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - The Nine O'Clock News - "Farewell, Frazier..." (1985) by Brian1978 on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 8:41pm CT

@Loyal32Fan: All that is on display at the new Museum of Broadcast Communications. The chair, painting of Garfield Goose, and the bookcase are on display right when you walk in the doors and Frazier's costume is on display by the Garfield Goose puppets, which is in an area that also has all the different costumes from Bozo's Circus and Ray Rayner show. While I do like the building since they have more room for exhibits, I do NOT like having to pay $12 for admission! It's like what happened to the Museum of Science and Industry. For the longest time, it was free admission then when they started charging admission, it got expensive. I dread the day they start charging admission to Lincoln Park Zoo. Sadly, I think that day will happen within a few years. Will there be ANYTHING left to do for free in Chicago anymore?


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Bozo's Circus - "Frazier's Pledge" (1978) by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 12:02am CT

Smctopia - Are you still having problems playing the entire clip? (I'm waiting on posting new clips until we have these issues worked out - I really wanted to move forward with the new file format)


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - The Nine O'Clock News - "Farewell, Frazier..." (1985) by Loyal32Fan on Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 7:35pm CT

I remember visiting the Museum of Broadcast Communications back in 1998. I saw Thomas' costume from his Garfield Goose show on display. I also saw the chair with the book on it from Family Classics also on display. It was very interesting.


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I bet the reason Wicket had the last name Warrick is because he was played by then child actor Warrick Davis who would later become popular as the star of the movie Willow.


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I just found out there is a network that airs the original Doctor Who series weeknights. It's RETRO TV (Channel 25.2).


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Old Time: The clip moved to http://www.team1sports.com/index.php/videoPlayer/view?broadcast=56045 but it is still at 0:30:11 in the one hour show.


Comment posted in U.S. Department of Energy & Captain America - "Help Conserve Energy" (PSA, 1985) by NiteOwl on Monday, July 13th, 2015 at 3:54pm CT

Yay!!! I have been hunting for this forever! I did not realize it was so short or that Captin America specifically was involved = fuzzy. I always did think that freezer guy "The Cold Air Crook" was a creep. Oh, the old channel 32...


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Bozo's Circus - "Frazier's Pledge" (1978) by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 at 1:19am CT

Anyone else having problems?


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