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Saturday, March 28th, 2015
33 Years Ago Today

Here is a complete episode of Newscene - WFLD Channel 32's news program which aired at 9:55 PM weeknights, as read by Jim Bohannon who was filling in for Kathy McFarland.

Fuzzy Feature editor Kevin Szaflik (Szake in the forums) spoke to Jim Bohannon about his time at Newscene. Mr. Bohannon said he did not record any of his episodes of Newscene, and that they were done live. The only clips he has ever seen turn up were two on YouTube. Both of those clips are from FuzzyMemories.TV. He said he felt bad that the video description stated how cruel fate was that we got him instead of Kathy McFarland.

This aired on March 29, 1982.

WFLD Channel 32 - Newscene with Jim Bohannon (1982)

Here is a complete episode of Newscene - WFLD Channel 32's news program which aired at 9:55pm weeknights, as read by Jim Bohannon who was filling in for Kathy McFarland. (Curses! Deprived of more Kathy footage! Why must fate be so cruel? Why did she have to take off THIS day?) ;-) Includes:

Field Communications in Chicago ID
Opening of Newscene with voiceover by Jim Barton

Space Shuttle landing scrapped due to high winds.
Secretary Hague has words of praise for Salvadorian voters.

State Comptroller Roland Burris suggests paying bills with federal surplus cheese.

Commercial Break - Nectrarose Wine

Closing of Newscene with voiceover by Jim Barton and Field Communications copyright.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, March 29th 1982 @ 9:55pm!

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Viewer Comments

Y'know that's the very same background music being used in the opening and closing sequences of Newstalk and the background music used in the sales tape for 1980-81.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Wednesday, February 13th 2008 at 4:17pm.

Are you sure? I know I don't have the Newstalk black and white clip up again yet, but I don't think it's the same. And I don't think this music was used in the Sales tape either, but if you find it, let me know in what part and how many minutes in.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, February 13th 2008 at 4:20pm.

I'm 100% positive, because it featured a slide with the word "Newstalk" and the channel 32 logo on top of the Chicago skyline. This was used in the early 80s and until 1986, the Newstalk animation sequence and background music was updated. The 1st version didn't had the slide I mentioned and the music sounded differently. Trust me, I've seen the clip of Newstalk with Naurice Roberts many, many times and heard the 1st version of the background music before they upgraded it when the 80s came.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Wednesday, February 13th 2008 at 4:35pm.

Well, Kathy was due some time off like any other person, I guess. But, it would have been nice to see her again. Once again, I have to ask; I wonder what she does now?
Comment posted by armitagenlowell on Wednesday, February 13th 2008 at 4:48pm.

Cool clip.
Comment posted by 1980sfan on Wednesday, February 13th 2008 at 8:15pm.

This was 15 years before major league baseball started interleague play. So I suspect Jim was a bit confused when he said the White Sox beat the Phillies, and the Cubs beat the A's.
Comment posted by kba on Wednesday, February 13th 2008 at 9:26pm.

I swear, did Field stations always do corporate branding in between every show? Even during that time WGN was more subtle in making Tribune branding in their id's. It's hard to believe even long before Fox 32 was branding itself with the Field's ID pretty much after every show.
Comment posted by jPHQ on Wednesday, February 13th 2008 at 9:30pm.

The Cubs did play the A's that day in Arizona. It was a spring training game.
The White Sox were training in Sarasota, FL at the time. So they indeed played the Phillies that day.

Comment posted by MST3K1993 on Wednesday, February 13th 2008 at 11:18pm.

To 'jPHQ': Field and Metromedia appeared to be the kings of corporate branding for all their stations during that period (though in WFLD's case, after 1983 it was a case of substituting one branding for another, given the 'Metromedia 32' moniker pre-1986). It wasn't until about the mid-'80's (1986-7 or thereabouts) that Tribune's stations (not only WGN but also including WPIX in New York and KWGN in Denver, followed by KTLA in Los Angeles) began ratcheting up the "Tribune Broadcasting" on their I.D.'s. Also, B.T.W., would anyone know if Jim Bohannon is of any relation to John Bohannon, a veteran New York-based radio newscaster (WNEW radio, ABC Contemporary radio, WNBC, CBS News) from the 1960's through the '80's?
Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, February 13th 2008 at 11:27pm.

Do you have the opening and or closing to M*A*S*H from that night?
Comment posted by Wgn9 on Thursday, February 14th 2008 at 12:03am.

The tape cut out right after Radar starting looking over the mountains... (cue theme music)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, February 14th 2008 at 12:10am.

Channel 32's corporate branding started when Kaiser owned it in the mid-70's. In those days, they used to put up an animated Kaiser graphic between every show. I never understood the purpose of it, other than to stroke the egos of the corporate execs. I also found it strange that there was very little cross-promotion between WFLD and the Sun-Times during the years when Field owned them both. Seems like it was a missed opportunity.
Comment posted by kba on Thursday, February 14th 2008 at 12:35pm.

I wish I could find an animated Kaiser graphic!
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, February 14th 2008 at 1:43pm.

Jimbo sure had a pronounced lisp in those days. I had never noticed it on any of his (national) work that I've heard. Maybe he worked with a speech therapist at some point.
Comment posted by on Thursday, February 14th 2008 at 3:21pm.

FUZZY,I'D LOVE TO SEE THE ANIMATED KAISER GRAPHIC. ALWAYS HOPED YOU WOULD POST A VERSION OF NEWSCENE THAT HAS THE SYNTHESIZED NEWS MUSIC VARIANT OF THE FIELD COMMUNICATIONS MELODY! IT USED TO JAR THE DAYLIGHTS OUT OF ME!THANX AGAIN FUZZY :-)!
Comment posted by 69TH&STONY on Thursday, March 6th 2008 at 12:00am.

Was Jim Bohannon any relation to Joe Bohannon of "Eddie & Jobo" fame (B96)...LOL
Comment posted by mgg75 on Saturday, May 17th 2008 at 9:26am.

Mgg75: No. The disc jockey now on KHits name is Joseph Colborn.
Comment posted by Szake on Wednesday, March 28th 2012 at 9:20pm.

Dreams do come true! ;-) We eventually did find that animated Kaiser ID.

P.S. - A rare Kaiser Broadcasting sales/promotional film from 1968-ish is coming to the site soon.

Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, March 28th 2012 at 9:48pm.

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