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Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
35 Years Ago Today

A true fuzzy memory (since the reception was pretty bad) - here's Commercial Break #7 from the Son of Svengoolie presentation of "Attack of the Mushroom People" on WFLD Channel 32, which features guest Chicago Radio DJ Bobby Skafish during the Mail Call segment.

Bobby Skafish worked at:
WXRT 1976-1983
WLUP 1983-1993
WKQX 1993-1994
WXRT 1994-2006
WDRV 97.1 Chicago/WWDV 96.9 Zion June 2007-June 2015 (weekdays from 3 PM to 8 PM on 97.1 WDRV Chicago "The Drive" from August 2007 to June 2015).

Trivia Note: Bobby Skafish is the cousin of local punk rock pioneer Jim Skafish, seen here in this clip from a 1991 episode of Wild Chicago.

Also includes:

Commercial: Imported Lancers White Wine - "When You Open Your Heart, Open the Lancers"

Commercial: Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner - with Directional Spout to Clean Under the Rim - "The Whole Bowl Cleaner"

Commercial: Empire Carpet - "No Need to Wait"

Commercial: New Lemon Glow Ajax All-Purpose Cleaner with Ammonia - "Let the Shine Shine Through"

Commercial: Ragu Pizza Quick Sauce - "Open Your Own Pizzeria"

Son of Svengoolie "Tombstone" bumper (voice over by Jim Barton and Rich Koz)

This aired on April 23, 1983.

WFLD Channel 32 - Son Of Svengoolie - "Attack Of The Mushroom People" - Mail Call With Bobby Skafish (Break #7, 1983)

A true fuzzy memory (since the reception was pretty bad) - here's Commercial Break #7 from the Son of Svengoolie presentation of "Attack of the Mushroom People" on WFLD Channel 32, which features guest Chicago Radio DJ Bobby Skafish during the Mail Call segment.

Bobby Skafish worked at:
WXRT 1976-1983
WLUP 1983-1993
WKQX 1993-1994
WXRT 1994-2006
WDRV 97.1 Chicago/WWDV 96.9 Zion June 2007-June 2015 (weekdays from 3 PM to 8 PM on 97.1 WDRV Chicago "The Drive" from August 2007 to June 2015).

Trivia Note: Bobby Skafish is the cousin of local punk rock pioneer Jim Skafish, seen here in this clip from a 1991 episode of Wild Chicago.

Also includes:

Commercial: Imported Lancers White Wine - "When You Open Your Heart, Open the Lancers"

Commercial: Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner - with Directional Spout to Clean Under the Rim - "The Whole Bowl Cleaner"

Commercial: Empire Carpet - "No Need to Wait"

Commercial: New Lemon Glow Ajax All-Purpose Cleaner with Ammonia - "Let the Shine Shine Through"

Commercial: Ragu Pizza Quick Sauce - "Open Your Own Pizzeria"

Son of Svengoolie "Tombstone" bumper (voiceover by Jim Barton and Rich Koz)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, April 23rd 1983.

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Viewer Comments

Is that Will Clinger from Wild Chicago in the Empire commerical?
Comment posted by Szake on Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 7:12pm.

Holy cow - I believe that is Will Clinger.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, May 21st 2011 at 8:53pm.

I was thinking that was him too. I used to have a massive crush on him (I think nerds are hot).
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Sunday, May 22nd 2011 at 7:42pm.

Alex Hagar mentioned here died last winter of heart complications.
Comment posted by TeleFrank on Monday, May 23rd 2011 at 7:42pm.

@TeleFrank - Yes, I remember. It's a shame. If I had the resources and time to devote to it I would be getting some equipment and interviewing all of the old WFLD (and other stations') crews for posterity. Alas, I can only do what I can, while (barely) holding down my day job. They have a lot of great stories and interesting background information that will likely be lost if not preserved. I wish the MBC could do this - certainly just as important as preserving interviews with any of the old news anchors. The people behind the scenes sometimes have *better* stories and info.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Monday, May 23rd 2011 at 9:09pm.

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