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WLS Channel 7 - Eyewitness News at 10pm - "Weigel's Wieners" & Ending (1987)

Views: 3671

Here's the final part of the 10pm edition of Eyewitness News, with anchors John Drury and Mary Ann Childers, and sportscaster Tim Weigel with another edition of his "Weigel Wiener" segment ("the widely figured, largely feared frankfurters of the sports world"). Includes:

John introducing Tim by referring to the sharp tongue of Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, who fined QB Jim McMahon for missing practice at their Platteville, WI training camp, and hinted to team presiden...

WMAQ Channel 5 - Kidding Around - "Kid Contortionist-Acrobat" (1979)

Views: 1096

Here's an installment from Kidding Around, a Saturday kids' show that ran from 1978 to 1985 on WMAQ Channel 5.

The main host was Steve Smith (not to be confused with the Canadian comedian of the same name who is best known as outdoorsman Red Green on a long-running TV series, The Red Green Show), and his co-hostess here is Shawn Gourdie (who, at the time, was 13 years old and a seventh-grader at Sudling Junior High in Palatine; a Chicago Tribune piece on the prog...

WCIU Channel 26 - The Ginny Tiu Show (Part 2, 1969)

Views: 1046

Here's Part 2 of The Ginny Tiu Show which aired on WCIU Channel 26. Ms. Tiu was a child prodigy pianist whose chief claim to fame was playing by ear and not being able to read a note, and who was a familiar presence on such 1960's TV series as The Ed Sullivan Show, Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall, and a 1966 episode of I've Got a Secret (from Steve Allen's run as host), as well as appearing in the 1962 Elvis Presley film Girls! Girls! Girls! In later years, ...

WGN Channel 9 - 10th Inning with Jack Brickhouse - "Interview with Bob Lurie" (1976)

Views: 1773

Here's an edition of the post-game 10th Inning show on WGN Channel 9, hosted by Jack Brickhouse, with guest Bob Lurie who had just assumed majority ownership of the San Francisco Giants. This was after a grueling 14-inning session which saw the Cubs beat the Giants at Candlestick Park, 6-5, in the first game of a doubleheader. This was also from the days when remote broadcasts such as the Cubs / Giants match carried this day by WGN went through separate transmissions (one for the vid...

WLS Channel 7 - 30th Anniversary Special (Part 2, 1978)

Views: 1995

Here's Part 2 of WLS Channel 7's 30th Anniversary Special, broadcast from Chicago's Park West and hosted by Eyewitness News anchors Fahey Flynn and Joel Daly.

This part includes:

Fahey and Joel walking on the stage to the podium (with the iconic "Circle 7" logo up front), introduced (off-camera) by Gary Gears

Fahey opens with his famed "How do you do, ladies and gentlemen" intro, to hearty applause, while he and Joel trade barbs about...

WGN Channel 9 - Len Johnson and the News (Part 1, 1965)

Views: 6616

Here's Part 1 of an incredibly rare find - an edition of Len Johnson and the News on WGN Channel 9 from 1965! This was a forerunner to their overnight Night Beat newscast that ran from the late-sixties well into the 1980s.

You'll notice that this was during that awkward transition phase from black-and-white to color with most of the broadcast appearing in black-and-white, but then interspersed by random color commercials and a few color slides.

Thi...

WGN Channel 9 - Len Johnson and the News (Part 2, 1965)

Views: 5630

Here's Part 2 (the final part) of an incredibly rare find - an edition of Len Johnson and the News on WGN Channel 9 from 1965! This was a forerunner to their overnight Night Beat newscast that ran from the late-sixties well into the 1980s.

You'll notice that this was during that awkward transition phase from black-and-white to color with most of the broadcast appearing in black-and-white, but then interspersed by random color commercials and a few color slides.

Dolphin Productions - "Demo Reel" (1978)

Views: 5534

Here's a neat demo reel with a lot of vintage clips from Dolphin Productions, a legendary New York-based production company of the 1970's and early '80's that was one of three such firms in the country to use an early, analogue-based video animation system called "Scanimate." (The others were Image West Ltd. of Hollywood, CA and the company that first invented this process, Computer Image Corp. of Denver, CO; a history of the technology can be seen on

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