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WLS Channel 7 - News Bulletin - "The Crash of Flight 191" (Part 1, 1979)
Here's Part 1 of WLS Channel 7's news coverage of the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 (a DC-10 manufactured by McDonnell-Douglas; scheduled to travel from Chicago to Los Angeles), 1/2 mile northwest of O'Hare Airport. Featuring Diane Allen, Peter Karl and Eastern Airlines pilot Ed Marino. Includes:
Continuing live shots of the smoldering fire that consumed the plane (from Higgins & Elmhurst in Elk Grove Village), with ongoing commentary by Diane Allen; we see the live r...
WCIU Channel 26 - The Ginny Tiu Show (Part 1, 1969)
Here's Part 1 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, ...
Harris Bank - Internal Promotional Film (Workprint) (Part 3, 1982)
Here's the third and final part of something pretty neat and rare - a workprint of an internal promotional film from Harris Bank of Chicago, titled Honesty and Fair Dealing: An Introduction to the Harris Bank and the People Who Make It Work, produced for the company's 100th anniversary in 1982. (although maybe it's just the slightly washed-out and dirty work print, this almost seems like it could be from about 1977 - right down to the funky music. I do know that bank culture always se...
WGN Channel 9 - Garfield Goose And Friends (Break & Ending, 1975)
Here's a first - the first off-air recording of Garfield Goose and Friends that has ever been found (to my knowledge). Considering the program went off the air in 1976, this is not entirely surprising. (Some apparently erroneous TV listings had it showing again for short periods around 1982, but those have never been shown to be accurate)
This recording was ostensibly made for The Morning Movie presentation of "Sorry, Wrong Number" but luckily for us they started tapin...
WLS Channel 7 - Eyewitness News At 5pm (Part 1, 1978)
Here's Part 1 of a complete edition of the Eyewitness News at 5pm on WLS Channel 7. This is from a recording of the studio feed, so there are no commercials - instead we get to see some off-the-cuff moments where the anchors are waiting to go back on the air. Features John Drury, Terry Murphy, Bill Frink, Johnny Mountain, Bob Petty, Hugh Hill, and others. This part includes the following stories:
(opening cut slightly - recording starts late) (opening voiceover by ??)
WFMT 98.7 FM - "The Big Snow" (Excerpts, 1967)
50 Years Ago Today!!!
Here's a rare radio aircheck from "Chicago's Fine Arts Station," WFMT 98.7 FM, on the morning of the infamous Blizzard of '67. This features Jim Unrath, Marty Robinson (one of the main off-camera announcers, and on-air personalities during pledge drives, for WTTW Channel 11 for many years), and Norm Pellegrini. Includes:
Jim Unrath starting off this clip by signing on the station - and mentioning this was to have been the 211th anni...
Greatest Fights of the Century - "Louis vs. Marciano, October 1951" (1953)
Here's a vintage episode of a 15-minute series, Greatest Fights of the Century, hosted by Jim Stevenson, which ran on the NBC Network from 1948 to 1954 (after Gillette Cavalcade of Sports) and, in Chicago, aired Friday nights on WNBQ Channel 5 at 9:45pm. This was from an original 16mm print, with the Academy leader leading it off. Includes:
Opening, with sponsor billboard for Vaseline Hair Tonic and Vaseline Cream Hair Tonic (voiceover by Phil Tonken, one of the...
WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsCenter5 - "The Crash of Flight 191 - The Day After" (Part 2, 1979)
Here's more coverage of the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 at O'Hare Field, the worst air disaster in U.S. history; this is Part 2 (the last part) of a special edition of NewsCenter5 with Mike Jackson and Carol Marin from the day after the crash. Featuring Lynne Scott, Barry Kaufman, Stephen Ray, Jim Tilmon and Bonnie DeVries. Includes:
Mike Jackson describes the grim task county medical examiners have in identifying the bodies pulled from the wreckage of Flight...
WSNS Channel 44 - Al Lerner Sports - "So Long..." (Part 3, 1971)
Here's Part 3 of the final episode of Al Lerner Sports on WSNS Channel 44. Lerner was the station's first sportscaster, and would go on to a long career with such stations as WLS Channel 7, WMAQ Channel 5, WGN Radio 720 and WSCR-AM, as well as being a wrestling announcer. Also featuring a young (and at this point, moustacheless) Tim Weigel, then a sportswriter for the now-defunct Chicago Daily News, who himself would become a familiar face on Chicago television, working for all three...