WFLD Channel 32 - Promotional Sales Film (Part 1, 1970)

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Here's a terrific piece of local history and the next best thing to a guided tour of WFLD's facilities circa 1970 for you broadcast equipment junkies out there (W.B. I'm looking in your direction...) ;-)

This is Part 1 of a WFLD promotional film for (I assume) the sales department, meant to be shown to prospective advertisers on why WFLD was such a kick-arse station to buy time on. And they do take their time - in the first part showing the aforementioned equipment spread, as well as going over what shows they air.

They mention the Galloping Gourmet, The Addams Family, The Munsters, Of Lands And Seas, The Honeymooners, Big Valley, Truth or Consequences, Playboy after Dark, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Rat Patrol, Man in a Suitcase, The Champion, Speed Racer, The Little Rascals, Sampson, Wonderama, Sherlock Holmes, Candid Camera, The Avengers, Felony Squad, The Flying Nun, Get Smart, Marguerite "Maggie" Daly's Talk Show, Cartoon Town, Newstalk, Chicago White Sox baseball with Jack Drees and Billy Pierce, and movies: "The Pride and the Passion", "Run Silent, Run Deep", "Johnny Concho", "Man From Del Rio", "Sweet Smell of Success", "The Detective", "Marty", "Sahara", and "Not as a Stranger".

Can any schedule sleuths out there help narrow down the timeframe of when this film was produced based on the TV shows and movies they mention as currently airing?

A sketch from The Koz Zone features scenes from this very film. (starting at the 2 minute 44 second mark) I always wondered where that footage came from!

If anyone can ID any other people, places or things in this - please, chime in.

Update: Ron Kordick, former WFLD engineer, wrote in to ID some of the people in this video. He writes, "At :14 in, that's Bob Pairs an operating engineer, like me, who left sometime in the early 70s for parts unknown. 2:27 is Dave Dillman, who was the director of Bill Jackson's Cartoon Town and the girl in the background is Cheryl Stutzke, who started at "32" as a phone receptionist and eventually became an Assistant Director and then later on went to WBBM Ch2 as a director. Dillman left around '72 and I believe went to WTTW. At the time this presentation was made, Dave was probably considered our #1 director, except for sports, which was done by Jim Holmes, who I believe at one time worked for ABC.

Voiceover by ??

"Young-thinking, forward-thinking station in Chicago...a station with special appeal for the young adult. The kind of station that reaches out and grabs them where they live..."

Obviously this never aired, and was just shown privately, but it is definitely from circa 1970.





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Can any schedule sleuths out there help narrow down the timeframe of when this film was produced based on the TV shows and movies they mention as currently airing?

A sketch from The Koz Zone features scenes from this very film. (starting at the 2 minute 44 second mark) I always wondered where that footage came from!

If anyone can ID any other people, places or things in this - please, chime in.

Update: Ron Kordick, former WFLD engineer, wrote in to ID some of the people in this video. He writes, "At :14 in, that's Bob Pairs an operating engineer, like me, who left sometime in the early 70s for parts unknown. 2:27 is Dave Dillman, who was the director of Bill Jackson's Cartoon Town and the girl in the background is Cheryl Stutzke, who started at "32" as a phone receptionist and eventually became an Assistant Director and then later on went to WBBM Ch2 as a director. Dillman left around '72 and I believe went to WTTW. At the time this presentation was made, Dave was probably considered our #1 director, except for sports, which was done by Jim Holmes, who I believe at one time worked for ABC.

Voiceover by ??

"Young-thinking, forward-thinking station in Chicago...a station with special appeal for the young adult. The kind of station that reaches out and grabs them where they live..."

Obviously this never aired, and was just shown privately, but it is definitely from circa 1970." /> Share

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