Field Communications - Internal Sales Tape (Part 2, 1980)

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Here is Part 2, the final part, of an excellent time capsule of the five Field Communications family of independent television stations. Field Communications was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Field Enterprises - which at one time owned the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper. Chock full of vintage station id's, bumpers, slides, logos, jingles, promos, you name it!

This presentation includes: ratings and audience share summaries, mention of Field Spot Sales joining forces with The Katz Agency to form ITVS (Independent TV Sales), a shot of Marina City, mention of a partnership with Kaiser Broadcasting Company, mention of the various programs carried on the stations including M*A*S*H, Happy Days Again, Sanford and Son, All in the Family, and PM Magazine, mention of the Eight O'Clock Movie, Sunday Big Movie, INN - Independent Network News, the Sports Schedule, the various independently produced Field Kids programs and segments such as Snipets, Way to Go, Hooray for Reading, Loeki De Leeuw (Loeki the Lion) bumper segments, and Doctor Snuggles - spearheaded by the PDG - Program Development Group.

Part 2 mentions Battlestar Galactica movies, as well as the program schedules for the upcoming 1980-1981 season. The comedy-variety show Don Lane is mentioned, Best of Groucho, Wonder Woman, Good Times, Love American Style, Wayne & Schuster, Jacques Cousteau, David Wolper Presents, Night Gallery, The Odd Couple, Solid Gold, Hollywood Squares, Prisoner: Cell Block H, as well as Newscene with Kathy McFarland A TK-760 camera makes an appearance too. It also introduces the sales staff at the stations -

WFLD-TV:
Derk Zimmerman - Vice President & General Manager
Vince Barresi - General Sales Manager
Mike Dunlop - Sales Manager
Sally Pilcher - Traffic Manager
Dave Chester - National Traffic Sales Coordinator
Melanie Gerig - Barresi Secretary and Sales Coordinator
Sandi Silla - Promotion Manager
Doug Knight - Program Manager

(During the PM Magazine segment, WFLD Director Don Shannon (with the mustache) can also been seen along with John Bidstrup shouldering the camera and Eldon Mayo farthest upstage carrying the video recorder)

KBHK-TV:
Bill White - Vice President and General Manager
Marty Edelman - General Sales Manager
June Dung - National Sales Coordinator
Kerry Andrews - Local Sales Manager
Suzanne Toner - Promotion Manager
Tianna Morley - General Sales Manager's Secretary
Diana Minnick-Poree - Traffic Manager
Tom Spitz - Program Manager

WLVI-TV:
Steven A. Bell - Vice President and General Manager
Jerry Walsh - General Sales Manager
Bob Kraus - Sales Manager
Jill Streck - Traffic Manager
Susan Perdigao - National Continuity Coordinator
Anita Burns - Sales Coordinator
Ilene Schweitzer - National Sales Coordinator
Howard Stevens - Program Manager

WKBS-TV:
Ken MacDonald - Vice President & General Manager
John Fignar - General Sales Manager
Don Heller - Local Sales Manager
Trudi Williams - Sales Coordinator
Barbara Blake - Sales Assistant
Patrick Pierantozzi - Traffic Manager
Joe Weber - Program Manager

WKBD-TV:
George Williams - Vice President & General Manager
George Kapel - General Sales Manager
Jock Fritz - Local Sales Manager
Dianne Desch - Promotion Manager
Maureen Paschke - Traffic Manager
Kathy Rawlings - National Sales Coordinator
Bill Castleman - Program Manager

The Field Stations were: WKBD-TV Channel 50 in Detroit, KBHK-TV Channel 44 in San Francisco, WLVI-TV Channel 56 in Boston, WKBS-TV Channel 48 in Philadelphia, and of course, WFLD-TV Channel 32 in Chicago.

Tape is dated 10/30/80 - ITVS Presentation. The music during the first part of Part 1 ("The Hustle" clone) is called "Do It" by Walter Murphy. (An unreleased track from the Thomas J. Valentino - Major Records Music Library). Haven't ID'ed any of the other music tracks yet.

Voiceover for the sales presentation is by Darwin Gillette. (Also the voice of the "This is Field Communications in Chicago..." IDs)

This presentation was produced by Alan Babbitt - special thanks to him for allowing me to preserve this old forgotten tape to DVD! :-)

If you were part of this tape or these stations back then, please drop me a line! I'd love to hear from you!





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Voiceover for the sales presentation is by Darwin Gillette. (Also the voice of the "This is Field Communications in Chicago..." IDs)

This presentation was produced by Alan Babbitt - special thanks to him for allowing me to preserve this old forgotten tape to DVD! :-)

If you were part of this tape or these stations back then, please drop me a line! I'd love to hear from you!" /> Share

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