WGN-TV Channel 9, Chicago IL
Sermonette, Sign-On and SSB
recorded Saturday, 24 April 1982

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A twelve-minute sample of Chicago's Channel 9 recorded around 5 AM local time one spring Saturday morning in 1982. Numerous WGN-TV program promos, commercials and PSA's are seen in this video. The highlights include:

WGN-TV's morning sermonette, Five Minutes To Live By, delivered by Father Ronald Turcich, Principal of St. Rita Elementary School in Chicago.

The WGN-TV sign-on (more of a "legalese"), which uses a 1960s-vintage station logo and image of the John Hancock Building. The brief announcement is rendered by the late Bob Bell, who was WGN-TV's original Bozo the Clown (1961-84).

The National Anthem, played by, presumably, the Chicago Police Band outside WGN's Continental Broadcast Center at 2501 West Bradley Place. In this film, the flag is being raised. See the 1978 WGN-TV sign-off (linked below) for the version of this used by Channel 9 at sign-off time.

The NAB Television Code Seal of Good Practice (1965 version) and copyright statement, also voiced over by Bob Bell.

A WGN-TV promo for a Chicago Cubs baseball telecast for later that day, in which the Cubbies do battle with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The first several minutes of The Westerners, a syndicated show consisting of several long-forgotten late-1950s and early-1960s Western series bundled into one. Keenan Wynn is host, and Hedy Lamarr is the featured star in this particular episode, entitled "Proud Woman".

WEBMASTER'S NOTE: This clip appears here courtesy of The Museum of Classic Chicago Television, a.k.a. FuzzyMemories.tv. FuzzyMemories is a site devoted to the study, acquisition, preservation, exhibition and nostalgic enjoyment of Chicagoland television.

Page updated Sunday, 30 October 2016

WGN-TV 9 Sign-off with SSB from 1978
WGN-TV 9 Sign-on from 1980 (SSB missing)
WGN-TV 9 Sign-on with SSB from 1988
WGN-TV 9 Sign-on and SSB from 1994

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