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April 17th, 2008

Attention Chicago TV fans @ 05:15 pm

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friendsafire was having a conversation with another of her friends about, of all things, Chicago TV, specifically about Svengoolie (Jerry G. Bishop, an old Chicago DJ on WCFL) and Son of Svengoolie (Rich Koz, now known as just Svengoolie). That, of course, reminded me of FuzzyMemories.tv, dedicated to old Chicago television. To most of you, it won't make a whole lot of sense, but if you grew up in Chicago, or just spent a lot of time watching Chicago TV, you'll really appreciate it. Come to think of it, even if you didn't grow up in Chicago some of the stuff out there will amuse and entertain you.

I bet this makes absolutely no sense...it's been a very long day, although not anywhere near as bad as yesterday.
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Date:April 18th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Aw, man - why did I have to read your post at 10:00 at night (9:00 Central)? Now I have to choose between much-needed sleep and sweet Memory Lane in the springtime.

I did grow up in Chicago (well, the far northwestern suburbs). I discovered Top 40 music by listening to WCFL on an old Ross transistor radio. Larry Lujack, Larry O'Brien, Big Ron O'Brien...groovy! Long after the family moved to the DC area, I'd sit up in my room after sunset and tune in 1000 AM. Until they went all Muzak on me, and constant claptrap after that. Sigh.

Don't get me started on vintage Chicago TV. Fahey Flynn, Joel Daly, JOHN COLEMAN!!, Bozo, BJ and Dirty Dragon, Garfield Goose, Ray Rayner, Diver Dan, Clutch Cargo... Every time I see a woman with bright red/orange lips, I can't help but think "hey, she has Clutch Cargo lips!".

I'll never forget the night John Coleman had lost a bet, and did the entire weather forecast while standing on his head. I could go on and on, but I'd better not.
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Date:April 22nd, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
I mostly listened to WLS, myself, although the son of the guy who was station manager at WCFL was a classmate of mine in high school and my mom used to date the receptionist's son, so I switched back and forth. In the early '70's, when I was in high school, you needed to have two stations, because one or the other was invariably playing a crappy song. (Remember those days, when WLS would run an EBS test and WCFL was playing "Seasons in the Sun", and you'd actually put the test back on?) It did absolutely no good on Sunday night/Monday morning, when WCFL was off the air and WLS was satisfying its FCC requirement for community programming. That was when I'd listen to one of the three stations that shared the frequency around the Conelrad mark at 1240...

My brothers and I were latchkey kids (Dad was dead and Mom was going to school after spending the day teaching), so we watched a ton of afternoon TV. (By "a ton", I mean two or three times the amount generally deemed to be too much by the goodie-goodies that spent their time wringing their hands over how much TV kids watch.) Oddly enough, we were all good in school and scored pretty high on our SATs and ACTs. Experts. What do they know?

There is a fantastic book called Hi There, Boys and Girls: America's Local Children's TV Programs, that you'd really like. It discusses, state by state and market by market, every (as much as possible) kids' TV show from the beginnings of TV to today. There's also The Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television that just covers Chicago. That's a really good one. Worth the bucks to see them. I have an uncle that works at WLS TV who snuck me onto the set of Gigglesnort Hotel when I was in college. Great stuff...

Chief Jack's Galley

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