Channel 5 News Scrapbook
The First Installment

Alas, only a contact sheet survives of the photos below, shot by the curator in the old 19th floor newsroom---then under the tutelage of news director Ed Planer---during the early months of 1976.

This was a year of transition at Channel 5. Principal news anchor Floyd Kalber ended his 16 year tenure in the spring to become the news reader for the Today Show (his replacement was Ron Hunter). Anchor Jane Pauley joined the Today staff in the fall as the replacement for Barbara Walters.

Too bad the curator's camera failed to capture Ira Sutow and his polyester leisure suit. Though these photos are black and white, the able desk man's garment would have shown up in fully saturated blue.

Hohfelder, Howard, Press
Above: Writer-producer Barry Hohfelder; Producer Joe Howard; Assignment Editor Val Press

McHugh, O'Brien
Above: Futures Editor John McHugh; Reporter Pat O'Brien (in his pre-rehab days)

Neff, O'Brien, Prince
Above: Reporter Chuck Neff (and a small portion of Pat O'Brien); Producer Rod Prince; Executive Producer Dick Goldberg (who passed away 2/26/2001)

Fox, Ewing
Above: Producer Marge Fox; Reporter Russ Ewing

Jane Pauley
Above: Anchor-Reporter Jane Pauley (who, in those days, showed no signs of her recently revealed bi-polar disorder.

McBride, McGrath, Ryan
Above: Film-tape Courrier Howie McBride; Writer Ned McGrath and Producer Marty Ryan

McGrath, Clontz, Ryan
Above: Ned McGrath, Writer Glenn Clontz, Marty Ryan; Ned McGrath and Marty Ryan

Clontz, Pauley
Above: Glen Clontz; Jane Pauley

Kay, Ryan
Above: Political Editor Dick Kay and Marty Ryan; Marty Ryan

Charley Ryan, Larry Kukla, Jane Pauley
Above: Network Assignment Editor Charlie Ryan; Film-Tape Traffic Coordinator Larry Kukla; Jane Pauley

Bob DeServi, Chuck Neff, Jane Pauley, Barry Hohfelder
Above: Assistant Film Editor (later field cameraman and now the White House's Associate Director of Communications for Production) Bob DeServi and Chuck Neff; Jane Pauley and Barry Hohfelder

Introduction and main index to this site
WMAQ radio history | "Amos 'n' Andy" | "Fibber McGee and Mollie" | "The Breakfast Club"
Dick Kay | Television at the Merchandise Mart | 1970 television facilities tour | Channel 5 turns 20
The "Chicago School" of television | "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" | Dave Garroway | Mary Hartline
"Lights Out" | Sound effects | 1930 studio tour | WLS | "Empire Builders" | Barry Bernson
Floyd Kalber | The Queen of Love and Beauty | "Today's Children" | Staff announcers | Carol Marin
Ron Magers | Studs Terkel l "Chicago Tonight" | Channel 5 News scrapbooks |Roger Miller recalls
Zoo Parade | Clifton and Frayne Utley | Val Press | Len O'Connor | Johnny Erp | Bill Ray | Daddy-O
Experimental Television: 1930-1933 | Bob Deservi | Kermit Slobb | Ding Dong School | Quiz Kids
Bob Lemon | The Korshak Chronicles | KYW: The Chicago Years | WENR | O.B. Hanson | Renzo
Jack Eigen | Ed Grennan | The World's Best Cup of Coffee | Glenn Webster | Mr. Piano | Hawkins Falls
Chicago Television for Kids |
Radio Hall of Fame |The NBC News Night Report: 23 February, 1967
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