your way through "WMAQ-TV: 1948-1968"---an HTML version of the booklet
written by the late (and beloved) John Gibbs on the occasion of WMAQ-TV's twentieth
anniversary. (Too bad there wasn't a similar effort for Channel 5's fiftieth in
Download video of a complete
Channel 5 10 pm news broadcast from February 23rd, 1967. See Floyd
Kalber at his best.
video of the Channel 5 newsroom in 1963 when deskman Johnny Erp was at the
Meet legendary newswoman Val
Press---and learn why the Chicago Chapter of the Natational Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences chose to induct her into its Silver Circle in June, 2002.
Learn about W9XAP, WMAQ's
experimental television station of the early 1930's (and see video of what purports
to be a 1931 broadcast).
a guided tour
of the state-of-the-art WMAQ-TV facilities as they appeared in 1970.
Clifton Utley, Channel 5's first newscaster-commentator
(and download a fragment of one of his early broadcasts.
the WMAQ-TV newsroom on the evening of May 1st, 1997 and
witness the end of an era as news anchors Carol
Marin and Ron
Magers prepare for their last broadcast together.
about The Chicago School of Television. Here you can meet
some of the personalities---including Dave
Garroway and Burr
Tillstrom---made Chicago a vital center of network television
production in the medium's early days. And you can learn the
man who fostered their creativity---general manager Jules
Herbuveaux. (You can also download
video clips from the "Best of Garroway at Large"
through the channel 5 news scrapbooks and learn about
newsroom life between 1976 and 1990. (Inclding Pauley, Norville
and, of course, Jerry Ongaro).
about Floyd Kalber, the television news anchorman known
(with awe) as "The Tuna." And view
an entire newscast he solo anchored on February 23rd,
1967---when he had the highest ratings in Chicago of any
show, local or network.
streaming video of WMAQ-TV's last newscast from the Merchandise
Mart. It aired Saturday, September 30th, 1989. Art Norman
anchors. Weather by Jim Tilmon; sports by Tom Shaer. Marvel
at the evolution of local television news since the Kalber
broadcast cited above.
streaming video of WMAQ-TV's first broadcast from the NBC
Tower. Features Carol
Magers, John Coleman, Dick
Kay, Mark Giangreco and the Curator.
Kay (also known as "Doogie"), stepped down as
WMAQ-TV's political editor on June 1st, 2006.
Channel 5's Barry Bernson. He was Chicago's most talented
feature reporter (when he was among us).
Meet Channel 5 General
Manager Bob Lemon. Everybody who worked for him said he
was the greatest.
News Director Bill Ray. Bill was a hard, perhaps impossible
act to follow. (Bill fortunately had staffers like Clifton
Utley, John Chancellor, Hugh Downs and Len
O'Connor working for himr---all of whom you'll see in
days gone by at this link). Perhaps miraculously, Bill did
it all without consultants. If you work in a news room,
(and if you aspire to become a news manager) you'll want to
check this out.
your Channel 5 Christmas card from 1954.
DeServi, formerly an assistant film editor, now one of
the President's men.
if you care to, learn about what's
NEW at Channel 5.