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News & Notes: Felicia Middlebrooks; WOJO; WVIX/WVIV; WMVP/WSCR; James VanOsdol; Weigel Bro...
Sep 30 2014 18:45

Today's News & Notes features 16 local media news items, including: Felicia Middlebrooks celebrates a milestone; WOJO-FM celebrates a return to high ratings; WVIX-FM/WVIV [ ... ]

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iHeartMedia Promotes Earl Jones To SVP/Urban Operations, Names Matt Scarano As New Chicago...
Sep 29 2014 17:30

iHeartMedia made a pair of executive announcements today that have an impact on the Chicago radio market. Effective immediately, Earl Jones becomes the Senior Vice Presid [ ... ]

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WERV-FM & WRXQ-FM Promote Interim PDs To Full-Time Program Directors
Sep 29 2014 16:16

Digity owned and operated suburban radio stations WERV-FM/95.9 The River and WRXQ-FM/100.7 QRock announced the promotion of both stations' former Assistant Program Direct [ ... ]

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CSN Chicago To Broadcast Original, Inspirational Documentary 'Guts: The Jeff Hobbs Story'
Sep 29 2014 12:05

Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the local all-sports station, will have something rather unique to broadcast Tuesday night. It will be a brand new, exclusive documentary which [ ... ]

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B96 Announces Jingle Bash 2014 Lineup
Sep 26 2014 23:00

Each December, WBBM-FM/B96 holds its annual multi-artist holiday concert, Jingle Bash. Late Friday, the station announced its exciting lineup for Jingle Bash 2014.

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WBBM-FM Releases Morning Show Producer Mary Sandberg
Sep 26 2014 18:30

For the past two years, Mary Sandberg was the Executive Producer of the WBBM-FM/B96 morning show and frequent on-air contributor. She is also well-known for her nine year [ ... ]

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News & Notes: Bears; CSN Chicago; Brandon Marshall; Mayhem; Radio Disney; Dan Proft; B96; ...
Sep 26 2014 13:50

This weekend's News & Notes has yet another ten news items from the Chicagoland media beat, including: Chicago Bears continue to win in the TV ratings; Comcast SportsNet  [ ... ]

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ABC 7 To Broadcast Four Political Candidate Debates In October
Sep 26 2014 08:45

As it gets closer to the November elections, WLS-TV/ABC 7 will take part in and broadcast four political candidate debates in October. Two of the debates will be done in  [ ... ]

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WTTW-TV To Broadcast 7-Hour 'American Graduate Day' Event
Sep 25 2014 17:00

This Saturday, WTTW-TV will take part in a seven-hour broadcast event, aimed to stress the importance of staying in school and high school graduation. The third annual "A [ ... ]

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WGCI-FM Unveils New Logo And 2014 Big Jam Concert Lineup
Sep 25 2014 13:30

WGCI-FM/107.5WGCI has a pair of exciting developments this month. The first is the unveiling of a dramatic new logo. The second is the announcement of the lineup and tick [ ... ]

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Chicago Tribune Losing Reporters, Staffers
Sep 25 2014 12:30

Newspapers lose reporters, editors, and staffers all the time, especially in recent years, as the print media has fallen on hard times. For various reasons, the Chicago T [ ... ]

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WGN-AM Adding Anna Davlantes, More News
Sep 24 2014 22:30

As WBBM-AM/Newsradio 780 & 105.9 continue to do incredibly well in the ratings, while talk station WGN-AM continues to be well below in the ratings and trending downward, [ ... ]

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Museum Of Broadcast Communications Website Debuts New TV Commercials Exhibit

The website for the Museum of Broadcast Communications has started a new online exhibit called "We'll Be Right Back: 60 Years Of Television Commercials." The new exhibit, which made its debut earlier today, currently has 145 commercials posted, hand-picked from the Museum's vast archive of over 10,000 commercials.

The selection of commercials currently shown within the "We'll Be Right Back: 60 Years Of Television Commercials" exhibit spans over seventy years, with commercials from the 1940's up until more recent ones. The best of the best are featured here, with the mighty amount of classic commercials broken down into easy categories for fans to peruse through. The categories containing the videos are:
- The Swingin' 1940's/The Cool 1950's
- The Groovy 1960's
- The Far Out 1970's
- Totally The 1980's
- The Rad 1990's
- The 2K's
- Super Bowl
- Chicago Classics
- Public Service Announcements: PSA's
- Product Placement

One of the sections focuses just on famous commercials from local Chicago television. It contains one of the Eagle Insurance commercials starring Mancow, an Empire Carpet commercial, Schmerler Ford, Marshall Brodien's TV Magic Cards and many more. There are also sections on Political Advertising and Infomercials, although neither section has any video clips within.

The exhibit showcases the development and advances of TV advertising, from incredibly basic black & white ads to incredible works of modern art. More than anything else, it jogs happy memories of days gone by and takes visitors on a trip through time.

David Plier, in addition to being the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the MBC and CEO of the Rolling Meadows-based advertising agency Retail First Corporation, is the Curator of this new online video exhibit. Plier tells CRM that had been given to opportunity to lecture about television advertising each Spring over the last few years to classes for Marquette University's Broadcast and Electronic Communication Dept. Much of the written content for "We'll Be Right Back: 60 Years Of Television Commercials" was culled from from that curriculum he delivered.

In the statement issued by the MBC today, Plier said "From the beginning, brand sponsorship of television programs was the foundation by which content was produced... providing a decade by decade narrative clearly demonstrates the role advertisers played in the growth of the media."

Bruce DuMont, President and Founder of the Museum of Broadcast Communications says of the new exhibit: "We're very excited about the debut of this online exhibit that both celebrates and preserves our rich television heritage and supports the Museum's educational mission. Television programming and advertising are mirrors that reflect popular culture. Preserving our television heritage is a way of preserving our past, and offers future generations the chance to experience that culture in a very real way."

DuMont is also hopeful that construction on the brand new Museum of Broadcast Communications will continue on its current pace, allowing the state-of-the-art facility to finally open up toward the end this year at its new location at State and Kinzie Streets in downtown Chicago.

"We'll Be Right Back: 60 Years Of Television Commercials" is available for all to see now at this link HERE.


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