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WGN-TV To Broadcast Live Coverage Of Hawthorne Race Course's 2014 Illinois Derby
Apr 18 2014 17:35

The 57th running of the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course will be this Saturday, April 19th. Beginning at 5:00pm, WGN-TV will have live coverage of the event for th [ ... ]

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News & Notes: Trish Biondo; La Ley; WXRT; Steve Cochran; WFMT; Mike Kellogg; Herb Kent; Ka...
Apr 18 2014 16:06

This weekend's News & Notes features 18 news items from the local media beat, including: Trish Biondo may be back soon; La Ley releases some of its DJs; WXRT-FM re-releas [ ... ]

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'Let's Get Working' 3-Day Festival Celebrates Studs Terkel
Apr 17 2014 14:52

A new three-day festival being held next month named "Let's Get Working" will honor the life and work of Chicago media legend Studs Terkel. A full schedule of events taki [ ... ]

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Chicago Bulls 1st Round 2014 NBA Playoffs Series Broadcast Schedule
Apr 16 2014 23:02

For the sixth year in a row, the Chicago Bulls are heading to the playoffs, this year taking on the Washington Wizards in the first round. The first game of the Bulls pos [ ... ]

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Ben Hollis Starting New 'Wild' Chicago TV Show
Apr 16 2014 16:00

Ben Hollis, the original host, as well as co-creator/co-producer of WTTW-TV's near-legendary around-town program "Wild Chicago," will soon be back on local television scr [ ... ]

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Is WGN-TV Close To Losing The IL Lottery Drawings?
Apr 16 2014 10:02

The Illinois Lottery has a contract that runs through June which pays WGN-TV to air its lottery drawings. According to the Chicago Tribune, whose parent company also owns [ ... ]

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News & Notes: Jerry Schnacke; Al B. Sylk; Jason Goff; WGRB-AM; Steve Harvey; Tribune Publi...
Apr 15 2014 15:45

Today's News & Notes features ten local media news items, including: Jerry Schnacke exits; Al B. Sylk exits; Jason Goff exits; Inspiration 1390 does a live celebration; S [ ... ]

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WGN Radio's Dave Plier Purchases Larry Lujack's Famed Typewriter
Apr 14 2014 21:26

Earlier this month, it was first revealed here that the famous typewriter used for decades for all written communication by former WLS-AM/WCFL-AM radio great Larry Lujack [ ... ]

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Chicago Blackhawks 1st Round 2014 NHL Playoffs Series Broadcast Schedule
Apr 14 2014 20:00

The Chicago Blackhawks are back in the playoffs for the sixth season in a row, this time taking on their division rival, the St. Louis Blues. The first game of the Blackh [ ... ]

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3rd Annual 'High School Radio Day' Taking Place Next Week
Apr 14 2014 11:00

The third annual High School Radio Day celebration is taking place next week on Wednesday, April 23rd. The special day, observed by numerous terrestrial and Internet radi [ ... ]

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The Hayloft Gang & 'National Barn Dance' Come To DVD
Apr 12 2014 10:00

A documentary on the classic WLS-AM/WGN-AM radio show "The National Barn Dance" has finally been released on DVD -- on the 90th anniversary of the debut of the famous pro [ ... ]

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News & Notes: WILV-HD2; 101WKQX; The Game 87.7; Andrea Darlas; Rhymefest; Drew Walker; Joh...
Apr 11 2014 17:15

This weekend's News & Notes features 10 news items (plus a blast from the past), including: The Voice of Russia returns to WILV-HD2; WKQX-FM salutes Frankie Knuckles; WGW [ ... ]

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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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