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Two New Diginets Coming To Chicago TV In August
Jul 30 2014 13:10

A pair of brand new digital networks will be launching nationwide in under two weeks. Both of these networks, which are related, will be seen over the airwaves on Chicago [ ... ]

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News & Notes: WLS-FM; WLIT/WKSC; Robin Robinson; Geoffrey Baer; Univision Chicago; WGN Ame...
Jul 29 2014 17:00

Today's News & Notes features numerous stories from the local media beat, including: WLS-FM shines like a Diamond this week; WLS-FM insiders question the latest programmi [ ... ]

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WXRT's Tom Marker To Celebrate 30 Years As 'Blues Breakers' Host With Benefit Party
Jul 28 2014 21:40

In 1984, Tom Marker took over as host of WXRT-FM's weekly Blues program, "Blues Breakers." He's been hosting the program ever since and has been the one of the city's big [ ... ]

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Chicago Translator Sold To Elroy Smith For $4.6 Million
Jul 28 2014 11:30

For the second time in under a week, a Christian radio group has sold one of its low-powered Chicago translators on the Willis Tower for a huge sum of money. Calvary Radi [ ... ]

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WSCR-AM Hosting 2nd Annual All-Star Softball Charity Game
Jul 28 2014 09:35

For the second summer in a row, WSCR-AM/670 The Score, along with CBS Radio Chicago, will be hosting a sports celebrity softball game in September, featuring former Chica [ ... ]

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News & Notes: US99.5; Jimmy Novak; WBEZ; Colin Cowherd; Ty Bentli; Svengoolie; Sondra Sola...
Jul 25 2014 17:00

This weekend's News & Notes features 15 news items from the local media beat, including: US99.5 gets nine more Garth Brooks concerts to promote; Allstate set up a tempora [ ... ]

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John St. Augustine & Dr. Kelly Johnson Returning With New Radio Show
Jul 24 2014 19:40

A pair of well-respected Chicago radio names are teaming up for a new radio show, which will be airing this weekend. Former WGN-AM top fill-in host John St. Augustine and [ ... ]

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WGN-TV To Broadcast Baseball H.O.F. Special 'Chicago's Call to the Hall'
Jul 24 2014 11:10

WGN-TV will be broadcasting a live special from Cooperstown, NY this weekend. This is being done to coincide with the induction ceremony and festivities taking place at t [ ... ]

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WSCR-AM To Broadcast Live From Cooperstown For Baseball H.O.F. Weekend
Jul 24 2014 11:00

WSCR-AM/670 The Score will be the only local radio station broadcasting live shows from Cooperstown, NY this weekend. This is being done to coincide with the festivities  [ ... ]

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WLS-AM Holding Contest For 2014 "Talk Star"
Jul 23 2014 15:15

For the third summer in a row, WLS-AM/89 WLS is holding a contest entitled "The Next 89 WLS Talk Star." The winner of the contest will gain their very own live two-hour t [ ... ]

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Permit For Chicago Radio Translator Sold For $1 Million
Jul 23 2014 13:45

CSN International has sold the rights to a construction permit for low-powered translator W280EM to a new group, Windy City Broadcasting, LLC. The sale price for this con [ ... ]

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Chicago Bears 2014 Training Camp Radio Broadcasts
Jul 23 2014 10:30

The Chicago Bears are making their annual trek southward to their summer Training Camp this week and the three Chicago sports radio stations will be right there with them [ ... ]

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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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