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Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
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Here's a short WLS Channel 7 Eyewitness News "Seven's On Your Side" jingle promo sung by Florence Warner and featuring Steve Deschler, Al Lerner, Fahey Flynn, Tim Weigel and Joel Daly.

Produced by Karen Yellen Dillon. (Karen says, "I was the on-air promotion manager at WLS at the time. This was how we promoted Channel 7 when we were 5th place in the ratings and really had nothing else to say. The music was written by a NY composer and the promo was shot in 16mm film by Robert Richter and Friends productions.")

This aired on August 31, 1981.

WLS Channel 7 - Eyewitness News - "Seven's On Your Side" (Short Promo, 1981)

Here's a short WLS Channel 7 Eyewitness News "Seven's On Your Side" jingle promo sung by Florence Warner and featuring Steve Deschler, Al Lerner, Fahey Flynn, Tim Weigel and Joel Daly.

Produced by Karen Yellen Dillon. (Karen says, "I was the on-air promotion manager at WLS at the time. This was how we promoted Channel 7 when we were 5th place in the ratings and really had nothing else to say. The music was written by a NY composer and the promo was shot in 16mm film by Robert Richter and Friends productions.")

This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, August 31st 1981 during the 8pm to 10pm timeframe.

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This features Florence Warner, best known for her work on the many variations of Frank Gari's "Hello News" package.
Comment posted by T.K. on Wednesday, June 30th 2010 at 5:40am.

Cool clip Fuzzy. Thanks for posting.
Comment posted by 1980sFan on Wednesday, June 30th 2010 at 7:13am.

7's on your side, please!
Comment posted by MikeProspect on Wednesday, June 30th 2010 at 7:37am.

Ah, back before Disney bought them and they turned into a heartless cold corporate shill.
Comment posted by TeleFrank on Friday, July 2nd 2010 at 8:16am.

I wonder if this was actually brand new in '81?

By that time, I think all of the sodium vapor lights were in. In that night time scene, there are the old mercury lights.

Comment posted by MikeProspect on Friday, July 2nd 2010 at 12:44pm.

Kids out and about without parents! 1981 is right on the edge of where that started to be looked askance at (mostly thanks to Adam Walsh, I think).
Comment posted by APM on Friday, July 2nd 2010 at 1:00pm.

The kids also are riding bicycles without helmets. That's against the law now in many states.
Comment posted by kba on Friday, July 2nd 2010 at 1:43pm.

And look, the groups of kids are unusually homogeneous....
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Friday, July 2nd 2010 at 3:09pm.

Quote: "The kids also are riding bicycles without helmets. That's against the law now in many states."

Heck, wearing a seatbelt didn't even become law in California until 1985, for Pete's sake.

Comment posted by Studio76Art on Friday, July 2nd 2010 at 3:19pm.

I never wore a bicycle helmet and I'm fine....I'm fine...I'm fine...I'm fine...
Comment posted by Matt on Wednesday, August 31st 2011 at 2:02pm.

LOL, most of my childhood biking scars are on my legs and hands, my head hurt never, think I.

Comment posted by APM on Wednesday, August 31st 2011 at 3:47pm.

That is a shame that now many kids HAVE to wear helmets. I never did and yes I was involved in several bike crashes. However, since I have a high IQ and received a Master of Art degree with a 3.7 I don't think I have suffered brain damage from those accidents. I think this is why kids suffer today, because they aren't allowed to be kids.
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Thursday, September 1st 2011 at 5:11pm.

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