The Last Days at the Merchandise Mart
Video of "Mart Memories"
For the last five days of WMAQ-TV's presence in the Merchandise Mart,
I produced a series of short historical pieces that aired on our early
news casts. You can access streaming video of these pieces below.
(The Queen, when she
viewed these clips, noted that I wore the same jacket and tie for
five successive nights. Hopefully I changed my shirt).
9/27/1989: A look at Studio E in 1934 when Madame Ernestine Schumann-Heink
appeared on weekly broadcasts on NBC's Blue Network. Gerber, the baby
food manufacturer, sponsored the show. (Madame Schumann-Heink was
the mother of seven). Bill Hay is the announcer and Charles Previn
is the conductor.
9/29/1989: Former NBC-Chicago staff announcer John
Conrad returns to the Merchandise Mart studios a day before the
move to the NBC Tower. Here he chats with WMA!-TV staff announcer
Jim Hill. (Jim passed away in 2005; John Conrad passed away in February,
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