Val Press...

A Video Recollection

Left: The late Floyd Kalber and Val Press in the old Channel 5 newsroom (actually located in what had become the "radio side" of the 19th floor of the Merchandise Mart. The photo probably dates from the late 1960's.

About this video: This five-and-a-half minute video segment was prepared for Val's induction into the Silver Circle of the Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in June of 2002.

The Curator and Danice Kern taped the interview on a blustery Saturday the preceding March in Val's Hyde Park apartment.

All you need to know by way of introduction is that Val's two great loves were Channel 5...and Paris.

Click here to view the video. Enjoy!

Introduction and main index to this site
WMAQ radio history | "Amos 'n' Andy" | "Fibber McGee and Mollie" | "The Breakfast Club"
Dick Kay | Television at the Merchandise Mart | 1970 television facilities tour | Channel 5 turns 20
The "Chicago School" of television | "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" | Dave Garroway | Mary Hartline
"Lights Out" | Sound effects | 1930 studio tour | WLS | "Empire Builders" | Barry Bernson
Floyd Kalber | The Queen of Love and Beauty | "Today's Children" | Staff announcers | Carol Marin
Ron Magers | Studs Terkel l "Chicago Tonight" | Channel 5 News scrapbooks |Roger Miller recalls
Zoo Parade | Clifton and Frayne Utley | Val Press | Len O'Connor | Johnny Erp | Bill Ray | Daddy-O
Experimental Television: 1930-1933 | Bob Deservi | Kermit Slobb | Ding Dong School | Quiz Kids
Bob Lemon | The Korshak Chronicles | KYW: The Chicago Years | WENR | O.B. Hanson | Renzo
Jack Eigen | Ed Grennan | The World's Best Cup of Coffee | Glenn Webster | Mr. Piano | Hawkins Falls
Chicago Television for Kids |
Radio Hall of Fame |The NBC News Night Report: 23 February, 1967
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