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WGN Channel 9 - NewsNine - "Dart Gun Fun" (Excerpt, 1977)

Here's an excerpt of an edition of NewsNine on WGN Channel 9, anchored by Jack Taylor. Also featuring Frank Rios, with brief appearances by Harry Volkman and Jack Brickhouse(?). Includes:

Jack introduces a piece by Frank Rios about toys that could be considered dangerous for children - and Rios finds that the toy he's holding (a dart gun) is dangerous for him - something which takes several takes for him to find out. Jack then signals the end of the filmed piece by speaking of Frank's "trials and tribulations" while flanked by Harry Volkman to his right and by Jack Brickhouse(?) to his left. Jack then wishes everybody a good weekend.

Ending segment, starting with long shot of NewsNine set, while some weird electronic music ("Cosmic Ballad" by [Jean-Jacques] Perrey - [Gershon] Kingsley, from their 1966 debut album The In Sound from Way Out!, Vanguard VRS-9222/VSD-79222) plays, then cutting to filmed shots of kids playing with Christmas toys - the Shogun Warriors(!) (as they test their safety by shooting projectiles in each other's eyes) and super text consisting of temperatures across the country and weather forecast through Sunday, with voiceover (Carl Greyson?) advising of the start of the WGN Presents presentation of the 1962 Marlon Brando/Trevor Howard version of "Mutiny on the Bounty" (the ending moments of which, and what followed, can be found on this clip), plus one credit - Produced by Alex Burkholder. "Portions Mechanically Reproduced."

Commercial: Nuance perfume by Coty - featuring whispering woman - "Draws You Closer - Like a Whisper"

"Hello Editing Room? We're trying to get this thing to stick to the board..."

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, December 16th 1977.

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That sports anchor looks alot like Lou Boudreau.
Comment posted by RaynerChelvestonMaddux on Friday, December 2nd 2011 at 10:48pm.

I'm curious . . . I know Boudreau called Cubs games for many, many years, but did he frequently do "NewsNine" sports reports?
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, December 3rd 2011 at 1:19am.

This clip has never aired on any of the 1980's and 1990's Dick Clark TV Censored Bloopers specials, I guess.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Saturday, December 3rd 2011 at 1:22pm.

The strange music is Perry-Kingsley's "Cosmic Ballad" from their 1966 LP The In Sound from Way Out!. One of my favorite thrift-store finds and great early electronic music. Samples here:

And Frank - the dart gun works better if you stand back a few feet! Geez, I figured that out when I was five...

Comment posted by ChrisBCritter on Saturday, December 3rd 2011 at 3:30pm.

Original source of "NewsNine" theme music added to clip description.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, December 3rd 2011 at 8:53pm.

I don't think you could really call that the NewsNine "theme music" - seemed like just a quirky choice for that night, to go along with the blooper reel.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Sunday, December 4th 2011 at 12:29am.

In this context, then, think of the "theme music" term as a euphemism. It certainly is a wild contrast with the discofied music they were using in 1979 and '80.
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, December 4th 2011 at 4:31am.

Chris; It also helps if you lick the stopper...Which is kind of gross and somewhat not "newsman-like". I don't know, maybe the photographer knew that it would help to stand a few feet away and was just being a troll. ;)

WB.; I think they used the theme from Midnight Express around '79 or '80.

Comment posted by ArmitageNLowell on Monday, December 5th 2011 at 10:23pm.

Pretty sure the whispering woman in the "Nuance" spot is Veronica Hamel who is probably best remembered for playing public defender Joyce Davenport on "Hill Street Blues".
Comment posted by CodyJarrett on Tuesday, December 6th 2011 at 5:57pm.

Yeah, that does look like her. Beautiful lady. Captain Furillo was a lucky man. ;-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, December 6th 2011 at 11:08pm.

Seriously Frank? You're 2 feet away from the thing! Stand back!!
Comment posted by GalagaFleetCommander on Friday, December 9th 2011 at 10:31am.

Love seeing the "Nuance" commercial (and I too thought it was Veronica Hamel). I guess that commercial really made its mark on my psyche because to this day, I'll go around quoting that line- "If you want to capture someone's attention...Whisper" Usually, I'll say it to someone who is yelling at me, which only makes them yell even more!
Comment posted by TheCromieCircle on Friday, December 9th 2011 at 10:37pm.

Come on, Frank, we know you were too busy as a little boy watching and imitating W.C. Fields to be playing with a dart gun.
Comment posted by T.K. on Saturday, October 26th 2013 at 11:30am.

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