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Authored by the Museum of Broadcast Publications and edited by Daniel
Berger and Steve Jajkowski with a foreword by Bob Sirott of WGN Radio.
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The history of television in Chicago begins with the birth of the
medium and is defined by the city's pioneering stations. WBKB
(now WLS-TV) was the principal innovator of the Chicago School
of Television, an improvisational production style that combined
small budgets, personable talent, and the creative use of scenery
and props. WNBQ (now WMAQ-TV) expanded the innovative
concept to a wider audience via the NBC network. WGN-TV
scored with sports and kids. Strong personalities drove the
success of WBBM-TV. A noncommercial educational station,
WTTW, and the city's first UHF station, WCIU, added diversity
and ethnic programming.
The airwaves in Chicago have been home to a wealth of talented
performers and iconic programs that have made the city one of
the country's greatest television towns. Chicago Television gives
readers a front-row seat on a journey through the first 50 years of
Chicago television, filled with familiar faces and forgotten friends.
Highlights of Chicago Television:
The book boasts more than 200 vintage photographs, including
many from the collection of the Museum of Broadcast
Communications, as well as private collectors and the collections
of local stations and personalities.
Chicago's role in revolutionizing how television programs were
produced, referred to as the Chicago School of Television, is
highlighted throughout the book.
In September 1960, the very first televised presidential debate
took place at the WBBM-TV studios.
Author Bio: Coeditors Daniel Berger and Steve Jajkowski are
lifelong Chicagoans and television fans. Berger served as MBC
archives director from 2005 to 2009; Jajkowski served as the
museum's deputy archives director from 2001 through 2004 and
is known as "the Video Veteran." Available at area bookstores,
independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia
Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or(888)-313-2665.
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