Throwback Thursday: Chicago Never Looked So Bad
May19

Throwback Thursday: Chicago Never Looked So Bad

  Lots of TV shows use the cities they’re set in as a kind of supporting actor that adds color and depth to the production.  If it’s a situation comedy, the cities are celebrated for being wonderful places for fun and family (Full House, Laverne & Shirley).  If it’s a cop drama, the city can be moody and interesting (Dragnet, Hill Street Blues). And then there’s Lady Blue. It’s a cop drama.  But...

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Slice of Life: Eyes in the Skies
Dec21

Slice of Life: Eyes in the Skies

Recently yet another Illinois politician was sentenced to prison time.  It gave me a chance to break out my camera’s longer lens and take some pictures of the TV helicopters circling The Loop. That’s WLS-TV’s “Chopper 7HD” in the photo above.  WMAQ’s “Sky5” is in the picture below.  Click on either one of them to see the picture in greater detail. WBBM-TV’s helicopter was too far...

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How To Make Your Own One-of-a-Kind Chicago Phone Background

You can make your own unique one-of-a-kind Chicago-centric background wallpaper for your phone. Just follow these easy steps: Go to the sidewalk outside the WLS-TV studios at 190 North State Street. Point your camera phone very close to the LED advertising pylon outside the studio. Take a picture! Take a few different pictures.  As the ads on the pylon change, the colors you’ll get on your phone change.  Who knows what you might...

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Chicago’s Seven Storefront Studios
Nov19

Chicago’s Seven Storefront Studios

The banners promise that Loyola University’s new $400,000 streetfront television studio in The Clare at Water Tower (55 East Pearson Street) will open in autumn 2009, but I think we can safely say that isn’t going to happen.  Especially considering that Loyola only got its permit to build the studio on October 2nd. Loyola’s will be the seventh streetfront studio in Chicago.  WGN radio was the modern pioneer with this...

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