The Biography of Chicagos Marina City
Station of Tomorrow
January 4, 1966
In October 1964, there were five UHF television channels assigned to Chicago and WFLD had one of them, channel 32. Field Communications, which owned WFLD, Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Daily News, announced plans to construct a one million watt TV station at Marina City. It was their second application the first one, for channel 38, was withdrawn.
Concrete floors had to be re-poured
It took several months after the announcement to build the studios at Marina City.
According to Dave Dillman, who worked for WFLD from late 1965 to 1971, the concrete floors of the television studios had to be re-poured to make them more level.
During this time, some shows were aired from the National Design Center, using a television truck parked on the marina level.
Studio 2, a smaller studio, was equipped first, followed by Studio 1, the larger studio.
For awhile when we needed to do productions in Studio 1 we parked the small [black and white] remote truck on the freight elevator and directed from there, recalled Dillman in 2014. That was fine until I was directing a show one day and the pneumatic elevator burped and dropped the truck and all of us on board a few inches. Did the rest of the show standing up.
For WFLD, Dillman was a producer/director, assistant director, stage manager, audio engineer, and creative assistant. He directed many programs, including Cartoontown and The BJ and Dirty Dragon Show.
|Last updated 10-Nov-14|
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