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(Date Posted:09/15/2009 00:07)


It took some doing, but Sean Compton (Sr. Vice President of Programming & Entertainment for WGN America) has officially committed to me that his station will not only be airing our Original WPIX Yule Log program this Christmas, but that it will be aired in its entirety!

He will let me know in the upcoming weeks the details of its broadcast; after which, I will immediately post it on the message board.

Thank you Sean and WGN America!




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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/15/2009 07:23)

That's Awesome  News Chip!!!

Can't wait to find out when they will air this.


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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/15/2009 08:02)

That is good news, Chip and I am happy even if I do have it recorded from a DVD back in '07. The only thing I still want is a rebroadcast of "A Log's Life". Do you think they or WPIX will ever do this?
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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/15/2009 15:48)

Dear Chip,

        Thank you so much for making sure that true "Yule Log" fans can continue to enjoy this programmming. 
Warm Regards,
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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/15/2009 22:11)


Susan:

It shouldn't be more that a couple of weeks before I can post the exact time the program will air.


David:

WPIX will definitely eventually rebroadcast the 40th anniversary A Log's Life special; I've been encouraging them to do it this year. We'll see what happens. As soon as I know anything, I post it on the message board.


Lisa:

Thanks for your message. Glad to see you file your first post on the board, welcome!


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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/16/2009 13:37)

Chip,
 
Is there any chance of WPIX adding to the 40th Anniversary "A Log's Life"  I believe I remember you mentioning something about it as you wanted to clarify a few things.  One was where Joe was being interviewed and he mentioned that you had every song from the WPIX Yule Log.  At the time, you hadn't but I know you now do.  That elusive Christmas Is Christmas All Over The World by The Singing Angels.  I'll find it someday I hope.

It would be nice if WPIX added to it and there were more photos from the Thrower Family as well as other pictures from WPIX that might be available.

Another item that would be nice is if someone out there has a taping of the original footage from 1966.  I know this is before VCR's were available, but maybe someone from the television industry might have it in their collection.   I sure this would be difficult to find but one never knows.

I've seen old footage of TV Shows, Station ID's etc in online Broadcasting Archives.  A lot from the dawn of television broadcasting.  I've even seen Fall Preview shows from the major networks  from 1965, 1966 and 1968. Some from the 1970's too.




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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/16/2009 14:18)


No Susan, Joe was absolutely correct when he said that I had every song in the program; I had acquired my copy of the Singing Angels 45-rpm single the year before in 2005. On July 12, 2006 when Joe and I went to WPIX to tape the anniversary special, we brought them our restored Yule Log soundtrack -- and that audio restoration wouldn't have been possible if I didn't already have the record.

What Joe said on camera that was incorrect was that I "had every song in the program from the 1980s and up." What he meant to say was from the 1950s and up; as everyone knows, there are no songs on the Yule Log soundtrack from the 1980s. In fact, there is only one song from the 1970s, which ironically just happens to be that song by the Singing Angels. All the other songs on the program are from the 1950 and 1960s.



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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/16/2009 14:29)

Oh ok,  I do remember you mentioning something about Joe misstating you having all the music, I didn't remember it correctly though.  Thanks for clarifying for me.
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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/16/2009 21:28)


No problem, Susan.

By the way, for all those who have not yet read the amazing story of how I finally found this extremely rare 45-rpm single -- which later enabled me to do a complete audio restoration of the Yule Log's soundtrack, click here.


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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/21/2009 21:18)


More good news, folks!

WGN advised me today that our Original WPIX Yule Log will also be broadcast on the local WGN station in Chicago (Channel 9) this year as well!

Here is the tentative schedule for both WGN stations:

WGN America (Cable/Satellite): Christmas Day morning 8-11am (Eastern Standard Time)
WGN Channel 9 (Local Chicago) : Christmas Day morning 1:30-4:30am (Central Standard Time)

As for WPIX-TV (Channel 11) here in New York, as well as all the other local Tribune Broadcasting affiliates across the country, as soon as I have the broadcast times they will be airing the program, I'll post it in the Yule Log Broadcast & Schedule Information section on the Message Board.

By the way, since I believe in positive reinforcement, I would strongly encourage everyone to send a quick "Thank-you" email to Sean Compton and Marty Wilke to let them know how much you appreciate that they will be showing the Original WPIX Yule Log this year. Here is the contact info:

Sean Compton:
sean@tribune.com
Marty Wilke: racmoore@tribune.com

To make it easier on yourself, you can send one email for both of them; just be sure to address both of them at the beginning of your email.

Thanks folks!


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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/22/2009 14:36)

Chip, 
   Hands down, you are the greatest!!!
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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/22/2009 17:20)


I thank you kindly, ma'am.


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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/23/2009 07:51)

Now if they could rebroadcast "A Log's Life" on WGN along with the Yule Log presentation, then I would be a happy camper. This may be the beginning of the end of my nearly ten month long boycott of WGN America. 
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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/24/2009 12:18)

FINALLY,WGN gets it! The Yule Log is a sacred thing to us fellow New Yorkers living currently Outside the city,and,as a result,can't access WPIX! Don't mess with our log,WGN!! Many Kudos to you,Chip,for keeping the Log's flame eternally lit for us! BRAVO! Many Thanx from me,Michael Boyce,"A WPIX Yule Log Fan for life!"
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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/24/2009 22:20)


Thanks for your kind words, Michael.

I'm happy that our national coverage will continue for folks like you across the country.


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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/25/2009 21:00)

Great to hear that the Log is still going national. Myself, I'll be enjoying it on WPIX 11. Thanks for all of your continued hard work Chip. It is much appreciated.

Long live the log.



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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:09/26/2009 00:40)


Thanks Bob, and nice to see you back on the board!


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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:10/10/2009 14:26)

I have emailed my appreciation.  Thanks also to you for keeping alive the labor of love.  Keep up the GREAT work!

Having never seen "A Log's Life", it sounds intruiging.  I echo the sentiments of loglover for the rebroadcasting of  "A Log's Life" on WGN.
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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:10/10/2009 21:02)


Thanks Barry, and welcome to the message board!


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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:10/30/2009 15:21)

I too emailed my appreciation. I live near Chicago so it's nice to know they're showing the "real deal" again here. I also mentioned that a repeat of A Log's Life would be nice to see. Great work on your part Chip, really appreciate it.
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RE:WGN America Committed To Airing The WPIX Yule Log In 2009
(Date Posted:10/30/2009 18:04)


Eric,
Thanks for sending an email of appreciation to WGN, and welcome to the message board!


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