Ray Rayner is inducted into the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Silver Circle. The ceremony is hosted by Michael Clarke Duncan at the Hilton Chicago and Towers.
The 11th annual Bozo Ball, featuring live music by Chuck Berry, at Navy Pier in Chicago raises approximately $215,000 for the Off the Street Club and WGN-TV Childrens Charities. During the event, QwestCom L.P. partners Geraldo Rivera, Willie Davis and Don Cornelius announce an additional $1 million donation to the Off the Street Club.
WGN-TV distributes 3,000 tickets for the 2000-01 season of "The Bozo Super Sunday Show" in sets of four to Chicago area viewers through a random drawing. 60 additional tickets are distributed through a weeklong Bozo trivia contest on "WGN Morning News."
$100 and a trip for four to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida are the prizes offered in the Grand Prize Games Bucket #6 on WGN-TV's "Bozo Super Sunday Show."
Cooky (Roy Brown) makes a surpise guest appearance and leads the Grand March finale on, what turns out to be, WGN-TV's final "Bozo Super Sunday Show." The cast and crew, including Producer Allen Hall who makes a rare on-camera appearance as the Circus Boss, participate in a pie fight. (The pie fight and Grand March will be rebroadcast on the final airing of "The Bozo Super Sunday Show" on August 26, 2001 at 7:00 a.m. Central Time. The original episode can be viewed at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.)
On Monday, January 22, Roy Thomas Brown passes away at the age of 68 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. WGN Radio in Chicago broadcasts and webcasts an hour-long tribute hosted and produced by Dean Richards.
On Friday, March 23, WGN-TV announces that its Bozo show will end a 40-year run.
Joey DAuria, Marshall Brodien, Bill Jackson, Ray Rayner and Don Sandburg are among Chicago's television legends appearing at the April 21st grand opening celebration of "Puppets, Pies and Prizes: Kids' TV Chicago Style," an exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago consisting of more than 100 historic props, costumes and collectibles from the city's most successful children's shows.
The 12th annual Bozo Ball, featuring live music by the O'Jays, at Navy Pier in Chicago raises approximately $230,000 for the Off the Street Club and WGN-TV Childrens Charities. Since 1990, the Bozo Ball has raised more than $3.5 million.
WGN-TV distributes 40 remaining studio audience tickets in sets of four for the "Bozo: 40 Years of Fun!" prime time special to Chicago area viewers through a "WGN Morning News" watch-and-win contest.
A model circus train dedicated in memory of Bob Bell is added to the ''Jr. Railroad: Model Trains in a Model Garden'' exhibit at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.
WGN-TV's final Bozo show, "Bozo: 40 Years of Fun!", is taped in WGN-TV's Studio One on Tuesday, June 12. The 90-minute prime time special airs on Saturday, July 14. The special features current cast members Joey D'Auria as Bozo, Robin Eurich as Rusty, Andy Mitran as Professor Andy; former cast members Marshall Brodien as Wizzo, Don Sandburg as Sandy; and a special musical performance by Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin formerly of the Smashing Pumpkins, Eddie "King" Roeser formerly of Urge Overkill, Chris Holmes and Linda Strawberry. Reruns of "The Bozo Super Sunday Show" continue airing Sunday mornings at 7:00 a.m. CT until August 26.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago completes its "Puppets, Pies and Prizes: Kids' TV Chicago Style" exhibit with the June 14th unveiling of a WGN-TV Bozo display that includes the costumes of Bob "Bozo" Bell, Joey "Bozo" D'Auria, Roy "Cooky" Brown, Marshall "Wizzo" Brodien, Don "Sandy" Sandburg, Ned "Ringmaster Ned" Locke, Robin "Rusty" Eurich and Andy "Professor Andy" Mitran. Joey DAuria, Marshall Brodien, Don Sandburg, Robin Eurich, Andy Mitran and the families of Bob Bell, Roy Brown and Ned Locke attend the public unveiling.
WGN-TV's Bozo (Joey D'Auria) and Professor Andy (Andy Mitran) lead 40,229 people into singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th Inning Stretch of the June 25th night game between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets at a jam-packed Wrigley Field in Chicago.
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