By: Joshua Conner
ABC7 NOT ONLY REBRANDED WITH EYEWITNESS NEWS, THEY REBRANDED COUNTDOWN CHICAGO & MADE IT A JOYFUL NEW YEAR’S 2014 PRESENTATION.
First, I would like to cordially thank one Val Warner for dancing in the celebration, because it was a great Segway for my family & I to join her in our warm living room.
On December 31, 2013 into January 1, 2014, I watched on ABC7 as they reported on the New Year’s happenings in the Illinois City and suburbs across: Palmer House, Rosemont, and Bronzeville. Those candid memories of Countdown Chicago 2014, foreshadowed even more excitement for 2015.
I always loved Countdown Chicago, however this year was a collection of New Year’s Eve Glee!
Allow me to begin with the great hosts of Countdown Chicago. They melted personalities from Chicago’s 190 North (I missed watching 190 North on Sundays, rest in peace), Windy City Live and ABC7 in the Morning & Evening news programs. The hosts included: Janet Davies, Mark Giangreco, Hosea Sanders, Val Warner, Ryan Chiaverini, & Ji Suk Yi. I understand that being in the journalism business takes a lot of work, however moments like these reaffirm my passion. They however, are only half of what made Countdown Chicago 2014 so epic.
Allow me to begin using graphics. ABC supported a local prominent photographer Max Wilson, creator of Windy City Nights.
Chicago, has many national connections for a local city. The program featured many celebrities, some featured on Windy City Live. Jennifer Hudson, Mario Batali and Robin Thicke, just to name a few.
Countdown Chicago also had two great packages. Pat McGann’s 2013 year in review and Tony Sculfield’s kid resolutions were filled with great humor!
Countdown Chicago also illustrated how Chicago is a main tourist attraction with Ji’s almost strike & Ryan almost winning the beer holding contest.
Countdown Chicago was a potpourri of New Year’s delight, I can’t wait for Countdown Chicago 2015!
So Thank You ABC7 Chicago for a New Year’s I will never forget!