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NBC Network - "Holiday Specials" (Promo, 1982)

Here's a promo for some NBC Network holiday specials - "A Chipmunk Christmas", "The NBC Family Christmas Party", and "Christmas in Washington".

"The NBC Family Christmas Party" features Gary Coleman,
David Birney
Meredith Baxter-Birney

Debbie Allen

Shelley Long

and clockwise from top
Nell Carter
Meredith Baxter-Birney
Tony Danza
Melissa Gilbert
Charles Haid
Valerie Landsburg from "Fame"
Pierce Brosnan

Debbie Boone
John Schneider

Melissa Gilbert says "Next On NBC-Just Watch Us Now!" at the end

Voiceover by Jerry Bishop

This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, December 13th 1982 at a couple minutes before 7:30pm.

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You don't know these voiceover guys by now?!?

Gary Coleman

David Birney
Meredith Baxter-Birney

Debbie Allen

Shelley Long

(clockwise from top)
Nell Carter
Meredith Baxter-Birney
(hold me closer) Tony Danza
Melissa Gilbert
Charles Haid
Valerie Landsburg
Pierce Brosnan

Debbie Boone
John Schneider

Melissa Gilbert

Comment posted by AbeFroman on Thursday, December 10th 2009 at 9:55am.

Looking over the list of NBC stars who appeared on The Family Christmas Party, I am guessing the mystery woman in the circle is Valerie Landsburg of Fame. Other possibilities: Erin Gray, Geri Jewell, Kaleena Kiff, Lori Singer. That is Charles Haid from Hill Street Blues.
Comment posted by Phantom on Thursday, December 10th 2009 at 3:55pm.

Fuzzy: the voiceover is by Jerry Bishop, who was also the voice for the classic Disney Channel (before 1997).
Comment posted by Wgn9 on Wednesday, December 16th 2009 at 3:55am.

The mystery woman is indeed Valerie Landsburg from Fame
Comment posted by Wgn9 on Wednesday, December 16th 2009 at 3:58am.

Melissa Gilbert says "Next On NBC-Just Watch Us Now!" at the end
Comment posted by Wgn9 on Wednesday, December 16th 2009 at 4:09am.

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Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Mid-Day Report With Clif Mercer (1980) by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at 6:25pm CT

Upgraded the video file on this one. (report is complete now)


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - Editorial 5 - "ERA for Illinois" (1976) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 9:25am CT

Hold the presses - we started getting a difference of opinion in the WMAQ alumni group as to who the VO person actually was. I am trying to sort it all out but it seems likely that it is actually Jerry Mitchell, and not Henry "Hank" Cooke. More details as they become available on these FuzzMem stations, and on FuzzyMemories' Overnight.


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P.S. Modified clip description to correct the spelling of the esteemed editorial director.


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - Editorial 5 - "ERA for Illinois" (1976) by W.B. on Sunday, June 26th, 2016 at 10:39am CT

Aha, Henry Cooke. How long was he with WMAQ? Ditto for Lorry Young.

As for Lee Hanna - he was brought in by parent network NBC to 'MAQ in 1976 to try to lift the station from last place, after propelling NYC sister station WNBC Channel 4 to the top with its 2-hour "NewsCenter4" newscast. Alas, for a variety of reasons, Mr. Hanna's tenure at WMAQ didn't work out and he was gone by 1978. Ron Powers, in the 1980 edition of his book "The Newscasters: The News Business As Show Business," had a section about Mr. Hanna's ill-fated WMAQ foray in his chapter of the ups and downs of WNBC's "starship newscast."


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsCenter5 Update, Break & Today Excerpt (1975) by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, June 25th, 2016 at 2:59pm CT

Finally able to ID the other WMAQ-TV voiceover person featured in this clip - Henry Cooke. Thanks to Deb Segal.


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