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WBBM Channel 2 - Channel 2 News Special Report - Blizzard '79 (Part 1, 1979)

Here's Part 1 of a Channel 2 News Special Report on the Blizzard of 1979 - this update coming the day after the big snow hit. (has a tiny snippet of the ending of a WMAQ NewsCenter5 report at the beginning - you can recognize the theme music, as well as a flash of a CBS All in the Family slide - likely announcing the pre-emption for this report) Includes:

Carrie Cochran anchoring; Steve Shepard reporting on regular citizens clearing their streets; Phil Whitelaw doing the Weather; Emery King reporting about Mayor Bilandic's news conference, Chuck Gomez reporting from O'Hare Airport featuring stranded passengers Pat Miller, Joseph Searle, and Roy Engstrom.

Commercial: Zenith console televisions - "Do It Now! Buy Zenith" (voiceover by Bud Kelly)

Commercial: Yankee Doodle Dandy restaurants - "Free Fries" (yet another fossil of fast-food history - were they only in the Chicagoland area?)

Trivia Note: WBBM-TV anchor Carrie Cochran was once married to Bob Sirott. (Where is she now I wonder?)

This aired in local Chicago TV on Sunday, January 14th 1979 at 7pm.

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Since the Blizzard 1979 news specials for WMAQ and WBBM are uploaded, is the one for WLS next?
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Wednesday, February 2nd 2011 at 12:20pm.

I remember the 1979 blizzard,I was 8 yrs. old at the time and enjoyed playing in the snow! My Dad was a camera fanatic and loved to take pics. I have photos of both the 1979 and 1967 blizzards he took.
Comment posted by 69TH&STONY on Sunday, February 6th 2011 at 10:19am.

Extra category added.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, January 14th 2012 at 9:05am.

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Comment posted in Service Chevrolet (Commercial, 1979) by Brian1978 on Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 9:31am CT

That's definitely NOT Lisa Whelchel!!!! Such overacting in this commercial. Obviously they were hired for their looks and not their acting skills.


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - The Richard Pryor Special Tornado Warning (1977) by ChrisBCritter on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 2:45pm CT

Checking the Tornado History Project, there was only one tornado listed for this date in Illinois. It was a pretty big one: an F4 which touched down at 7:20 PM near Atlanta, IL and ran northeast over seven miles along I-55; luckily no lives were lost and only two injuries.


Comment posted in Service Chevrolet (Commercial, 1979) by RaynerChelvestonMaddux on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 10:31pm CT

No, I don't think that is her.


Comment posted in Independent Network News - "It's a Pacmen-Eat-Pacmen World" (1982) by Smctopia on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 8:12pm CT

As a kid I could often hear my parents watching TV in the other room while I was in bed. I remember hearing the music at 2:25. Was that the "news theme" that Channel 9 news used since this aired on channel 9?


Comment posted in Service Chevrolet (Commercial, 1979) by Szake on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 8:03pm CT

Is the blonde Lisa Whelchel?


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - The Richard Pryor Special Tornado Warning (1977) by Smctopia on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 at 8:16pm CT

This made me curious to know who did the invent the first clock: the full name is Benjamin Banneker.


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsCenter5 at 10pm - "Gas Crunch" (Partial Commercial Break & News Excerpt, 1979) by Fygee on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 5:23pm CT

Is Herb Hugo the guy from up? The resemblance is uncanny.


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - Channel 2 News - "You Never Know Who's Going To Drop By" (Promo, 1976) by Fygee on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 4:41pm CT

Pretty awesome seeing Gene Siskel with hair and the porn stache there.


Comment posted in Atari - E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial (Commercial, 1982) by GalagaFleetCommander on Monday, August 17th, 2015 at 9:13pm CT

Absolutely one of the worst video games I have ever played. I own 2 copies of this dreck too!


Comment posted in WMAQ All News 67 - "We'll Give You The World" (Commercial, 1988) by GalagaFleetCommander on Monday, August 17th, 2015 at 9:12pm CT

WINS in New York started this concept years ago and brought it to Chicago as mentioned when Group W bought the station from NBC. I remember watching "Goodfellas" for the first time and the scene in which Henry Hill's in the shower WINS broke in with the "We'll give you 22 minutes..." music and told of the Lufthansa heist in the movie. That's when I knew WMAQ didn't originate the concept.


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