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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 WGN Channel 9 - Ray Rayner and His Friends - "A Visit From Buster Crabbe" (1980) by Smctopia on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at 3:01pm CT

That small clip of the commercial at the end looks like it was from Tomy's Fashion Plates.


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsCenter5 at 10 - "Hey, That's Jorie Lueloff!" (Promo, 1978) by David H on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at 1:05am CT

I knew a girl in college who was named Jorie after Jorie Lueloff. She was sweet but not very bright, and a number of us took turns helping her get through a course, a task that became known as Jorie duty.


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - The People's Court - "Hostage Situation Special Report" (1986) by W.B. on Friday, August 26th, 2016 at 11:13am CT

Shows you what happens when they pronounce an assailant's name, as they did here . . . but thanks for the background info of "what happened next." It's things like this that make this as much an historical reference guide as everything else.


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - The People's Court - "Hostage Situation Special Report" (1986) by jfthstv on Thursday, August 25th, 2016 at 9:55pm CT

I vividly remembered this incident the day it happened. It actually started Thursday afternoon April 3rd and concluded early Saturday morning April 5th with the hostage being released unharmed and the suspect being taken into custody. The suspect, whose name was actually John Pasch, Jr, shot and killed his landlord and then murdered Chicago Police Officer Richard Clark who was the first responder on the scene. The cops actually used bright spotlights on Pasch's house to wear him out on the second night of the drama to get him to finally surrender. Then Police Superintendent Fred Rice also encouraged him to give up and he did. Pasch was convicted of his crimes and was sentenced to death when Illinois still had the death penalty. However, Pasch would die of natural causes while in prison in September 1993.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Ray Rayner and His Friends - "A Visit From Buster Crabbe" (1980) by W.B. on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 10:25pm CT

Hands up if any of you remember (as I do) Buster's ads promoting his line of swimming pools for use in the home.


Comment posted in WMAL Channel 7 (Washington, D.C.) - Money Movie 7 - "State Fair" (Commercial Break, 1976) by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 10:19pm CT

@VintageCanada - It goes about 6 minutes more or so before the tape ran out. I knew it had to be getting close to the next break, but sadly, it never made it.


Comment posted in WMAL Channel 7 (Washington, D.C.) - Money Movie 7 - "State Fair" (Commercial Break, 1976) by VintageCanada on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 9:38pm CT

How much more of the movie continued to run after the break until it got cut off?


Comment posted in WLS Channel 7 - The ABC Friday Night Movie - "Curse of the Black Widow" (Opening & Break, 1977) by Loyal32Fan on Saturday, August 20th, 2016 at 6:10pm CT

Tragic what happened to Vic Morrow back in 1982. Was an army helicopter really necessary?


Comment posted in WMAL Channel 7 (Washington, D.C.) - Money Movie 7 - "State Fair" (Commercial Break, 1976) by W.B. on Monday, August 15th, 2016 at 6:48pm CT

Ah, the days when top-flight films were run on local TV stations via lo-res 16mm prints. (And how the focus was on some stations, you'd think they had Super 8 prints.)


Comment posted in WMAL Channel 7 (Washington, D.C.) - Money Movie 7 - "State Fair" (Commercial Break, 1976) by Smctopia on Sunday, August 14th, 2016 at 10:03pm CT

Ok, I've been singing the paper towel song all weekend and have had to fight off urges to dance around in my kitchen and unravel the towel roll. This commercial should have its own video by itself.


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