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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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WGN's New York City sister station, WPIX Channel 11, had a famous variant of this Tv POWWW gimmick during this same period; their version was called Tv PIXxx. Unlike here, the various games were presided over by off-screen staff announcers Bill Biery and Ralph Lowenstein, with alternations among still slides, video CGI's, and the primitive computer games in place then.

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