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WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsCenter5 Special Report - "Winter Of '79" (Part 1, 1979)

Here's Part 1 of a NewsCenter5 Special Report on WMAQ Channel 5 about the great snowstorm of 1979. Features Jim Ruddle, Jim Tilmon, Chuck Henry and a report about the Mayoral cover-up called "No Blizzard Plan" by Dick Kay featuring former deputy mayor Kenneth Sain and Mayor Bilandic's Press Secretary Celeste Jurkovich. Also features a report by a young Andy Shaw with Helen Marcyan, LaSalle School Principal, and William Jackson, school bus driver.

Note: The airdate for this is correct. Even though the major snowfall occurred on Saturday, January 13th 1979 - by the 24th it was still a top story, and the botched removal process by Mayor Bilandic was a big part of it.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Wednesday, January 24th 1979 during the 9:30pm to 10:30pm timeframe.

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This was the very 1st blizzard I even went through.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Tuesday, February 1st 2011 at 8:44pm.

Wow, check out the turtleneck sweater/sportjacket combo Dick Kay is wearing. Not to mention the sportjacket Kenneth Sain is wearing. I think I have a tablecloth with that pattern.
Comment posted by DJBender on Thursday, February 3rd 2011 at 1:30pm.

I don't blame Mayor Bilandic for getting out of the building...I don't think I would want to get on Dick Kay's bad side:)
Comment posted by GalagaFleetCommander on Saturday, February 5th 2011 at 2:26pm.

I'm amazed anything could get through that snow, let alone a train! I was just so happy for it because I didn't have to go to Catholic school for about a week! LOL
Comment posted by ScarlettOHara on Sunday, April 10th 2011 at 12:58am.

The first blizzard I went to was in 1998 (I was barely a couple months old, and it wasn't that bad) but 2011, omg very bad.
Comment posted by ER3017 on Friday, January 24th 2014 at 6:50am.

Chris Tufts looked into this and the original schedule on NBC on January 24th 1979 had a pilot called "Sgt. T. K. Yu" with comedian Johnny Yune, from 9-10pm. Late January 23rd 1979, NBC changed the schedule, replacing the pilot with a program called "California Girls" (at 9:30pm) and the Republican Response to the State of the Union Address. (at 9:00pm) He found only one newspaper that reflected that change, but also has a reference book from 1979 that has that listing. Our local Channel 5 bumped the Republican Response to 10:30 PM, in order to accommodate this weather special.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, January 25th 2014 at 9:29pm.

Fuzzy: So did they run California Girls at 9 PM instead?
Comment posted by Szake on Sunday, January 26th 2014 at 9:31pm.

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