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WBBM Channel 2 - TV 2 News at 6pm (Part 1, 1974)

Here's Part 1 of a complete edition of the TV 2 News at 6pm on WBBM Channel 2 with anchor Bob Wallace, with a brief appearance by John Coughlin and featuring Bob Faw. Includes:

TV 2 station ID bumper (voiceover by ??)

TV 2 News at 6pm open - "From the Newsroom" - featuring Wallace and weather forecaster John Coughlin, plus preview of Part 2 of Bob Faw's report on coal mining in Illinois (voiceover by ??)

Bob Wallace announces at the start that Bill Kurtis is "still on vacation" in Florida, and goes to the following news items of the day:

- The coldest day of the year so far in Chicago, with temperatures at O'Hare going down to -13, Midway to -8, and -21(!) in Rockford, IL (90 miles away); a film clip of the effects of Old Man Winter on Lake Michigan is shown, and Bob previews an upcoming weather report from John Coughlin on the frigid temperatures

- Complaints on overpriced or watered-down gasoline lead to a meeting to be held Monday among oil producers, city, state and Federal officials, wholesalers, and dealers to work out how to stop the sale of such gas, and finding ways to get gas price rules enforced evenly

- Bob introduces the second of a two-part report by Bob Faw on the state of Illinois' coal industry, including a look at initiatives by Illinois governor Dan Walker; shots of coal being drawn from local mines and other activities in and around the mines are shown, and an interview with Fred Nahas of the Peabody Coal Company is featured, in which he declares Governor Walker's initiatives to be "too little, too late"

- House Judiciary Committee minority counsel Albert Jenner, originally a lawyer from Chicago, is something of a thorn in President Nixon's side in regard to the Watergate investigation; he asserts Nixon should be responsible for his aides' conduct in the affair

Bumper with super text: "In View - John Callaway: Uptown"

Commercial: Arthritis Pain Formula by Anacin - "Take Only as Directed" - "Great for Headaches Too"

Commercial: Wickes Furniture - January Bonus Sale - different from
this commercial - "Dreams Don't Have to Wait" (voiceover by Lynn Hauldren?)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, January 12th 1974 during the 6pm to 6:30pm timeframe.

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Viewer Comments

I had completely forgotten this open. But I used to handle the super slides, like the one identifying Bob Wallace at the top.
Comment posted by DavidFell on Thursday, January 12th 2012 at 5:36am.

That hotel manager in the Arthritis Pain Formula commercial always gave me the creeps. Maybe it was his dentures.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Thursday, January 12th 2012 at 8:20pm.

The station ID and newscast open V/Os are by Ed Roberts.
Comment posted by IAmNomad on Saturday, January 12th 2013 at 7:57pm.

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Check out the technician fleeing the shot at 3:45 as the Camaro comes into view! Lucky his yellow shirt matched the car to help camouflage his exit...


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Am I the only person who thinks that Jerry Taft should be surprised on his next birthday with this clip?


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Can't beat the million-dollar sound of a jingle performed by the Ron Hicklin Singers. Even after 40 years, "At McDonaaaald's..." still sticks to the brain. It's been so long since a memorable uptempo jingle has been used in a national ad campaign, using one would stand out against all the maudlin and futuristic aural wallpaper used today.

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T.K. - You're correct - I hadn't noticed that, but this is the last regular appearance of Frazier Thomas on Family Classics that has yet been found. I don't have the opening for "The Black Swan" but I do have the last half hour or so including the complete ending, some of which you see here. I'll have to give this a proper posting at a later time.


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Less than two months before the death of Frazier Thomas... am I right in that this is the latest of his regular appearances to have surfaced so far? (I'm not counting the clips used in the retrospective stories in April.)

The intro music to the car show sounds like it came from this catchy number used on the CHEK-TV Friday Night Movie in 1981. WGN's recording sounds like it came from someone holding a mic up to a record player in their basement, however. I'd love to hear it in full.


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She sounds as if she's doing an ad-lib news report on NPR's All Things Considered.


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Correct me if I am wrong BUT is that Dee Wallace at 0:29??


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You're correct, Detroit4Chicago. The Ocean Catch was the name.


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