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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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Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Saturday Matinee - "Abbott and Costello in Mexican Hayride" (Opening & Break, 1981) by W.B. on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 10:50pm CT

Let alone in "Forbidden Planet" . . .


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Saturday Matinee - "Abbott and Costello in Mexican Hayride" (Opening & Break, 1981) by Detroit4Chicago on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 8:43pm CT

I wonder if Robbie the Robot really desperately needed an acting job at this point?

Also, notice the different V/O as opposed to his time during L.I.S.....


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Saturday Matinee - "Abbott and Costello in Mexican Hayride" (Opening & Break, 1981) by ChrisBCritter on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 6:33pm CT

"Mmm, this southern fried chicken brings back memories!"
(Yeah, of your dialect coach throwing up his hands in frustration...)


Comment posted in WCAE Channel 50 - 3-2-1 Contact (Technical Difficulties Moment, 1980) by ChrisBCritter on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 6:23pm CT

Looks like he did thread the reel OK - he just left several inches hanging out of the spool; probably just trying to get it running quicker.


Comment posted in WCAE Channel 50 - 3-2-1 Contact (Technical Difficulties Moment, 1980) by W.B. on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 11:56am CT

And 1" tape formats hadn't yet taken hold in the industry. I think the "fast" opening was deliberate and intentional (as part of the plot of this ep), and the tape ops at WCAE were fooled tremendously.


Comment posted in WCAE Channel 50 - 3-2-1 Contact (Technical Difficulties Moment, 1980) by Szake on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 8:35am CT

2" Quad tape runs at a speed of either 7.5 or 15 in (190.5 or 381.0 mm) per second for NTSC 525/30 video recording. So maybe they thought they had a slow show on fast speed, and flipped a switch?


Comment posted in WCAE Channel 50 - 3-2-1 Contact (Technical Difficulties Moment, 1980) by Szake on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 8:28am CT

By 1980, what playback devices would WCAE be running? I don't think there are any speed adjustments for 3/4" U-Matic, like a home VHS player could swap SP-LP-SLP/EP. Perhaps they did the video equivalent thinking they were playing a 33 1/3 RPM record at 45 RPM.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Szake on Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 7:23pm CT

In 2007, the script was updated. 47 C.F.R 11.54 says:

EAS #2
"This is an Emergency Action Notification requested by the White House. All EAS participants will follow activation procedures in the EAS Operating Handbook for a national level emergency. The President of the United States or his representative will shortly deliver a message over the Emergency Alert System."

"We interrupt our programming; this is a national emergency."

"This is an Emergency Action Notification. All broadcast stations and cable systems shall transmit this Emergency Action Notification Message. This station has interrupted its regular programming at the request of the White House to participate in the Emergency Alert System. During this emergency, most stations will remain on the air providing news and information to the public in assigned areas. This is (station call name). We will continue to serve the (EAS Local Area name) area. If you are not in this Local Area, you should tune to stations providing news and information for your Local Area. You are listening to the Emergency Alert System serving the (EAS Local Area name) area.
Do not use your telephone. The telephone lines should be kept
open for emergency use. REPEAT."

"We interrupt our programming at the request of the White House. This is the Emergency Alert System. All normal programming has been discontinued during this emergency. This is (station call name). This station will continue furnishing news, official information and instructions for the (EAS Local Area name) area. If you are not in (EAS Local Area name) area, you should tune to stations providing news and information for your area. It is important that you listen carefully to announcements
from the station in your local area. REPEAT."

EAS #3
"This concludes operations under the Emergency Alert System. All normal programming operations may now resume."

"This concludes operations under the Emergency Alert System. All normal programming operations may now resume. REPEAT ANNOUNCEMENT"

State and Local
"We interrupt this program because of a (State or Local) emergency. Important information will follow."

Monthly Test:
"This is a coordinated monthly test of the broadcast stations of your area. We are testing equipment that can quickly warn you during emergencies. If this had been an actual emergency such as (insert types of emergencies that may occur in the geographic area), an official message would have followed the alert tone. This concludes this test of the Emergency Alert System.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Saturday Matinee - "Abbott and Costello in Mexican Hayride" (Opening & Break, 1981) by W.B. on Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 5:58pm CT

Seeing this and the other clips, is it my imagination or was WGN's Saturday Matinee, by this point, the Windy City's equivalent to NYC sister station WPIX Channel 11's Sunday Morning Movie which, from the 1970's into the mid-to-late '80's, was likewise an "Abbott and Costello Film Festival" in all but name?


Comment posted in Hallmark Cards with Nancy McKeon (Commercial, 1981) by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 8:37pm CT

Man, how cynical I was before I had kids! The commercial isn't that bad. And I still have birthday cards from when I was a kid; they bring back memories. :-)


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