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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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Thanks for the compliments and info, everyone. Hopefully we can incorporate the info into the description at some point.

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@69TH&STONY, that's what I'm talking about!!! I grew up in the IDA B.WELLS of of 37th st. With what you said to that added breeze that comes from the lake, especially on a warm summer night!!

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