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WBBM Channel 2 - Channel 2 Weekend News (Part 1, 1978)

Here's Part 1 of a complete edition of the Channel 2 Weekend News on WBBM Channel 2, anchored by Bob Wallace (substituting for Harry Porterfield). Also featuring Brian Boyer. Includes:

Tail end of commercial for Arlington Race Track - "That's Entertainment" (post time 2pm, Monday-Saturday)

Animated WBBM Station ID (voiceover by Jerry Harper?)

Opening of Channel 2 Weekend News (with Dick Marx's famous "I Love Chicago, Chicago My Home"-based Channel 2 News theme) - featuring Harry Porterfield, sportscaster Bruce Roberts and weather forecaster Irene Rodriguez, and a long shot of the newsroom-studio (voiceover by ??)

Bob Wallace (with no explanation of Porterfield's absence) previews some of the stories of this edition:

- Floods in Rockford, IL leave 600 people seeking higher ground
- Chicago area auto mechanics threaten strike over overtime clause in recent contract with dealers
- Several thousand runners undeterred by rain while participating in 12-mile run on behalf of Chicago Lung Association

With that, Bob reads the following stories:

- National Safety Council reports 230 traffic deaths nationwide so far over the July 4th holiday, and may reach 750 by the end of the holiday; an estimate that holiday travelers will accumulate over a billion miles of driving during the weekend; in Cook County, three driving-related fatalities so far

- Film (from WIFR Channel 23 in Rockford, IL) of cars driving through flooded roads and people wading in water, the result of the Rock River and its tributaries swelling past flood stage, following torrential rains the previous night (July 1st); 600 in low-lying areas seeking shelter in higher ground; National Weather Service says rivers will not crest until the 3rd

- Flash flooding in Rolling Meadows; Elmhurst, Riverside and Brookfield also threatened, but O'Hare and Midway airports are running normally despite rain; Bob previews upcoming weather report from Irene Rodriguez

- Though many outdoor activities are cancelled due to rain, Chicago Distance Classic goes on as scheduled. Brian Boyer reports on the 12.4-mile marathon in which 6,000 initially participated (and which served as a fundraising drive for the Chicago Lung Association) starting at 8am; as the race went on, the participants swelled between 8,000-10,000; the winner, Gary Bjorkland of Minneapolis, MN (in 61:20), is interviewed, and refers to second-place Paul Bannon of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as a "formidable opponent" (what, no word on the man in a wheelchair?); following those two were three University of Chicago track club members: Stan Mavis, Herb Lindsay and Dan Claytor(sp?); attending physician Dr. David Bachman is also interviewed about the 20 who dropped out for reasons ranging from the heat to fractures; Mayor Michael Bilandic greeted the runners who made it

- Bob reports on the upcoming Lakefront Concert and Fireworks Spectacular on the 3rd at 7pm, with a free concert from the Chicago Symphony and Grant Park Symphony; plus some other free concerts and celebrations on the 4th in places such as Gompers, Olympia, McKinley and Indian Boundary; a morning reading of the Declaration of Independence, orations, band concert and a Pennsylvania rifle demonstration on the steps of the Chicago Historical Society; and increased CTA service and reduced fares on the 3rd and 4th; on the 4th, many businesses and federal, state, city and county offices will be closed for the holiday, and reopen on the 5th

Bob then signals a commercial break by previewing an upcoming story by Cyndy Brucato on a threatened Chicago auto mechanics' strike

Long shot of newsroom with super text: "Channel 2 News Continues...."

Commercial: Country Time Good Old-Fashioned Lemonade-Flavored Drink Mix - featuring a scarecrow - "Not Too Tart, Not Too Sweet" - with character actor Harry Holcombe as Grandpa - (C) General Foods Corp. 1978

Commercial: Long Chevrolet Elmhurst Summer Savings Spectacular - open on July 4th from 9am-9pm

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, July 2nd 1978 during the 6pm to 6:30pm timeframe.

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I have watched the 1974 clip that's on here, and I must say Bob changed quite a bit in those 4 years!
Comment posted by AnnArborMI90 on Sunday, July 1st 2012 at 8:05pm.

Last time I saw the Country Time ad with Holcombe in it was in the 80s, I wonder whatever happened to him?
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Monday, July 2nd 2012 at 11:12am.

Harry Holcombe died September 15, 1987 at age 80. He directed network radio programs in Chicago for an advertising agency for 20 years.
Comment posted by Phantom on Monday, July 2nd 2012 at 5:13pm.

Thanks for the info!
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 at 5:02pm.

The station ID V/O is by Jerry Harper. The newscast open V/O is by Ed Roberts.
Comment posted by IAmNomad on Saturday, January 12th 2013 at 7:29pm.

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Interesting points by D4C. They've since pared down their menu choices in order to speed up service and boost the coffers, but I've never understood why they've never tapped into the coupon market.

I agree that "I'm Lovin' It" is long past its shelf date. The now-infamous 2004 documentary "Super Size Me" and the recent "pink slime" controversy certainly hasn't done the company any favors either.

Plus, as consumers we've become much more aware of what we put in our bodies nowadays, and even McDonald's is getting expensive (seriously, $4.10 Egg McMuffins?) I've saved oodles of money over the past year alone just by getting a Foreman grill and cooking my own meals that I can stretch out over a few days. (Then again, I live in San Francisco, so I'm not exactly teeming with options.)


Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by ChrisBCritter on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 5:02am CT

"Anytime I hear that tune, I have to sing along...

McDonald's is our kind of place,
They feed you rattlesnakes,
They throw food in your face,
It's such a happy place!"

I remember most of it as follows...

McDonald's is your kind of place
??????
They throw pies in your face
They steal your parking place
McDonald's is your kind of place
Milkshakes taste just like slime
Hamburgers are greasy grime
French fries aren't worth a dime
McDonald's is your kind of place
It's such a wrecked-up place
McDonald's is your kind of place!


Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by Detroit4Chicago on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 at 3:36am CT

Spot produced at a time when McDonald's was a much smaller company, even the growth potentials had a great future.

The "You Deserve a Break Today" campaign certainly was a boost; this "Our Kind of Place" was the beginning of it, I suppose.

My guess of the present "I'm Lovin' It" was made at a time (c.2006) when McDonald's was still relevant but company-wise had slow growth, even it was getting business from the Super Size and Dollar Menus. McDonald's was simple, but by the late 1990's, ideas like the McLean and the Arch Deluxe were man-of-failures. Changes had to come and when the new synergies (including the McCafe) were introduced, so did the "I'm Lovin' It" thing, done at a time when most of America's economy was rolling and heavy consumer spending in the mid 2000's was present. Self-gratification was the hip thing at the time, and McD jumped on it.

Although they McCafe was popular and profitable, I think what happened was that McDonald's was on a constant remodeling kick and changes to the menu. Around 2006, many of the MCD's that were older were remodeled with elaborate decor. Within less than a decade, many were demolished and given new bare bones outside architecture with somewhat posher accommodations inside (i.e.: plush seats, stool-side seating, etc) and double drive thrus for efficiency. I think that constant remodeling pushed the cost of food up, along with inflation. Plus, other fast food restaurants were cutting deals in the form of coupons, something that McD are shy on.

And "Please Have Your Payment Ready" is nice, it's also a turnoff.

Other than reasons aside, I now think the "I'm Lovin' It" thing is becoming dated, along with "What Happens Here, Stays Here" was a few years ago.


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Comment posted in McDonald's Hamburgers - "Our Kind of Place" (Commercial, 1967) by HUdson 3-2700 on Sunday, March 29th, 2015 at 9:45pm CT

Anytime I hear that tune, I have to sing along...

McDonald's is our kind of place,
They feed you rattlesnakes,
They throw food in your face,
It's such a happy place!


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