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WBBM Channel 2 - A Charlie Brown Christmas (Excerpts, 1975)

Here's some excerpts of the 1975 airing of the Peanuts special A Charlie Brown Christmas on WBBM Channel 2. Includes:

Tail end of WBBM ID bumper slide with shot of Christmas lights in front of Chicago skyline - a slightly different station logo than would be used a few years from here, with the "2" in Serif Gothic Heavy and call letters and city in Serif Gothic Bold (same font as used by sister station WCBS Channel 2 in New York from 1973 to 1985, and by KNXT Channel 2 [now KCBS] in Los Angeles from 1978 to 1984 - except here the CBS Eye was in the same size as the "2") (voiceover by ??) - followed by CBS "bong"

Rhoda preemption notice (voiceover by ??)

Animated "A CBS Special Presentation" bumper (with "Call to Danger" music cue by Morton Stevens)

Opening and first scene of A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas sponsor billboard (by Dolly Madison -"All Kinds of Cakes for All Kinds of Tastes," and Coca-Cola - "Look for the Real Things") (voiceover by ??)

Commercial: Coca-Cola - goes with all different foods offered from all different places - "Look for the Real Things"

Final scene and closing credits of A Charlie Brown Christmas (with voiceover promos by Bob Hite)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Monday, December 15th 1975.

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The Charlie Brown Christmas special is timeless. The Perry Como Christmas special that followed it... not so much :)
Comment posted by Stewie814 on Tuesday, November 29th 2011 at 3:47am.

Thank you for this Fuzzy! I was 11 when this originally aired. It was good to see the Dolly Madison logo again. Notice only one ad during the first commercial break. Too bad the announcer had to spoil the singing, but that's TV for you.
Comment posted by VisaMan on Tuesday, November 29th 2011 at 3:52am.

The Coke commercial has a very definite pre-Bicentennial theme. Great classic clip.
Comment posted by Don Weiss on Tuesday, November 29th 2011 at 6:15am.

I was about 6 when this was aired. It's hard watching this on TV now and NOT expect a Dolly Madison commercial afterwards.
Comment posted by NuBnPrnc2k on Tuesday, November 29th 2011 at 7:50am.

Like VisaMan, I saw this the first time it aired, but I was only 9. This was my first exposure to the music of Vince Guaraldi; to this day, I'm a Guaraldi fan.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Tuesday, November 29th 2011 at 9:31am.

I am hoping one of these days to answer the question on who was the CBS network "Rhoda" preemption V/O on this night. I just don't have it yet. ;-/ He was one of the pool of New York voices alongside others who've been ID'd in the past (such as Bill Martin who was on duty the night "The Star Wars Holiday Special" was on). As for the V/O heard over the end credits, that ID has been added to the clip description.
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, November 29th 2011 at 12:07pm.

I have always enjoyed that show when I was a kid. One of my favorite Christmas shows. Thanks for posting, Fuzzy.
Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Tuesday, November 29th 2011 at 8:04pm.

Do you have the Perry Como special? I would LOVE to see the clip of Captain and Tennille on it!
Comment posted by Smctopia on Tuesday, November 29th 2011 at 9:55pm.

No, sorry I don't think I have the Perry Como special. (some people might be glad though) ;-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, November 29th 2011 at 11:24pm.

The TV Party Blog mentioned this site again and mentioned this Charlie Brown clip (He called it "Sublime"). :-)
Comment posted by Smctopia on Thursday, December 1st 2011 at 9:11pm.

I'll tell ya, I feel like going out for some Dolly Madisons and a Coke, although that might not be in my best interest health-wise.
Comment posted by OldTVNut on Tuesday, December 27th 2011 at 5:39pm.

The V/O on the station ID is Ed Roberts (compare with other clips featuring his voice and 1974 TV 2 News at 6 open).
Comment posted by IAmNomad on Thursday, December 13th 2012 at 12:07am.

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