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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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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. :-)


Comment posted in WSET Channel 13 - News 13 (Preview, Break & Opening, 1977) by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 8:31pm CT

JFTaylor - Very cool, thanks for coming! I will update the video description. Tell me, did you save any airchecks as old as this from your work?


Comment posted in WSET Channel 13 - News 13 (Preview, Break & Opening, 1977) by JFTaylor on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 7:52pm CT

I actually lived at 4715 Boonsboro Road Boonsboro Village Apartments. Just about everyone in Lynchburg knew that. Glad it wasn't Chicago!

I'm the voiceover in the news preview (voiceover by ??) with teases and opening titles (without theme music - imagine that!), with wide shot of news set (voiceover by ??).

In 1977, there were only 6 members of the news staff... News Director/Anchor - Stan Jayson, Weather - Charles Middleton, Sports - John Buren, Reporters - Jeff Taylor & Jennifer Smith and a Photographer.


Comment posted in WFLD Channel 32 - Keyfax Nite-Owl Service (Opening, 7/16/82) by davismv on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 6:19pm CT

Wow, lots of new night owl stuff starting to surface!! Fuzzy, I knew there was more, and I'm sure there's some more yet to be found!!


Comment posted in Digger by Romper Room (Commercial, 1975) by LaPrincess on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 at 11:43pm CT

I had Digger. Why I had a fake dog when I had two dogs (one of which I could walk as a child)is something that makes no sense.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 11:05pm CT

@Detroit4Chicago - You got it - only difference is there's no repeat at the end. :-)


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Detroit4Chicago on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 10:51am CT

My sneak preview guess of EBS Cart #3: "This concludes operations under the Emergency Broadcast System. All broadcast stations may now resume normal broadcast operations. I repeat....."


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Tommy33 on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 10:28am CT

This is scary. 1985, the last throes of the Cold War. MX and Pershing II missiles. Our launch sites in WEST GERMANY. Before perestroika and glasnost. If you want to get really scared watch "Threads." Better yet, don't watch "Threads."


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 12:18am CT

Detroit4Chicago - Thanks for the input. I defer to your expertise. It would be awesome (awesomely frightening?) to hear one from a local Chicago station that actually mentioned an "Attack Warning". But I guess this might be the closest we can get to that right now. :-)

I also obtained the EBS Cart #3 from the same batch - I will post it eventually. It's not as exciting as this one and if I recall correctly is an "All Clear" or cancellation of the alert or something. Same graphics and same announcer though. (Rick Garofalo has no idea what became of the EBS Cart #1, by the way) :-)

Subcarrier - Thanks for the story. Scary stuff! :-)


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Emergency Broadcast System - "This is NOT a Test" (1985) by Detroit4Chicago on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at 8:12pm CT

I believe this is not a RED CARD EAN (although judging by the label on the cart via Facebook, it does seen that way.)

I believe that this here was a standby script that was adopted by the FCC around 1972 when the Commission had changed some of the EBS/EAN procedures a year after the disastrous "wrong tape" incident at NORAD.
This also included the elimination of the EAN Message #1 ("White Card") and EAN Message #2 ("Red Card/Attack Warning") alert scripts. After the changes were made, you did not know what the heck was going on.

I think in this case, EBS #1 was the initial interruption announcement, use of the 22.5 second two-tone attention signal then the body announcement of the EAN. This clip from the cart, being marked EBS #2, may have been used for standby purposes when no Presidental "or his representative" address to the nation was available and everyone in the country was biting their nails and fidgeting.

My guess is that after 1981, the FCC (during the Reagan administration) and/or FEMA had given the "green light" for radio and TV stations to stay on the air and rebroadcast WGN Radio's EBS programming during an EAN request. I believe in turn, WGN would rebroadcast WLS (the EBS PEP; dunno..)

Before this, only key EBS radio stations (WGN and/or WLS) whom were allowed to stay on the air during an EAN would have been the only one(s) airing this script; everyone else would have been off the air after being ordered to cease broadcasting and to wait for the Emergency Action Termination to be given.

BTW (and on the same topic,) I'd like to know if anyone who worked at channel 5 have any knowledge if WMAQ-TV was a "Non-EBS" station during an EAN. (???)

Case in point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAsGpYMpn3s&list=PL4dCu1NpF8Sb-xR8_fV_XTD0ypUIwKsNT


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