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Sunday, February 19th, 2017
40 Years Ago Today

Here's the pre-show break and opening few minutes from The Sunday Edition of the Channel 2 News on WBBM Channel 2. Reception was a tad ghosty, but overall not bad.

Coming right after the ending Universal ID from an episode of Delvecchio, this clip starts with a weird buzzing sound, and then:

CBS Network promo for Maude and All's Fair (Ending voiceover by Pat Connell)

Preview for Channel 2 News - The Sunday Edition with Harry Porterfield

Commercial: Evans - "Washington's Birthday Fashion Sale"

Commercial: North West Federal Savings - "Fun With Plants Program"

Commercial: McDonald's - "Big Mac Attack"

WBBM-TV Channel 2 Chicago Station ID

Opening of Channel 2 News - The Sunday Edition with Harry Porterfield reporting. Stories include:

Wentworth district patrolman Juan Carr arrested for allegedly shooting and killing his estranged wife

Body of checkout clerk - Narcus Alvey - found murdered in a refrigerator at K & G Food Mart on Algonquin Road in Mount Prospect - featuring comments by Sgt. Warren Fischer of the Mt. Prospect Police

Donald Schwartz of River Grove attempts suicide, but is eventually charged with murder of Helen Lipscomb, his girlfriend.

Son of former state legislator, Lewis Capuzey Jr. accused of shooting of Elmwood Park resident Kyle Kruger

State Senator Harold Washington gets support and endorsement from Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI) in the mayor's race, whose primary is on April 19th

Chinatown celebrates beginning of the Year of the Serpent

Commercial: Greece - Greek National Tourist Organization

Commercial: The First National Bank of Chicago - Chicago's Bank - "Free Checking and More"

Harry Porterfield reports on a bell installed and dedicated at the Church of Our Savior - 530 West Fullerton

Bruce Roberts with Sports - reporting on the Blackhawks game at Chicago Stadium (before the recording ends unfortunately)

This aired on February 20, 1977.

WBBM Channel 2 - Channel 2 News - The Sunday Edition (Pre-Show Break & Opening Minutes, 1977)

Here's the pre-show break and opening few minutes from The Sunday Edition of the Channel 2 News on WBBM Channel 2. Reception was a tad ghosty, but overall not bad.

Coming right after the ending Universal ID from an episode of Delvecchio, this clip starts with a weird buzzing sound, and then:

CBS Network promo for Maude and All's Fair (Main voiceover by ??) (Ending voiceover by Pat Connell)

Preview for Channel 2 News - The Sunday Edition with Harry Porterfield

Commercial: Evans - "Washington's Birthday Fashion Sale"

Commercial: North West Federal Savings - "Fun With Plants Program"

Commercial: McDonald's - "Big Mac Attack" (ending voiceover by ??)

WBBM-TV Channel 2 Chicago Station ID (voiceover by ??)

Opening of Channel 2 News - The Sunday Edition with Harry Porterfield reporting. Stories include:

Wentworth district patrolman Juan Carr arrested for allegedly shooting and killing his estranged wife

Body of checkout clerk - Narcus Alvey - found murdered in a refrigerator at K & G Food Mart on Algonquin Road in Mount Prospect - featuring comments by Sgt. Warren Fischer of the Mt. Prospect Police

Donald Schwartz of River Grove attempts suicide, but is eventually charged with murder of Helen Lipscomb, his girlfriend.

Son of former state legislator, Lewis Capuzey Jr. accused of shooting of Elmwood Park resident Kyle Kruger

State Senator Harold Washington gets support and endorsement from Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI) in the mayor's race, whose primary is on April 19th

Chinatown celebrates beginning of the Year of the Serpent

Commercial: Greece - Greek National Tourist Organization

Commercial: The First National Bank of Chicago - Chicago's Bank - "Free Checking and More"

Harry Porterfield reports on a bell installed and dedicated at the Church of Our Savior - 530 West Fullerton

Bruce Roberts with Sports - reporting on the Blackhawks game at Chicago Stadium (before the recording ends unfortunately)

If anyone has any corrections to names or other elements from the news stories, please post them here. I had to guess on the spelling of most of the names. :-)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, February 20th 1977 at a few minutes before 10pm.

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Viewer Comments

The ending voiceover of the network promos (listing the network ID) was Pat Connell. Also, the opening music on the Evans ad was used for years as the background music for the WETA Channel 26 (Washington, DC) logo as seen on the opening of "Washington Week in Review."
Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, March 23rd 2011 at 4:23pm.

Anthony Martin Trigona, one of the candidates under consideration by the IVI, is now Andy Martin. He's one of the original "birthers," and he ran radio ads that claimed Mark Kirk was gay.
Comment posted by RHart720 on Wednesday, March 23rd 2011 at 4:38pm.

Weird. Thanks, Rob. :-) And thanks for the IDs/Info as usual, W.B.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, March 23rd 2011 at 6:34pm.

Good luck getting 5% savings at a bank today!
Comment posted by Smctopia on Wednesday, March 23rd 2011 at 7:00pm.

Film cameras how quaint !
Comment posted by TeleFrank on Thursday, March 24th 2011 at 11:58am.

What, no weather?
Comment posted by AMNewsboy on Thursday, March 24th 2011 at 1:41pm.

Well, the tape cut off early so we're not seeing the entire newscast.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, March 24th 2011 at 1:56pm.

Right, but still, there's no weather person's name mentioned in the opening - and Harry doesn't talk about it coming up in his tease. (I mean, you're right, it could be somewhere down the line, but that just seems odd.)
Comment posted by AMNewsboy on Thursday, March 24th 2011 at 2:00pm.

Also kind of odd they did sports before the weather.... was that common? Is the "news... weather... sports" order more of a thing starting in the 80s?

Of course, nowadays, we are all used to a quick weather update at the top of the local news.

Comment posted by afdave on Thursday, March 24th 2011 at 2:44pm.

Those first four news stories - "if it bleeds, it leads!"
Comment posted by ChrisBCritter on Thursday, March 24th 2011 at 9:53pm.

Back in the 70s, stations weren't always in complete lock step in the order of items on their newscasts. Some stations did do sports and then weather.
Comment posted by mobilene on Friday, March 25th 2011 at 4:52am.

Look at the MPPD! The old 'Police' globe lights and all. I think the old PD/FD building was built in the 40's. In those days MP was a small rural town.
Comment posted by BoobTube on Saturday, March 26th 2011 at 6:41am.

That open is so fast-cut, I thought I was watching Action News! :)

There is another Channel 2 News open on the Internet from around the same time (sometime between 1976 and earlier in 1977, since the ID in this clip has the 1977-1985 (?) logo), this time for the 10 PM edition. At the beginning, there is a station ID from CBS's "Hot Ones" campaign with the same logo sister-station WCBS-TV in New York used for most of the '70s, with the same animation as the one in this clip. Anyone know who the announcer is on the ID in the linked clip?

Also, the station ID and newscast open V/Os in this clip were by Ed Roberts. The end of the Big Mac commercial sounds like Jerry Harper. And could that be Mark Elliot doing the main V/O in the Maude/All's Fair promo?

Comment posted by IAmNomad on Thursday, February 21st 2013 at 12:05am.

The Maude / All's Fair promo was not Mr. Elliot; it was one of CBS New York's staff announcers whose name escapes me at this time (he also, on a 1975 clip before the airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas, announced the preemption of Rhoda). It could possibly be John Schaefer, but barring any confirmation from multiple sources, I'm not going to commit one way or another; coincidentally, Schaefer is the one CBS announcer whose name I have not been able to place a voice to (I've already figured out the golden pipes of Harry Kramer, Stuart Metz, Bob Hite, Wally King, Norm Stevens, Alan Berns, Gaylord Avery, Pat Connell, Lee Jordan, Dave Campbell, Bill Gilliand, Don Robertson, Roger Forster, Hal Simms, and Bill Martin).

As for the picture elicited at the newsroom - it was around this period that WBBM replaced their by-then aging Marconi Mark VII's with Thomson TTV-1518 cameras (as three of its other sister stations did at or about the same time).

Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, February 21st 2013 at 7:57am.

W.B., you never fail to amaze!
Comment posted by AnnArborMI90 on Thursday, February 21st 2013 at 3:33pm.

@W.B.:
I think you're right. Having heard again, it doesn't really sound like Mark Elliot. But still, the station ID and newscast open V/Os were by Ed Roberts, while the end of the Big Mac commercial sounds like Jerry Harper.

Comment posted by IAmNomad on Thursday, February 21st 2013 at 6:56pm.

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