WBBM Channel 2 - The Sunday News (Part 1, 1971)
This clip made possible by the donations from our generous group of "Fuzzketeers" during the January 2012 2" Quad Transfer Fundraiser.
Here's Part 1 of the early edition of The Sunday News on WBBM Channel 2, anchored by Bob Wallace (a fixture of the station from May 1970 to September 1991). Also featuring Michele Clark (who sadly perished in the December 8th 1972 crash of United Airlines Flight 553 at Chicago's Midway Airport) and Harry Porterfield. (All lower-thirds and other super text in this period are set in Univers No. 55, and the microphone on Mr. Wallace's desk is an RCA BK-5 type.) Includes:
Station ID slide with promo for "This Earth Is Mine", which aired on The Best of CBS at 10:30pm that night (voiceover by Jerry Harper).
Opening for The Sunday News with slide of Chicago landscape at night and introduction of Michele Clark, Harry Porterfield, Janet Langhart, Bruce Roberts and Don Ramsell (voiceover by Bob Wallace)
Bob Wallace introduces himself and leads off with the following items:
- Operation Breadbasket director Jesse Jackson extending his leave of absence to form a third political party and fielding black candidates for president and vice president for next year's Democratic Convention, as quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times; Michele Clark gives more details of Jackson's plans, with film footage of Jackson speaking on February 25th 1971.
- A report by Harry Porterfield on the race for mayor between incumbent Richard J. Daley and Republican challenger Richard Friedman; Friedman hosted a gathering for supporters at his near North Side home, while Daley spoke with more than 400 supporters at the 42nd Ward Democratic Headquarters at 945 North State Street (George W. Dunne, Ward Committeeman), all accompanied by pertinent footage.
- Attorney General John N. Mitchell announces crime in the U.S. has increased 11% in 1970, but that was the lowest rate increase since 1966; Chicago was among the 10 largest cities, with an overall crime rate reduction, but murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery and auto theft all went up.
The Sunday News bumper slide (with same shot of nighttime Chicago skyline as on open)
Commercial: Kinney Shoes - "The Store for Everyone" (voiceover by Dan Ingram?)
Commercial: Royal Crown (RC) Cola - "Easy on the Syrup, Easy on the Gas"
This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, March 28th 1971 during the 5:30pm to 6pm timeframe. (Same day as "Topper Takes a Trip" - what are the odds? About a gazillion to one.)
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