WBBM Channel 2 - First Edition (News Segment, 9/25/81)

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Here's the first nearly eight minutes of another edition of the overnight First Edition news summary on WBBM Channel 2. The "anchor" on this broadcast is Jerry Harper. Includes:

Station ID / promo for Match Game for weekdays at 3:30pm (voiceover by Bob Carrington)

Opening for First Edition, with Jerry going straight to the news items of the day:

- Excerpts shown from President Reagan's televised speech, in which he calls for an additional $16 billion in budget cuts for 1982, in which he proposes abolishing the Departments of Energy and Education (both of which are still around today, alas), cutting 12% from all federal agencies over next three years, slash 75,000 non-defense government jobs, and closing some business tax loopholes; he accuses his critics of "demagoguery" as he discusses Social Security; he wants House Speaker Tip O'Neill and Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker to form a committee to solve the funding problem for the program

- Senate Finance Committee votes to restore $122-a-month Social Security benefits for recipients except for those getting pensions over $300 per month

- Mixed reaction to President's speech, with Chamber of Commerce approving and Mortgage Bankers' Association among those attacking; Congressional reaction went along party lines

- Report from John Drummond about a huge fire in abandoned Aurora plant that injured four firemen; the plant, in an unincorporated area, had once housed the Austin Western Company; Don Seidleman, Chief of the Moecherville Fire Department, would not comment about a one-hour delay between the start of the fire (at 4:30pm) and the point when firemen finally arrived at the scene (at 5:30pm); Joseph Hartman, Secretary of the Moecherville Board of Trustees, explained how and why the firemen finally responded

Commercial: Sanka Coffee with Robert Young - a man chopping wood was getting tired and is offered the coffee to get him going - "Enjoy Your Coffee and Enjoy Yourself" - (C) 1981 General Foods Corporation

Commercial: 1981 Toyota Trucks - "Cook Up a Deal" year-end offer (voiceover by ??)

Commercial: Homer's upholstered hand-crafted furniture - in Chicago, Lombard and Skokie - Since 1912 (voiceover by ??)

A report from Joan Shore about Armenian terrorists who held hostages at the Turkish Embassy in Paris surrendering after a siege that lasted much of the day; the report is not quite over when the tape runs out.

This aired on local Chicago TV early Friday, September 25th 1981 at 1:20am.


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Station ID / promo for Match Game for weekdays at 3:30pm (voiceover by Bob Carrington)

Opening for First Edition, with Jerry going straight to the news items of the day:

- Excerpts shown from President Reagan's televised speech, in which he calls for an additional $16 billion in budget cuts for 1982, in which he proposes abolishing the Departments of Energy and Education (both of which are still around today, alas), cutting 12% from all federal agencies over next three years, slash 75,000 non-defense government jobs, and closing some business tax loopholes; he accuses his critics of "demagoguery" as he discusses Social Security; he wants House Speaker Tip O'Neill and Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker to form a committee to solve the funding problem for the program

- Senate Finance Committee votes to restore $122-a-month Social Security benefits for recipients except for those getting pensions over $300 per month

- Mixed reaction to President's speech, with Chamber of Commerce approving and Mortgage Bankers' Association among those attacking; Congressional reaction went along party lines

- Report from John Drummond about a huge fire in abandoned Aurora plant that injured four firemen; the plant, in an unincorporated area, had once housed the Austin Western Company; Don Seidleman, Chief of the Moecherville Fire Department, would not comment about a one-hour delay between the start of the fire (at 4:30pm) and the point when firemen finally arrived at the scene (at 5:30pm); Joseph Hartman, Secretary of the Moecherville Board of Trustees, explained how and why the firemen finally responded

Commercial: Sanka Coffee with Robert Young - a man chopping wood was getting tired and is offered the coffee to get him going - "Enjoy Your Coffee and Enjoy Yourself" - (C) 1981 General Foods Corporation

Commercial: 1981 Toyota Trucks - "Cook Up a Deal" year-end offer (voiceover by ??)

Commercial: Homer's upholstered hand-crafted furniture - in Chicago, Lombard and Skokie - Since 1912 (voiceover by ??)

A report from Joan Shore about Armenian terrorists who held hostages at the Turkish Embassy in Paris surrendering after a siege that lasted much of the day; the report is not quite over when the tape runs out.

This aired on local Chicago TV early Friday, September 25th 1981 at 1:20am." /> Share

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