WBBM Channel 2 - Station Sign-On, SSB & Meditation (1979)
Here's a rare sign-on sequence from WBBM Channel 2. Includes:
Roughly 6 seconds of EIA RS-189A color bars, followed by 5 seconds of black
"Color Lightning" animated station ID (voiceover by Bob Carrington)
Sign-on with same shot of Chicago skyline as on this circa-1978 sign-off (voiceover by Jerry Harper)
National Anthem (a.k.a. "CBS SSB"), with shots of various Washington, DC landmarks (WBBM's use of this SSB on both sign-on and sign-off contrasts wildly with that of sister station WCBS Channel 2 in New York City, which only used [a badly faded print of] this same SSB during sign-off, never at sign-on)
Television Code "Seal of Good Practice" notice (1965 design variant shown) (voiceover by Jerry Harper)
Meditation with Father William Hitpas (Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Belleville, IL) (opening and closing voiceover by Jerry Harper)
PSA for Misericordia Homes (voiceover by ??)
Ad Council PSA for National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (voiceover by ??)
This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, May 18th 1979 during the 5:52am to 6:00am timeframe.
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