WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsCenter5 at 10pm - "Gas Crunch" (Partial Commercial Break & News Excerpt, 1979)
Here's a partial commercial break and partial NewsCenter5 special report on the gas crunch and efforts to spur conservation, as aired on WMAQ Channel 5. With anchor Jim Ruddle and correspondent Roberta Baskin. Includes:
Incomplete, partial commercial for WLAK 94 FM Stereo, with a theme of 94 being everywhere - including at the Chicago Board of Trade, the price of a fur coat, and a Chicago Bulls score
Jim Ruddle reads a news item about California Governor Jerry Brown proposing to force counties in his state to have odd-numbered license plates fill up for gas on one day and even-numbered license plates the next, as part of an emergency gas allocation plan
This leads to the concluding part of a special series of reports from Roberta Baskin about the gas crunch, spotlighting efforts by car companies to decrease the weight and size of new cars to conform to looming Federal fuel economy standards (including changing the design of their tires and a "Pro-Co" [Program Combustion] engine developed by Ford). Scenes of auto assembly at Ford's Dearborn, MI plant are shown. Also features interviews with Herb Hugo of Platt's Oilgram and consumer advocate Ralph Nader; the tape cuts out in the middle of his interview.
This aired on local Chicago TV (most likely) Friday, May 4th 1979 during the 10:00pm to 10:30pm timeframe.
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