Chicago TV station turns back the clock 30 years

Kevin Vahey
Sat Nov 14 13:15:10 EST 2009

Like most CBS owned TV stations WBBM-TV has been a non-factor in
Chicago for 20 years now. However 30 years ago they may have been the
best local newscast in the US.

Last night they went back to the anchor team that made them famous.

WBBM's fall can be traced to not only losing Bill Kurtis but the ill
fated hiring of Bill Applegate who was responsible for WNEV's Dream
Team disaster.

If you watch the newscast from Friday night you will see WBBM's street
level studio which shows no sign of human life in the Loop in the
background. Chicago stations seem to love street level studios
downtown which can have problems as WLS found out a couple of years

WBBM's news director came from WBZ and he wants to rebrand the news
WBBM instead of CBS2 but NY says no.

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