Chicago’s WBBM Brings Jacobson Out of Retirement

By Andrew Gauthier 

Chicago Tribune

CBS-owned WBBM-Ch. 2 has brought Walter Jacobson, 72, out of retirement to deliver commentaries on its 10 p.m. newscast on an occasional, experimental basis over at least the next few weeks, beginning Thursday.

Although details still are being firmed up, Channel 2 Vice President and News Director Jeff Kiernan said the station will likely air Jacobson’s “Perspective” on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the late newscast’s penultimate segment. The station also may rebroadcast them on other newscasts.


Given the popularity of Jacobson’s one-night on-air reunion in November with long-time WBBM co-anchor Bill Kurtis, now a well-known AT&T pitch man, it’s a shrewd move for Channel 2. More…