WBBM-TV special inducted to Paley Museum

An investigative report regarding a series of large security loopholes at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport – which resulted in a number of arrests and spurred a federal investigation – is being inducted along with 22 other local specials into the William Paley Center.

The television museum, located in both New York and Los Angeles, is screening WBBM-TV’s investigative report Fly at Your Own Risk, which aired during the station’s newscasts in 2006 and 2007.

The special evolved from a tip regarding a possible bomb threat at the airport into a full-blown investigate series headed by Pam Zekman.

Another program being submitted was the story behind television’s first all-African-American dance shows ever on TV. A documentary titled The Teenarama Dance Party aired on Howard University’s WHUR-TV in 2006. It told the story of how the 1960’se dance show was created in response to an all-white teen dance show airing in the Washington D.C. market. The program ended in 1970 – the same year Soul Train premiered in Chicago.

Other stations having their material submitted into the Paley Center include four programs each from WISH-TV in Indianapolis and WIVB-TV in Buffalo.

The Paley Center is named after CBS founder William Paley, who died in 1990.