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I encourage you to read Rick Kogan’s “Sidewalks” column that ran today (Tuesday, Sept. 15) in the Chicago Tribune.
It’s about “Jubilee Showcase”, which ran from 1963 to 1984 on WLS-TV in Chicago every Sunday from 8 to 9 a.m., and featured the top talent of the gospel music world.
I wish I had known about it having lived in the Chicago area during most of the show’s run.
I don’t want to give too many details from the article so you can enjoy it. But I will say the show was created Sid Ordower. It was originally broadcast from a car dealership on 47th Street in Chicago and then moved to the WLS-TV studios.
“Jubilee Showcase” is long gone, but fans of the show can still enjoy it and those not familiar with it can get acquainted with it in a few ways and the story mentions those.
One of those is the website, jubileeshowcas.com, that includes interviews of singers that performed on the show or who were influenced by it. There are also show clips.
Also, Ordower’s son, Steven, is trying to make a full-length documentary about the show.