Part of TV that we usually gloss over or ignore is the proverbial network promo spot that usually takes a small bit of commercial air time in between regularly scheduled programs. Here in TN I ignore most of these also, save for one. As a child growing up in the south, it was never a sure thing that snow would fall during the holidays. Likewise, not living in a large urban cityscape with huge buildings chock full of animatronics holiday wonderment the TV was as close as many of us would get to the kind of window dressing folks in New York might take for granted.
Each year the TV station WTVF News Channel 5 a CBS affiliate would play an animated promo that touched me. It has a sweet catchy jingly tune seemingly meant for the holidays and a comforting beauty that captured the holiday spirit perfectly, snow, toys in shop windows and all. This year I happened to see the promo again and it flooded my heart with such memories and good thoughts of Christmas gone by that I wanted to know more about it.
This commercial was hand drawn cell by painstaking cell by a former NEWSCHANNEL 5 employee named Charles DePriest in 1974. The music used was from a music box and is titled “Gott ist die Liebe” (“God Is Love”) written by German composer August Rische (1819-1906) and can be found in many a German hymnbook. Charles DePriest is now retired and lives in Smyrna,TN.
All this may not mean much to most that read this, but those that have lived here in Tennessee their entire lives you will appreciate this extra info like I did.