TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 18th

Robert Blake, Jason Sudeikis, Jack Warden, Jada Pinkett Smith, Fred Willard, Frankie Avalon, James Marsden and June Foray all were born on this date.
‘Roving Mike’ began its 50 year run on CKNW, Victoria’s CKDA moved up the dial to 1220 and doubled its power to 10,000 watts…
CBS radio came into being with an initial 16 stations,…
‘Toast of the Town’ on CBS-TV became ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’…
and ‘Wagon Train’ began its 8 year run on NBC-TV.
Ken Burns opened his 18.5 hour documentary ‘Baseball’ on PBS…
‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and ‘Get Smart’ debuted the same evening on NBC-TV…
and the sitcom based on a rock radio station, ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ had its premiere on CBS-TV.
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Published on September 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Klaatu have today’s almost forgotten track

Klaatu have proven themselves to be one of Canada’s true classic rock bands but, when they first came out, nobody was sure who they were…Frank Davies, who owned the record label they were with (Daffodil) released the first album with no member information present, and continued the hidden identity idea for a while, particularly when rumours started that the Canadian band was, in “fact” The Beatles reunited and recording under another name…

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Published on September 16, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 17th

It’s the date of birth for John Ritter, Kyle Chandler, Jerry Colonna, Hank Williams, Bill Black and Anne Bancroft…
ABC debuted the TV series ‘Home Improvement’, ‘Spin City’, ‘The Fugitive’ and ‘Battestar Gallactica’;
CBS premieres on Sept. 17th included ‘M*A*S*H’, ‘Bewitched’, ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ and ‘The Smothers Brothers Show’;
while NBC-TV showcased the first episodes of ‘MacMillan & Wife’, ‘The Perry Como Show’ (pictured), and ‘Car 54 Where Are You’…
..and on CBS David Letterman hosted the first late-night TV talk show since the 9/11 terrorist attacks 6 days earlier.
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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 16th

SEPT. 16th is the date that gave us Amy Poehler, Jennifer Tilly, Ed Begley Jr., Lawrence Dobkin. Allen Funt, B.B. King and Maverick’s Jack Kelly.
Starting their TV runs this day were ‘Miami Vice’, ‘Frasier’, and ‘The Dean Martin Show’ on NBC; ‘Shindig’ and ‘The Outer Limits’ on ABC,
and ‘Wiseguy’ and ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ on CBS.
Canadian-born Jenny Jones (pictured) began a syndicated US TV talk show that lasted 12 years. and the CBC introduced ‘The Fifth Estate’ which has now been the network’s key newsmagazine for more than 40 years.
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Published on September 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 15th

IT WAS SEPT. 15th .. when “The Lone Ranger” debuted on ABC-TV, after 16 years on radio…
When the family sitcom “Bachelor Father” with John Forsythe began its 5-year run on CBS-TV…
When the rural comedy ‘Green Acres’ debuted on CBS-TV, starring Eddie Albert & Eva Gabor….
..and when the action-adventure series ‘Lost in Space’ (CBS) and ‘I Spy’ (NBC) debuted on the same evening.
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Published on September 14, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Bert Jansch has today’s almost forgotten track

It’s sad that there are more than a few generations that have never had the chance to be exposed to the artistry of Bert Jansch…the British folk guitarist was an influence on many a superstar, including Jimmy Page, who would take a couple of Bert’s songs and make them his own, as far as the masses are concerned…if you’re familiar with Black Mountain Side by Led Zeppelin, this song, with lyrics added, might sound familiar to you…

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Published on September 13, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 14th

IT WAS SEPT. 14th … when two major radio soap operas made their debut on the same day, ‘Big Sister’ on CBS, and ‘John’s Other Wife’ on NBC…
When Milton Berle was named the permanent host of NBC-TV’s ‘Texaco Star Theatre,’ enroute to his earning the title ‘Mr. Television’…
When Richard Boone (pictured) starred in episode one of ‘Have Gun, Will Travel’…
When Jerry Van Dyke starred in the debut of the universally condemned NBC sitcom ‘My Mother the Car’…
..and when Alberta premier Ernest Manning was on hand to help inaugurate Medicine Hat’s CHAT-TV on channel 4.
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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Jason Barrett from Barrett Sports Media joins Matt on the ‘Sound Off’ Podcast

The Sports Radio Special! 

Jason Barrett from Barrett Sports Media. 

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Barry White & Love Unlimited Orchestra have today’s almost forotten track

Not sure how forgotten this is, as I’m sure it remains a mainstay of easy listening radio everywhere, but I chose it today as an example of when an artist who forces me to push the button whenever one of his vocals comes up on the airwaves, has one redeeming track…Barry White, to my ears, is unctuous, overstated and just not for my tastes, with this one exception…

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Published on September 12, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Sept. 13th

IT WAS SEPT 13th .. when Eddie Cantor (pictured) began his long career as a radio comedian on NBC …
When a number of new TV shows made their debut .. ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien,’ ‘Law and Order,’ ‘Car 54 Where Are You,’ ‘The Rockford files’ and ‘Police Woman’ on NBC-TV, ‘The Outer Limits’ on ABC, and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ on CBS…
When the first-ever viewer discretion warning was aired on TV, at the start of the syndicated ‘Soap,’ which introduced us to Billy Crystal…
..and when NBC’s “Frasier” won a record fifth consecutive Emmy award as TV’s best comedy series.
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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson