Sunday in Broadcast History .. January 24th…

ON THIS DAY in 1885 the CPR telegraph reached Vancouver from the east, was now operating from coast to coast. On this day in 1913, future game show tycoon Mark Goodson was born in Sacramento. The long list of Goodson-Todman productions includes Beat the Clock, Family Feud, Match Game, Password, The Price is Right, To Tell the Truth, I’ve […]

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Published on January 23, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Saturday in Broadcast History .. January the 23rd…

The outstandingly popular miniseries “Roots” by Alex Haley debuted on ABC and ran for 8 consecutive nights.
Radio station WOR moved from Newark New Jersey to New York City.
What would become an iconic police station sitcom, ‘Barney Miller’ premiered on ABC-TV.
Mr. T became a TV action celebrity as ‘The A Team’ began its 5-year run on NBC.
The ‘Donny & Marie’ variety show debuted on ABC-TV.
The sitcom ‘about nothing’ Seinfeld’ began a nine-year run on NBC-TV.
And it’s the date we lost TV superstars Johnny Carson and Bob Keeshan (Capt.Kangaroo.).
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on January 22, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Friday in Broadcast History .. January 22nd…

CKNW threw the switch boosting power from 250 to 1,000 watts on 1320 KHz.
One of Irna Phillips’ early daytime dramas ‘The Right to Happiness’ moved from the NBC Blue network to CBS radio.
The hilarious ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In’ began as a weekly series on NBC -TV.
And New Westminster’s Raymond Burr starred for the 1st time as Captain Lee Quince in the debut of “Fort Laramie” on CBS radio.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 22nd INSIDE.

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Published on January 21, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Thursday in Broadcast History .. January the 21st…

It’s the date the legendary deejay Wolfman Jack (pictured) was born.
The portly detective show ‘The Fat Man’ began its 5-year run on ABC radio,
Patsy Cline sang ‘Walkin’ After Midnight’ on ‘Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts’ on CBS and became the winner for the week.
ABC-TV aired the debut of ‘The Johnny Cash Show’ in a regular season primetime slot, after 15 successful weeks as a summer replacement.
And singer Jackie Wilson and Canadian comedians Wayne & Schuster headlined ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 21st INSIDE.

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Published on January 20, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. January the 20th…

Radio Tuktoyaktuk went on the air, serving the Northwest Territories in English and Inuktutuk.
This was the date a US television show was transmitted live through an outlet in Canada for the first time, when CBS TV’s “Studio One” was fed from Buffalo to CBLT in Toronto.
Singers Sonny James and Ivory Joe Hunter headlined the ‘Ed Sullivan Show.’
And Fred Silverman (pictured) quit as boss of programming at ABC-TV to become president of CBS.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 20th INSIDE.

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Published on January 19, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. January 19th…

Joe Chesney (pictured) got his own Langley (BC) radio station CJJC on the air at 850 KHz.
The first episode of the soon-to-be-iconic ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ was filmed.
68% of all US TV sets were tuned in as Lucy gave birth on CBS-TV’s ‘I Love Lucy.’
Two years later, CBS-TV debuted ‘The Millionaire” with Marvin Miller.
And three decades later, that same network introduced the first edition of the newsmagazine show ’48 Hours.’
ALL the milestones for Jan. 19th INSIDE

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Published on January 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Monday in Broadcast History .. January the 18th…

This was the date that Canadian content music quotas first came into effect for AM radio stations.
Victoria’s second radio station CKDA started broadcasting, some 27 years after the first station debuted.
Lee Majors’ starring vehicle, ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ premiered on ABC-TV.
CBS-TV aired the 100th episodes of both the sitcom ‘Good Times’ and ‘Northern Exposure,’ 17 years apart.
And prolific producer Norman Lear scored yet another sitcom spinoff as ‘The Jeffersons’ (as pictured) debuted on CBS-TV.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 18th INSIDE.

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Published on January 17, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Sunday in Broadcast History .. January the 17th…

 .. Happy 85th Birthday to Jim Robson! On This Day in 1903  actor/game show host Warren Hull was born in Gasport NY. A movie actor in the 30’s, he turned to radio in the 40’s with announcer/host roles on such shows as Your Hit Parade and Vox Pop. Hull was also the emcee of Spin To Win, only […]

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Published on January 16, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Saturday in Broadcast History .. January the16th…

The pioneering sci-fi series ‘The Outer Limits’ aired for the final time on ABC-TV.
CBS-TV’s Ed Sulllivan Show featured songs by Mike Douglas and The Lettermen, with comedy by impressionist Frank Gorshin, and Vancouver’s Mimi Hines teamed with husband Phil Ford.
After 15 years in the spot Terry Reid left the QM/FM morning show.
Five years after he retired polls declared CBS anchorman emeritus Walter Cronkite to STILL be the ‘most trusted man in America.’
And America’s 6th national TV network UPN (Universal-Paramount Network) began telecasting.
ALL the milestones for Jan. 16th INSIDE.

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Published on January 15, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Friday in Broadcast History .. January the 15th…

ON THIS DAY in 1899 Goodman Ace was born in Kansas City.  He was a radio/TV actor/writer/columnist/humorist. He co-starred with wife Jane in the unique daily 15-minute radio “laugh novelty” Easy Aces, which ran for 18 years, mostly on CBS. It dramatized to comedic effect their “real” lives together. Later he wrote radio scripts for Danny Kaye, […]

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Published on January 14, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher