SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 18th

It’s the date that brought us Linda Evans, Elizabeth Perkins, Owen Wilson, Imogene Coca, Johnny Mercer, Dorothy Collins, and NBC host/journalist Megyn Kelly.
Edward R. Murrow’s acclaimed documentary series ‘See It Now’ debuted on CBS-TV;
‘As It Happens’ started it’s nearly 50 year run on CBC Radio;
the first CanCon rules for TV were announced;
CKNW Radio boosted its power to 5,000 watts at 1320 KHz;
ABC-TV aired Britney Spears’ first TV concert;
and Fats Domino sang ‘Blueberry Hill’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
Nov. 18th claimed the lives of bandleaders Ted Heath and Cab Calloway, singers Dorothy Kirsten and Hal Dickenson (The Modernaires), composer Cy Coleman and actor Harold J. Stone.
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Published on November 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Steppenwolf has today’s almost forgotten track

one of the reasons I started this series in the first place was to give exposure, once again, to tracks that used to be part of our radio listening experience that somehow got left behind…

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Published on November 16, 2017 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 17th

Happy Birthday to Canadians Gordon Lightfoot, Lorne Michaels and Rachel McAdams. Also born this date were the late Rock Hudson, Archie Campbell and Jack Lescoulie.
Calgary’s CHQR began broadcasting at 810 KHz with 10,000 watts;
Edgar Bergen and his dummy Charlie McCarthy became overnight sensations after guesting on NBC radio’s ‘Rudy Vallee Show’;
Rush Limbaugh returned to the airwaves after a month in drug rehab;
FOX-TV aired the US’ first condom ad;
longtime CBS newsman Roger Mudd (pictured) began working for NBC News;
and Elton John recorded his next album live on New York’s WABC-FM.
Passing away Nov. 17th were Chicago radio children’s favorite Ireene Wicker, big band singer Bob Eberly, announcer Bill Baldwin, and country music’s Don Gibson.
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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Manfred Mann has today’s almost forgotten track

Manfred Mann and his band occasionally recorded their own compositions, but the ones usually released as singles generally came from other writers, including, often, Bob Dylan…

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Published on November 15, 2017 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo have today’s almost forgotten track

when Paul Simon went to South Africa to explore and record the music of the then troubled nation, he fell into international criticism for ignoring the sanctions regarding performers working in that nation…

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Published on November 14, 2017 at 9:04 pm by Greg Simpson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 15th

Happy Birthday to Ed Asner, Sam Waterston, C.W. McCall, Kevin Eubanks, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, newsman John Roberts, Shalene Woodley and Jack Burns.
The National Broadcasting Company began operations with 24 radio stations;
Bellingham’s KVOS AM 1200 fired up with 100 watts;
TV’s first remote occurred when the cameras of NBC New York’s W2XBT covered a fire;
Edmonton’s CKRA-FM (‘Capital FM’) signed on to 96.3 MHz;
‘Dallas’ episode 100 was seen on CBS-TV;
and the Rolling Stones made their first appearance on NBC-TV’s primetime ‘Hullabaloo.’
Obits this date include Lionel Barrymore, Enid Markey, Dennis Cole, former CBS owner Larry Tisch, Cincinnati baseball broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, and (pictured) John Morgan of the Royal Canadian Air Farce.
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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Dave Wheeler joins Matt Cundill on the ‘Sound Off’ Podcast

Dave Wheeler is the morning host at 92 CITI-FM in Winnipeg. Along with Rena Jae and recent addition Dave Turnbull, they continue to be one of Winnipeg’s top morning shows.

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Lowell Fulson & Lloyd Glenn have today’s almost forgotten track

a little blues for you today, featuring a song that’s been covered successfully by dozens, without most remembering where it came from…

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Published on November 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 14th

It’s the date of birth for actors Dick Powell, McLean Stevenson (pictured), Josh Duhamel, Betsy Brandt, Rosemary DeCamp, and Brian Keith, and singers Martha Tilton, Morton Downey and Johnny Desmond.
Chicago radio station KYW was the first to air a professional opera as it was being staged;
the BBC began domestic radio service;
the Go-Go’s made their national TV debut as guests on NBC’s Saturday Night Live;
and the Dave Clark Five performed ‘Over & Over’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
It’s the day Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra recorded their legendary ‘Opus #1′;
Eddie Fisher recorded his 3rd #1 hit ‘Oh My Pa-Pa.’
And the date we lost America’s first news anchor who did yeoman work on both radio & TV, Robert Trout of CBS News.
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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Rory Gallagher has today’s almost forgotten track

Enough time has passed since I last posted something by Rory Gallagher that I think it’s time we did again…Rory was, easily, among my ten favourite British Isles bred blues players, and from Taste through to his solo work always had a sound that was totally his own…

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Published on November 12, 2017 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson