SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. May 30th

IT WAS MAY 30th … when America’s Town Meeting debuted on NBC Blue (the predecessor to ABC radio). First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the debaters on the opener…
When the first major league baseball network telecast saw Cleveland down the Chicago White Sox 7-2…
When future Canadian superstar Anne Murray (pictured) signed a contract with C-B-C-TV’s “Singalong Jubilee.’ She would be paid between $71.50 and $99 per show …
When an early experiment with sports talk radio came to an end on Vancouver’s AM 730 …
..and when CKPG-AM (Prince George) and its news-talk format gave way at noon, to replacement FM station CKDV 99.3 “The Drive” with a classic rock format.
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Published on May 29, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. May 29th

IT WAS MAY 29th … when the soon-to-be #1 daytime soap ‘When a Girl Marries’ debuted on CBS Radio. It moved to NBC in 1941 and to ABC in 1951 for a total run of 18 years….
When Allen Funt’s “Candid Camera,” which began on radio as “Candid Microphone,” debuted on NBC TV….
When 20-year-old Barbra Streisand made an appearance on CBS TV’s “The Garry Moore Show”…
..and when 16-year-old Michael J. Fox (pictured) made his professional acting debut in the CBC TV series “Leo and Me.”
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Published on May 28, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. May 28th

IT WAS MAY 28th … when The Temptations headlined CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show, along with pop singers Robert Goulet and Jane Morgan …
When The Association made their TV debut on CBS’s ‘Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ …
When the ‘Dave Thomas Comedy Show’ debuted as a summer replacement for CBS-TV …
When NBC announced that Brian Williams would succeed Tom Brokaw as anchor of the network’s ‘Nightly News’ …
When Vancouver’s NW 2 AM 730 gave up its 15-months-long All-News radio battle with News 1130 ..
..and when bandleader Kevin Eubanks (pictured) left NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ after 16 years of supporting Jay Leno.
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Published on May 27, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 27th

IT WAS MAY 27th … when Frank Sinatra (pictured) made his TV debut as he guested on NBC’s “Star-Spangled Review,” hosted by another show biz legend, Bob Hope…
When Toronto’s CHUM AM 1050 became the first Canadian fulltime top-40 radio station and published its first hit record chart…
When the final episodes of the sitcoms “Mork and Mindy,” “Punky Brewster” & “Bosom Buddies” aired on ABC-TV…
..and when Jim & Tammy Bakker appeared on ABC’s “Nightline” following their evangelical TV scandal.
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Published on May 26, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Kim Blair – Magic Talk Network, Auckland, New Zealand

I met Kim Blair back in 2013. He was looking to make a change in his radio career and was leaving Australia behind in search of a more a country that was going to offer more of a challenge for him. Consolidation has caught up with Australia and Canada as well. In the months after we had dinner together, he found his new home in Auckland, New Zealand, where the radio is as competitive as any radio market names New York or Los Angeles

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TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 26th

IT WAS MAY 26th … when Canadian radio pioneer Reginald Fessenden was granted a patent for the liquid barretter microphone…
When Carl Perkins finally appeared on NBC-TV’s “The Perry Como Show” singing his milion-selling version of “Blue Suede Shoes,” two months after he was injured in an MVA enroute to the show ….
When the Rolling Stones were guests on ABC-TV’s weekly music showcase “Shindig!” along with Sonny & Cher, Jackie De Shannon, and Jimmy Rodgers ..
..and when Fantasia Barrino (pictured) was named winner of the third edition of Fox TV’s “American Idol,” edging out Diana DeGarmo.
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Published on May 25, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

MEMORIAL DAY in Broadcast History .. Mon. May 25th

IT WAS MAY 25th … when the 16th Annual Emmy Awards saw top honors go to “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and its stars, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore…
When “The Brady Bunch Hour” aired for the final time on ABC-TV…
When after a 20 year break CBS Radio resumed weekly Major League Baseball playbyplay …
When the final episode of Tim Allen’s ‘Home Improvement’ aired on ABC ..
When Jay Leno took over NBC-TV’s “Tonight Show,” replacing Johnny Carson as regular host. Leno’s first guest was Billy Crystal…
..and when Ringo Starr was a guest on CBS-TVs “Late Show With David Letterman.”
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Published on May 24, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. May 24th

IT WAS MAY 24th .. when the Canadian Parliament passed a bill establishing the CBC as a national broadcasting system …
When Nanaimo BC got its own 250 watt radio station, CHUB 1570, with the first day featuring live coverage of the Empire Day Parade …
When Randy Bachman and his Canadian band the Guess Who made their U.S. television debut on ABC’s “American Bandstand”…
..and when Dean Martin (pictured with The Golddiggers) concluded his 9-year run as star of a weekly variety show on NBC-TV.
ALL the milestones for May 24th INSIDE.

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Published on May 23, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. May 23rd

IT WAS MAY 23rd .. when pioneering Seattle radio station KOL first signed on ….
When CBS gave Johnny Carson a summer TV game show called ‘Earn Your Vacation’…
When ‘Star Trek: the Next Generation,’ ‘Star Trek: Voyager,’ and the ABC-TV sitcom ‘Full House’ aired their final episodes …
When ABC televised its third Barry Manilow Special, with John Denver as special guest …
,,and when Jordin Sparks (pictured), at age 17, became the youngest-ever winner of FOX-TV’s American Idol on its season-ending telecast.
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Published on May 22, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Evo Terra’s Podcast Pontifications

Evo Terra is the host of Podcast Pontifications. A short form podcast providing insights into the future of podcasting. As luck would have it, news of the Joe Rogan signing to Spotify broke the day before recording of the episode.

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