TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 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.
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Published on January 20, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 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.
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Published on January 19, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 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.’
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Published on January 18, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 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.
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Published on January 17, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 17th

A full page newspaper ad heralded the move of C-FUN AM1410 to 1900 West 4th Avenue.
Robert Blake starred as ‘Baretta’ debuted on ABC-TV.
Garth Brooks’ first TV special aired in NBC prime time.
‘Larry King Live’ gave way to a notable CNN failure, ‘Piers Morgan Tonight.’
The journalistic series ‘Frontline’ made its first appearance on PBS.
And after 29 years on the air, Phil Donahue (pictured) announced that his syndicated talk show would end at the end of the season.
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Published on January 16, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 16th

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.
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Published on January 15, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 15th

CKNW moved its studios from downtown New Westminster to a former Safeway location at 815 McBride Boulevard.
Saskatchewan-born Art Linkletter (pictured) introduced his longrunning (22 years) daytime hit ‘House Party’ on CBS radio.
Ed Sullivan insisted that the Rolling Stones change the lyrics of their hit ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together’ or they’d be banned from his CBS-TV Sunday night showcase.
The retro sitcom ‘Happy Days’ started its memorable 11 year run on ABC-TV.
And Gene Shalit started his 37-year career as movie critic on NBC-TV’s ‘Today Show.’
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Published on January 14, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 14th

68 years ago today, NBC-TV aired the premiere ediition of the longrunning ‘Today Show,’ hosted by the legendary Dave Garroway (pictured).
‘The Bionic Woman’ starring Lindsay Wagner debuted on ABC-TV, while ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ started its run on CBS.
One billion viewers worldwide watched the live TV special, ‘Elvis – Aloha from Hawaii.’
David Letterman announced his pending departure from NBC, and then 7 years later to the date underwent emergency open heart surgery.
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Published on January 13, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 13th

After more than 13 years on ABC-TV’s daytime schedule ‘Ryan’s Hope’ aired its final episode.
The Canadian band Rush headlined a “Canada for Asia” tsunami-relief CBC telethon in Toronto.
The ‘made-in Canada’ action series ‘La Femme Nikita’ debuted on the USA cable channel.
The 100th episode of NYPD Blue aired on ABC.
Samantha (Eliz. Montgomery) gave birth to baby Tabitha on ABC-TV’s ‘Bewitched.’
And we lost two luminaries of early CBC television as comedian Frank Shuster and news anchor Earl Cameron died.
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Published on January 12, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Jan. 12th

‘Sam ‘n’ Henry,’ the local Chicago series that set the pattern for the legendary national radio hit, ‘Amos ‘n’ Andy’ debuted on WGN.
Another Chicago origination, the hit children’s puppet show ‘Kukla Fran & Ollie’ had its premiere on NBC-TV.
The live-action (Pow! Zonk!) ‘Batman’ series debuted on ABC-TV.
And ‘All in the Family’ episode 1 was seen on CBS, featuring TV’s first toilet flush.
Happy Birthday to Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, and Christiane Amanpour!
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Published on January 11, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson