SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. May 20th

IT WAS MAY 20th … when the Canadian Marconi Company station X-W-A, later CFCF, in Montreal aired a musical concert, the first scheduled radio broadcast in North America, and possibly the world…
When CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show featured Peggy Lee, The Brothers Four (from Seattle), and retired baseball great Jackie Robinson ….
When the 25th Emmy Awards gave top honors to The Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore…
..and when the final episodes of ‘Barney Miller’ and the original run of ‘Roseanne’ aired on ABC-TV… and the ‘Cheers’ finale was seen on NBC.
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Published on May 19, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Thundermug have today’s almost forgotten track

In a little less than a year the Junos road show will touch down in a citty I lived in for more than forty years, and to which I return often. I was there a couple couple of weeks ago, and, as often happens, worked with Bill Durst and Joe DeAngelis on a show,,,Bill and Joe were at one time half of a band called Thundermug along with Jim Corbett and Ed Pranskus…

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Published on May 17, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. May 18th

IT WAS MAY 18th … when radio’s espionage adventure drama Counterspy premiered on the Blue Network, beginning a 15-year run…
When 18-year-old singer Jackie DeShannon made her network television debut on CBS-TV’s Jackie Gleason Show…
When the final episode of “Baretta” aired on ABC TV, and the last “Murphy Brown” ran on CBS …
..and when after 50 years with the station Jack Cullen aired his final “Owl Prowl” on CKNW as it moved to a fulltime news/talk format.
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Neil Diamond has today’s almost forgotten track

From humble beginnings is a phrase that, truly, can be applied to almost everyone who becomes a success…Neil Diamond was a kid who wanted to write songs and was good enough to become a part of the community centred around The Brill Building in NYC, the heart of tin pan alley…

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

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. May 17th

IT WAS MAY 17th … when the quiz show for the intelligentsia “Information Please!” began its 10-year run on radio, the first 2.5 years on the NBC Blue Network…
When the final episode of Groucho’s radio/TV quiz show “You Bet Your Life” was taped …
When the Elton John TV special “Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things” aired on ABC…
When Barry Manilow guested on the season finale of ‘Murphy Brown’ on CBS-TV …
..and when NBC-TV paid $5 million for the rights to air the 1939 movie blockbuster “Gone with the Wind” just one time.
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Hank Snow has today’s almost forgotten track

There’s a show called Coast Australia that I’ve been watching, and it got me to thinking about this classic, performed here in the version we all know best by Liverpool, Nova Scotia’s native son Hank Snow…

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Published on May 15, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 16th

IT WAS MAY 16th … when the first radio broadcast of the Kentucky Derby was heard via Louisville’s WHAS …
When the popular radio thriller ‘The Whistler’ debuted on Columbia’s West Coast network, sponsored by Signal Oil …
When ‘Cross Canada Check Up,’ the national open line show, debuted on CBC Radio. It has continued for 53 years so far…
When ABC aired what turned out to be the final TV special from The Carpenters …
When the popular series ‘In the Heat of the Night,’ ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ and ‘Baywatch Nights’ ended their first runs on national TV.
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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Doing the right thing even when it’s hard, by Paul Kaye

Recently, I found myself quite unexpectedly faced with a difficult decision.  I was stuck between a preverbal rock and hard place with a choice to be made. If I did what I felt was right that would mean letting people down

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Published on May 14, 2018 at 9:20 pm by Voice Over

Les Paul with Dicky Betts have today’s almost forgotten track

This clip doesn’t really fit the Almost Forgotten concept, as you’ll recognise much of what you hear instantly, but when I went looking for Dickey Betts this morning I stumbled upon this clip…

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. May 15th

IT WAS MAY 15th … when Victoria radio station CJVI 1480 moved to AM 900 and doubled its power to 1,000 watts …
When 16 year old Brenda Lee guested as struggling singer “Tina Davis” on an episode of the CBS-TV sitcom “Make Room For Daddy”…
When the 91st and final episode of the original series”Starsky and Hutch”(pictured) aired on ABC-TV…
..and when one of Canada’s most successful entertainment exports, “SCTV Network, ” a 90-minute variety/comedy show debuted on NBC.
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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson