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Thursday in Broadcast History .. June 20th

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IT WAS JUNE 20th … when American Bandstand celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 90-minute prime time ABC-TV special. Paul Anka, Neil Diamond, Frankie Avalon, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Little Richard, Three Dog Night, and Cheech & Chong were among the performers appearing…. When the last of the original CBC-TV-produced Don Messer’s Jubilee shows aired, following a Saturday night hockey game… When “Price is Right” model Janice Pennington was knocked out when she was struck by a TV camera during a taping of the show at CBS Television City in L.A.… …and when Howard Stern (pictured) began his 30-minute TV show, a digest version of his morning radio show, on the E! cable network. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. June 19th

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IT WAS JUNE 19th … when Gillette became the first-ever network TV sponsor on NBC-TV’s coverage of the Billy Conn-Joe Lewis heavyweight boxing match,… When the Goodson-Todman game show ‘I’ve Got a Secret’ with Garry Moore as host (pictured), debuted on CBS-TV… When at the height of the folk music boom, the Kingston Trio debuted their own weekday show on CBS Radio… and when Roberta Flack hosted her ABC-TV musical special, “Roberta Flack… The First Time Ever,” with The Blossoms and Seals & Crofts as guests. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Monday in Broadcast History .. June 17th

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IT WAS JUNE 17th ..when NBC’s WNBT-TV, channel 4 in New York City, was granted the first construction permit to operate a commercial TV station in the United States… When ‘Suspense,’ radio’s outstanding theatre of thrills, began its 20-year run on CBS… When Seattle’s KOL-FM 94.1 switched from automated background music to “Progressive Rock”… When Vancouver’s CKWX (now News1130) moved to new studios at 2440 Ash Street… ..and when “The Discovery Channel” first appeared on U.S. cable systems. First program was “Iceberg Alley.” ALL the milestones for June 17th INSIDE.

Sunday in Broadcast History .. June 16th

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IT WAS JUNE 16th .. when the first network TV news aired in the US on Dumont’s “News from Washington”… When the great Dave Garroway was fired as host of NBC-TV's 'Today Show'.... When the sitcom ‘My Little Margie’ debuted on CBS-TV… When the Vancouver-filmed TV series 'The Dead Zone" debuted on the USA cable channel ... When “The Dean Martin Summer Show” featuring the comedy team of Rowan & Martin, debuted on NBC-TV… ..and when the CRTC authorized the XM & Sirius satellite subscription-based radio/music services for Canadian consumers. ALL the milestones for the date

Saturday in Broadcast History ..

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IT WAS JUNE 15th .. when the first-ever radio broadcast of live music took place from Chelmsford, England, featuring Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba… When the rural TV comedy/musical show “Hee Haw” with Roy Clark, Buck Owens & Canadian Don Harron, premiered on CBS… When Rev. David Mainse broadcast the first “100 Huntley Street” program out of its studios at the said address in downtown Toronto… ..and when 83-year-old Bob Barker’s final appearance as emcee of CBS TV’s”The Price Is Right” aired. He had hosted the game show for 35 years! ALL the milestones for June 15th INSIDE.

Friday in Broadcast History .. June 14th

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IT WAS JUNE 14th … when a U.S. President was heard on the radio for the first time. President Warren G. Harding dedicated the Francis Scott Key Memorial and was heard on Baltimore’s WEAR … When “The Happy Gang” troupe of musicians, led by Bert Pearl, made their first broadcast on station CRCT, the C-B-C flagship station in Toronto. It became a NATIONAL listening habit 4 months later… When after 12 years Harold Peary played the role of 'The Great Gildersleeve' on NBC radio for the last time … When Toronto's CHUM Radio published its final hit music chart ... ..and when NBC-TV’s action-adventure series “A Team,” aired for the last time. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Monday in Broadcast History .. June 10th

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IT WAS JUNE 10th … when Ed Sullivan’s 19th Anniversary Show on CBS-TV featured Spanky & Our Gang with their big hit, “Sunday Will Never Be the Same”…. When Gary Lewis and the Playboys (pictured) performed their biggest hit “This Diamond Ring” on NBC-TV’s “Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.” When the TV horror anthology series “Tales From The Crypt” aired the first of its 93 episodes on US cable channel HBO… ..and when the quirky TV serial drama “Twin Peaks” (the original series) aired for the final time on ABC. ALL the milestones for June 10th INSIDE.

Sunday in Broadcast History .. June 9th

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In 1915, one of the most influential guitarists in pop music history, Les Paul was born. In 1958, “The Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley topped the singles charts and stayed there for 6 weeks. Chilliwack’s CHWK AM1270 received approval to flip to FM.. in 2017, Glen Campbell‘s (pictured) 64th and final album “Adios” was released.  He would be dead two months later.

Saturday in Broadcast History .. June 8th

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IT WAS JUNE 8th .. in the earliest experimental days of television when WGY-TV in Schenectady, NY revamped its regular program schedule. While continuing to broadcast three days a week, there were only two times each day that viewers could watch TV: 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. and 11:30 to Midnight… It was a different June 8th …..when ‘Lassie’ debuted on ABC radio. It was a 15-minute show about an extraordinary collie… When the future ‘Mr. Television’ Milton Berle made his debut as host of NBC-TV’s ‘Texaco Star Theatre’…. When Saskatoon radio listeners were first treated to programming from CKOM … ..and when the show that introduced us to John Travolta, “Welcome Back, Kotter” aired its final episode on ABC TV. ALL the milestones for June 8th INSIDE.

Friday in Broadcast History .. June 7th

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IT WAS JUNE 7th … when NBC radio presented The Lux Radio Theatre for the final time. For almost all of its 21 years it had brightened the CBS Radio schedule … When children’s puppet show stars Kukla, Fran Allison and Ollie (at right), along with the Boston Pops Orchestra, were stars of the first network TV broadcast shown in “compatible color”… When the “Johnny Cash Show” debuted as a summer series on ABC-TV … ..and when bandleader Ricky Minor jumped from FOX-TV to NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” replacing Kevin Eubanks. ALL the milestones for June 7th INSIDE.