Wednesday in Broadcast History .. October 28th…

Happy Birthday to Julia Roberts, Joaquim Phoenix, Dennis Franz, Brad Paisley, Cleo Laine and Andy Richter.
New York’s WEAF aired the first college football game on a radio network;
Jack Benny took his immensely popular radio show to CBS-TV;
The same network broadcast the 100th episode of ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ and a year later on Oct. 29 the 100th ‘Dick Van Dyke Show.’
Red Barber resigned from broadcasting Brooklyn Dodger games to join Mel Allen and the New York Yankees,
Elvis made his 2nd appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show (pictured),
and the flying cowboy radio serial ‘Sky King’ debuted on ABC.
Obits this date include ex-KJR deejay Bwana Johnny, Porter Wagoner, Beryl Davis, James MacArthur, Leon Janney, and pioneer Vancouver sportscaster Leo Nicholson.
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Published on October 27, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. October 27th

It’s the date that brought us John Cleese, Nanette Fabray, Matt Drudge, Floyd Cramer, Kelly Osbourne, and Manitoba-born comic actor Jack Carson.
Pittsburgh’s pioneer radio station KDKA was granted a broadcast license,
‘Disneyland’ began a long Sunday night run on ABC & CBC televison,
Groucho’s quiz show ‘You Bet Your Life’ (pictured) debuted on ABC Radio;
Jane Morgan sang ‘Fascination’ on the Ed Sullivan Show,
and 11 years later Mary Hopkin sang ‘Those Were the Days’ on the same CBS-TV showcase.
‘Knots Landing’ began its 10th season on CBS-TV,
and Jane Pauley announced she would be ending her 13 years on NBC-TV’s ‘Today Show.’
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Published on October 26, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Sunday in Broadcast History .. October 25th

It’s a birthday for Marion Ross, Helen Reddy, James Carville and Katy Perry; also for the late ANNIS STUKUS (pictured), Bobby Gimby, Minnie Pearl and Leo G. Carroll.
The longrunnning radio soap opera “Stella Dallas” debuted on New York’s WEAF;
Ed Sullivan introduced The Rolling Stones to North American TV audiences;
‘Newhart’ premiered on CBS-TV; the 200th episode of ‘Cheers’ aired on NBC-TV;
and Rick Nelson played a dramatic role on ABC-TV’s ‘Streets of San Francisco.’
Obits for Oct. 25th include Vincent Price, Roger Miller, Richard Harris, Mildred Natwick, Forrest Tucker and early radio balladeer Morton Downey,
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Published on October 24, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Tony Lorino – Throwback Nation – ‘Sound Off’ Podcast

Things got a little weird at a conference a few years ago. There was a Michael Jackson impersonator, then the next conference it was Prince, then Madonna…. what was going on? Turns out those impersonators were a stunt by the people at Throwback Nation, a newly created syndicated show that was going to be targeting Classic hits stations across America.

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Published on October 23, 2020 at 9:20 pm by Michael Easton

Friday in Broadcast History .. October 23rd,

Happy Birthday to Weird Al Yankovic, Dwight Yoakam, Cat Deeley, Nancy Grace, and Vancouver’s Ryan Reynolds. It’s also the date of birth of the late Johnny Carson, CNN’s John Holliman, and actor James Daly.
Comedian FRED ALLEN and his wife Portland (pictured) made their radio debut on CBS;
Jonathan Winters became a TV star with his first special on NBC;
and rocker Axl Rose gave his first live interview in years on ABC-TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Vernon B.C.’s radio station CICF started broadcasting on 1050 KHz;
Allen Freed’s All Star Rock ‘n’ Roll Show played Vancouver’s Georgia Auditorium, tickets cost $2.50;
and 12 year old ‘Little’ Stevie Wonder recorded his first Motown single.
Obits on Oct. 23rd include Al Jolson, country music’s Maybelle Carter, NBC newswoman Jessica Savitch, CBS News boss William Leonard, and baritone Robert Merrill.
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Published on October 22, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Thursday in Broadcast History .. October 22nd,

It’s the date MARIE OSMOND (pictured) fainted during a live telecast of ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’; Alan Freed brought his all-star rock ‘n’ roll show to Portland; and the Kingston Trio guested on NBC-TV’s WWII drama ‘Convoy.’
Tommy Edwards scored his biggest selling #1 ‘It’s All in the Game,’ and ten years later to the day, passed away. The Beach Boys released their next Chart Topper ‘Good Vibrations,’ while Chubby Checker did ‘The Twist’ on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Happy Birthday to Vancouver breakfast broadcaster Kim Seale and to Howard Stern’s mother,
while at the other end, obits for Oct. 22 include Soupy Sales, Cleavon Little, Mary Wickes, Melfort Sask.’s Arthur Hill, sportscaster Red Barber, and CBS Newsman Robert Pierpoint.
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Published on October 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. October 21st…

Happy Birthday to Kim Kardashian, Judge Judy, Manfred Mann, and the Honeymooner’s Joyce Randolph.
Also born this date were the late ROBERT CLOTHIER (pictured) of ‘The Beachcombers,’ Dizzy Gillespie and Hy Averbach.
The UK’s Cliff Richard appeared on CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show.’
Elton John received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Johnny Mathis scored a #1 hit with ‘Chances Are,’
and Chuck Berry topped the charts with ‘My Ding-a-Ling.’
Bob Dylan finished his first album for Columbia,
Carl Perkins taped a special for US cable in London,
and the new owners of BC radio stations in Powell River and Courtenay changed formats.
Passing on this date were BC broadcasters Bob Hall and Daryl Duke, musicians Edmundo Ros and Bill Black, WWII pinup Marie McDonald, Fred Berry of ‘What’s Happening,’ and Canadian patent medicine radio pitchman Gilbert Templeton.
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Published on October 20, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. October 20th…

Happy Birthday to actor Viggo Mortensen, ‘The Waltons’ Eric Scott, ‘The Office’s John Krasinski, country music’s Wanda Jackson, plus the late Tom Petty, Jerry Ohrbach, Arlene Francis, Grandpa Jones, Dr. Joyce Brothers (pictured) and Will Rogers Jr.
Lee DeForest demonstrated his major invention, the electric vacuum radio tube;
‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ debuted on the NBC Red network;
ironman news anchor Robert Trout joined CBS radio;
’Break the Bank’ debuted on Mutual radio;
Walter Cronkite introduced the CBS-TV documentary series, ‘The Twentieth Century’,
and Canada’s first private TV station signed on in Sudbury Ontario.
Signing off forever were actors Burt Lancaster and Jane Wyatt, plus country music’s Merle Travis.
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Published on October 19, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Monday in Broadcast History .. October 19th…

The birthday of Jim Reeves, the Kingston Trio’s Dave Guard, actors Robert Reed and John Lithgow, Canada’s Tommy Ambrose, Nashville’s Charlie Chase, and TV builder extraordinaire Ty Pennington.
Arthur Godfrey fired singer Julius LaRosa (both pictured) live on CBS Radio;
‘Big Town’ starring Edward G. Robinson debuted on CBS radio;
Henry Ford made his first speech on early radio;
Florence Henderson joined NBC’s Today Show,
and CKEK signed on 570 kc. to give Cranbrook BC its own radio service.
Obits Oct. 19th include Phillips H. Lord who created radio hits ‘Gangbusters’ and ‘Mr. District Attorney’;
plus Tom Bosley, Martha Raye, Phyllis Kirk, and Noel Harrison.
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Published on October 18, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Sunday in Broadcast History October 18th…

Happy Birthday to musician Wynton Marsalis, actors Joe Morton, Zac Efron, Pam Dawber, Erin Moran, and former broadcaster & BC Lieutenant Governor Iona Campagnolo (pictured).
‘Perry Mason’ debuted on CBS radio daytime,
the sitcom ‘Roseanne’ premiered on ABC-TV,
the Jackson 5 made their TV debut on ABC-TV’s ‘Hollywood Palace,’
Lloyd Robertson joined Harvey Kirck on CTV National News,
and Pamela Martin joined Bill Good Jr. on the anchor desk at CTV Vancouver,
Deaths this date include inventor Thomas Alva Edison, actresses Julie London and Gwen Verdon, NBC newswoman Nancy Dickerson, and singer Dee Dee Warwick.
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Published on October 17, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher