Saturday in Broadcast History .. August the 8th, with Michael Easton

ON THIS DAY in 1907 jazz musician Benny Carter was born in Harlem.  The versatile alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the 1990s, and was recognized as such by other jazz musicians who called him King.  He died July 12, 2003 at age 95.   In 1910, […]

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Published on August 7, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Voice Over

Alan Cross: What Happens To Music?

Alan Cross loves music. Over the last few months we have done a few episodes discussing radio on a pandemic planet. But what about the music industry? What about the business side of music? It is especially curious given that music’s entire business model has been turned on its head since 1999. Income has shifted from selling physical music to subscriptions and live touring; the latter of which is now effectively cancelled for this year, and possibly next year.

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Published on August 6, 2020 at 9:33 pm by Voice Over

Friday in Broadcast History .. August 7th, with Michael Easton

IT WAS AUG. 7th … when just months before the US was pulled into WWII, WNBT, Channel 4 in New York City, broadcast TV’s first audience-participation show in which studio guests played charades….
When Martin Kane, Private Eye was first heard on Mutual radio….
When 16-year-old Paul Anka (pictured) made his U.S. television debut on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, lip-synching to his first hit “Diana”…
..and when the reality series Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels had its premiere on the A&E cable network.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Thursday in Broadcast History .. August 6th with Michael Easton

IT WAS AUG. 6th … when one of radio’s first serials, Real Folks debuted on NBC radio…
When singer Dinah Shore started her own Sunday evening show on the NBC Blue radio network. Later Dinah would also have a successful TV career spanning more than three decades…
When Chubby Checker appeared on Dick Clark’s Saturday Night Beechnut Show (ABC TV) and introduced ‘The Twist’…
When Jon Stewart closed out his 16 years as host of ‘The Daily Show’ …
When MOJO RADIO debuted in Vancouver on AM730 with “talk radio for guys” (which would prove to be a mistake)…
..and after establishing himself on Mexican border powerhouses, Wolfman Jack (pictured) debuted on WNBC Radio New York.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on August 5, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Michael Easton

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. August 5th with Michael Easton

IT WAS AUGUST 5th .. when KDKA Pittsburgh aired the first-ever baseball play by play, with pioneering announcer Harold Arlin at the mike …
When the daily radio drama “Backstage Wife” first aired on a network (Mutual), after proving popular for a few months on Chicago’s WGN. It moved to NBC a year later, and to CBS two decades later!…
When after becoming a huge TV hit in Philadelphia, Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” made its debut on ABC…
.. and when Prince George (BC) got its second private radio station as CJCI 620 signed on the air. “C.I.” stood for Central Interior…
ALL the milestones for Aug. 5th INSIDE!

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Published on August 4, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Michael Easton

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. August 4th, with Michael Easton

IT WAS AUG. 4th … when the first tennis match on radio was aired on Pittsburgh’s KDKA, the first US commercial station…
When the CBC carried out Canada’s first television transmission from a helicopter…
When the Everly Bros. sang ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show …
When the Federal Communications Commission voted 4-0 to rescind the so-called ‘Fairness Doctrine’…
..and when two on-camera stars of Vancouver’s BCTV, Ron Morrier and Robert Malcolm (pictured), signed off forever.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on August 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Michael Easton

Sunday in Broadcast History .. August 2nd, with Michael Easton

IT WAS AUG. 2nd .. when the TV station now known as KCPQ (FOX 13) in Tacoma-Seattle, began broadcasting as KMO-TV Tacoma…
When Canadian-born CBS correspondent Morley Safer (pictured) sent the first TV report from Vietnam indicating the US was losing the war…
When CHUM-owned TV stations in Victoria, London, Barrie, Wingham, Windsor and Ottawa became A-Channels…
…and when radio station WHTZ-FM, Newark, New Jersey (serving New York City and environs) – signed on as “Z100” with Scott Shannon and the “Morning Zoo”. It went from “worst to first” in just a few months.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on August 1, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Michael Easton

Saturday in Broadcast History .. August 1st, with Michael Easton

IT WAS AUG. 1st …when CKWX signed on from studios in Vancouver’s Belmont Hotel, after being known previously as CFDC Nanaimo …
When Mutual radio debuted “The Goodwill Hour”, with its familiar phrase, “You have a friend and advisor in John J. Anthony”…
When Victoria radio station CKDA 1340 moved to AM 1280 and increased its power from 250 watts to 5000 watts…
When an era ended on Vancouver’s CKNW as both Philip Till and Bill Good closed out their talk show careers ….
When Kelowna’s AM 1150 switched from a country music format to Oldies….
..and when “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” launched on CBS-TV with a short summer run followed by three successful regular seasons.
ALL the milestones for Aug. 1st INSIDE.

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Published on July 31, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Michael Easton

Stu Jefferies: Morning Boom 97.3 Toronto

If you’re a Gen Xer, you likely know Stu Jefferies. He was the host of the venerable CBC TV show Good Rockin’ Tonight which ran from 1983 to 1993. The Canadian reply to NBC’s Friday Night Videos carried it’s weight and powered the Cancon to kids whose parents were too cheap to spring for MuchMusic.

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Published on July 29, 2020 at 10:47 pm by Voice Over

Thursday in Broadcast History .. July 30th, with Michael Easton

IT WAS JULY 30th … when radio crime drama ‘The Shadow’ began its 24 year run, the first two years on CBS….
When the popular radio soap opera, ‘The Guiding Light’, was seen for the first time on CBS television…
When the soap opera “Santa Barbara” debuted on NBC TV; day 1 of an 8 1/2 year run…
..and when NBC’s ‘L.A. Law’ was nominated for 20 Emmy Awards, one shy of the record held by ‘Hill Street Blues.’
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Michael Easton