TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 19th

It’s the date the late iconic voice of the Seattle Mariners, Dave Niehaus was born.
Sammy Davis Jr. kissed the biggotted Archie Bunker to great hilarity on CBS-TV’s ‘All in the Family’ (pictured).
Dick Clark staged the first “American Music Awards” on ABC TV.
The Four Tops, Pat Boone and Pearl Bailey headlined ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on CBS-TV.
Toronto radio station CFRB was officially launched.
And Calgary was introduced to radio station Q-107 as CKIK-FM switched to Classic Hits.
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Published on February 18, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

FAMILY DAY/PRESIDENTS’ DAY in Broadcast History .. Mon. Feb. 18th

Canadian-born movie star Glenn Ford was the subject of NBC-TV’s ‘This is Your Life.’
The Everly Brothers sang their latest hit. ‘Cryin’ in the Rain’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
Career broadcasters Harvey Kirck and Harry Caray died, while Gordon Lightfoot was falsely reported to have died.
A US religious group cancelled Pat Boone’s weekly gospel music show after he appeared in black leather and fake tattoos on the American Music Awards show.
And the mini-series ‘Roots: the Next Generation’ began its 7-night run on ABC-TV.
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Published on February 17, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 17th

Johnny Cash was Ralph Edwards’ surprised guest of honor on NBC-TV’s ‘This Is Your Life’ (pictured).
After five years on Minnesota radio only, Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” was first broadcast nationally on NPR.
Aerosmith were the musical guests on NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live.
An L.A. radio station played two unreleased Rolling Stone songs non-stop for 48 hours.
And FOX-TV attracted 40 million viewers for its finale of the reality series ‘Joe Millionaire.’
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Published on February 16, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 16th

It was Feb. 16th when Foster Hewitt broadcast his very first hockey play-by-play, Toronto Argonauts vs. the Kitchener Greenshirts, over the Toronto Star’s pioneer radio station CFCA.
When Vancouver’s (predecessor to CBU Radio) CRCV increased power from 500 to 5,000 watts, and moved into new studios in the new Hotel Vancouver,
When for the first time host John Daly presided over an early TV Sunday night institution, ‘What’s My Line?’ It lasted 17 years!
And when during a week co-hosting the syndicated ‘Mike Douglas Show,’ John Lennon sang two duets with his hero, Chuck Berry.
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Published on February 15, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 15th

On this date ‘My True Story’ began its daily, almost 19-year run on ABC Radio.
“The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show,” a musical variety half-hour, debuted on ABC-TV.
Vancouver’s CFBT-FM (The Beat, now Virgin Radio)) first began testing its transmitter on 94.5 KHz.
The ‘Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special’ aired on NBC-TV.
And one of the stars of the CBS- TV sitcom M*A*S*H, McLean Stevenson (pictured), suffered a fatal heart attack at age 68.
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Published on February 14, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

VALENTINE’s DAY in Broadcast History .. Thurs. Feb. 14th

It’s the date that Vancouver’s CKMO AM 1410 became C-FUN, under new ownership.
The first lady, Jacqueliine Kennedy gave a televised tour of the White House to both CBS and NBC.
CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite, the ‘most trusted man in America,’ announced his retirement.
The musical special, ‘Barbra Streisalnd: Timeless’ aired in prime time on FOX.
John and Yoko were in Philadelphia to begin a week co-hosting “The Mike Douglas Show.”
And music legend Frank Zappa appeared on NBC-TV’s “Miami Vice” playing the head of a drug ring.
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Published on February 13, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 13th

Jack Webb’s (pictured) first popular radio series, ‘Pat Novack for Hire,’ went national on ABC, following a successful West Coast run.
The pre-school children’s show ‘Mr. Dressup’ with Ernie Coombs began a nearly 30 year run on CBC-TV.
ABC-TV announced it had renewed ‘NYPD Blue’ for a tenth seaason.
And campus radio station CJSF FM 90.1 signed-on from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.
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Published on February 12, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 12th

It’s the date that Calvin Coolidge made the first US presidential political speech on radio.
When Winnipeg’s CKY moved up the dial from 910 KHz to 780.
When Vancouver’s CKWX was authorized to increase power from 100 watts to a whopping 1,000 watts.
When the comic strip superhero ‘Superman’ made his first appearance on radio via New York’s WOR.
And when actor Nicholas Colasanto (pictured), who played Coach on NBC-TV’s Cheers, died of a heart ailment partway through the the third season of the sitcom at age 61.
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Published on February 11, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 11th

Two memorable series from Old Time Radio debuted on this date .. ‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’ on NBC, and ‘Yours Truly Johnny Dollar’ on CBS.
Jack Paar (pictured) walked off NBC-TV’s ‘Tonight Show’ because the network had censored his bathroom joke.
The 100th episode of ‘Ironside’ aired, starring New Westminster’s Raymond Burr.
And Kurt Russell’s TV-movie titled ‘Elvis!’ debuted on ABC.
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Published on February 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 10th

It was Feb 10th when the Saturday morning TV series ‘My Friend Flicka’ (starring a 12 year old Canadian) debuted on CBS.
When the UK singing duo Chad & Jeremy played dramatic roles on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’
When NBC-TV aired the 100th episode of ‘Miami Vice.’
And when Vancouver actor Robert Clothier, who played the loveable rogue ‘Relic’ on the CBC series ‘The Beachcombers,’ died at age 77.
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Published on February 9, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson