THURSDAY in Broadcast News .. April 26th

IT WAS APRIL 26th … when the Ozarks comedy ‘Lum & Abner’ was broadcast for the first time on Arkansas radio station KTHS…
When the daytime drama ‘Lorenzo Jones’ debuted on NBC radio…
When ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ appeared in prime time on NBC-TV, starring former Beatle Ringo Starr…
When John Wayne, Bob Hope, and Tom Jones were guests of Raquel Welch on her NBC-TV special …
.. and when the 200th episode of ‘The Simpsons’ aired on FOX-TV.
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Published on April 25, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. April 25th

IT WAS APRIL 25th .. when the future iconic broadcast news pioneer Edward. R. Murrow (pictured) was born in North Carolina…
When the New York experimental TV station that preceded WCBS aired the first circus on television….
When Vancouver’s CKST AM 1040 dropped its adult contemporary music format and began airing commercial free Classic Rock, enroute to adopting an all-sports format two weeks later…
and when the TV-movie “Dukes Of Hazzard: Reunion!” aired on CBS, 12 years after the series left the air.
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Published on April 24, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. April 24th

IT WAS APRIL 24th .. when Jack Webb introduced his short-lived pre-Dragnet detective-adventure radio show ‘Johnny Madero: Pier 23’ on Mutual, with Gale Gordon and William Conrad in the cast …
When Dick Powell (pictured) appeared for the first time as ‘Richard Diamond, Private Detective’ on NBC radio…
When ‘X-Minus One’, a quality show for science fiction fans, was first heard on NBC radio, offering some of the best drama of the era…
and when ‘Your Hit Parade’ ended after a nine-year run on NBC TV and many more years on network radio.
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Published on April 23, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. April 23rd

IT WAS APRIL 23rd .. when Lucille Ball made the first of her 34 appearances on the cover of TV Guide …
When Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, and Vicki Carr, with comedian Bob Newhart were Glen Campbell’s guests on his weekly CBS-TV variety show…
When NBC-TV aired the pilot of ‘Baywatch,’ the show that introduced the world to Ladysmith BC’s Pamela Anderson …
and when Toronto-born conductor/composer Robert Farnon (pictured), who got his start in the 1930’s playing trumpet on CBC Radio’s “Happy Gang,” died in England at age 87.
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Published on April 22, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. April 22nd

IT WAS APRIL 22nd … when the Army-McCarthy hearings became a big hit in the daytime for peviously little-watched ABC-TV….
When Barbara Walters was officially named a co-host of NBC-TV’s Today Show, after doing the job without the title for 5 years…
When the final episode of the “All in the Family” spinoff, “Maude” aired on CBS-TV…
and when Johnny Carson gave advance notice that he intended to retire from NBC-TV’s “Tonight Show” the following year.
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Published on April 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. April 21st

IT WAS APRIL 21st .. when the quiz show with a top prize of $64, ‘Take it or Leave it” made its debut on CBS radio …
When ten-year old Leonard Ross became TV’s youngest big money prize winner with $100,000 won on NBC-TV’s“The Big Surprise”…
When Canada lost the original voice of hockey as Foster Hewitt died …
When the Beach Boys (pictured) appeared on ABC-TV’s pop music showcase “Shindig!” performing “Help Me Rhonda” and “Do You Wanna Dance”..
and when the final episode of “WKRP in Cincinnati” aired on CBS-TV.
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Published on April 20, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. April 20th

IT WAS APRIL 20th … when Radio Specialties Ltd opened the predecessor to Vancouver’s C-FUN & CKMO using 40 watts of power on 450 meters (666 khz). The studios of CFCQ were at 791 Dunsmuir….
When “Your Hit Parade” debuted on NBC Radio as a one-hour Saturday night program, featuring 15 of the week’s top songs…
When “The Big Show” with hostess Talullah Bankhead (pictured) completed its two year run on NBC Radio…
and when the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave approval for FM stereo broadcasting.
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Published on April 19, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. April 19th

IT WAS APRIL 19th … when the Chicago Barn Dance first aired on WLS. In a few short years it became the National Barn Dance on NBC radio…
When the ABC Television Network began operations, only in Philadelphia and Washington at first…
When New York AM station WINS became the world’s first all-news radio outlet…
and when our TV screens were filled with images of destruction from Oklahoma City, after a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168.
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Published on April 18, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. April 18th

IT WAS APRIL 18th … when future late night TV host Johnny Carson played a bored New Jersey husband with a gift for picking horse-racing winners, in a Playhouse 90 production on CBS-TV…
When the reality TV show “Real People” debuted, featuring John Barbour, Sarah Purcell, Byron Allen, Skip Stephenson, and Bill Rafferty…
When the TV movie “Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys” aired on ABC…
and when Arsenio Hall (pictured)l announced (for the first time) he would end his five-year-old late-night TV talk show the following month…
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Published on April 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. April 17th

IT WAS APRIL 17th .. when San Francisco radio station KPO (now KNBR) took to the airwaves with 50 watts of power…
When writer/producer Wyllis Cooper brought Lights Out to NBC radio for what would be acclaimed as the medium’s ultimate horror show…
When CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show featured Petula Clark singing “Sign of the Times’, and The Animals performing “Don’t Bring Me Down”…
and when comedian Joey Bishop (pictured) got the opportunity to try to unseat the king of late night, Johnny Carson, courtesy of ABC-TV.
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Published on April 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson