TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 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 1050KHz;
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, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 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, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 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, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 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, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 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, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 17th

Happy Birthday to Canadians Rick Mercer and Norm MacDonald; to actor George Wendt, rapper Eminem and country music’s Alan Jackson.
It was Oct. 17th when the NBC Radio Hollywood studios opened at Sunset and Vine;
when the radio serial ‘Captain Midnight’ debuted on WGN Chicago,
and when live TV coverage of the Canadian parliament debuted on Canadian cable services.
‘Hollywood Squares’ debuted on NBC daytime,
a Barbra Streisand special ‘Belle of 14th Street’ aired on CBS-TV,
and George W. Bush and Al Gore staged their 3rd televised debate,
The music world took a hit this date with the deaths of Tennessee Ernie Ford, Teresa Brewer, Alberta Hunter, Billy Williams, Mark Warnow, plus composers Viz Mizzy and Jay Livingston.
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Published on October 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 16th

Happy Birthday today to Angela Lansbury, Suzanne Somers, Merilee Rush, John Mayer, Kellie Martin and Tim Robbins.
Vancouver deejay Jack Cullen (pictured) aired his first ever ‘Owl Prowl’ on CKMO AM 1410;’
The Right to Happiness,’ a longrunning quarter hour daytime drama, debuted on the NBC Blue radio network;
‘The Bob Newhart Show’ aired its 100th episode on CBS-TV;
The Vancouver-produced ‘Smallville’ debuted on the WB network;
and the last episode of ‘Max Headroom’ aired on ABC-TV.
Among the celebrity deaths for Oct. 16th are Shirley Booth, Ken Carpenter, Barbara Billingsley, Lister Sinclair, Jean Shepherd, Ella Mae Morse, Gene Krupa, and Dan Dailey.
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Published on October 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 15th

Born this date were CBS radio/TV news anchor Robert Trout and TV host/announcer Art James, actors Dominic West, Linda Lavin and Penny Marshall, and TV chef Emeril Lagasse (pictured).
The music licensing organization ASCAP was formed;
‘‘I Love Lucy’ debuted on CBS-TV;
Early Seattle radio station KCPB became KIRO with 500 watts;
Vancouver’s CKLG FM signed on as an easy listening station (it’s now rocker C-FOX);
Tom Snyder began an 8 year run on NBC-TV late night with ‘The Tomorrow Show’;
The Fox Business Network began programming on US cable systems;
and Drew Carey took over as host of The Price is Right.
Signing off forever Oct. 15th were quizmaster Jack Narz, singers Terry Gilkyson and Edie Adams, and Canadian radio pioneer Billy Browne Sr.
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Published on October 14, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 14th

It’s the date that gave us Roger Moore, Lillian Gish, Harry Anderson, Canadian news anchor Harvey Kirck, radio actor Russell Thorson and singer/TV talent judge Usher.
‘The Lux Radio Theatre’ began its 20 year run, from New York;
Edward Noble’s purchase of NBC radio’s Blue network was approved;
The rescue of little Jessica McLure from an abandoned Texas wellshaft began on North American TV screens;
Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers guested on ABC-TV’s ‘Shindig’;
and ‘Red Red Wine’ by UB40 was #1.
Notable obits for Oct. 14th include Bing Crosby, Leonard Bernstein, Elwood Glover (pictured), Keenan Wynn, Hy Averbach and Dame Edith Evans.
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Published on October 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 13th

It’s the date of birth for Paul Simon, Marie Osmond, Nana Mouskouri, deejay Cousin Brucie Morrow, and Billy Bush.
‘Kukla Fran & Ollie’ debuted on local Chicago TV,
Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra co-hosted an ABC-TV special introducing Ford’s Edsel.
The third Kennedy-Nixon Presidential debate was televised with the nominees a continent apart;
and after 22 years CBS radio cancelled ‘Art Linkletter’s House Party.’
Leaving us this date were Ed Sullivan, Al Martino (pictured), Gary Collins, newsmen Douglas Edwards and Hughes Rudd, and actress Bea Benaderet.
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Published on October 12, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson