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Tuesday in Broadcast History .. January 31st

Three years and a day after the radio debut of ‘The Lone Ranger,’ WXYZ Detroit introduced ‘The Green Hornet,’ which ran weekly for 16 years. 11-year-old Brenda Lee (pictured) made her T-V debut on ABC’s “Junior Ozark Jubilee.” Julie Andrews, Henry Fonda, Rex Harrison and Jackie Gleason appeared in a two-hour CBS-TV special titled, “The Fabulous Fifties.” “The Wonder Years” began its 115 episode run on ABC-TV. And newsman Edwin Newman retired after 35 years with NBC Radio & TV. ALL the milestones for Jan. 31st INSIDE.

Monday in Broadcast History .. January 30th

This was the date ‘The Lone Ranger’ aired for the first time, from Detroit’s WXYZ radio. Vancouver got its second TV station (first privately-owned) in CHAN, now known as Global TV. NBC-TV introduced the anthology series ‘Robert Montgomery Presents’; the hour-long show would continue for 8 years. Kevin Eubanks took over the band on Jay Leno’s ‘Tonight Show,’ while Kevin Newman left ABC News for Vancouver and the ‘Global National’ anchor slot. And Mutual radio began airing ‘The Larry King Show’ from midnight to 5:30 am Eastern. ALL the milestones for Jan. 30th INSIDE.

Sunday in Broadcast History .. January 29th

Victoria’s former CJVI (AM900) changed from playing Top 40 music to the ‘Jack FM’ format, ‘playing what we want’ on 103.1 MHz. .On this day in 1999, veteran CKNW beat reporter George Garrett retired after 43 years in radio. A very sad departure for investigation journalism. Like our friend Harvey Oberfeld he is retired. These two are the investigative journalists we desperately need today.

Saturday in Broadcast History .. January 28th

Garry Moore (pictured) was the MC as ‘Beat the Band’ debuted on NBC Radio. The very first Emmy Awards were handed out in Los Angeles. The zany ‘Goon Show’ ended its 9-year run on BBC Radio. ‘Barnaby Jones’ starring Buddy Ebsen began its 8 season run on CBS-TV. Correspondent/anchor Roger Mudd left NBC News after seven stormy years. And ‘Fantasy Island’ began its 6-year-long Saturday night run on ABC-TV. All the milestones for Jan. 28th INSIDE.

Friday in Broadcast History .. January 27th, 2023

The highbrow drama series ‘CBS Radio Workshop’ debuted on the radio network. Much lower on the intellectual scale was the debut of the ABC-TV sitcom ‘Davis Rules’ featuring Jonathan Winters. Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Senor Wences headlined CBS-TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.’ The hour-long ‘Singalong with Mitch’ began its 3-year run on NBC-TV. And two decades later the sitcom ‘Laverne & Shirley’ (pictured) debuted on ABC-TV. ALL the milestones for Jan. 27th INSIDE.

Thursday in Broadcast History .. January 26th

Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sad-eyed face joined the cast of Barney Miller. In 2013 Adam Levine of Maroon 5 made his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live. Voice actor Len Carlson died after a heart attack at age 68 Len was the voice of Kraft. In 2004, Mel Cooper sold his Victoria radio stations, CFAX and Virgin to CHUM .

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. January 25th

America’s first transcontinental telephone service. with Alexander Graham Bell took place. Elvis Presley‘s “Jailhouse Rock” became the first song to debut on the U.K. pop chart at Number One. Apple Studios in London The Beatles recorded “Let It Be,” CHUM announced it was buying CHQM AM and FM from Jack Stark, subject to CRTC approval. in 1995, CNN viewers saw the defense’s opening statement at the murder trial of O.J.Simpson (Pictured).

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. January 24th

longtime Chicago baseball announcer Jack Brickhouse was born in Peoria Illinois. Benny Goodman and his Orchestra recorded one of the all-time big band greats, “Stompin’ at the Savoy”, CKWX AM 980 radio opened its new 5,000 watt transmitter on Lulu Island, Canadian broadcaster and author Peter Gzowski (Pictured)died on this day in 2002. Country singer Lynn Anderson was arrested for shoplifting. Birthday Milestone and Much More Inside

Monday in Broadcast History .. January 23rd

The outstandingly popular miniseries “Roots” by Alex Haley debuted on ABC and ran for 8 consecutive nights. Radio station WOR moved from Newark New Jersey to New York City. What would become an iconic police station sitcom, ‘Barney Miller’ premiered on ABC-TV. Mr. T became a TV action celebrity as ‘The A Team’ began its 5-year run on NBC. The ‘Donny & Marie’ variety show debuted on ABC-TV. The sitcom ‘about nothing’ Seinfeld’ began a nine-year run on NBC-TV. And it’s the date we lost TV superstars Johnny Carson and Bob Keeshan (Capt.Kangaroo.). ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Sunday in Broadcast History .. January 22nd

CKNW threw the switch boosting power from 250 to 1,000 watts on 1320 KHz. One of Irna Phillips’ early daytime dramas ‘The Right to Happiness’ moved from the NBC Blue network to CBS radio. The hilarious ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In’ began as a weekly series on NBC -TV. And New Westminster’s Raymond Burr starred for the 1st time as Captain Lee Quince in the debut of “Fort Laramie” on CBS radio. ALL the milestones for Jan. 22nd INSIDE.