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Sunday in Broadcast History .. December 5th

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Happy Birthday to comedian Margaret Cho and actor Frankie Muniz. Bing Crosby (pictured) took over the hosting of NBC radio’s ‘Kraft Music Hall; “The Green Hornet’ aired its last original episode after 15 years on network radio; Jack Webb’s ‘Dragnet’ debuted on NBC-TV; and Bob Dylan gave a rare interview to CBS-TV’s ’60 Minutes.’ Obits Dec. 5th include Canadians Art Hallman and Wilf Carter, Roone Arledge of ABC News, and jazz giant Dave Brubeck. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Saturday in Broadcast History .. December 4th

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It’s the birth date of actors Jeff Bridges, Donnelly Rhodes, Marisa Tomei, Patricia Wettig and Victor French; of the music world’s Dennis Wilson, Deanna Durbin, Chris Hillman, Freddy Cannon and Eddie Heywood; and of broadcasters Wink Martindale and Alan Jackson. ‘The Eveready Hour’ began its pioneering radio variety show run on New York’s WEAF; Walter Winchell began his longrunning Sunday night news and gossip radio show on NBC Blue; the iconic radio soap ‘Ma Perkins’ moved from Cincinnati’s WLW to the NBC Red network; Frank Reynolds co-anchored his final ABC-TV evening newscast; and ‘Falcon Crest’ began its 9-year prime time run on CBS-TV. It’s also the date we lost iconic Calgary sportscaster Ed Whalen (pictured). Details and ALL the Dec 4th milestones INSIDE.

Friday in Broadcast History .. December 3rd

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Born this date were Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Connee Boswell, Jaye P Morgan, Daryl Hannah and Ozzie Osbourne, ‘The Voice of Firestone’ started a 35 year run on radio; Paul Harvey News & Comment began a 58 year run on ABC Radio; CTV’s Harvey Kirck (pictured) became the frst 20-year man anchoring a Canadian network newscast; the late New York disk jockey Alan Freed was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; and CBS-TV aired the 200th episode of ‘Knots Landing.’ Fraser Valley transmitters on the AM band fell silent, as the original stations in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Hope completed their transfer to the FM band, Details and ALL the milestones for Dec. 3rd INSIDE.

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. December 1st

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actress Mary Martin, perhaps best known today as the mother of the late Larry Hagman, was born. She starred in the three productions of Peter Pan in the mid fifties. Gene Autry began his long association with radio by singing on WLS Chicago for $35 a week. On this day in 1944, Vancouver’s CKWX AM 980 became the first station in Western Canada to join a U.S. network, the Mutual-Don Lee Broadcasting System.

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. November 30th

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It’s a date that brought us a wealth of talent, Dick Clark, Richard Crenna, Ben Stiller, Colin Mochrie, Mandy Patinkin, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Brownie McGhee, Kaley Cuoco, Allan Sherman and Johnny Horton. CBS-TV first used videotape for the West Coast delayed airing of the Evening News; after 74 straight wins Ken Jennings lost on ‘Jeopardy’; Eric Sevareid retired from CBS News; the critically-acclaimed ‘Brian’s Song’ (pictured) was the Movie of the Week on ABC; David Bowie dueted with Bing Crosby on CBS-TV on a Christmas special taped before Crosby’s death 6 weeks earlier; and Whistler BC got its own FM station, CISQ debuting at 104.9. Taking a final bow were Evel Knievel, Pierre Berton, Tiny Tim, and the Phillip Morris poster boy, Johnny Roventini. ALL the milestones for Nov. 30th INSIDE.

Monday in Broadcast History .. November 29th

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Many celebrities were born this date including Vin Scully, Howie Mandel, Don Cheadle, Diane Ladd, Garry Shandling, Merle Travis, Dagmar, Tom Sizemore, Denny Doherty, and TV newsman Frank Reynolds. NBC radio began using the 3-note chimes; the early radio crime show ‘Calling All Cars’ debuted on the CBS West Coast network; the Chicago puppet show ‘Kukla Fran & Ollie’ (pictured) moved to the NBC-TV network; the Metropolitan Opera was first televised on WJZ-TV; for the first time the ‘Grammy Awards’ made it to TV; and PBS televised a taped concert honoring Bruce Springsteen. Obits for Nov. 29th include Natalie Wood, George Harrison, Gene Rayburn, Ray Smith and Godfrey Cambridge. Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Sunday in Broadcast History .. November 28th

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Happy birthday to Jon Stewart, Paul Schaeffer, Randy Newman, Ed Harris, S. Epatha Merkerson and Berry Gordy Jr. It’s the date William Boyd brought his ‘Hopalong Cassidy’ movies to TV; when the Grand Ole Opry debuted on WSM Nashville as ‘The WSM Barn Dance’; the 200th Andy Griffith Show aired on CBS-TV; a few years later CBS broadcast the last live TV soap operas before tape took over; and Phil Donahue (pictured) moved his TV talk show from Chicago to New York. This was the date we lost entertainment giants Garry Moore and Leslie Nielsen. ALL the milestones for Nov. 28th INSIDE.

Saturday in Broadcast History .. November 27th

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It’s the date of birth of pioneer sportscaster Ted Husing (pictured), Chick Hearn of the LA Lakers, the music world’s Jimi Hendrix, Jack Kane and Eddie Rabbitt, Howdy Doody’s ‘Buffalo Bob’ Smith, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Radio’s drama anthology ‘First Nighter’ debuted on NBC; CBS Radio cancelled ‘Have Gun Will Travel’; singer Frankie Avalon guest starred on ABC-TV’s ‘It Takes a Thief’; the same network introduced us to a young Tom Hanks in episode one of ‘Bosom Buddies,’ while episode 200 of ‘The Waltons’ aired on CBS-TV. Bowing out Nov. 27th were actor John Carradine, and singers Joe Jones and Al Alberts. Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSID

Friday in Broadcast History .. November 26th

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It’s the date that brought us Rich Little, Robert Goulet, Ernie Coombs, Tina Turner, Charles Schulz (‘Peanuts’ cartoonist), and Eric Sevareid of CBS News. The CRTC introduced ‘simultaneous substitution’ of US programming to Canadian cable systems; NBC premiered a 30-minute ‘Price is Right’ game show hosted by Bill Cullen; the CBC televised the Grey Cup Game for the first time; Elton John (pictured) guested on FOX-TV’s ‘Ally McBeal’; and ABC telecast the TV special ‘Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York.’ Details and ALL the Nov. 26th milestones INSIDE.

Happy American Thanksgiving in Broadcast History .. November 25th

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Happy Birthday to John Laroquette, Jill Hennessy, Christina Applegate, Amy Grant, and Bing Crosby’s widow Kathryn. Texas radio station WTAW aired the first football play-by-play; four decades later, CBS telecast the first NFL game in color; and decades later, CBC-TV aired the Grey Cup game for the last time. Also on this date Seattle got its first TV station, in fact the first station north of San Francisco; CBS cancelled the last 5 daytime serials on radio; Michael J. Fox revealed he had Parkinson’s disease and would be leaving ‘Spin City’; and CBS televised the TV special ‘Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing.’ Obits for Nov. 25th include Canadian TV chef Madame Benoit, comedian Flip Wilson, actor Jack Albertson (pictured), dancer Bill Bojangles Robinson, and onetime CKNW staff singer Alberta Slim. Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.