IT WAS MAY 26th … when Canadian radio pioneer Reginald Fessenden was granted a patent for the liquid barretter microphone… When Carl Perkins finally appeared on NBC-TV’s “The Perry Como Show” singing his milion-selling version of “Blue Suede Shoes,” two months after he was injured in an MVA enroute to the show …. When the Rolling Stones were guests on ABC-TV’s weekly music showcase “Shindig!” along with Sonny & Cher, Jackie De Shannon, and Jimmy Rodgers .. ..and when Fantasia Barrino (pictured) was named winner of the third edition of Fox TV’s “American Idol,” edging out Diana DeGarmo. ALL the milestones for May 26th INSIDE.
IT WAS MAY 25th … when the 16th Annual Emmy Awards saw top honors go to “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and its stars, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore… When “The Brady Bunch Hour” aired for the final time on ABC-TV… When after a 20 year break CBS Radio resumed weekly Major League Baseball playbyplay … When the final episode of Tim Allen’s ‘Home Improvement’ aired on ABC .. When Jay Leno took over NBC-TV’s “Tonight Show,” replacing Johnny Carson as regular host. Leno’s first guest was Billy Crystal… ..and when Ringo Starr was a guest on CBS-TVs “Late Show With David Letterman.” ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.
IT WAS MAY 24th .. when the Canadian Parliament passed a bill establishing the CBC as a national broadcasting system … When Nanaimo BC got its own 250 watt radio station, CHUB 1570, with the first day featuring live coverage of the Empire Day Parade … When Randy Bachman and his Canadian band the Guess Who made their U.S. television debut on ABC’s “American Bandstand”… ..and when Dean Martin (pictured with The Golddiggers) concluded his 9-year run as star of a weekly variety show on NBC-TV. ALL the milestones for May 24th INSIDE.
IT WAS MAY 23rd .. when pioneering Seattle radio station KOL first signed on …. When CBS gave Johnny Carson a summer TV game show called ‘Earn Your Vacation’… When ‘Star Trek: the Next Generation,’ ‘Star Trek: Voyager,’ and the ABC-TV sitcom ‘Full House’ aired their final episodes … When ABC televised its third Barry Manilow Special, with John Denver as special guest … ,,and when Jordin Sparks (pictured), at age 17, became the youngest-ever winner of FOX-TV’s American Idol on its season-ending telecast. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.
IT WAS MAY 22nd … when Jack Benny signed off his last live network radio broadcast after a run of 23 years… When the Seattle-based Brothers Four sang “Greenfields” on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show. And Canada’s Wayne & Schuster did a skit from the Old West called “Frontier Psychiatrist” … When ‘To Tell the Truth’ aired the final weekly show of its original run on CBS-TV … When New Westminster-born actor Raymond Burr (pictured) starred in the title role as the last original Perry Mason episode titled ‘The Case Of The Final Fade-Out’ began filming…. ..and when ABC-TV’s ‘Hart to Hart’, and the NBC-TV sitcom ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’ , as well as ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,’ aired their finales. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.
It was May 20th … when the Canadian Marconi Company station X-W-A, later CFCF, in Montreal aired a musical concert, the first scheduled radio broadcast in North America, and possibly the world… When CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show featured Peggy Lee, The Brothers Four (from Seattle), and retired baseball great Jackie Robinson …. When the 25th Emmy Awards gave top honors to The Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore… ..and when the final episodes of ‘Barney Miller’ and the original run of ‘Roseanne’ (pictured) aired on ABC-TV… and the ‘Cheers’ finale was seen on NBC. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.
IT WAS MAY 19th ….when the 20th Annual Emmy Awards gave top honours to Get Smart, Mission Impossible & best actress Barbara Bain … When NBC-TV celebrated the 50th anniversary of Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater with the 2-hour special “Motown Returns To The Apollo”… When the final episode of LA Law aired on NBC, after a wildly successful 8 year run… When Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Selleck sparred over gun control on Rosie’s syndicated TV talk show … ..and when the final episode of Angela Lansbury’s “Murder, She Wrote” aired on CBS, after 12 successful seasons. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.
IT WAS MAY 18th … when radio’s espionage adventure drama Counterspy premiered on the Blue Network, beginning a 15-year run… When 18-year-old singer Jackie DeShannon made her network television debut on CBS-TV’s Jackie Gleason Show… When the final episode of “Baretta” aired on ABC TV, and the last of the original “Murphy Brown” series ran on CBS … ..and when after 50 years with the station Jack Cullen aired his final “Owl Prowl” on CKNW as the station moved to a fulltime news/talk format. ALL the milestones for May 18th INSIDE.
IT WAS MAY 17th … when the quiz show for the intelligentsia “Information Please!” began its 10-year run on radio, the first 2.5 years on the NBC Blue Network… When the final episode of Groucho’s radio/TV quiz show “You Bet Your Life” was taped … When the Elton John TV special “Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things” aired on ABC… When Barry Manilow guested on the season finale of ‘Murphy Brown’ on CBS-TV … ..and when NBC-TV paid $5 million for the rights to air the 1939 movie blockbuster “Gone with the Wind” just one time. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.
IT WAS MAY 16th … when the first radio broadcast of the Kentucky Derby was heard via Louisville’s WHAS … When the popular radio thriller ‘The Whistler’ debuted on Columbia’s West Coast network, sponsored by Signal Oil … When ‘Cross Canada Check Up,’ the national open line show, debuted on CBC Radio. It has continued for 55 years so far… When ABC aired what turned out to be the final TV special from The Carpenters … When the popular series ‘In the Heat of the Night,’ ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ and ‘Baywatch Nights’ ended their first runs on US national TV. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.