THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 23rd

It was Feb 23rd when The Beatles made their third appearance in as many weeks on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show,
When The Fifth Dimension guested on ABC-TV’s action series ‘It Takes a Thief.’
When the first Juno Awards were handed out, celebrating the best in Canadian music. (The first year they were ‘The Gold Leaf Awards.)
And when 65 million Americans tuned in to NBC-TV for the Spielberg movie ‘Schindler’s List’ with minimal commercials.
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Published on February 22, 2017 at 9:01 pm by Ron Robinson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 22nd

One of the oldest three-letter call signs in the US, radio station WOR went on the air from studios in Newark N.J.
The first presidential address on radio from the White House was delivered by Calvin Coolidge.
Vancouver’s CKLG AM 730 dropped its experiment in talk radio and returned to contemporary hit music.
And Sportscaster Al Michaels was at the mike as the USA scored its ‘Miracle on Ice,’ upsetting the USSR, enroute to Olympic hockey Gold. Bernie Pascall called the game live to Canada.
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Published on February 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 21st

The fiirst TV soap opera ‘A Woman to Remember’ debuted on the shortlived Dumont network.
The 200th episode of “Perry Mason” (starring New Westminster’s Raymond Burr) aired on CBS TV.
Neil Diamond’s first TV special aired on NBC-TV.
And David Letterman (pictured) returned to his CBS Late Show some five weeks after having emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery,
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Published on February 20, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 20th

It was a Feb. 20th when 8-year-old Ricky Nelson and his older brother David began portraying themselves on ABC Radio’s ‘Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.’ Until then their roles had been played by actors.
When Vancouver’s CHQM AM 1320 dumped its ‘Lite 1320’ format for ‘Memory Music’ from the 1930s to the ’60s.
When The Platters made their only appearance on Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand.’
When the Dave Clark Five and The Supremes headlined CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
And when the original host of ABC’s ‘Good Morning America,’ David Hartman (pictured) left the daily program.
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Published on February 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 19th

It’s the date the late iconic voice of the Seattle Mariners, Dave Niehaus was born.
Sammy Davis Jr. kissed the biggotted Archie Bunker to great hilarity on CBS-TV’s ‘All in the Family’ (pictured).
Dick Clark staged the first “American Music Awards” on ABC TV.
The Four Tops, Pat Boone and Pearl Bailey headlined ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on CBS-TV.
And Calgary was introduced to radio station Q-107 as CKIK-FM changed to Classic Hits.
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Published on February 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 18th

The insurance investigator drama, ‘Yours Truly Johnny Dollar’ debuted as a nightly quarter hour strip on CBS radio.
Canadian-born movie star Glenn Ford was the subject of NBC-TV’s ‘This is Your Life.’
The Everly Brothers sang their latest hit. ‘Cryin’ in the Rain’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
And the mini-series ‘Roots: the Next Generation’ began its 7-night run on ABC-TV.
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Published on February 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 17th

Johnny Cash was Ralph Edwards’ surprised guest of honor on NBC-TV’s ‘This Is Your Life’ (pictured).
After five years on Minnesota radio only, Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” was first broadcast nationally on NPR.
Aerosmith were the musical guests on NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live.
And FOX-TV attracted 40 million viewers for its finale of the reality series ‘Joe Millionaire.’
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Published on February 16, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 16th

It was Feb. 16th when Foster Hewitt broadcast his very first hockey play-by-play, Toronto Argonauts vs. the Kitchener Greenshirts, over the Toronto Star’s pioneer radio station CFCA.
When Vancouver’s (predecessor to CBU Radio) CRCV increased power from 500 to 5,000 watts, and moved into new studios in the new Hotel Vancouver,
When for the first time host John Daly presided over an early TV Sunday night institution, ‘What’s My Line?’ It lasted 17 years!
And when John Lennon began a week co-hosting the syndicated ‘Mike Douglas Show,’ and sang two duets with his hero, Chuck Berry.
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Published on February 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Feb. 15th

On this date ‘My True Story’ began its daily, almost 19-year run on ABC Radio.
“The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show,” a musical variety half-hour, debuted on ABC-TV.
Vancouver’s CFBT-FM (The Beat) first began testing its transmitter on 94.5 KHz.
And one of the stars of the CBS- TV sitcom M*A*S*H, McLean Stevenson (pictured), suffered a fatal heart attack at age 68.
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Published on February 14, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

VALENTINE’S DAY in Broadcast History .. Tues. Feb 14th

It’s the date that Vancouver’s CKMO AM 1410 became C-FUN, under new ownership.
The first lady, Jacqueliine Kennedy gave a televised tour of the White House to both CBS and NBC.
CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite, the ‘most trusted man in America,’ announced his retirement.
The musical special, ‘Barbra Streisalnd: Timeless’ aired in prime time on FOX.
And music legend Frank Zappa appeared on NBC-TV’s “Miami Vice” playing the head of a drug ring.
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Published on February 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson