WEDNESDAY 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, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

TUESDAY 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, comedian Larry Miller 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, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

CANADIAN THANKSGIVING in Broadcast History .. Mon. 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, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SUNDAY 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, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 12th

Born this date were daytime radio star Jane Ace, Hugh Jackman, Nancy Kulp, Kirk Cameron, plus sportscasters Tony Kubek and Dan Russell.
After 15 years on radio ‘Burns and Allen’ made their debut on CBS-TV;
‘Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons’ began its 18 year run on network radio;
Walter Cronkite spent all 3 prime time hours on CBS-TV on the memoirs of Dwight Eisenhower;
the late singer Karen Carpenter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame;
and Vancouver-based Nickelback scored their first #1 album.
Celebrities leaving us on Oct. 12th include announcers Joel Aldred and Johnny Olsen (pictured), musicians Ray Conniff, Carmen Cavallero, John Denver and Gene Vincent, Bullwinkle producer Jay Ward, and veteran actor Leon Ames.
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Published on October 11, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 11th

Happy Birthday today to David Morse, Joan Cusack, Matt Bomer, Jane Krakowski and Daryl Hall.
The ‘American Album of Familiar Music’ began its long Sunday night run on NBC radio;
Hugh Downs (pictured) left both ‘NBC-TV’s ‘Today show’ and ‘Concentration’ for a year off.
Canada’s first hockey telecast aired in French on Montreal’s CBFT;
Rod Stewart got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame;
Elton John’s ‘Candle in the Wind’ began its 12-week run atop the charts;
and Bob Dylan played Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum.
Bowing out this date sadly were CBS newsman Douglas Edwards, ventriloquist Wayland Flowers, singers Connee Boswell, Tex Williams and Russ Hamilton, and actor/sportscaster Gil Stratton Jr.
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Published on October 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 10th

Born this date were Helen Hayes, Peter Coyote, Ivory Joe Hunter, Ben Vereen, Tanya Tucker, Mario Lopez, David Lee Roth and Thelonious Monk.
The first of 165 episodes of ’77 Sunset Strip’ aired on ABC-TV;
‘Zorro’ and later ‘The Geena Davis Show’ also had their premieres on ABC.
Frank Sinatra recorded his iconic ‘Come Fly With Me’;
The Supremes appeared for the 1st time on CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show’;
and Queen released ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as a single.
Neil Diamond scored his first #1 hit with ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’;
the BBC inexplicably banned the PG-rated ‘Monster Mash’;
and Victoria got country music back when CKXM AM1200 signed on, replacing CKDA.
Obits Oct 10th include Redd Foxx, Eddie Cantor, Christopher Reeve, Alex Karras, Solomon Burke, and announcer Tony Marvin.
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Published on October 9, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 9th

Celebrating birthdays this date are Sharon Osbourne, Scott Bakula, John O’Hurley, and Jackson Browne..
It was not only the late John Lennon’s date of birth, it was the day he met Yoko, and the date she gave birth to his son Sean.
Dupont’s ‘Cavalcade of America’ debuted on CBS radio;
it was the day the Vancouver Canucks debuted on Hockey Night in Canada, with Jim Robson at the mike.
Howard Stern began his legendary morning show career at WCCC radio in Hartford Conn.;
‘Topper’ began its 21-month run on CBS-TV,
Doc Severinsen took over leadership of NBC-TV’s ‘Tonight Show’ band,
and Joan Rivers started her ill-fated ‘Late Show’ on the Fox TV network.
The regional sports network ‘CTV Sportsnet’ debuted on Canadian cable systems,
and Vancouver talk show titan Rafe Mair (pictured) passed on.
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Published on October 8, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 8th

Happy Birthday to Nick Cannon, Matt Damon, Bruno Mars, Dawna Friesen, Sigourney Weaver, Angus T. Jones, and Chevy Chase.
Ozzie & Harriet (pictured) got married this date, and nine years later to the day began their weekly radio sitcom on CBS.
The radio show with the distinctive opening, ‘Grand Central Station’ also debuted on CBS; ‘Quirks & Quarks’ began its long run on CBC Radio; ‘Empty Nest’ and ‘Ed’ had their premieres on NBC-TV, and Royal Canadian Air Farce’ began its weekly TV run on the CBC.
‘Cagney and Lacey’ got their start as a TV movie on ABC; Jerry Lee Lewis recorded his smash hit ‘Great Balls of Fire’; and Stan Freberg’s satirical ‘St. George and the Dragonet’ was the #1 hit recording.
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Published on October 7, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 7th

It’s the birthday of Simon Cowell, Joy Behar, John Mellancamp, Toni Braxton, plus the late Andy Devine and Vaughn Monroe.
The Fox News channel began programming on US cablesystems;
the CBC began an ill-fated experiment with a 9 pm TV newscast;
the original Hawaiian Eye aired the first of its 134 episodes on ABC-TV;
The Rolling Stones performed on NBC’s Saturday Night Live;
Bruce Springsteen was interviewed on CBS-TV’s 60 minutes;
and Dennis Reid received the OK to sell his three Cariboo radio stations in BC.
Alanna Morissette became the first Canadian woman to top the Billboard album chart;
and obits include singers Billy Daniels and Mario Lanza, as well as Winnipeg media mogul Izzy Asper.
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Published on October 6, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson