WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 15th

IT WAS AUG. 15th .. when CBS inaugurated the first nightly TV news broadcast, a 15-minute feature with anchorman Douglas Edwards reporting the day’s events. At first it was seen only in five cities in the Eastern Time zone…
When Peck’s bad boy of Vancouver radio Jack Cullen (pictured) made the move from CKMO to CKNW, taking his Owl Prowl program with him…
When Vancouver radio station CKWX moved from 980 to 1130 on the AM dial where it still resides as News 1130…
..and when the CBC locked out 5500 employees coast to coast, all members of the Canadian Media Guild. The labour dispute was not resolved until October.
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Published on August 14, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 14th

IT WAS AUG. 14th … when Garry Moore (pictured) joined NBC radio with a new morning show in an attempt to knock off the dominant Arthur Godfrey on CBS …
When the end of WWII was marked on the CBS radio series, “Columbia Presents Corwin,” as Orson Welles did a special reading about the fall of Japan titled, “Fourteen August”…
When five UK pirate radio stations shut down, leaving only Radio Caroline to rock out for another nine months…
..and when radio’s “Ma Perkins” began its 27 year run on the air as a local production of WLW Cincinnati.
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Published on August 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 13th

It WAS AUG 13th…. when the last new episode of “The Waltons” aired on CBS-TV…
When US cable channel Comedy Central aired the first episode of the adult cartoon series “South Park”…
When the Recording Industry Association of America bestowed its American Legend Award upon Fats Domino…
..and when Dean Martin recorded “That’s Amore,” Frank Sinatra recorded “All the Way,” The Guess Who recorded “American Woman,” and The Supremes recorded “Baby Love.”
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Published on August 12, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 12th

IT WAS AUG. 12th … when comedian Red Skelton (pictured) got his first national exposure as a guest on NBC’s Rudy Vallee radio show ….
When rock jock “Cousin Brucie” (Bruce Morrow) did his last show on WNBC-AM, New York City…
When XM Satellite Radio began broadcasting in the US…
..and when disc jockey Jim Brady did his final show on radio station CFTR, Toronto.
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Published on August 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 11th

IT WAS AUG. 11th .. when New York’s WCBS-TV became the first station to televise a baseball game in color..in fact, a doubleheader between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves….
When CBS-TV’s Sunday night variety showcase, The Ed Sullivan Show featured Buddy Knox singing his two rockabilly hits ‘Party Doll’ and ‘Hula Love’…
When the folksinging Kingston Trio signed in as the “mystery guests” on CBS-TV’s “What’s My Line?”…
..and when Edmonton radio station CJAX-FM began operations on 92.5 MHz with 100,000 watts. The call letters are now CKNG FM, with a branding of 92.5 Fresh FM.
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Published on August 10, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 10th

IT WAS AUG. 10th … when Allen Funt’s “Candid Camera,” a video version of his “Candid Microphone” radio show, debuted on ABC….
When Vancouver’s CHQM-FM signed on for the first time at 103.5 MHz, initially as a straight mono simulcast of CHQM 1320 AM…
When “Manhattan Transfer,” the summer variety show starring the singing group of the same name, premiered on CBS-TV…
.. and when legendary 30-year-long CKNW sportscaster Al Davidson (pictured) died at age 66.
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Published on August 9, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 9th

IT WAS AUG. 9th … when radio brought word of a 2nd atomic bomb explosion that would lead to Japan’s surrender & the end of World War II…
When the TV program “Ready Steady Go!” premiered on ITV in the UK. The show gave early exposure to such music luminaries as Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones…
When two popular Toronto deejays John Spragge and Bob MacAdorey were fired from radio station CHUM…
..and when, following the enormous success of the “Motown 25” TV special two years earlier, NBC debuted the ill-fated “Motown Revue” variety series hosted by Smokey Robinson, which lasted only five weeks.
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Published on August 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 8th

IT WAS AUG. 8th … when the one-week-old US cable channel MTV aired its first concert in stereo, starring REO Speedwagon in a performance at Denver…
When two jurors from the Michael Jackson molestation trial were interviewed on NBC’s ‘Today’ show. They admitted to the national audience they now wished they’d returned a guilty verdict…
When Lamont Tilden (pictured), one of the best known CBC announcers and news readers in the Golden Age of Canadian radio, and the early years of television, died at age 98…
..and when 16-year old Brian Hyland went to No.1 on the Billboard pop singles chart with ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.’
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Published on August 7, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 7th

IT WAS AUG. 7th … when just months before the US was pulled into WWII, WNBT, Channel 4 in New York City, broadcast TV’s first audience-participation show in which studio guests played charades….
When Martin Kane, Private Eye was first heard on Mutual radio….
When 16-year-old Paul Anka (pictured) made his U.S. television debut on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, lip-synching to his first hit “Diana”…
..and when the reality series Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels had its premiere on the A&E cable network.
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Published on August 6, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Aug. 6th

IT WAS AUG. 6th … when one of radio’s first serials, Real Folks debuted on NBC radio…
When singer Dinah Shore started her own Sunday evening show on the NBC Blue radio network. Later Dinah would also have a successful TV career spanning more than three decades…
When Chubby Checker appeared on Dick Clark’s Saturday Night Beechnut Show (ABC TV) and introduced ‘The Twist’…
When Jon Stewart closed out his 16 years as host of ‘The Daily Show’ …
When MOJO RADIO debuted in Vancouver on AM730 with “talk radio for guys” (which would prove to be a mistake)…
..and after establishing himself on Mexican border powerhouses, Wolfman Jack (pictured) debuted on WNBC Radio New York.
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Published on August 5, 2018 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson