Monday in Broadcast History .. November 16th…

It’s the date of birth for Burgess Meredith, Daws Butler, Mary Margaret McBride, Jim Jordan (of ‘Fibber McGee’ fame), Nanaimo jazz pianist Diana Krall, and ace Vancouver radio reporter George Garrett.
NBC began a two night showing of ‘The Godfather,’ for which it paid $10 million;
Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jerry Lee Lewis performed on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show;
the 100th episode of ‘The X-Files’ aired on FOX;
Walter Cronkite hosted ‘Sinatra: an American Original’ on CBS-TV;
and David Bowie’s first TV special aired on NBC’s ‘Midnight Special.’
Tennessee Ernie Ford’s ‘Sixteen Tons’ began an 8 week run as the #1 song; Patsy Cline recorded her next Top 10 hit ‘I Fall to Pieces’; and The Beatles recorded their second performance for Radio Luxembourg.
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Published on November 15, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Sunday in Broadcast History .. November 15th…

Happy Birthday to Ed Asner, Sam Waterston, C.W. McCall, Kevin Eubanks, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, newsman John Roberts, Shalene Woodley and Jack Burns.
The National Broadcasting Company began operations with 24 radio stations;
Bellingham’s KVOS AM 1200 fired up with 100 watts;
TV’s first remote occurred when the cameras of NBC New York’s W2XBT covered a fire;
Edmonton’s CKRA-FM (‘Capital FM’) signed on to 96.3 MHz;
‘Dallas’ episode 100 was seen on CBS-TV;
and the Rolling Stones made their first appearance on NBC-TV’s primetime ‘Hullabaloo.’
Obits this date include Lionel Barrymore, Enid Markey, Dennis Cole, former CBS owner Larry Tisch, Cincinnati baseball broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, and (pictured) John Morgan of the Royal Canadian Air Farce.
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Published on November 14, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Saturday in Broadcast History .. November 14th…

It’s the date of birth for actors Dick Powell, McLean Stevenson (pictured), Josh Duhamel, Betsy Brandt, Rosemary DeCamp, and Brian Keith, and singers Martha Tilton, Morton Downey and Johnny Desmond.
Chicago radio station KYW was the first to air a professional opera as it was being staged;
the BBC began domestic radio service;
the Go-Go’s made their national TV debut as guests on NBC’s Saturday Night Live;
and the Dave Clark Five performed ‘Over & Over’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
It’s the day Tommy Dorsey’s Orchestra recorded their legendary ‘Opus #1′;
Eddie Fisher recorded his 3rd #1 hit ‘Oh My Pa-Pa.’
And the date we lost America’s first news anchor who did yeoman work on both radio & TV, Robert Trout of CBS News.
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Published on November 13, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Friday in Broadcast History .. November the 13th…

Happy Birthday to Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Noth, Steve Zahn and Peter Arnett..
Arturo Toscannini led the NBC Symphony in its first radio broadcast;
the North West Territories got its first radio station as CJCD Yellowknife debuted;
Izzy Asper’s Canwest Global launched a $636-million takeover bid for Vancouver’s Western International Communications;
the 200th episode of ‘Frasier’ ran on NBC-TV;
and Canadian impressionist Andre-Philippe Gagnon (pictured) guested with Johnny Carson on NBC’s ‘Tonight Show.’
The New Vaudeville Band performed their hit ‘Winchester Cathedral on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show, while Sonny & Cher reunited to perform ‘I Got You Babe’ on David Letterman’s late night NBC show.
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Published on November 12, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Thursday in Broadcast History .. November 12th…

Happy Birthday to Neil Young, Al Michaels, Ryan Gosling and Megan Mullally.
It’s the day Vancouver’s Red Robinson began his 60+ year radio career at CJOR AM600;
San Francisco’s clear channel KPO became KNBC (now KNBR);
Winnipeg got the city’s first private TV station;
the BBC aired TV’s first gardening show;
ABC-TV aired the 100th episode of ‘Full House’;
and Bon Jovi performed on NBC-TV’s Today Show.
Brenda Lee was on CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ to sing ‘Fool #1′;
and Foo Fighters made their 4th appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live.’
Bowing out this date were Eve Arden (pictured) of ‘Our Miss Brooks’, Penny Singleton of ‘Blondie,’ and Dave Willock of scores of light comedy supporting roles,
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Published on November 11, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. November 10th…

It’s the day of birth for Miranda Lambert, Tracy Morgan, Mackenzie Phillips, sportscaster J. Paul McConnell, plus the late Richard Burton, Jane Froman, and (pictured) announcer George Fenneman.
‘The Magnificent Montague’ debuted on NBC as the last original sitcom of the OTR era;
Canada’s Board of Broadcast Governors was created to replace the CBC as the industry regulator;
‘Sesame Street’ debuted on the predecessor to PBS in the US;
Canada’s national 10-station radio news network CKO closed down, bankrupt;
and singer Jose Feliciano appeared in a dramatic role on NBC-TV’s ‘MacMillan and Wife.’
Leaving this mortal coil were Seattle’s revered voice of baseball Dave Niehaus , actors Jack Palance, Laraine Day and Chuck Connors, and BC broadcaster and station owner Joe Chesney,
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Published on November 9, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Monday in Broadcast History .. November 9th…

Born on this date were Ed Wynn, Hedy Lamarr, Mary Travers, Nick Lachey and Tom Fogerty.
‘This is Your Life’ debuted on NBC radio;
Soundgarden played on Conan’s late night TV show, the same night that Bon Jovi were guests on David Letterman;
John amd Yoko met for the first time,
Brian Epstein saw The Beatles play for the first time;
David Bowie sang on Cher’s prime time CBS-TV hour;
and Donna Reid (pictured) joined the cast of the CBS-TV show ‘Dallas’.
Obits for Nov. 9th include ’60 Minutes’ Ed Bradley, Art Carney of ‘The Honeymooners,’ and deep voiced radio leading man Gerald Mohr.
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Published on November 8, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Sunday in Broadcast History .. November 8th…

Happy Birthday to Mary Hart, Bonnie Raitt, Alfre Woodard, Rickie Lee Jones and Vancouver-born CTV journalist Craig Oliver.
Red Robinson retired from daily broadcasting on C-ISL 650;
Vancouver’s CBU-FM began programming separately from its AM counterpart;
Kelowna got a new radio station as CKIQ 1150 signed on;
‘Days of Our Lives’ debuted on NBC-TV;
and the late night talk show ‘Conan’ had its premiere on TBS and CTV.
Glenn Miller’s Orchestra recorded the big band classic ‘String of Pearls’, Johnny Mathis appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show singing ‘Misty’, and singer Ricky Nelson (pictured) appeared in a dramatic role on CBS-TV daytime.
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Published on November 7, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Saturday in Broadcast History .. November 7th…

Happy Birthday to Joni Mitchell, Buck Martinez and New Zealand’s talented Lorde. Also born Nov. 7th were the late musicians Al Hirt, Joe Bushkin, Red Ingle and Phil Spitalny.
Vancouver’s CKLG began airing a syndicated ‘History of Rock & Roll’ which won them a ratings book;
radio’s first sci-fi show ‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’ debuted on CBS;
the weekly medical melodrama ‘Dr. Christian’ began its 17-year run on CBS radio;
the Righteous Brothers, Peggy Lee, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass were performing guests on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show;
NBC-TV began the first airing of ‘Gone With the Wind’ over two nights;
and Studio One began its decade-long run featuring anthology drama weekly on CBS-TV.
Leaving us this date were Steve McQueen, Maverick’s Jack Kelly, Northern Exposure’s Peg Phillips, and Clyde Gilmour of the CBC’s Gilmour’s Albums.
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Published on November 6, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Claire Spencer

Friday in Broadcast History .. November 6th…

Happy Birthday to Sally Field, Emma Stone, Ethan Hawke, Bill Henderson of Chilliwack, Fred Penner and Maria Shriver.
On this date Windsor’s legendary CKLW came into being when two previous stations were merged;
the first commercial TV station WGY Schenectady went on the air;
‘Meet the Press’ debuted on NBC-TV; Phil Donahue’s TV talk show debuted in Dayton, Ohio;
‘The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour’ premiered on CBS-TV; Fox-TV debuted the action series ’24′;
and New York’s WOR-TV paid a record $182,000 per episode for reruns of ‘The Cosby Show.”
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Published on November 5, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher