Friday in Broadcast History .. April 30th…

IT WAS APRIL 30th … when television was demonstrated for the first time in the US, as President Roosevelt spoke at the opening of the New York World’s Fair ….
When after 27 years, the final broadcast of ‘Arthur Godfrey Time’ aired on CBS Radio, a decade after most network entertainment radio had ended ….
When host Jack Bailey (pictured) introduced the so-called daily agony show “Queen For a Day” on Mutual radio…
and when the 208th & final episode of “The Cosby Show” was seen on NBC-TV.
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Published on April 29, 2021 at 9:00 pm by Voice Over

Thursday in Broadcast History .. April 29th…

IT WAS APRIL 29th …. when Toronto radio station CFRB aired its first program from the Columbia Broadcasting System in the US ….
When the enduring nighttime soap “One Man’s Family” debuted as a weekly 30-minute radio series in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle …
When the 15-minute daytime drama “Young Dr. Malone” began its 21-year run on CBS radio …
When Canada’s Fletcher Markle debuted his drama anthology Studio One on CBS radio ..
and when ‘Wide World of Sports’ began its remarkable 37-year long Saturday afternoon run on ABC-TV.
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Published on April 28, 2021 at 9:00 pm by Voice Over

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. April 28th…

IT WAS APRIL 28th … when Bill Drake installed ‘Boss Radio’ as the soon-to-be-dominant Top 40 format on KHJ AM 930 in Los Angeles …
When Mike Wallace first became a Sunday evening TV star as host of the syndicated ‘Mike Wallace Interview’ across the US…
When Arthur Godfrey concluded a decade of TV stardom as his weekday show returned to CBS radio only status…
and when sportscaster Ted Reynolds (pictured) passed away after decades of playbyplay (& Olympics) broadcasting first at CFJC & CJVI and then with the CBC in Vancouver.
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Published on April 27, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. April 27th, 2021

IT WAS APRIL 27th … when Seattle radio station KIRO first began broadcasting as 50-watt KPCB at 521 meters (580 khz.)…
When the first broadcast of Canadian director Fletcher Markle’s drama anthology ”Studio One’ aired on CBS radio…
When NBC TV’s “Today” show went abroad for the 1st time .. to Paris France…
When, after a lengthy career as Peck’s Bad Boy of Vancouver radio, Jack Cullen passed away…
and when the final episode of “Green Acres” aired on CBS-TV.
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Published on April 26, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Monday in Broadcast History .. April 26th…

IT WAS APRIL 26th … when the Ozarks comedy ‘Lum & Abner’ was broadcast for the first time on Arkansas radio station KTHS…
When the daytime drama ‘Lorenzo Jones’ debuted on NBC radio…
When ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ appeared in prime time on NBC-TV, starring former Beatle Ringo Starr…
When John Wayne, Bob Hope, and Tom Jones were guests of Raquel Welch on her NBC-TV special …
.. and when the 200th episode of ‘The Simpsons’ aired on FOX-TV.
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Published on April 25, 2021 at 8:20 pm by clockwatcher

Sunday in Broadcast History .. April 25th…

IT WAS APRIL 25th .. when the future iconic broadcast news pioneer Edward. R. Murrow (pictured) was born in North Carolina…
When the New York experimental TV station that preceded WCBS aired the first circus on television….
When Vancouver’s CKST AM 1040 dropped its adult contemporary music format and began airing commercial free Classic Rock, enroute to adopting an all-sports format two weeks later…
and when the TV-movie “Dukes Of Hazzard: Reunion!” aired on CBS, 12 years after the series left the air.
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Published on April 24, 2021 at 9:00 pm by Voice Over

Saturday in Broadcast History .. April 24th…

IT WAS APRIL 24th .. when Jack Webb introduced his short-lived pre-Dragnet detective-adventure radio show ‘Johnny Madero: Pier 23’ on Mutual, with Gale Gordon and William Conrad in the cast …
When Dick Powell (pictured) appeared for the first time as ‘Richard Diamond, Private Detective’ on NBC radio…
When ‘X-Minus One’, a quality show for science fiction fans, was first heard on NBC radio, offering some of the best drama of the era…
and when ‘Your Hit Parade’ ended after a nine-year run on NBC TV and many more years on network radio.
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Published on April 23, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Friday in Broadcast History .. April the 23rd…

IT WAS APRIL 23rd .. when Lucille Ball made the first of her 34 appearances on the cover of TV Guide …
When Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, and Vicki Carr, with comedian Bob Newhart were Glen Campbell’s guests on his weekly CBS-TV variety show…
When NBC-TV aired the pilot of ‘Baywatch,’ the show that introduced the world to Ladysmith BC’s Pamela Anderson …
and when Toronto-born conductor/composer Robert Farnon (pictured), who got his start in the 1930’s playing trumpet on CBC Radio’s “Happy Gang,” died in England at age 87.
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Published on April 22, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Thursday in Broadcast History .. April the 22nd…

IT WAS APRIL 22nd … when the Army-McCarthy hearings became a big hit in the daytime for peviously little-watched ABC-TV….
When Barbara Walters was officially named a co-host of NBC-TV’s Today Show, after doing the job without the title for 5 years…
When the final episode of the “All in the Family” spinoff, “Maude” aired on CBS-TV…
and when Johnny Carson gave advance notice that he intended to retire from NBC-TV’s “Tonight Show” the following year.
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Published on April 21, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. April 21st…

IT WAS APRIL 21st .. when the quiz show with a top prize of $64, ‘Take it or Leave it” made its debut on CBS radio …
When ten-year old Leonard Ross became TV’s youngest big money prize winner with $100,000 won on NBC-TV’s“The Big Surprise”…
When Canada lost the original voice of hockey as Foster Hewitt died …
When the Beach Boys (pictured) appeared on ABC-TV’s pop music showcase “Shindig!” performing “Help Me Rhonda” and “Do You Wanna Dance”..
and when the final episode of “WKRP in Cincinnati” aired on CBS-TV.
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Published on April 20, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher