Tuesday in Broadcast History .. February the 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 CBS TV Sunday night institution, ‘What’s My Line?’ It lasted 17 years!
And when during a week co-hosting syndicated TV’s ‘Mike Douglas Show,’ John Lennon sang two duets with his hero, Chuck Berry.
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Published on February 15, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Presidents and Family Day in Broadcast History .. February 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, now Virgin Radio)) first began testing its transmitter on 94.5 KHz.
The ‘Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special’ aired on NBC-TV.
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, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Valentine’s Day in Broadcast History .. February the 14th,

It’s the date that Vancouver’s CKMO AM 1410 became C-FUN, under new ownership.
The US 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.
John and Yoko were in Philadelphia to begin a week co-hosting “The Mike Douglas Show.”
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, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Saturday in Broadcast History .. February the 13th…

Jack Webb’s (pictured) first popular radio series, ‘Pat Novak for Hire,’ went national on ABC, following a successful West Coast run.
The pre-school children’s show ‘Mr. Dressup’ with Ernie Coombs began a nearly 30 year run on CBC-TV.
ABC-TV announced it had renewed ‘NYPD Blue’ for a tenth seaason.
And campus radio station CJSF FM 90.1 signed-on from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.
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Published on February 12, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Friday in Broadcast History ..February the 12th…

It’s the date that Calvin Coolidge made the first US presidential political speech on radio.
When Winnipeg’s CKY moved up the dial from 910 KHz to 780.
When Vancouver’s CKWX was authorized to increase power from 100 watts to a whopping 1,000 watts.
When the comic strip superhero ‘Superman’ made his first appearance on radio via New York’s WOR.
And when actor Nicholas Colasanto (pictured), who played Coach on NBC-TV’s Cheers, died of a heart ailment at age 61 partway through the the third season of the sitcom. Details and ALL the milestones for Feb.12th INSIDE.

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Published on February 11, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Thursday in Broadcast History .. February 11th…

Two memorable series from Old Time Radio debuted on this date .. ‘The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street’ on NBC, and ‘Yours Truly Johnny Dollar’ on CBS.
Jack Paar (pictured) walked off NBC-TV’s ‘Tonight Show’ because the network had censored his bathroom joke.
The 100th episode of ‘Ironside’ aired, starring New Westminster’s Raymond Burr.
And Kurt Russell’s TV-movie titled ‘Elvis!’ debuted on ABC.
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Published on February 10, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. February the 10th…

It was Feb 10th when the Saturday morning TV series ‘My Friend Flicka’ (starring a 12 year old Canadian) debuted on CBS.
When the UK singing duo Chad & Jeremy played dramatic roles on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’
When NBC-TV aired the 100th episode of ‘Miami Vice.’
And when Vancouver actor Robert Clothier (pictured), who played the loveable rogue ‘Relic’ on the CBC series ‘The Beachcombers,’ died at age 77.
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Published on February 9, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. February the 9th…

It was a Feb. 9th when Vancouver’s CHQM AM 1320 ended 34 years of nostalgic/easy listening music and morphed into all-Chinese-language CHMB.
When AM 730 switched from a MOJO talk radio format to become Vancouver’s first All-Sports station.
When The Beatles made their first of three appearances on CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ (pictured).
And when the 100th episode of ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ aired on FOX.
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Published on February 8, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Monday in Broadcast History .. January the 8th…

It was a Feb 8th when President Warren G. Harding had the first radio installed in the White House.
When Prince George got its first radio station… CKPG with 250 watts at 1230 KHz.
When Seattle’s KIRO TV channel 7 (CBS) began broadcasting.
When Johnny Cash (pictured) made his one-and-only appearance on CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show.’
And when ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ ended its 6-and-a-half-year run on CBS-TV.
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Published on February 7, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Sunday in Broadcast History .. February the 7th…

Jane Fonda made her TV acting debut in the NBC’ movie for television ‘A String of Beads,’ which she credits for being considered for more serious bigscreen roles.
The 100th episodes of two iconic CBS-TV series, ‘Barnaby Jones’ and ‘Magnum PI’ aired, eight years apart.
Comedian Richard Pryor guested on Tom Jones’ first variety hour for ATV in the UK.
Gladys Knight and the Pips (pictured), Carol Channing and Sid Caesar headlined ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on CBS-TV.
And Robin Williams starred in the pilot movie about ‘Mork & MIndy.’ The ABC-TV series began the following September.
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Published on February 6, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher