Sunday, January 29, 2023

Today in Broadcast History

Thursday in Broadcast History .. January 19th

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Joe Chesney (pictured) got his own Langley (BC) radio station CJJC on the air at 850 KHz. The first episode of the soon-to-be-iconic ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ was filmed. 68% of all US TV sets were tuned in as Lucy gave birth on CBS-TV’s ‘I Love Lucy.’ Two years later, CBS-TV debuted ‘The Millionaire” with Marvin Miller. And three decades later, that same network introduced the first edition of the newsmagazine show ’48 Hours.’ ALL the milestones for Jan. 19th INSIDE

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. January 18th

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This was the date that Canadian content music quotas first came into effect for AM radio stations. Victoria’s second radio station CKDA started broadcasting, some 27 years after the first station debuted. Lee Majors’ starring vehicle, ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ premiered on ABC-TV. CBS-TV aired the 100th episodes of both the sitcom ‘Good Times’ and ‘Northern Exposure,’ 17 years apart. And prolific producer Norman Lear scored yet another sitcom spinoff as ‘The Jeffersons’ (as pictured) debuted on CBS-TV. ALL the milestones for Jan. 18th INSIDE.

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. January 17th

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On this day in 1959, Vancouver radio station C-FUN 1410 AM took out a full page ad heralding it’s spanking new studio facilities at 1900 West 4th Avenue. Rock Hudson was born this day in 1925. Vancouver former sportscaster Jim Robson (picture) is 88 today..

Monday in Broadcast History .. January 16th

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The pioneering sci-fi series ‘The Outer Limits’ aired for the final time on ABC-TV. CBS-TV’s Ed Sulllivan Show featured songs by Mike Douglas and The Lettermen, with comedy by impressionist Frank Gorshin, and Vancouver’s Mimi Hines teamed with husband Phil Ford. After 15 years in the spot Terry Reid left the QM/FM morning show. Five years after he retired polls declared CBS anchorman emeritus Walter Cronkite to STILL be the ‘most trusted man in America.’ And America’s 6th national TV network UPN (Universal-Paramount Network) began telecasting. ALL the milestones for Jan. 16th INSIDE.

Sunday in Broadcast History .. January 15th

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One of the great drummers of the big band era Gene Krupa was born in Chicago. Canadian-born Art Linkletter starred on the CBS radio debut of “House Party”. in 1958, Elvis Presley was in a studio in West Hollywood to record “Hard Headed Woman,” “New Orleans,” “Trouble,” “Crawfish” and “King Creole. in 1959, CJDC TV went on the air in Dawson Creek, BC On this day in 1969, New Westminster radio station CKNW moved its studios & offices from Columbia Street to a former Safeway store at 815 McBride Boulevard. 

Saturday in Broadcast History .. January 14th

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71 years ago today, NBC-TV aired the premiere ediition of the longrunning ‘Today Show,’ hosted by the legendary Dave Garroway (pictured). ‘The Bionic Woman’ starring Lindsay Wagner debuted on ABC-TV, while ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ started its run on CBS. One billion viewers worldwide watched the live TV special, ‘Elvis – Aloha from Hawaii.’ David Letterman announced his pending departure from NBC, and then 7 years later to the date underwent emergency open heart surgery. ALL the milestones for Jan. 14th INSIDE.

Friday in Broadcast History .. January 13th

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After more than 13 years on ABC-TV’s daytime schedule ‘Ryan’s Hope’ aired its final episode. The Canadian band Rush headlined a “Canada for Asia” tsunami-relief CBC telethon in Toronto. The ‘made-in Canada’ action series ‘La Femme Nikita’ debuted on the USA cable channel. The 100th episode of NYPD Blue aired on ABC. Samantha (Eliz. Montgomery) gave birth to baby Tabitha on ABC-TV’s ‘Bewitched.’ And we lost two luminaries of early CBC television as comedian Frank Shuster and news anchor Earl Cameron died. ALL the milestones for Jan. 13th INSIDE.

Thursday in Broadcast History .. January 11th

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‘Sam ‘n’ Henry,’ the local Chicago series that set the pattern for the legendary national radio hit, ‘Amos ‘n’ Andy’ debuted on WGN. Another Chicago origination, the hit children’s puppet show ‘Kukla Fran & Ollie’ had its premiere on NBC-TV. The live-action (Pow! Zonk!) ‘Batman’ series debuted on ABC-TV. And ‘All in the Family’ episode 1 was seen on CBS, featuring TV’s first toilet flush. Happy Birthday to Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, and Christiane Amanpour! ALL the milestones for Jan. 12th INSIDE!

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. January 11th

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Victoria’s first radio station, then known as CFCT 1450, upped its power to 500 watts. Lloyd Bridges starred for the first time in his syndicated TV action hit “Sea Hunt.” 16 years later on this date, ‘Love American Style’ aired for the final time on ABC-TV. And 8 years later, CBC Television moved the National News up an hour to 10 pm, followed by ‘The Journal’ hosted by the incredible Barbara Frum (pictured). ALL the milestones for Jan. 11th INSIDE.

Monday in Broadcast History .. January 9th

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Eleven months before the sneak attack on Pearl Harbour, CBS demonstrated small screen color television. Clint Eastwood (pictured) began his ascent of the star ladder as the western series ‘Rawhide’ had its premiere on CBS-TV. NBC-TV debuted a future sitcom hit ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’; Pat Sajak became the latest challenger to Johnny Carson with a late night talk show on CBS-TV; The same network introduced “The Late Late Show” post midnight, hosted at first by Tom Snyder; And the ethnic sitcom ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’ debuted on CBC-TV. ALL the milestones for Jan. 9th INSIDE.