Friday, October 7, 2022

Today in Broadcast History

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 15th

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It's the day of birth for Linda Ronstadt, Forest Whitaker, Scott Foley and Terry O'Quinn. Nelson BC got its first radio station (100 watts), Patti Page made her TV debut, One Life to Live started its long run on ABC-TV, MSNBC debuted on US cable systems, Glenn Miller recorded "Jukebox Saturday Night," and Paul McCartney appeared on the David Letterman show. Obits for July 15th include quizmaster Bert Convy, baritone Lawrence Tibbett, jazzman John Coltrane, and actresses Celeste Holm and Florence Halop. All the milestones for the date INSIDE.

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. July 14th

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It's the date when broadcast journalists Douglas Edwards and John Chancellor were born, as well as folksinger Woody Guthrie, and actresses Polly Bergen and Jane Lynch. Stan Freberg began his iconic CBS Radio show, Wayne & Schuster performed on the Ed Sullivan Show, Michael Jackson began his first tour of Britain, Bobby Vinton and Brenda Lee scored #1 songs, and Dean Martin recorded "Volare." Obits for July 14th include Kenny Delmar, Meredith MacRae and Hall of Fame Fiddler Curly Lewis. All the milestones for the date INSIDE.

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. July 13th

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It's the birthdate of broadcasters Dave Garroway and Peter Gzowski, actors Bob Crane and Patrick Stewart, and comedian/actor Cheech Marin. Frank Sinatra had his first recording session with the Harry James Band, Rolf Harris had his only #1 song, the Everly Brothers split up, and Ottawa's Alanis Morrisette had a US chart topper with "You Learn." Celebrities checking out of this mortal coil included Glee's Canadian star Cory Monteith, comedian Red Buttons, talk show host Les Crane, and big voiced Westbrook Van Voorhis of "The March of Time." Check out all the July 13th entertainment milestones INSIDE.

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. July 12th

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This day gave us comedians Bill Cosby, Milton Berle and Jay Thomas, plus Canadians Pierre Berton and Gordon Pinsent. Northern Exposure debuted on CBS-TV, The Adventures of Sam Spade began on ABC radio, Family Feud starring Richard Dawson started on ABC-TV, and Canada's CKO All-News Radio network was licensed. Elvis signed his first recording contract, and Vera Lynn's Auf Wiedersehn Sweetheart topped the Hit Parade. See all the milestones for July 12th INSIDE.

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. July 11th

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Actors Tab Hunter and Sela Ward, announcer Harry Von Zell and Canadian guitarist Liona Boyd were born on July 11th. Elvis had his final Sun Records session, Mac Davis debuted his summer CBS-TV variety show, Ruper Holmes hosted NBC-TV's Midnight Special, and Frank Sinatra married for the 4th time. Obits this date include Vancouver talk host Gary Bannerman, composer George Gershwin, singers Helen Forrest and Frances Langford, actors Laurence Olivier and Ray Collins, and iconic New York Yankee P.A. announcer Bob Sheppard. All the milestones for July 11th are INSIDE.

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. July 10th

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It's the birthdate of The Waltons' Earl Hamner Jr., and TV stars Fred Gwynne, David Brinkley, and Mr. Wizard Don Herbert. Victoria's CJVI Radio dropped talk and returned to playing music. Elvis recorded "Viva Las Vegas," Paul Anka's first hit "Diana" and The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" were first heard on radio. "Your Hit Parade" debuted on NBC-TV, "The Man Called X" premiered on CBS radio, and pioneering rock deejay Alan Freed left Cleveland for WINS New York. Obits for July 10th include Jelly Roll Morton, Arthur Fiedler, John Hammond and Mel Blanc. See all the milestones for the date INSIDE.

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 9th

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Actors Tom Hanks, Jimmy Smits, Vincent Edwards and Brian Dennehy were born this date, along with Courtney Love, Ed Ames and John Tesh. The Grateful Dead gave their last concert in Chicago, Crosby Stills and Nash began their reunion tour, Dick Clark took over as host of Philadelphia TV's "Bandstand," and Jim Morrison was buried. Signing off forever were CBS correspondent Eric Sevareid, actor Rod Steiger and actress Isabel Sanford of TV's "The Jeffersons." See all the July 9th milestones INSIDE.

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 8th

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It's the day singers Steve Lawrence, Bill Eckstine, Toby Keith and Raffi took their first breaths. Elvis's "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear," and Nat Cole's "Mona Lisa' were #1, Hank Ballard recorded "The Twist" and the Everly Brothers waxed "Lucille." Taking their very final bows were actors Ernest Borgnine, Howard Duff and June Allyson, and comedian Phil Foster. See all the milestones for July 8th INSIDE.

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. July 7th

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It's the date of birth for pop music's Mary Ford, Bobby Ocean, Ringo Starr and Doc Severinsen. Johnny Cash enlisted in the Air Force, the Doors' "Light My Fire" was #1, Ryan's Hope began its 14 year run on ABC-TV, and memorable OTR shows 'Escape' and 'Dragnet' debuted. Among those departing forever July 7th were Bill Cullen, sportscaster Jerry Doggett, and Jeff Smith the 'Frugal Gourmet.' Other milestones for the date INSIDE.

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. July 6th

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It was the date John Lennon met Paul McCartney, when an Elvis record first aired, when Prairie Home Companion and Candid Microphone were first heard on the radio. Peter Mansbridge, Merv Griffin, Della Reese, Bill Haley and Laverne Andrews were born, while Roy Rogers, Buddy Ebsen, and Cameron Mitchell were claimed by the Grim Reaper. These and dozens more milestones for July 6th INSIDE.