Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Today in Broadcast History

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. February 7th

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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. ALL the milestones for Feb. 7th INSIDE.

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. February 6th

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On this day in 1951, radio commentator Paul Harvey (Pictured)  was arrested for trying to sneak into the Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago. future Beatle George Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. Ronnie Milsap was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. more than 200 women filed court actions against Chuck Berry over allegations he had been secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned. Plus birthday milestones INSIDE

Monday in Broadcast History .. February 5th

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90 years ago today comedian Eddie Cantor’s illustrious radio career got underway as he made an appearance on Rudy Vallee’s “The Fleischmann Hour” on NBC. Two decades later the Fifth Emmy Awards gave top honors to I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell and Helen Hayes. Also this date ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Show’ (pictured) debuted on CBS-TV, the 200th episode of ‘Married with Children’ aired on FOX-TV, and the 50th ‘Andy Griffith Show’ was seen on CBS-TV. ALL the milestones for Feb. 5th INSIDE.

Sunday in Broadcast History .. February 4th

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Baseball’s Jackie Robinson (pictured) signed a contract with NBC’s New York radio & TV stations as Director of Community Activities, thus becoming the first black broadcast executive. Elvis Presley made his second appearance on CBS-TV’s ‘Dorsey Brothers Stage Show.’ ABC-TV aired a 25th anniversary salute to Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand.’ And Katie Couric’s “All Access Grammy Special” aired on CBS-TV, featuring interviews with Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne and Taylor Swift. ALL the milestones for Feb. 4th INSIDE.

Saturday in Broadcast History .. February 3rd

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The third of WXYZ Detroit’s kids radio adventure shows ‘Challenge of the Yukon’ debuted… for a Michigan audience only. The comedy team of Abbott and Costello (pictured) joined the cast of CBS radio’s ‘Kate Smith Hour.’ The mischievous chimpanzee J. Fred Muggs became a regular on NBC-TV’s ‘Today Show.’ And Vancouver radio station C-ISL got the okay to move down the AM dial from 940 to 650 KHz and increase power to 10,000 watts. ALL the milestones for Feb. 3rd INSIDE.

Thursday in Broadcast History .. February 1st

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This was the date 67 years ago when both ‘Private Secretary’ (with Ann Sothern) and ‘General Electric Theatre’ (hosted by Ronald Reagan) debuted on CBS-TV. The date when 26-year-old Toronto-born Peter Jennings (pictured) became anchorman at ABC News for the first time. The TV mini-series that introduced Nick Nolte, ‘Rich Man Poor Man’ began on ABC. And 38 years ago today NBC-TV’s ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ debuted in the hour following Johnny Carson. ALL the milestones for Feb. 1st INSIDE.

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. January 30th

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This was the date ‘The Lone Ranger’ aired for the first time, from Detroit’s WXYZ radio. Vancouver got its second TV station (first privately-owned) in CHAN, now known as Global TV. NBC-TV introduced the anthology series ‘Robert Montgomery Presents’; the hour-long show would continue for 8 years. Kevin Eubanks took over the band on Jay Leno’s ‘Tonight Show,’ while Kevin Newman left ABC News for Vancouver and the ‘Global National’ anchor slot. And Mutual radio began airing ‘The Larry King Show’ from midnight to 5:30 am Eastern. ALL the milestones for Jan. 30th INSIDE.

Monday in Broadcast History .. January 29th

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Victoria’s former CJVI (AM900) changed from playing Top 40 music to the ‘Jack FM’ format, ‘playing what we want’ on 103.1 MHz. .On this day in 1999, veteran CKNW beat reporter George Garrett retired after 43 years in radio. A very sad departure for investigation journalism. Like our friend Harvey Oberfeld he is retired. These two are the investigative journalists we desperately need today.

Sunday in Broadcast History .. January 28th

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Garry Moore (pictured) was the MC as ‘Beat the Band’ debuted on NBC Radio. The very first Emmy Awards were handed out in Los Angeles. The zany ‘Goon Show’ ended its 9-year run on BBC Radio. ‘Barnaby Jones’ starring Buddy Ebsen began its 8 season run on CBS-TV. Correspondent/anchor Roger Mudd left NBC News after seven stormy years. And ‘Fantasy Island’ began its 6-year-long Saturday night run on ABC-TV. All the milestones for Jan. 28th INSIDE.

Saturday in Broadcast History .. January 27th

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The highbrow drama series ‘CBS Radio Workshop’ debuted on the radio network. Much lower on the intellectual scale was the debut of the ABC-TV sitcom ‘Davis Rules’ featuring Jonathan Winters. Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Senor Wences headlined CBS-TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.’ The hour-long ‘Singalong with Mitch’ began its 3-year run on NBC-TV. And two decades later the sitcom ‘Laverne & Shirley’ (pictured) debuted on ABC-TV. ALL the milestones for Jan. 27th INSIDE.