Thursday, October 21, 2021

Today in Broadcast History

Friday in Broadcast History .. October 1st

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A huge date in Canadian broadcasting, as the CTV network was born with stations from Vancouver to Halifax. CBC-FM also went coast to coast for the first time, and the CBC’s Montreal station produced Canada’s first colour telecast. Much More Music debuted on the country’s cablesystems; Vancouver’s CJOR moved down the dial to its longtime home at 600 KHz; Duncan BC got its own radio station as CKAY AM1500 debuted; the second national CBC radio network (The Dominion network) went dark as more national advertising migrated from radio to TV. STAR FM debuted with two transmitters in the Fraser Valley, and Calgary’s CFXL AM1140 (successor to Top 40 powerhouse CKXL) transitioned to FM. In Nanaimo, CKEG AM 1570 moved from a country format to ‘Feelgood Oldies.’ And it’s the birthday of Western Canada radio tycoon Jimmy Pattison (pictured). Details of these, and Johnny Carson’s first hosting of NBC’s ‘Tonight Show,’ indeed ALL the October 1st broadcast milestones INSIDE.

Thursday in Broadcast History .. September 30th

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It’s the birthdate of Johnny Mathis, Angie Dickinson, Fran Drescher, Eric Stolz, Jenna Elfman, DJ Chuck Chandler and country music’s Marty Stuart. The BBC finally started its own pop music station, and yet exactly five years later Radio Caroline resumed broadcasting its pirate radio servce. Vancouver’s 1410 AM radio station resumed using the C-FUN call sign it had given up for an ill conceived all-news service. The first World Series telecast was seen on the US East Coast, ‘Cheers’ and Red Skelton debuted on NBC-TV, ‘The Rifleman’, ‘The Flintstones’ and ‘Alias’ got started on ABC-TV; and ‘The Friendly Giant’ began its long run on CBC-TV. Obits for Sept. 30th include James Dean, Edgar Bergen, Mary Ford, Freddy Martin, Al ‘Jazzbo’ Collins, Monty Hall and Barbara Ann Scott. Come inside for the details and ALL the milestones for this date.

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. September 29th

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Born this date were Gene Autry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bryant Gumbel, Gwen Ifill, Madeline Kahn and MASH’s Larry Linville. The daytime radio game show Double or Nothing got its start on Mutual; Lowell Thomas (pictured) began his 46-year career of nightly radio news broadcasts; and the Adventures of Sam Spade began its Sunday night run on CBS Radio. Sgt. Preston of the Yukon, a radio hit, got its start on CBS-TV. Also premiering on the Tiffany network were the TV hits Designing Women, My Favorite Martian, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Alice, and The Judy Garland Show. Sept. 29th was also the date a number of ABC-TV hits debuted, including Love American Style, My Three Sons, Make Room for Daddy, thirtysomething, Macgyver and Grace Under Fire. And CBR-FM signed on for the first time at 102.1 on Calgary’s radio dial. ALL the milestones for this date INSIDE.nions” by Booker T & MG’s at #3. On this day in 2012, KZOK Seattle radio personality Donny Bonaduce received a painful bite on the cheek from a female fan who had asked for a kiss.

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. September 28th

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William S. Paley (pictured), the founder of CBS was born this date, as was Ed Sullivan, the awkward host of early TV’s Sunday night variety blockbuster on CBS. Sept. 28th saw the first color telecast of a World Series game; The Giselle Mackenzie Show, Miami Vice, Hazel, and Dr. Kildare all made their debuts on NBC-TV, while the same network aired the finale of The Shari Lewis Show (with Lambchop.) CBS-TV aired M*A*S*H episode 100, and John Lennon was a guest deejay on New York’s WNEW-FM. Foster Hewitt described Paul Henderson’s summit-clinching goal against the Soviets, and The Beatles were heard for the first time in North America on the Murray the K radio show. Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Monday in Broadcast History .. September 27th

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Celebrities born this date include Randy Bachman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jayne Meadows, William Conrad, Greg Morris, Wilford Brimley, and Meat Loaf. John Palmer replaced Chris Wallace as news anchor of NBC’s Today Show; Steve Allen (pictured) started his run as first host of NBC’s Tonight Show; Dolly Parton’s short-lived variety show debuted on ABC-TV; Patti Page had the #1 song with ‘I Went to Your Wedding’; the Beach Boys performed on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show; and Bob Dylan had a concert at Carnegie Hall. Taking their final curtain call Sept. 27th were actors Lloyd Nolan and Robert Montgomery, song and dance man Donald O’Connor, British entertainer Gracie Fields, and John Facenda, the mellifluous original voice of NFL films. Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Sunday in Broadcast History .. September 26th

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This date gave us Marty Robbins, Julie London, Olivia Newton John, Kent McCord, and Linda Hamilton. Vancouver’s CKWX opened a newly-built state-of-the-art radio facility on Burrard Street (pictured); Paul Anka and Roseanne Barr had their stars unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.; the first Nixon-Kennedy Presidential Debate was staged; ‘Beverly Hillbillies’, ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ ‘Jake and the Fatman’ and the original ‘Hawaii Five-Oh’ began their runs on CBS; ’The Brady Bunch’ debuted on ABC-TV. and ‘Knight Rider’ began its run on NBC. Obits Sept. 26th include actors Richard Mulligan (of ‘Empty Nest’) and Charles Correll (of radio’s ‘Amos ‘n’ Andy’), bandleader Billy Vaughn, singer Robert Palmer, and the boop-boop-a-doop girl Helen Kane. Specifics of ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Saturday in Broadcast History .. September 25th

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It’s the birthday of Barbara Walters (she’s 90!), Michael Douglas (& his wife), Ian Tyson, Mark Hamill and Heather Locklear. It’s the date XM satellite radio was launched, and saw the debut of Veronica’s Closet on NBC-TV. Rosemary Clooney had a #1 hit in ‘Hey There;’ The Partridge Family (pictured) and a Beatles cartoon series debuted on ABC; Queen was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live; and Elvis Presley performed on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. A host of celebrities left us on Sept. 25th, including Andy Williams, Don Adams, Walter Pidgeon, announcer Art Gilmore, and Seattle radio icon Jerry Kay. Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Friday in Broadcast History .. September 24th

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It’a the date of birth for Seattle radio legend Pat O’Day (pictured), Jim Henson of the Muppets, Canadian Phil Hartman, Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs, sportscaster Jim McKay, and Three’s Company’s Audra Lindley. Making their series debut on ABC were The Odd Couple, The Donna Reed Show, The Mod Squad, Growing Pains and The Love Boat. Judy Garland made her TV debut in a Ford special on CBS; 60 Minutes, The Munsters and Petticoat Junction also had their premieres on CBS; and in Canada the CTV National News debuted in a late night quarter hour format. Elvis Presley appeared on the televised Louisiana Hayride on KRKH Shreveport; …and one of the great announcers of bigtime US radio, Harlow Wilcox, took his final breath. ALL the milestones for Sept. 24th INSIDE.

Thursday in Broadcast History .. September 23rd

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TV stars Jason Alexander and Chi McBride were born on this date, along with Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Julio Iglesias and John Coltrane. Hank Williams made his final recordings, ‘That’ll Be the Day’ by Buddy Holly & the Crickets was #1, Pay-TV got started with the Rocky Marciano/Jersey Joe Walcott fight; Matlock (pictured) and Marcus Welby MD debuted on ABC, and two Ken Burns epics (The Civil War and The War) debuted on PBS. Leaving this ‘vale of tears’ Sept. 23rd were Canadians Henry Champ and Chief Dan George, actors Cliff Arquette and Mary Frann, country music’s Jimmy Wakely and broadcaster Bill Ballance. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. September 22nd

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It’s the date that brought us Meryl Streep, Debby Boone, Joni James, Bonnie Hunt, Martha Scott and CBS newsman Richard C. Hottelet. Maverick, Lost and (pictured) Fulll House debuted on ABC-TV; Friends, Baywatch and Man From Uncle had their premieres on NBC Television; the Everly Brothers performed together for the first time in 10 years; The Supremes recorded their next smash ‘I Hear a Symphony,’ and Bob Dylan played Carnegie Hall… Meantime, CIVT became Vancouver’s newest station, a UHF license that would be viewed by most on cable channel 9. Obits include music makers Irving Berlin, Harry Warren and Eddie Fisher; actors George C. Scott, Gordon Jump, Edward Albert and Jackie Burroughs; and Laugh-In’s Dan Rowan. ALL the milestones for Sept. 22nd INSIDE.