Friday, June 18, 2021

Today in Broadcast History

Friday in Broadcast History .. May 28th…

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IT WAS MAY 28th … when The Temptations headlined CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show, along with pop singers Robert Goulet and Jane Morgan … When The Association made their TV debut on CBS’s ‘Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ … When the ‘Dave Thomas Comedy Show’ debuted as a summer replacement for CBS-TV … When NBC announced that Brian Williams would succeed Tom Brokaw as anchor of the network’s ‘Nightly News’ … When Vancouver’s NW 2 AM 730 gave up its 15-months-long All-News radio battle with News 1130 .. ..and when bandleader Kevin Eubanks (pictured) left NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ after 16 years of supporting Jay Leno. ALL the milestones for May 28th INSIDE.

Thursday in Broadcast History .. May 27th…

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IT WAS MAY 27th … when Frank Sinatra (pictured) made his TV debut as he guested on NBC’s “Star-Spangled Review,” hosted by another show biz legend, Bob Hope… When Toronto’s CHUM AM 1050 became the first Canadian fulltime top-40 radio station and published its first hit record chart… When the final episodes of the sitcoms “Mork and Mindy,” “Punky Brewster” & “Bosom Buddies” aired on ABC-TV… ..and when Jim & Tammy Bakker appeared on ABC’s “Nightline” following their evangelical TV scandal. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. May 26th…

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IT WAS MAY 26th … when Canadian radio pioneer Reginald Fessenden was granted a patent for the liquid barretter microphone… When Carl Perkins finally appeared on NBC-TV’s “The Perry Como Show” singing his milion-selling version of “Blue Suede Shoes,” two months after he was injured in an MVA enroute to the show …. When the Rolling Stones were guests on ABC-TV’s weekly music showcase “Shindig!” along with Sonny & Cher, Jackie De Shannon, and Jimmy Rodgers .. ..and when Fantasia Barrino (pictured) was named winner of the third edition of Fox TV’s “American Idol,” edging out Diana DeGarmo. ALL the milestones for May 26th INSIDE.

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. May 25th…

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IT WAS MAY 25th … when the 16th Annual Emmy Awards saw top honors go to “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and its stars, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore… When “The Brady Bunch Hour” aired for the final time on ABC-TV… When after a 20 year break CBS Radio resumed weekly Major League Baseball playbyplay … When the final episode of Tim Allen’s ‘Home Improvement’ aired on ABC .. When Jay Leno took over NBC-TV’s “Tonight Show,” replacing Johnny Carson as regular host. Leno’s first guest was Billy Crystal… ..and when Ringo Starr was a guest on CBS-TVs “Late Show With David Letterman.” ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Monday in Broadcast History .. May 24th…

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IT WAS MAY 24th .. when the Canadian Parliament passed a bill establishing the CBC as a national broadcasting system … When Nanaimo BC got its own 250 watt radio station, CHUB 1570, with the first day featuring live coverage of the Empire Day Parade … When Randy Bachman and his Canadian band the Guess Who made their U.S. television debut on ABC’s “American Bandstand”… ..and when Dean Martin (pictured with The Golddiggers) concluded his 9-year run as star of a weekly variety show on NBC-TV. ALL the milestones for May 24th INSIDE.

Sunday in Broadcast History .. May 23rd…

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IT WAS MAY 23rd .. when pioneering Seattle radio station KOL first signed on …. When CBS gave Johnny Carson a summer TV game show called ‘Earn Your Vacation’… When ‘Star Trek: the Next Generation,’ ‘Star Trek: Voyager,’ and the ABC-TV sitcom ‘Full House’ aired their final episodes … When ABC televised its third Barry Manilow Special, with John Denver as special guest … ,,and when Jordin Sparks (pictured), at age 17, became the youngest-ever winner of FOX-TV’s American Idol on its season-ending telecast. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Saturday in Broadcast History .. May 22nd…

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IT WAS MAY 22nd … when Jack Benny signed off his last live network radio broadcast after a run of 23 years… When the Seattle-based Brothers Four sang “Greenfields” on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show. And Canada’s Wayne & Schuster did a skit from the Old West called “Frontier Psychiatrist” … When ‘To Tell the Truth’ aired the final weekly show of its original run on CBS-TV … When New Westminster-born actor Raymond Burr (pictured) starred in the title role as the last original Perry Mason episode titled ‘The Case Of The Final Fade-Out’ began filming…. ..and when ABC-TV’s ‘Hart to Hart’, and the NBC-TV sitcom ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’ , as well as ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,’ aired their finales. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Friday in Broadcast History .. May 21st…

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IT WAS MAY 21st … when Kamloops B.C. got its first FM station as CFFM 98.3 signed on … When CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show aired from Montreal’s Expo 67, and featured Petula Clark and The Seekers, with comedian Alan King… When after 18 years of losing Susan Lucci finally won Best Daytime Actress Emmy …. When after a 5 year run, the final episode of ‘Miami Vice’ aired on NBC-TV… .. and when after 8 seasons the finale of the sitcom ‘Newhart’ was seen on CBS-TV. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Thursday in Broadcast History .. May 20th…

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It was May 20th … when the Canadian Marconi Company station X-W-A, later CFCF, in Montreal aired a musical concert, the first scheduled radio broadcast in North America, and possibly the world… When CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show featured Peggy Lee, The Brothers Four (from Seattle), and retired baseball great Jackie Robinson …. When the 25th Emmy Awards gave top honors to The Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore… ..and when the final episodes of ‘Barney Miller’ and the original run of ‘Roseanne’ (pictured) aired on ABC-TV… and the ‘Cheers’ finale was seen on NBC. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. May 19th…

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IT WAS MAY 19th ….when the 20th Annual Emmy Awards gave top honours to Get Smart, Mission Impossible & best actress Barbara Bain … When NBC-TV celebrated the 50th anniversary of Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater with the 2-hour special “Motown Returns To The Apollo”… When the final episode of LA Law aired on NBC, after a wildly successful 8 year run… When Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Selleck sparred over gun control on Rosie’s syndicated TV talk show … ..and when the final episode of Angela Lansbury’s “Murder, She Wrote” aired on CBS, after 12 successful seasons. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.