Thursday, July 18, 2024

Today in Broadcast History

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.

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. July 5th

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July 5th gave us musicians Huey Lewis and Robbie Robertson, actresses Edie Falco and Katherine Helmond, and boxing commentator Don Dunphy. It saw the debuts of radio series Maisie, My Favorite Husband, and The Adventures of Nero Wolfe. Seinfeld had its premiere on NBC-TV, Anne Murray hosted Midnight Special, and Ray Charles recorded 'Hit the Road, Jack.' Obits include musicians Harry James & Bill Justis, Dragnet's Ben Alexander, and Front Page Challenge host Fred Davis. All the July 5th anniversaries INSIDE.

JULY the FOURTH in Broadcast History

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As well as America's birthday, its also the date that brought us Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong, Ann Landers and 'Dear Abby,' Neil Simon, Geraldo Rivera, Gina Lollobrigida and Mitch Miller. The radio runs of 'Life Begins at 80' and 'Pete Kelly's Blues' got underway, Tom Jones introduced a CBS-TV summer variety series, and Casey Kasem hosted his very first American Top 40 Countdown. Sadly, leaving us this date were Eva Gabor, Charles Kuralt and Barry White. Details of these and scores more July 4th anniversaries INSIDE.

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. July 3rd

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It's the date that claimed the lives of TV notables Andy Griffith, Ross Martin and Jim Backus, and radio stars Rudy Vallee and Whispering Jack Smith. In Paris, The Doors' frontman Jim Morrison succumbed to what's believed to be a drug overdose. "Hawaii Calls" began its 60-year run on radio, "Blondie" moved from the comic strips and movie screens to CBS radio, Abbott & Costello got their own show on NBC radio, Andy Williams premiered his summer replacement CBS-TV series, and Crosby Stills and Nash played together for the 1st time ever, at Joni Mitchell's house. Details of these and scores more July 3rd anniversaries INSIDE.

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 2nd

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It was the date the 1st million-dollar prizefight (Jack Dempsey vs. Georges Carpentier) aired on US radio. "The Aldrich Family," "The Adventures of the Thin Man" and the satire of "Bob and Ray" had their premieres on NBC radio. Morning radio star Arthur Godfrey signed to host a weekly prime time show. Lawrence Welk debuted his new dance show on ABC-TV. Elvis recorded "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel," Dean Martin recorded "Houston," and Andy Williams recorded "Canadian Sunset." Obits on July 2nd include James Stewart, Betty Grable, Lee Remick, Fred Gwynne and Jan Murray. Details of all the anniversaries for this date INSIDE.

CANADA DAY in Broadcast History .. July 1st

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It's the date we said goodbye to these show biz giants .. Marlon Brando, Robert Mitchum, Michael Landon, Karl Malden and Wolfman Jack. The FCC became America's broadcast regulator, Jim Robson broke into radio at CJAV Port Alberni, CFTO aired Canada's first colour TV, Vancouver's JR Country signed on, C-FUN became All-News CKVN, and 11-year old Brenda Lee had her first recording session. Among those born July 1st are Pamela Anderson, Deborah Harry, Michelle Wright, legendary soap opera maven Irna Phillips and network radio sportscaster Bill Stern. Details of these and dozens more anniversaries for the date INSIDE.

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. June 30th

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It's the date of birth for singers Florence Ballard, Murray McLauchlan and American Idol winner Fantasia, New Westminster broadcaster Terry David Mulligan, and iconic big band drummer Buddy Rich. June 30th saw Loverboy playing Expo'86, a young Frank Sinatra debuting with the Harry James Band, the daytime drama "Guiding Light" debuting on television, and Vancouver's C-ISL radio moving up to 650 on the dial. Leaving us forever were Jack Benny's widow Mary Livingstone, comic Buddy Hackett, actor Gale Gordon and country music's Chet Atkins. Details of these and scores more anniversaries for the date INSIDE.

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. June 29th

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It's the date we lost Victoria radio icon Joe Easingwood, along with international stars Katherine Hepburn, Rosemary Clooney and Jayne Mansfield. "The Life of Riley" ended its 7-year run on NBC Radio. The whimsical "Vic & Sade" was first was inserted into network radio's daytime soap bloc, Gordon Lightfoot scored his only #1 Billboard hit "Sundown," and the quiz show with a heart "Strike It Rich" debuted on CBS radio. Kamloop's CHNL Radio won permission to more than double its power to 25,000 watts. Details of these and scores more June 29th anniversaries INSIDE.

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. June 28th

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Puget Sound Radio's Ron Robinson Presents Today In Broadcast History...