Wednesday in Broadcast History .. September the 9th

IT WAS SEPT. 9th .. when the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was formed as a broadcasting service of the Radio Corporation of America, with partners General Electric & Westinghouse. 26 stations made up the US’s first national radio network …
When the 1st broadcast of the long-running TV soap “Love of Life” aired on CBS…
When 54 million viewers (82.6 percent of the U.S. television audience) turned their TV dials to the ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ on CBS to see 21-year-old Elvis “The Pelvis” Presley …
When NBC-TV’s “Huntley-Brinkley Report” (pictured), their evening newscast, expanded from 15 to 30 minutes, as had the CBS News (with Walter Cronkite) a week earlier…
and when CBS CEO Les Moonves stepped down amidst a widening sex scandal.
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Published on September 8, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. September the 8th…

IT WAS SEPT. 8th … when The Hoboken Four, featuring a 19-year old Frank Sinatra as lead singer, appeared on Major Bowes Amateur Hour on WOR radio, and won the week …
When Canada’s first English-language TV station, CBLT in Toronto started operations… two days after Montreal’s French-language CBC station…
When “Bat Masterson,” a western starring Gene Barry, began its 108-episode run on NBC-TV…
..and when the pioneering space series “Star Trek,” starring Montreal-born William Shatner, debuted on NBC-TV.
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Published on September 7, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Labour Day in Broadcast History .. September 7th

IT WAS SEPT. 7th … when pioneer Vancouver radio station CKFC first took to the air from First Congregational Church…
When a young Sally Field debuted in the title role of ‘The Flying Nun’ on ABC-TV…
When the final episode of (pictured) the original “Dick Van Dyke Show” featuring Mary Tyler Moore, as well as the last “Beverly Hillbillies” episode, aired on CBS-TV…
When ESPN, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, made its debut on US cable TV as the world’s first fulltime sports TV station…
.. and when CJRY-FM Edmonton signed on as Shine-FM, with 100,000 watts at 105.9 MHz.
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Published on September 6, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Sunday in Broadcast History .. September 6th

IT WAS SEPT 6th … when the first prizefight to be broadcast blow-by-blow was heard on WWJ Detroit, as heavyweight champ Jack Dempsey scored a third-round knockout …
When (pictured) Lionel Barrymore introduced us to his latest crowd-pleasing character as ‘Mayor of the Town’ debuted on the NBC Red radio network, co-starring Agnes Moorehead…
When future movie star Steve McQueen premiered his CBS-TV series ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive” …
When the team of Martin & Lewis were reunited on Jerry’s telethon after a 20-year estrangement …
When Canadian television debuted as Montreal’s CBFT aired the drama ‘Oedipus Rex’ in French….
..and when the smash hit radio comedy“Fibber McGee and Molly” ended after an almost 25 year run.
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Published on September 5, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Matt Cundill | Sound Off Media Co.

Matt is on the road in Quebec this week and explains that the spoken word has more than than music to radio programmers. Canadian radio regulations need to be reviewed and instead of focusing on Cancon for music – maybe the CRTC should be focusing on regulating who is doing the talking and from where.

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Saturday in Broadcast History .. September the 5th

IT WAS SEPT. 5th .. when the populat daytime drama ‘Life Can Be Beautiful’ began its 16 year run on NBC radio…
When Frank Sinatra was instrumental in the reuniting of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin live on Jerry’s Labor Day telethon…
When the US got its first network hour-long news show as the Public Broadcasting System’s “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” expanded to 60 minutes…
When the Camosun College radio station CKMO began an 11.5 year run on AM 900 …
..and when “American Bandstand,” hosted by Dick Clark on ABC, was cancelled after 30 years on television.
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Published on September 4, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Friday in Broadcast History .. September 4th

IT WAS SEPT. 4th … when BC-born actor Raymond Burr starred in the last original episode of the CBS-TV courtroom drama, Perry Mason…
When Jerry Butler & the Impressions made their national TV debut on ABC-TV’s “American Bandstand”…
When the short-lived Carol Burnett-Richard Hayes Show, a 20-minute nightly variety package, debuted on CBS Radio…
..and when the last of 98 original episodes of “Gilligan’s Island” aired on CBS-TV. It would continue for decades in syndicated reruns.
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Published on September 3, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Thursday in Broadcast History .. September the 3rd

IT WAS SEPT. 3rd .. when CHAB-TV Moose Jaw and CHRE-TV Regina switched to CBK call letters as Moffatt completed their forced sale to the CBC…
When the last original episode of ‘The Lone Ranger’ aired on ABC Radio after nearly 3,000 episodes ….
When ‘The Lawrence Welk Show’ aired for the last time on ABC-TV, enroute to becomng a syndicated property…
..and when Jerry Lewis smashed all previous records for TV charity fund-raising, as $32,074,566 was pledged on the Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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Published on September 2, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. September 2nd

IT WAS SEPT. 2nd … when the radio show “15 Minutes with Bing Crosby” debuted on CBS. For the first six months it ran six nights a week….
When “The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite” expanded from 15 to 30 minutes, becoming US television’s first half-hour nightly newscast…
When the CJOR call letters and its News/Talk format disappeared from 600 on Vancouver’s AM dial, as Classic Rock CHRX was born in its place…
..and when Hootie & The Blowfish made their national T.V. debut on NBC’s Late Night With David Letterman.
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Published on September 1, 2020 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Sunday in Broadcast History .. August 30th with Michael Easton

IT WAS AUG. 30th .. when, as the TV era kicked into high gear, “Screen Directors Playhouse” ended its 2.5 year run on NBC Radio…
When “American Bandstand” aired for the final time as a daily show on ABC-TV, becoming a weekly hour on Saturdays for another 26 years…
When ‘Northern Exposure’ and ‘ Murphy Brown’ were big CBS winners at the Emmy Awards…
When, after five years, ABC-TV’s “The Brady Bunch” came to an end …
..and when the “Late Show with David Letterman” debuted on CBS-TV, with guests Bill Murray (pictured) & Billy Joel.
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Published on August 29, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Michael Easton