FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. June 26th

IT WAS JUNE 26th … when Ted Rogers Sr. invented the alternating-current tube which facilitated plug-in batteryless radios. Until then, all radios had been battery operated…
When comedian Fred Allen ended his 17-year run as host of his own radio show. Allen was (unsuccessfully) attempting a transition to TV…
When Canadian folksinger/songwriter Joni Mitchell guested on ABC’s Mama Cass TV special from Los Angeles…
..and when CKNW ‘s Bill Hughes (pictured, right) qualified for the Guiness Book of World Records as he broadcast the 12,000th edition of “Roving Mike.”
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Published on June 25, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. June 25th

IT WAS JUNE 25th .. when Vancouver radio station CKWX moved UP the dial from AM 1010 to AM 950, and increased its power to 1000 watts….
When ‘The Imogene Coca Show’ and two years later ‘The Jonathan Winters Show’ aired their final telecasts on NBC…
When the gothic horror daytime serial “Dark Shadows” began its run on ABC-TV…
..and when “The Dave Thomas Comedy Show” starring the Ontario-born SCTV alumnus, was seen for the last time on CBS-TV.
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Published on June 24, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 24th

IT WAS JUNE 24th … when ‘A Date With Judy’ starring Louise Erickson aired for the first time on NBC radio as a summer replacement for Bob Hope…
When “The Steve Allen Show” was seen for the first time on NBC-TV, while “Ed Sullivan’s 8th Anniversary Show” captured the ratings for CBS-TV…
When the iconic early sitcom “I Love Lucy” aired its last original episode in CBS-TV prime time, before beginning a record number of reruns in syndication…
When Victoria’s CKDA Radio narrowed its Oldies format down to just the hits of the ’70’s …
… and when Front Page Challenge (pictured) debuted on CBC-TV as a 13-week summer replacement program. It would eventually become North America’s longest-running game-interview TV show.
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Published on June 23, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. June 23rd

IT WAS JUNE 23rd … when Chilliwack’s first radio station CHWK signed on at 1210 KHz with 5 watts. At first it only broadcast an hour or two a day…
When Don McNeill took over as host of Chicago’s ‘Pepper Pot’ program, and renamed it ‘The Breakfast Club’ which ran on the networks for 35 years…
When ‘The Jimmy Durante Show’ concluded its run on NBC-TV, and ‘The Pat Boone Show’ ran for the last time on ABC-TV…
When 2,200 CBC broadcast technicians ended their 5-month strike …
…and when ‘The David Letterman Show’ began its torturous 4-month run on NBC-TV daytime.
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Published on June 22, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

MONDAY in Broadcasting History .. June 22nd

iT WAS JUNE 22nd … when radio station KVL 1370 Seattle debuted on the air at 6:30pm with more than 6 hours of musical celebration featuring live orchestras playing jazz, classical and Hawaiian music…
When the final episode of “You Bet Your Life”/”The Groucho Show” aired on NBC-TV…
When the 22-year old Barbra Streisand signed a 10-year contract with CBS-TV worth about $200,000 a year…
..and when the 134th & final episode of “Xena: Warrior Princess” aired in North America.
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Published on June 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

FATHER’s DAY in Broadcast History .. Sun. June 21st

IT WAS JUNE 21st … when the first telecast of a political convention took place, from the Republican Convention in Philadelphia …
When Nick Frost brought a brand new Kelowna radio station CILK FM (Silk FM) to the air at 101.5 with effective radiated power of 11,000 watts…
When Victoria’s CKXM FM 91.3 switched from a country station to modern rock under a new name “The [email protected] FM”…
..and when two years before WW2, the BBC televised the Wimbledon Tennis Championships for the first time.
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Published on June 20, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Heather Osgood: Podcast Advertising 101

Heather Osgood is the founder of True Native Media and answered all of our questions about podcast advertising. I first met Heather back in 2017 and was fascinated with the vision she had for her company. While the idea of media buying was not new, being a media buyer for podcasts was.

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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. June 20th

IT WAS JUNE 20th … when American Bandstand celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 90-minute prime time ABC-TV special. Paul Anka, Neil Diamond, Frankie Avalon, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Little Richard, Three Dog Night, and Cheech & Chong were among the performers appearing….
When the last of the original CBC-TV-produced Don Messer’s Jubilee shows aired, following a Saturday night hockey game…
When “Price is Right” model Janice Pennington was knocked out when she was struck by a TV camera during a taping of the show at CBS Television City in L.A.…
…and when Howard Stern (pictured) began his 30-minute TV show, a digest version of his morning radio show, on the E! cable network.
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Published on June 19, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. June 19th

IT WAS JUNE 19th … when Gillette became the first-ever network TV sponsor on NBC-TV’s coverage of the Billy Conn-Joe Lewis heavyweight boxing match,…
When the Goodson-Todman game show ‘I’ve Got a Secret’ with Garry Moore as host (pictured), debuted on CBS-TV…
When at the height of the folk music boom, the Kingston Trio debuted their own weekday show on CBS Radio…
and when Roberta Flack hosted her ABC-TV musical special, “Roberta Flack… The First Time Ever,” with The Blossoms and Seals & Crofts as guests.
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Published on June 18, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. June 18th

IT WAS JUNE 18th .. when ‘The Adventures of Ellery Queen’ debuted on CBS radio in a 60-minute format for the first six months …
When the adult western ‘Gunsmoke” wrapped its 9-year run on CBS radio…
When the luminescent Nanette Fabray (pictured) made her final appearance as co-star of NBC-TV’s ‘Caesar’s Hour’…
When Vancouver’s CKNW AM 980 launched the Western Information Network ..
.. and when Dan Rather’s final report for CBS aired on the network’s feature weekend news magazine ‘Sunday Morning.’
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Published on June 17, 2020 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson