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Monday in Broadcast History .. July 8th

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IT WAS JULY 8th … when Storer Broadcasting Company purchased WINS radio in New York City for $10 million, the highest price paid for a radio station to that time… When “The Everly Brothers Show” was launched on ABC-TV as a summer series, replacing Johnny Cash… When the final episode of “Mr. Belvedere” aired on ABC TV… …and when the televised Iran-Contra hearings made Lt. Col. Oliver North (pictured) a daytime TV star, outrating the serials and the game shows. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Sunday in Broadcast History .. July 7th

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IT WAS JULY 7th .. when ‘Flashgun Casey’ debuted on CBS radio. It evolved into ‘Casey, Crime Photographer’ and ran for 12 years!.. When ‘Escape’ (pictured) was heard for the first time on CBS. The critically-acclaimed anthology series continued on an erratic and largely sponsorless schedule (18 different time slots!) through 1954… When Jack Webb’s ‘Dragnet’ was first heard on NBC radio. The program was the first to dramatize cases from actual police files… ..and when a live summer replacement for Dinah Shore, “The Eddy Arnold Show” debuted on NBC-TV. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE

Saturday in Broadcast History .. July 6th

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IT WAS JULY 6th … when Canadian soprano Sarah Fischer sang 30 minutes of excerpts from Carmen in the first opera telecast by the BBC… When following on years in supporting radio roles with Rudy Vallee, Paul Whiteman and Edgar Bergen, Judy Canova (pictured) began her own weekly comedy-and-music show on CBS… When a hidden microphone eavesdropped on unsuspecting people for the first time, as Candid Microphone hit the ABC radio airwaves. Allen Funt was the host… When Garrison Keeler's 'A Prairie Home Companion' had its premiere on National Public Radio .... ..and when Karen & Richard Carpenter hosted the debut of their summer series, 'Make Your Own Kind of Music', on NBC-TV. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Friday in Broadcast History .. July 5th

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IT WAS JULY 5th … when Ann Southern starred on CBS Radio as “Maisie” for the first time, beginning a six-year run …. When “My Favorite Husband”, starring Lucille Ball (pictured), debuted on CBS Radio, laying the groundwork for the redhead’s later superstardom on TV… When Fred Davis, the longtime host of CBC-TV's ‘Front Page Challenge’ passed away at age 74 … When Anne Murray hosted “The Midnight Special” on NBC-TV, singing five songs including “You Won’t See Me,” “Robbie’s Song For Jesus” and “He Thinks I Still Care”…. ..and when the pilot episode of the landmark TV comedy”Seinfeld” aired on NBC. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Independence Day in Broadcast History .. July 4th

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IT WAS JULY 4th … when the radio panel show Life Begins at 80, with host Jack Barry, debuted on Mutual… When L.A. deejay Casey Kasem launched the longrunning ‘American Top 40’ as a weekly four hour syndicated radio feature… When the third episode of CBS-TV’s Sunday night talent showcase ‘Toast of the Town” hosted by Ed Sullivan, starred baseball icon Joe DiMaggio and dancer Bill Bojangles Robinson… … and when the “Tony Orlando and Dawn” TV show debuted on CBS as a summer replacement for Sonny & Cher. ALL the milestones for July the 4th INSIDE!

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. July 3rd

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IT WAS JULY 3rd … when “Hawaii Calls” began its 60 years of radio broadcasts from the Moana Hotel on the beach at Waikiki. At its peak it aired on 600 radio stations around the world… When the comic strip character, Blondie was first heard on CBS radio, starring Penny Singleton & Arthur Lake … When Pamela Martin announced her departure from BCTV to join Bill Good as co-anchor of CTV Vancouver’s 6 pm news… When the legendary comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello debuted their own network radio show on NBC… ..and when “The Andy Williams Show” debuted as a summer replacement series on CBS-TV. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

Tuesday 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 (pictured) signed to host a weekly prime time CBS 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

Sunday in Broadcast History .. June 30th

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IT WAS JUNE 30th … when CBS-TV debuted “The Guiding Light,” a daytime serial that had been on radio already for 15 years. Over the next 57 years it would become TV’s alltime longest running drama … Drum great, Buddy Rich (Photograph) When CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show featured The Everly Brothers singing their debut hit “Bye Bye Love”… When “The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour,” starring Jack Burns & Avery Schreiber debuted as a 10-week summer replacement series on ABC TV… ..and when Richmond (BC)’s CISL moved up the dial from 940 to 650 KHz. It is now branded Sportsnet 650. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE

Saturday in Broadcast History .. June 29th

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IT WAS JUNE 29th … when just the second daytime serial on network radio, ‘Vic & Sade’ made its debut on NBC Blue. Paul Rhymer’s scripted sly humour made the series unique for almost 20 years … When radio’s “show with a heart” made its debut. “Strike It Rich” became a weekly Sunday night favorite on CBS radio… When the radio version of “The Life of Riley,” starring William Bendix, ended its 7-year run on NBC Radio… ..and when Neil Diamond made his TV debut on ABC’s “American Bandstand,” performing his first Top Ten hit “Cherry, Cherry.” ALL the milestones for June 29th INSIDE.

Friday in Broadcast History .. June 28th

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IT WAS JUNE 28th … when an old favorite of radio audiences ‘Amos ‘n’ Andy’ made the switch to TV. Two years later, criticism from the NAACP about ‘stereotyping’ forced CBS-TV to drop the show… When ‘The Quiz Kids’ (pictured) began a 13-year run on radio as a summer replacement for the blind piano virtuoso Alec Templeton… When ‘The Alan Young Show’ debuted on NBC radio featuring the Vancouver-raised comedian. He would later be the human star of the talking horse TV show, ‘Mr. Ed’… When CKUA-FM signed on in Edmonton, and 'Sunny 94' took to the air in Lacombe Alta.... ..and when “The Helen Reddy Show” debuted as an eight-week summer replacement series on NBC-TV, with Flip Wilson, The Pointer Sisters, and Seals & Croft as guests. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.