Thursday in Broadcast History .. January the 14th…

68 years ago today, NBC-TV aired the premiere ediition of the longrunning ‘Today Show,’ hosted by the legendary Dave Garroway (pictured).
‘The Bionic Woman’ starring Lindsay Wagner debuted on ABC-TV, while ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ started its run on CBS.
One billion viewers worldwide watched the live TV special, ‘Elvis – Aloha from Hawaii.’
David Letterman announced his pending departure from NBC, and then 7 years later to the date underwent emergency open heart surgery.
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Published on January 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. January the 13th…

After more than 13 years on ABC-TV’s daytime schedule ‘Ryan’s Hope’ aired its final episode.
The Canadian band Rush headlined a “Canada for Asia” tsunami-relief CBC telethon in Toronto.
The ‘made-in Canada’ action series ‘La Femme Nikita’ debuted on the USA cable channel.
The 100th episode of NYPD Blue aired on ABC.
Samantha (Eliz. Montgomery) gave birth to baby Tabitha on ABC-TV’s ‘Bewitched.’
And we lost two luminaries of early CBC television as comedian Frank Shuster and news anchor Earl Cameron died.
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Published on January 12, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. January the 12th…

‘Sam ‘n’ Henry,’ the local Chicago series that set the pattern for the legendary national radio hit, ‘Amos ‘n’ Andy’ debuted on WGN.
Another Chicago origination, the hit children’s puppet show ‘Kukla Fran & Ollie’ had its premiere on NBC-TV.
The live-action (Pow! Zonk!) ‘Batman’ series debuted on ABC-TV.
And ‘All in the Family’ episode 1 was seen on CBS, featuring TV’s first toilet flush.
Happy Birthday to Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, and Christiane Amanpour!
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Published on January 11, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Monday in Broadcast History .. January the 11th…

Victoria’s first radio station, then known as CFCT 1450, upped its power to 500 watts.
Lloyd Bridges starred for the first time in his syndicated TV action hit “Sea Hunt.”
16 years later on this date, ‘Love American Style’ aired for the final time on ABC-TV.
And 8 years later, CBC Television moved the National News up an hour to 10 pm, followed by ‘The Journal’ hosted by the incredible Barbara Frum (pictured).
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Published on January 10, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Sunday in Broadcast History .. January the 10th…

NBC-TV aired the pilot for a US version of a hit BBC satirical news show, ‘That Was the Week that Was,’ with David Frost hosting as he had in the UK. It quickly became a weekly series.
Canada’s comedy team Wayne & Schuster guest-hosted on CBS-TV’s ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ and performed a Professor Von Gartner skit.
The ethnic radio soap opera, ‘The Goldbergs,’ for 20 years a hit daytime strip, became a 30-minute weekly primetime TV show on CBS.
And the first-ever episode of ‘Masterpiece Theatre’ aired on PBS, with Alistair Cooke (pictured) as on-screen host.
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Published on January 9, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Saturday in Broadcast History .. January the 9th…

Eleven months before the sneak attack on Pearl Harbour, CBS demonstrated small screen color television.
Clint Eastwood (pictured) began his ascent of the star ladder as the western series ‘Rawhide’ had its premiere on CBS-TV.
NBC-TV debuted a future sitcom hit ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’;
Pat Sajak became the latest challenger to Johnny Carson with a late night talk show on CBS-TV;
The same network introduced “The Late Late Show” post midnight, hosted at first by Tom Snyder;
And the ethnic sitcom ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’ debuted on CBC-TV.
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Published on January 8, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Friday in Broadcast History .. January the 8th…

Edmonton’s adopted son Robert Goulet (pictured) made his US TV debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on CBS, singing “If Ever I Would Leave You.”
The PBS children’s show headliner Mister Rogers was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
And the NBC-TV drama series Providence, which introduced Melina Kanakaredes in her first TV lead role, made its debut.
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Published on January 7, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Wednesday in Broadcast History .. January the 6th…

Ronald Colman (pictured with wife Benita Hume) debuted in their own weekly NBC radio series, ‘The Halls of Ivy.’
The Global Television Network began with a toehold in Southern Ontario;
That same day the CBS Radio Mystery Theater with host E.G. Marshall began its 9-year run;
And zookeeper Marlin Perkins introduced his wildlife TV series that would run for 25 years, ‘Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.’
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Published on January 5, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Tuesday in Broadcast History .. January the 5th…

Radio’s longrunning mystery show ‘The Shadow’ began its 22 year run on the networks.
Vancouver’s Alan Young (pictured) starred in episode 1 of TV’s talking horse show ‘Mr. Ed.’
Pat Boone signed in as the mystery guest on CBS-TV’s ‘What’s Mty Line’;
And the ABC daytime drama ‘All My Children’ debuted.
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Published on January 4, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher

Monday in Broadcast History .. January the 4th…

It’s the date that NBC debuted one of radio’s first variety shows, ‘The Dodge Victory Hour’ starring Will Rogers and Al Jolson.
Bob Hope (pictured) made his first national radio appearance on NBC’s ‘The Intimate Review.’
Victoria’s CHEK-TV left the CBC and became a fulltime CTV affiliate;
and several lengthy TV runs came to a close on CBS Jan. 4th, ‘Rawhide’ (which introduced Clint Eastwood) and ‘The Twentieth Century,’ hosted by Walter Cronkite.

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Published on January 3, 2021 at 9:00 pm by clockwatcher