SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 18th

It’s the date that brought us Linda Evans, Elizabeth Perkins, Owen Wilson, Imogene Coca, Johnny Mercer, Dorothy Collins, and NBC host/journalist Megyn Kelly.
Edward R. Murrow’s acclaimed documentary series ‘See It Now’ debuted on CBS-TV;
‘As It Happens’ started it’s nearly 50 year run on CBC Radio;
the first CanCon rules for TV were announced;
CKNW Radio boosted its power to 5,000 watts at 1320 KHz;
ABC-TV aired Britney Spears’ first TV concert;
and Fats Domino sang ‘Blueberry Hill’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
Nov. 18th claimed the lives of bandleaders Ted Heath and Cab Calloway, singers Dorothy Kirsten and Hal Dickenson (The Modernaires), composer Cy Coleman and actor Harold J. Stone.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on November 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Fox News Bans Gene Simmons For Life

Kiss frontman reportedly barged in on a meeting where he exposed his torso to staffers, mocked their intelligence and told lewd jokes about Michael Jackson.

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Published on at 5:14 pm by Ron Robinson

CBS Corp., Entercom Finalize Radio Merger

The combined company now holds seven FM stations and one AM in the Seattle market. Reports indicate Sports KFNQ AM 1090, Adult Hits KJAQ-FM 96.5, and Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 will be swapped to iHeartMedia.

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Published on at 11:08 am by clockwatcher

FCC rule change could impact Seattle TV stations

Federal regulators rolled back a series of decades-old regulations on Thursday, in a move that will make it far easier for media outlets to be bought and sold

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Published on at 10:06 am by Voice Over

CRTC and Bell must shoulder blame for TV job cuts, says Unifor

“This latest round of layoffs isn’t just Bell Media’s penny-pinching, this one has been directly caused by the CRTC,” said Unifor Media Council Chair Jake Moore

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Published on at 9:56 am by Voice Over

NPR Chairman Steps Down as Network Grapples with Harassment Crisis

NPR’s problems with sexual harassment are seen as especially disheartening because of the feminist legacy of its founding. The network was built in part on the foundation created by trailblazing female journalists such as Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, Cokie Roberts and Susan Stamberg.

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Published on November 16, 2017 at 10:32 pm by boredop

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 17th

Happy Birthday to Canadians Gordon Lightfoot, Lorne Michaels and Rachel McAdams. Also born this date were the late Rock Hudson, Archie Campbell and Jack Lescoulie.
Calgary’s CHQR began broadcasting at 810 KHz with 10,000 watts;
Edgar Bergen and his dummy Charlie McCarthy became overnight sensations after guesting on NBC radio’s ‘Rudy Vallee Show’;
Rush Limbaugh returned to the airwaves after a month in drug rehab;
FOX-TV aired the US’ first condom ad;
longtime CBS newsman Roger Mudd (pictured) began working for NBC News;
and Elton John recorded his next album live on New York’s WABC-FM.
Passing away Nov. 17th were Chicago radio children’s favorite Ireene Wicker, big band singer Bob Eberly, announcer Bill Baldwin, and country music’s Don Gibson.
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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Fresh Radio Edmonton launches Christmas Friday

Are there changes about to be made at Fresh Radio Edmonton besides the yearly flip to Christmas? Possibly. Rumors have swirled all year and more so in recent weeks.


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Sen. Al Franken Apologizes to Woman Radio Host He Groped and Forcibly Kissed

“I don’t know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn’t matter,” Franken said. “There’s no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself.”


Published on at 11:42 am by Ron Robinson

Layoffs at NL Broadcasting, including departure of Rick “The Bear” Wile

NL Broadcasting — which owns Radio NL 610 AM, Country 103 and 97.5 The River — was purchased earlier this year by Newcap Radio, a Nova Scotia-based broadcasting company with 95 radio stations across Canada, including three in Vancouver and one each in Kelowna and Penticton. The sale was finalized in June.

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Published on at 9:24 am by Voice Over