THURSDAY 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.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on June 19, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Unifor welcomes CRTC ruling on national multi-lingual TV service

TORONTO: The union representing 100 journalists and media workers at Rogers OMNI television welcomes today’s Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruling that renews its licence for a national third language TV service.

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Published on at 8:29 pm by Voice Over

Fox News beats CNN, MSNBC combined in ratings, tops all of cable

Fox News averaged 2.3 million viewers during the hours of 8-11 p.m. ET from June 10-16, while MSNBC finished second with an average of 1.5 million. HGTV, A&E and USA joined them among the top five, while CNN averaged just 744,000 to finish 14th.

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Published on at 7:51 pm by mikedup

How the US Got Its First Black Radio Station

Memphis’ WDIA initially featured white male radio personalities playing country and pop hits that appealed to white listeners, like “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” by Tex Williams and “Time After Time” by Frank Sinatra.

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Published on at 8:13 am by Radio Man

WEDNESDAY 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.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on June 18, 2019 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Bob Simmons, stellar KING-TV pundit, RIP: A life to appreciate

Simmons, 88, was one of the cerebral but fearless pundits who defined KING-TV in the last years of ownership by its founding family, the Bullitts.

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Published on at 8:24 pm by boredop

Trudeau Government Directs CRTC to “Drive Down” Wireless Prices with Competition

The government says Canadian bills for telecommunications services “continue to be high when compared to other nations, and affordability is an ongoing concern for many Canadian families.”

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Published on at 4:58 pm by clockwatcher

Former Seattle/Spokane Radio Personality J.J. Hemingway Dead at 65

During his lemgthy radio career JJ worked at KJR-FM Seattle from 2001-06, and most recently hosted evenings at Spokane’s Shine 104.9.


Published on at 12:42 pm by mikedup

Toronto’s G98.7-FM in Financial Peril, according to Court Records

The station is unable to pay its liabilities and is at risk of losing its broadcasting licence, allegedly due to the financial mismanagement of Fitzroy Gordon (pictured), the station’s founder and president, who died on April 30.

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Published on at 12:17 pm by mikedup

RIP Doug McIlraith, aged 83.

He moved to Vancouver in the mid-1950’s, where he joined the recently rebranded C-FUN and CJOR, then went to CKOV in Kelowna. But most of his broadcasting career was spent on the prairies with the CBC.

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Published on at 7:42 am by Radio Man