Sunday, February 5, 2023

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FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. July 25th

It's the date of birth for actors Walter Brennan, Matt LeBlanc and Jack Gilford, and CTV's Lisa Laflamme. Schenectady New York got the world's 1st 50,000 watt radio station, Capitol Records got its first #1 hit, and Roy Orbison's first hit 'Only the Lonely' reached #2 on the charts. Martin & Lewis began their 10 year partnership, CBC-TV used a Montreal Royals baseball game as its first experimental telecast, and Roseanne Barr was booed from a San Diego baseball stadium after her wretched rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. All these and scores more milestones for July 25th INSIDE.

Clear Sky applies for Country station for Strathmore, Alberta

Clear Sky makes application for new fm radio station east of Calgary

Jon Stewart wants YOUR Help to Buy CNN

The funnyman urged viewers to visit to donate, offering silly rewards, such as taking molly with Fareed Zakaria and hosting a CNN Hunger Games fight to the death, for the donation.

Sacramento TV Experiments with Anchors Doing Commercials

Remember that wall we used to talk about between the newsroom and the folks on the other side of the building who sell the advertising that keeps us employed? Perhaps you’ve noticed the wall seems a lot less solid these days. In an age of sponsored content, advertiser branding popping up on weather forecasts and sports reports, and news talent often raving about good service from airlines and restaurants on social media, why not have anchors do a few commercials, right?

David Gregory on his Way Out at NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’

While NBC News President Deborah Turness has publicly supported the embattled Gregory, there are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn around the show’s sinking ratings.

THURSDAY in Broadcast History .. July 24th

It was the date of birth of comedy actors Michael Richards and Ruth Buzzi, Canadians Chief Dan George and Robert Farnon, big band singer Bob Eberly and Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter. The team of Martin and Lewis split up, 'The Romance of Helen Trent' was first heard on radio, Roy Orbison was guest host on TV's 'American Bandstand,' Artie Shaw's Orchestra recorded their biiggest hit 'Begin the Beguine,' and the sales of three BC radio stations were approved. Obits include Medical Center's Chad Everett, and comedy actors Sherman Helmsley and Victor Moore. All the July 24th milestones INSIDE.

Red Robinson: The Future Of Radio

Veteran radio broadcaster Red Robinson talks about where Vancouver radio has been and what he sees is ahead.... more Inside...

Ex-CKWX, CKDA, CFRB Sportscaster Bill Stephenson Dead at 85

The veteran sportscaster who delivered sports news on CFRB, Toronto, (CKWX, CJOR, CKDA and CJAV before that) plus play-by-play on Canadian radio and television for more than five decades, has passed away. He was 85.

CBS to Keep Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ at Ed Sullivan Theater

“We’re thrilled to continue broadcasting CBS’s ‘Late Show’ from New York and call the Ed Sullivan Theater its home,” said CBS CEO Les Moonves, who announced the decision to keep the show close to its roots in a joint announcement with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

WEDNESDAY in Broadcast History .. July 23rd

The date gave us radio stars Don Imus and Robert W. Morgan, actors Woody Harrelson and Arthur Treacher, and game show host Bert Convy. Telstar enabled the first live TV show from the US to Europe, The Gene Autry Show aired the first its 91 TV episodes, Drew Carey was announced as the successor to Bob Barker on 'The Price is Right', San Antonio got the first AM Stereo radio station, and Neil Young's first recording session took place in a Winnipeg radio station. Obits include actors Van Heflin and Vic Morrow, musicians Kay Kyser and Myron Floren, newsman Daniel Schorr and singer Amy Winehouse. Details and all the July 23rd milestones INSIDE.