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TUESDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 14th

It's the date that gave us Roger Moore, Lillian Gish, Harry Anderson, Canadian news anchor Harvey Kirck, radio actor Russell Thorson and singer/TV talent judge Usher. 'The Lux Radio Theatre' began its 20 year run, from New York; Edward Noble's purchase of NBC radio's Blue network was approved; the rescue of little Jessica McLure from an abandoned Texas wellshaft began on North American TV screens; Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers guested on ABC-TV's 'Shindig'; and 'Red Red Wine' by UB40 was #1. Notable obits for Oct. 14th include Bing Crosby, Leonard Bernstein, Elwood Glover, Keenan Wynn, Hy Averbach and Dame Edith Evans. ALL the milestones for this date INSIDE.

The Stanley Cup and a Stranger

I was working for CBC Radio in Edmonton and our national news desk in Toronto had assigned me to cover what could be the final Stanley Cup game - Byron Christopher Come Inside and Read More...

MSNBC Loses Ratings Ground to CNN, Fox News

In the past, MSNBC’s ratings have typically fallen during times of intensely followed major news events. The current period is awash in them, with stories like ISIS and Ebola commanding a high degree of international reporting. This plays well to CNN’s strengths. Come Inside and Read More...

MONDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 13th

It's the date of birth for Paul Simon, Marie Osmond, Nana Mouskouri, deejay Cousin Brucie Morrow, Billy Bush, Nipsey Russell and ventriloquist Burr Tillstrom. Tillstrom's creation 'Kukla Fran & Ollie' debuted on local Chicago TV, Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra co-hosted an ABC-TV special introducing Ford's Edsel; the third Kennedy-Nixon Presidential debate was televised with the nominees a continent apart; Jon Bon Jovi hosted Saturday Night Live; after 22 years CBS radio cancelled 'Art Linkletter's House Party'; and Beatlemania began with a BBC telecast of the Fab Four from the London Palladium. Leaving us this date were Ed Sullivan, Al Martino, Gary Collins, newsmen Douglas Edawards and Hughes Rudd, writer Stepehn Ambrose and actress Bea Benederet. Details and ALL the Oct. 13th milestones INSIDE.

SUNDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 12th

Born this date were daytime radio star Jane Ace, Dick Gregory, Hugh Jackman, Nancy Kulp, Kirk Cameron, sportscaster Tony Kubek, and Sam Moore. After 15 years on radio 'Burns and Allen' made their debut on CBS-TV; 'Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons' began its 18 year run on network radio; Walter Cronkite spent all 3 prime time hours on CBS-TV on the memoirs of Dwight Eisenhower; the late singer Karen Carpenter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; the Statler Brothers debuted their new series on the Nashville Network; 'Sugar Shack' started its 5 week run atop the charts, and Vancouver-based Nickelback scored their first #1 album. Celebrities leaving us on Oct. 12th include announcers Joel Aldred and Johnny Olsen, musicians Ray Conniff, Carmen Cavallero, John Denver and Gene Vincent, Bullwinkle producer Jay Ward, and veteran actor Leon Ames. Details and ALL the Oct 12th milestones INSIDE.

Hockey Night in Canada: How CBC lost it all

Not only had Rogers Communications Inc. wrenched the Canadian national broadcast rights to NHL games from the CBC’s grasp with a stunning $5.2-billion payout over the next 12 years, but the Visigoths were actually at the gate. Come Inside and Read More...

Ottawa Ramps up Opposition to Tsawwassen’s Cross Border Broadcast Towers

Industry Minister James Moore says he's articulated residents' concerns to U.S. officials

Hockey Night, Punjabi Edition, Elevated from Streaming Internet to Broadcast TV

courtesy The Windsor Star sports blog Same time, different channel. The reality is that even though Rogers Sportsnet has replaced TSN and CBC as the national...

TV Journalist Runs for Mayor of Victoria

Stephen Andrew has been turning up on Victoria TV screens for the past 15 years, beginning as a community reporter on Shaw Cable, and host of a weekly news review panel, before being hired at what is now CTV Vancouver Island. Come Inside and Read More...

SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Oct. 11th

Happy Birthday today to Luke Perry, David Morse, Joan Cusack, Emily Deschanel, Jane Krakowski and Daryl Hall. The 'American Album of Familiar Music' began its long Sunday night run on NBC radio; Hugh Downs left both 'NBC-tv's 'Today show' and Concentration' for a year off; Canada's first hockey telecast aired in French on Montreal's CBFT; Rod Stewart got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Elton John's 'Candle in the Wind' began its 12-week run atop the charts; and Bob Dylan played Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum. Bowing out this date sadly were CBS newsman Douglas Edwards, ventriloquist Wayland Flowers, singers Connee Boswell, Tex Williams and Russ Hamilton, and actor/sportscaster Gil Stratton Jr. Details and ALL the Oct. 11th milestones INSIDE.