FEBRUARY IN THE GOLDEN AGE
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FEB 1 1932 KJBS/San Francisco operates during the unusual daily hours from midnight until local sunset and advises listeners of network programs during the evening hours when it’s off the air.
FEB 1 1933 NBC acquires a five year lease on WMAL as its Blue Network affiliate in Washington, D.C.
FEB 1 1934 Standard Brands signs a new 18 month contract with Joe Penner guaran-teeing the comic $3,000 per week.
FEB 1 1934 WLS/Chicago neglects to notify NBC of its decision to cancel its affiliation contract with the Blue Network within 60 days of the agreement’s expiration date which results in an automatic one-year extension.
FEB 1 1935 WGAL/Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is forced to issue tickets for its Sunday programs when local blue laws close theaters and the station’s 500 seat auditorium is jammed with persons seeking entertainment.
FEB 1 1936 NBC’s Continuity Acceptance department reports 560 “policy enforcement,” (censorship), decisions in its first year of reviewing commercial copy - 164 involved “superlative” or “exaggerated” claims.
FEB 1 1937 Massachusetts Congressman Richard Wigglesworth, an advocate of a license tax for stations, charges that FCC members are, “… either woefully ignorant of what goes on in the broadcasting business or are trying to mislead Congress.”
FEB 1 1937 Eddie Cantor’s stooge for three years, Harry Einstein, (aka Parkyakarkus), is released from his contract to pursue his own show.
FEB 1 1937 WHAS/Louisville leaves the air at midnight, the first time the station is silent in 187.5 hours since signed on at 6:00 a.m. January 24th with its week of flood coverage and assisting with flood relief work.
FEB 1 1937 FCC renews the 14 experimental television licenses in the United States for one year.
FEB 1 1938 Bandleader Kay Kyser, 33, begins his Kollege of Musical Knowledge on Mutual.
FEB 1 1938 AFRA raises its annual dues for members making less than $10,000 a year from $10 to $25 and members making more than $10,000 are raised from $25 to $50.
FEB 1 1940 American Tobacco boasts that its Thursday night transcribed repeat of Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge on 19 Mutual stations scores 40% of its rating as the Wednesday night original broadcast on NBC in those cities where both programs are heard.
FEB 1 1942 Marion Sayles Taylor, known to multi-network and movie audiences since 1932 as The Voice of Experience dispensing advice, much of it sexually oriented, dies in Los Angeles of a heart attack at age 53.
FEB 1 1942 In remarks on WGY/Schenectady, Amherst Professor C.E. Warne, President of Consumers’ Union, calls for a rationing of reduced power to radio stations as, “…a curtailment of advertising to meet wartime needs.”
FEB 1 1943 Charlie Ruggles substitutes for Ben Bernie on the CBS weekday War Workers’ Program when Bernie is sidelined with a pleurisy attack.
FEB 1 1943 Transradio Press wins a two year fight in the FCC and wins a substantial reduction in AT&T transmission line costs for all wire services and networks.
FEB 1 1943 AT&T reduces its line charges from eight dollars per mile to six dollars - resulting in annual savings of $2.15 Million for the radio industry.
FEB 1 1943 Mutual is the first network to pass the line charge savings along to its affiliates. (See Mutual Led The Way on this site.)
FEB 1 1944 CBS follows NBC’s lead and makes all of its programs available for AM & FM simulcasting by its affiliates with no additional charge to the sponsors.
FEB 1 1944 Kate Smith makes 57 live appeals over an 18 hour period on 134 CBS stations and sells $108 Million in U.S. War Bonds. (See Kate’s Great Song on this site.)
FEB 1 1944 Jack Benny stars in the first broadcast of NBC’s War Bond Parade, a seven-night series of variety shows beginning at Midnight ET to sell bonds for the Third War Loan campaign.
FEB 1 1944 The AFRS “Mosquito Network” begins with its first station in Noumea, New Caledonia.
FEB 1 1944 The New York Times buys WQXR and WQXQ(FM)/New York City for a price reported to be $1.0 Million.
FEB 1 1945 WWJ/Detroit institutes a ban against commercial jingles and reports receiving “thousands“ of letters supporting its move.
FEB 1 1945 Cecil B. DeMille is given three minutes on Blue’s March of Time to present his case for refusing to pay a one dollar assessment by AFRA to support a California closed shop law. The union is given equal time the following week.
FEB 1 1946 John Cameron Swayze, 39, formerly of KMBC and WHB/Kansas City, is named News Director of NBC’s Western Division.
FEB 1 1946 CBS-owned WCBW(TV)/New York City films the funeral of former presidential aide Harry Hopkins in the afternoon for broadcast on its evening newscast, four days ahead of theater newsreels.
FEB 1 1946 CBS demonstrates its color television system for the press in New York City.
FEB 1 1947 Joan Edwards leaves Your Hit Parade, succeeded for the rest of the season by vocalists Dinah Shore, Ginny Simms, Beryl Davis and Martha Tilton.
FEB 1 1948 The NAB adopts a Standard Code of Practices governing programming and commercial activities for its members.
FEB 1 1948 AFM boss James Petrillo allows ABC’s continued recording of Bing Crosby’s Philco Radio Time because the transcriptions are broadcast only once for one sponsor and then destroyed. (See Petrillo! on this site.)
FEB 1 1948 Oldmobile takes sponsorship of the ten-minute Sunday night NBC Television Newsreel on WNBT(TV)/ New York City.
FEB 1 1949 ABC lands the television rights to General Dwight Eisenhower’s book Crusade In Europe to be filmed in 26 half-hour segments by The March of Time with 20th Century Fox.
FEB 1 1949 C.E. Hooper adds Chicago to New York City in its television surveys.
FEB 1 1949 New York radio stations WNEW,WOV and WQXR cancel the Hooper rating service claiming heavy television ownership in homes with telephones distorts the survey results.
FEB 1 1949 Detroit Archdiocese publication Michigan Catholic demands ABC cancel commentator Drew Pearson for reporting that former “radio priest” Charles Coughlin was sued for alienation of affections.
FEB 1 1949 NBC-owned WNBT(TV)/New York City moves its daily afternoon sign-on from 5:30 to 3:00 p.m.
FEB 1 1949 The Retail Liquor Dealers of Philadelphia file suit to prevent the Pennsyl-vania Liquor Board from collecting a $120 annual tax on television sets installed in the state’s 15,000 taverns and restaurants.
FEB 1 1950 Mutual names Al Helfer, 38, as lead sportscaster for its Game of The Day baseball broadcasts.
FEB 1 1950 The Keystone Broadcasting System celebrates its tenth anniversary and boasts 380 small market affiliates.
FEB 1 1951 The networks broadcast the first sounds of an atomic explosion from the Nevada testing grounds.
FEB 1 1952 CBS cancels Mark Goodson & Bill Todman’s first game show, Winner Take All, after a six year run.
FEB 1 1952 WNBC/New York City begins overnight programming of classical music.
FEB 1 1952 The ILGWU announces lack of financial support will force it to close Iits third and last FM station, WFDR/New York City.
FEB 1 1953 ABC Radio adopts a single rate policy for its owned stations WABC/New York, WENR/Chicago and WXYZ/Detroit with KECA/Los Angeles and KGO/San Francisco expected to follow suit on March 1st.
FEB 1 1953 The 90-minute Omnibus on CBS-TV presents Die Fledermaus, the first studio performance of an opera by the Metropolitan Opera, requiring 75 hours of rehearsal over two weeks..
FEB 2 1934 Blue cancels its afternoon sustaining serial Babes In Hollywood starring Arthur Lake and his sister, Florence. (See Bloonn…dee! on this site.)
FEB 2 1934 The first known radio program advertising a hard liquor is a 15-minute weekly show by the Sizzlers Trio on WOR/New York City sponsored by Montrose Quadruple Distilled Gin.
FEB 2 1934 Powel Crosley, head of Crosley Radio Corporation and Cincinnati stations WLW and WSAI, heads a group that buys the Cincinnati Reds baseball team.
FEB 2 1939 CBS and NBC agree to a new pact paying AFRA talent a minimum of $15 for a 15 minute program, $25 for a half hour show and $35 for a 60 minute broadcast.
FEB 2 1940 NBC begins its series of bi-weekly broadcasts to Admiral Richard Byrd’s Antarctic expedition using the additional facilities of General Electric’s shortwave station, WIGO/Schenectady.
FEB 2 1941 Jack Benny’s cast spends the Jello Show on NBC searching for the "missing" comedian while he takes the week off in New York City.
FEB 2 1942 One of radio’s oldest sustaining features, Blue’s weekday Farm & Home Hour at noon is trimmed from an 60 to 30 minutes.
FEB 2 1942 CBS introduces The World Today international news roundup anchored by John Daly at 6:45 weeknights.
FEB 2 1942 Commentator Sam Balter is dropped by Mutual, reportedly at the insistence of WGN owner and network stock holder Colonel Robert McCormick whose Chicago Tribune was accused by Balter as being anti-British.
FEB 2 1942 A weekly postcard poll conducted by NBC among television set owners in New York City names Thrills & Chills From Everywhere with Doug Allan, (films shot and narrated by explorers), as the area’s most popular program.
FEB 2 1943 Over 236,000 pieces of mail containing coins are reported received by a Truth Or Consequences contestant when Ralph Edwards asked listeners to send a penny to buy War Bonds for her serviceman son. (See Truth Or Consequences on this site.)
FEB 2 1945 Navy veteran John Denman of WJR/Detroit exposes a Nazi telephone campaign in Michigan calling relatives of American service personnel to lie that their loved ones had been killed in action.
FEB 2 1946 Panel quiz Twenty Questions begins its eight season Saturday night run on Mutual. (See Twenty Questions on this site.)
FEB 2 1946 Hoagy Carmichael replaces Dick Todd as Your Hit Parade’s lead male vocalist on CBS.
FEB 2 1948 FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover tells critics of radio crime programs that the shows, “Can be a potential aid in fighting juvenile delinquency.” (See FBI vs. FBI on this site.)
FEB 2 1948 ABC blitzes advertisers with pitches for the March launch of its new Stop The Music! - offering 15 minute segments at $483,285.40 for 52 weeks, or “less than $55 per station per broadcast.” (See Stop The Music! on this site.)
FEB 2 1948 KFI/Los Angeles activates its new 750 foot antenna, the highest man-made structure on the Pacific Coast and increases its signal strength by an estimated 20%.
FEB 2 1949 Plans are announced for the Transcription Broadcasting System network with 116 stations scheduled to carry 19 programs per week.
FEB 2 1950 ABC is forced to refuse the sale a 15-minute block of Stop The Music! to Sterling Drugs because host Bert Parks’ contract excludes any competitor of Bristol Myers, his Break The Bank sponsor. (See Stop The Music! on this site.)
FEB 2 1950 The long-running panel show What’s My Line begins its 17 year run on CBS-TV.
FEB 2 1951 The NAB reorganizes and changes its name to The NARTB. The name reverts back to the NAB on January 1, 1958.
FEB 2 1951 When the biggest blizzard in years closes area schools WMCT(TV)/Memphis begins a week-long series of classroom instructions supervised by the school district.
FEB 2 1951 DuMont signs the first international television affiliation contract with Union Radio-TV of Havana, agreeing to supply the two stations with kinescopes of the network’s boxing and wrestling matches. (See Dr. DuMont's Predictions on this site.)
FEB 2 1953 Frank & Anne Hummert’s whodunit, Mr. Chameleon, is cancelled after its five season run on CBS.
FEB 2 1953 Former Dr. I.Q., Rev. Jimmy McClain, resigns from the ministerial staff of the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Dallas to develop a 600 acre ranch for 150 homeless boys in south Texas. (See Dr. I.Q. on this site.)
FEB 2 1953 Dave Garroway, 39, signs a year’s contract renewal to host Today on NBC-TV for $2,500 per week.
FEB 3 1933 After four successful years on radio, the Sinclair (Wiener) Minstrels from WENR/Chicago make their first stage appearance for a week at Chicago’s Palace Theater.
FEB 3 1934 CBS establishes a presence in Times Square by obtaining the Hudson Theater on 44th Street and renaming it The CBS Radio Playhouse.
FEB 3 1935 Eddie Cantor becomes the first major Network Radio star to switch networks - moving his 60-minute variety show from NBC to a half hour on CBS - at the same Sunday night time of 8:00 p.m. (See The 1935-36 Season on this site.)
FEB 3 1935 Disc jockey Martin Block’s Make Believe Ballroom is first broadcast by WNEW/New York.
FEB 3 1936 The NAB suggests creating an independent source of music as an alter-native to ASCAP which eventually becomes Broadcast Music, Inc., (BMI).
FEB 3 1936 WBBM/Chicago broadcasts 15-minute Monday through Friday afternoon descriptions of the Roller Derby from the Chicago Coliseum.
FEB 3 1937 A gang of five muggers outside the apartment of network announcer Spencer Bentley breaks his jaw and puts him off the air for a month.
FEB 3 1937 After the death in the ring of former Bantamweight Champion Tony Marino, the New York State Boxing Commission suggests stations soften the terms “blood”, “cuts,” “knockdowns,” etc., used in boxing broadcasts,
FEB 3 1938 Kids’ serial Challenge of The Yukon begins a nine year run on WXYZ/Detroit before beginning its subsequent eight year multi-network run on ABC.
FEB 3 1939 After ten months of negotiations, AFRA threatens to strike and wins its showdown with advertising agencies as the AAAA agrees to the union’s demands for closed shops and increased minimum pay scales.
FEB 3 1940 A crowd of 2,500 pays 75-cents each to see Lew Valentine in a non-broadcast performance of Dr. I.Q. to benefit a charity in Portland, Maine. (See Dr. I.Q. on this site.)
FEB 3 1941 Seeing no increase in January CAB ratings from December and rating decreases in the major music shows, network and advertising executives express con-cerns that the ASCAP boycott may be taking its toll.
FEB 3 1941 SAG refuses to allow its members to appear gratis for interviews on Louella Parsons’ planned new program for Lever Brothers on CBS.
FEB 3 1942 Demanding an investigation of the FCC, Georgia Congressman E.E. Cox accuses FCC Chairman James Fly of, “…maintaining an active Gestapo putting shackles on the freedom of thought, press and speech without restraint.”
FEB 3 1942 Western serial Red Ryder begins its nine year muti-network run on ABC’s West Coast network.
FEB 3 1942 Tallulah Bankhead replaces Una Merkel as hostess and star of NBC’s Johnny Presents, (aka The Philip Morris Playhouse), on NBC. (See Tallulah’s Big Show on this site.)
FEB 3 1944 Mutual announces the death of commentator Raymond Clapper, 51, killed in a mid-air plane collision and crash in the Marshall Islands, becoming the 16th U.S. newsman killed in World War II.
FEB 3 1944 Both C.E. Hooper’s Hooperatings and the CAB ratings directed by Archibald Crossley announce an increase in charges for their surveys, seen by observers as a winner take all showdown for survival between the two services.
FEB 3 1947 ABC premieres the quarter-hour Zeke Manners Show weekday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in every time zone requiring four live performances every day.
FEB 3 1947 The Los Angeles Times selects a site in the city’s downtown area to build a $300,000 building for its television station until a location in Hollywood is available.
FEB 3 1949 NBC becomes the last of the four major networks to allow the broadcast of transcribed programs.
FEB 3 1950 Dr. Allen DuMont blames Colorado Senator Edward Johnson and FCC Commissioner Robert Jones for, “…the 17-month millstone, (television station freeze), insisted by these two laymen that we standardize a color system before new channels for regular black and white television are allocated.”
FEB 3 1950 DuMont suprises reporters with an impromptu unveiling of its color television system similar to the CBS process but intended only for research purposes. (See Dr. DuMont's Predictions on this site.)
FEB 3 1951 John K.M. McKaffrey, host of We Take Your Word on CBS, meets with network officials to discuss his refusal to sign its loyalty oath.
FEB 3 1952 Legendary disc jockey Ed McKenzie, (aka Jack The Bellboy), leaves WJBK/Detroit for its crosstown rival, WXYZ.
FEB 4 1930 CBS introduces The American School of The Air which will run as a sustain-ing program for 18 years.
FEB 4 1933 The Blue Network attempts a 135-minute “vaudeville like” Saturday night revue hosted by Ray Perkins which Variety reviews as, “…neither good vaudeville nor good radio.”
FEB 4 1935 NBC boosts rates on its Red Network of 65 stations by 6% and its 62 station Blue Network by 2%.
FEB 4 1935 Kid’s serial Dick Tracy, based on Chester Gould’s popular comic strip detective, opens its 13 year sporadic multi-network run on CBS.
FEB 4 1936 NBC offers a 25% discount to all advertisers spending $1.2 Million or more on the network within a 52 week period.
FEB 4 1937 WLW/Cincinnati returns to 500,000 watts after cutting back to 50,000 watts for ten days to save electricity during flood conditions.
FEB 4 1938 Edgar Bergen and his Charlie McCarthy appear in their first full length film, MGM’s Goldwyn Follies.
FEB 4 1940 Detroit priest Charles Coughlin’s Sunday afternoon program for the week is replaced with organ and choir music without explanation but speculation centers on a censorship dispute between Coughlin and his Archdiocese.
FEB 4 1941 Elliott Roosevelt files claims with receivers for his defunct Transcontinental Broadcasting System network for $70,000, the value of his 4,000 shares of its stock.
FEB 4 1945 The Detroit AFM local refuses to allow a choir of 80 schoolchildren sing spirituals on the Board of Education’s Soul of America broadcast on WJR.
FEB 4 1945 Standard Brands premieres its expensive Eddie Bracken Show on NBC following Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, with a weekly package budget of $17,500 - later regarded a 26 week failure.
FEB 4 1946 Mr. District Attorney producer Ed Byron moonlights for 13 weeks and $6,500 as a consultant for Kellogg’s serial Superman to develop storylines dealing with tolerance and juvenile delinquency.
FEB 4 1950 Crossley’s WLWD(TV)/Dayton, Ohio, begins a series of Saturday night in-studio wrestling matches relayed to its sister stations, WLWT/Cincinnati and WLWC/ Columbus.
FEB 4 1951 Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis set a new ratings record for Sunday night’s Colgate Comedy Hour, scoring a 49.5 ARB rating on NBC-TV against Ed Sullivan’s Toast of The Town on CBS-TV which returned a 23.9.
FEB 4 1952 Gertrude Berg adapts her Goldbergs family serial to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday evening quarter hour on NBC-TV.
FEB 4 1952 Dan Seymour, 37, host of We The People on NBC-TV and producer of the program for Young & Rubicam, is promoted to Executive Producer for the agency.
FEB 4 1952 Charles Antell Formula Nine hair pomade pitchman Richard Lewellen, sues the company for $150,000 charging it reneged on an agreement to pay him 1% of the proceeds from his 29-minute commercial, A Hair Raising Story.
FEB 4 1952 Twenty-five film companies report 32 television series in production.
FEB 4 1953 Arthur Godfrey, editorializes on his radio show for two days to urge the confirmation of Charles E. Wilson as Defense Secretary. CBS offers an opposition spokesman equal time. (See Arthur Godfrey on this site.)
FEB 5 1929 “King of Jazz” Paul Whiteman, 39, becomes the CBS network’s first major star with a two season run of Old Gold Time, and begins sporadic multi-network career that extends into 1954.
FEB 5 1932 FRC allows daytime station KMLB/Monroe, Louisiana, to broadcast unlimited hours for ten days during the emergency caused by the flooding Ouachita River.
FEB 5 1934 James Barrett, former City Editor of The New York American, is appointed head of the new Press-Radio Bureau to distribute newscast material to broadcasters. (See The Press-Radio Bureau on this site.)
FEB 5 1934 Gulf Oil signs Will Rogers to star in its Blue Network Headliners Show for the rest of 1934 with the provision that he will not be censored in his political commentaries.
FEB 5 1936 FCC rules that all future applications for new stations or power increases involving directional antenna systems be accompanied by full and complete specifications of their details and coverage.
FEB 5 1937 CBS President Bill Paley says television is two years away, sets will be around $400 and Hollywood will be a major broadcast center.
FEB 5 1939 Movie star Tyrone Power quits as host of NBC’s Hollywood Playhouse in a dispute over sponsor Woodbury Soap’s commercials.
FEB 5 1940 Frank & Anne Hummert’s weekday serial Amanda of Honeymoon Hill begins its six year multi-network run.
FEB 5 1941 The U.S. Justice Department files a criminal anti-trust suit against ASCAP.
FEB 5 1945 Tenor Morton Downey’s 15 minute weekday Coke Club, a Blue mid-afternoon show for two years, moves to Mutual at noontime for two seasons.
FEB 5 1947 A rush of 33 applications for new AM stations is filed with the FCC to beat the Commission’s freeze beginning two days later.
FEB 5 1947 Philco’s WPTZ(TV)/Washington, D.C., begins programming one afternoon hour three days a week to help appliance dealers demonstrate television sets to their customers.
FEB 5 1948 KMPC/Los Angeles news director Clete Roberts resigns after 13 months citing “editorial interference.”
FEB 5 1950 Ford extends its short term buys of sustaining network programs with two week sponsorships of six shows to advertise its 1950 model cars.
FEB 5 1951 ABC reports a windfall in co-op business from it’s affiliates with 731 local sponsors, up 28% in a year.
FEB 5 1953 A New York Federal Court rejects the FCC’s ruling that giveaway shows are lotteries and grants permanent injunctions to CBS, ABC and NBC against its enforce-ment.
FEB 5 1953 CBS-owned WCBS/New York introduces the sale of five-second “midget” commercials of no more than 18 words in length.
FEB 5 1953 ABC cancels This Is Your FBI after eight seasons on its Friday night schedule, six in the Annual Top 50.
FEB 6 1932 CBS bans the lyrics of the novelty song Mrs.Winchell’s Boy, about NBC personality Walter Winchell. (See Walter Winchell on this site.)
FEB 6 1933 CBS commissions a Price-Waterhouse popularity poll employing 207,000 postcards mailed to the ten largest cities which show CBS to be the favorite network in six of the cities while NBC is favored in four.
FEB 6 1933 Popular pianist/singer Tom (Fats) Waller leaves WLW/Cincinnati after three months claiming he can make more money on the stage than in radio.
FEB 6 1935 Mutual rejects NBC’s offer to become its sales representative.
FEB 6 1936 Stations in states as far south as Texas assume emergency status as record cold temperatures in those areas trigger massive snowstorms and blizzards.
FEB 6 1938 Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy’s Chase & Sanborn Hour scores a record 41.2 Hooperating for regularly scheduled programs. (See The 1937-38 Season on this site.)
FEB 6 1939 The U.S. House Appropriations Committee refuses to grant the FCC’s budget request for $2.04 Million pending a possible reformation of the agency.
FEB 6 1939 The U.S. Senate confirms FDR’s reappointment of former Rhode Island Governor Norman Case to a full seven year term to the FCC.
FEB 6 1939 NBC Chicago Program Manager Clarence Menser issues the 300-page book for beginners, So You Want To Go Into Radio?
FEB 6 1940 Color television is first demonstrated to the FCC at RCA’s Camden, New Jersey, laboratories.
FEB 6 1941 ASCAP reports a total of 171 commercial stations have signed its new five year license.
FEB 6 1943 Transradio Press increases the speed of its news wire to an industry leading 60 words per minute.
FEB 6 1943 Frank Sinatra replaces Barry Wood as singing host of Your Hit Parade. (See Saturday’s All Time Top Ten on this site.)
FEB 6 1944 Phil Spitalny’s 35-member, all-girl Hour of Charm orchestra sells $4.0 Million in War Bonds in a benefit appearance at the Cleveland Arena.
FEB 6 1945 Bristol-Myers cancels Blue’s Gracie Fields Show citing war shortages that curtailed tube production for its Ipana Toothpaste.
FEB 6 1947 Columbia Pictures releases its 15 chapter serial, Jack Armstrong, with John Hart, 29, portraying “The All-American Boy” in his struggle against Doctor Grood and his death ray orbiting Earth.
FEB 6 1948 Mutual cancels its weekday adventure strip Hop Harrigan after a five year multi-network run.
FEB 6 1949 Children’s personality Uncle Don, (Don Carney), leaves WOR/New York City after a 23 year run.
FEB 6 1950 Newspaper melodrama Nightbeat starring Frank Lovejoy begins its sporadic two year run on NBC.
FEB 6 1951 Los Angeles television stations KTLA and KTTV capture images of the 5:47 a.m. atomic blast at the Las Vegas Proving Grounds from their transmitter sites atop Mount Wilson 250 miles away.
FEB 6 1951 Radio and television networks give immediate coverage throughout evening to the Woodbridge, N.J., train wreck that kills 83 and injures over 300.
FEB 6 1951 ABC newsman Paul Harvey, 32, is captured trying to climb a fence into the top-secret Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, claiming that he wanted to see if the atomic laboratory was really secure.
FEB 6 1952 The networks relay BBC’s first news of the death of Britain’s King George VI of a heart attack at age 56.
FEB 7 1936 WCLO/Janesville, Wisconsin, reports receiving 4,500 phone calls in re-sponse to its announcements asking listeners for road conditions during the weekend blizzard.
FEB 7 1938 Young & Rubicam producer Sylvester (Pat) Weaver, 29, returns to New York from the West Coast to oversee Fred Allen’s Town Hall Tonight.
FEB 7 1939 Transcripts from testimony to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee reveal that FCC Chairman Frank McNinch is considering proposing a tax for radio station licenses.
FEB 7 1939 Brash comedienne Patsy Kelly replaces soft-spoken Honey Chile, (Patricia Wilder), as Bob Hope’s female stooge.
FEB 7 1939 Big band remotes from Chicago hotels, off the air for 13 months when the hotels refused to pay $100 a week in line charges, resume on a nightly basis. (See Big Band Remotes on this site.)
FEB 7 1940 Former NBC President Miles Aylesworth is hired by Lewis-Howe’s Tums to defend its Pot O Gold giveaway show from lottery charges in an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.
FEB 7 1940 FCC grants WMCA/New York City’s power increase from 1,000 to 5,000 watts and the move of its transmitter from Flushing, Long Island to Kearny, New Jersey.
FEB 7 1941 FCC mails frequency assignments dictated by The North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement to all stations with the warning that all must comply or fall silent until they can. (See The March of Change on this site.)
FEB 7 1943 CBS and BBC debut Transatlantic Call, an exchange of interviews heard simultaneously in both countries.
FEB 7 1944 The War Department refuses Bob Hope’s request to broadcast from military camps outside the U.S. in Cuba and the Caribbean. He substitutes with personal appear-ances in those areas between broadcasts from bases in southern states.
FEB 7 1945 The U.S. recapture of Manila is reported live on NBC by affiliate KZRH announcer Bert Silen, who had spent 37 months in a Japanese prison camp, opening his report with, “As I was saying when I was so rudely interrupted over three years and a month ago…”
FEB 7 1946 His legal difficulties with sponsor Kraft Foods settled, Bing Crosby returns for a final 13 weeks as host of NBC’s Kraft Music Hall and its ratings jump 35%. (See Thursday’s All Time Top Ten on this site.)
FEB 7 1946 FCC issues its first “conditional” grant to WGAR/Cleveland pending hearings caused by the bid for its 1220 kc. channel by WADC/Tallmadge, Ohio, deemed earlier by the Commission as, “…not in the public‘s interest.”
FEB 7 1947 FCC begins a three month freeze on applications for new AM stations and changes in facilities to clear its backlog of 823 existing applications plus the flood of another 250 that arrive at the last minute to beat the deadline..
FEB 7 1947 Mutual signs its 400th network affiliate, WMID/Atlantic City.
FEB 7 1949 West coast kids’ serial Straight Arrow moves from the Don Lee network to Mutual for a two year run.
FEB 7 1949 Mutual and CBS join forces against 400 “professional” audience members who repeatedly obtain tickets to daytime audience participation shows, often under false pretenses, and raise commotions if not chosen as contestants.
FEB 7 1949 FCC renews the license of WJOL, Joliet, Illinois, despite local police objections to its horse racing programs that were cancelled in 1947.
FEB 7 1949 Philco Corp. lays off 1,000 workers for a week due to a shortage of picture tubes for its television sets.
FEB 7 1950 KQV/Pittsburgh personality Cleda Jones, 30, is found near death beside Pennsylvania Railroad tracks after being struck by a commuter train. Foul play is suspected.
FEB 8 1931 Maurice Chevalier signs a 26 week contract to host NBC’s Sunday night Chase & Sanborn Hour for $5,000 a show.
FEB 8 1932 FRC rules that television stations can broadcast commercials to help defray costs of video’s development.
FEB 8 1933 Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians make their network debut on CBS, beginning a 23 year multi-network run of programs.
FEB 8 1935 Iowa’s Attorney General asks the FCC to reject the application for a 5,000 watt station in Muscatine by Norman Baker, accused of practicing medicine without a license.
FEB 8 1935 RCA President David Sarnoff testifies before the FCC that television will someday be more important in the communications field than radio.
FEB 8 1936 The Managing Editor of The Des Moines Register-Tribune, stranded aboard a Rock Island train stalled by a snow bank 50 miles north of the city, calls the newspaper-owned KRNT/Des Moines with a first hand report.
FEB 8 1937 Responding to complaints from theater owners claiming radio is cutting their attendance, MGM bans radio appearances by its contract players unless stipulated in their individual agreements. (See Good News on this site.)
FEB 8 1937 American Tobacco’s Lucky Strike cigarettes plans a testimonial campaign involving the written endorsements of twelve U.S. Senators read on the air by actors. Those congressmen who do not smoke will be asked to comment on the company’s manufacturing cleanliness. (See Unfiltered Cigarette Claims on this site.)
FEB 8 1939 Ronald Colman negotiates his release from NBC’s The Circle, blaming poor scripts. (See The 1938-39 Season and Your Money Or Your Life on this site.)
FEB 8 1940 FCC transmits its findings for possible action under the lottery laws to the Justice Department after hearings focused on NBC’s Pot O Gold giveaway program.
FEB 8 1940 NBC commissions a coverage study by C.E. Hooper requiring the mailing of questionnaires to 1,425,000 families.
FEB 8 1943 Tenor Morton Downey begins an eight season multi-network series of day-time broadcasts for Coca Cola.
FEB 8 1943 The U.S. Army establishes WVCX/Sitka, Alaska, to provide news and infor-mation to the armed forces and civilian population with entertainment provided by tran-scriptions of popular shows from all four networks.
FEB 8 1943 CBS allows its first beer advertiser in eight years, Ballentine Ale, to sponsor its Monday night Guy Lombardo Show on a limited network of 24 stations. (See Guy Lombardo on this site.)
FEB 8 1944 Curtis Publications introduces The Listening Post, quarter-hour serializations of stories from its Saturday Evening Post four mornings a week on 66 Blue Network stations. The series will continue for four years.
FEB 8 1945 Major Edward Bowes introduces his Shower of Stars on CBS. (See Major Bowes’ Original Money Machine on this site.)
FEB 8 1945 AFM boss James Petrillo prohibits the union’s members from performing for television until further notice. (See Petrillo! on this site.)
FEB 8 1946 The Press Association, a subsidiary of Associated Press, signs contracts with NBC and CBS to provide its news service to the networks and their owned and operated stations for a reported $125,000 per year.
FEB 8 1946 Bing Crosby turns down a reported $15,000 a week to join Lucky Strike’s Your Hit Parade for fear that, “…selling cigarettes would harm his reputation.” (See Smoke Gets In Your Ears on this site.)
FEB 8 1946 KHQ/Spokane is sold to The Spokane Tribune for a sum reported to be “…at least” $1.3 Million. (See Three Letter Calls on this site.)
FEB 8 1947 FCC Chairman Charles Denny tells broadcasters that if asked the Commis-sion is open to reconsidering its Mayflower Decision banning stations from editorializing.
FEB 8 1947 The St. Louis Post Dispatch opens the country’s first post-war television station, KSD-TV/St. Louis.
FEB 8 1948 C.E. Hooper begins telephone coincidental polling of television audiences in the New York City area on Sunday nights during the five and a half hours of station operation.
FEB 8 1950 RCA demonstrates its improved color television system to the press in NBC's Washington, D.C. studios.
FEB 8 1950 Professional wrestlers in the Los Angeles area say they will no longer perform for television because it cut into the attendance of the arenas where they perform. All six stations in the market carry pro matches every week.
FEB 8 1952 Dennis Day begins his bi-weekly musical sitcom on NBC-TV.
FEB 8 1953 Hallmark Hall of Fame replaces Hallmark Playhouse on the CBS Sunday schedule for two seasons.
FEB 9 1935 Will Rogers and Amos & Andy headline NBC’s half-hour salute to its new affiliate, WHIO/Dayton, Ohio.
FEB 9 1936 Ten performers from NBC/Chicago are forced to take refuge in a farm house when a snowstorm forces them off the road enroute to the formal opening of WTAQ/Green Bay, Wisconsin.
FEB 9 1936 WKZO/Kalamazoo, Michigan, is three hours late signing-on when snow-blocked highways force engineers to walk the final few miles in sub-zero temperatures to its transmitter.
FEB 9 1938 Hurricane force winds topple the transmitter towers of California stations KFBK/Sacramento and KGDM/Stockton while all San Francisco stations except KFRC and KSFO lose power temporarily from the same storm.
FEB 9 1939 Montana Senator Burton Wheeler introduces a controversial bill to replace the seven-member FCC with a new three-member panel.
FEB 9 1939 The Associated Press resumes wire service to NBC after the network drops the Press-Radio Bureau as its news source. (See The Press-Radio Bureau on this site.)
FEB 9 1939 CBS replaces The Press-Radio Bureau with United Press and International News Service wires. (See The Press-Radio Bureau on this site.)
FEB 9 1940 Jack Benny and General Foods agree to a new multi-year contract calling for a lump sum of $18,500 per week to cover all production costs and salaries.
FEB 9 1942 Year-round Daylight Saving, known as War Time, becomes effective throughout the U.S. until September, 1945.
FEB 9 1942 Network news departments give full spot coverage to the fire started by a welder’s torch that destroys the luxury liner S.S. Normandie docked at Pier 88 in New York City for its conversion to a troop transport.
FEB 9 1942 With network lines unavailable during World War II, Hawaiian stations plead for programs to be sent to them by shortwave or transcription.
FEB 9 1943 Blue Network President Mark Woods issues a memo tightening restrictions on “several commentators” - an obvious reference to Walter Winchell and Drew Pearson. (See Walter Winchell on this site.)
FEB 9 1943 Congressman Carl Vinson, Chairman of the House Naval Affairs Committee, says his group will investigate the status of Walter Winchell as a reserve officer.
FEB 9 1944 A Foote, Cone & Belding survey indicates 70% of America’s housewives are available as radio audience during an average weekday listening an average of 2.6 hours.
FEB 9 1945 CBS lifts its ban on the popular song Rum & Coca Cola while NBC continues to forbid it.
FEB 9 1945 Newspaper acquisitions of radio properties continue as The Miami Herald buys 50% of WQAM/Miami for $250,000 and The Newark News acquires WBYN/Brooklyn for $300,000.
FEB 9 1945 The NLRB rules that NABET, not the AFM, is the proper bargaining agent for “platter turners” at NBC and Blue owned stations outside of Chicago. (See Petrillo! on this site.)
FEB 9 1948 Radio program syndicator Frederick W. Ziv opens a television division and purchases the assets of General Film Library, Inc., for $240,000. (See Fred Ziv - King of Syndication on this site.)
FEB 9 1949 C.E. Hooper figures reveal that CBS has edged ahead of NBC in total sponsored minutes per week - 1,590 to 1,575. ABC follows with 930 sponsored minutes and Mutual trails with 500.
FEB 9 1951 An episode of Edward R. Murrow’s Hear It Now on CBS tracing the path of a donated pint of blood to the Korean battlefront results in a surge of 15,500 inquiries to donate received by 162 Red Cross chapters across the country.
FEB 9 1951 Popular bandleader/pianist Eddy Duchin, billed as “The Ten Magic Fingers of Radio,” dies of leukemia at age 41.
FEB 9 1953 By a 5-2 vote the FCC approves the $25 Million merger of ABC with United Paramount Theaters.
FEB 9 1953 By a 4-3 vote the FCC approves the license renewal of KTLA(TV)/Los Angeles involving the eligibility of Paramount Pictures in television.
FEB 9 1953 Arthur Godfrey leaves for a two week tour of Strategic Air Command bases while CBS fills his radio and television show with guest hosts Garry Moore and Eddie Albert. (See Arthur Godfrey on this site.)
FEB 9 1953 Ziv Television reports three of its series, Favorite Story, The Cisco Kid and Boston Blackie have each been sold in 64 markets to cover 98% of country. (See Fred Ziv - King of Syndication on this site.)
FEB 10 1936 WOOD/Grand Rapids, Michigan, is forced to increase its telephone staff to assist with the surge in emergency messages, cancellations and requests caused by the massive snowfall and sub-zero cold.
FEB 10 1936 WRVA/Richmond, Virginia, temporarily suspends its slogan, “Down Where The South Begins,” after a foot of snow ties up the city and ice halts shipping on the James River.
FEB 10 1936 Named after the New Deal program, WNRA/Muscle Shoals, Alabama moves its 100 watt transmitter to Sheffield, Alabama, and changes its call sign to WMSD.
FEB 10 1939 NBC correspondent Phillip McKenzie in Rome is first to report the death of Pope Pius XI at age 82.
FEB 10 1941 ASCAP discontinues its ASCAP On Parade broadcasts after three perfor-mances when Billy Rose and Oscar Hammerstein II, quit as producer and writer of the show citing overwork.
FEB 10 1941 NBC’s KPO/San Francisco begins reporting daily highlights from the Roller Derby at the city’s Civic Auditorium.
FEB 10 1941 WMCA/New York City returns to a 1:15 a.m. nightly sign-off when its overnight personality, Alan Courtney, moves to crosstown rival WOV.
FEB 10 1942 Transcription services resume adding ASCAP music to their libraries after six week moratorium.
FEB 10 1947 To comply with FCC duopoly rules and enable it to buy WCAU/Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Bulletin puts WPEN up for sale for $1.0 Million, the highest price ever asked for an independent station.
FEB 10 1949 The CBS raid of NBC programs continues as International Silver announces an April move to CBS of its Sunday sitcom, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. (See Ozzie & Harriet on this site.)
FEB 10 1949 C.E. Hooper expands its television rating service to in