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SEP 1 1932 Powerful KSL/Salt Lake City leaves NBC to affiliate with CBS.
SEP 1 1935 NBC’s WMAQ/Chicago increases its power to 50,000 watts giving the city five maximum power stations.
SEP 1 1936 CBS takes control of KNX/Los Angeles.
SEP 1 1936 GOP Presidential candidate Alf Landon recommends lengthening radio station license periods from six months to five years.
SEP 1 1936 NBC takes over management of Westinghouse owned KYW/Philadelphia from the Levy brothers, owners of WCAU in that city.
SEP 1 1936 Indicative of Hollywood’s increased radio production, ad agency J. Walter Thompson increases its Los Angeles staff from two to 25 employees.
SEP 1 1936 NBC commentator John B. Kennedy tells a San Francisco convention of RCA dealers that practical television is still five to ten years away.
SEP 1 1936 Rudy Vallee punches a patron whom he suspected of throwing a bottle at him on the bandstand at the Canadian National Exposition in Toronto. (See Thursday’s All Time Top Ten on this site.)
SEP 1 1937 CBS, billing itself as “The World’s Largest Network” issues a new rate card, charging $21,770 for an evening hour on its full chain of 104 stations. (See CBS Rates - Go Figure!)
SEP 1 1937 Chicago based Lady Esther Cosmetics, a virtually unknown brand in 1931 turned radio success story with its sponsorship of Wayne King’s orchestra, fires its ad agency Stack-Gobel for competitor Pedlar & Ryan. (See The Waltz King.)
SEP 1 1938 WQXR/New York City broadcasts a tape recording of the first act of Carmen recorded in London with the Millerfilm process, common in Europe but new to the United States..
SEP 1 1939 Germany’s invasion of Poland receives fulltime coverage by the network news bureaus.
SEP 1 1939 Tennessee Valley Authority lawyer James J. Fly succeeds Frank R. McNinch as Chairman of the FCC.
SEP 1 1939 Ford presents six live, non-broadcast stage performances of The Green Hornet for ten days at its Michigan State Fair pavilion.
SEP 1 1941 NBC enforces its ban on songs with a propaganda message for any cause on its sustaining programs and refuses to clear the title or lyrics of V For Victory.
SEP 1 1941 WOR/New York City prohibits one-minute commercials after 6:00 p.m.
SEP 1 1941 Alabama Congressman Luther Daniel begins a 15 minute weekday after-noon human interest commentary on WWDC/Washington for a reported $50 dollars a week.
SEP 1 1941 Philco begins operating W3XE(TV)/Philadelphia 15 hours a week on a 60 day commercial license.
SEP 1 1942 NBC drops its identification as The Red Network.
SE[ 1 1944 General Foods moves The Aldrich Family - a Top Ten Show on NBC’s Thursday schedule for four seasons - to CBS on Friday nights where it drops to 18th in the Annual Top 50. (See The Aldrich Family.)
SEP 1 1944 WJR/Detroit bans commercials in the middle of its local newscasts.
SEP 1 1945 Technical and censorship problems are blamed for the 90 minute delay of the network pool broadcast of the Japanese surrender ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri narrated by NBC’s Merrill Mueller and Webley Edwards of CBS. (See V-J Day.)
SEP 1 1945 President Truman’s address during the Japanese surrender ceremonies registers a 46.8 Hooperating.
SEP 1 1946 CBS releases a survey indicating that 54% of women at home in the daytime listen to soap operas for an average of 90 minutes daily.
SEP 1 1947 Mutual joins ABC, CBS and NBC subscribing to the Nielsen Index Rating service, providing A.C. Nielsen with a combined annual network revenue of over $125,000.
SEP 1 1947 Producers begin writing children out of New York City radio shows as a new law prohibits kids under 16 from appearing without written consent by their guardians followed by a Certificate of Approval from the Mayor’s office. (See Let's Pretend.)
SEP 1 1947 DuMont sets new rates for its WABD(TV)/New York City with 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. quoted at $80 per minute and $800 per hour. (See Dr. DuMont’s Predictions.)
SEP 1 1947 Gillette pays $100,000 to Major League Baseball for television rights to the 1947 World Series.
SEP 1 1948 The CBS raid on NBC’s comedy stars bRADIO GOES TO THE MOVIESegins as CBS buys Amos & Andy from Freeman Gosden & Charles Correll for $2.5 Million over three years. The comedians two are taxed at the 25% capital gains rate instead of the 80% income tax bracket. The plan then has CBS leasing Gosden & Correll’s services to Lever Brothers as technical advisors for “...a minimal salary”. (See Amos & Andy: Twice Is Nicer.)
SEP 1 1948 MCA receives a 10% commission in the $2.5 Million sale of Amos & Andy to CBS.
SEP 1 1948 The Chairman of the U.S. House Select Committee investigating the FCC describes the Commission’s Scott Decision granting time to atheist and other groups, “unfortunate,” and calls for a revision.
SEP 1 1949 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer begins the syndication of four radio series based on its movie properties The Hardy Family, Dr. Kildare, Maisie and Crime Does Not Pay plus all-star MGM Theater of The Air. (See Radio Goes To The Movies and The 1949-50 Season.)
SEP 1 1950 ABC’s Lone Ranger, The Fat Man, The Sheriff, This Is Your FBI and Friday Night Fights monopolize the ratings leaving CBS and NBC without a sponsor between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. on Friday for the first time. (See The 1950-51 Season.)
SEP 1 1950 The Adventures of The Thin Man leaves the air after a nine year, multi-network run. (See Married Sleuths and The Curse of Dashiell Hammett.)
SEP 1 1950 A.C. Nielsen discards Telephone Coincidental polling in its audience surveys and begins to rely entirely on its expanded Audimeter mechanical system. (See Radio’s Rulers: Crossley, Hooper & Nielsen.)
SEP 1 1950 News analyst Quincy Howe, 50, leaves Network Radio after 12 years to teach journalism at the University of Illinois.
SEP 1 1950 AT&T opens its relay system providing a live television link between New York and Chicago.
SEP 1 1950 By a split vote of 4-2-1, the FCC issues its color television report favoring the CBS mechanical system but gives set manufacturers a month to respond before making the decision final.
SEP 1 1952 Classic Western Gunsmoke is ordered for the full 1952-53 season on CBS along with four other summer replacements, The Doris Day Show, The Steve Allen Show, December Bride and London produced Horatio Hornblower.
SEP 1 1952 ABC, CBS and NBC cut nighttime radio rates by 25%.
SEP 1 1952 Newsman Edwin C. Hill, 68, brings his Human Side of The News to ABC for a final year’s run Monday through Friday nights at 10:55 p.m.
SEP 1 1953 NBC Radio announces a $5.0 Million revamping of its schedule with a Magic 28 new programs including Six Shooter starring James Stewart and Frank Sinatra as Rocky Fortune.
SEP 1 1953 CBS Radio tells affiliates of a “six-figure“ promotional campaign for its fall schedule including new shows 21st Precinct, Crime Classics and The Johnny Mercer Show. (See CBS Packages Unwrapped.)
SEP 2 1928 Jack Benny and wife Mary Livingston make their film debut in Warner Brothers’ ten-minute short, Bright Moments.
SEP 2 1931 CBS introduces Fifteen Minutes With Bing Crosby six nights week.
SEP 2 1932 Networks begin to encourage audiences to applaud and laugh during major variety shows at the insistance of their stars.
SEP 2 1934 Early network singing star Russ Columbo dies in a freak shooting accident at age 26.
SEP 2 1935 WQAM/Miami becomes a key emergency station as the Labor Day Category 5 hurricane strikes southeast Florida killing more than 400, mostly in the Florida Keys.
SEP 2 1936 Blue begins nine weeks of broadcasting results of the Literary Digest’s Presidential Poll in three 15 minute programs per week hosted by commentator John B. Kennedy.
SEP 2 1940 Stromberg-Carlson becomes the first radio set manufacturer to advertise its FM receivers
SEP 2 1941 NBC announces the completion of its Pan American Network with 92 stations agreeing to rebroadcast programs transmitted by NBC’s international shortwave stations, WRCA and WNBI.
SEP 2 1941 Popular New York City women’s show host Mary Margaret McBride moves her weekday program from CBS-owned WABC to NBC's WEAF beginning with a special episode from the Vanderbilt Theater.
SEP 2 1941 Campana’s First Nighter returns for its 12th season on Network Radio, its fourth straight on CBS. (See Friday’s All Time Top Ten on this site.)
SEP 2 1942 One Man’s Family and I Love A Mystery actor Walter Patterson, 31, is found dead in his car, an apparent suicide. (See I Love A Mystery.)
SEP 2 1943 FCC denies the CIO’s petition to intervene in hearings regarding RCA’s sale of the Blue Network to Edward Noble.
SEP 2 1944 Veteran radio entertainer Ed McConnell, 62, begins his nine year run with Smilin’ Ed’s Buster Brown Gang on NBC’s Saturday morning schedule. He also hosted an NBC-TV version of the show from 1950 to 1955.
SEP 2 1945 Most stations carry the AFRS Sunday night salute to the Armed Forces with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Frances Langford, Orson Welles and President Truman’s Victory Speech to the Military. The half-hour scores a 31.3 Hooperating.
SEP 2 1946 ABC’s Breakfast Club becomes totally sold out and the highest gross billing hour in Network Radio at $4.44 Million annually. (See The Gold In The Golden Age and Radio Nets' Grosses.)
SEP 2 1946 The Political Action Committee of the CIO instructs its unions’ members to complain to the FCC if local stations refuse to grant free time for its transcribed messages.
SEP 2 1946 Mutual’s weeknight news commentaries of Fulton Lewis, Jr., reaches a record 207 stations buying the co-op program for local sale.
SEP 2 1946 NBC’s WNBT(TV)/New York City completes its Labor Day weekend of sports coverage with the National Tennis Championships from Forest Hills.
SEP 2 1949 AFM President James Petrillo demands that his members who are also members of the American Guild of Variety Artists cancel their AGVA memberships “immediately”. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 2 1949 The DuMont Television Network agrees to become a fulltime cable customer of AT&T which will give it unlimited access to feed programming to its 45 affiliated stations. (See Dr. DuMont’s Predictions.)
SEP 2 1950 Frank Graham, 35 year old lead of Jeff Regan, Investigator and producer-star of Satan’s Waitin’ - both CBS shows - is found dead in his car, an obvious suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning.
SEP 2 1950 Singer Snooky Lanson, (Roy Landman), begins a five year contract to appear on both the weekly radio and television versions of Your Hit Parade.
SEP 2 1953 ABC Radio offers its 363 affiliates a record 18 different co-op programs totaling over 20 hours per week for local sale.
SEP 3 1929 Rudy Vallee’s Thursday night variety show for Standard Brands begins its ten year Thursday night run on NBC as The Fleischmann Yeast Hour. (See The Sponsor Sweepstakes on this site.)
SEP 3 1934 WHAM/Rochester, New York, announces that it will no longer accept paid political advertising.
SEP 3 1935 Scripps-Howard newspapers enters broadcasting with an application to purchase WFBE/Cincinnati and change its call sign to WCPO, representing The Cincinnati Post.
SEP 3 1935 NBC sells out all periods in its prime time evening schedule except one half hour on Tuesday night and another 30 minute period on Sunday night. CBS and Blue also report near sell-out status. (See The Gold In The Golden Age on this site.)
SEP 3 1935 CBS and NBC charge that an ANPA brochure minimizing the value and effectiveness of broadcast advertising contains errors and misrepresentations.
SEP 3 1936 CBS sends newsman H.V. Kaltenborn, 58, to Spain to provide shortwave dispatches from the Spanish Civil War. (See H.V. Kaltenborn.)
SEP 3 1936 Maxwell House Showboat’s afternoon dress rehearsal and two evening broadcasts draw a record breaking total audience of 32,000 at Cleveland’s Great Lakes Exposition. (See Thursday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 3 1939 The networks carry shortwave reports at 6:14 a.m. that Great Britain and France have declared war on Nazi Germany.
SEP 3 1939 WJR/Detroit is accused by Michigan Governor Luren Dickinson of censoring his planned speech denouncing the evils of modern, cheek-to-cheek dancing.
SEP 3 1939 The Chase & Sanborn Hour with Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy is broadcast from Honolulu where Bergen is vacationing. (See Sunday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 3 1939 The networks report at 11:13 p.m. that German torpedoes have sunk the first British ship in World War II - the cruise ship Athenia 250 miles west of Ireland - killing 117 persons.
SEP 3 1941 Lowell Thomas moderates a two hour retrospective on Blue reviewing Network Radio’s part in covering the two years of war as seen by the reporters and commentators on NBC’s two networks.
SEP 3 1943 Bob Hope, accompanied by Frances Langford, Tony Romano and Jack Pepper, returns from an eleven week, 20,000 mile USO tour to Great Britain, North Africa and Sicily, performing over 160 camp and hospital shows. (See Hope From Home.)
SEP 3 1945 FCC modifies its 1942 order requiring stations to cut transmitter power by one decibel, making the mandate “optional”.
SEP 3 1945 Comedienne Joan Davis opens Joanie’s Tea Room on CBS for Lever Brothers‘ Swan Soap with a highly publicized million dollar contract but her first show draws a poor 8.3 Hooperating.
SEP 3 1946 Goodman Ace takes office as the CBS Supervisor of Comedy & Variety Programs. (See Easy Aces.)
SEP 3 1946 University of Minnesota station KUOM begins full days of broadcasting school lessons when a severe polio epidemic closes schools and keeps children at home.
SEP 3 1946 Mel Blanc begins his one season run of The Mel Blanc Show on CBS. (See Mel Blanc.)
SEP 3 1948 A New Jersey Appeals Court reverses the FCC’s Port Huron Decision of January, 1948, and rules that stations can be held responsible for libelous statements made in political speeches.
SEP 3 1948 NBC begins the three Labor Day holiday with Tex McCrary’s 15 minute documentary, Death On A Weekend, warning of the dangers of careless and reckless driving.
SEP 3 1951 President Truman’s Labor Day appeal for the U.S. Defense Bonds Drive is broadcast by ABC, CBS, Liberty, Mutual, NBC and most independent stations.
SEP 3 1951 Bob Hope headlines Dudley LeBlanc’s Hadacol Caravan of Stars in Louisville and Cincinnati but crowds in both cities are disappointing as pressure mounts against the tonic‘s alcohol content. (See Hadacol.)
SEP 3 1952 NBC Radio follows CBS’s lead by cutting nighttime rates by 23 to 30%, increasing daytime rates by 11% and reducing affiliates’ compensation by 14%.
SEP 3 1952 Bishop Fulton J. Sheen announces that he’ll leave NBC Radio’s Catholic Hour after 22 years to focus on his popular Life Is Worth Living television series on the DuMont network.
SEP 3 1952 Radio version of CBS-TV’s What’s My Line? moves from NBC after three months to CBS for a one season run while the television show remains a Sunday night fixture on CBS-TV until 1967.
SEP 3 1953 ABC abandons its attempts to buy 50,000 watt KMPC/Los Angeles from its owners headed by Gene Autry.
SEP 4 1935 KNX/Los Angeles begins broadcasting from its new $250,000 studios on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard.
SEP 4 1935 WCKY/Covington, Kentucky-Cincinnati approves plans for a new 600 foot transmitter tower - the tallest wooden structure in the United States.
SEP 4 1936 Gordon Baking Co. renews its 52 week sponsorship of The Lone Ranger on WXYZ/Detroit, WOR/New York City, WGN/Chicago and WSPD/Toledo. (See The Lone Ranger on this site.)
SEP 4 1936 Barbara Luddy succeeds Betty Lou Gerson as the female lead of First Nighter, a role she will hold for the next 13 years. (See Friday’s All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 4 1938 NBC’s Fitch Bandwagon begins the first of seven seasons showcasing popular dance bands on Sunday evenings.
SEP 4 1939 Unitarian minister Walton Cole protests to the FCC after his speech denouncing the political talks of Father Charles Coughlin is cancelled by WJR/Detroit, anchor station for Coughlin’s independent weekly network of 60 stations. (See Father Coughlin.)
SEP 4 1940 Summer substitution hit Quiz Kids begins its twelve season multi-network run on Blue. (See The Quiz Kids.)
SEP 4 1942 AFM boss James Petrillo makes the union's recording ban complete by reversing his earlier decision and prohibiting his members from making commercial transcriptions. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 4 1942 Petrillo attempts to forbid GE’s non-commercial shortwave staton KGEI/San Francisco from broadcasting transcribed music to U.S. forces in the Pacific.
SEP 4 1942 NBC reports 16 sponsors of 21 programs take advantage of the network’s 10% discount for buying the full network of 125 stations.
SEP 4 1943 Distiller Schenley begins its experimental Saturday morning entertainment show Dubonnet Date with Xavier Cugat’s orchestra on Blue. The program is cancelled after 13 weeks.
SEP 4 1944 A Labor Day crowd of 60,000 turns out for Midwest Farmer Day in Yankton, South Dakota, and an appearance by Brace Beemer as The Lone Ranger. (See The Lone Ranger.)
SEP 4 1946 FCC updates its December, 1945, FM allocation plan providing for more than 1,600 stations.
SEP 4 1946 NBC presents The City of Decision, a documentary written and narrated by Tex McCrary who witnessed the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima a year earlier.
SEP 4 1947 Marshall Field’s WJJD/Chicago is elevated to 50,000 watts.
SEP 4 1949 The talent raid on NBC continues as sponsor Philip Morris moves Horace Heidt’s Youth Opportunity Program to CBS.
SEP 4 1950 Armour’s Dial Soap introduces its new weekday morning 15 minute variety show, Dial Dave Garroway, on NBC, featuring the Chicago personality with vocalists Connie Russell and Jack Haskell with the Art Van Damme Quintet.
SEP 4 1950 Edward R. Murrow returns to his weeknight news commentary on CBS after a four-week tour of the war zones in Korea.
SEP 4 1950 Tommy Bartlett, host of NBC’s Chicago-based Welcome Travelers and a private pilot, uses his pontoon plane to rescue a group of passengers whose boat was grounded by a sandbar in the middle of Lake Calumet.
SEP 4 1951 San Francisco’s Japan Peace Treaty Conference becomes the first live coast-to-coast television broadcast. President Truman’s opening address, seen on the four networks, scores a 50.2 Nielsen rating and reaches an estimated 14.67 Million viewers.
SEP 4 1951 Connecticut Senator William Benton formally proposes establishing the National Citizens Advisory Board For Radio & Television attached to the FCC which broadcasters immediately assail as an attempt of political censorship.
SEP 4 1952 AFM chief Petrillo issues a ban prohibiting band leaders from recording promotional voice tracks for play on local disc jockey programs. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 5 1932 Independent station KNX/Los Angeles editorializes that RCA is attempting a monopoly in broadcasting between its NBC and transmitter business.
SEP 5 1936 The struggling Affiliated Broadcasting Company network. fires all employees not essential to network operations.
SEP 5 1937 The Zenith Radio Corp. debuts The Zenith Foundation dramas on Blue without commercials, relying instead on listeners’ “extrasensory perception“. The program was moved to CBS three months later and cancelled after 26 weeks.
SEP 5 1937 With the addition of WEOA/Evansville, Indiana and KDAL/Duluth, Minnesota, CBS grows to 106 affiliates.
SEP 5 1938 Don Becker and Carl Bixby’s daily serial Life Can Be Beautiful begins its 16 season run between NBC and CBS.
SEP 5 1938 FTC orders the Gordon Baking Co. to stop falsely claiming in its Lone Ranger commercials that each loaf of its Silver Cup Bread contains, "...two-thirds of a pint of fresh, whole milk." (See The Lone Ranger on this site.)
SEP 5 1939 Foreign language station WHOM/New York City cancels its morning German Program and replaces it with The Polish Program.
SEP 5 1940 Good News begins its third season on NBC with Fanny Brice, Dick Powell, Mary Martin and Meredith Willson but without the participation of MGM. (See Good News, Dick Powell, Baby Snooks and Meredith Willson.)
SEP 5 1940 Bing Crosby denies that he would “quit radio” if he were unable to perform ASCAP music on his Kraft Music Hall. (See Thursday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 5 1943 Kay Kyser’s College of Musical Knowledge troupe leaves on a month long, 16 city tour to sell bonds for the Third War Loan Drive. (See Wednesday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 5 1943 Hollywood reporter Jimmie Fidler apologizes on the air to actress Gene Tierney for saying she smoked cigars, thus ending her 20th Century Fox studio’s year long boycott against NBC and Blue.
SEP 5 1944 CBS ships a series of 19 five-minute transcribed programs by Kate Smith and her manager/announcer Ted Collins promoting the network’s 1944-45 Sunday schedule to its 146 affiliates.
SEP 5 1944 A New York Supreme Court judge dismisses Warner Brothers Music’s $100,000 suit against American Tobacco for “mishandling” its song, Don’t Sweetheart Me, by ranking too low on Lucky Strike’s Your Hit Parade.
SEP 5 1944 CBS files applications with the FCC to construct UHF television stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and St. Louis.
SEP 5 1947 The U.S. Senate Interstate Commerce Committee disputes ABC commen-tator Drew Pearson’s charges that Ohio Congressman Robert F. Jones was once a member of the racist Black Legion and approves his appointment to the FCC.
SEP 5 1947 C.E Hooper buys a former orphanage in Norwalk, Connecticut, for its new corporate headquarters. (See Radio's Rulers: Crossley, Hooper & Nielsen.)
SEP 5 1949 NBC’s Voice of Firestone becomes the first regularly scheduled AM-TV simulcast..
SEP 5 1949 American Tobacco’s Lucky Strike Light Up Time with Frank Sinatra takes over the 7:00-7:15 p.m. NBC weeknight strip held for five seasons by Liggett & Myers’ Chesterfield Supper Club starring Perry Como.
SEP 5 1949 Armchair Detective, the first television drama kinescoped in Hollywood and shown in Eastern cities on CBS, is cancelled after a 13 week run against NBC-TV’s live Kraft Television Theater on Wednesday nights.
SEP 5 1950 After a decade of Procter & Gamble sponsorship on NBC, Ralph Edwards moves his Truth Or Consequences to CBS for Philip Morris cigarettes. (See Truth Or Consequences.)
SEP 5 1950 Jack Armstrong, All American Boy ends 18 years as an afternoon feature and enters prime time on ABC for one season as Armstrong of The SBI (aka The Scientific Bureau of Investigation). (See Serials, Cereals & Premiums.)
SEP 5 1950 A former ukulele manufacturer sues Arthur Godfrey for $300,000, claiming Godfrey destroyed his business when the CBS star called his ukes, “…worthless junk,” on network radio and television. (See Arthur Godfrey.)
SEP 5 1950 Dudley LeBlanc, Louisiana based producer of Hadacol tonic, heavily advertised on radio, agrees to FTC demands that he drop the product’s claims that it rejuvenates its users. (See Hadacol.)
SEP 5 1950 Bulova Watches signs leading radio and television stars led by Jack Benny, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope to endorse its watches and plug their shows its in prime time commercials. No money changes hands but the networks’ time charge to air the spots exceeds $5.0 Million.
SEP 5 1950 A U.S. Appeals Court denies the Pennsylvania State Board of Censors the power to censor movies shown on the state’s five television stations.
SEP 5 1951 CBS advertises Red Skelton’s radio show in the trade press for a weekly all-inclusive charge of $23,500.
SEP 5 1952 NBC-TV’s Today Show displays the Library of Congress copy of The Gutenberg Bible on its 500th birthday from the network’s Washington studios after it posts an insurance premium of $300,000.
SEP 6 1933 Because sound effects technicians occasionally beat on drums, the New York City AFM local 802 demands that they join the musicians’ union.
SEP 6 1935 Jack Benny escapes injury when the yacht in Puget Sound on which he was a guest was destroyed by fire but was beached before its gas tanks exploded.
SEP 6 1936 Gillette launches its Community Sing show starring Milton Berle on CBS following a ten week tryout on ten Yankee Network stations.
SEP 6 1936 With typical fanfare, American Tobacco’s Lucky Strike cigarettes employs an armored truck service to collect and deliver pop music sales data used to compile its weekly play list for Your Hit Parade. (See The Lucky Strike Sweepstakes and Saturday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 6 1937 Philco converts a Photocrime magazine feature into a16 week, 15 minute transcribed radio series on 200 stations and backs the show with a contest offering 2,000 prizes and a total prize value of $50,000.
SEP 6 1937 WEW/St.Louis, operated for eleven years by St. Louis University as a non-commercial station, receives permission to accept advertising.
SEP 6 1937 Cleveland stations WTAM, WGAR, WHK and WJAY all cover the Thompson Trophy Speed Race, highlight of the 1937 National Air Races held in the city.
SEP 6 1938 With the support of Governor Robert LaFollette, the University of Wisconsin, licensee of pioneer daytime educational station WHA/Madison, files a claim with the FCC to take over the facilities of NBC’s 50,000 watt fulltime WMAQ/Chicago.
SEP 6 1939 WNEW/New York City agrees to pay RCA a license fee of $300 per month to play RCA-Victor and Bluebird records.
SEP 6 1939 Decca Records warns WNEW/New York City to stop playing its discs or face legal action.
SEP 6 1940 Writer Floyd Buckley sues NBC, MCA and General Mills for $250,000 claiming the program Beat The Band was stolen from his rejected concept, Stump The Leader, which was subtitled, Beat The Band.
SEP 6 1940 Crosley’s shortwave station WLWO bans Gaucho Serenade because of its lyric, “…Neath your window in Rio de Janeiro I shall sing my serenade…” Gauchos are cowboys in Brazil, nowhere near Rio.
SEP 6 1942 Lionel Barrymore, 64, debuts as Mayor of The Town on NBC and begins seven year multi-network run best known for its annual dramatizations of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
SEP 6 1943 WIP/Philadelphia and WOL/Washington stay on the air all night to report news of survivors from the Congressional Limited train wreck between Philadelphia and Washington that killed 79 and injured 117 passengers.
SEP 6 1945 FCC approves the sale of Crosley broadcasting properties to AVCO for $21.0 Million but seeks Congressional power to employ a bidding process, “open to all comers,” in future sales with the Commission acting as the final judge to determine “the best qualified” applicant.
SEP 6 1946 FCC reverses itself and denies KABC/San Antonio’s previously approved increase to 50,000 watts. .
SEP 6 1946 A Grand Rapids, Michigan court declares the defunct Associated Broad-casting System network officially bankrupt with $300,000 in liabilities and $32,500 in assets.
SEP 6 1946 ABC begins live television production in Chicago with a weekly video version of its radio show Stump The Author on WBKB(TV).
SEP 6 1947 In an effort to limit squealing bobby-soxers on Frank Sinatra’s return to Your Hit Parade as co-star with Doris Day, NBC places an minimum age of 18 for all ticket holders to its broadcasts. (See Saturday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 6 1948 NBC drops its long held ban against transcribed programs and eliminates the need for two live broadcasts of shows that are repeated for the West Coast. (See The Late Shift.)
SEP 6 1948 CBS pays $20,000 to its former Program Sales Manager, Robert Mann, for radio rights to his creation, Our Miss Brooks. (See Our Miss Arden.)
SEP 6 1950 Willard Waterman replaces Hal Peary in title role of The Great Gildersleeve. (See The Great Gildersleeve(s).)
SEP 6 1950 Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club begins daily simulcasts on ABC radio and television.
SEP 6 1950 C.E. Hooper announces its new television rating service covering twelve New York and Ohio cities. (See Radio's Rulers: Crossley, Hooper & Nielsen.)
SEP 6 1950 WJZ-TV/New YorkCity introduces the weekday afternoon forerunner to American Bandstand on ABC-TV - a two-hour show hosted by country music star Zeke Manners.
SEP 6 1951 NBC-TV and Gillette sign an agreement covering television rights to the World Series for four years and the Rose Bowl for three years.
SEP 6 1951 General Tire & Rubber changes the call sign of its newly acquired KFI-TV/Los Angeles to KHJ-TV.
SEP 6 1951 After 16 years on Saturday night, Your Hit Parade moves to Thursday on NBC and begins the first of two seasons featuring Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians. (See Guy Lombardo. )
SEP 6 1952 Radio and television networks cover Presidential candidates Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson appearing for the first time on the same stage but four hours apart at the National Plowing Contest in Plowtown, Minnesota.
SEP 7 1931 The Voice of Firestone begins its 23 year run on NBC, Mondays at 8:30 p.m.
SEP 7 1934 Evangelist Joseph Price representing The Cosmic Science Church of Los Angeles on WNEW/New York City and WICC/Bridgeport, Connecticut, is arrested by Federal authorities for using the mails to defraud.
SEP 7 1936 NBC’s oldest commercial program, The A&P Gypsies, is cancelled after a twelve year run - two on WEAF/New York City and ten on the network.
SEP 7 1939 The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reverses a lower court decision and rules NBC harmless for 1935 remarks broadcast by Al Jolson which a hotel considered libelous and was awarded $15,000 damages.
SEP 7 1940 The London Blitz begins and continues for the next 57 days. The German bombing is reported by the networks on a daily basis via shortwave - most memorably by CBS correspondent Edward R. Morrow.
SEP 7 1940 Smilin’ Ed McConnell begins his 18th consecutive season on the air, his ninth for Sherwin-Williams subsidiary, Acme Lead White Paint, with a Saturday morning quarter hour of songs and chatter.
SEP 7 1941 President Roosevelt’s Labor Day speech on all four networks registers a 50.3 Hooperating. (See Radio's Rulers: Crossley, Hooper & Nielsen.)
SEP 7 1941 General Electric’s shortwave station KGEI/San Francisco introduces its weekly record show, Musical Mail Bag, directed to servicemen and women in the Pacific. The show is also simulcast on KYA/San Francisco for stateside listeners.
SEP 7 1942 Kay Kyser is named Chairman of The Committee of 25 (leading radio personalities) enlisted by the OWI to maintain morale in local communities. (See Wednesday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 7 1942 The OWI asks all stations to begin broadcasting a series of 10 one-minute transcribed announcements per day for six weeks recorded by leading newscasters that explain America’s war effort.
SEP 7 1942 Nearly 20 minutes of Norman Corwin’s final episode of An American In England series on CBS is obliterated by atmospheric conditions interrupting shortwave signals from London.
SEP 7 1943 FCC denies without comment NBC’s request for an additional half hour of evening option time from its affiliates in return for a half hour of morning time.
SEP 7 1943 The National War Labor Board begins hearing testimony from the AFM and the electrical transcription companies concerning the union's 13-month recording ban. (See Petrillo! and "By Transcription...")
SEP 7 1943 Veteran songwriter and performer Frank Crumit dies of a heart attack at 54. At the time of his death, he and his wife Julia Sanderson were hosts of Saturday night’s Crumit & Sanderson Quiz, (aka Mr. Adam & Eve), on CBS.
SEP 7 1943 The Molle Mystery Theater opens as a mystery anthology on CBS for five year run.
SEP 7 1944 Owens-Illinois Glass pays a whopping $18,500 to sponsor Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians in their new Thursday night half hour concerts on Blue at 7:00 p.m. but the opening show receives a meager Hooperating of 2.7.
SEP 7 1945 The fledgling Associated Broadcasting System network holds its first affiliate meeting for 15 stations at its headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
SEP 7 1945 Kay Kyser returns from a month long USO tour of the Pacific and asks American Tobacco for a year’s sabbatical from his College of Musical Knowledge. (See Wednesday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 7 1945 After four seasons on Mutual, Gillette moves its Friday night boxing broad-casts with Don Dunphy & Bill Corum back to Blue.
SEP 7 1946 Billboard cites a C.E. Hooper report showing that twelve of Network Radio’s Top 15 shows originate in Hollywood. (See Radio's Rulers: Crossley, Hooper & Nielsen.)
SEP 7 1947 Edgar Bergen revises the variety format of his NBC show to a sitcom tailored to each week’s guest. (See Sunday’s All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 7 1947 Host Phil Baker leaves the comedy quiz Take It Or Leave It after six years.
SEP 7 1947 Sponsor Carter Products places its Sunday night Hollywood reporter Jimmie Fidler with his 15 minute commentaries on both Mutual at 8:30 and ABC at 10:30.
SEP 7 1947 Theater Guild On The Air returns for its third season on ABC at 9:30 p.m. Sunday night, a half-hour earlier than before in an effort to increase ratings.
SEP 7 1949 A U.S. Appeals Court sides with the FCC in its decision to allow WJIM/ Lansing, Michigan, to shift from 1240 kc to 550 kc over the protests of WKRC/Cincinnati with had applied for a power increase on its 550 frequency.
SEP 7 1949 Jay Ward and Alex Anderson begin production of the first animated series for television, Crusader Rabbit, which will eventually grow to 455 four-minute episodes.
SEP 7 1950 Pabst Beer submits a winning bid of $125,000 for radio and television rights to the September Heavyweight Championship fight between Joe Louis and Ezzard Charles.
SEP 7 1950 Ralph Edwards brings his long running radio hit, Truth Or Consequences, to CBS-TV. (See Truth Or Consequences.)
SEP 7 1951 NBC purchases the former Vitaphone movie lot in Brooklyn from Warner Brothers for $500,000.
SEP 8 1932 Jack Pearl, 38, introduces his Baron Munchausen on NBC’s Lucky Strike Hour, beginning a five year multi-network run. (See The 1932-33 Season.)
SEP 8 1932 Alumni protests force the Eastern Intercollegiate Association to drop its ban on football broadcasts.
SEP 8 1933 FCC lifts its strict limits on the number of 50,000 watt stations allowed, clearing the way for dozens of stations to increase power to the maximum level.
SEP 8 1934 WOR/Newark is first to report the early morning fire aboard the luxury liner S.S. Morro Castle off the New Jersey coast in which 137 passengers and crew members are killed.
SEP 8 1936 Fred Astaire is in Europe and unable to appear on the premiere of his NBC variety hour for Packard automobiles. Jack Benny and Ginger Rogers substitute for him.
SEP 8 1937 New York City area stations WJZ, WMCA and WOR share the same broadcast of the New York Giants vs. Eastern College Football All-Stars game with sportscasters Bill Stern, (WJZ), Stan Lomax, (WOR) and Dick Fishell, (WMCA), reporting. (See Bill Stern.)
SEP 8 1937 CBS broadcasts a two and a half hour George Gershwin Memorial Concert from the Hollywood Bowl starring Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Jose Iturbi, Oscar Levant and others plus the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hall Johnson Choir beginning at 12:30 a.m. ET.
SEP 8 1939 In a rare departure from the norm, the management of KJR/Seattle and KGA/Spokane, both 5.000 watt facilities, refuse the opportunity to elevate to 50,000 watts, citing the expense to buy and operate the new equipment.
SEP 8 1939 RKO releases the first of its 18 one reel shorts based on Information Please. (See Information Please and Radio Goes To The Movies.)
SEP 8 1940 Lux Radio Theater announces plans for three major stars on every show and opens its season on CBS with Manhattan Melodrama featuring William Powell, Myrna Loy and Don Ameche. and plans for three name stars on every show. (See Lux…Presents Hollywood! and Monday's All Time Top Ten.
SEP 8 1941 Adolescent sitcom That Brewster Boy begins a four year, multi-network run on NBC.
SEP 8 1942 Former Kay Kyser band singer Ginny Simms begins successful three year run on NBC with a program incorporating talented Armed Forces personnel.
SEP 8 1942 Agent Tom Kennedy sues Red Skelton for $120,000, claiming that the comedian signed with the William Morris agency while still under contract to him.
SEP 8 1943 Blue is the first network to break the news of Italy’s surrender to the Allies at 10:47 a.m. - ten seconds before CBS.
SEP 8 1943 The four national networks broadcast U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower’s announcement of Italy’s surrender - but the first 20 seconds of his announcement, recorded on a disc at 33 1/3 r.p.m., is played at 78 r.p.m.
SEP 8 1943 All networks and most independent stations carry the hour long Third War Loan kickoff show headlined by President Roosevelt, Bing Crosby, Burns & Allen, Edgar Bergen, Jimmy Durante and Dinah Shore.
SEP 8 1944 After a seven year absence, Ed Wynn returns to Network Radio as King Bubbles in the 26 week run of Happy Island on ABC. (See The 1944-45 Season.)
SEP 8 1945 Fifteen representatives of the broadcast industry return from their month long, 12,000 mile mission to European countries.
SEP 8 1945 William Bendix sitcom The Life of Riley moves from Blue to NBC and begins a string of six Top 50 seasons.
SEP 8 1945 Helen Hayes begins a Saturday night anthology series of original dramas by known playwrights for Textron fabrics on CBS for a reported $10,000 per week.
SEP 8 1946 Don Ameche and Frances Langford debut as The Bickersons on NBC’s Drene Time.
SEP 8 1946 Mutual lists 208 affiliates airing The Shadow and another 85 non-affiliates carrying the program via transcription from syndicator Charles Michelson. (See The Shadow Nos.)
SEP 8 1947 WMCA/New York City and 150 other stations debut Tommy Dorsey’s syndicated disc jockey show two hours a day by transcription.
SEP 8 1949 ABC, CBS and NBC lawyers confer with the FCC seeking a 90 day stay of the Commission’s giveaway show ban to complete their litigation against the ruling.
SEP 8 1949 FCC holds hearings to determine the limits of its duopoly ownership rule, protested by WLW/Cincinnati owner, Crosley Broadcasting, which was prevented from buying WHAS/Louisville, 100 miles away.
8 1949 Perry Como begins his new half-hour Chesterfield Supper Club on NBC’s Thursday night schedule for a one season run.
SEP 8 1949 The Associated Actors & Artists of America union representing 90,000 members supports the American Guild of Variety Artists in its turf war over television with the American Federation of Musicians.
SEP 8 1950 Tallulah Bankhead ends her year long,$1.0 Million lawsuit against Procter & Gamble over the shampoo jingle, “I’m Tallulah, The Tube of Prell,” and settles for $5,000. (See Tallulah’s Big Show.)
SEP 9 1926 RCA incorporates the National Broadcasting Company in Delaware and announces plans to establish a network. First affiliates include company owned WEAF/New York City, WTAM/Cleveland and WRC/Washington, plus WWJ/Detroit, WTIC/Hartford, WDAF/Kansas City, WCSH/Portland, Maine, WJAR/ Providence and KSD/St. Louis .
SEP 9 1933 Ed Wynn’s Amalgamated Broadcasting System network announces its charter stations: WBNX, New York City; WPEN, Philadelphia; WCBM, Baltimore; WOL, Washington; WDEL, Wilmington, and WTNJ, Trenton.
SEP 9 1935 WJSV/Washington, D.C., stays on the air all night to claim a scoop announcing the 5:10 a.m. death of Louisiana Senator Huey Long from an assassin’s bullet.
SEP 9 1935 NBC asks the New York City AFM local to rescind its ruling that every instrumentalist on Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour be paired with a stand-by union musician to be paid $18. (See Major Bowes Original Money Machine.)
SEP 9 1938 The NAB tells members that it is working with radio manufacturers to answer complaints that distributors are ignoring small stations when setting the keys on new “automatic tuning” radios.
SEP 9 1939 WLS/Chicago sells its 800,000th ticket for The National Barn Dance, presented in two Saturday night performances since 1931 in the 1,400 seat Eighth Street Theater.
SEP 9 1941 The NAB Executive Committee endorses ASCAP’s agreement with CBS and NBC that will end the networks' boycott of ASCAP music on September 28th after nearly ten months.
SEP 9 1941 Citing coverage needs for national defense, WOAI/San Antonio files for an increase in power from 50,000 to 750,000 watts, joining a similar filing by WHAS/Louisville and a filing for 650,000 watts by Cincinnati’s WLW.
SEP 9 1942 Amending its 1941 request for 650,000 watts, WLW/Cincinnati asks the FCC for a daytime power of 500,000 watts.
SEP 9 1942 War Department credits the radio industry’s two week voluntary spot cam-paign promoting the use of V-Mail to have increased usage of the new Photomicrofilm mail service to overseas servicemen and women by 100%.
SEP 9 1942 The University of Indiana Journalism School releases a study claiming that newscast comprehension peaks when read at 175 words per minute.
SEP 9 1944 Rudy Vallee, returned from a season’s absence for Coast Guard service, begins a two season run on NBC’s Drene Show.
SEP 9 1945 The prestigious Theater Guild On The Air, (aka The U.S. Steel Hour), begins its four season run on ABC with a weekly production/talent budget of $15,000.
SEP 9 1945 The Shadow begins its 15th year on Mutual with 234 stations carrying the show for regional sponsors, Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, (Blue Coal), Grove Laboratories and Carey Salt. (See The Shadow Nos.)
SEP 9 1946 The NAB goes on record against the FCC’s policy to consider local market economic conditions when granting new station licenses.
SEP 9 1946 Mutual reports 207 stations carry Fulton Lewis, Jr.’s daily news commentary for local (co-op) sponsors. (See Mutual Led The Way.)
SEP 9 1946 Critics hail ABC’s adaptation of John Hersey’s Hiroshima told in half-hour segments over four nights with a cast of leading radio actors headed by Everett Sloane.
SEP 9 1949 CBS cancels its sustaining giveaway shows Winner Take All and Beat The Clock after repeated failures to interest prospective sponsors.
SEP 9 1949 Future television star Ernie Kovacs, 30, Special Events Director at WTTM/Trenton, New Jersey, scores a scoop by getting an interview with the mother of a kidnapped five year old girl then recording her reunion with the released victim.
SEP 9 1949 Lawyers for KWRZ/Flagstaff, Arizona, protest the FCC decision that the station cease operation based on a woman’s letter charging that its owners abandoned it and left it in her control without Commission approval.
SEP 9 1950 Another major market FM station folds as two year old WFBR-FM/Buffalo goes off the air.
SEP 9 1951 Rev. James McClain, formerly known as Jimmy McClain, star of NBC’s Dr. IQ from 1942 to 1946, begins a weekly series of sermons on the Texas State Network. (See Dr. I.Q.)
SEP 10 1930 NBC is reported offering famed Polish composer/pianist/politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski $25,000 for one appearance on the network.
SEP 10 1931 Kate Smith begins her year’s run of weeknight quarter hours on CBS for LaPalina cigars at $3,000 per week.
SEP 10 1933 Jimmy Durante wins his fight with MGM to appear on radio and joins Ruth Etting as they substitutes for Eddie Cantor on NBC’s Chase & Sanborn Hour while Cantor finishes filming Roman Scandals. (See Goodnight Mr. Durante...)
SEP 10 1934 NBC outlaws four dozen words used in patent medicine ads including belching, belly, bloated, diarrhea, gas, infection, nausea, pimple, pregnancy, scratching, sour and stomach.
SEP 10 1934 The FTC reports that only five of 593 stations failed to respond to its request for commercial scripts in the hunt for illegal or misleading copy.
SEP 10 1934 NBC withdraws tennis champion Ellsworth Vines from its Forest Hills tournament announcing team demanded by the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association because of a magazine article that Vines wrote critical of the group.
SEP 10 1935 Mutual enters its second year of operation with $1.0 Million already on its books for the 1935-36 season. (See Radio Nets' Grosses.)
SEP 10 1935 Immediately after Governor Edward Johnson of Colorado proclaimed "Traffic Safety Month” on KFEL/Denver he was handed a bulletin that his nephew had been killed in an auto accident.
SEP 10 1936 NBC denies reports that it plans to form two separate companies to operate its Red and Blue networks.
SEP 10 1937 New York City newspapers The Times, The Herald-Tribune and The World-Telegram refuse advertising for the book “exposing” radio commercials, Poisons, Potions & Profits, subtitled, An Antidote To Radio Advertising.
SEP 10 1941 The newly created U.S. Defense Supply Board deems commercial broadcasting an essential industry for obtaining materials to maintain and repair facilities.
SEP 10 1942 Mutual announces a new format for the 1942-43 season that includes hourly newscasts from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, delivered by 13 different newscasters and commentators. (See Mutual Led The Way.)
SEP 10 1942 The Office of War Information orders all government agencies to channel their complete network or local radio program plans through the OWI’s Radio Bureau.
SEP 10 1942 After 220 broadcasts over eight years, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music is forced off the air by the Cincinnati local of the AFM. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 10 1943 A quarrel with Fanny Brice over writer-director Phil Rapp’s on-air credits leads to Rapp leaving NBC’s successful Maxwell House Coffee Time a post he had held since its beginning as Good News in 1937. (See Baby Snooks and Good News.)
SEP 10 1944 Allied troops invade Luxembourg and retake powerful Radio Luxembourg after four years and four months of Nazi control.
SEP 10 1944 CBS Sunday night stars of its programs Blondie, Baby Snooks and The Kate Smith Hour begin a series of promotional appearances in each other’s shows.
SEP 10 1945 The Don Lee Broadcasting System purchases 160 acres atop Mount Wilson as the new transmitter site for its W6XAO(TV)/Los Angeles for a tower that will rise 5,800 feet above sea level with a power of 40,000 watts.
SEP 10 1947 Mutual announces that The Shadow will be made available to affiliates as a co-op program. (See The Shadow Nos.)
SEP 10 1949 Eddie Cantor receives $50,000, to headine three shows a day at Chicago’s 19 day National Television and Electric Living Exposition.
SEP 10 1950 RCA takes over sponsorship of comedy-quiz Take It Or Leave It and changes its name to The $64 Question to separate it from former sponsor Eversharp.
SEP 10 1951 NBC openly advertises 15 minute segments of The Big Show for $12,408 per week. (See Tallulah‘s Big Show.)
SEP 10 1952 ABC is reported following the lead of CBS and NBC by cutting its nighttime rates an average 25%, increasing its daytime rates by 5% and reducing affiliate compensation by 15%.
SEP 11 1928 General Electric’s W2XB(TV)/Schenectady presents the first television drama, The Queen’s Messenger.
SEP 11 1931 Former NBC Board Chairman and Westinghouse executive, Dr. Harry P. Davis, considered the guiding hand behind pioneer station KDKA/Pittsburgh, dies at 63 after a long illness.
SEP 11 1933 Irna Phillips’ weekday serial Today’s Children, (fka Painted Dreams), begins the first four years of its two multi-network runs on the Blue Network.
SEP 11 1933 CBS separates news from its publicity department and appoints Paul White as its first News Director in charge of setting up the division.
SEP 11 1936 Mutual adds 33 affiliates as far west as KWK/St. Louis to its basic network of WOR/Newark, WGN/Chicago, CKLW/Detroit and WAAB/Boston.
SEP 11 1937 CBS manages to obtain a speech by Madame Chaing Kai-shek broadcast from a temporary low power station in Hankow, the first voice transmission from China since the Japanese and destroyed all radio transmitters and cut all cables.
SEP 11 1939 The major networks enter into voluntary agreement with U.S. government on the cooperative handling of European war coverage.
SEP 11 1939 NBC issues a new rate card with what agencies call a confusing basic network increase of 7.3% with WLW/Cincinnati and 8.03% without WLW. (See NBC’s Chinese Menu.)
SEP 11 1941 FDR’s “Shoot On Sight” speech about the torpedo attack on the destroyer USS Greer near Iceland and its ensuing battle with a Nazi submarine registers a 67.4 Hooperating and a 72.5 CAB rating. (See Radio's Rulers: Crossley, Hooper & Nielsen.)
SEP 11 1944 WIND moves its operations from Gary, Indiana, to Chicago.
SEP 11 1944 Eric Sagerquist, musical conductor for First Nighter since 1930, dies in Chicago at age 45.
SEP 11 1949 Grove Laboratories buys The Shadow on 450 Mutual stations while Blue Coal continues as the program’s sponsor on the East Coast leg of the network. (See The Shadow Nos.)
SEP 11 1949 Jack McCoy takes over host duties from George Murphy on NBC’s Hollywood Calling but Jack Benny‘s first show of the season on CBS scores a 14.7 Hooperating to the giveaway show‘s 4.0. (See Sunday At Seven.)
SEP 11 1949 Theater Guild On The Air, (aka The U.S. Steel Hour), leaves ABC after four years and begins its final four season run on NBC.
SEP 11 1949 Eddie Cantor replaces Garry Moore as host of NBC’s Take It Or Leave It for one season.
SEP 11 1950 Muzak, Inc., proposes a nationwide subscription “narrowcasting” FM network.
SEP 11 1950 Country singer Jimmy Wakely begins a half-hour weekday disc-Jockey/ interview show on 300 ABC stations.
SEP 11 1950 Mutual bans the sound effect of police and fire sirens on its programs at the request of the New York City Civil Defense Department which has reserved sirens for air raid alarms.
SEP 11 1951 Conservative news analyst John T. Flynn begins a weeknight quarter commentary on the Liberty Network.
SEP 11 1952 Jack Webb’s NBC Radio hit Dragnet debuts on NBC-TV. (See Jack Webb’s Dragnet.)
SEP 12 1930 Thirteen women ranging from 18 to 84, get seated in a Springfield, Illinois, appliance store window competing to stay awake the longest tor prizes while listening to the radio.
SEP 12 1932 Bing Crosby turns down an offer from CBS to perform a sustaining show for $250 a week.
SEP 12 1936 Detroit priest Charles Coughlin cuts his weekly radio lectures to 30 minutes and switches to early Saturday evenings on 31 Mutual stations. (See Father Coughlin.)
SEP 12 1938 All networks begin intensive coverage of the European crisis after carrying Adolph Hitler’s speech to the massive Nuremberg Nazi rally in which the German dictator demands a settlement with Czechoslovakia over the disputed Sudetenland.
SEP 12 1939 FCC threatens WMCA/New York City with loss of its license for violating The Communications Act of 1934 by intercepting, decoding and broadcasting German and British military messages.
SEP 12 1940 AFRA’s threatened strike against NBC, CBS and Mutual is averted when all parties agree to arbitration.
SEP 12 1940 The International Association of Police Chiefs condemns radio crime dramas as detrimental to morals and asks its members not to cooperate or supply information to its producers.
SEP 12 1941 Mutual introduces Ballentine Beer’s Three Ring Time half-hour variety show starring Charles Laughton, Milton Berle, Shirley Ross and Bob Crosby’s orchestra on 82 stations. It moves to Blue three months later.
SEP 12 1941 NBC suspends dance band remotes when the AFM demands that the network exclude the broadcasts from WSMB/New Orleans, deemed “unfair“ by the union. (See Big Band Remotes.)
SEP 12 1943 F. Chase Taylor takes his Colonel Stoopnagle character and cast to Richmond, Virginia, for a special broadcast on WRVA and sells $400,000 in War Bonds to the audience.
SEP 12 1943 Hollywood reporter Jimmie Fidler‘s caustic criticism of Warner Brothers‘ film This Is The Army on Blue prompts the studio to demand an apology and ban all of its actors from appearing on the network.
SEP 12 1944 NBC correspondent Wright Bryan is wounded and captured by German troops in France. He was liberated from a prison camp in Poland in 1945.
SEP 12 1944 A Federal court dismisses the second suit by Warner Brothers Music against American Tobacco - $200,000 for “mishandling” its songs It Had To Be You and Time Waits For No One on Lucky Strike’s Your Hit Parade.
SEP 12 1945 FCC agrees to extend the Buffalo Broadcasting Company’s license by three months, giving it the chance to sell either WGR or WKBW, keep one of the stations, break its existing contracts and continue operating.
SEP 12 1945 FCC tells returning servicemen that it is unable to reserve FM allocations and urges them to submit applications without delay.
SEP 12 1945 Frank Sinatra, until nine months earlier the star of Lucky Strike’s Your Hit Parade, begins a two season Wednesday night run on CBS with Songs By Sinatra for P. Lorillard’s Old Gold cigarettes. (See Smoke Gets In Your Ears.)
SEP 12 1945 C.E. Hooper announces the formation of two new divisions providing in-depth listener research for the advertising and broadcasting industries. (See Radio's Rulers: Crossley, Hooper & Nielsen.)
SEP 12 1947 The Continental FM Network produces its first commercial broadcast, Stromberg-Carlson’s Treasury of Music featuring the Rochester Symphony Orchestra for 27 affiliates.
SEP 12 1947 Annual revenues for transcribed program syndicator Fredric Ziv are reported at $10.4 Million. (See Fred Ziv - King of Syndication.)
SEP 12 1948 Television version of Meet The Press, a Mutual radio feature since 1945, debuts on seven NBC-TV affiliates.
SEP 12 1949 Garry Moore begins a new 60-minute weekday afternoon variety show on CBS Radio for a one year run.
SEP 12 1949 Chicago’s once powerful Hill-Blackett agency, (fka Blackett, Sample & Hummert, a major force in radio with 1940 billings over $12.1 Million), is absorbed by Grant Advertising.
SEP 12 1950 Ex-vaudevillian Lou Clayton, dies at 63 after a long bout with cancer. His longtime partners, Jimmy Durante and Eddie Jackson, were at his bedside at his passing.
(See Goodnight, Mr. Durante...)
SEP 12 1951 General Foods signs Roy Rogers & Dale Evans to a three year exclusive radio and television contract for programs on NBC.
SEP 12 1951 FCC votes 3-2, with two abstentions, to confirm its decision to renew Hearst Radio’s license for WBAL/Baltimore and end the five year challenge for the facility by columnists Drew Pearson and Robert Allen.
SEP 12 1951 Two weeks of attacks by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union damage the attendance of alcohol-laced Hadacol’s Cavalcade of Stars in Omaha starring Jack Dempsey, Carmen Miranda, Eddie (Rochester) Anderson and Dick Haymes. The three-hour show draws only 2,000 of an expected 4,400, (See Hadacol.)
SEP 12 1953 NBC’s National Home & Farm Hour, the network’s first program to originate from Chicago in 1928, celebrates it’s 25th anniversary on the air.
SEP 13 1931 Eddie Cantor, 39, debuts on NBC’s Chase & Sanborn Hour and becomes Network Radios first “superstar.” His original seven week contract is extended to 14 weeks at $4,000 per show.
SEP 13 1932 Bandleader Ben Bernie, 41, begins his highly rated NBC series for Pabst Beer and an eleven year Network Radio career. (See Tuesday’s All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 13 1937 Irna Phillips’ The Road of Life begins its 17 season run on NBC. The week-day serial is heard concurrently on CBS for six years before moving to CBS exclusively in 1954 for its final five seasons.
SEP 13 1937 Off the air for a year, Gertrude Berg’s serial, The Goldbergs, returns to NBC’s weekday schedule.
SEP 13 1937 Chicago stations assist the city’s schools by broadcasting classes when a polio epidemic closes the schools for two weeks.
SEP 13 1938 Network newsrooms go on 24-hour duty for complete coverage of the European crisis.
SEP 13 1939 FCC rescinds its requirement that stations must log the time and title of every phonograph record played.
SEP 13 1940 Dave Garroway, 27, a KDKA/Pittsburgh announcer for two years, joins the staff of NBC’s WMAQ/Chicago.
SEP 13 1940 Earle C. Anthony, whose KFI/Los Angeles was the first station to sign an ASCAP contract in 1923, signs with BMI to play its music, (and public domain music), exclusively on KFI and co-owned KECA beginning in November.
SEP 13 1940 Broadcast Music Inc. gets control of 4,000 Latin American songs previously controlled by ASCAP.
SEP 13 1941 Brown & Williamson Tobacco assembles a split network of 14 NBC and Blue stations for the 30 minute Renfro Valley Barn Dance originating from a barn in Renfro Valley, Kentucky.
SEP 13 1942 Radio Readers Digest opens five year series of magazine based stories on CBS.
SEP 13 1943 U.S. Housing Commissioner Nathan Straus, Jr., buys WMCA/New York City from Edward Noble for $1.25 Million, clearing the path for Noble to buy the Blue Network and its New York City flagship, WJZ.
SEP 13 1943 Lady Esther Cosmetics fires its ad agency Pedlar & Ryan after five years despite the huge success of its Screen Guild Players program on CBS. (See Acts of Charity and Monday’s All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 13 1944 Jimmy Durante, Gene Kelly. Olivia DeHaviland and George Coulouris headline the special CBS program Get Out The Vote, to encourage registrations for the coming Presidential election.
SEP 13 1945 An unauthorized nationwide engineers strike at all NBC and ABC owned stations ends after 26½ hours.
SEP 13 1946 CBS successfully demonstrates its color television system in ultra-high frequencies to the FCC and press.
SEP 13 1946 George Washington Hill, President of American Tobacco and one of radio’s foremost advertisers, dies of a heart attack while vacationing in Canada at age 61. (See The Lucky Strike Sweepstakes.)
SEP 13 1947 The Philadelphia Inquirer’s WFIL-TV goes on the air with the Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants football game.
SEP 13 1947 RCA demonstrates its new kinescope recording system by showing film of the Mineola, Long Island Fair on WNBT(TV)/New York City only 20 minutes after it was shot.
SEP 13 1947 RCA’s David Sarnoff ridicules Zenith’s Phonevision, saying, “…it's wholly impractical to expect people to pay to receive television programs.”
SEP 13 1949 NBC celebrates Jim & Marian Jordan’s 15th anniversary as Fibber McGee & Mollly with a 60-minute all-star program hosted by Bob Hope. (See Fibber McGee Minus Molly.)
SEP 13 1949 A U.S. District Court in Chicago grants a temporary Federal injunction against the FCC’s “anti-giveaway” ruling which banned such shows on local and network stations. (See Stop The Music!)
SEP 13 1949 The O’Neills, a multi-network daytime serial for nine years, is adapted for television and four month run on DuMont.
SEP 13 1950 Bristol-Myers cancels Break The Bank on NBC, but continues the video version of the show on NBC-TV.
SEP 13 1950 ABC-TV debuts Don McNeill’s TV Club from Chicago starring the longtime Breakfast Club host.
SEP 13 1951 The Liberty Broadcasting System network signs a three year, $375,000 contract for exclusive radio rights to Chicago White Sox games.
SEP 14 1931 Television is demonstrated twelve hours daily on six receiver sets at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart during the International Patent Exposition with signals from Western Television Corporation’s W9XAO and W9XAP.
SEP 14 1934 WAZL/Hazleton, Pennsylvania becomes the only outlet for news in the area as 20,000 union members in the area go on a general strike in sympathy to the striking United Textile Workers.
SEP 14 1935 Paramount Pictures takes over NBC’s Your Hit Parade for the Hollywood premiere of its Big Broadcast of 1936 hosted by Jack Oakie with Joe Penner, Jack Haley, Ethel Merman, Charlie Ruggles and Bonnie Baker. (See Radio Goes To The Movies.)
SEP 14 1936 Broadway talent agents tell Variety that Major Edward Bowes is paying them a $5 bounty for every “amateur” they produce who can qualify for his Original Amateur Hour with “…a good story to tell about themselves.” (See Major Bowes Original Money Machine.)
SEP 14 1936 Lillian Lauferty’s soap opera Big Sister begins its 16 season run on CBS.
14 1936 Frank & Anne Hummert’s weekday serial John’s Other Wife begins a six year multi-network run on NBC.
SEP 14 1936 WWJ/Detroit dedicates its new four story headquarters connected by tunnel to the co-owned Detroit News building.
SEP 14 1936 Lux Radio Theater pays tribute to MGM’s Vice President of Production, Irving Thalberg, who died that morning from pneumonia at age 37. (See Lux...Presents Hollywood!)
SEP 14 1938 FCC examiners approve General Electric’s application to build experimental television transmitters in Schenectady and Albany, New York, and Bridgeport, Connecticut.
SEP 14 1939 WMCA/New York City flatly denies FCC charges that it intercepted then decoded and broadcast secret German and British military messages as skeptics ask what kind of codes are so easy that a radio station can break them.
SEP 14 1942 After three seasons on CBS, five on NBC and one on Mutual, General Mills moves its kids’ serial Jack Armstrong to Blue where it remains for the next nine seasons.
(See Serials, Cereals & Premiums.)
SEP 14 1942 Blue newsman Morgan Beatty replaces replaces John W. Vandercook on NBC’s News of The World. (See Multiple Runs All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 14 1942 FCC discontinues issuing new, renewed or modified amateur (ham) radio licenses, citing administrative problems due to the war.
SEP 14 1944 New York City stations WEAF, WHN, WINS, WOR and WOV, lose power for up to five hours as a Category Two hurricane strikes the East Coast causing $25.0 Million in property damage.
SEP 14 1944 The hurricane destroys the towers of WPRO/Providence, Rhode Island, WNBH/New Bedford, Massachusetts and WSAP/Portsmouth, Virginia.
SEP 14 1945 FCC concludes a whirlwind week of granting 53 licenses in the new 88.1 to 107.9 megacycle band to existing FM stations and to new construction permits.
SEP 14 1945 Kate Smith enjoys a 20% ratings gain with a return to the CBS Friday night schedule and a new all-music format determined by Billboard’s popularity charts. (See Kate’s Great Song.)
SEP 14 1947 NBC announces a ban on all radio crime shows before 9:30 p.m.
SEP 14 1947 NBC reveals to its affiliates’ that the network’s total investment in television since its first involvement amounts to $22.0 Million.
SEP 14 1947 Garry Moore takes over from Phil Baker as host of NBC’s Take It Or Leave It.
SEP 14 1948 Lever Brothers cancels Pepsodent Toothpaste’s ten year association with Bob Hope and installs Swan Soap as Hope’s sponsor for two seasons.
SEP 14 1949 CBS joins NBC and announces that it doesn’t need or want any more radio network affiliates.
SEP 14 1951 Western anthology Death Valley Days completes its 21st and final season spanning three networks.
SEP 14 1951 Composer Meredith Wilson’s Three Chimes In Silver is adopted as the official song for NBC’s 25th anniversary celebration. (See Meredith Willson.)
SEP 14 1952 NBC cancels Tales of The Texas Rangers after a two year run.
SEP 14 1953 Sportscaster Bill Stern leaves NBC after 16 years to join ABC. (See Bill Stern.)
SEP 14 1953 WOR/New York City spends an estimated $1.0 Million for all the major transcribed shows produced by Fredrick Ziv and Harry Goodman to present over five hours of syndicated programming a day. (See Fred Ziv - King of Syndication.)
SEP 14 1953 Drug manufacturer Plough, Inc., buys WJJD/Chicago from Marshall Field for $900,000.
SEP 15 1930 NBC moves into its new $900,000 Midwest headquarters in Chicago’s huge Merchandise Mart.
SEP 15 1932 CBS lifts its ban against quoting prices in commercials.
SEP 15 1933 Ed Wynn and his partners establish WBNX/New York City as the flagship of their new Amalgamated Broadcasting System linking it with stations in Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston and Washington.
SEP 15 1933 WSM/Nashville, WCKY/Covington-Cincinnati and WHAS/Louisville form the short lived Center of Population Network.
SEP 15 1934 The Gibson Family, an original musical comedy, debuts on NBC for its very expensive 39 week run, finishing 36th in the annual rankings. (See The 1934-35 Season.)
SEP 15 1936 RCA files denials with the New York Supreme Court to Philco’s charges of industrial espionage.
SEP 15 1938 The 23 station Texas State Network, affiliated with Mutual, opens with a celebratory broadcast starring Bob Hope and Gene Autry
SEP 15 1939 The National Association of Broadcasters, (NAB), establishes a fund of $1.5 Million, to form Broadcast Music Inc., (BMI), as a music licensing alternative to ASCAP.
SEP 15 1939 AFM President Joe Weber reinstitutes a requirement that all big band remotes carry a closing credit that the broadcasts are, “…through the courtesy of the American Federation of Musicians.” (See Big Band Remotes.)
SEP 15 1939 A second broadcasting trade association, the National Independent Broadcasters, is formed by stations not owned or operated by a network.
SEP 15 1939 CBS raises its network rates by an average 7.5%. (See CBS Rates - Go Figure!)
SEP 15 1939 CBS, Mutual and NBC carry Colonel Charles Lindbergh’s address, America And The European War, from Washington at 10:45 p.m.
SEP 15 1941 WLW/Cincinnati feeds its coverage of the massive two-week U.S. Army war games in Louisiana to an 18 station independent network in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia.
SEP 15 1941 Hollywood reporter Jimmie Fidler complains to a U.S. Senate committee investigating unfairness and bias in radio that CBS had censored his broadcasts.
SEP 15 1941 Bob Hope appears as host of the American Legion National Convention in Milwaukee. (See Hope From Home.)
SEP 15 1941 Lady Esther Cosmetics drops its long running Monday night Lady Esther Serenade on CBS for Orson Welles’ “literary vaudeville” series that lasts only four months when Freddy Martin’s orchestra resumes the Serenade.
SEP 15 1942 Don McNeill and his Chicago based Breakfast Club cast begin a week of remote broadcasts on Blue from Montreal, Ottawa, Providence, New Haven and Pittsburgh.
SEP 15 1942 Major League Baseball votes to donate Gillette’s $100,000 paid for World Series broadcast rights to the USO.
SEP 15 1943 Fitch Shampoo opens a second edition of its successful Sunday evening NBC Fitch Bandwagon on Blue’s Wednesday night schedule with Freddy Martin’s orchestra.
SEP 15 1944 Mutual bans all Sunday afternoon and evening religious programs and limits those remaining to 30 minutes.
SEP 15 1944 Armed Forces Radio begins operations from the forward areas of New Guinea.
SEP 15 1944 After two seasons on Blue, Bristol-Myers moves Duffy’s Tavern to NBC where it will remain for the next eight years. (See Duffy Ain’t Here.)
SEP 15 1945 The U.S. drops the year round War Time, (aka Daylight Saving Time), and orders clocks back one hour to Standard Time.
SEP 15 1945 New York Police Commissioner Lewis Valentine resigns after 42 years on the force to become the narrator of ABC’s Gangbusters.
SEP 15 1945 Miami stations provide live network coverage of the Category Four hurricane hitting south Florida with sustained winds of 165 mph.
SEP 15 1946 Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch on CBS goes on tour for six weeks as the cowboy star makes personal appearances in Chicago, New York and Boston.
SEP 15 1947 Over 3500 delegates gather at the NAB convention in Atlantic City.
SEP 15 1947 The NAB adopts its Standard Code of Practices governing programming and commercial activities for its radio station members effective February 1, 1948.
SEP 15 1948 AFM President James Petrillo offers to negotiate an end to the union’s eight month recording ban to avoid threatened court action. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 15 1948 FCC refuses to reconsider using 44 to 50 megacycles for FM broadcasting.
SEP 15 1948 WHN/New York City, owned by Lowes, Inc., adopts the call sign WMGM with a marathon show from Hollywood starring Gene Kelly, George Murphy, Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Jane Powell and dozens of other film personalities plus the MGM studio orchestra and chorus. (See Radio Goes To The Movies.)
SEP 15 1948 The country’s only television stations with three network affiliations are identified as WNAC-TV/Boston, (ABC, CBS & DuMont), and WTMJ-TV/Milwaukee, (ABC,CBS & NBC).
SEP 15 1949 Noted actor-director and conservative commentator Robert Montgomery, 45, replaces Drew Pearson on ABC in Lee Hats’ 15-minute weekly news commentary.
SEP 15 1949 The weekly half-hour television adaptation of The Lone Ranger begins its five season, 221 episode run on ABC-TV for General Mills. (See The Lone Ranger.)
SEP 15 1950 Art Linkletter in Los Angeles and Ben Alexander in San Francisco co-host a television variety show seen on the CBS and NBC stations in both cities dedicating the 350 mile microwave link between the two.
SEP 15 1951 NBC Sports Director Bill Stern signs a new contract with the radio and television network that guarantees him a minimum of $500,000 over three years and frees him of his administrative duties. (See Bill Stern.)
SEP 15 1951 The ILGWU sells its money-losing KFMV-FM/Los Angeles to KFWB part-owner Harry Maizlish for an undisclosed price, estimated by the press to be, “…pennies on the dollar.”
SEP 15 1952 C.E. Hooper announces the October launch of its television ratings service in 40 of the 63 cities with stations. (See Radio's Rulers: Crossley, Hooper & Nielsen.)
SEP 16 1932 NBC follows CBS and allows price advertising in commercials, "...when delivered in good taste.”
SEP 16 1934 Hollywood reporter Jimmie Fidler begins his 16 year multi-network career.
SEP 16 1935 WPTF/Raleigh, North Carolina, and its insurance company sue the manufacturer of the station’s steel transmitter tower that collapsed during a June storm for $5,140 in alleged damages.
SEP 16 1937 FCC makes public the irregularities of operation it cited to remove Brooklyn stations WARD and WLTH from the air and awarding their shares of 1400 k.c. to WBBC and WVFW.
SEP 16 1938 CBS-owned KNX/Los Angeles elevates to 50,000 watts both day and night. Its new transmitter loses power for 30 minutes three nights later during the middle of Lux Radio Theater.
SEP 16 1940 The NAB Code committee warns stations carrying Father Charles Coughlin’s weekly speeches to carefully monitor their content and be aware that the industry group may ban them when the political season ends. (See Father Coughlin.)
SEP 16 1940 ASCAP announces that it has signed new 120 independent stations with no network affiliation.
SEP 16 1940 Blue begins a Monday through Saturday night series of five minute newscasts with John B. Kennedy at 9:30 p.m.
SEP 16 1940 The Don Lee Network’s W6XAO(TV)/Los Angeles leaves the air for 90 days as it installs its new transmitter atop Mount Wilson overlooking Hollywood.
SEP 16 1941 Rural comic Bob Burns starts his six year multi-network run as The Arkansas Traveler after five seasons as the comic sidekick to Bing Crosby on Kraft Music Hall. (See Bob Burns.)
SEP 16 1941 FCC approves commercial television station construction permits for Philco’s WPTZ(TV)/Philadelphia, Earle C. Anthony’s KFI-TV/Los Angeles and the Milwaukee Journal’s WTMJ-TV/Milwaukee.
SEP 16 1942 Haven MacQuarrie, host of NBC’s Noah Webster Says, sues MGM for $500,000, claiming that its movie, Married Bachelor, humiliated him and caused the cancellation of his former program, The Marriage Club.
SEP 16 1945 The short lived Associated Broadcasting System Network based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, begins operations without its advertised stations in New York City and Chicago.
SEP 16 1945 Norman Corwin produces the 90 minute CBS promotional program, Stars In The Afternoon, from New York’s Carnegie Hall hosted by The Aldrich Family cast and featuring CBS East Coast stars Phil Baker, Bob Hawk, Jack Smith, Helen Hayes, Edward R. Murrow, Patrice Munsel and many others plus a 75 piece orchestra to promote its new season of programs.
SEP 16 1945 Noted Irish tenor and early radio star John McCormack dies at home in Ireland at 61.
SEP 16 1946 A proposed radio network, the North American Broadcasting Service, is incorporated in Las Vegas with $100,000 in capitalization and its founders projecting three thousand, (3,000), affiliates for its projected 16 hours of daily programming. .
SEP 16 1946 CBS increases its inventory of co-op programs, offering its affiliates three weekday news commentaries, a nightly Red Barber sports report, a five-minute Story of The Day feature and the Tuesday and Friday editions of House Party with Art Linkletter. (See A John Guedel Production.)
SEP 16 1947 ABC, CBS, Mutual and NBC extend their BMI contracts 13 years to 1960.
SEP 16 1947 The opening session of the United Nations General Assembly is covered by the four radio networks and New York City’s WNBT(TV) and WCBS-TV.
SEP 16 1949 ABC Television’s West Coast anchor, KECA-TV, begins operations which makes Los Angeles the only city with its full complement of seven television stations.
SEP 16 1949 Singer Kenny Baker wins a $20,000 settlement from his William Morris talent agency and the Ziv syndication firm because he wasn’t informed that his transcribed shows would be repeated. (See Fred Ziv - King of Syndication.)
SEP 16 1949 FBI Assistant Director Louis Nichols says the Bureau will not withdraw its sanction of ABC’s This Is Your FBI, despite an American Bar Association charge that the program, “…educates youth to the methods of crime.” (See FBI vs. FBI.)
SEP 16 1949 American Tobacco’s Pall Mall Cigarettes brings a video version of its radio hit The Big Story to NBC-TV. (See Wednesday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 16 1950 ABC introduces three new, short-lived 30-minute audience participation shows Saturday nights from 8:00 to 9:30: Shoot The Moon with host Bud Collyer, Marry Go Round emceed by Jimmy Blaine and Gypsy Rose Lee’s What Makes You Tick?
SEP 16 1950 The Sun Oil Company sponsors the first of 15 National Football League season games on ABC-TV culminating with the NFL Championship Game for a total cost of $500,000.
SEP 16 1951 The second season opening broadcast of NBC’s Big Show starring Tallulah Bankhead is recorded at London’s Palladium. The show moves to Paris the next week. The network’s two week production cost is $75,000. (See Tallulah’s Big Show.)
SEP 16 1952 Mutual cancels its mystery anthology The Mysterious Traveler after a sporadic nine year run.
SEP 16 1952 After three years on CBS, Red Skelton returns to NBC for his final Network Radio season with a show that mixes old sketches taped from previous broadcasts with newly recorded monologues of topical material..
SEP 16 1952 The Standard Transcription Service reports that 200 stations have con-verted leases of its library to outright purchases in six weeks. (See “By Transcription…”)
SEP 16 1953 Twelve hundred radio stations participate in the first nationwide test of the Conelrad defense system.
SEP 16 1953 An American Airlines plane approaching the Albany, New York, airport in fog clips the two 365 foot towers of WPTR in suburban Colonie and crashes killing all 28 persons aboard.
SEP 17 1934 Ohio Senator Clarence Dill addresses the NAB convention and calls The Press-Radio Bureau, “…a rank failure.” (See The Press Radio Bureau.)
SEP17 1934 WSGN/Birmingham causes a radio sensation with nightly reenactments of a local murder trial from taken from transcripts recorded by stenographers hired by the station.
SEP 17 1936 After six years of 15 minute Multiple Run programs singer Kate Smith, 29, begins a nine season series of hour long variety shows on CBS with The A&P Bandwagon opposite Rudy Vallee on NBC. (See Kate’s Great Song.)
SEP 17 1936 WOR/Newark and WGN/Chicago buy back WLW/Cincinnati’s ownership shares in Mutual.
SEP 17 1936 Major Bowes takes his top rated Original Amateur Hour to CBS four days after the show’s final broadcast on NBC. (See Major Bowes’ Original Money Machine and Network Jumpers.)
SEP 17 1940 The CBS News Bureau in London moves its operations into Edward R. Murrow’s apartment after a Nazi bomb destroys its office.
SEP 17 1941 FCC resumes hearings questioning newspaper ownership of broadcast properties.
SEP 17 1942 OWI chief Elmer Davis tells the Senate Interstate Commerce Committee that the musicians’ union lengthy ban on recording, “…threatens the existence of many stations.”
SEP 17 1944 Fanny Brice debuts Toasties Time on the CBS Sunday schedule for two season run. (See Baby Snooks.)
SEP 17 1944 General Foods premieres Kate Smith in an ill fated hour on CBS against NBC’s Jack Benny and Fitch Bandwagon. (See The 1944-45 Season.)
SEP 17 1945 The Baby Snooks Show begins its season with a three week hunt for the missing tot because illness prevents Fanny Brice from appearing until the October 7th broadcast on CBS. (See Baby Snooks.)
SEP 17 1945 Elmer Davis resigns as head of the OWI to which President Truman responds, “You deserve the thanks of the nation for a job well done.”
SEP 17 1946 Columnist and Blue Network commentator Drew Pearson and associate Robert Allen apply to the FCC for the license of Hearst Radio’s WBAL/Baltimore, cited by the Commission for over-commercialization.
SEP 17 1947 Addressing a National Association of Broadcasters meeting, FM inventor Edwin Armstrong predicts that the FM audience will surpass AM radio's, “…within three or four years.”
SEP 17 1947 Radio stations in the South assume emergency status as a Category Two hurricane hits the Fort Lauderdale-Miami area, then moves across Florda into the Gulf of Mexico and strikes Louisiana.
SEP 17 1947 CBS previews a new weekly quarter hour newscast featuring the use of portable tape recorders.
SEP 17 1947 NBC announces the printing of 1.25 million 16-page full color comic books for distribution in schools that trace the development of a new network program.
SEP 17 1948 Edward R. Murrow originates his nightly CBS newscast from Berlin for a week.
SEP 17 1948 CBS-TV belatedly starts the fourth television network by adding WJBK-TV/Detroit and WAGA-TV/Atlanta, (both still under construction), to WCBS-TV/New York, WCAU-TV/Philadelphia and KTTV(TV)/Los Angeles.
SEP 17 1948 ABC-owned WENR-TV/Chicago begins operations with a five hour variety show including a concert by Paul Whiteman’s orchestra.
SEP 17 1948 KLAC-TV/Los Angeles debuts with the USC vs. Utah football game using borrowed equipment after its new $12,000 mobile truck was destroyed the night before when struck by a freight train.
SEP 17 1949 Baseball’s Joe DiMaggio begins his 26 week run on CBS with a Saturday morning half hour show directed to young listeners.
SEP 17 1950 The Mason, Ohio, Voice of America shortwave tower is wrecked by a 3:00 a.m. explosion blamed on saboteurs.
SEP 17 1950 Hal Peary debuts as Honest Harold on CBS - the sitcom is cancelled after one season. (See The Great Gildersleeve(s))
SEP 17 1950 Wildroot Cream Oil cancels NBC’s Adventures of Sam Spade after four seasons but the network continues the program as sustaining with Howard Duff replaced as its star when the booklet Red Channels reports his suspected ties to Communists. (See The Curse of Dashiell Hammett.)
SEP 17 1951 Kate Smith moves her noontime show from Mutual to NBC for a final year.
SEP 17 1951 Hadacol’s new owners cut the touring Caravan of Stars short in Dallas, stranding Carmen Miranda, Hank Williams, Minnie Pearl, Candy Candido, plus supporting acts, musicians and staff, and leaving $100,000 in unpaid bills and salaries. (See Hadacol.)
SEP 17 1953 RCA-NBC Board Chairman David Sarnoff addresses his network’s affiliates calling for the “rehabilitation” of Network Radio and blaming its problems on, “Ratings, raiding and rebates.”
SEP 18 1927 CBS predecessor, The Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System debuts with 16 affiliates in eleven states: WOR/New York City, WMAQ/Chicago, WGHP/Detroit, WCAU/Philadelphia, WJAS/Pittsburgh, KMOX/St. Louis, WNAC/Boston, WMAK/Buffalo, WEAN/Providence, WKRC/Cincinnati, KOIL/Omaha, WOWO/Ft. Wayne, WADC/Akron, WCAO/Baltimore, WFBL/Syracuse and WAIU/Columbus.
SEP 18 1932 An automatic electric device producing chime-like tones is introduced to NBC system cues replacing hand struck, (railroad dining car), chimes.
SEP 18 1933 NBC officially designates WMAQ as the Chicago affiliate to its Red network and WENR/WLS as its Blue network stations with KYW as the alternate.
SEP 18 1935 Variety labels Major Ed Bowes the top earner in show business at $19,000 a week - $5,000 from his Original Amateur Hour, $12,500 from his touring vaudeville units, $1,000 from his film shorts and $500 for managing New York City’s Capitol Theater. (See Major Bowes’ Original Money Machine on this site.)
SEP 18 1936 Raymond Gram Swing begins his twelve year radio career at WOR/Newark.
SEP 18 1939 TheTom Mix Straight Shooters becomes the first coast-to-coast kids’ weekday serial when sponsor Ralston Purina adds Blue’s Pacific Network to its coverage which requires three live performances daily. (See Serials, Cereals & Premiums.)
SEP 18 1939 CBS begins its long running series of nightly five-minute prime time newscasts at 8:55 p.m.
SEP 18 1941 Sun spots disrupt shortwave transmissions ruining the inaugural broadcast of NBC’s Mexican network.
SEP 18 1942 FCC Chairman James Fly warns the Senate Interstate Commerce Committee that 167 stations with low net revenues are in jeopardy if the musicians union strike against recordings and transcriptions continues.
SEP 18 1942 WHN/New York City afternoon disc jockey Dick Gilbert is credited with helping save the life of a hospital patient by broadcasting an urgent appeal for volunteers with rare Type B blood to which 20 persons responded.
SEP 18 1944 The U.S. Army reports expediting the construction of a 50,000 watt shortwave station on Guam to reach listeners in Japan, China and India.
SEP 18 1944 DuPont Chemicals’ patriotic anthology series on NBC, Cavalcade of America, begins its season with a roster of major stars including Clark Gable, Bob Hope, Rosalind Russell, Paul Muni and Edward G. Robinson.
SEP 18 1946 Commercials in the new Dinah Shore Show on CBS are presented as remote cut-in’s from a different Ford assembly plant each Wednesday night.
SEP 18 1946 The Joe Louis vs. Tami Mauriello Heavyweight Championship fight registers a 33.0 Hooperating for ABC. (See Radio's Rulers: Crossley, Hooper & Nielsen.)
SEP 18 1946 Late night dance band remotes from major New York City and Chicago hotels resume when the AFM strike over wages ends after two weeks. (See Big Band Remotes.)
SEP 18 1947 With his ban on FM programs, AFM James Petrillo orders the Rochester Symphony to stop its broadcasts on the new Continental FM Network which pays the 40 orchestra members full AM network scale for their work. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 18 1949 Eversharp presents the CBS broadcast of Take It Or Leave It with Eddie Cantor from the national druggists’ convention at New York City’s Statler Hotel.
SEP 18 1949 MGM film star and Network Radio comedian Frank Morgan, 58, dies of natural causes in his Beverly Hills home. (See Good News.)
SEP 18 1950 Due to lack of sponsor interest CBS terminates its contract with Lum & Abner, (Chet Lauck & Norris Goff), and buys out the remaining three years of the team’s six year contract with the network.
SEP 18 1950 Singer Jo Stafford, star of Club 15 and The Carnation Contented Hour on CBS, is signed by The Voice of America for a series of shows directed to the youth of Communist countries.
SEP 18 1950 Sterling Drug begins a five-minute newscast with John B. Kennedy on the full ABC network Monday through Thursday nights at 10:30 p.m., (Friday already taken up by Gillette fight broadcasts).
SEP 18 1952 Ted Mack’s radio revival of The Original Amateur Hour is cancelled by ABC after a four year run.
SEP 18 1953 The FTC softens its five year ban on use of the word “free” in advertising when, “…the word is used honestly and not as a device for deceiving the public.”
SEP 19 1932 Frank & Anne Hummert’s weekday serial Just Plain Bill starring Arthur Hughes begins its 23 year sporadic multi-year run on CBS.
SEP 19 1932 Singing comedians Gene (Carroll) & Glenn (Rowell) return to WTAM/ Cleveland sponsored by Standard Oil, reportedly in response to petitions signed by 178,000 of their fans.
SEP 19 1932 With NBC refusing to approach Morton Downey or Bing Crosby who both left CBS over salaries, speculation mounts that the two networks have entered into an “anti-raid” pact.
SEP 19 1934 Burns & Allen’s new Wednesday night CBS series for General Cigar Corp., The Adventures of Gracie, carries a $500 weekly raise for the team to $2,750 a week for 39 weeks. (See Wednesday's All Time Top Ten on this site.)
SEP 19 1935 Radio reports the arrest of Bruno Richard Hauptmann for Lindbergh baby kidnapping/murder, setting off non-stop coverage of the “Trial of The Century.”
SEP 19 1935 Squibb begins its short-lived sponsorship of To Arms For Peace, on CBS’s Thursday night schedule at 9:30 p.m. featuring classical music and pacifist messages from literary notables.
SEP 19 1940 For reasons that the owner isn’t financially qualified, FCC votes to terminate the license of 100 watt WBAX/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, “…with the least possible delay.”
SEP 19 1941 Kay Kyser band singer Ginny Simms debuts on CBS with a weekly five minute show at 9:55 p.m.
SEP 19 1944 FCC duopoly rule forces Crosley Broadcasting, owner of WLW/Cincinnati to sell WSAI/Cincinnati to Chicago financier and station owner Marshall Field for $550,000.
SEP 19 1945 FCC adopts standards governing FM channel allocations and station operations.
SEP 19 1945 His request for a year off denied, Kay Kyser returns to NBC’s College of Musical Knowledge, but his wife and band’s vocalist for two years, Georgia Carroll, does retire.
SEP 19 1946 Longtime Network Radio comedy favorite Vic & Sade leaves the air after a 14 year multi-network run. (See Vic & Sade.)
SEP 19 1946 FCC approves NBC’s application to change the call-sign of its WEAF/New York City to WNBC on November 1st - the same day CBS-owned WABC changes to WCBS.
SEP 19 1946 When recording his first Philco Radio Time show for ABC broadcast on October 16th, Bing Crosby loses the tempo to Blue Skies, stops the show and re-records the song perfectly. (See Wednesday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 19 1947 Hurricane force winds take down phone lines in Louisiana but WSMB/New Orleans makes contact with KPRC/Houston via teletype with eye witness reports of the storm that are forwarded to NBC.
SEP 19 1948 The U.S. House Select Committee investigating the FCC charges the Commission with, “…a dangerous and unwarranted policy of ‘thought policing’ that has no basis in the law.”
SEP 19 1949 Mutual drops its format of 15-minute afternoon serials for kids replaces them with 30-minute, self-contained rotating episodes of Captain Midnight, Tom Mix, Straight Arrow and The B-Bar-B Ranch. (See Serials, Cereals & Premiums.)
SEP 19 1949 Horace Heidt and a cast of 60 performers begin their three-month, cross-country Parade of Philip Morris Stars - incorporating remote broadcasts of Heidt’s Sunday night Youth Opportunity Program on CBS.
SEP 19 1949 FCC loses a second round against its giveaway show ban when a U.S. District Court grants an injunction requested by ABC, CBS and NBC until the legality the ban iis upheld by a three man court. (See Stop The Music!)
SEP 19 1950 America’s Town Meeting on ABC begins a six week tour of U.S. Air Force bases on the West Coast and Alaska.
SEP 19 1951 WBZ/Boston celebrates its 30th anniversary.
SEP 19 1951 Mutual and MGM sign a production alliance calling for the movie studio to provide six hours of “star quality” programs for the network’s nighttime schedule per week.
SEP 19 1952 Bob Hope is elected to a one year term as President of the American Guild of Variety Artists union. (See Hope From Home.)
SEP 20 1930 WLW/Cincinnati refuses to pay Paul Whiteman $30,000 he demands to broadcast performances by his band at local hotel for a month.
SEP 20 1935 MGM releases Broadway Melody of 1936, the first feature film in which Jack Benny receives top billing. (See Radio Goes To The Movies.)
SEP 20 1935 Paramount Pictures capitalizes on Network Radio’s popularity with The Big Broadcast of 1936, starring George Burns & Gracie Allen and Bing Crosby.
SEP 20 1936 WMC/Memphis dedicates its new 611 foot transmitter tower said to be the tallest in the south.
SEP 20 1936 A.L. Alexander’s Goodwill Court begins a successful three month run on NBC before it’s forced off the air by lawyers’ complaints. (See The 1936-37 Season.)
SEP 20 1938 Married stage veterans Frank Crumit and Julia Sanderson introduce The Battle of The Sexes quiz on NBC and begin a string of four Top 50 seasons.
SEP 20 1940 Mutual correspondent John Steele suffers minor injuries when hit by a bomb fragment in London.
SEP 20 1940 A rush of patriotic songs hit the air, including, Give The Stars & Stripes A Permanent Wave, Liberty Bell: It’s Time To Ring Again, What Are You Doing For Your Uncle Sam? and What Will I Do If I Marry A Soldier?
SEP 20 1940 WSAY/Rochester, New York, cancels its contract to carry a weekly broadcast by the Communist party as not in the pubic interest.
SEP 20 1942 Radio and nightclub singer Dale Evans, 29, joins the cast of Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy’s Chase & Sanborn Hour. (See Sunday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 20 1943 Decca Records and its subsidiary World Broadcasting System transcription service are first to settle with the striking AFM, agreeing to give the union royalties based on sales. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 20 1943 Musicians union boss James Petrillo claims the lengthy recording strike cost the AFM $7.0 Million.
SEP 20 1943 CBS asks its sponsors to eliminate all “cow-catcher” and “hitch-hike” commercials before and after their programs and absorb the spots into their shows.
SEP 20 1943 Attorneys for indicted seditionist William Dudley Pelley file a libel-slander suit against Drew Pearson, the Blue Network, The Washington Evening Star, (owner of Pearson’s home station, WMAL) and others for $28.0 Million.
SEP 20 1943 Wartime manpower shortages prompt NBC to hire its first two female tour guides at its Radio City studios.
SEP 20 1945 FCC proposes to drastically cut commercial television station approval permits to make way for an abundance of low powered “community” stations.
SEP 20 1945 DuMont Labs takes WABD(TV)/New York City off the air until December 15th to accommodate its conversion from Channel Four to Five. (See Dr. DuMont’s Predictions.)
SEP 20 1946 FCC calls for hearings on the license renewals of WIBG/Philadelphia, KMAC and KONO/San Antonio, WTOL/Toledo and KBIX/Muskogee, Oklahoma, for “falling short” of the programming guidelines in its Blue Book.
SEP 20 1947 Fiorello LaGuardia, New York City Mayor from 1934 to 1945 and known for his use of radio, dies at 64.
SEP 20 1948 CBS reports that 22 of its programs for the 1948-49 season are in-house creations and 15 of them have been sold to sponsors. (See CBS Packages Unwrapped.)
SEP 20 1948 The AFM offers to end the nine month recording ban with a proposal to create an employer funded plan to hire unemployed union musicians. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 20 1948 Network television in the Midwest begins at 6:00 p.m. when ABC connects its WENR-TV/Chicago with stations in Cleveland, Toledo, Buffalo, St. Louis and Milwaukee via coaxial cable.
SEP 20 1948 NBC-TV opens its Midwest network at 7:00 p.m. linking its affiliates in Buffalo, Toledo, Detroit, Milwaukee and St Louis.
SEP 20 1948 South Florida stations begin three continuous days of emergency operation when a Category Four hurricane strikes and forces 8,000 persons from their homes.
SEP 20 1949 The four networks claim a combined cost of $583,000 for their summer long recording and delayed broadcast service for stations in areas not observing Daylight Saving Time.
SEP 20 1951 Veteran news commentators Joseph C. Harsh and William Shirer leave the Liberty Network after six months.
SEP 20 1951 RCA’s color television system is previewed for company officials. Chairman David Sarnoff says it could have been successfully transmitted across the country over the new television relay system.
SEP 20 1952 The American Federation of Radio Artists, (AFRA), and the Television Authority unions merge to form the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, (AFTRA).
SEP 20 1952 KPTV/Portland, Oregon, on Channel 27 becomes the first commercial UHF station.
SEP 20 1952 Jackie Gleason, 36, jumps from DuMont to his highly rated Saturday night variety hour on CBS-TV.
SEP 21 1933 Rudy Vallee calls the $900,000 paid to ASCAP during the past year by CBS and NBC to be “absurdly small” compared to the value of music to the networks’ programming. (See Thursday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 21 1934 RCA President David Sarnoff, 43, is elected RCA Board Chairman.
SEP 21 1935 Gabriel Heatter makes his network debut in a late Saturday and Sunday afternoon series of commentaries on Blue. (See Multiple Runs All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 21 1936 The fledgling Legion of Decency For Radio mails 500,000 reprints of Massachusetts Congressman William Connery’s speech against the industry to clergymen.
SEP 21 1936 Rudy Vallee with a male quartet and pianist accompanying him, flies into Cleveland unannounced to appear before an audience of 14,000 at the American Legion’s national convention.
SEP 21 1938 A Category Three hurricane - still known as The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 - strikes the Northeast from Long Island northward with little warning. Stations undamaged by the storm assume fulltime emergency service status as fatalities mount to 700 and damages eventually total $306 Million.
SEP 21 1938 Boston stations WBZ, WEEI, WHDH, WMEX and WORL are knocked off the air by the Wednesday hurricane. WEEI and WMEX resume broadcasting the next morning, WBZ, WHDH and WORL don’t return until Friday.
SEP 21 1938 Both Worcester, Massachusetts stations, WTAG and WORC, lose their towers to the hurricane. WTAG switches to an auxiliary transmitter within minutes but WORC is off the air for almost four days.
SEP 21 1938 WPRO/Providence loses its towers and its transmitter is flooded by the hurricane, forcing the station off the air for two days.
SEP 21 1941 The Chicago Tribune puts WGN’s experimental FM station, W59C, on the air.
SEP 21 1942 Coca-Cola moves its Monday through Saturday Spotlight Bands from Mutual to Blue, expands it from 15 to 30 minutes and renames it, The Victory Parade of Spotlight Bands, originating from military bases and defense plants. (See Spotlight Bands.)
SEP 21 1943 Kate Smith appears 64 times over 17 hours of CBS programs and is credited with selling $37.0 Million in U.S. War Bonds. (See Kate’s Great Song.)
SEP 21 1944 CBS war correspondent Richard C. Hottelet becomes the first American newsman to report directly from Holland since the beginning of World War II.
SEP 21 1946 NBC correspondent David Brinkley is appointed the four networks’ pool reporter from the scene of a Sabena Airlines DC-4 plane crash that killed 26 at Gander Lakes, Newfoundland.
SEP 21 1947 KFWB/Los Angeles bans 25 songs as “objectionable” including: Making Whoopee, Love For Sale, Empty Bed Blues, Aren’t You Kinda Glad We Did, Red Light, Horizontal and I’m Gonna Be A Bad Girl.
SEP 21 1948 J. Carrol Naish debuts in Life With Luigi and begins successful five year run on CBS. (See CBS Packages Unwrapped.)
SEP 21 1948 NBC-TV’s Texaco Star Theater starring Milton Berle begins its assault on Network Radio’s Tuesday night audience.
SEP 21 1949 FCC suspends its controversial anti-giveaway rules pending court decisions of the Commission’s broad interpretation of existing lottery laws. (See Stop The Music! )
SEP 21 1949 Spin To Win follows Winner Take All and Beat The Clock and becomes the third sustaining giveaway show in three weeks to be cancelled by CBS
SEP 21 1949 Citing a broad interpretation of its duopoly rules, the FCC denies the $1.93 Million sale of WHAS AM-FM-TV/Louisville to Crosley Broadcasting, owner of WLW AM-FM-TV/Cincinnati.
SEP 21 1949 Bing Crosby leaves ABC and returns to CBS and one of his first sponsors, Chesterfield cigarettes.
SEP 21 1951 Hadacol promoter Dudley LeBlanc sells his company and refuses to pay radio stars Jimmy Durante, Milton Berle, Dick Haymes and others who performed in his touring shows. (See Hadacol.)
SEP 22 1933 Sime Silverman, founder of trade paper Variety in 1905, dies in Los Angeles at 60.
SEP 22 1933 NBC issues an order that all programs must announce the city in which they originate.
SEP 22 1933 FRC approves a resolution allowing 40 stations to operate with 50,000 watts and considers increasing power limits to 500,000 watts.
SEP 22 1934 WLS/Chicago begins a drive to raise $3,000 to help the station take 12,000 underprivileged youngsters to the Chicago World’s Fair.
SEP 22 1934 Most NBC and Blue affiliated stations refuse to broadcast Shell Oil’s paid announcements promoting the company’s Friday night Red Grange Football Forecasts on CBS.
SEP 22 1935 Veteran monologist DeWolf Hopper, 70, collapses and dies after a radio broadcast in Kansas City. Among his six wives was Hollywood columnist, Hedda Hopper, 20 years his junior.
SEP 22 1941 Mutual beats Blue and CBS to a $1.0 Million Coca-Cola contract for a Monday through Saturday night series of big band broadcasts due to begin in November. (See Spotlight Bands.)
SEP 22 1941 WOAI/San Antonio petitions the FCC to raise its power from 50,000 watts to 750,000 watts.
SEP 22 1941 KTSA/San Antonio begins a ten week radio series of bridge lessons.
SEP 22 1942 OWI Radio Bureau chief William Lewis, a former CBS Vice President, asks all stations to appoint a “War Program Director,” in charge of all transcriptions and scripts sent it with requests for broadcast by his department.
SEP 22 1942 Bob Hope interrupts his USO trip to Alaska to fly back to Fort Lewis, Washington, and open his 1942-43 NBC season, then returns to Alaska with Jerry Colonna and Frances Langford for another week of entertaining troops. (See Hope From Home and “Professor” Jerry Colonna.)
SEP 22 1943 CBS newscaster Cecil Brown submits his resignation over a dispute with the network’s policy against editorializing.
SEP 22 1944 ABC applies to the FCC for commercial television licenses in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.
SEP 22 1944 Radio Luxembourg resumes full operation as an Allied Forces station.
SEP 22 1946 CBS returns its 90 minute Stars In The Afternoon to showcase its 1946-47 programs, hosted by Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra and featuring a stage full of network personalities.
SEP 22 1947 The AFM signs a pact with two national groups representing music teachers and school administrators which allows school children to play in non commercial broad-casts without union interference. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 22 1948 WFIL-FM/Philadelphia successfully demonstrates multiplexing separate aural and facsimile signals on the same frequency.
SEP 22 1948 NBC releases Behind Your Radio Dial, a 25 minute film designed to sell radio to its affiliates’ listeners and advertisers.
SEP 22 1949 The Kraft Music Hall leaves NBC after a 16 year run. (See Thursday’s All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 22 1949 Ed Wynn’s CBS-TV show becomes the first West Coast origination for network television delivered East of the Rockies on kinescope film.
SEP 22 1950 Schenley Industries becomes the first liquor company to advertise on FCC governed stations, buying 15-minute sportscasts three nights a week on the Alaska Broadcasting System stations in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Seward, Juneau and Sitka.
SEP 22 1952 Lawyers for ABC and United Paramount Theaters tell the FCC that the proposed merger of the companies will, “…provide a potent contribution to the competitive development of network broadcasting, particularly in the emerging television art.”
SEP 23 1932 Ed Wynn announces plans for his Amalgamated Broadcasting System, “..a creative organization to produce programs with the Broadway tradition.”
SEP 23 1935 The ACLU pressures Congress to demand that the FCC open its complaint files for public inspection.
SEP 23 1935 Ticker News, Inc., which provides a wired music service to restaurants and businesses in New York City and Philadelphia advises clients it may begin accepting spot advertising.
SEP 23 1937 RCA sponsors the four hour boxing marathon Carnival of Champions on Blue from New York’s Polo Grounds, with four announcers each describing the Light-weight, Bantamweight, Welterweight and Middleweight Championship bouts.
SEP 23 1938 The Supreme Court of Georgia rules that WSB/Atlanta is engaged in interstate commerce and not subject to a city license tax placed on “local broadcasters.”
SEP 23 1938 FTC charges Dr. Lyons Tooth Powder with misrepresenting the value of a bracelet offered in its radio commercials for listeners sending in a box top and ten cents.
SEP 23 1940 Charging, “Men powerful in the field of radio,” had forced his decision, Detroit priest Charles Coughlin cancels his controversial program’s planned return to the air on a 52 station independent network. (See Father Coughlin.)
SEP 23 1941 Radio’s “Goat Gland Doctor” John R. Brinkley, his wife and six co-workers in the Brinkley’s “clinics” in Del Rio, Texas, and Little Rock, Arkansas, are indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for mail fraud.
SEP 23 1941 Frances Langford, 28, replaces Judy Garland as vocalist on NBC’s Bob Hope Show while Blanche Stewart & Elvina Allman, (Brenda & Cobina), are dropped from the cast after sponsor Pepsodent receives listener complaints about their risqué material.
(See Tuesday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 23 1942 The OWI and Treasury Department ask radio stations to substitute all spot announcement allocations given to War Bond sales during the month to messages urging fuel oil conservation.
SEP 23 1944 NBC broadcasts a special program commemorating the opening of Crosley Broadcasting’s three new Voice of America shortwave facilities in Cincinnati operating at 200,000 watts.
SEP 23 1945 CBS presents its second 90 minute Stars In The Afternoon broadcast, this time to promote its West Coast shows, with Jimmy Durante, Garry Moore, Frank Sinatra, Nelson Eddy, Ann Sothern, Ozzie Nelson & Harriet Hilliard and others.
SEP 23 1945 Gene Autry is released from the Air Force and returns to his Melody Ranch series on CBS for the next eleven seasons.
SEP 23 1946 Claiming the program wasn’t strong enough, NBC Vice President Clarence Menser refuses Wildroot Cream Oil’s attempt to buy 15 minutes on a 145 station network Saturdays at 5:45 p.m. for The Nat King Cole Trio Show.
SEP 23 1946 Despite a three month test deemed 80% successful, the FCC votes 5-1 to deny the Press Wireless service the use of shortwave facilities to distribute news reports to subscribing stations, thus eliminating line costs.
SEP 23 1949 CBS newscaster Lowell Thomas, 57, injures his leg when thrown from a horse while vacationing in the Himalaya mountains.
SEP 23 1951 CBS-TV stages a 13 hour fund raiser led by Ed Sullivan woven into regular programming and generates $200,000 for the Crusade For Freedom and its support for Radio Free Europe. The 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. portion was the first entertainment programming to be broadcast on transcontinental television.
SEP 23 1952 The Republican National Committee spends $75,000 to buy time on CBS, Mutual and NBC-TV for California Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Richard Nixon’s famous Checkers speech - later reported by Nielsen to have registered a 48.9 television rating.
SEP 24 1933 The American Album of Familiar Music, on the air since 1931, moves to 9:30 p.m. Sunday on NBC where it will remain for 13 seasons. (See Hummert’s Musical Mystery and Gus Haenschen.)
SEP 24 1934 WDAS/Philadelphia goes 100% foreign language after 7:30 p.m. nightly with programs in German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Slovak and Ukranian.
SEP 24 1935 Transradio Press positions a reporter with a portable shortwave transmitter near ringside at the Joe Louis vs. Max Baer non-title fight in Yankee Stadium to provide blow-by-blow reports relayed to its client stations.
SEP 24 1937 King-Trendle Broadcasting signs a contract with Republic Pictures to produce one feature film and a 15 chapter serial based on The Lone Ranger. (See The Lone Ranger and Radio Goes To The Movies.)
SEP 24 1938 The National Independent Broadcasters representing non-network stations signs a standard two year agreement with the American Federation of Musicians.
SEP 24 1939 Pioneer radio newsman Floyd Gibbons, 52, dies of a heart attack.
SEP 24 1939 Lawrence Tibbett, Grace Moore, Gladys Swarthout, Marian Anderson, Richard Crooks and John Charles Thomas are booked as soloists with Detroit Symphony after sponsor Henry Ford demands that his Sunday evening concerts on CBS feature only American artists.
SEP 24 1939 A Sunday afternoon fire in the fifth floor Radio City television studios of NBC destroys $10,000 in equipment.
SEP 24 1940 President Roosevelt creates the Defense Communication Board to plan the role of radio in national defense, but prohibits it from any censorship activity or taking over broadcasting facilities.
SEP 24 1941 The U.S. Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs begins the weekly distribution of 40,000 U.S.shortwave schedules in South American countries to promote listenership in the propaganda war with Nazi Germany.
SEP 24 1942 Glenn Miller’s orchestra performs its last Moonlight Serenade on CBS before Miller enters the Army Air Force. (See In The Miller Mood.)
SEP 24 1942 As the AFM ban against recordings continues, U.S. Senate votes unanimously to investigate the union and its president, James Petrillo. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 24 1942 U.S. Censorship Board prohibits fund raising radio shows selling War Bonds from identifying bond purchasers or amounts pledged as they might be a vehicle for coded messages.
SEP 24 1944 Mutual’s musical game show, What’s The Name of That Song? begins its four season run.
SEP 24 1945 After three seasons on Blue, The Wander Company’s Ovaltine switches its weekday afternoon kids’ serial Captain Midnight from ABC back to Mutual. (See Serials, Cereals & Premiums.)
SEP 24 1945 Emerson Drug and its ad agency McCann-Erickson make a landmark spot radio buy for Bromo Seltzer of 2,000 one-minute commercials per week on 180 Keystone (transcribed) Network affiliates.
SEP 24 1945 WNEW/New York City buys the syndicated Easy Aces from Ziv Productions for nightly broadcast at 7:45. (See Easy Aces and Fred Ziv - King of Syndication.)
SEP 24 1946 As 68 NABET engineers at Westinghouse owned KYW/Philadelphia, KDKA/Pittsburgh, WBZ/Boston and WBZA/Springfield go on strike, the union demands that NBC stop feeding programs to the stations.
SEP 24 1947 Bill Paley returns from his seven week European honeymoon to re-assume control of CBS.
SEP 24 1947 Bandleader Guy Lombardo signs a three year contract with Ziv to produce 156 transcribed half hour programs for $156,000 annually. (See Guy Lombardo and Fred Ziv - King of Syndication.)
SEP 24 1948 A last minute flood of briefs is filed with the FCC in opposition to the Commission’s “anti-giveaway” ruling, characterized by ABC as, “…arbitrary, capricious and beyond the jurisdiction of the Commission.”
SEP 24 1950 Fred Allen, 56, makes his television debut on NBC-TV’s Colgate Comedy Hour and scores a 33.9 rating in a special four city ARB survey against a 27.9 for Ed Sullivan’s Toast of The Town on CBS-TV. (See The Feud.)
SEP 24 1950 NBC Radio and Television present a half-hour preview of Irving Berlin’s new Broadway musical, Call Me Madam, which the network financed in return for broadcast and recording rights. But star Ethel Merman was in Boston and unable to appear.
SEP 24 1951 Pioneer soap opera The Story of Mary Marlin, off the air for six years, is revived for a 39 week run on ABC’s weekday afternoon schedule.
SEP 24 1951 Louis Cowan sells CBS ten-year rights to The Quiz Kids for $2,500 a week, twice that amount every week the program is fully sponsored on radio and television. (See The Quiz Kids.)
SEP 24 1951 R.J. Reynolds’ Camel cigarettes signs Bob Hawk, 43, to a new three-year contract guaranteeing the CBS quizmaster a total reported to be, “…more than $1.0 Million.”
SEP 24 1951 Columnist/commentator Drew Pearson’s $5.1 Million conspiracy trial against Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy and ten others opens in Washington, D.C. with Pearson claiming McCarthy’s speech urging a boycott of his sponsors cost him $150,000.
SEP 25 1933 CBS begins programming two five-minute newscasts a day, Monday through Saturday at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m., sponsored by General Mills.
SEP 25 1933 Kids’ serial Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters begins its 18 season multi-network run on NBC. (See Serials, Cereals & Premiums.)
SEP 25 1933 Ed Wynn’s Amalgamated Broadcasting System debuts over 14 eastern seaboard stations with a four hour inaugural program from WBNX/New York City that is criticized for its disorganization and high level of technical noise.
SEP 25 1933 The University of Minnesota refuses to let a St. Paul brewery sponsor broadcasts of its football games.
SEP 25 1933 Lee DeForest signs a three year contract renewal with General Patents Co. granting it use of all of his television patents for a $25,000 annual retainer plus royalties.
SEP 25 1934 NBC’s second oldest program, Soconyland Sketches, leaves the air after seven years and 378 episodes.
SEP 25 1935 WLS/Chicago resumes its threat to leave the Blue Network if its compen-sation to carry network programs isn’t increased “substantially.”
SEP 25 1936 WMAL/Washington, D.C., successfully demonstrates a “solar powered” battery to transmit the station’s signal for engineers while an announcer explains the process to listeners.
SEP 25 1936 Kraft Cheese gives rural comic Bob Burns a raise from $550 to $1,750 a week to continue as Bing Crosby’s stooge on NBC’s Kraft Music Hall - for which Crosby is paid $3,000 per week. (See Bob Burns & Thursday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 25 1939 WLW/Cincinnati asks the U.S. Supreme Court to consider its appeal to return to 500,000 watts of power.
SEP 25 1939 The Cincinnati Times-Star buys WKRC/Cincinnati from CBS for $275,000. WKRC joins Mutual and WCKY becomes Cincinnati’s CBS affiliate.
SEP 25 1939 NBC attempts a five minute series of newscasts from Berlin at 7:25 p.m., but drops the idea after one broadcast.
SEP 25 1940 The Communist Party complains to the FCC that eight Blue Network stations refuse to sell it time for political speeches.
SEP 25 1940 George Gerhardi, former Director of German Programs for WPEN/ Philadelphia, fired in 1937 as a Nazi agent and since 1939 broadcasting shortwave propaganda from Berlin, is stripped of his U.S. citizenship.
SEP 25 1942 A new trade group, American Broadcasters Association, is formed in Chicago by stations dissatisfied with personnel actions of the National Association of Broadcasters.
SEP 25 1942 Mutual boasts the largest network ever assembled for a weekly commercial program for its two year old Double Or Nothing on 204 stations. (See Mutual Led The Way.)
SEP 25 1943 A sustaining program for 13 years, CBS children’s program Let’s Pretend opens its 14th season with a sponsor, Cream of Wheat cereal. (See Let's Pretend.)
SEP 25 1943 CBS launches a fall season promotional campaign valued at “...almost a million dollars,” involving radio spots, newspaper ads, direct mail and car cards in its 119 affiliate cities.
SEP 25 1944 The Blue Network changes its corporate identity to The American Broadcasting Company.
SEP 25 1944 ABC Vice President Ed Kobak tells the press that the former Blue Network plans to spend $7.0 Million for expansion of television and building an FM network because, “…FM will someday displace AM.”
SEP 25 1946 WIRA/Fort Pierce, Florida, becomes the 1,000th AM station licensed by the FCC.
SEP 25 1946 Mutual correspondent Royal Arch Gunnison, 37, is killed in the crash of a Royal Air Force plane in Hong Kong.
SEP 25 1946 CBS rejects a $5,000 giveaway stunt proposed for the Joan Davis sitcom Joanie’s Tea Room, in which five dollar bills with lucky serial numbers would be placed in circulation, each with a $1,000 bounty.
SEP 25 1946 Sponsor Pabst Beer offers $2,500 prize money in a contest for NBC affiliates providing local promotion for the brewery’s new Eddie Cantor program.
SEP 25 1946 Breakfast Club host Don McNeill debuts Don McNeill’s Dinner Club Wednesday nights on WBKB(TV)/Chicago.
SEP 25 1947 AFM President James Petriillo rules that members cannot play on network co-op programs including the new Abbot & Costello Show on ABC,, the Joan Davis Show on CBS and Mutual’s Parkyakarkas Show. The ban also prohibits any musical programs offered to stations on a co-op basis. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 25 1949 CBS previews it’s “Five Million Dollar Dream Roster” that begins the following Sunday night as Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy, Red Skelton and Amos & Andy all appear as guests on Jack Benny’s program. (See Sunday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 25 1949 After three years on CBS, sponsor Wildroot Cream Oil moves The Adventures of Sam Spade to NBC. (See The Curse of Dashiell Hammett.)
SEP 25 1949 Sun Oil begins its sponsorship of 15 National Football League games on ABC-TV to be broadcast in twelve non-NFL cities and league cities that don’t have games that conflict with the televised matches.
SEP 25 1950 WQQW/Washington, D.C., repudiates the accusation by Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy that , “…the station appears to be completely under Communist control,” by citing factual falsehoods in the charges.
SEP 25 1950 The weekday afternoon, Kate Smith Show variety hour debuts on NBC-TV at 4:00 p.m. (See Kate’s Great Song.)
SEP 25 1950 Lever Brothers complains to CBS about Philip Morris’ plans to slot Horace Heidt’s Youth Opportuny Program immediately after its Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts in violation of Lever’s Monday night exclusivity agreement for talent competitions.
SEP 25 1952 General Foods signs a $2.0 Million contract to sponsor Bob Hope in a weekday 15 minute radio commentary in addition to his weekly Wednesday night half hour radio show.
SEP 25 1953 The American Dairy Association picks up sponsorship of Bob Hope’s weekly 30 minute radio show and moves it to Friday, but General Foods keeps Hope’s weekday quarter hour.
SEP 25 1953 Capitol Records reports shipping 600,000 copies of Stan Freberg’s spoof of Dragnet - St. George & The Dragonet - within twelve days of its release. (See Jack Webb‘s Dragnet.)
SEP 25 1953 The Liberace Show is sold in its 100th television market and reaches $1.0 Million in revenues after for six months in syndication.
SEP 26 1930 United Artists Pictures pays Eddie Cantor $7,000 to appear with Guy Lombardo’s orchestra in a special CBS hour promoting Cantor’s first talking picture, Whoopee!, opening the next day. (See Radio Goes To The Movies.)
SEP 26 1933 The Washingon Star retaliates against CBS establishing a news bureau and broadcasting daily newscasts by banning the network’s program listings and any mention of CBS-owned WJSV.
SEP 26 1935 Elliot Roosevelt, 27 year old son of FDR, is appointed President of the five station Southwest Broadcasting Co.
SEP 26 1936 Early quiz show Uncle Jim’s Question Bee begins its five year multi-network run.
SEP 26 1936 Controversial Detroit priest Charles Coughlin’s speech at Philadelphia’s Municipal Stadium is broadcast by local stations WCAU and WFIL. (See Father Coughlin.)
SEP 26 1937 Orson Welles, 22, debuts as Lamont Cranston aka The Shadow on Mutual. Welles leaves after two seasons but the program continues for a legendary 18 year run. (See The Shadow Nos.)
SEP 26 1937 Cleveland stations switch networks - WHK from CBS to Blue and WGAR from Blue to CBS.
SEP 26 1937 The Don Lee Network - Pacific Coast branch of Mutual - grows to 24 affiliates with the addition of twelve stations in Washington and Oregon.
SEP 26 1938 NBC issues a lengthy code covering all juvenile programs that prohibits cliff hangers along with gunfire, horror, voicing of pain, fear or dying, vulgarity, violence or disrespect of the law or authority, .
SEP 26 1938 Jack Benny and Mary Livingston host Lux Radio Theater for one broadcast when regular host Cecil B. DeMille stars in the program’s adaptation of Seven Keys To Baldpate. (See Lux…Presents Hollywood!)
SEP 26 1938 NBC opens 24 hour shortwave service to Latin America to compliment its fulltime service to Europe.
SEP 26 1938 The 1938 edition of Who’s Who adds four new names from Network Radio: Edgar Bergen, Jack Benny, Bob Burns and Frances Langford.
SEP 26 1939 NBC’s Pot O Gold becomes the first big giveaway program, awarding listeners $1,000 money), for answering their telephones when called by hosts Ben Grauer and Horace Heidt. (See First Season Phenoms.)
SEP 26 1939 Bob Hope opens his new season on NBC with Judy Garland added to his cast. (See Tuesday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 26 1939 Bandleader Artie Shaw leaves his Wednesday night show on Blue for Old Gold cigarettes when the sponsor’s agency, Lennen & Mitchell, reprimands him for calling his fans, “morons.”
SEP 26 1941 WPTZ-TV/Philadelphia broadcasts the first televised night football game, Kansas vs. Temple.
SEP 26 1942 Glenn Miller’s band makes its last commercial broadcast on Coca-Cola’s Spotlight Bands on Blue. from Passaic, New Jersey’s Central Theater. (See In The Miller Mood and Spotlight Bands.)
SEP 26 1943 The Hollywood Bond Cavalcade tour of film and radio stars returns to Los Angeles after its 10,000 mile, 15 city train trip with bond sales for the Third War Loan campaign totaling $1.1 Billion.
SEP 26 1945 Continuing the trend of newspaper-broadcasting cross-ownership the Philadelphia Inquirer buys WFIL AM-FM/Philadelphia for $1.9 Million and the Boston Herald-Traveler buys WHDH/Boston for $850,000;
SEP 26 1947 The Continental FM Network defies musicians union chief Petrillo’s ban and continues its Treasury of Music broadcasts with non-union musicians. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 26 1947 President Truman appears on the Community Chest Salute program starring Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour and James Stewart on all four national networks.
SEP 26 1948 DuMont’s Original Amateur Hour becomes network television’s first coast-to-coast commercial broadcast reaching six East Coast stations live and Cleveland, Chicago and Los Angeles stations by kinescope recording. (See Dr. DuMont's Predictions.)
SEP 26 1949 WGN/Chicago begins all-night programming with Erving Victor’s five-hour disc jockey show sponsored by The Mail Order Network, a “per-inquiry” advertiser who pays the station a commission for each sale generated by the program.
SEP 26 1949 The first FCC hearings are held dealing with competing color television systems.
SEP 26 1949 DuMont Laboratories opens its 480,000 square foot factory in East Paterson, New Jersey, capable of turning out a new television set every 22 seconds. (See Dr. DuMont's Predictions.)
SEP 26 1951 Variety reports that NBC’s Kate Smith has tied Arthur Godfrey on CBS as commercial broadcasting’s most profitable personality, each responsible for $12.0 Million in annual billings. (See The Gold In The Golden Age.)
SEP 26 1951 Detective series The Fat Man is cancelled after a five year run on ABC. (See The Curse of Dashiell Hammett.)
SEP 26 1951 Comedy panel show It Pays To Be Ignorant is cancelled after a nine year mullti-network run. (See It Pays To Be Ignorant.)
SEP 26 1951 Syndicator Lang-Worth announces the sale of Orson Welles’ transcribed series The Lives of Harry Lime in 18 countries.
SEP 26 1952 Operatic movie star Mario Lanza, 31, leaves Network Radio after one season on CBS for Coca-Cola.
SEP 27 1931 Bandleader Wayne King, 30, begins his nine season run of The Lady Esther Serenade often running concurrently on NBC and CBS - placing three separate half hours in the 1936-37 Top 50. (See The Waltz King on this site.)
SEP 27 1933 Sterling Drugs’ Waltz Time begins its 15 season run on NBC, (See Frank Munn’s Golden Voice.)
SEP 27 1935 KTRH/Houston announcer Harry Grier’s man on the street interviews are interrupted by a banker’s suicide leap from a 10th story hotel window to the nearby sidewalk.
SEP 27 1936 The Yankee Network begins operations on eleven New England stations anchored by WNAC/Boston and the co-owed Colonial Network opens with another eleven New England affiliates anchored by WABB/Boston.
SEP 27 1936 Standard Brands replaces The Original Amateur Hour on NBC Sunday nights with The Goodwill Court which also continues its Wednesday night run on WMCA/New York City. (See The 1936-37 Season and Network Jumpers.)
SEP 27 1937 Four of the five Pan American frequencies reserved for U. S. Government shortwave operation go on the auction block under FCC supervision.
SEP 27 1938 FCC singles out Blue affiliate WTCN/Minneapolis-St. Paul to defend its license against charges of profanity for carrying the network’s July 28th dramatization of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize winning Beyond The Horizon.
SEP 27 1938 Bob Hope, 35, begins his highly rated 12 year run on NBC’s Tuesday night schedule. (See Tuesday’s All Time Top Ten and Hope From Home.)
SEP 27 1940 FCC determines the 625 Trade Areas within the United States to be served by the 35 FM broadcasting channels.
SEP 27 1940 Death Valley Days, Network Radio’s oldest dramatic series, celebrates its 10th anniversary on Blue with a full hour program.
SEP 27 1940 The Democratic National Committee buys 30 minutes on Blue at 9:30 p.m. ET for a campaign broadcast featuring Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry Wallace, Katherine Hepburn, Thornton Wilder and Edna Ferber.
SEP 27 1942 Edgar Bergen originates his Chase & Sanborn Hour from the U.S. Naval Academy with subsequent Sunday night shows scheduled from West Point and the Marine training base at Quantico, Virginia. (See Sunday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 27 1943 Bill Henry replaces Cecil Brown on the CBS nightly newscast at 8:55 p.m. after Brown quit over the network’s policy forbidding editorial comment. (See Multiple Runs All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 27 1943 CBS and NBC ban the British song, I’m Going To Get All Lit Up When The Lights Go On Again In London, because the lyrics, “…are too encouraging to drinking.”
SEP 27 1943 Information Please is broadcast before a sell-out audience of 3,277at Newark’s Mosque Theater and sells a record $277.4 Million in War Bonds - of which $275 Million is contributed by local businesses. (See Information Please.)
SEP 27 1944 AFRA proposes a 10% raise for talent in new contracts with networks and transcription companies.
SEP 27 1946 Weekday serial Bachelor’s Children is cancelled after a ten consecutive year multi-network run.
SEP 27 1946 Union engineers at NBC/Chicago disconnect the southern leg of the net-work for nine minutes in a show of support for striking Westinghouse station engineers.
SEP 27 1946 NBC offers four weekday newscasts for local co-op sales: World News Roundup each morning, Robert McCormick’s afternoon new analysis and News of The World and H.V. Kaltenborn Edits The News every evening. ISee Multiple Runs All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 27 1948 FCC tells broadcasters that although Congress ruled lottery prosecution is the authority of the Justice Department, the Commission can still deny license renewals to stations that break its rules.
SEP 27 1948 Contrary to the FCC’s highly publicized mail count of several hundred cards and letters against giveaway programs, a University of Wichita survey of 6,600 Kansas listeners runs 80% in favor of them.
SEP 27 1948 President Truman’s local appearance is the first television event seen on WBAP-TV/Fort Worth but the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s first station doesn’t begin regular programming for another two days.
SEP 27 1949 Advertisers attending the Premium Advertising Association meeting in New York City that the use of premiums as sales incentives has become a $1.0 Billion annual business. (See Serials, Cereals & Premiums.)
SEP 27 1949 FCC begins its color television hearings to determine its future while 200,000 new black & white receivers are sold every month.
SEP 27 1949 The Radio Manufacturers’ Association, representing all television set makers except Admiral, flatly reject the CBS color system for its incompatibility.
SEP 27 1950 President Truman signs a supplemental defense bill granting $41.3 Million to create six new powerful shortwave stations for Voice of America broadcasts.
SEP 27 1950 Pabst Beer pays $125,000 for radio and television rights to the Joe Louis vs. Ezzard Charles Heavyweight Championship fight on CBS, won by Charles in a unanimous 15-round decision. The match scores a 64.8 rating on CBS-TV in the twelve Eastern cities surveyed by C.E. Hooper.
SEP 27 1951 R.J. Reynolds Tobacco signs a three year contract with CBS quiz show host Bob Hawk guaranteeing a total salary of $1.0 Million to host Camel Cigarettes’ Bob Hawk Show.
SEP 27 1952 Arlene Francis and Bill Cullen begin their one-year run with the CBS Saturday afternoon game show Fun For All.
SEP 27 1952 The four radio networks carry the United Community Campaign all-star kickoff hour hosted by Ronald Reagan and featuring an address by President Truman.
SEP 27 1953 Bing Crosby evicts Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy from the coveted 8:00 p.m. Sunday timeslot on CBS.
SEP 27 1953 Longtime NBC affiliates WTAR AM&TV/Norfolk,Virginia, switch to CBS.
SEP 27 1953 WXYZ-TV/Detroit premieres Mello-D Roundup hosted by Judge Colt - stage name of J.D. Beemer, the adult son of Network Radio’s Lone Ranger, Brace Beemer. (See The Lone Ranger.)
SEP 28 1936 WOL/Washington affiliates with Mutual as the network opens a news bureau in the capital.
SEP 28 1936 Bess Flynn’s soap opera Bachelor’s Children opens its ten year multi-network run from Chicago on CBS.
SEP 28 1939 Rudy Vallee performs his last NBC broadcast for Standard Brands, his Thursday night sponsor for ten seasons. (See Thursday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 28 1941 Coca-Cola debuts its Sunday afternoon half hour Pause That Refreshes classical music show on CBS, paying soprano Lily Pons $5,000 to appear as its first guest star.
SEP 28 1941 Blue Network stations on the West Coast begin Sunday night transcribed rebroadcasts of Jack Benny’s program first heard at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time on NBC. (See Benny’s Double Plays and Sunday At Seven.)
SEP 28 1942 Noted news analyst Raymond Gram Swing leaves Mutual after eight years for Blue - veteran Blue newsman Raymond Clapper is named his replacement..
SEP 28 1942 The NAB publishes The C Is For Caesar, a booklet stating its case against the AFM and its leader, James Caesar Petrillo. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 28 1942 WNEW/New York City disc jockey Martin Block is credited with helping sell $60,000 in War Bonds by offering a free recording of Spike Jones’ Der Fuehrer’s Face! to listeners who bought $50 bonds.
SEP 28 1942 CBS sitcom Blondie admits studio audiences for the first time in three seasons, giving ticket priority to Armed Forces personnel. (See Bloonn…dee!)
SEP 28 1942 Ben Bernie and Gracie Fields host Back ‘Em Up, America! a late night all-star variety show selling War Bonds, originating at WGN and broadcast on seven Chicago stations.
SEP 28 1943 NBC’s Truth Or Consequences reports receiving 15,000 letters containing pledges to buy $3.5 Million in War Bonds in response to a wounded sailor’s appearance on the show. (See Truth Or Consequences.)
SEP 28 1943 Jack Benny returns from a ten week USO tour entertaining troops in Central Africa, Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, Sicily and Italy.
SEP 28 1945 Danny Kaye begins his second season of Pabst Beer’s Blue Ribbon Town on CBS then leaves for a six week USO tour.
SEP 28 1945 Paramount Pictures releases Duffy’s Tavern, loosely based on the radio show starring Ed Gardner and featuring Bing Crosby plus most every other star at the studio in cameos. (See Duffy Ain’t Here and Radio Goes To The Movies.)
SEP 28 1945 NBC and ABC sign contracts with their 500 NABET engineers granting $21 weekly raises and designating its members as the “platter turners” handling records and transcriptions despite the objections from the AFM.
SEP 28 1946 The National Barn Dance from WLS/Chicago concludes its 13 season multi-network run on NBC.
SEP 28 1947 Mr. District Attorney creator Ed Byron introduces his Adventures of Christopher Wells for a one season run on CBS.
SEP 28 1948 A capacity audience of 1,300 pays ten dollars a ticket at a Spokane theater to see Bing Crosby record his ABC program with proceeds going to the city’s stadium fund.
SEP 28 1949 Bing Crosby’s moves his transcribed half hour variety show from ABC to CBS.
SEP 28 1949 A Gallup Poll is released showing that 83% of its respondents listen to radio giveaway shows. (See Stop The Music!)
SEP 28 1951 ABC announces signing Walter Winchell to a “lifetime” contract - voided four years later. (See Walter Winchell.)
SEP 28 1951 NBC, longtime foe of transcribed programs, stuns observers by purchasing four series, Bright Star, Bold Venture, Favorite Story and The Guy Lombardo Show from Ziv Productions for broadcast on WNBC/New York City. (See Fred Ziv - King of Syndication.)
SEP 28 1951 WSM/Nashville’s artists bureau sues former Hadacol owner Dudley LeBlanc for $20,000 due to Hank Williams and Minnie Pearl for their appearances on the patent medicine’s traveling show. (See Hadacol.)
SEP 28 1951 Bristol-Myers moves Mr. District Attorney to ABC after 12 seasons on NBC.
(See Wednesday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 29 1935 Phil Baker replaces the late Will Rogers as host of Gulf Headliners, re-titled The Great American Tourist, beginning three successful seasons on CBS at $4,000 per week.
SEP 29 1935 Original Mutual network station WXYZ/Detroit becomes a Blue network affiliate but continues to feed The Lone Ranger to Mutual until 1942. Mutual replaces WXYZ with CKLW/Windsor, Ontario. Former Blue affiliate WJR replaces CKLW as Detroit’s CBS affiliate and increases its power to 50,000 watts.. (See The Lone Ranger.)
SEP 29 1935 RCA debuts The Magic Key on Blue, a 60 minute Sunday afternoon potpourri of elaborate proportions with shortwave pickups from foreign lands, ocean vessels and aircraft plus top musical attractions from around America. (See The Magic Key.)
SEP 29 1936 The Democratic National Committee buys the entire NBC network except KFI/Los Angeles for an FDR campaign speech, considered retribution for the Earle Anthony station refusing a recent Fireside Chat address.
SEP 29 1938 NBC’s Max Jordan scoops the competition by 46 minutes with his report of the Munich Conference agreement by France, Great Britain and Italy to cede parts of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany. (See The 1938-39 Season.)
SEP 29 1938 Ezra Stone debuts as Henry Aldrich in the first of Aldrich Family skits on Kate Smith’s CBS variety hour. (See The Aldrich Family.)
SEP 29 1940 Mutual begins service to Utah’s Intermountain Network comprised of KLO/Salt Lake City-Ogden, KOVO/ Provo and KEUB/Price.
SEP 29 1940 Audience participation quiz Double Or Nothing begins its 14 year multi-network run on Mutual.
SEP 29 1940 KFJI/Klamath Falls, Oregon, becomes Mutual’s 150th affiliate.
SEP 29 1941 The National Independent Broadcasters adopts a reorganization with elected representatives from each state and territory.
SEP 29 1941 Chet Lauck & Norris Goff and begin a six season run of Lum & Abner on Blue in four quarter hour installments a week.
SEP 29 1941 Mutual draws a 54.1 CAB rating for the Joe Louis vs. Lou Nova Heavy-weight Championship fight which Gillette also broadcasts to South America and Europe through GE shortwave stations WGEO, WGEA and WRUL.
SEP 29 1942 The Internal Revenue Service confirms its questionable ruling that advertising funds are tax deductible.
SEP 29 1942 Bandleader Harry James, 26, replaces Glenn Miller on the CBS quarter hour Chesterfield Time for two season run. (See In The Miller Mood.)
SEP 29 1943 Art Baker sues People Are Funny producer John Guedel for wrongful termination as host of the program. (See People Are Funny and A John Guedel Production.)
SEP 29 1944 The U.S. House Select Committee To Investigate The FCC issues subpoenas to all networks for transcripts of all newscasts between June 1 and September 29 for reviews of bias.
SEP 29 1944 NBC and Gillette present the first of televised Friday night fight on WNBT(TV)/New York City and relay the Willie Pep vs. Chalky Wright match to WRGB(TV)/Schenectady and WPTZ(TV)/ Philadelphia.
SEP 29 1946 The end of Daylight Saving Time for the year concludes the pioneering 22 weeks of transcribing and rebroadcasting 1,848 hours of network programs by ABC’s Central Division to accommodate stations remaining on Standard Time.
SEP 29 1946 After four years on ABC, Miles Laboratories moves its Quiz Kids to NBC’s Sunday afternoon schedule. (See The Quiz Kids.)
SEP 29 1946 Married couple Phil Harris & Alice Faye debut their sitcom in Fitch Bandwagon‘s Sunday NBC timeslot at 7:30 p.m. beginning an eight season run.
SEP 29 1947 NBC moves Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians weekday show back one hour from 11:00 to 10:00 a.m. and away from the competition of ABC’s Breakfast In Hollywood and Arthur Godfrey Time on CBS.
SEP 29 1947 Lowell Thomas leaves NBC & Blue after 15 years and moves his nightly newscast to CBS. (See Multiple Runs All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 29 1947 CBS drops the weeknight Red Barber sports commentary due to poor co-op sales and fills the 5:45 p.m. timeslot with the newly acquired Lum & Abner, moved after four years on ABC by sponsor Miles Laboratories.
SEP 29 1947 CBS Vice President of Public Affairs Edward R. Murrow leaves that position to begin his twelve years of weeknight newscasts on the network.
SEP 29 1947 General Electric opens a microwave relay giving its WRGB(TV)/Schenec-tady live television to and from New York, Philadelphia and Washington.
SEP 29 1948 The Original Amateur Hour returns to Network Radio on ABC with host Ted Mack, a longtime associate of the late Major Edward Bowes.
SEP 29 1948 WSB-TV/Atlanta becomes the South’s first television station.
SEP 29 1949 Congress approves a 50% pay raise for FCC commissioners to $15,000 per year.
SEP 29 1950 A.C. Nielsen blames television’s impact for its September rating of Network Radio’s Number One show, Lux Radio Theater, which it measures to have lost 6.0 Million listeners since September, 1949. (See Radio's Rulers: Crossley, Hooper & Nielsen.)
SEP 29 1950 President Truman, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball and Art Linkletter headline The Red Feather Roundup, kicking off the Community Chest campaign on the four coast-to-coast radio networks.
SEP 29 1950 Led by RCA, the television set manufacturing industry overwhelmingly rejects the FCC decision to adopt the CBS color system.
SEP 29 1951 Transcontinental live television begins as NBC-TV’s Saturday night shows - The All Star Revue, Your Show of Shows and Your Hit Parade - become the first regularly scheduled commercial television programs to be transmitted from coast to coast.
SEP 29 1951 Brad Barker, Network Radio’s foremost impersonator of animal sounds - sometimes appearing on 20 shows per week - dies in New York at 68.
SEP 29 1952 Eddie Cantor, 60, suffers a mild heart attack after his Colgate Comedy Hour on NBC-TV.
SEP 29 1952 Henry Morgan begins a nightly three-hour, midnight to 3:00 a.m. interview show from Hutton’s Restaurant on WMGM/New York City while maintaining his nightly commentary on WJZ
SEP 30 1929 Chicago’s National Farm & Home Hour begins its 29 year run - 16 seasons as a six day a week noontime program on Blue/ABC followed by 13 seasons as a Saturday afternoon feature on NBC.
SEP 30 1930 Newscaster Lowell Thomas, 38, begins his 46 year multi-network career on NBC's Blue Network. (See Multiple Runs All Time Top Ten on this site.)
SEP 30 1930 Western anthology Death Valley Days begins its 14 year, multi-network run under that title.
SEP 30 1932 ASCAP agrees to a new three year contract with 130 newspaper owned stations granting them a 1/3 rate reduction - an estimated $400,000 total - in return for “the promotion and support” given music by the print media.
SEP 30 1933 The National Barn Dance from WLS/Chicago begins its 17 year multi-network run on Blue.
SEP 30 1935 A&P Stores presents a free, two hour non-broadcast vaudeville show headlined by Kate Smith for 15,000 dealers and employees at Madison Square Garden.
SEP 30 1937 Kate Smith begins her successful seven year series of hour-long CBS variety shows for General Foods. (See Kate’s Great Song.)
SEP 30 1938 All networks carry British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s infamous “Peace In Our Time” boast after signing the Munich agreement.
SEP 30 1938 CBS and NBC report a combined total of 914 broadcasts covering the three week European crisis.
SEP 30 1939 The first collegiate football game, Fordham vs. Waynesburg, is televised by NBC‘s W2XBS/New York.
SEP 30 1940 After nine years as head of NBC’s Program Department, John F. Royal is replaced by Sid Strotz, General Manager of the network’s Chicago office.
SEP 30 1940 Crossley‘s CAB rating service announces increasing the size of its annual sampling from 509,000 calls to 700.000. (See Radio's Rulers: Crossley, Hooper & Nielsen,)
SEP 30 1940 Kids’ serial Captain Midnight opens its nine season multi-network run on Mutual. (See Serials, Cereals & Premiums.)
SEP 30 1941 Noted songwriters Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen withdraw from ASCAP and release their new material through BMI.
SEP 30 1941 Representatives of the government, Rockefeller Foundation and manu-facturers meet to discuss former NBC President Miles Aylesworth’s idea to flood South America with low cost radios to pick up U.S. shortwave broadcasts.
SEP 30 1941 Sponsor Johnson Wax adds 30 stations to NBC’s network for Fibber McGee & Molly resulting in one of the largest commercial networks ever assembled for a regularly scheduled program - 129 stations. (See Fibber McGee Minus Molly and Tuesday’s All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 30 1942 Gillette sponsors Mutual’s coverage of the World Series on over 300 U.S. and Canadian stations plus on shortwave to Armed Forces overseas. Transcriptions of the broadcasts are also sent to 500 overseas military camps unable to pick up the shortwave broadcasts.
SEP 30 1942 Mel Allen, 29, joins Red Barber in Mutual’s World Series coverage, replac-ing Bob Elson who left for World War II duty with the Navy.
SEP 30 1942 Eddie Cantor’s Time To Smile featuring Dinah Shore and Bert Gordon on NBC begins a two month schedule of originating from West Coast military bases.
SEP 30 1942 A faulty line connection to the Blue Network from a Milwaukee ballroom is blamed for the complete loss of Coca Cola’s Spotlight Bands broadcast featuring the Sammy Kaye orchestra. (See Spotlight Bands.)
SEP 30 1943 Decca, World and Empire Records sign with the AFM, guaranteeing a royalty for every disc pressed. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 30 1943 New York Congressman Martin Kennedy proposes a Constitutional amendment that, “Congress shall make no law that abridges the freedom of speech by radio or wire communication.”
SEP 30 1944 Television advertising for Ingersoll Watches, Textron and Carter Undergarments, Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics and McCall’s magazine is demonstrated in a 75 minute program for department store executives by WRGB(TV)/Schenectady.
SEP 30 1945 Acting on orders from musicians union boss James Petrillo, Artie Shaw’s orchestra refuses to appear on NBC’s Fitch Bandwagon due to labor disputes at the network’s New Orleans and Chattanooga affiliates.
SEP 30 1946 U.S. Government files charges of breaking four federal laws against musicians union boss James Petrillo for his calling a strike against WAAF/Chicago. (See Petrillo!)
SEP 30 1946 CBS introduces Showcase Time, a short series of half-hour exposures for network developed shows on weekdays at 5:30 and 11:30 p.m.
SEP 30 1946 The Radio Manufacturers’ Association reports that 3,242 television sets were manufactured in September, a sharp increase from the mere 225 during the first eight months of the year.
SEP 30 1947 Mutual boasts over 564 stations carrying its World Series broadcasts in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Armed Forces Radio.
SEP 30 1947 Ford and Gillette pay $65,000 for the first television rights to the World Series, broadcast on all eight East Coast stations affiliated with NBC, CBS and DuMont.
SEP 30 1947 General Foods underwrites a five week test of Mutual’s Meet The Press on WNBT(TV)/New York City.
SEP 30 1948 FCC orders a “temporary” freeze of “...six to nine months or possibly longer” on 303 new television station construction permits pending before it but not affecting the 37 existing stations or the 86 under construction. (The “temporary” freeze lasts 43 months.)
SEP 30 1948 With the removal of television applications, the FCC announces an eight month hearing agenda of 238 new AM and FM station applications.
SEP 30 1949 Future CBS 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney is paired with humorist Charlie Slocum to write material for Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts.
SEP 30 1949 AVCO’s Crosley Broadcasting, which bought WINS/New York from Hearst Broadcasting for $1,700,000 in 1946, sells the station to the owners of WHOM/Jersey City for $512,500.
SEP 30 1949 Manufacturers report a record 224,532 television sets were produced in September.
SEP 30 1950 Mutual Sports Director Paul Jonas is injured in an Ohio private plane crash that killed the pilot.
SEP 30 1950 General Foods moves its transcribed Hopalong Cassidy series from Mutual to CBS for two highly rated seasons.
SEP 30 1950 DuMont Television assembles the largest “live” TV network to date - 41 stations for Notre Dame home football games from South Bend.. (See Dr. DuMont’s Predictions.)
SEP 30 1951 Newscaster Edwin C. Hill, 67, makes his final multi-network move to CBS for a 26 week run on Sunday afternoons.
SEP 30 1951 Phil Harris & Alice Faye’s Sunday night sitcom on NBC is moved up to 8:00 p.m. to give Harris time to commute from his appearances at CBS on Jack Benny’s 7:00 p.m. program. (See Sunday's All Time Top Ten.)
SEP 30 1951 Jim & Marian Jordan as Fibber McGee & Molly, host NBC’s Jubilee Show, the first of three commemorative broadcasts celebrating the network’s 25th anniversary.
SEP 30 1951 Eddie Cantor’s Colgate Comedy Hour on NBC-TV becomes the first commercial television show transmitted live from the West Coast to the rest of the country.
SEP 30 1951 Red Skelton makes his long awaited debut on television with a 30 minute variety show on NBC-TV.
SEP 30 1952 Herb Shriner’s comedy quiz Two For The Money begins its four year multi-network run.
SEP 30 1952 Wyllis-Overland Motors signs a $1.0 Million contract with CBS to sponsor the Sunday afternoon broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic orchestra.
SEP 30 1952 Merlin “Deac” Aylsworth, first President of NBC, dies after a long illness at age 66.
SEP 30 1953 AT&T reports 41 television stations in 35 cities were added to network connections in September, resulting in a total to date of 199 stations in 127 cities.
SEP 30 1953 NBC’s owned and operated television stations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington and Cleveland begin an advertising campaign to promote NBC Radio Network programs in their cities.
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