THIS WEEK IN THE GOLDEN AGE
19 1928 Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll's popular Sam & Henry become Amos & Andy on WMAQ/Chicago. (See Amos & Andy - Twice Is Nicer on this site.)
19 1936 CBS buys KNX/Los Angles for a record breaking price of $1,3 Million, (22.7 Mil in today's money).
19 1942 Freeman Gosden & Charles Correll celebrate 14 years and 3,800 consecutive broadcasts of Amos & Andy. They discontinue their weeknight strip eleven months later.
19 1943 Network clearance departments force a change in the lyrics of the official Merchant Marine song Heave Ho from “damn the submarines” to “down the submarines” before allowing it to be performed.
19 1945 CBS makes three daily newscasts, including The Morning News Roundup, available to affiliates for local sale.
19 1948 NBC informs affiliates that it will duplicate the ABC and CBS plans to transcribe programming and eliminate confusion caused by Daylight Saving time.
19 1948 ABC and Mutual both agree to allow affiliates to simulcast network programs on their FM stations.
19 1949 A half hour of WLS/Chicago’s National Barn Dance returns to ABC for a final encore season.
19 1950 A contestant called at random by ABC’s Stop The Music! identifies himself as the manager of WERC/Erie, Pennsylvania, an NBC affiliate.
19 1951 Syndicator Frederic Ziv reports sales in 400 markets for the company’s Bold Venture series of weekly transcribed dramas starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. (See Bogart & Bacall's Bold Venture and Fred Ziv - King of Syndication on this site.)
19 1953 The 25th annual Academy Awards are simulcast on NBC, the first time the event is seen on television.
20 1940 Billed as, “The first sponsored newscast designed specifically for television,” The Esso Television Reporter, debuts as a Wednesday night feature in NBC’s W2XBS/New York City..
20 1941 CBS matches NBC’s offer and signs Arthur Godfrey to remain with its WJSV/Washington with an hour of his morning program broadcast by WABC/New York. Godfrey also continues his 15 minute transcribed program for Carnation Milk heard in 33 markets three times weekly. (See Arthur Godfrey on this site.)
20 1942 Mutual carries the shortwave broadcast of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s remarks when arriving in Australia after the Japanese invasion of the Philippines.
20 1942 General Mills draws 1.5 Million responses to its Lone Ranger premium offer on Mutual of a “secret compartment ring“ for a ten cents and a Kix cereal box top. (See The Lone Ranger on this site.)
20 1944 Arthur Godfrey begins a transcribed series of 15 minute musical variety programs for Barbasol Shaving Cream broadcast three times weekly in 20 major markets. (See Arthur Godfrey on this site.)
20 1946 The suspended Associated Broadcasting System network reorganizes as the United States Network with a million dollar capitalization and announces plans to begin operations by July 1st.
20 1946 ABC gives 15 minutes of time to segregationist Mississippi congressman John Rankin to answer criticism leveled by commentator Walter Winchell on the network. (See Walter Winchell on this site.)
20 1947 An AFRA strike of on-air talent shuts down San Francisco stations KSFO and KYA for three days.
20 1948 The AFM rescinds its ban on union musicians playing for television programs - CBS, promptly networks the Philadelphia Orchestra from WCAU-TV/Philadelphia to WCBS-TV/New York City. NBC follows 30 minutes later, networking the NBC symphony from WNBT(TV)/New York City to four other cities.
20 1949 Ziv’s transcribed Guy Lombardo Show debuts Wednesday nights on WNBC/New York, breaking the station’s long held ban against recorded programs. (See Fred Ziv - King of Syndication and Guy Lombardo on this site.)
20 1950 WFIL/Philadelphia announces lowering its nighttime radio rates in recognition of television’s popularity.
21 1934 Fred Allen’s Hour of Smiles on NBC becomes the first major program with dual sponsorship - Bristol Myers’ Ipana toothpaste, (“For the smile of beauty”), and Sal Hepatica laxative, (“For the smile of health“).
21 1938 President Roosevelt signs The Wheeler-Lea Bill giving the FTC greater powers to curb false and misleading advertising.
21 1940 ASCAP demands a 70% increase for use of its licensed music - involving 7½% of all network revenues.
21 1941 Mutual and Gillette sign a contract with boxing promoter Mike Jacobs for all bouts from Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium and other New York City venues. The contract had been held by the Blue Network and Adam Hats. Blue parent NBC promptly files suit to prevent the move.
21 1942 General Foods begins limited tests of broadcasting transcribed repeats of its Thursday night NBC sitcom, The Aldrich Family, on Saturday and Sunday mornings in five markets. (See The Aldrich Family and Thursday’s All Time Top Ten on this site.)
21 1942 Publishers of The Washington Times-Herald sue Walter Winchell, Blue and Andrew Jergens Company for $200,000 charging defamation in Winchell’s broadcast of March 15th. (See Walter Winchell on this site.)
21 1943 Orson Welles substitutes for Jack Benny when the comedian is hospitalized with pneumonia.
21 1943 Touring Mexico in fundraising efforts for Mexican Red Cross, Edgar Bergen and his Charlie McCarthy portions of The Chase & Sanborn Hour fed to Hollywood from Mexico City.
21 1945 Mutual cancels its late night dance band remotes originating in New York City to comply with the city’s wartime ban on entertainment past midnight. (See Big Band Remotes on this site.)
21 1946 Marlin Hurt, 40, creator and star of the CBS sitcom Beulah, dies of a heart attack.
21 1946 RCA and the U.S. Navy demonstrate airborne television transmission to the press while Westinghouse announces its Stratovision system to transmit television signals from planes flying at 30,000 feet.
21 1947 Mutual announces the signing of its 409th affiliate.
21 1948 ABC debuts its big prize giveaway show Stop The Music! with host Bert Parks, 34, offering prize packages worth up to an average of $20,000, ($201,500 in today’s money). (See Stop The Music! on this site.)
21 1952 NBC signs a ten year contract for the radio and television rights to the sitcom The Life of Riley.
21 1952 Fire officials shut down the Moondog Coronation Ball rock & roll concert at the Cleveland Arena staged by WJW disc jockey Alan Freed when the overflow crowd of 20,000 creates hazardous conditions.
22 1940 Paramount Pictures releases The Road To Singapore, the first of its eight successful “road” comedies teaming Bing Crosby & Bob Hope.
22 1943 Procter & Gamble returns I Love A Mystery to 15 minute weeknight form on CBS as a 7:00 p.m. ET strip show in the time period formerly occupied by Amos & Andy.
22 1944 AFRS establishes a station on Guadalcanal, less than a month after Japanese forces evacuate.
22 1945 WBKB(TV)/Chicago pioneers an early form of the infomercial - a three and a half minute spot for Red Heart Dog Food titled Herkimer Wins The Red Heart.
22 1948 ABC announces the signing of WFIL-TV/Philadelphia as its first independently owned television network affiliate.
22 1948 Ad agency Foote, Cone & Belding resigns American Tobacco’s Lucky Strike account valued at $12.0 Million annually, after disagreements with management following the 1946 death of George Washington Hill. (See Smoke Gets In Your Ears on this site.)
22 1950 Dr. Allen DuMont opens his company’s new factory and predicts that rectangular picture tubes larger than 19 inches would soon be common. (See Dr. DuMont’s Predictions on this site.)
22 1951 FCC issues its television station allocation plan intended to end the freeze on new stations put into effect in September 1948. The plan also proposes channel changes for 31 existing stations.
22 1952 Longtime Grand Ole Opry star “Uncle Dave” Macon, 81, dies eleven days after his final appearance on the NBC program from WSM/Nashville.
22 1953 NBC-TV’s Colgate Comedy Hour celebrates its 100th show with an all-star revue featuring Bob Hope, Abbott & Costello, Donald O’Connor and Martin & Lewis.
23 1937 WLW/Cincinnati, an original partner in Mutual, announces the founding of a new Quality Group cooperative network with WHN/New York, WFIL/Philadelphia and KQV/Pittsburgh.
23 1939 Edwin Armstrong demonstrates the static-free quality of frequency modulation broadcasts from his transmitters at Alpine, New Jersey and Yonkers, New York.
23 1940 Ralph Edwards begins Truth Or Consequences’ 16 year multi-network run with an audition broadcast over four CBS stations. (See Truth Consequences and
Saturday’s All Time Top Ten on this site.)
23 1942 Mutual and Gillette announce a year’s renewal of their contract with Madison Square Garden boxing promoter Mike Jacobs.
23 1945 CBS newsman Richard C. Hottelet is forced to parachute to safety from a burning Flying Fortress when reporting the Allied armies crossing of the Rhine.
23 1946 Truth Or Consequences celebrates its sixth anniversary with a “Celebrity Masquerade” show starring Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, Rudy Vallee, Dinah Shore and Phil Harris. (See Truth Or Consequences on this site.)
23 1948 A.C. Nielsen unveils its new Audimeter device capable of simultaneously measuring a home’s AM, FM and TV activity.
23 1949 ASCAP’s Television Negotiating Committee says that higher fees will be sought for television use of its music than is charged for radio.
23 1951 Wary of another CBS talent raid, NBC signs Milton Berle, 42, to a 30 year exclusive contract at a reported minimum of $50,000 per year.
23 1952 Citing ill health, Walter Winchell, 55, leaves his highly rated ABC Sunday night program for the season. (See Walter Winchell on this site.)
23 1953 CBS debuts a new promotion campaign with the theme, “America listens to 105 million radios and listens most to the CBS Radio Network.” (See CBS Packages Unwrapped on this site.)
23 1953 Miles Laboratories begins its 30 day offer of a One Man’s Family souvenir booklet picturing the cast of the NBC serial for 25 cents and a Bactine antiseptic box top - resulting in over 255,000 responses.
24 1933 Sixty CBS stations carry the first broadcast of a Congressional hearing.
24 1935 Major Edward Bowes, 61, moves his Original Amateur Hour from WHN/New York City to NBC, beginning an eleven year, two network run. (See Major Bowes’ Original Money Machine on this site.)
24 1943 Due to wartime travel restrictions, Metropolitan Life Insurance cancels its 75th Anniversary Convention replacing it with a one-time gala celebration broadcast on the Blue Network.
24 1944 The four major networks enter a reciprocal agreement with Great Britain’s BBC to share reports of the coming Allied invasion of the European continent. (See D-Day On Radio on this site.)
24 1947 Sun Oil Company begins on-air auditioning of newscasters Alex Drier, George Putnam, Kenneth Banghart and Elmer Peterson as possible replacements for Lowell Thomas who signed with Procter & Gamble.
24 1947 Philco’s WPTZ(TV)/Philadelphia begins a week of carrying 13 programs fed to it by coaxial cable from NBC’s WNBT(TV)/New York City.
24 1948 FCC announces an investigation into alleged slanting of news by G.A. (Dick) Richards’ stations, KMPC/Los Angeles, WJR/Detroit and WGAR/Cleveland.
24 1950 After eight months of debate in Duluth, Minnesota - a market with no television stations - the city council bans television sets from bars on the grounds that it contributes to juvenile delinquency.
24 1952 NBC-TV’s Kukla, Fran & Ollie starring puppeteer Burr Tillstrom and actress Fran Allison, completes its 1,000th telecast.
25 1943 Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore are hastily teamed to substitute for comics Bud Abbott & Lou Costello on NBC when Costello is hospitalized. Durante & Moore remain a successful radio team for five years. (See Goodnight, Mr. Durante on this site.)
25 1946 Full radio coverage and live television reports on NBC-TV is given to the opening session of the United Nations Security Council at New York City’s Hunter College.
25 1947 The Internal Revenue Service drops its heavily criticized plan to levy a 20% amusement tax on bars and restaurants equipped with television sets.
25 1947 Cleveland stations WGAR, WHK, WJW and WTAM drop regular programs and assume emergency status when a blizzard driven by 65 mph winds paralyzes the city.
25 1948 CBS announces the signing of WCAU-TV/Philadelphia as its first television network affiliate.
25 1949 Decca Records founder and former owner of the World Broadcasting System transcription service Jack Kapp, 47, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage.
25 1951 Most of the country’s 107 television stations commemorate Easter by show-ing The Family Theater’s production, Hill Number One.
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26 1935 George Storer’s American Broadcasting Company network - formerly the American Broadcasting System - ceases operations after five months. (See The Original ABC Network on this site.)
26 1937 Telephone company statistics indicate 2,562,837 calls voting for acts were placed to Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour in its first two years of broadcasts. (See Major Bowes’ Original Money Machine on this site.)
26 1939 NBC and CBS carry the live shortwave broadcast of Italian dictator Mussolini’s speech to the Fascist Grand Council in Rome at 5:00 a.m. ET.
26 1943 U.S. Office of War Information estimates the radio industry’s contribution in time and talent in bringing war information to the American public to date totals $86.9 Million, (1.22 Bil in today’s money).
26 1943 The AFM rejects an settlement offer from the recording industry that would add an annual income of $1.5 Million to the union’s unemployment fund, (21 1 Mil in today’s money). (See Petrillo! on this site.)
26 1944 Rep. Martin Dies, Chairman of the House Un-American Activities Committee is given 15 minutes of time on Blue following the Walter Winchell broadcast for rebuttal of Winchell’s criticism of his committee. (See Walter Winchell on this site.)
26 1945 NBC’s John MacVane, accompanying Allied troops, scores a scoop with the first broadcast from the eastern bank of the Rhine.
26 1945 Blue’s popular weekday show Breakfast At Sardi’s becomes Breakfast In Hollywood originating from host Tom Breneman’s new Los Angeles restaurant.
26 1947 The Continental FM Network debuts with a concert by the U.S. Army Air Force band.
26 1948 AFRA signs a new two-year contract with the major networks and tran-scription companies giving the union’s performers a 7½ % raise.
26 1950 Dick Haymes and Jo Stafford succeed the late Buddy Clark as permanent hosts of the Carnation Contented Hour on CBS.
26 1951 Ziv’s syndicated radio series Bold Venture starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall debuts on 423 stations. (See Bogart & Bacall’s Bold Venture on this site.)
26 1951 AFRA’s national board endorses the Screen Actors Guild policy of refusing to support members who “offend” the public with their political beliefs or activities.
26 1952 The Senate Interstate Commerce Committee votes down the Johnson-Case Bill that would prohibit the advertising of alcoholic beverages on radio and television.
26 1953 Estimated at over $1.0 Million and called the “Largest single buy in radio history,” American Airlines purchases 30,000 overnight hours over three years on the CBS stations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Washington.
26 1953 Ziv announces it will begin filming its 13 syndicated television series in both color and black and white until color television becomes common. (See Fred Ziv - King of Syndication on this site.)
26 1953 Admiral Corp. assembles a network of 92 television stations for its inter-city amateur boxing championships.
27 1935 Robert Ripley, creator of newspaper and radio feature Believe It Or Not, sues Fred Ripley of Syracuse, N.Y., for attempting to sell radio stations his program, You Can Believe Ripley.
27 1941 Republic Pictures releases Mr. District Attorney, loosely based on the popular radio series and panned by The New York Times as, “…the worst bad picture of the year.” (See Wednesday’s All Time Top Ten on this site.)
27 1945 Mutual correspondent Don Bell is reported safe in Philippines after missing in action for five days.
27 1945 West Coast Blue Network newsman Gil Martyn misinterprets a White House dispatch and broadcasts the false report that Washington, “…is preparing for word of victory in Europe.”
27 1946 The Associated Broadcasting System fails in attempt to re-start its network and shuts down completely.
27 1946 Michigan Representative Clare Hoffman urges Congress to, “…revoke the license of the American Broadcasting Company,” for disparaging remarks made by Walter Winchell - adding that he’ll, “…deal with Mutual’s Quentin Reynolds in due time.” (See Walter Winchell on this site.)
27 1947 CBS drops its prohibition of transcribed programs on its Pacific Coast network to facilitate a smooth transition to Daylight Saving time.
27 1947 National Association of Broadcasters calls the AFM’s demand for double musicians’ pay for AM-FM simulcast programs to be the “greatest hindrance” to FM’s growth.
27 1949 Legendary television program, Ed Sullivan’s Toast of The Town debuts on CBS-TV.
27 1950 Bob Crosby returns as singing host of Club 15 on CBS five nights a week in addition to his ABC show on Saturday and his Sunday half hour on NBC.
28 1937 Veteran vaudevillian and film actor Eddie Anderson, 32, makes his first appearance on the Jack Benny Program as a train porter. (See Sunday At Seven on this site.)
28 1941 Louella Parsons’ Hollywood Premiere debuts on CBS but leaves the air eight months later when talent unions demand pay for actors appearing on the program.
28 1943 The Shadow is cancelled on Mutual but continues as a transcribed program in 60 markets. (See The Shadow Nos. on this site.)
28 1943 All Chicago stations conclude their 40 day drive to sell $40.0 Million in War Bonds to replace the U.S. Navy cruiser Chicago, sunk in late January. The campaign finishes with $42.0 Million, (589.5 Mil in today’s money).
28 1944 Hal Peary as The Great Gildersleeve hosts a replacement comedy show for Fibber McGee & Molly when Jim Jordan is hospitalized with pneumonia. (See The Great Gildersleeve(s) on this site.)
28 1948 Mickey Rooney debuts as Shorty Bell - a critically acclaimed 13-week newspaper-mystery series on CBS.
28 1949 AFRA rejects a CBS proposal to broadcast recordings of its leading shows during summer months.
28 1949 NBC renews Dr. I.Q. for a tenth season. (See Dr. I.Q. on this site.)
28 1952 The Liberty Broadcasting System closes its New York offices and fires ten employees but President Gordon McClendon claims the network is, “…in the healthiest shape we’ve ever been in.”
29 1932 Jack Benny makes his radio debut on Ed Sullivan’s CBS interview show Little Old New York. (See Sunday At Seven and Sunday’s All Time Top Ten on this site.)
29 1937 Frank & Anne Hummert’s weekday serial Our Gal Sunday begins its 22 season run on CBS.
29 1940 Mexico ratifies The North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement and the FCC orders its provisions to take effect within one year requiring most AM stations in U.S. to change frequencies. (See The March of Change on this site.)
29 1941 The U.S. complies with The North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement - the AM band expands to 1600 kc, and 802 existing stations in the United States change frequencies to reduce interference. Another 500 stations in Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are also affected. (See The March of Change on this site.)
29 1941 XERA, the 500,000 watt station operated by “goat gland” doctor John R. Brinkley in Villa Acuna, Mexico, leaves the air.
29 1948 American Tobacco names Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn, (BBDO), to succeed Foote, Cone & Belding as the advertising agency for Lucky Strike Cigarettes - $9.5 Million of American’s $12.0 Million annual ad budget. (See Smoke Gets In Your Ears on this site.)
29 1949 RCA unveils its long awaited tri-color television picture tube and calls for its adoption by government and industry.
29 1949 California’s Attorney General sues ABC news commentator Drew Pearson tor $300,000 after Pearson alleges he took a bribe from a Long Beach gambler.
29 1949 A Minnesota State Senate committee votes to ban radio stations in the state from broadcasting any crime story, “…either real or fictional.”
29 1953 News commentator Drew Pearson, 55, is cancelled after twelve years on Blue/ABC and announces plans to syndicate his programs on tape to local stations.
30 1938 Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge moves from Mutual to NBC for a successful ten season run. (See Wednesday’s All Time Top Ten on this site.)
30 1939 FCC produces startling evidence that 340 of the country’s 689 radio stations have. “…a community of interest with other licensees through group control, interlocking directorates or multiple ownership.”
30 1940 Popular news reporter/analyst H.V. Kaltenborn leaves CBS after ten years for NBC. (See Multiple Runs All Time Top Ten on this site.)
30 1942 U.S. Office of Facts & Figures enlists 13 top rated Network Radio programs for announcements to combat the wartime rumor of a national coal shortage.
30 1944 Columbia Pictures releases The Whistler, the first of its eight low budget mysteries based on the CBS series. (See The Whistler on this site.)
30 1945 The Goldbergs, a multi-network weekday/weeknight strip since 1931, is broadcast for the final time in 15 minute serial form by CBS.
30 1947 U.S. Treasury Department introduces its long running, 15 minute transcribed series Guest Star to promote the sale of Savings Bonds.
30 1947 William L. Shirer delivers his final 15 minute weekly news commentary on CBS, charging that his cancellation is due to his liberal views.
30 1949 ABC and General Mills agree to a two year contract for the television adaptation of The Lone Ranger. (See The Lone Ranger on this site.)
30 1951 Reports surface of negotiations to sell ABC to International Telephone & Telegraph Corp. for an asking price of $30.0 Million, (280.2 Mil in today’s money).
30 1952 Ziv debuts its syndicated transcribed drama I Was A Communist For The FBI starring Dana Andrews. The 78 episode series is eventually broadcast on over 600 stations. (See Fred Ziv - King of Syndication on this site.)
30 1953 Binaural, (stereo), radio is demonstrated by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute by broadcasting the left side of an orchestral concert over three Albany, New York, radio stations and the right side on four others.
31 1939 Freeman Gosden & Charles Correll leave NBC after eleven years and take their weeknight strip Amos & Andy to CBS. (See Multiple Runs All Time Top Ten on this site.)
31 1941 CBS correspondent Cecil Brown is denied use of Italian broadcasting facilities for his, “Continued hostile attitude toward the Italian Fascist government.”
31 1944 Management of WLS/Chicago denies reports that the 50,000 watt station will be sold to the Blue Network.
31 1945 Those We Love leaves the air after a nomadic seven season run over three networks in nine different timeslots.
31 1946 Mystery/comedy Calamity Jane starring Agnes Moorhead is hastily assembled to fill the vacant 8:00 Sunday time period on CBS left by the sudden death of Beulah’s Marlin Hurt.
31 1947 C.E. Hooper introduces new supplementary diary system to augment telephone coincidental polling in in 74 cities covering 7,500 homes. (See Hooper Was No Easy Target on this site.)
31 1949 Maurice Chevalier returns to Network Radio with the weekly This Is Paris on Mutual, offered to affiliates on a co-op basis. The program, transcribed in Paris, remains on the air for 26 weeks.
31 1949 Winston Churchill’s speech at Massachusetts Institute of Technology is broadcast by ABC, Mutual and NBC and televised by all New York network stations.
31 1951 The three-month test of Zenith’s Phonovision ends in 300 Chicago homes with 22% of the test families report having seen all of the movies offered during the final six weeks.
31 1953 Dupont’s historical anthology Cavalcade of America concludes its 18 season multi-network run.
1 1934 Chevrolet cancels NBC’s Jack Benny show because General Motors President William Knudson didn’t think he was funny. Benny begins a new series of shows on NBC for General Tire five nights later. (See The 1933-34 Season on this site.)
1 1935 Pepsodent Toothpaste reports its slogan contest advertised on Amos & Andy resulted in 2.6 Million entries, each accompanied by a proof of purchase. (See Amos & Andy: Twice Is Nicer on this site.)
1 1936 NBC secures exclusive rights to broadcast the May maiden flight of German dirigible Hindenburg with NBC European correspondent Max Jordan reporting from aboard the ship.
1 1940 Broadcast Music, Inc., (BMI), begins operation and issues its first composition, We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together.
1 1940 NBC moves its West Coast distribution point for network programs from San Francisco to Hollywood.
1 1940 American Tobacco begins an on-the-hour spot radio campaign on eight New York City stations featuring song clips s from Lucky Strike’s Your Hit Parade. The campaign will spread to over 50 stations in the East. (See Smoke Gets in Your Ears on this site.)
1 1942 The U.S War Production Board prohibits the manufacture of radio and tele-vision sets for consumers for the duration of World War II.
1 1943 Chicago radio veterans Eddie & Fannie Cavanaugh celebrate their 21st anniversary on the air, with a record of over 7,500 broadcasts on six stations beginning with KYW on March 31, 1922.
1 1944 The Standard Radio transcription service celebrates its tenth anniversary, citing growth from one office in Hollywood to seven, including branches in Canada, Mexico and South Africa. (See “By Transcription…” on this site.)
1 1944 NBC’s Truth Or Consequences joins a two-way Transatlantic hookup with Great Britain, becoming part of the BBC’s Atlantic Spotlight program. (See Truth Or Consequences on this site.)
1 1945 Blue correspondent Larry Tighe covers the Allied invasion of Okinawa from the nose of a B-29 flying overhead - his five minute report is relayed to the U.S. via Guam and broadcast live on Blue and Mutual.
1 1946 ABC develops recording/rebroadcast technique to overcome Daylight Saving Time confusion.
1 1946 Lanny Ross returns from the Army to host a 7:00 p.m. ET weeknight show for Procter & Gamble on CBS, replacing P&G’s split network programs, The Jack Kirkwood Show and Mommy & The Men.
1 1946 Coca Cola’s Spotlight Bands switches format to three nights a week on Mutual at 9:30 with permanent rotating orchestras - Guy Lombardo on Monday, Xavier Cugat on Wednesday and Harry James on Friday. (See Spotlight Bands on this site.)
1 1947 Dr. Walter Damrosch, 85, NBC Director of Music since 1929, retires.
1 1948 A.C. Nielsen begins its radio audience surveys on the West Coast..
1 1948 AT&T files its revised rates for television network use of coaxial cable.
1 1949 The television networks and the AFM sign a one year extension of their labor agreement.
1 1950 Hot Springs, New Mexico, officially changes it name to Truth Or Consequen-ces. (See Truth Or Consequences and Saturday’s All Time Top Ten on this site.)
1 1951 Citing a $50,000 loss over the past year, NBC-owned KNBH(TV)/Los Angeles eliminates 14 hours of daytime programming per week.
1 1953 The William Esty agency solicits major stations for a ten percent discount in return for a guaranteed April through September spot contract for its clients - R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and Colgate-Palmolive-Peet.
1 1953 KXOK-FM/St. Louis discontinues its Transit Radio service of music and commercials to 1,000 city buses and streetcars for lack of advertising support.
AAAA: American Association of Advertising Agencies - ABC: American Broadcasting Company - ACLU: American Civil Liberties Union - AFM: American Federation of Musicians - AFRA: American Federation of Radio Artists - AFRS: Armed Forces Radio Service - AFTRA: American Federation of Television & Radio Artists - AGVA: American Guild of Variety Artists - ANA: Association of National Advertisers - ANPA: American Newspaper Publishers Association - AP: Associated Press - ASCAP: American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers - AT&T: American Telephone & Telegraph - BMI: Broadcast Music, Incorporated - CBC: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - CBS: Columbia Broadcasting System - CIO: Congress of Industrial Organizations - CT: Central Time - ET: Eastern Time - FCC: Federal Communications Commission - FRC: Federal Radio Commission - FTC: Federal Trade Commission - INS: International News Service - IRS: Internal Revenue Service - MBS: Mutual Broadcasting System - MT: Mountain Time - NAB: National Association of Broadcasters (aka) NARTB: National Association of Radio & Television Broadcasters - NABET: National Association of Broadcast Employees & Technicians - NBC: National Broadcasting Company - NCAA: National Collegiate Athletic Association - NFL: National Football League - NLRB: National Labor Relations Board - NTSC: National Television Standards Committee - OWI: Office of War Information - PT: Pacific Time - RAB: Radio Advertising Bureau - RCA: Radio Corporation of America - SAG: Screen Actors Guild - SEC: Securities & Exchange Commission - SESAC: Society of European Stage Authors and Composers - TVA:Television Authority - UP: United Press.
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