Posts in Category: Broadcast History

“Easy Lover”…The Making Of A Music Video, 1984 Style

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“Easy Lover”…The Making Of A Music Video, 1984 Style

Here’s Phil Collins and Earth, Wind And Fire lead singer Phillip Bailey recording their 1984 duet in London. I think these are Ikegami 323 model cameras. The song was released in the US in November of ’84 and in the UK in February of ’85. “Easy Lover” won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance in a Video in 1985 and was Grammy nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals that year too.

Where were you when this song came out? What were you doing? I was playing it on the radio in Miami. I was the original afternoon drive air personality on the country’s first HOT formated station, WHQT, Hot 105. Thanks to Juan Leal for sharing this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkRKT6T0QLg

Music video by Philip Bailey Duet with Phil Collins performing Easy Lover. (C) 1984 Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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‘This Is Your Life’…Dick Clark, June 24, 1959

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‘This Is Your Life’…Richard Wagstaff Clark, June 24, 1959

Fifty seven years ago this week, America got it’s first good look at Dick Clark…their favorite television disc jockey, with the help of Andy Williams, Fabian, Connie Francis and Frankie Avalon. You’ll also meet Dick’s family and the many of the WFIL people that helped launch his dazzling career. This is quite a history lesson and the text accompanying the clip is also a quite detailed bio. Enjoy and share!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv8HlKQTFjc

Richard Wagstaff “Dick” Clark (November 30, 1929 — April 18, 2012) was an American radio and television personality, best known for hosting American televis…
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June 20, 1948…Ed Sullivan’s CBS TV Debut, ‘Toast Of The Town’

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June 20, 1948…Ed Sullivan’s CBS TV Debut, ‘Toast Of The Town’

Before there was ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, there was ‘Toast Of The Town’ which debuted on this date 66 years ago today. This is a very rare photo from that first show which aired from 9 till 10, Sunday nights live from CBS Studio 51, The Maxine Elliott Theater.

In the photo below you see the guests for this premiere show at the finale, and in the white circles are two people you may recognize. Do you know who that is? I’ll tell you in a second, but some of the others on that stage are Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, six June Taylor Dancers who were dubbed The Toastettes, John Cocoman, Rudy Goldstein, Kathryn Lee, Eugene List and Monica Lewis, wife of the shows creator and producer Marlo Lewis. Speaking of Lewis…yes that’s Jerry Lewis on the left and Dean Martin on the right. Enjoy and share!


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History Of NBC’s Colonial Theater…Home Of Color Television

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History Of NBC’s Colonial Theater…Home Of Color Television

Below, I have included the links to Parts 1 and 2 of the detailed story of The Colonial I did back in April as part of “The History Of NBC’s New York Studios”…a one of a kind 42 part series. This is a follow up to today’s first post which is the great color photo taken there in the first days of color television’s first, real broadcast life. Enjoy and share!

Part 1
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=654701467900739&id=189359747768249

Part 2
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=654715144566038&id=189359747768249




NBC NY STUDIOS, PART 15…COLONIAL THEATER (Part 1)

“The History Of NBC New York Television Studios, 1935-1956”

Note: There is too much text for a FB photo album, and too many pictures for a regular post, so I’m having to break this story into several parts.

Here Comes Color, and…Some BIG Surprises! In researching the history of the historic Colonial Theater, NBC’s first non experimental color studio, I’ve come across new information that has moved events up at least a year to the fall of 1952.

I think The Colonial first came to the attention of RCA/NBC in October of 1951 when RCA exhibited a color TV receiver-projector there, which provided color pictures on a 9 x 12 foot theater screen. At this time, the 1,300 seat theater built in 1905, was in an RKO movie theater. In 1935, RKO converted it from a vaudeville and live theater venue to a movie theater, but newer theaters nearby had taken the wind from The Colonial’s sails.

Below left, we see an item from the November 17, 1952 “Broadcasting Magazine” that states that not only had The Colonial been remodeled by NBC, but that on November 8, ‘Your Show Of Shows’ had been broadcast from The Colonial. Somehow that brief story omits the fact that the theater was a color facility…not black and white.

As we see in the center and right images from the October 1953 issue of “Radio Age”, The Colonial was indeed color ready in 1952 and that NBC’s top shows were being brought in to do one time only “color premiers” on a rotational basis. These “color premiers” were not broadcast in color on the network, as those historic colorcasts on the network were a year away. I think they may have been broadcast locally in color under the auspices of FCC field testing, I think part of the reason to do this was to show affiliates how good the picture from the RCA TK40s looked, even in black and white.

Our friend Ed Reitan has the great Color Television Histroy site at Novia.net and this new information should help fill in some blanks. In the next part, we’ll get to even more surprises. By the way, The Colonial was located at 1887 Broadway and became NBC’s 15th studio with a November 8, 1952 debut.
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Television History…In Stunning Living Color! Ultra Rare Details!

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Television History…In Stunning Living Color! Ultra Rare Details!

I’ve seen this image before, but never with such literal and figurative clarity. Let me tell you the secrets this pristine color photo reveals.

First, this is the first color photo taken at RCA and NBC’s first non experimental color studio…The Colonial Theater. It is also among the first taken there and I would bet this picture was taken no later than January of 1953, or within eight weeks of the cameras arrival in late October. The first Colonial broadcast was November 8, 1952 and the program was a special edition of ‘Your Show Of Shows’ which was shown on NBC in black and white and was done as a facility test.

Second, this settles the long debated question of whether there were three RCA TK40s delivered, or were there four? As we can see here…there were four.

Notice the lens turrets on Cameras 2 and 4. They are the same umber gray semi gloss used on the RCA TK10s. These four cameras were not built on an assembly line…they are prototypes built individually and in the past, I have shown you a photo of one of these cameras being built and the camera body was painted this same umber gray. The silver coat must have been a last minute change, but we know that in 1951, one of the four experimental “coffin cameras” from Studio 3H had been painted silver to better reflect the suns heat after one almost overheated at a Palisades Park remote. This is the only photo that shows these turrets in umber as all the other Colonial photos have the turrets painted silver.

We are also seeing two support hardware firsts in this photo. Notice the large center steering rings on the two cameras mounted on the RCA PD 1 pedestals. In the first couple of weeks of use, the cameramen had two complaints…the regular PD 1 steering ring was too small for such a big camera which Houston Fearless fixed quickly with these larger rings.

The second problem was that the camera were to heavy for the regular friction type pan heads. Within a month, Houston Fearless had a fix for this, and under Camera 2, you see the prototype HF Cradle Head. After they put this under the camera, they realized that there was still too much weight under the center plate (as was the case with the friction head), and developed the larger model custom made for the TK40/41s. The Cradle Heads were in development for use under black and white cameras, but there was only one actually built and it’s this one. I’ve seen this from the other side and there are no brake or tension knobs…yet. The HF Cradle Heads for b/w debuted in early ’54 at the same time RCA took the TK40 to the production line.

The lady in the photo is NBC’s long time color model, Marie McNamara. Marie spent more time in front of NBC’s color cameras than any of their stars ever did. When color testing was moved from Washington to Studio 3H, she had been hired as one of the small group of performers to do a show four times a day for color tests. Nanette Fabray was the lead performer of the show that was carried via closed circuit to RCA in Princeton and Camden, scrutinized by engineers at 30 Rock and finally fed into color receivers viewed by the public at the RCA Exhibition Hall on 49th Street, directly across from 30 Rock.

Her red hair and beautiful complexion made Marie the perfect color model and she was did this for many years. I think she started in 1951 and stayed till around 1958. There is a story that she had so much overtime, she was making more per week than many of NBC’s executives. On that discovery, she was put under contract on a fixed salary.

Thank you Jodie Peeler for sending this great image. This came from the 1961 edition of “Rockefeller Center: A Photographic Narrative,” edited by Samuel Chamberlain. Enjoy and share!


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CBS Television City: Studio 31, 1960

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CBS Television City: Studio 31, 1960

I’ve been meaning to post this since the great ‘Price Is Right’ videos a week or so ago. Although TPIR is done in Studio 33, 31 was a mirror image until the audience area was filled in 1961.

The audience capacity of each…31 and 33 was 347. The Net Total Production Area for each was 5,564 square feet…this is stage space. Both are 109 X 109 wall to wall. After the seats were taken out of 31, the Net Total Production Area went to 9,087 square feet.

In 1961, both were equipped with 5 Marconi Mark IV cameras each and the studios had the ability to operate 6 telecine banks and 4 video tape machines from their control rooms. The Television City phone number was Olive 1 – 2345. The extensions to the backstage phones were 311 for Studio 31 and 331 for Studio 33.

Color could be done from either studio using control rooms 41 or 43. Studio 41 had 3 RCA TK40s and 43 had 3 RCA TK41s.

Look at the size of this stage. Looks a lot smaller on television. Interesting to see the wear marks on the floor where most of the backdrops land. Enjoy and share!


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‘I’ve Got A Secret’…Tour Of CBS Studio 59, June 17, 1959

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‘I’ve Got A Secret’…Tour Of CBS Studio 59, June 17, 1959

Fifty five years ago this week, ‘I’ve Got A Secret’ was celebrating it’s seventh anniversary on the air at CBS. To mark the occasion, Garry Moore takes us on a tour of The Mansfield Theater, better known to us as CBS Studio 59 at 256 West 47th Street. As you’ll see, CBS Studio 62, The Biltmore Theater is across the street at 261 West 47th Street. Enjoy and share!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTfjSbk8tdU

The 7th anniversary episode opens with a tour of the theater on 47th Street.
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Move Over Bob Barker…There’s A New Champion In Town!

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Move Over Bob Barker…There’s A New Champion In Town!

This past Friday, Alex Trebek set the record for hosting the most game show episodes. Until then, that distinction had been Bob Barker’s. At the embedded clip is ABC’s story on the event and at the clip link below, Trebek talks about breaking the record as he enters the Guinness Book Of Records.
#t=63″ target=”_blank”>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFKAhx0PQVM #t=63

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw6Dvpq0wM0

After the show came back in 1986, it has been an after dinnertime and news favorite for the many generations.
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Television’s First Rate Card…July 1, 1941

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Television’s First Rate Card…

July 1, 1941 is the day NBC’s experimental station, W2XBS began commercial broadcasting as WNBT, New York.

The call letters W2XBS meant W2XB-south, with W2XB being the call letters of the first experimental station, started a few months earlier at General Electric’s main factory in Schenectady, which is north of New York City. W2XB became WRGB. GE was the parent company of both RCA and NBC, and technical research was done at the Schenectady plant from 1928 till 1933.

In ’33, RCA converted one of the new Rockefeller Plaza radio studios, 3H, to a television test studio. For the next six years, RCA would control 3H and only relinquished it to NBC in early 1939, just before the World’s Fair.

At the bottom of the card, there are facility rates and note the “large studio” and “small studio” entries. This is actually a little sales magic of sorts. Until 8G came along in 1948, Studio 3H was all there was in the television department. What “small studio” actually meant was a one camera shoot in part of 3H. “Large Studio” would have included use of all three cameras and the full studio.


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Take Me Out To The Ballgame…With 13 Cameras!

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Take Me Out To The Ballgame…With 13 Cameras!

If you’ve ever wanted a really in depth look at how major league baseball is done, here you go! This three part, behind the scenes, tour in Cleveland shows us how this days game with Atlanta is done from start to finish on June 15, 2007.

This Cleveland setup is a bit different from the usual because at home, they can direct the game from a control room a few blocks away instead of from the truck. Links to all the parts are below and total time is about a half hour. Best viewed with a hotdog and beer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrDF-9GwgIs Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyuaKx2sjvM Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho09S_RmcvE Part 3

A Behind The Scenes look at a SportsTime Ohio Broadcast between the Indians and the Atlanta Braves on June 15, 2007. I was one of the shooters at the ballpar…
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Surprise After Surprise…’What’s My Line’ 12th Anniversary

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Surprise After Surprise…’What’s My Line’ 12th Anniversary Show

Two mystery guest make this fascinating! The first are Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, the show’s creators with some very interesting historical comments on the shows 12 years at CBS. They start at 3:57 and the second mystery guest signs in at 18:56…it’s Bob Newhart.

By the date of this broadcast in February of ’62, Bob had gained national fame with his “Button Down Mind” album and had just begun his first show on NBC. After he is identified and is talking with John Daly, something is said that I have never heard before. Turns out that Bob had worked as a writer/director on a childrens show in Chicago…probably WGN. Enjoy and share!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DFOw4Rd714

MYSTERY GUEST: Mark Goodson & Bill Todman; Bob Newhart PANEL: Arlene Francis, Buddy Hackett, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf
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The TV News Story On My Camera Collection…2009

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The TV News Story On My Camera Collection…2009

By early 2009, the rush was on for broadcasters to finish the conversion from analog to digital. To help promote their soon to come transition, Atlanta’s NBC affiliate WXIA did a piece on my camera collection. I was surprised to learn that the piece also ran on 61 other stations.

There was 40 pounds more of me then, and a few things are a tad out of context, but it’s a fun story. Enjoy and share.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGXZQsYrk4o

Vintage TV Camera collector, Bobby Ellerbee is featured on an Atlanta news station. The news piece covers Mr. Ellerbee’s extensive collection of television c…
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Digital Restoration Of Classic Films…

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Digital Restoration Of Classic Films…

This 9 minute documentary on how old films are digitally restored is just fantastic. The before and after shots are frequent and show just how far artists can reach back into the past to bring out long lost luster and detail of old films. Enjoy and share!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSlGYGYJCX8

Universal Pictures commemorates its centennial in 2012 with the full restoration and Blu-ray release of select films including “All Quiet on the Western Fron…
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Behind The Scenes…Craig Ferguson’s Show, CBS Studio 56

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Behind The Scenes…Craig Ferguson’s Show, CBS Studio 56

When we first see the studio around 1:20, be ready for a surprise. It’s a lot smaller than it looks on television. It’s only 5,963 square feet and you can see the layout at this link. http://www.cbstelevisioncity.com/stages#

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_m19xqpl4I

This is a short promo piece from June 2008, offering a peek behind the scenes of the show on a typical day. Decidedly industrial decor back then, and still is!
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Welcome To The Ed Norton Apartment…

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Welcome To The Ed Norton Apartment…

This great color photo was taken in April of 1955 at CBS Studio 50. At the end of May of this year, they would wrap up the hour long live show here and do a season on film (the Classic 39) at Dumont’s Adelphi Theater, but would return after that for another year of the live show at Studio 50.

As you can see, the Norton’s apartment was always nicer than the Cramden’s. Joyce Randolph said that was Jackie’s idea, and although viewers sent hundreds of pairs of curtains for Alice and Ralph’s apartment, he wanted to keep it “lacking”.

The Gleason show started in Studio 50 in September of ’52 and except for a few 15 and 30 minute shows from 50, pretty much had the studio to themselves, which is what William Paley wanted. In 1948, ‘Toast Of The Town, With Ed Sullivan’ had started at the Maxine Elliott Theater, CBS Studio 51, but in early 1954, was moved to Studio 50.

Jackie Gleason’s show was on at 8 on Saturday night and Sullivan followed twenty four hours later on the same stage. Usually by midnight, the stage was ready for Sullivan with only Sunday morning and afternoon to do the camera blocking and rehearsals. That tight schedule continued for Sullivan till Jackie took a break from ’57 till ’62.

When Gleason returned with his ‘American Scene Magazine’ show, video tape was in use, so they rehearsed Wednesdays and did the show live to tape on Thursdays, with no edits.


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Inside Breaking News…Live At CNN For The Challenger Disaster

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Inside Breaking News…Live At CNN For The Challenger Disaster

About a half hour before the Challenger space shuttle was launched on January 28, 1986, a CNN tape crew had come into the main news studio to shoot a feature on how the news is covered. What their camera recorded in Atlanta was the same kind of chaos erupting across the country in other news rooms. Where were you when you heard the news?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TvIKue2NOSo

A crew just happened to be in the CNN Newsroom/ Studio shooting promotional/documentary footage of a random day’s work at the network. This is their montage …
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Letterman School Of Broadcasting…Camera Operation 101

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Letterman School Of Broadcasting…Camera Operation 101

By request, here’s the clip of Dave picking an audience member and putting her to work behind of the their RCA TK44s. Enjoy and share!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wli9BOL6FQ8

David Letterman selects an audience member and she operates a TK-44 on-air.
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RCA TCR-100 Videotape Cartridge System, Sales Reel

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The Latest And Greatest In Tape…RCA’s TCR 100, 1970

I think this was one of the first times RCA beat Ampex to the punch in videotape innovations. Here’s a look at the RCA sales demo of their new quad videotape cassette unit, the TCR 100.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM_2upiGUO0

RCA TCR-100 Videotape Cartridge System, Sales Reel

From the original 2″ quad sales reel – converted to PAL, advertising the new RCA TCR-100 cartridge system to networks in Australia.
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360 Degree Panorama Shot…NBC Burbank, Studio 1

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360 Degree Panorama Shot…NBC Burbank, Studio 1

This is where Johnny Carson’s ‘Tonight’ show came from. Now, it is the ‘Access Hollywood’ stage, but this is not that set which has four sides. This has only three and you can see the audience seating on the open wall. By the way, you can use your mouse to stop and go back and view this manually by dragging the mouse. Be sure to enlarge the screen to see this at it’s best. Enjoy and share!

http://www.dermandar.com/p/cRYgKD/inside-studio-1-upperDermandar
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360 Degree Panorama Shot…NBC Burbank, Studio 3

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360 Degree Panorama Shot…NBC Burbank, Studio 3

Yesterday, the last live NBC feed came from Burbank, but here is a great shot of Studio 3…the whole thing! There’s a lot of history here as this was home to ‘The Dean Martin Show’, ‘The Jerry Lewis Show’ and countless others, including much of ‘Tonight’ with Jay Leno. By the way, you can use your mouse to stop and go back and view this manually by dragging the mouse. Be sure to enlarge the screen to see this at it’s best. Enjoy and share!

http://www.dermandar.com/p/bwWhwM/studio-3Dermandar
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‘The Mickey Mouse Club’…The Whole Inside Story

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‘The Mickey Mouse Club’…The Whole Inside Story

Since it’s Sunday, and you have some time, here’s piece I have been wanting to repost for a while. I hope you’ll take a look. This is the best retrospective I’ve seen and much of it is told by the Mousketeers themselves. Enjoy and share!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1r-ufjAIfE

56 years ago this week, ABC debuted the original “Mickey Mouse Club” back in 1955 and it will continue until 1959. Over the years, it was syndicated in rerun…
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70 Years Ago Today…Dominick George Pardo Joined NBC Radio

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70 Years Ago Today…Dominick George Pardo Joined NBC Radio

David Schwartz, one of television’s top historians, has put together an exceptional – one of a kind timeline of Dan Pardo’s career at NBC. He was kind enough to share it with us. With thanks to David, here is one of the most impressive collection of memories ever made by an announcer…96 year old Don Pardo. As you read it, I’ll bet you’ll hear his voice in your ear! Enjoy and share! -Bobby Ellerbee

“On June 15,1944 Don joined NBC as a staff announcer. His first assignment was the network cues during the “Hour of Charm.” He was also heard frequently delivering the NBC newscasts during the 1940’s.”

“In the 70 years of his association with NBC, Don’s voice has been heard on hundreds of episodes of shows. This is a listing I have been able to compile.” -David Schwartz

Radio
The Three Suns (band remote)-1944
Let’s Go Nightclubbing-1946
The Catholic Hour-1947
Mindy Carson Show-1949
Friday is a Big Day 12/13/50 special
The Magnificent Montague-1950-51
Barrie Craig, Private Investigator 1951-52
Just Plain Bill 1955
X Minus One 1955
Pete Kelly’s Blues 2/8/55 special

Television
Experimental Sports Broadcasts 8/10/1946 Red Sox vs. Yankees (with Jack Lightcap)
Colgate Comedy Hour 1950-53 (various episodes)
Jerry Lester Show 1951
Shoppers Showcase (WNBT) 1951
Winner Take All 1952
All Star Revue 1953
Arthur Murray Party 1953-55
Ford 50th Anniversary Special 6/15/1953
Follow Your Heart 1953-54
Three Steps to Heaven 1953-54
Judge for Yourself 1953-54
World of Mr. Sweeney 1954-55
Your Show of Shows 1954
Max Liebman Presents/Various Specials 1954-56
Droodles 1954
Caesars Hour 1954-56
Vaughn Monroe Show 1955
Caesar Presents 1955
Martha Raye Show 1955-56
Choose Up Sides 1956 (Mr. Mischief)
Stanley 1956
Patti Page Show 1956
Saturday Color Carnival 1956
Saturday Spectacular 1956
The Price is Right 1956-63 (daytime and nighttime)
Ruggles of Red Gap 2/3/1957 special
Salute to Baseball 4/13/1957 special
High Low 1957
Standard Oil 75th Anniversary Special 10/13/1957
Emmy Awards 4/15/1958
Concentration substitute announcer 8/14/1960
Jan Murray Show substitute announcer 8/1961
Jeopardy! 1964-75
Eye Guess 1966-69
Three on a Match 1971-74
To Tell the Truth substitute announcer
Jackpot 1974-75
Winning Streak 1974-75
Saturday Night Live 1975-81; 1982-present
Daytime Emmy Awards 6/4/1980 special
WNBC Live at 5 News 1980’s (on camera announcer)
Steve Martin’s Best Show Ever 11/25/1981 special
Those Wonderful TV Game Shows 2/27/1984 special
Wheel of Fortune 1988 remote broadcasts from New York
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 1994-1999
Various Saturday Night Live specials


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June 15, 1969…Hee Haw’ Debuts On CBS

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June 15, 1969…;Hee Haw’ Debuts On CBS

This 6 minute news story from Cincinnati’s WKRC from 1979 gives us a very indepth look at how the show was done. It was taped at CBS owned WLAC in Nashville twice a year in six week blocks.

‘Hee Haw’, began as a summer replacement show for ‘The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour’ and lived on for twenty more years. Although CBS dropped the show in it’s famous “rural purge” in 1971, the show went into syndication and much to the chagrin of CBS, was picked up by most of their affiliates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZEhMcHX1OE

Country classic TV series “Hee Haw”, a look behind scenes with reporter Janet Davies in 1979. George Lindsey who played Goober on Andy Griffith Show makes an…
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Backtracking…With The Help Of Tom Kennedy!

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Backtracking…With The Help Of Tom Kennedy!

Earlier in the week, I posted this photo with video of ‘The Bob Crosby Show’. Since then, I have heard from one of the people in this photo…legendary game show host, Tom Kennedy, and he had three surprise comments on this picture that I’ll share.

The first surprise is that the floor director (with headphones) is none other than Dave Powers who went on to direct ‘The Carol Burnett Show’.

The second surprise is that this is not Tom Kennedy…yet. The man with the cake on his plate is Jim Narz who is doing a one week fill in for his brother Jack Narz. Early in their careers, the two brothers were in demand in Hollywood, but being brothers with similar names caused some confusion. Out of respect to his older brother, Jim Narz took his now famous stage name…Tom Kennedy. He is also the brother-in-law to Bill Cullen.

The third surprise came seconds after this rehearsal photo was taken. In order to help “sell” the commercial for Betty Crocker cake mix, Jim took a bite. Turns out, the cake was made of putty! Bob Crosby and everyone on the set almost died laughing!

Many thanks to Tom, and to our friend David Schwartz at the Game Show Network for putting us in touch. Enjoy and share.


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Introducing ‘I Love Lucy’…The CBS Press Release

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Introducing ‘I Love Lucy’…The CBS Press Release (Click to read)

When this was written on August 31, 1951, no one could have predicted that the show which debuted at 9 PM, Monday night October 15, 1951 would be such a stupendous world wide hit…but it was. Today, random episodes will air in over 20 countries.

‘I Love Lucy’ premiered as part of a CBS Monday night line-up that included:

7:30PM – CBS News with Douglas Edwards
7:45PM – The Perry Como Show
8:00PM – Lux Video Theatre
8:30PM – Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts
9:00PM – I Love Lucy
9:30PM – It’s News to Me
10:00PM – Westinghouse Studio One
The competition included “Lights Out” (a mystery/suspense anthology) on NBC; “Curtain UP” (a showcase of old movies) on ABC; and “Wrestling” on the DuMont network.

http://www.lucyfan.com/pressrelease083151.html

CBS Television Division

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz will carry their real life domestic partnership into professional life when they team up as a husband and wife on a new CBS-TV domestic comedy series, “I Love Lucy,” making its debut Monday, October 15 (CBS-TV, 9:00-9:30PM, EST).
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Today…NBC’s Last Live Show Airs From Burbank

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Today…NBC’s Last Live Show Airs From Burbank

I got this note last night from our friend Bob Meza, who’s worked for at NBC Burbank for nearly 40 years.

“Bobby: Just so you know, tomorrow, June 14, NBC Burbank will broadcast it’s last live show. Telemundo will move over to Universal starting Sunday. Days Of Our Lives is still on the lot, but it is not an NBC owned show. Access Hollywood will also remain on the lot in Studio 1 probably for another year. We will be pulling equipment out next week. Bob”

The complex is now known as The Burbank Studios and below is an aerial view of the famous 35 acre property with landmark tags.


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Found IT! Jerry Lewis And The Laughing Cameraman, Original!

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Found IT! Jerry Lewis And The Laughing Cameraman, Original!

Thanks to our friend in Brazil, João Antonio Franz, here is the original version of this sketch I mentioned in today’s earlier post. This is from 1960 and shows the same professional laugher behind at TK41, that we see in the 1967 version. Thank you João and good luck in the World Cup Games! Enjoy and share!

http://youtu.be/BRLAhVFxkzU?t=2m12sThe Jerry Lewis Show with guest star Helen Traubel, along with appearances by Jerry’s sons Gary and Ronald Lewis.
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‘All In The Family’…Some Interesting History

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‘All In The Family’…Some Interesting History

Well, these pictures of the cast arriving at Television City settles one thing…it was definitely after September of 1973 when the set moved to Metro Media Studios. I can’t find a firm date, but I think the show moved at the end of the 1975 season.

I understand the reason for the move was that Norman Lear had so many shows in production at NBC, CBS and ABC, that shuttling between the shows was driving him crazy. Metro Media heard about this and offered Lear all seven stages of their Metro Media Square facility and he took them up on the offer and moved them all under one roof.

I’m not sure if this is true, but it is widely reported that when the show’s first pilot was done in New York in 1968, it became the first time a sitcom in the US used videotape as a recording device. Most sitcoms were either done on film or were performed live and kinescoped. Videotape editing was still done with a razor blade and Smith Block back then.

Did you know that Harrison Ford was offered the part played by Rob Reiner? Or that Reiner had to audition three times before Lear chose him? By the way…”Meathead” was the name Lear’s father called him when he was upset with him.

When CBS started rerunning the show during the day in 1975, it was edited by three minutes to allow more commercial time. Norman Lear was unhappy with the editing and offered to pay for the commercial time that would have been lost by showing it uncut, but CBS declined his offer. That I know of, this is the first mention of 7 minutes of spots in half hour show. 4 minutes was the prime time rule.

Although Edith Bunker’s singing voice left a lot to be desired, Jean Stapleton’s didn’t. She was classically trained and had many singing parts on Broadway.


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RCA TK60s In Action…WRVA, Richmond Virginia 1965

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RCA TK60s In Action…WRVA, Richmond Virginia 1965

I posted this about a year ago and thought it was time to see this again. Since then, a clip of the show on air has surfaced and is at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blmhAxEYD5A

This kids show with WRVA cameraman “Sailor Bob” Griggs as host, was built around Popeye cartoons and ran locally from 1959 till 1969. Thanks to Bob’s son, Tom Griggs for sharing this. I think this was shot on film by one of the stations news cameramen. [fb_vid id=”10200425117376644″]
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Jerry Lewis and The Laughing Cameraman…1967

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Jerry Lewis and The Laughing Cameraman…1967

From NBC Burbank, here’s a great bit with Jerry singing “Witchcraft” and a professional laugher behind a crane mounted TK41. There is another version of this with the TK41 on a pedestal done on another episode of his NBC show. If anyone has a link to that, please share it with us. Thank you and enjoy.

http://youtu.be/bGQk-s8cKjc?t=14m47sJerry Lewis Show. ep. 11 de 05-12-1967, com Frank Gorshin e The McGuire Sisters. Jerry Lewis tornou-se mais conhecido, através das suas aparições na Colgate …
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