Posts in Category: Broadcast History

BROADCAST ANTENNAS ON THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

Here’s Something You Don’t See Everyday…From August 1967

This is a very interesting early history of the Empire State Building tower. Did you know the first television tests in 1931 had only 60 lines of resolution and were seen on green fluorescent screens? Me either! There’s a lot of history in this rare article from RCA’s “Broadcast Engineering” magazine.Thanks to Ben Runner Jr. for sharing this with us.

http://www.lnl.com/esbantennas.htm

BROADCAST ANTENNAS ON THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

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Tonight…The Tony Awards


Tonight…The Tony Awards

This year’s awards will be broadcast from Radio City Music Hall and playing all the music in is our friend Joel Spector. Although now retired from NBC, Joel has been playing the music and cues for The Tony’s (now on CBS) and NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade for over twenty five years.

For weeks, he’s been at recording sessions all over New York in preparation for tonight’s show. Depending on where the awards are held dictates the size of the orchestra, where they will be located and how much is pre recorded.

For those of us that have always thought of the orchastra as seated in the pit at stage side, it seems odd, but many times the orchastra is in another room in the theater or in a studio across town. Break a leg Joel!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6GeyA1B3w8

Hollywood stars will be joining Broadway’s brightest in New York this Sunday for the annual Tony Awards. This year’s list of Tony nominees include big name T…

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A Great Look Inside ‘Today’, NBC Studio 1A

A Great Look Inside ‘Today’, NBC Studio 1A…Viera Sendoff Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwtAScZzhFg
At the link is a clip from Meredith Vieira’s last day as a ‘Today’ co host. As Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” plays, a single camera goes with Merideth, first from the studio downstairs into the 1A control room and then up and out onto the plaza.

Until I visited last month, I couldn’t really “get” the lay out and relationships to what is where, but if you’ve ever wondered, this is about as good a look as you’ll get. There is a second floor studio above the main set which I think is mostly used for cooking segments now, but before the news nooks were built a few years back in 6C, that was were Lester Holt did the weekend news shows.

Having seen the cast and crew of this show in action, I have to tell you that action is the key word. From 7 till 9 every morning, they are in and out and back and forth from the studio to the plaza more than a jack in the box. It takes a lot of coordination and pros to pull this off and they do it like no one else! Even in the rain.

Outside, it’s all handheld, Steadicam and jib and inside there are four ped cameras, a Merlin (center photo below) and a hand held. I think there must be at least eight camera operators and that many or more utility people, plus a small army of producers and floor directors.

By the way, Meredith will be back in the fall with her own syndicated show that will be done in NBC’s Studio 6A, on a set that resembles Vieira’s home, with her actual furniture and family photos, Enjoy and share!


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Some Little Known Early History Of ABC Radio & Television

Some Little Known Early History Of ABC Radio & Television
The address on this letterhead is not the only surprise you are in for! I had heard that ABC had offices and facilities at NBC’s headquarters, but now we have a piece of that history thanks to Steve Finkelmeyer.

As mentioned in today’s first post, ABC got it’s start when NBC was forced to sell it’s Blue Network and there will be more on that later, but first, a note on this 30 Rock location. On July 30, 1943 NBC announced the sale of the Blue Network to ABC. Shortly after, ABC took over the Blue space, which was shared with the NBC Red network space inside 30 Rock. It’s not know exactly when ABC was able to move to a new location, but Frank Merklein who joined NBC in 1947 has told me that they were there for at least a year after he started and were on the third floor. There was a similar shared location at NBC in Los Angeles.

Before we get to some interesting ABC Television history, I have to wonder about the relationship of the network’s first phone number (as seen on the letterhead), and their now famous “Circle 7” O & O station logo. I’ll bet there is a connection and will try and find it, but if anyone knows, please share that with us.

The new American Broadcasting Company had it’s hands full when it took over NBC Blue in radio, and although TV was a must too, ABC was generally slow to move into television broadcasting. After the war freeze was lifted in late 1945, they won approval to build five television stations; the first, WJZ-TV in New York was completed in the summer of 1948. WJZ-TV was followed by stations in Chicago and Detroit later in 1948; and San Francisco and Los Angeles during 1949–all five stations were assigned to broadcast on channel 7.

Interestingly, until those stations were built, ABC TV had to lease time and studio facilities from other stations including the DuMont network’s New York flagship WABD, as well as other stations in Philadelphia (WPTZ) and Washington.

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Ed Sullivan’s Last Show…Clearing Up Some History

Ed Sullivan’s Last Show…Clearing Up Some History

Over the past week, several sites have reported that Ed Sullivan’s last show was on June 6, 1971. This is partly true, but is not the whole story. Here’s the rest of that very sad tale.

As I understand it, CBS announced the cancellation of the show on Tuesday, March 30, 1971. When Sullivan took to the stage that previous Sunday night, March 28th, he did not know that would be his last show, but it was. They did not even allow him to do a farewell show. Having been on air talent for many years, I can tell you this is unfortunately “how it’s done”. Most employers that fire talent feel that another chance on the air to say goodby also opens the door for possible triads against them, so, they do it this way. It’s quite cruel.

Sullivan was furious and very hurt by this and really never forgave CBS for not letting him hit the 25 year mark and for the shabby way they parted ways. After Ed Sullivan’s last live-to-tape show, reruns from that twenty third season ran till June 6th. The last original Sullivan show telecast ( #1068) was on March 28, 1971 with guests Melanie, Joanna Simon, Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass, and Sandler and Young.

The last show to air on June 6, 1971 was episode 20 from February 7, 1971 with Gladys Knight & the Pips singing “If I Were Your Woman” & “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Jerry Vale sang “I Want To Make It With You”, Caterina Valente sang “The Girl from Ipanema” and Peter Nero played the theme from “Love Story” on his piano. Sid Caesar & Carol Channing performed a scene from the play “Four on a Garden”. For comic relief, there was Robert Klein and Pat Henry. The End. Literally.

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Letterman Takes Over WNBC ‘Live At 5’ Weather With Al Roker


Letterman Takes Over WNBC ‘Live At 5’ Weather With Al Roker

While Jack Cafferty and Company are fresh on our minds from the last post, here’s a rare clip of Dave walking over from 6A to 6B and having a hard time getting in. Once inside, the old weather man in Dave takes over…sort of. Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-EsiPs6pes

Dave invades local news show ‘Live at 5’ to do a weather report with Al Roker. Aired 2/18/88.

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WNBC Live at Five 1987

You’ve Probably Never Seen This, And Will Probably Never Again!

Ever seen a newscast with a live announcer? We’ll get ready! Oh…and this is not just any live announcer…it’s Don Pardo!

You’ll see Don at the start, again at 1:18 where he has a rare bit of a stumble and again at 6:57 at the close. For those that saw Jack Cafferty on CNN with Wolf Blitzer for many years and wondered where he came from, here’s your answer…WNBC. Jack has a very characteristic intro to the weather segment with Al Roker in this great clip from 1987. Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WknkfOmIiNQ&feature=email

WNBC Live at Five 1987

From WNBC, some clips of Live at Five with Jack Cafferty, Sue Simmons, and Al Roker, with Don Pardo announcing on set. The seamless open for the 6PM News is …

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One Of The Oldest Kinescopes…’Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club’


One Of The Oldest Kinescopes…’Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club’

This rare piece of television history was created on May 12, 1948. It was done live in Philadelphia while the show was there for the national political conventions, which were then held back to back in the same venue. This is an ABC Radio – Dumont Television simulcast.

‘The Breakfast Club’ was usually done from it’s Chicago home and was the top morning radio show in America. Don McNeill’s show started on NBC’s Blue network in the early 30s, but went to ABC when the FCC ordered the NBC radio network split and sale in 1943.

The remote probably done by WFIL, an the Philly Dumont station, and was fed to Dumont’s WABD in New York and it seems that the TV part aired in NYC and Pilly only. This is the first time the show was ever televised. Beginning in September of 1950, the show aired as ‘The TV Club’ on ABC in the 1950-51 prime time season in a 60-minute version, Wednesdays at 9pm ET. From September to December 1951, the show returned to ABC in a 30-minute version, Wednesdays from 9pm to 9:30pm ET.

Beginning on February 22, 1954 and ending on February 25, 1955, ‘Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club’ was simulcast in its regular morning slot on ABC Radio and ABC Television. However, it failed to make a successful transition to television in either version. The last radio show aired December 27, 1968.

I made by radio debut on this show in 1956 as a 6 year old. My mother and I went to a convention with my dad, and one morning she took me downstairs to the studio in the hotel basement for the show. The star of the ‘Annie Oakley’ TV series was there and McNeill picked me out of the audience to help with a Windex commercial.

A few weeks later the show sent me a 45 rpm recording of my segment. I played it a million times and there is a copy of it in the audio files section on my About page on the main site. Here’s the link. http://www.eyesofageneration.com/About_Me.php

I think that went a long way in igniting my interest in broadcasting!

https://archive.org/details/AbcBreakfastClubEarly daytime show,geared primarily at the ladies.This episode comes from Philadelphia,where both major political parties held their conventions.This was from…

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2 Birds, 1 Stone…The EMI 2000 & Behind The Scenes


2 Birds, 1 Stone…The EMI 2000 & Behind The Scenes

First, I have been asked several times recently just what cameras are we seeing in the movie ‘Network’. They are the EMI 2000 plumbicon cameras.The BBC bought them in mass starting around 1968 or ’69.

The clip below is from around 1977 and shows the EMI 2000s in use on the British children’s show ‘Magpie’.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkXzJOuI6dY

The camera’s from 1970’s children’s TV Show ‘Finding out’ gave viewers the opportunity to discover how Thames Televisions ‘Magpie’ is produced and put on air…

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3000 West Alameda Avenue…NBC Burbank, 1958


3000 West Alameda Avenue…NBC Burbank, 1958

This is a classic! Shot on 2″ video tape, here is a drive by of NBC Burbank. Thanks to Gay Lanvill for sharing this with us. I had Gay in mind earlier this morning when I posted the video from ‘Big Bang’, on which she is an AD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us2flcoPut0&feature=youtu.be

This is a 1958 videotape of NBC Burbank as recorded on 2″ Quad in a mobile unit. The show opens as the camera travels down California Street, takes a right t…

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Classic! ‘The Price Is RIght’…1982 Behind The Scenes!


Classic! ‘The Price Is RIght’…1982 Behind The Scenes!

This must have been done just before the Hitachi days at Television City because there are Norelco PC 70s on the set! This is a very good clip and takes us all over Studio 33 and into the control room too. We’ll even see part of Johnny Olsen’s warm up routine! Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYaHPm4fZx0

This is from a talk show “2 On The Town,” in 1982. Includes an interview with Johnny Olson and his audience warm ups, contestant selection, and pricing games.

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‘Big Bang Theroy’…Behind The Scenes


‘Big Bang Theroy’…Behind The Scenes

This is quite an interesting look at how the show is done, and although it’s shot with digital film cameras, it comes together very much like a live camera show. This has eerily familiar quality and I could not help but think of how ‘I Love Lucy’ was shot while watching this. Even the audience area is “the same”. Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmvWgcXVLcQ

season 5 behind the scenes of the big bang theory

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You Didn’t Think I Would Come Home Without These Did You?

You Didn’t Think I Would Come Home Without These Did You?

Since my first glimpse of an RCA TK44 mounted on the Chapman Electra crane on SNL back in 1975, I have wanted to sit in “the bucket”. I finally have and I’m a happy man!

For the full story on the Electra and 8H, here is an in depth article I did a few years back.
http://www.eyesofageneration.com/Gallery_Saturday.php

To update the story, Chapman wanted to retire 308 a couple of years ago. They took her out and put in a new Electra, but, it could not make the tight turns that the old 308 could. The only thing to do was give 308 a complete makeover and a new paint job and put her back to work in 8H where John, Louis, Robert and Phil take loving care of her. Bless her heart! If she could only talk!



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‘Saturday Night Live’…April 5, 2014 Time Lapse Video


‘Saturday Night Live’…April 5, 2014 Time Lapse Video

This was a great show…the one where Pharrell Williams did “Happy” and Anna Kendrick was guest host, just 4 weeks before my visit. This starts with the audience load in and zooms through 90 minutes in just 2 minutes. As good as this is, this static single camera position leaves a lot of 8H uncovered, especially for sketches on the far left side of the studio. A couple of times there are “long” periods when it’s dark and it looks like there is no action, but those periods are probably when Stage 9 at the far left is in use, or there is a pre taped sketch running that was shot earlier on location. Here is that episode http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/episode-guide/season-39/anna-kendrick-with-pharrell-williams/1658

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i72I9NNTTM0

Watch Studio 8H transform during an episode of Saturday Night Live hosted Anna Kendrick with musical guest Pharrell Williams on April 5, 2014. Get more SNL: …

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‘Saturday Night Live’…2009 Time Lapse Video


‘Saturday Night Live’…2009 Time Lapse Video

This is the first SNL time lapse clip and was done in NBC’s Studio 8H five years ago, but the crane crew is still the same. On the boom arm is Louis Delli Paoli and Robert Mancari (cap), and Phil Pernice is driving. John Pinto is “in the bucket” on Camera 1, the Chapman Electra crane.

As Phil Pernice tells us, this was a Saturday rehearsal and the second part is dress rehearsal. The Thursday rehearsals are a lot slower as that’s the first time the cast and crew come together for camera blocking. By Friday afternoon, most of the scenery is on hand and things go a bit quicker, but there are still a lot of starts and stops. By late Saturday afternoon, things move along almost at the show pace. I’ll post the newer version next, so stay tuned! Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU8k2hoCr2w

A quick look behind the scenes.

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ABC, CBS, NBC…Tuesday Night Lineup, 1960


ABC, CBS, NBC…Tuesday Night Lineup, 1960

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAgrP18c2D8

What you would’ve watched on a typical Tuesday night in the fall of 1960: Bugs Bunny, Rifleman, Wyatt Earp, Stagecoach West, Alcoa Premiere (One Step Beyond)…

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You Bet Your Ass There Is A Connection To ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’!

You Bet Your Ass There Is A Connection To ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’!

This photo is from the 1964 movie ‘The Brass Bottle’. It starred Tony Randall and Barbara Eden…but not a a genie! Eden played Randall’s wife…Burl Ives played the genie that caused more problems than he solved. Here’s a short clip from the movie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuxCgThwM5M

‘I Dream Of Jeannie’ was created and produced by Sidney Sheldon for NBC in response to the great success of ABC’s ‘Bewitched’, which had debuted in 1964 as the second most watched program in the United States. Sheldon was inspired by the ‘The Brass Bottle’ and came up with the idea for a beautiful female genie.

When casting was opened for the role of Jeannie, Sheldon could not find an actress who could play the role the way he saw the character…as a brunette. He did not want a blonde genie because he thought there would be too much similarity with the blonde Samantha on ‘Bewitched’. However, after many unsuccessful auditions, he called Barbara Eden’s agent.

When NBC began its prime time season in color in the fall 1965, ‘Jeannie’ was one of two regular programs on NBC that remained in black and white. This was due in part to the special photographic effects employed to achieve Jeannie’s magic. By the second season, however, further work had been done on techniques to create the visual effects in color, necessary because by 1966 all US prime time series were being made in color.

Now this is odd! Sheldon originally wanted to film season one in color, but NBC did not want to pay for the extra expenses, as the network (and Screen Gems) believed the series would not make it to a second season. According to Sheldon’s autobiography “The Other Side Of Me”, he offered to pay the extra $400 an episode needed for color filming at the beginning of the series, but Screen Gems executive Jerry Hyams advised him: “Sidney, don’t throw your money away”.

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WBKB, Chicago Camera Mystery #2

WBKB, Chicago Camera Mystery #2…Anyone Have A Clue?

While we’re at WBKB in the ’40s, I thought we would try and identify these unique cameras. I had seen these photos a few years ago, but in all my research, have never seen anything even close to this design.

They remind me of something French made, but with WW II raging, I don’t see how they could be from Europe unless they were made before the war started there in 1939. The housing looks too sophisticated to have been home made. Anyone know anything about these cameras?



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WBKB, Chicago Camera Mystery #1

WBKB, Chicago Camera Mystery #1

The photo on the left was sent by Gary Walters who wanted to know what kind of camera this is. The picture (and the others) are from Chicago’s WBKB around 1943. My first thought was…this is a very early Dumont mounted on a barber chair base. The more I looked at it, the more I began to think this is may be a homemade copy of a Dumont Iconoscope camera.

In the center is another photo of this camera which is part of a larger photo that also shows the camera on the right, which is a real Dumont. On close comparison to many other early Dumont cameras, I’m pretty sure this is a homemade copy.

To establish the station, they hired television pioneer William C. (Bill) Eddy away from RCA’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City. I’ve read somewhere that Eddy was quite proud of his ability to build equipment of all kinds and suspect this is some of his handi work. By the way, this was one of the few experimental TV stations to operate during WW II and used a lot of women in key jobs. in 1953, WBKB became WBBM when it was bought by CBS.



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AMEN, Dan Rather! AMEN! The Sad State Of News & Media

AMEN, Dan Rather! AMEN! The Sad State Of News & Media

I’ve been wanting to talk about how media deregulation that started under President Reagan has hurt us as a country, and with the recent comments from Dan Rather on the subject, now seems to be the appropriate time.

Below are a few quotes from Monday’s ‘Toronto Star’ interview with Rather. The whole story is at this link.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/06/01/dan_rather_explains_why_journalists_have_lost_their_guts.html

“In terms of things I think people ought to worry about, there has been so much consolidation of media ownership that there’s less competition. I don’t think that’s a healthy situation. It’s a big change, and it’s what I’ve called the corporatization of news, which has led in some way to the trivialization of news”. – Dan Rather

“I think journalists and journalism — certainly in the U.S. — we lost our guts. An attitude got around: Be careful, because if you report something people in power don’t like, you may have to pay a very heavy price for that. That’s not in the best tradition of U.S. journalism, nor do I think it’s in the best tradition of the free press anyplace”. – Dan Rather

To me, these comments mesh. With fewer independent voices and outlets available to express editorial thoughts, fewer voices are heard and those that are, have self edited themselves into a pablum. I think ‘The CBS Evening News’ has a tad more hard news than the NBC and ABC, but for those of us that remember the quality of news in the 60s, 70s and 80s…today’s news seems a lot more like ‘Entertainment Tonight’.

The chart on the right shows that in 1983, there were 50 companies that were major players in US media. By 2004, ten years ago, there were only 6! There are still 6 and they are: Viacom (CBS), Disney (ABC), Comcast (NBC), News Corp (FOX), Time Warner and Clear Channel. More soon.


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‘Saturday Night Live’…Behind The Guest Host Entrance Door

‘Saturday Night Live’…Behind The Guest Host Entrance Door

In the photo on the left, and in one of the video clips, you see the other side of the door that SNL guest hosts use to enter the stage. Yes, that’s me and I’ll tell you more about what’s there, but first here’s a clip of Ashton Kutcher in this space waiting for his Q to enter in February of 2010.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOFbmhPbe2M

The reason his “heart was in his throat” is because he ends his monologue by stripping to his underwear.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOvVBdQ3Uk8

This platform is about five feet off the studio floor with steps on three sides. Directly behind these doors is a kind of tunnel about six feet deep that leads back to the studios west wall. The tunnel is I think mostly for crew access. The hosts usually come up the side steps behind me. As you see in the photo on the right, there are three doors…the center door is marked with a red tape X as a reminder to use “this door”.

I thought this was the door George Carlin would have used on the October 11, 1975 debt, but it’s not. In the clip below of that first show, you can see Carlin enter through the 9th floor balcony with steps to a raised stage. Notice the band is behind him in a corner of the studio. I think this set must have come about in the second season, but I’m not sure. Anyone know?
https://screen.yahoo.com/george-carlin-classic-monologue-1-000000814.html


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‘I’ve Got A Secret’ Salute To The 50th Anniversay Of Movie Business, 1958


Movie History Comes To Television…’I’ve Got A Secret’ 1958

Every once in a while, this great game show would take off on a completely different track and this is one of those shows. There are two guests with very interesting secrets, which I won’t spoil, and a surprise guest at the end who happens to have been Liz Taylor’s husband at the time. There is a lot of great movie trivia here and the panel is right on top of a lot of it. This is the whole show, with the link to the second part below…even the credits are intact which is rare. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATvGbWjAX9g Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9LCZ9OARCg Part 1

“I’ve Got a Secret” celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Hollywood film industry with a special program including film clips never before seen on televisio…

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‘Sunset Boulevard’…Behind The Scenes: Now this is funny

‘Sunset Boulevard’…Behind The Scenes

Now this is funny. According to her daughter, Gloria Swanson stayed in character for the entire duration of the film…except for one hilarious break.

On the day she filmed the Charlie Chaplin imitation scene, Swanson arrived on the set to find everyone there wearing a Chaplin bowler hat, and was amused but stayed in character.

The next day, they had to film the monkey funeral scene. Just before the cameras rolled, William Holden opened the box with the monkey’s body to show Swanson. The stuffed monkey had on a Chaplin bowler too. She laughed so hard and so long, it took about an hour to get her makeup repaired and back into character.

On the left below is the Norma Desmond house being demolished in 1957. The interior scenes were shot on Paramount’s Stage 18, but the exterior shots were done a this house at 3810 Wilshire Boulevard. It was torn down for a 22 story tower that was home to Getty Oil. At the link is the film’s most famous scene…”Alright Mr. Demille, I’m ready for my close up”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIcC8YJrevQ


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June 2, 1953…Elizabeth Crowned: NBC, CBS Race Footage To US

June 2, 1953…Elizabeth Crowned: NBC, CBS Race Footage To US

It was 61 years ago today: the race between CBS and NBC to be the first with their own films of Elizabeth II’s coronation. The films were to be ferried by Canberra jet bomber to Goose Bay, and from there the networks would ferry the films via P-51 Mustang race planes to Boston for network broadcast. CBS hired 1949 Bendix Trophy Winner Joe DeBona and his P-51B “Thunderbird” (co-owned with Jimmy Stewart, who also owned an interest in a CBS affiliate), while NBC hired 1948 Bendix winner Stanley Reaver in Paul Mantz’s NX1204. ABC, too strapped for resources (or just smarter?) was just going to carry the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s feed.

NBC had also arranged for a ‘secret weapon’ – having arranged with English Electric for a Canberra set for delivery to Venezuela to carry a set of films that would beat all the other networks. When that plane turned back, however (because the English Electric pilot, being an RAF reserve officer, faked a “fuel problem” because he didn’t want to play a role in Americans seeing the Coronation before the Canadians could) NBC struck a last-minute deal with ABC to share the CBC feed. Just as Joe DeBona arrived at Boston with the CBS films, both NBC and ABC switched to the CBC feed…and the faces of CBS brass collectively fell.

Here, before the whole fiasco erupted, partners Joe DeBona and Jimmy Stewart shake hands in a CBS photo. The giant “eye” was draped on the fuselage for the photo op; during the mission itself, “Thunderbird” carried smaller CBS logos on the fuselage and tail.
Thanks to Jodie Peeler for this story.


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Full episode: ‘The Sixties’ premiere

CNN’s ‘The Sixties’…’Television Comes Of Age’…Full Episode

This is a must see for all of us that love television history. This debut episode aired last Thursday and is all about our favorite subject. For those of you, like me, that missed it, here it is.

I don’t think our international friends know about this as I don’t think it airs on CNN International, so dig in. This is about as good as it gets! Many thanks to CNN and Executive Producer Tom Hanks and Playtone for yet another amazing piece of historical television.

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/ireports/2014/05/29/full-episode-the-sixties-season-1-episode-1.cnn.html

Full episode: ‘The Sixties’ premiere

Watch the premiere of CNN’s Original Series “The Sixties” on how television came of age during this pivotal decade.

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Short But Sweet…RCA TK41 & Norelco PC 70 In New York


Short But Sweet…RCA TK41 & Norelco PC 70 In New York

Given that NBC bought 35 Norelcos of their mobile units in 1967, I suspect this is about ’68 or ’69. This 20 second clip seems to be on the steps of a church at a press event in NYC…possibly a wedding, a draft dodger seeking sanctuary or a civil rights event. Anyone know? Thanks to our friend in Australia, Troy Walters for sharing. Troy and others have some interesting items in the “Recent Posts By Others” section of this page. Check it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0I2Yhbt_ZA

Unissued / Unused material – United States of America (USA). MS of television cameras from ABC TV company and the NBC Company. They are filming some kind of …

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Speaking Of Tex Avery…A Special Find


Speaking Of Tex Avery…A Special Find

This starts at the segment that I remember laughing at as a five year old boy in 1955 at a movie theater. The “naked” turkey had me in stitches. Anyone else remember this?

If found this wile doing some research on Tex Avery. This is a great MGM Cartoon he directed after leaving Warner Brothers. This is actually a compilation of 4 Avery directed “future features” that included the Home, Car, TV and Farm of Tomorrow done between 1949 and 1954. Enjoy and let me know if you remember this! Bobby Ellerbee

http://youtu.be/dH5ONdVf7aU?t=2m6sWMV

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A Brilliant History Of Cartoons And Animation


A Brilliant History Of Cartoons And Animation

This is quite a fascinating journey. It ends in pixel land but starts in pencil land with a rare look at the earliest cartoons and animation. If this subject has ever called to you, here’s the perfect condensed history! Enjoy and share.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnsBLF5cYpg

What makes a pencil line become a character? The year is 2003, Disney were about to release Pixar’s ‘Finding Nemo’, and broadcaster Alan Yentob sets his task…

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The BEST EVER Story Of Disney!

The BEST EVER Story Of Disney!

My most favorite voice belongs to the great Mason Adams and his narration sets the perfect tone for this magnificent presentation. This Disney Channel special covers everything from the history to the how in exceptional detail with ultra rare footage at every turn.

From Steamboat Willie to Epcot…this covers it all, including Disney’s multi plane camera that gave us the 3D effect, to the first color in cartoons and far beyond. This is a must see. Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlnpGiEjxN0

It All Started With A Mouse: The Disney Story (1989)

This 1989 special aired on the Disney Channel and tells the story of Walt Disney and the company that he built.

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1955 Disneyland Opening Day [Complete ABC Broadcast]

Disneyland Opening Day, As Seen Live On ABC…July 18, 1955

In today’s first post, we saw the preparation for this event and this video starts where that one ended…with Art Linkletter’s welcome. At the 2:00 mark, Art describes the previous day’s rehearsal as something like “trying to cover three erupting volcanos without expecting any of them”. No truer words have ever been spoken!

He splits the 90 minute program’s hosting duties with Bob Cumming and in the last 15 minutes or so, you can tell that they are running out of time and one area had to be passed over. This is the full presentation via kinescope and without the commercials. Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuzrZET-3Ew

1955 Disneyland Opening Day [Complete ABC Broadcast]

Disneyland Park is a theme park located in Anaheim, California, owned and operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts division of the Walt Disney Company. …

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