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…