Timeline of Radio and Television

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1865        May 17, The International Telegraph Union, later the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was set up in Paris to standardize and regulate international radio communications.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Telecommunication_Union)(Econ, 9/26/09, SR p.18)

1873        Aug 26, Lee De Forest (d.1961), inventor of the audion vacuum tube, was born in Council bluffs, Iowa. He is considered the father of radio.
    (WUD, 1994 p.379)(www.britannica.com)

1888        Aug 13, John Logie Baird, inventor (father of TV), was born in Scotland.
    (MC, 8/13/02)

1894        Sep, Guglielmo Marconi, Italian engineer, built his first radio equipment. By the end of this month he could flit a switch and make a bell ring at the other end of his attic workspace. Originally, radio or radiotelegraphy was called 'wireless telegraphy', which was shortened to 'wireless'. The prefix radio- in the sense of wireless transmission was first recorded in the word radioconductor, coined by the French physicist Edouard Branly in 1897.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R14)(ON, 11/99, p.9)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio)

1895        Jul 26, Gracie Allen, vaudeville, screen, radio and television personality, wife and foil of George Burns, was born.
    (HN, 7/26/01)

1897        Sep 5, Arthur C. Nielson, founder of the Nielson Ratings, was born.
    (HN, 9/5/00)

1905        The De Forest Wireless and Telegraph Company established its KPH Radio station in San Francisco and began broadcasting from the Palace Hotel. It was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. In 1912 Marconi bought the station and chose Bolinas for its transmitter.
    (SFC, 7/13/05, p.B2)

1906        Aug 19, Philo T. Farnsworth (d.1971), inventor (electronic TV), was born in Beaver County, Utah.

1906        Dec 2, Peter Carl Goldmark, engineer, was born. He developed the first commercial color television and the long-playing phonograph record.
    (HN, 12/2/00)

1907        Jan 22, The Richard Strauss opera "Salome" made its American debut at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC; its racy content (including the Dance of the Seven Veils) sparked outrage.
    (AP, 1/22/07)

1908        Mar 13, Walter Annenberg, publisher (Triangle-TV Guide), Ambassador to GB, was born in Milwaukee.
    (MC, 3/13/02)

1908        Mar 20, Frank Stanton, broadcasting pioneer and the president of CBS for 26 years, was born in Muskegon, Mich.
    (AP, 3/20/08)

1909        US Congress passed a royalties law that required radio broadcasters to pay composers but not performers.
    (Econ, 6/16/12, p.74)
1909        In San Jose, Ca., Charles David Herrold (d.1948 at 72), owner of Herrold’s College of Wireless and Engineering, broadcast his first voice transmissions. By 1912 San Jose Calling began regularly broadcasts of music and entertainment. The station later became KQW and then KCBS.
    (SSFC, 4/5/09, p.A2)

1912        May 11, Phil Silvers, comedian and actor, was born. He stared on TV’s "Sergeant Bilko."
    (HN, 5/11/99)

1913        Jan 24, Mark Goodson, TV game-show producer (Goodson-Toddman), was born.
    (MC, 1/24/02)

1913        Jun 13, Ralph Edwards (d.2005), radio and TV host (This is Your Life), was born in Merino, Colo.
    (www.imdb.com)(SFC, 11/17/05, p.B5)

1914        Two-way radio contact was accomplished between pilot and ground control.
    (NPub, 2002, p.9)

1916        Aug 13, Daniel Schorr, radio and television correspondent, was born.
    (HN, 8/13/00)

1918        Jan 24, Oral Roberts, Televangelist, founder Oral Roberts University, was born.
    (MC, 1/24/02)

1918        Jan 29, John Forsythe (d.2010), actor (Bachelor Father, Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), was born in NJ.
    (SFC, 4/3/10, p.C2)

1918        May 29, Herb Shriner, humorist, TV host (Herb Shriner Show), was born.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1918        Jul 2, Robert Sarnoff was born. He later became president of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and converted the network to the first all-color television station.
    (HN, 7/2/99)

1919        Jan 14, Andy Rooney, American humorist, author and television personality, was born. He appeared on the TV program "60 Minutes."
    (HN, 1/14/99)

1919        Aug 13, Rex Humbard, televangelist, was born.
    (MC, 8/13/02)

1919        Oct 17, The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was chartered.
    (AP, 10/17/08)

1920        May, Wireless pioneer Lee de Forest began operating a radio station in Marin County, Ca., six months before national elections.
    (SSFC, 9/27/15, p.F3)

1920        Aug 20, Pioneering American radio station 8MK in Detroit (later WWJ) began daily broadcasting.
    (AP, 8/20/97)

1920        Nov 2, The first radio broadcast of presidential elections in the United States was made by radio. Westinghouse had built radio station KDKA on its factory roof in Pittsburgh and was among the first to broadcast returns from the Harding-Cox presidential election. 8MK, the first US station owned by a newspaper (the Detroit News), also broadcast the election returns.
    (www.oldradio.com/current/the1st.htm)(WSJ, 1/12/98, p.A19)(HN, 11/2/98)(AP, 11/2/99)

1921        Jul 2, J. Andrew White announced the Dempsey-Carpentier fight in Jersey City and was thereby credited with being the first professional radio announcer. Dempsey defeated Georges Carpentier of France in the 1st million dollar gate ($1.7m) boxing match.
    (SFC, 7/20/96, p.E4)(SFC, 10/14/99, p.C5)(SC, 7/2/02)

1921                Sep 19, WBZ in Springfield, Mass., made its first radio broadcast. It operated under one of the first three "commercial licenses" for broadcasting in the new 360 meter frequency.

1922        Jan 17, Betty White, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls), was born.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1922        Jan 30, Dick Martin, actor, comedian (Laugh-In), was born in Detroit, Mich.
    (MC, 1/30/02)

1922        Feb 27, Commerce Sec. Herbert Hoover convened the 1st National Radio Conference.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1922        Jul 27, Norman Lear, TV writer, producer (All in The Family), was born.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1922        Nov 14, The British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, began the first daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House. The company was formed with a commercial mission to sell radio sets. General manager John Reith (33), Scottish engineer, envisaged an independent British broadcaster able to educate, inform and entertain the whole nation, free from political interference and commercial pressure.
    (AP, 11/14/97)(www.bbc.co.uk/heritage/story/1920s.shtml)

1923        Feb 5, Stephen J. Cannell, TV producer, writer (Rockford Files), was born.
    (MC, 2/5/02)

1924        Aug 2, Carroll O'Connor (d.2001), actor (All in the Family, Heat of the  Night), was born in NYC. His youngest brother Robert was born Aug 1, 1935.
    (www.bookrags.com/biography-carroll-oconnor/)(e-mail from Robert)

1924        Jun 24, The US political conventions were first broadcast nationally by radio. The democrats settled on John W. Davis after 103 ballots. He was then defeated soundly by Calvin Coolidge.
    (WSJ, 7/22/96, p.A12)(WSJ, 8/9/96, p.A11)

1925        Aug 12, KMA-AM in Shenandoah, IA, began radio transmissions.
    (SC, 8/12/02)

1925        Nov 28, The "WSM Barn Dance", later known as "The Grand Ole Opry" (1927), Nashville’s famed home of country music, made its radio debut on station WSM. The call letters came from the slogan "We Shield Millions" of sponsor National Life and Accident Insurance Co. Edwin Craig, a wireless buff with a stake in the insurance company, had recently sold the radio idea to the insurance board. In 1999 Charles K. Wolfe published "A Good Natured Riot: The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry." In 2007 Craig Havighurst authored “Air Castle of the South."
    (SFC, 7/20/96, p.E4)(AP, 11/28/97)(WSJ, 7/23/99, p.W7)(WSJ, 10/17/07, p.D9)

1926        Jan 17, George Burns married Gracie Allen.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1926        Sep 9, The National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) was incorporated by the Radio Corporation of America, which had originated as Marconi Wireless.
    (AP, 9/9/08)(SFC, 8/2/99, p.B3)

1927        Jan 14, Mary Livingstone (born as Sadye Marks) married Jack Benny. She appeared as Mary Livingstone on The Jack Benny Program (also called The Jack Benny Show ) through its various sponsors on radio and then to television--until 1965. Jack Benny, who cultivated a fake personality of a miserly wiseacre, was always willing to be the brunt of jokes and Mary supplied many of them. In fact, Benny credited his wife with the biggest laugh of the long-running comedy--bigger than the famous "Your money or your life" routine--not with a joke, but with three simple words: "Oh, shut up." They were married until his death in 1974. She wrote a memoir about him in 1978.
    (HNQ, 3/28/01)(www.accuracyproject.org/cbe-Benny,Jack.html)

1927        Apr 7, Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover was on hand for the first inter-city (DC to Manhattan) transmission by telephone of video imagery. Hoover’s image and voice were transmitted across telephone lines.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1927_in_television)(AH, 4/07, p.14)

1927        Sep 7, American television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth (21) succeeded in transmitting an image through purely electronic means by using a device called an image dissector. When Philo T. Farnsworth was 13, he envisioned a contraption that would receive an image transmitted from a remote location—the television. Farnsworth submitted a patent in January 1927, when he was 19, and began building and testing his invention that summer. He used an "image dissector" (the first television camera tube) to convert the image into a current, and an "image oscillite" (picture tube) to receive it. On this day his tests bore fruit. When the simple image of a straight line was placed between the image dissector and a carbon arc lamp, it showed up clearly on the receiver in another room. His first tele-electronic image was transmitted on a glass slide in his SF lab at 202 Green St. The New York World’s Fair showcased the television in April 1939, and soon afterward, the first televisions went on sale to the public.
    (AP, 9/7/97)(HNPD, 9/7/98)(SFEC, 8/18/96, BR p.3)

1928        Jan 13, The first television station appeared in NYC.
    (SSFC, 9/6/15, p.F3)

1928        Feb 3, Mr. Fred Rogers, kid host (Mr. Roger's Neighborhood), was born in Latrobe, Pa. [see Mar 20]
    (MC, 2/3/02)

1928        Feb 8, 1st transatlantic TV image was received at Hartsdale, NY.
    (MC, 2/8/02)
1928        Feb 8, Scottish inventor J. Blaird demonstrated color TV.
    (MC, 2/8/02)

1928        Feb 25, Bell Labs introduced a new device to end the fluttering of the television image.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

1928        Mar 19, "Amos & Andy" debuted on radio with the NBC Blue Network, WMAQ Chicago.
    (MC, 3/19/02)

1928        Mar 20, Fred Rogers, television performer (Mr. Roger's Neighborhood), was born. [see Feb 3]
    (HN, 3/20/01)

1928        Sep 2, SF inventor Philo T. Farnsworth announced two major advances in television technology. He reportedly eliminated all moving parts and shortened the wave band length to keep broadcasts from interfering with each other. His work was funded by local capitalists headed by W.W. Crocker and Roy N. Bishop.
    (SSFC, 9/6/15, p.F3)

1928        Hugo Gernsbach began a magazine called "All About Television." The cover featured a family gathered around a TV set watching football.
    (SFEC, 9/3/00, Z1 p.2)

1929        Jun 27, Scientists at Bell Laboratories in New York revealed a system for transmitting television pictures.
    (HN, 6/27/98)

1929        Oct 24, Rudy Vallee's Fleischmann Hour began broadcasting on NBC radio.

1929        Nov 30, Joan Ganz Cooney, television executive, was born in Phoenix, Az. She founded the Children's Television Workshop and was the mastermind behind "Sesame Street."

1930         Mar 16 For the first time, a live opera performance was transmitted via shortwave from Dresden Germany and received by NBC in New York, which broadcasted the event for American listeners. Unfortunately, reception was poor and Americans only heard about 20 minutes of the opera, "Fidelio."
    (NY Times, 3/17/1930, p.33)

1930-1940    Shirley Bell Cole (1920-2010) served as the primary voice of radio character Little Orphan Annie.
    (SFC, 2/4/10, p.C6)

1931        Feb 12, Japan’s first television broadcast was a baseball game.
    (HN, 2/12/97)

1931        Apr 6, 1st broadcast of "Little Orphan Annie" on NBC-radio.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1932        Feb 15, George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on "Guy Lombardo Show."
    (MC, 2/15/02)

1932        May 2, Jack Benny's first radio show made its debut on the NBC Blue Network.
    (AP, 5/2/97)

1932        Aug 14, Philips made its 1 millionth radio.
    (MC, 8/14/02)

1932        Aug 22, BBS began experimental regular TV broadcasts.
    (MC, 8/22/02)

1932        The Buck Rogers radio show followed the 1929 cartoon strip and was broadcast to 1947. Dick Calkins, co-author of Buck Rogers, died at 67. In 1988 Lorraine Dille Williams authored "Buck Rogers: The First 60 Years in the 25th Century."
    (SFC, 9/2/02, p.D8)(SFC, 4/13/05, p.G4)

1932        Bob Hope made his radio debut on the "Capitol Family Hour."
    (SFC, 10/24/96, p.D5)
1932        The national radio show "One Man’s Family" premiered. It was about a fictional San Francisco family.
    (SFEC, 3/30/97, BR. p.4)

1933        Jan 30, The first episode of the "Lone Ranger" radio program was broadcast on station WXYZ in Detroit. The show was created by George Washington Trendle and Fran Striker. The show ran for 21 years on ABC radio.
    (AP, 1/30/98)(SFC, 12/29/99, p.A11)(MC, 1/30/02)

1933        Apr 17, Johnny Roventini (d.1998 at 86), a Brooklyn-born bellhop, first went on radio during "The Ferde Grofe Show" to promote Philip Morris cigarettes.
    (SFC, 12/3/98, p.D5)

1933        Jul 10, 1st police radio system began operations at Eastchester Township, NY.
    (MC, 7/10/02)

1934        Jan 22, Bill Bixby, actor (Incredible Hulk, My Favorite Martian), was born in SF, Calif.
    (MC, 1/22/02)

1934        Aug 24, In Philadelphia, Pa., Philo T. Farnsworth (28), a San Francisco scientist, produced a televised picture of the moon, the first recorded use of television in astronomy.
    (SSFC, 8/16/09, p.46)

1934        Father Charles Coughlin (1891-1979), a Michigan-based Canadian-American Catholic priest, founded the National Union for Social Justice (NUSJ), a nationalistic worker's rights organization. He was one of the first political leaders to use radio to reach a mass audience, as up to thirty million listeners tuned to his weekly broadcasts. Coughlin supported Huey Long until Long was assassinated in 1935, and then supported William Lemke's Union Party in 1936. He was forced off the air in 1939.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Coughlin)(Econ, 7/16/16, p.18)

1935        Mar,  The German Reichpost (Post Office) began the "first television broadcasting service in the world".  However, the quality was poor and receivers were almost non-existent."

1935        Apr 16, The radio comedy program "Fibber McGee and Molly" premiered on the NBC Blue Network.
    (AP, 4/16/97)

1935        Apr 20, "Your Hit Parade" debuted on NBC radio. It was called the "Lucky Strike Hit Parade" by the newspapers. The show was re-named "Your Hit Parade" on November 9. The first number one song chosen for the first show was "Soon" by Bing Crosby.
    (Bruce C. Byrd, Your Hit Parade & American Top Ten Hits, 4th edition, 1994, p.15)

1935        Jul 20, The 1st broadcast of "Gang Busters" played on NBC-radio.
    (MC, 7/20/02)

1935        Bob Hope hosted his first NBC radio broadcast for Bromo Seltzer.
    (SFC, 10/24/96, p.D5)

1936        Jul 29, RCA showed the 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show and monologue from Tobacco Road and comedy). [see Nov 6]
    (MC, 7/29/02)

1936        Nov 2, The first high-definition public television transmissions began from Alexandra Palace in north London by the BBC.
    (HN, 11/2/98)(MC, 11/2/01)

1936        Nov 6, RCA displayed TV for press.
    (MC, 11/6/01)

1936        Dec 1, Bell Labs tested coaxial cable for TV use.
    (MC, 12/1/01)

1936        Dec 17, Edgar Bergen and his dummy, Charlie McCarthy, hit overnight success on the Rudy Vallee radio show.

1936        The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) was founded.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.42)

1937        Jan 25, The US radio program "The Guiding Light," made its debut. In 1952 it became a television soap opera on CBS.

1937        Jun 21, Wimbledon was televised for the first time.
    (Camelot, 6/21/99)

1938        Feb 17, The first Baird color TV was demonstrated at the Dominion Theatre in London. [see Dec 20]
    (HN, 2/17/01)(MC, 2/17/02)

1938        Mar 26, NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1938        Jun 7, The 1st play telecast with original Broadway cast: "Susan & God."
    (SC, 6/7/02)

1938        Nov 10, Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on her CBS radio program, which aired Thursdays.

1938        Dec 20, First electronic television system was patented. [see Dec 30]
    (HN, 12/20/98)

1938        Dec 30, An electronic television system was patented by V.K. Zworykin. [see Dec 20]
    (MC, 12/30/01)

1939        Apr 30, The New York World’s Fair, billed as a look at "the world of tomorrow," officially opened. NY Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia mandated that the city's nude dancers cover up during the fair. The cover-up evolved into the G-string and later the thong. The General Motors exhibit was titled Futurama. Philo T. Farnsworth premiered his television at the fair. AT&T presented its first Picture Phone at the World's Fair. Salvador Dali created a pavilion that was called “Dream of Venus" and described as the “funny house of tomorrow." In 2000 Miles Beller authored "Dream of Venus (Or Living Pictures): A Novel of the 1939 New York world’s Fair." National Presto Industries introduced the home pressure cooker at the fair.
    (AP, 4/30/97)(WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A8)(SFEC, 4/16/00, BR p.7)(NYTBR, 2/2/03, p.20) (www.imdb.com/title/tt0149460/trivia)(WSJ, 12/27/08, p.A7)

1939        May 13, Harvey Keitel, actor (Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs), was born.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

1939        Aug 26, The first televised major league baseball games were shown on experimental station W2XBS, a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. The Reds won first, 5-2; the Dodgers, second, 6-1.
    (AP, 8/26/98)

1939        Sep 30, The first college football game to be televised was shown on experimental station W2XBS in New York as Fordham University defeated Waynesburg College, 34-7 in Triboro Stadium on Randalls Island.
    (AP, 9/30/98)(SFEC, 6/13/99, p.C18)

1939        Penny Singleton (1908-2003), film actress born as Dorothy McNulty, was the voice of Blondie on radio until 1950. Pamela Briton played the role when Blondie began on TV in 1957.
    (SFC, 11/15/03, p.A23)
1939        San Francisco FM radio station KALW began broadcasting at the World Fair on Treasure Island. In 1941 it was donated to the SF Unified school district to train students in radio broadcasting.
    (SFC, 1/15/11, p.C1)
1939        Philo T. Farnsworth sold his television patents to RCA Victor for $1 million.
    (SFC, 9/7/02, p.D4)

1940        Feb 12, The radio play "The Adventures of Superman" debuted on the Mutual network with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.
    (AP, 2/12/98)

1940        Feb 25, A hockey game was televised for the first time, by New York City station W2XBS, as the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 6-2, at Madison Square Garden.
    (AP, 2/25/00)

1940        Feb 28, The first televised college basketball games were broadcast, by New York City station W2XBS, as Pittsburgh defeated Fordham, 57-37, and New York University beat Georgetown, 50-27, at Madison Square Garden.
    (AP, 2/28/98)

1940        Mar 2, The first televised intercollegiate track meet was seen by TV viewers in New York City as W2XBS presented the action live from Madison Square Garden. New York University won the meet.
    (HC, Internet, 2/3/98)
    (MC, 8/16/02)

1940        Mar 23, 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS.
    (SS, 3/23/02)

1940        Apr 16, The 1st televised baseball game on WGN-TV featured the White Sox vs. Cubs in exhibition.
    (MC, 4/16/02)

1940        Apr 21, The quiz show that asked the "$64 question," "Take It or Leave It," premiered on CBS Radio.
    (AP, 4/21/97)

1940        Jun 28, The Quiz Kids began airing on US NBC radio from Chicago. It was created by Chicago public relations and advertising man Louis G. Cowan, and originally sponsored by Alka-Seltzer. In 1945 it began airing on NBC TV. Ruth Duskin Feldman (1934-2015) joined the program at age 7 and left the program soon after turning 16. In 1982 she authored “Whatever Happened to the Quiz Kids: Perils and profits of Growing Up Gifted."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiz_Kids)(SFC, 6/11/15, p.D6)

1940        Sep 3, The 1st showing of high definition color TV.
    (MC, 9/3/01)

1941        Mar 1, W47NV, the 1st US FM radio station to broadcast with a commercial license, went on the air, Nashville TN.

1941        Mar 16, Chuck Woolery, TV game show host, was born in Kentucky. He hosted Love Connection from 1983 to 1995.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Woolery)(SSFC, 7/6/08, p.B6)

1941                  Apr 1,  The first contract for advertising on a commercial FM radio station began on W71NY in New York City.

1941        May 6, Bob Hope (b. May 29, 1903) began broadcasting his first USO radio show from March Field at Riverside, Ca. The United Service Organizations (USO) began operations this year and provided free coffee, donuts, and entertainment to US military forces. The organization is supported entirely by private citizens and corporations.
    (SFC, 5/28/97, p.D5)(HN, 5/6/98)(SFEC, 9/8/96, Par p.8)

1941        Jul 1, Commercial black and white television broadcasting began in the US under approval by the FCC. NBC’s New York station was the 1st to transition from radio to TV. “Truth or Consequences" with host Ralph Edwards became the 1st commercial TV show for NBC. WW II disrupted TV’s progress. “Truth or Consequences" prospered on radio and returned to TV in 1950.  
    (http://www.tvhistory.tv/History%20of%20TV.htm)(SFC, 11/17/05, p.B5)

1941        Aug 13, A prototype of the GEE or AMES Type 7000 British radio navigation system was lost on a raid over Hanover, Germany. GEE was devised by Robert Dippy and developed at the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE) at Swanage. Dippy later went to the United States where he worked on the development of the LORAN system. Loran, long-range navigation, later fell out of favor with the development of satellite-based navigation systems.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GEE_%28navigation%29)(Econ, 3/12/11, TQ p.21)

1941        Aug 29,  Robin Leach (d.2018), host for the American TV series "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," was born in London.

1941        Aug 31, The radio program "The Great Gildersleeve," a spin-off of Fibber McGee & Molly, made its debut on NBC.
    (AP, 8/31/97)(MC, 8/31/01)

1941        The Federal Communications Commission adopted a US television standard of 525 lines per picture.
    (SFC, 12/29/99, p.E3)

1941        Voice of America (VOA) was created shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 2003 Alan L. Heil, Jr. authored "Voice of America: A History."
    (Econ, 7/26/03, p.78)

1942        Francis Chase Jr. authored “Sound and Fury," an informal history of radio broadcasting.
    (WSJ, 11/1/08, p.W12)

1943        Feb 6, Crooner Frank Sinatra debuted on radio's "Your Hit Parade."
    (MC, 2/6/02)

1943        Mar 25, Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore premiered on radio.
    (MC, 3/25/02)

1943        Jun 7, Ken Osmond, actor (Eddie Haskel-Leave it To Beaver), was born.
    (SC, 6/7/02)

1943        Jul 21, Ralph B. Beal, research director for Radio Corporation of America (RCA) said television will be ready for every family's use immediately after the war. Screens 6 to 24 inches wide will be available as the radio manufacturing industry converts from war to peace production. The next normal development will be three-dimensional and color TV.
    (SSFC, 7/15/18, DB p.54)

1943        Oct 12, The Radio Corporation of America announced the divestment of the NBC Blue radio network to businessman Edward J. Noble for $8 million. Noble first called it just "The Blue Network." By Feb 1945 it was renamed the American Broadcasting Company.
    (NYT, 10/12/1943, P.23)(NYT, 10/17/1943, P. XII)

1943        Lady Bird Johnson purchased KTBC, a low-powered radio station in Texas. The Federal Communications Commission, which reviewed all broadcast-license transfers, was close to being abolished. Congressman Lyndon Johnson used his political influence in both Congress and the White House to prevent that from happening. In 1945 the FCC OK'd KTBC's request to quintuple its power, which cast its signal over 63 counties.
    (Econ, 7/21/07, p.85)(www.slate.com/id/2170481/nav/navoa/)

1944        Oct 8, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" made its debut on CBS Radio on Ozzie  (1906-1975) and Harriet (1909-1994) Nelson’s ninth wedding anniversary. In 1949 their sons David (1936-2011) and Rickie (1940-1985) joined the cast.
    (AP, 10/8/98)(SFC, 1/13/11, p.C6)

1945        Apr 30, "Arthur Godfrey Time" made its debut on the CBS radio network.
    (AP, 4/30/05)
1945        Apr 30, The show “Queen For Today" began on the Mutual Broadcasting Company radio program. In 1956 it moved to television as Queen For a Day until 1964 with a 2nd run from 1969-1970.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_for_a_Day)(WSJ, 2/4/08, p.B1)

1946        Mar 16, Erik Estrada, actor (CHiPs, Cross & Switchblade, Lightblast), was born in NYC.
    (MC, 3/16/02)

1946        Apr 20, 1st baseball game telecast was in Chicago with the Cards vs. Cubs.
    (MC, 4/20/02)

1946        Jinx Falkenburg (d.2003) and husband Tex McCrary pioneered talk radio programming with the "Hi Jinx" morning show at WEAF in NYC.
    (SFC, 8/29/03, p.A28)

1946        Syd Cassyd formed the Television Arts and Sciences Academy. He envisioned it to as a tool for enlightenment, education, science and technology.

1946        GM’s Chevrolet division was the first automobile company to advertise on network television.
    (WSJ, 6/19/96, Adv. Supl)

1946        7,000 TV sets were sold as commercial TV became established.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1946)

1946-1960    The show "Hometown Jamboree" ran on radio and television. It was produced by Cliffie Stone (d.1998) and gave career boosts to such stars as Tennessee Ernie Ford, Johnny Cash, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves and Tex Ritter.
    (SFC, 1/20/98, p.A18)

1947        Jan 3, Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time as viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York City saw some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th Congress.
    (AP, 1/3/98)

1947        Feb 19, CBS radio premiere of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 3."
    (MC, 2/19/02)

1947        May 7, "Kraft Television Theater" premiered on NBC.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1947        Sep 13, WPVI TV channel 6 in Philadelphia, PA., (ABC) began broadcasting.
    (MC, 9/13/01)

1947         Oct 5, In the first televised White House address, President Truman asked Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry on Thursdays to help stockpile grain for starving people in Europe.
    (AP, 10/5/97)

1947        Oct 13, The popular children's television show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, premiered as a local Chicago show. In its first year, the show's name varied between "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" and "Junior Jamboree," but it was essentially the same show.

1947        Oct 27, "You Bet Your Life," starring Groucho Marx, premiered on ABC Radio. The show was transferred to TV on NBC in 1950 and lasted until 1961.
    (SFC, 6/5/97, p.A26)(AP, 10/27/97)

1947        Nov 20, "Meet the Press" made network TV debut on NBC.
    (MC, 11/20/01)

1947        Dec 27, Buffalo Bob Smith (1917-1998) and puppet Howdy Doody starred on the first nationally broadcast children’s TV show. It ran to Sep. 30, 1960. The show was produced by Martin Stone and was shot in NBC studio 3-K at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The characters Clarabell the Clown (Bob Keeshan later Captain Kangaroo), Dilly Dally, Chief Thunderthud, Princess Summerfall, Phineas T. Bluster and Flub-a-Dub were featured. The theme song was based on the French ditty: "Ta-ra-ra-Boom-der-e." The show ran for 2,543 episodes. Rufus Rose was the puppeteer for most of the shows. The Rose family later fought with the Detroit Institute of Arts for possession of the original show puppet.
    (SFC, 9/9/96, p.A18)(AP, 12/27/97)(SFC, 6/19/98, p.B6)(SFC, 7/31/98, p.D7)(SFEC, 2/27/00, p.A3)

1947        The ABC Radio show "Candid Microphone," developed by Allen Funt, premiered. A year later it became a TV program and later "Candid Camera."
    (SFC, 9/7/99, p.C2)
1947        NBC featured Jinx Falkenburg (d.2003) and husband Tex McCrary on the television show "At Home."
    (SFC, 8/29/03, p.A28)
1947        Henry Denker (1912-2012), American novelist and playwright, began writing, directing and producing “The Greatest Story Ever Told," a radio drama on the life of Jesus. The program continued to 1956 and won him a Peabody Award.
    (SFC, 5/24/12, p.C5)
1947        The radio show "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" was created. In 1955 it became a TV series with Richard Simmons.
    (SFC, 1/15/03, p.A19)
1947        The "Mary Kay and Johnny" TV show began on the DuMont network with Johnny and Mary Kay Stearns. It later moved to NBC and CBS.
    (SFC, 12/11/01, p.A28)

1948        Feb 16, NBC-TV began airing its first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre," which consisted of "20th Century Fox- Movietone News" newsreels.
    (AP, 2/16/98)(MC, 2/16/02)

1948        Mar 18, Philips began experimental TV broadcasting.
    (MC, 3/18/02)

1948        Mar 20, The 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS.
    (MC, 3/20/02)
1948        Mar 20, A televised concert by NBC Symphony was conducted by  Arturo Toscanini.
    (MC, 3/20/02)

1948        Apr 5, WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago, IL., began broadcasting.
    (MC, 4/5/02)

1948        May 9, The first television guide, called TV Forecast, was published by Les Vihon and 3 partners in Chicago. It became the basis for TV Guide which was consolidated under Walter Annenberg.
    (WSJ, 5/8/98, p.W10)(WSJ, 6/18/99, p.W6)

1948        May 25, KPIX went on the air as the first TV station in Northern Ca.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, Z1 p.4)

1948        Jun 1, "We The People", TV Talk Show, radio from ‘36; debuted on CBS.
    (DT, 6/1/97)

1948        Jul 5, The pilot episode of “My Favorite Husband," with Lucille Ball, aired. It was entitled “The Cugat's Tenth Wedding Anniversary" It became the gifted redhead’s first regular radio program on CBS. Regular broadcasting began on July 23, 1948 and aired on various nights through March 31, 1951. Through most of its life it was sponsored by Jello.

1948        Jun 8, The "Texaco Star Theater" made its debut on NBC-TV with Milton Berle hosting the first program. Although Berle was initially chosen to be only a guest host, he was named the show’s permanent host the following September. Sponsors changed and it became "The Buick-Berle Show" and then just "The Milton Berle Show." The show lasted to 1956.
    (SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.37) (AP, 6/8/98)

1948        Jun 14, Lee Wagner, a New York publisher, launched his TeleVision Guide. It became known as TV Guide. The Barowski brothers in Philadelphia soon followed with their TV Digest.
    (WSJ, 5/8/98, p.W10)

1948        Aug 10, Allen Funt’s "Candid Microphone," later titled "Candid Camera," made its television debut on ABC-TV.
    (AP, 8/10/98)

1948        Sep 21, Milton Berle made his debut as permanent host of the TV vaudeville show "The Texaco Star Theater" on NBC on Tuesday nights. [see Jun 8, 1948]
    (AP, 9/21/98)(SFC, 5/29/00, p.E4)

1948        Nov 28, "Hopalong Cassidy" TV western premiered on NBC television [see Jun 24, 1949].

1948        Nov 29, The popular children's television show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, moved to the NBC Midwest network.
1948        Nov 29, The NYC Metropolitan Opera was televised for the first time as the season opened with "Othello." It featured Ramon Vinay, Licia Albenese, and Leonard Warren and was conducted by Fritz Busch
    (HN, 11/29/98)(MC, 11/29/01)

1948        In Chicago Clint Youle (d.1999 at 83) became television's first weatherman.
    (SFC, 7/27/99, p.A17)

1948        The TV show "Pantomime Quiz" began on KTLA in Hollywood. It was hosted by Mike Stokey (d.2003 at 84). It went national on CBS a year later and in the 1960s was renamed "Stump the Stars."
    (SFC, 9/12/03, p.A23)

1948        The Perry Como Show made its debut on TV. It ran for 15 years to1963. Como died in 2001 at age 88.
    (SSFC, 5/13/01, p.A27)

1948        The TV show "Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One" featured Morey Amsterdam.
    (SFC, 10/29/96, p.B2)

1948        The TV show “Studio One" began broadcasting on TV and featured a new play every week. The show continued to 1958.
    (WSJ, 11/22/08, p.W9)

1948        TV advertising by liquor makers was halted. The agreement held until 1996 when Seagram Co. began running both radio and TV ads.
    (SFC, 10/19/96, D1)

1948        The Hearst Corp. acquired WBAL-TV, Baltimore, one of the country's first television stations.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A9)

1949        Jan 31, The first TV daytime soap opera, "These Are My Children," was broadcast from the NBC station in Chicago.
    (AP, 1/31/98)

1949               Apr 1, "Happy Pappy" premiered. It was the first all-black-cast variety show.

1949        Apr 26, Look Magazine proclaimed that radio was "doomed" and that within 3 years television would completely overshadow it.
    (440 Int’l. Internet, 4/26/97, p.2)

1949        May 29, Candid Camera, TV comedy Variety, moved to NBC.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1949        Jun 1, KSL TV channel 5 in Salt Lake City, UT (CBS) began broadcasting.
    (DT, 6/1/97)

1949        Jun 24, "Hopalong Cassidy" became the 1st network western (NBC). William Boyd (1895-1972) played Hopalong Cassidy on a radio program. He bought the rights to the Cassidy movies and edited them for TV. They proved popular and he made an additional 52 new episodes for TV [see Nov 28, 1948].
    (SFC, 1/21/98, Z1 p.3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopalong_Cassidy)

1949        Jul 2, "Red Barber's Clubhouse" sports show premiered on CBS (later NBC) TV.
    (SC, 7/2/02)

1949        Jul 7, The police drama "Dragnet," starring Jack Webb and Barton Yarborough, premiered on NBC radio. It became a TV series in 1951 and 1967.
    (AP, 7/7/99)(MC, 7/7/02)

1949        Jul 10, 1st practical rectangular TV tube was announced in Toledo, Oh.
    (MC, 7/10/02)

1949        Sep 1, The 1st network detective series, Private Eyes, premiered.
    (SC, 9/1/02)

1949        Sep 15, "The Lone Ranger" premiered on ABC television with Clayton Moore (d.1999) as the masked hero and Jay Silverheels (1912-1980) as Tonto. Their 169 [221] episodes ran to 1957. Moore was replaced by John Hart for the 1952-1953 season due to a salary dispute.
    (AP, 9/15/99)(SFC, 12/29/99, p.A1,11)(SSFC, 6/19/05, Par p.2)

1949        Nov, In San Francisco KRON-TV began broadcasting.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A8)(SSFC, 9/6/15, p.F3)

1949        Dec 28, 20th Century Fox announced it would produce TV programs.
    (MC, 12/28/01)

1949        The TV show “Adventures in Music" began on Southern California’s KTLA. It was hosted by John Roland Redd (1921-1998) who posed as Indian Swami Korla Pandit.
    (SFC, 8/17/15, p.E1)(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9ytSC8rz84)
1949        Bozo the Clown made his TV debut on “Bozo’s Circus starring Pinto Colvig on KTTV-Channel 11 (CBS), Los Angeles.
    (NW, 11/11/02, p.54)(WGN-BTL, 2004)
1949        Jay Ward, cartoonist, created "Crusader Rabbit." It was the first cartoon made for TV.
    (SFEC, 12/15/96, DB p.63)
1949        Milton Berle hosted the first TV telethon. $1.1 million for cancer patients was raised in 14 hours.
    (SFEC, 8/15/99, Z1 p.8)
1949        Thomas Coffin (d.1999 at 83) became NBC's first television market research specialist. He was the first to conduct studies that showed that people bought products after seeing them on TV. He later was part of a panel that produced the 1972 report that TV violence had an adverse effect on children.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A17)
1949        The first Emmy Awards for TV productions were made. Shirley Dinsdale Layburn (d.1999 at 72), a ventriloquist, received one for Most Outstanding Television Personality. Her puppet was Judy Splinters.
    (SFC, 5/12/99, p.C6)
1949        Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca (d.2001) starred on the "Admiral Broadway Revue" TV show (Jan-Jun), a forerunner of "Your Show of Shows," which ran to 1954.
    (SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A29)(SFC, 8/9/02, p.D17)
1949        The CBS comedy series “Mama" began a 7-year run. It was about a Norwegian American family in early 1900s San Francisco.
    (SFC, 6/24/15, p.D7)
1949        Mike Wallace hosted the quiz show "Majority Rules."
    (SFC, 10/3/02, p.D9)

1950        Feb 3, Morgan Fairchild, [Patsy McClenny], actress (Falcon Crest), was born in Dallas, Tx.
    (MC, 2/3/02)

1950        Feb 25, The comedy-variety program "Your Show of Shows," starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner and, later, Howard Morris, debuted on NBC-TV. The show’s writers included Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen.
    (AP, 2/25/00)(MC, 2/25/02)

1950        Mar 9, Space Patrol debuted as a local, 15-minute show that aired live five days a week in Los Angeles and ran to 1955. Norman Jolley (d.2002), evil Agent X, acted in the series and wrote scripts. Ed Kemmer (1921-2004) played Commander Buzz Corry. Joanne Jordan played the evil Queen Mirtha. It featured the voice of Dick Tufeld for its weekly introductions. In 2005 Jean-Noel Bassior authored “Space Patrol: Missions of Daring in the name of Early Television."
    (SFC, 8/23/02, p.A27)(SFC, 11/17/04, p.B8)(SFC, 10/17/08, p.B8)(SFC, 9/25/09, p.D10)(SFC, 1/30/12, p.C4)

1950        Apr 9, Bob Hope made his first television appearance. Hope began his career on an NBC television special after years on radio. "I’d better get into television before Milton Berle used up my material."
    (SFC, 10/24/96, p.D5)(HN, 4/9/98)

1950        Jul 10, "Your Hit Parade" premiered on NBC (later CBS) TV.

1950        Sep 30, Radio's "Grand Ole Opry" was broadcasted on TV for 1st time.
    (MC, 9/30/01)

1950        Oct 3, "The Beulah Show" starred Ethel Waters (1896-1977), American singer and actress, as a maid. The TV series continued to 1953.
    (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042081/)(SSFC, 10/6/19, p.B10)

1950        Oct 11, The Federal Communications Commission authorized the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) to begin commercial color TV broadcasts.
    (HN, 10/11/98)

1950        Oct, The TV show “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet" (1950-1955) premiered with Frankie Thomas (1921-2006) as Tom Corbett.
    (SFC, 5/17/06, p.B7)

1950        Nov 5, Billy Graham’s “Hour of Decision" was first broadcast as a live radio program from Atlanta, Georgia.

1950        The Arthur Murray Party began showing on TV and ran intermittently to 1960. The show was hosted by Kathryn Murray (d.1999 at 92) used comedy and celebrity to sell ballroom dancing to the public. Arthur Murray died in 1991.
    (SFEC, 8/8/99, p.D8)
1950        The Jack Benny Show featured Eddie "Rochester" Anderson as a foil for Benny.
    (SSFC, 2/11/01, BR p.1)
1950        The "Broadway Open House" TV show began and later evolved into the "Tonight Show."
    (SFC, 10/29/96, p.B2)
1950        The "Cisco Kid" TV series began with Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carrillo. The series lasted to 1956.
    (SFC, 12/27/00, p.C6)
1950        George Francis Hayes (1865-1969) moved to television and hosted The Gabby Hayes Show, a western series, from 1950 to 1954, and a new version in 1956.
1950        Hot Springs, NM, voted 1,294-295 to change its name to Truth or Consequences. Radio show host Ralph Edwards had promised to broadcast from the town that agreed to change its name to that of his radio show.
    (SFC, 11/17/05, p.B5)
1950        The TV show "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx began and George Fenneman (1919-1997) began. The show lasted until 1961.
    (SFC, 6/5/97, p.A26)

1950        Ten million US households had television in this year.
    (SFC, 7/13/96, p.A5)

1950s        Scripts from the popular 1950s television show, Your Show of Shows , were found in a closet in New York City in September 2000. Workers in a New York City office building discovered a closet containing 137 scripts, some of them with hand-written notations, from one of the country’s most beloved shows from the `50s. The closet had served as storage for the show’s producer, Max Liebman, who died in 1981.
    (HNQ, 3/4/01)

1950s        Fred Coe (1914-1979) was considered the greatest producer in television’s Golden Age in the 1950s. John Krampner wrote "The Man in the Shadows: Fred Coe and the Golden Age of Television" in 1996. Coe produced the Philco-Goodyear Playhouse, Studio One, Kraft Television Theater and Robert Montgomery Presents.
    (MT, Spg. ‘97, p.18)

1950-1951    The Jack Carter Show aired on NBC. Jack Carter (1922-2015) hosted several specials and variety shows during his career including “Cavalcade of the Stars."
    (SFC, 7/1/15, p.D4)   
1950-1951    The Texaco Star Theater was the top ranking network show on television with a ranking of 61.6%.
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)

1951        Jan 1, A British radio soap opera called “The Archers" began airing following pilot shows in 1950. The show was about a British farming community and was still popular as it continued in 2011.
    (SFC, 1/5/11, p.E2)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Archers)

1951        Feb 1, The 1st X-ray moving picture process demonstrated.
    (MC, 2/1/02)

1951        Feb 3, "Victor Borge Show," debuted on NBC TV.
    (MC, 2/3/02)

1951        May 14, The Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety "Ernie in Kovacsland," debuted on NBC.
    (MC, 5/14/02)(SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.37)

1951        Jun 25, The first commercial color telecast took place as CBS transmitted a one-hour special from New York to four other cities. CBS tried a version of color TV with a design that featured a mechanical rotating color wheel.
    (AP, 6/25/97)(SFC, 3/18/04, p.E1)

1951        Jun 28, A TV version of the radio program "Amos ‘N’ Andy" premiered on CBS. Although criticized for racial stereotyping, it was the first network TV series to feature an all-black cast.
    (AP, 6/28/97)

1951        Sep 3, The television soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" made its debut on CBS. From 1953 to 1955 it featured Don Knotts as the neurotic Wilbur Peterson. The show ended in 1986 after 4 years on NBC. Larry Haines (1918-2008) played the neighbor Stu Bergman for most of the show’s run.
    (AP, 9/3/98)(SSFC, 2/26/06, p.B7)(SFC, 7/31/08, p.B5)

1951        Sep 4, The first transcontinental television broadcast in America was carried by 94 stations. President Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco.
    (AP, 9/4/97)(HN, 9/4/98)

1951        Oct 15, The situation comedy "I Love Lucy" premiered on CBS. It ran through to 1961. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz bought their television studio, Desilu, from Howard Hughes.
    (SFEC, 10/20/96, T8)(AP, 10/15/97)(SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.37)(WSJ, 5/29/98, p.W9)

1951        Nov 18, "See it Now" premiered on TV.
    (MC, 11/18/01)

1951        Dec 5, "Dragnet" premiered on TV.
    (MC, 12/5/01)

1951        Dec 24, Gian Carlo Menotti’s "Amahl and the Night Visitors," the first opera written specifically for television, was first broadcast by NBC.
    (AP, 12/24/97)

1951        Paul Harvey (d.2009 at 90), news commentator and talk-radio pioneer, began his "News and Comment" for ABC Radio Networks.
    (AP, 3/1/09)
1951        "The Honeymooners" first appeared as a TV sketch featuring Jackie Gleason on the DuMont Network's Cavalcade of Stars. It was written by Harry Crane (d.1999 at 85).
    (SFC, 9/15/99, p.C4)
1951        The TV show "See It Now" was co-produced by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (d.1998 at 82). Murrow was on camera and Friendly was behind-the-scenes. The show was cancelled in 1958.
    (SFC, 3/5/98, p.A24)
1951        "Superman and the Mole Men," starred George Reeves in the first Superman TV episode.
    (SFC, 12/14/00, p.C9)
1951        Jack LaLanne (b.1914) began hosting a daily exercise show on San Francisco’s KGO TV (channel 7).
    (SFC, 10/8/09, p.A16)
1951        Don Herbert (1917-2007), as television's "Mr. Wizard," introduced generations of young viewers to the joys of science. “Watch Mr. Wizard" ran for 14 years.
    (AP, 6/12/07)(SFC, 6/14/07, p.B5)

1951-1952    Godfrey’s Talent Scouts was the top ranking network show on television with a ranking of 53.8%.
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)

1952        Jan 3, "Dragnet" with Jack Webb premiered on NBC TV.
    (MC, 1/3/02)

1952        Jan 14, NBC’s TV show "Today" with Dave Garroway (d.1982) and Jack Lescoulie had its debut. Garroway left the show in 1961. The news announcer was James Fleming (1915-1996). The theme music was "Sentimental Journey." Hugh Downs hosted from 1962-1971. Barbara Walters hosted from 1974-1976. Tom Brokaw hosted from 1976-1981. Jane Pauley hosted from 1976-1989. Bryant Gumbel hosted from 1982-1997.
    (SFC, 7/13/96, p.A5)(SFC, 8/19/96, p.C2)(AP, 4/8/97)(AP, 1/14/98)(SFC, 1/11/02, p.D19)(MC, 1/14/02)

1952        Mar 3, "Whispering Streets" debuted on ABC Radio, remaining on the air until Thanksgiving week, 1960. The end of that show brought down the curtain on what is called "the last day of the radio soap opera" (November 25, 1960).
    (HC, Internet, 3/3/98)

1952        Apr 22, An atomic test conducted at Yucca Flat, Nevada, became the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television.
    (AP, 4/22/99)(SFC, 4/19/02, p.G3)

1952        Jun 19, The celebrity-panel game show "I've Got A Secret" made its debut on CBS-TV with Garry Moore as host.
    (AP, 6/19/07)

1952        Jun 30, "The Guiding Light," a popular radio program, made its debut as a television soap opera on CBS.
    (AP, 6/30/97)

1952        Jun, The Goon Show began on the BBC Home Service. It had started as the show "Crazy People."
    (SFC, 11/28/96, p.B6)

1952        Sep 6, Canadian television broadcasting began in Montreal.
    (AP, 9/6/97)

1952        Sep 23, Rocky Marciano became the world heavyweight boxing champion by knocking out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round, in Philadelphia PA. It was Rocky’s 43rd consecutive victory. This was the 1st closed circuit pay-TV telecast of a sports event.
    (MC, 9/23/01)
1952        Sep 23, Republican vice-presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon went on television to deliver what came to be known as the "Checkers" speech as he refuted allegations of improper campaign financing. Nixon denied that he maintained a private slush fund and all financial allegations except for the gift of a cocker spaniel dog named Checkers from a Texan who heard that his daughters wanted a puppy. Some 30 million television viewers watched as Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower‘s running mate in the upcoming presidential elections, made a plea for sympathy and vindication in light of charges he was living a lifestyle beyond the means of his $12,500 Senate salary. In 1997 plans were underway to exhume the dog and rebury it near the former president.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1952)(SFC, 4/28/97, p.A5)(AP, 9/23/97)(HNQ, 10/12/99)

1952        Oct 3, The situation comedy "Our Miss Brooks," formerly a radio show, premiered on CBS with Eve Arden again in the title role. Robert Rockwell played her love interest, the biology teacher
    (AP, 10/3/02)(SFC, 1/28/03, p.A15)
1952        Oct 3, The 1st video recording on magnetic tape was made in LA, Ca.
    (MC, 10/3/01)

1952        Oct 7, The 1st "Bandstand" broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV. Dick Clark joined in 1955 as a substitute-host. American Bandstand premiered as a local show in Philadelphia.
    (SFC, 11/10/99, p.E3)(SFC, 4/15/00, p.D3)

1952        Nov 9, The CBS TV show Omnibus, created by Robert Saudek (d.1997), premiered. It  was hosted by Alistair Cooke. The show move to NBC before finishing its run in 1961 after more than 150 episodes. Saudek was assisted by Mary Ahern (1922-2021).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnibus_(American_TV_program))(SSFC, 5/23/21, p.F8)

1952        Dec 2, 1st human birth televised to public was on KOA-TV Denver, Colo.
    (MC, 12/2/01)

1952        Larry Harmon made his debut as Bozo the Clown. The pilot was titled "Pinky Talks Back."
    (SFC, 4/14/01, p.B4)
1952        Gunsmoke, the "adult western," began as a radio drama. It spawned a television series (1955) that lasted 20 years. Starring William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon (a role played by James Arness on TV), the show broke with established radio traditions (such as extended use of sound effects) and character stereotypes (in great part to many cliché-busting scripts by John Mestin). It garnered a huge audience for its network, CBS (sources disagree, but some estimate as much as 30% of the radio-listening public tuned into the show, a rating impossible to reach in today’s multimedia world). The popular radio drama launched the 20-year TV series, a record as yet unrivalled by any other primetime drama.
    (HNQ, 3/30/01)
1952        Art Linkletter (1912-2010), radio and TV talk-show pioneer, began hosting his daytime television show “House Party." It continued to 1970.
    (SFC, 5/27/10, p.C4)
1952        Sheri Lewis (19) was a winner on the Arthur Godfrey television talent scout show. Within 5 years she introduced her puppet Lamb Chop on the Captain Kangaroo Show and began her own show in 1957.
    (SFC, 8/4/98, p.A7)
1952        "The Ernie Kovacs Show" began under CBS and ran to 1953.
    (SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.37)
1952        The TV show Ding Dong School was developed by George Heinemann (1918-1996)
1952        TV advertised its first toy, Mr. Potato Head.
    (SFEC, 3/2/97, z1 p.4)
1952        The TV show "My Little Margie" starred Gale Storm and Hillary Brooke, It ran until 1955.
    (SFC, 6/2/99, p.C7)
1952        "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" began its TV run. It had started as a radio series in 1944. The TV show ran to 1966.
    (AP, 10/8/98)(SSFC, 5/20/01, p.C5)
1952        The radio show “This Is Your Life," hosted by Ralph Edwards, migrated to television. It ran to 1961.
    (SFC, 11/17/05, p.B5)
1952        Death Valley Days moved from radio to TV and ran to 1975 as a syndicated television show. British-born manager James Gerstley (1907-2007), president of the Pacific Coast Borax Company (later US Borax), sponsored the show.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Valley_Days)(SFC, 6/6/07, p.B7)

1952        Matsutaro Shoriki founded Nippon Television, Japan’s first private network.
    (Econ, 12/22/12, p.62)

1953        Jan 20, In the US Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated as president. He succeeded Harry S. Truman. TV coverage sent the event to 21 million sets.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1685)(SFC, 1/17/03, p.E8)

1953        Jan 28, J. Fred Muggs (the chimp) joined NBC's "Today Show."
    (MC, 1/28/02)

1953        Feb 1, CBS-TV debuted "Private Secretary", starring Ann Sothern, on this day. Ann played Susie McNamera, private secretary to NY talent agent, Peter Sands (played by Don Porter). The show ran during the regular TV seasons on CBS, and last show was September 10, 1957. It ran on NBC-TV in the summers of 1953 and 1954.
    (SFC, 2/21/97, p.A26)(440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)
1953        Feb 1, "You Are There" with Walter Cronkite premiered on CBS television.
    (MC, 2/1/02)

1953        Feb 3, J. Fred Muggs, a chimp, became a regular on NBC's Today Show.
    (MC, 2/3/02)

1953        Feb 9, "Adventures of Superman" TV series premiered in syndication.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1953        Mar 19, The Academy Awards ceremony was televised for the first time; "The Greatest Show on Earth" was named best picture of 1952. Gary Cooper & Shirley Booth won for best actor and actress.
    (AP, 3/19/99)(MC, 3/19/02)

1953        Apr 3, Walter Annenberg of Philadelphia began a national TV Guide. His father had published Radio Guide and he bought TV Forecast in Chicago and local television guides in New York , Philadelphia and Washington to begin his operation. A picture of the first cover featured Lucy and Desi Arnaz’ baby (I Love Lucy).
    (www.tvhistory.tv/tv_guide1.htm)(WSJ, 5/8/98, p.W10)(www.fiftiesweb.com/pop/tv-guide.htm)

1953        Jun 7, The 1st color network telecast in compatible color was in Boston, Mass.
    (SC, 6/7/02)

1953        Jul 11, "Amos 'n Andy," TV Comedy, also radio from '29; last aired on CBS.
    (MC, 7/11/02)

1953        Aug 3, Frank Blair became the news anchor of the Today Show.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1953         Aug 30,  The first publicly announced experimental TV broadcast of a network program in compatible color was presented by NBC: St. George and the Dragon, starring Burr Tillstrom's Kukla, Fran and Ollie.

1953        Sep 10, Swanson sold it's 1st "TV dinner."
    (MC, 9/10/01)

1953        Sep 20, Jimmy Stewart debuted in "The Six Shooter" on NBC.
    (MC, 9/20/01)
1953        Sep 20, The "Loretta Young Show" (A Letter to Loretta) premiered on NBC TV and ran for 8 years.
    (SFEC, 8/13/00, p.B10)

1953        Sep 28, The "Bob & Ray Show," TV Variety, last aired on NBC.
    (MC, 9/28/01)

1953        Sep 29, The family comedy "Make Room for Daddy," starring Danny Thomas, premiered on ABC.
    (AP, 9/29/03)

1953        Oct 20, Edward R. Murrow on his TV show “See It Now" brought public attention to the abuses of power in the era of Sen. McCarthy’s anti-communist crusade. Milo Radulovich (1926-2007), a US Air Force Reserve officer, had been stripped of his commission for refusing to denounce his family, which subscribed to several Serbian newspapers. His commission was later restored. Murrow took up the case and set the turning point to discredit McCarthyism.
    (SFC, 11/26/07, p.D3)(Econ, 12/1/07, p.102)

1953        Nov 12, US district Judge Grim ruled the NFL can black out TV home games.
    (MC, 11/12/01)

1953        Dec 17, FCC approved RCA's black & white-compatible color TV specifications. Temporary approval of the mechanical CBS color model was rescinded.
    (MC, 12/17/01)(SFC, 3/18/04, p.E1)

1953        Dec 30, The first color TV sets went on sale. An Admiral color set was priced about $1,175 in 1953 dollars! Color TV sets did not become affordable to the masses until the late 1960s.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1953)(MC, 12/30/01)

1953        Peter Graves starred in the TV series "Stalag 17."
    (SFC, 5/19/96, BR, p.30)

1953        The weekly "General Electric Theater" began on TV.
    (SFC, 11/24/00, p.D11)

1953        "The Life of Riley" featured William Bendix and Marjorie Reynolds (1917-1997) as Peg Riley. It ran until 1958.
    (SFC, 2/13/97, p.C4)

1953        Vito Scotti (1918-1996) replaced J. Carrol Naish as the Italian immigrant Luigi Basco in the TV show "Life with Luigi."
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.C2)

1953        The Romper Room TV show for children began in Baltimore on station WBAL. It featured Nancy Claster (d.1997 at 82) as Miss Nancy who stayed on until 1964 when her daughter, Sally, took over for the next 16 years. Locally produced shows aired in 150 cities. Her "magic mirror" gave the names of children watching at home, names that parents had sent in.
    (SFC, 4/26/97, p.A22)

1953        Steve Allen (d.2000) created and hosted the Tonight Show in NYC. It went national in 1954. Allen remained host until 1957.
    (SFC, 11/1/00, p.A19)(SSFC, 5/2/04, Par. p.4)

1953        Andrea King (d.2003 at 84) and Edward G. Robinson starred in the live production of Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution."
    (SFC, 5/9/03, p.A22)

1953        The CBS musical series “Summertime USA" was set in various resorts from Havana to Atlantic City. It featured Teresa Brewer and Mel Torme.
    (SFC, 10/19/07, p.A11)

1953        Soupy Sales (1926-2009) began his “Soupy’s On" 5-day-a-week variety show in Detroit on WXYZ-TV. The theme song was Charlie Parker’s "Yardbird Suite." Many jazz giants played on his show but very little film footage survived. His “Lunch with Soupy Sales" went national in October 1959, on the ABC television network.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soupy_Sales)(DFP, 7/28/96, p.F1,8)(AP, 10/23/09)(SFC, 10/23/09, p.A8)

1953        The TV show "Winky Dink and You" premiered as the 1st interactive kids’ show.
    (NW, 11/11/02, p.54)

1953        In the US color TV was introduced.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1953)

1953        In West Germany Werner Hoefer (d.1997 at 84) began his TV roundtable discussion "Der Internationale Freuschoppen." He led the show until 1987. Revelations of his work as a Nazi forced the end of his career as the show’s host.
    (SFC,11/28/97, p.B8)

1953-1971    "The Danny Thomas Show" ran on TV.
    (SFEC, 1/12/97, p.C10)

1954        Feb 1, A television classic was born this day on CBS-TV, as the serial, "The Secret Storm", was shown for the first day of what would become a 20-year run on the network.
    (440 Int'l, 2/1/1999)

1954        Feb 19, The Ford Foundation donated $113,724 to KQED, the Bay Area's 1st community television station. The SF Foundation in this year helped launch KQED public radio and the legal Aid Society.
    (SFC, 1/28/98, p.A16)(SFC, 2/13/04, p.E4)

1954        Mar 6, The TV show "See It Now" broadcast its "Report on Senator McCarthy," and examined the senator and his red-baiting tactics. [see Mar 9]
    (SFC, 3/5/98, p.A24)

1954        Mar 9, CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow critically reviewed Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy’s anti-Communism campaign on "See It Now." [see Mar 6]
    (AP, 3/9/98)

1954            Mar 15, The "CBS Morning Show" premiered with Walter Cronkite (1916-2009) and Jack Paar (1918-2004.
    (NYT, 3/14/54, p.x15)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0046627/episodes)

1954        Mar 25, RCA manufactured its first color TV set and began mass production. The 1953 RCA design for color TV had been adopted as the national standard. The 12" screen CT-100 was priced at $1000. Westinghouse had introduced a color model a few weeks earlier, but only 1 set was sold in the 1st month. The Westinghouse model cost $1,295.
    (https://www.wired.com/2008/03/dayintech-0325/)(WSJ, 11/4/99, p.B6)(SFC, 3/18/04, p.E1)(Econ., 1/30/21, p.65)

1954        Apr 6, The TV Dinner was 1st put on sale by Swanson and Sons.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1954        Apr 22, The publicly televised US Senate Army-McCarthy hearings began.
    (AP, 4/22/08)

1954        Apr 30, KQED, SF-based public television, began broadcasting.
    (SFC, 4/28/04, p.E1)

1954        Jul 4, WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) began.

1954        Sep 11, The Miss America pageant made its network TV debut on ABC; Miss California, Lee Ann Meriwether of San Francisco, was crowned the winner.
    (AP, 9/11/97)(SFC, 11/16/99, p.G9)

1954        Sep 12, Lassie premiered on CBS-TV.
    (AP, 9/12/04)

1954        Sep 20, The live TV drama "Twelve Angry Men" was presented as an episode of CBS' "Studio One" anthology series.
    (AP, 9/21/04)

1954        Sep 26, Ronald Reagan made his 1st appearance as host of the "General Electric Theater."
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)

1954         Sep 27, "Tonight!" hosted by Steve Allen, made its debut on NBC-TV.
    (AP, 9/27/97)(www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show-experience/timeline/)

1954        Oct 25, President Eisenhower conducted the first televised Cabinet meeting.
    (HN, 10/25/98)

1954        Oct 27, Walt Disney's first television program, titled "Disneyland" after his yet-to-be completed theme park, premiered on ABC.
    (AP, 10/27/97)(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046593/)(SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.38)

1954        Nov 1, "The Sky's The Limit" TV game show began airing on NBC and continued to Dec 27, 1955.

1954        Dec 15, Fess Parker (1924-2010) starred as "Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter" in its premier as part of the new Disneyland TV show. It was possibly the first miniseries.
    (SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.38)(SFC, 3/19/10, p.C6)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0561021/)

1954        The film "Peter Pan" with Mary Martin was made from the Broadway play. It was shown to a national TV audience in 1955 to help promote color TV.
    (SFEC, 5/11/97, DB p.37)(SFC, 12/30/03, p.D2)
1954        "Four Star Playhouse" was a TV dramatic series that starred Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino, Dick Powell and David Niven. It was edited by Coles Trapnell (d.1999 at 88). The show closed in 1956.
    (SFC, 2/5/99, p.D4)
1954        The TV serial "The Man With the Steel Whip" starred Richard Simmons.
    (SFC, 1/15/03, p.A19)
1954        The TV Omnibus series showed the first under water films by Jacques Cousteau.
    (SFC, 6/26/97, p.A7)
1954        "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar’s Hour" were hit TV programs. Their comedy writers included Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart and Neil Simon. "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca ended.
    (WSJ, 8/19/96, p.A11)(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A29)
1954        "The Tonight Show" with Steve Allen began on TV.
    (SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.38)
1954        San Francisco toy magnate Norman Rosenberg (d.2017 age 98) began hosting “The King Norman Show" for kids on KGO-TV and continued to 1961. He and his wife had turned a small toy store in San Francisco into a 21-store chain with branches in the SF Bay Area, Oregon and Washington state.
    (SFC, 1/9/17, p.D2)
1954        Venezuela’s Radio Caracas Television Station (RCTV) began operations.
    (Econ, 6/2/07, p.38)

1954-1960    Robert Young (d.1998 at 91) played the loving father Jim Anderson on TV in "Father Knows Best." Jane Wyatt (1910-2006) played his wife. The show had started as a radio sitcom in 1949.
    (SFC, 7/23/98, p.C4)(SFC, 10/23/06, p.B3)

1955        Jan 19, A presidential news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with permission from President Eisenhower.
    (AP, 1/19/98)

1955        Mar 5, A truck driver from Tupelo, Miss., made his first-ever TV appearance on this night. Elvis Aron Presley was featured on "Louisiana Hayride". This prompted promoters to send Elvis to New York City to audition for Arthur Godfrey's immensely popular and career-making "Talent Scouts" program. Talent coordinators and Godfrey are said to have passed on Elvis appearing on the show. Not much later, he was tossed out of the Grand Ole Opry as well, and told to "go back to driving a truck." In a little over a year, however, the nation was caught up in Presley-mania which continues even today.

1955        Mar 7, Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" was televised. It was taped from the Broadway play.
    (MC, 3/7/02)(SFC, 12/30/03, p.AD2)

1955        Mar 27, Steve McQueen made his network TV debut on the Goodyear Playhouse.
    (MC, 3/27/02)

1955               Apr 1,  "One Man’s Family" was seen on TV for the final time after a six-years on NBC-TV.

1955        Jun 1, The TV series "Front Row Center" debuted on CBS.

1955        Jun 7, Pres. Eisenhower became the 1st president to appear on color TV.
    (SC, 6/7/02)
1955        Jun 7, "The $64,000 Question" premiered on CBS TV. It was the top ranking network show on television with a ranking of 47.5%. It featured Art Carney and Jackie Gleason and was in part created by Joseph Cates (d.1998 at 74).
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)(SFC, 10/13/98, p.A22)(SC, 6/7/02)

1955        Jun 30, The "Johnny Carson Show," debuted on CBS-TV.
    (SFC, 1/24/05, p.A8)

1955        Jul 2, "The Lawrence Welk Show" premiered on ABC television.
    (AP, 7/2/98)

1955        Sep 10, The TV show "Gunsmoke," starring James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon, premiered on CBS and lasted to 1975. Dennis Weaver (1924-2006) played Chester Goode.
    (AP, 9/10/05)(SFC, 2/28/06, p.A2)

1955        Sep 22, Commercial TV began in England. ITV began broadcasting at 7:15 pm in the London region only. Associated Rediffusion was awarded the London weekday license by the ITA, with ITN established as a separate company to supply news. ATV London began broadcasting on weekends 2 days later.

1955        Oct 3, "Captain Kangaroo" with Bob Keeshan began its run on CBS TV. The show ended in 1993.
    (WSJ, 3/6/97, p.B1)(AP, 10/3/00)
1955        Oct 3, The Disney sponsored Mickey Mouse Club began on ABC TV and ran to 1959.
    (WSJ, 3/6/97, p.B1)(SFC, 11/30/98, p.A8)

1955        Cheyenne premiered as TV’s 1st hour-long series. It was produced by Roy Huggins.
    (SFC, 4/15/02, p.B5)
1955        The Bob Cummings Show, aka Love That Bob, premiered on TV. Ann B. Davis played Schultzy, the assistant to Cummings.
    (SFC, 6/2/14, p.C3)
1955        "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" began on TV with Hugh O'Brian. It ran to 1961 and was billed as TV’s first adult western. doc was played by Douglas Fowley (d.1998 at 86)
    (SFEC,11/30/97, Par p.2)
1955        The TV series "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" starred Richard Simmons (d.2003 at 89). The series ran for 3 seasons to 1958.
    (SFC, 1/15/03, p.A19)
1955        The Hearst Corp. acquired WISN-TV, Milwaukee.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A9)
1955        Art Clokey (33) made a short art film called "Gumbasia," featuring clay animation set to jazz music, that inspired the beloved Gumby television series that debuted in 1956.
    (SFC, 4/28/95, p.C5)(AP, 5/15/05)

1955-1959    The police drama Highway Patrol starred Broderick Crawford.
    (SSFC, 1/2/05, p.A23)

1956        Mar 5, "King Kong" was 1st televised.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1956        Mar 17, Fred Allen (b.1894), American comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), died.
    (TOH, 1982, p.1956)(MC, 3/17/02)

1956        Mar 26, Red Buttons debuted on TV in Studio One.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1956        Apr 2, The soap operas "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night" premiered on CBS television. Actress Helen Wagner (1918-2010) opened "As the World Turns" with the words: "Good morning, dear."
    (AP, 4/2/99)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Edge_of_Night)(AP, 5/3/10)

1956        Apr 10, Philips broadcasted the 1st Dutch color TV programs.
    (MC, 4/10/02)

1956        Apr 14, Ampex Corporation demonstrated its first commercial videotape recorder.
    (AP, 4/14/00)

1956        Jul 1, Elvis Presley appeared on Steve Allen Show wearing a tuxedo.
    (MC, 7/1/02)

1956        Sep 9, Elvis Presley made the first of three appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show." By his third and final appearance on the Sullivan show, due to a number of viewers, who were outraged at his suggestive gyrations, Elvis was filmed from only the waist-up.
    (AP, 9/9/97)(MC, 9/9/01)

1956        Sep 12, The big money quiz show "Twenty-One" began on TV. It let contestants choose questions on a 1-11 scale of difficulty and created a star player in college professor Charles Van Doren. It was later found that the shows were rigged. A 1994 film "Quiz Show," was based on the resulting scandal.
    (SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.38)(WSJ, 1/3/03, p.W4)

1956        Oct 23, The 1st video recording on magnetic tape was televised coast-to-coast.
    (MC, 10/23/01)

1956        Oct 29, "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" with Chet Huntley and David Brinkley (1920-2003) premiered as NBC's nightly television newscast, replacing "The Camel News Caravan."  It ran to 1970. Brinkley remained with NBC for 11 more years.
    (AP, 10/29/97)(SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.38)(MC, 10/29/01)(SFC, 6/13/03, p.A2)

1956        Nov 3, "Wizard of Oz" was 1st televised (CBS-TV).
    (MC, 11/3/01)

1956        Dec 5, Herb Stempel lost to Charles Van Doren on the NBC quiz show “Twenty One" in a fixed match. Albert Freedman (34), who had taken over as head of the Geritol sponsored show, had coached the charming Van Doren to get rid of the expressionless Stempel.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb_Stempel)(Econ 5/6/17, p.82)

1956        Dec 18, "To Tell the Truth" debuted on CBS-TV.
    (MC, 12/18/01)

1956        Bob Barker became master of ceremonies for the TV show “Truth or Consequences."
    (SFC, 11/17/05, p.B5)

1956        Charles Jackson Jr. (d.2002 at 88) won $20,000 on the "64,000 Question" and the "$64,000 Challenge" and then revealed that answers had been given to him. Ralph Story (1920-2006) hosted “The $64,000 Challenge" from 1956-1958. The show was cancelled in 1958 under allegations that answers were supplied in advance.
    (SFC, 4/27/02, p.A21)(SFC, 9/28/06, p.B5)

1956        Dick Clark joined the TV show "American Bandstand" in Philadelphia.
    (SFC, 11/10/99, p.E3)

1956        The Captain Video TV show, created by Lawrence Menkin (d.2000) in 1949, ended.
    (SFC, 7/22/00, p.A21)

1956        The first all-color TV station was NBC-TV in Chicago. It was dedicated by Robert Sarnoff (1918-1997), president of NBC from 1955-1965.
    (SFEC, 2/23/96, p.C12)

1956        "The Ernie Kovac Show" ran for a season under NBC.
    (SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.37)

1956        The TV sitcom "Stanley" starred Buddy Hackett and Carol Burnett. The pilot was written by Neil Simon.
    (SFC, 7/1/03, p.A2)

1956        Mike Wallace hosted the CBS quiz show "The Big Surprise."
    (SFC, 10/3/02, p.D9)

1956        "The Mike Wallace Interview" began a 4 year run on CBS.
    (SFC, 10/3/02, p.D9)

1956        The game show “Treasure Hunt" began on ABC. The show was done from the Century Theatre in NYC and was hosted by comedian Jan Murray (1916-2006). It later switched to NBC and ran until 1959.
    (SFC, 7/3/06, p.A2)

1956        The big money quiz show "Twenty-One" began on TV. It let contestants choose questions on a 1-11 scale of difficulty and created a star player in college professor Charles Van Doren. It was later found that the shows were rigged. A 194 film "Quiz Show," was based on the resulting scandal.
    (SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.38)(WSJ, 1/3/03, p.W4)

1956        Steve Allen starred in NBC’s "The Steve Allen Show." It ran until 1960.
    (SFC, 11/1/00, p.A19)

1956        Jack Palance (1919-2006) starred in Playhouse 90’s “Requiem for a Heavyweight" written by Rod Serling. Palance won an Emmy for his role in the TV presentation.
    (SFC, 11/11/06, p.B6)

1956        Orson Welles made the pilot TV show "Fountain of Youth."
    (SFC, 6/7/99, p.B2)

1956        The Zenith Space Command remote control, co-invented by Robert Adler (1913-2007) and Eugene Polley, was introduced.
    (SFC, 2/17/07, p.A2)

1956-1957    "I Love Lucy" was again the top ranking network show on television with a ranking of 43.7%.
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)   
1956-1957    The "My Friend Flicka" TV series featured Gene Evans (d.1998 at 75).
    (SFC, 4/2/98, p.A23)

1957        Jan 6, Elvis Presley made another appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
    (MC, 1/6/02)

1957        Jan 22, The “Truth or Consequences" TV show with Bob Barker became the first program to be recorded on videotape for subsequent airing in all time zones.
    (SFC, 12/23/16, p.E3)

1957        Feb 16, LeVar Burton, (Roots, Star Trek Next Generation), was born in Landstuhl, Germany.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1957        Mar 1, Kokomo the Chimp became the Today Show animal editor.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1957        Mar 11, Charles Van Doren's 14-week run on the rigged NBC game show "Twenty-One" ended as he was "defeated" by attorney Vivienne Nearing; Van Doren's take was $129,000.
    (AP, 3/11/07)

1957        Mar 31, The original version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," starring Julie Andrews, aired live in color on CBS. The show drew an estimated record TV audience of 107 million. Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley played the step-sisters.
    (AP, 3/31/07)(SFC, 1/25/19, p.C4)

1957        May 6, Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV. [see Jun 24]
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1957        Jun 24, "I Love Lucy," last aired on CBS-TV. [see May 6]
    (MC, 6/24/02)

1957        Jul 29, Jack Paar made his debut as host of NBC’s late-night TV show "Tonight" and stayed on till 1962..
    (WSJ, 5/1/97, p.A16)(SFC, 5/7/97, p.E1)(AP, 7/29/97)

1957        Aug 5, "American Bandstand," a teenage dance show hosted by Dick Clark in Philadelphia, made its network debut on ABC-TV.
    (WSJ, 3/24/97, p.B1)(SFC, 11/10/99, p.E3)(AP, 8/5/07)

1957        Sep 7, The original version of the animated NBC peacock logo, used to denote programs "brought to you in living color," made its debut at the beginning of "Your Hit Parade."
    (AP, 9/7/07)

1957        Sep 8, Pope Pius XII posted his encyclical On motion pictures, radio, TV.
    (MC, 9/8/01)

1957        Sep 20, "M Squad," starring Lee Marvin, premiered on NBC-TV.
    (AP, 9/20/07)

1957        Sep 21, "Perry Mason," starring Raymond Burr, premiered on CBS-TV. The show ran to 1966 and returned in 1985. Barbara Hale (1922-2017) played Della Street, Perry Mason’s loyal secretary.
    (AP, 9/21/97)(SFC, 8/20/99, p.D6)(SSFC, 1/29/17, p.A10)

1957        Sep 22, The TV series "Maverick" premiered on ABC. It starred James Garner as Maverick and Jack Kelly as brother Bart Maverick.
    (AP, 9/22/07)(AP, 7/20/14)

1957        Oct 3, The comedy series "The Real McCoys" premiered on ABC-TV. Richard Crenna began playing the married Luke on "The Real McCoys." The 6-year series starred Walter Brennan as head of a West Virginia clan that moves to the LA San Fernando Valley.
    (SFC, 1/20/03, p.B4)(AP, 10/3/07)

1957        Oct 4, The television series "Leave It to Beaver" premiered on CBS. It ended in 1963 after 6 season. Joe Connelly (d.2003 at 85), writer-producer, co-created the show. It featured Jerry Mathers (9) as Beaver, Tony Dow (12) as his older brother Wally, Hugh Beaumont as the father and Barbara Billingsley (1915-2010) as the mother. Frank Bank (1942-2013) played Lumpy, a foil to Beaver and Wally. Ken Osmond played Wally’s friend Eddie Haskell.
    (AP, 10/4/97)(SFC, 2/15/03, p.A25)(SSFC, 10/17/10, p.C9)(SFC, 4/18/13, p.D5)
1957        Oct 4, The TV series “Trackdown" featured Robert Culp (1930-2010). It was based in part on files of the Texas Rangers. The series continued to 1959.
    (SFC, 3/25/10, p.C3)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0050071/)

1957        Oct 7, The Danny Thomas Show made its debut on the CBS Television Network at 9:00 P.M inheriting the time slot vacated by I Love Lucy.

1957        Oct 10, The TV series "Zorro," starring Guy Williams as the masked hero, debuted on ABC.
    (AP, 10/10/07)

1957        Oct 13, CBS-TV broadcast "The Edsel Show," a one-hour live special starring Bing Crosby designed to promote the new, ill-fated Ford automobile. It was the first special to use videotape technology to delay the broadcast to the West Coast.
    (AP, 10/13/07)

1957          Oct 20, Walter Cronkite began hosting his weekly documentary: “The Twentieth Century." In 1967 the title was changed to “The Twenty-First Century" and it ran through 1970.

1957        Rev. Billy Graham led a New York Crusade at Madison Square Garden that was televised coast-to-coast.
    (SFEC, 9/21/97, Z1 p.3)
1957        John Forsythe (1918-2010) starred in “Bachelor Father." The TV series continued to 1962.
    (SFC, 4/3/10, p.C2)
1957        "Half Gun, Will Travel" began to run on TV and continued for 6 years.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.E5)
1957        John Hart (1917-2009) starred as Hawkeye in the TV series “Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans." Lon Chaney Jr. played Chingachgook.
    (SFC, 9/24/09, p.D5)
1957        Phyllis Kirk (1927-2006) played opposite Peter Lawford in TV’s “The Thin Man." The series ran to 1959.
    (SFC, 10/24/06, p.B5)
1957        MGM closed its cartoon studio in a panic over diminishing audiences due to television. William Hanna and Joe Barbera (1911-2006) formed their own company and began making cartoons for TV. The Hanna-Barbera TV cartoon program "Ruff & Reddy" began.
    (SFC, 6/3/97, p.B4)(WSJ, 12/21/06, p.D8)
1957        Sea Hunt with Lloyd Bridges (d.1998) began as a TV series. It ran to 1961. It was mostly filmed at the Marineland of the Pacific in LA.
    (SFC, 3/11/98, p.A4)
1957        Singer and actress Gisele MacKenzie (d.2003 at 76) left "Your Hit Parade" (1953-1957) to star in NBC's "The Gisele MacKenzie Show." It ran for 6 months.
    (SFC, 9/6/03, p.A16)
1957        Elvis Presley appeared a 2nd time on the Ed Sullivan TV Show.
    (SFC,1/22/97, p.A20)

1957-1959    The TV series "Whirleybirds" starred Ken Tobey (d.2002 at 85) as the co-owner of a helicopter for hire.
    (SFC, 12/25/02, p.A29)

1957-1961    Gunsmoke is the top ranking network show on television for four seasons with rankings of 43.1, 39.6, 40.3, and 37.3%.
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)

1957-1963    The Sheri Lewis Show ran on NBC.
    (SFC, 8/4/98, p.A1)

1958        Mar, KTVU-Channel 2 went on the air in the SF Bay Area.  Bob March (1927-2020) began hosting the Captain Satellite TV show on the Oakland-based station. The show continued to 1972.
    (SFC, 8/13/20, p.B3)

1958        Apr 15, In the 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young and Jane Wyatt won.
    (MC, 4/15/02)

1958        Jun 1, "Youth Wants To Know", TV Public Affairs; last aired on NBC. Apparently, they didn’t want to know.
    (DT, 6/1/97)

1958        Jun 19, "The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney", TV Variety; last aired on NBC.
    (DT, 6/19/97)

1958        Aug 18, An American TV game show scandal investigation started.
    (MC, 8/18/02)

1958        Aug 25,  The game show "Concentration" premiered on NBC-TV.
    (AP, 8/25/08)

1958        Aug, The CBS TV game show “Dotto," hosted by Jack Narz (1922-2008), was cancelled following allegations that the show was rigged.
    (SFC, 10/17/08, p.B8)

1958        Sep 22, The detective TV show "Peter Gunn" premiered on NBC with Craig Stevens (d.2000 at 81) as the private eye. The show was created by Blake Edwards (1922-2010) and marked this collaboration with composer Henry Mancini.
    (SFC, 5/13/00, p.A19)(AP, 9/22/08)(SFC, 12/17/10, p.D5)

1958        Sep 24,  "The Donna Reed Show" premiered on ABC-TV.
    (AP, 9/24/08)

1958        Sep 30, The police drama "Naked City" debuted on ABC-TV.
    (AP, 9/30/08)

1958        Oct 10, The private-eye series "77 Sunset Strip" premiered on ABC-TV. The hour-length American television private detective series, created by Roy Huggins, starred Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Roger Smith, and Edd Byrnes.
    (AP, 10/10/08)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/77_Sunset_Strip)

1958        Oct 17, The special "An Evening with Fred Astaire," the first major TV program produced on color videotape, aired on NBC.
    (AP, 10/17/08)

1958        Pop singer Eydie Gorme (1928-2013) appeared with her husband on TV in “The Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme Show."
1958        John Frankenheimer directed the TV drama "Days of Wine and Roses" starring Cliff Robertson and Piper Laurie.
    (WSJ, 7/10/02, p.D8)
1958        Gordon Waldear (d.2002 at 84) won the Sylvania Award for the best educational series "The Criminal Mind."
    (SFC, 4/27/02, p.A21)
1958        Vito Scotti (1918-1996) played Rama from India in "Gunga Ram" on Andy Devine’s TV show "Andy’s Gang."
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.C2)
1958        The TV program "The Ann Sothern Show" starred Don Porter and Ann Sothern and ran to 1961.
    (SFC, 2/21/97, p.A26)
1958        The NBC TV series “Bat Masterson" featured Gene Barry (1919-2009) as Masterson. The show continued to 1961.
    (SFC, 12/15/09, p.C5)
1958        The TV show "The Rifleman" starred Chuck Conners and ran to 1963. It was produced by Jules Levy (d.2003 at 80).
    (SFC, 5/29/03, p.A19)
1958        Lawrence Swan (d.1999 at 77) originated KQED's first children's science program. He was born and raised in Darjeeling and authored "Tales of the Himalaya: Adventures of a Naturalist."
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A22)
1958        The Hearst Corp. acquired Popular Mechanics magazine and launched WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A9)
1958        NBC cancelled the TV variety show "Caesar’s Hour" starring Cid Caesar (36).
    (SFC, 8/9/02, p.D17)
1958        Yogi the Bear, an anthropomorphic funny animal, first appeared on television. He was created by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera and Ed Benedict.

1958        In Japan the Tokyo Tower was erected in the capital city as a relay for radio and TV signals. In 1998 it faced replacement.
    (SFC, 12/11/98, p.D4)

1958-1962    The TV game show “Play Your Hunch" featured Merv Griffin as host.
    (WSJ, 8/15/07, p.D12)

1958-1973    The TV game show "Concentration" was hosted by Art James (d.2004). It was NBC's longest running game show. James was born in Dearborn, Mich., in 1929 as Arthur Efimchick.
    (SFC, 4/1/04, p.B7)

1959        Jan 5, The "Bozo the Clown" live children's show premiered on KTLA-Channel 5, Los Angeles TV. It starred Vance Colvig, Jr., son of Pinto Colvig (Bozo in 1949).
    (MC, 1/5/02)(WGN-BTL, 2004)

1959        Jan 9, The TV show "Rawhide" with Clint Eastwood as Rowdy Yates premiered on CBS.
    (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052504/)(SSFC, 5/17/09, DB p.50)

1959        Feb 20, The FCC applied the equal time rule to TV newscasts of political candidates.
    (HN, 2/20/98)

1959        Mar 8, Groucho, Chico and Harpo made their final TV appearance together.
    (MC, 3/8/02)

1959        Apr 17, A nationwide US air raid drill suspended most television and radio programs for a half hour.
    (SSFC, 3/22/09, DB p.50)

1959        Jun 1, "Juke Box Jury" began its long run on BBC-TV.
    (DT, 6/1/97)

1959        Sep 12, NBC launched "Bonanza," the first color western on TV. 428 episodes were produced and the show ran to 1973. 431 episodes were filmed at the 570-acre site in Incline Village, Nevada. Michael Landon (d.1991) played Little Joe, Lorne Greene (d.1987) played Ben Cartwright (d.1987 at 72), and Dan Blocker (d.1972) played Hoss.
    (SFC, 9/3/98, p.A12)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.A29)(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.D2)(SFC, 6/28/13, p.D8)

1959        Oct 2, Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone" made its debut on CBS-TV.
    (AP, 10/2/99)

1959        Oct 5, The TV series Bourbon Street Beat featured Richard Long, Andrew Duggan and Van Williams. It continued with 39 episodes to July 4, 1960.

1959        Oct 15, The TV show "The Untouchables" premiered with Robert Stack (d.2003) as Eliot Ness. It was produced by Bert Granet (d.2002 at 92) and ran to 1963.
    (SFC, 5/12/96, Par, p.14)(MC, 10/15/01)(SFC, 11/25/02, p.A15)(AP, 5/15/03)

1959        Oct, NBC fired Dr. Howard Felsher (1927-2018) after he testified in Washington DC that the new evening version of the "Tic-Tac-Dough" game show was rigged to generate excitement. NBC took over production of the show from Jack Barry and Dan Enright after several contestants alleged that that the "Twenty-One" game show, another Barry & Enright production, was also rigged.
    (SFC, 8/2/18, p.D2)

1959        Nov 2, Charles Van Doren admitted to a House subcommittee that he had the questions and answers in advance of his appearances on the NBC-TV game show "Twenty-One."
    (AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)

1959        Nov 11, The 1st episode of "Rocky & His Friends" aired on TV. Jay Ward (d.1989), cartoonist, created the TV show "Rocky and His Friends," which featured Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose. It ran to 1961.
    (SFEC, 12/15/96, DB p.63)(SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.38)(MC, 11/11/01)

1959        Nov 24, The new TV show Twilight Zone ran "The Time Element" about a bartender returning to Pearl Harbor Dec 6, 1941.
    (SFC, 11/25/02, p.A15)

1959        Nov, Chubby Checker introduced "The Twist" on the "Dick Clark Saturday Night Show."
    (SFC, 9/5/00, p.D3)

1959        Bill Dana (1924-2017), comedian and comedy writer, presented his comic character Jose Jimenez for the first time on “The Steve Allen Show."
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.D8)
1959        The "Dennis the Menace" show began on TV and ran for 146 episodes. it was based on the cartoon strip by Hank Ketcham.
    (SFC, 9/20/97, p.E1)
1959        The TV series "The Lawless Years" began with James Gregory as detective Barney Ruditsky and run to 1962. It was a precursor to "The Untouchables."
    (SFC, 9/19/02, p.A24)
1959        The "Maverick" TV cowboy show was written and produced by Coles Trapnell (d.1999) until 1962.
    (SFC, 2/5/99, p.D4)
1959        "The Twilight Show" under Rod Serling began on TV. It ran to 1965.
    (SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.38)
1959        It was estimated that the average US family spent 42 hrs per week watching TV.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1959)
1959        Lucky Goldstar of South Korea, later known as LG Electronics, produced the country’s first radio.
    (Econ, 1/24/09, p.56)

1959-1963    The TV series "The Many Loves of Dobbie Gillis" featured Sheila Kuehl as Zelda Gilroy. She was elected to the California Assembly in 1994. From 1959-1960 the show featured Tuesday Weld as Thalia Menninger.
    (SFC, 9/22/96, Z1 p.3)(SFC, 9/22/96, DB p.55)

1960        Feb 11, Jack Paar walked off his TV show.
    (MC, 2/11/02)

1960        May 13, Bill Mandel was brought before a HUAC committee at SF City Hall concerning his broadcasts at KPFA radio and KQED TV about press and periodicals of the Soviet Union. His TV show was cancelled but he continued broadcasting at KPFA. There was a protest over the hearing and 64 people were arrested as police turned on fire hoses to quell the disturbance.
    (SFEC, 7/26/98, p.D1,4)(SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.1)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)

1960        May 18, Eileen Fulton began playing Lisa on the TV soap "As the World Turns" and continued for over 30 years.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1960        May 19, DJ Alan Freed was accused of bribery in radio payola scandal.
    (MC, 5/19/02)

1960        Jun 1, The ABC Television Network reached 100 affiliates.
    (DTnet, 6/1/97)

1960        Jun 20, A "Bozo the Clown" show began on Chicago’s WGN-TV starring Bob Bell as Bozo. The show went on hiatus during WGN’s move Chicago’s northwest side and returned Sep 11, 1961. Joey D’Auria replaced Bell in 1984 and the show continued until Aug 26, 2001.
    (SFC, 6/13/01, p.E3)(WGN-BTL, 2004)

1960        Sep 26, The first televised debate between presidential candidates Vice Pres. Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago. Diplomat Henry Cabot Lodge was Nixon’s vice-presidential nominee.
    (SFEM, 4/28/96, p.12)(SFC, 5/7/96, p.A-6)(AP, 9/26/97)

1960        Sep 28, "Millionaire," last aired on CBS-TV.
    (MC, 9/28/01)

1960        Sep 30, The Flintstones, a cartoon about the domestic life of a stoneage family premiered on TV. It was the 1st prime time animation show and continued in prime time to 1987.
    (MC, 9/30/01)(SFC, 7/27/05, p.G2)   
1960        Sep 30, The last "Howdy Doody Show" (b.1947) with Buffalo Bob Smith was broadcast. Clarabelle finally talked and said "Goodbye Kids."
    (SFC, 9/9/96, p.A18)(MC, 9/30/01)

1960        Oct 3, "The Andy Griffith Show" premiered on CBS. It was directed by Aaron Ruben (1914-2010) ran to 1968. Don Knotts (d.2006 at 81) played the bumbling Deputy Barney.
    (WSJ, 1/16/98, p.A1)(AP, 10/3/00)(AP, 2/26/06)(SFC, 2/5/10, p.C7)

1960        Oct 6, The TV series Surfside Six featured Lee Patterson, Troy Donohue and Van Williams. The show continued to June 25, 1962.

1960        Oct 7, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican opponent Richard M. Nixon held the second of their broadcast debates, in Washington, DC.
    (AP, 10/7/08)
1960        Oct 7, “Route 66," an American television drama, premiered on CBS and ran until March 20, 1964, for a total of 116 episodes. It starred Martin Miller (1931-2015) and George Maharis (b.1928).

1960        Oct 13, Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy participated in the third televised debate of their presidential campaign, with Nixon in Hollywood and Kennedy in New York.
    (AP, 10/13/97)

1960        Oct 17, A grand jury found that the popular television game show Twenty-One had provided contestants with questions and answers before the live programs were broadcast.
    (MC, 10/17/01)

1960         Dec 7, The first episode of "Coronation Street", the longest running TV soap opera in the world, was broadcast by Granada.

1960        "The Porter Wagoner Show" began on TV and ran for 21 years.
    (AP, 10/29/07)

1960         The last Playhouse 90 production was shown on TV. It was a drama of the Warsaw ghetto titled: "In the Presence of Mine Enemies" and was written by Rod Serling.
    (WSJ, 11/27/95, p.A-14)

1960        The BBC Focus on Africa radio was launched. By 15th August of the same year it had become a permanent slot on the BBC World Service airwaves.
    {Britain, Africa, Radio}
    (AP, 8/16/20)

1960s        The King Family was featured on ABC TV. The show featured Alyce King Clarke (1916-1996), one of the King Sisters who sang through five decades.
    (SFC, 8/24/96, p.A21)

1960-1966    On TV Hanna-Barbera introduced "The Flintstones" animated cartoon series which ran for a record 166 episodes. This was surpassed in 1997 by "The Simpsons." Jean Vander Pyl (d.1999 at 79) spoke the voice of Wilma, Pebbles and Mrs. Slate, the wife of Fred's boss. The theme music was composed by Hoyt Curtin (d.2000 at 78).
    (USAT, 1/13/97, p.1D)(SFC, 8/26/98, z1 p.6)(SFC, 4/14/99, p.AC5)(SSFC, 12/10/00, p.C17)

1961        Jan 5, The TV show "Mr. Ed" first aired in syndication. The sitcom featured a talking horse and continued to 1966. Alan Young played Wilbur Post and Bamboo Harvester (1946-1979) played Mr. Ed.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Ed)(SFC, 1/24/97, p.D8)

1961        Jan 25, President Kennedy held the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and television.
    (AP, 1/25/98)

1961        Jan 27, Mitch Miller (1911-2010) debuted his TV show, “Sing Along With Mitch." It continued to 1964.
    (SFC, 8/3/10, p.C3)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0054564/)

1961        Apr 14, The Soviet Union made its first live television broadcast.
    (HN, 4/14/98)

1961        Apr 29, ABC's "Wide World of Sports made its debut.
    (SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.38)(MC, 4/29/02)

1961        May 9, In a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow condemned television programming as a "vast wasteland."
    (AP, 5/9/97)

1961        Jun 12, The US TV show “PM East and PM West" began airing on the Westinghouse network.
    (SFC, 6/5/11, DB p.42)

1961        Jun 16, Dave Garroway was fired as Today Show host.
    (MC, 6/16/02)

1961        Aug 27, Francis the Talking Mule was the mystery guest on "What's My Line."
    (MC, 8/27/01)

1961        Sep 17, The situation comedy "Car 54, Where Are You?" premiered on NBC. Al Lewis (d.2006) played Officer Schnauzer opposite Fred Gwynne’s Officer Francis Muldoon. The series ran to 1963.
    (AP, 9/17/01)(SSFC, 2/5/06, p.A2)

1961        Sep 28, "Dr. Kildare," starring Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey, and "Hazel," starring Shirley Booth and Whitney Blake (d.2002 at 76), premiered on NBC TV. Hazel was modeled on Ted Key’s Saturday Evening Post cartoons and ran until 1965.
    (AP, 9/28/01)(SFC, 10/5/02, p.A19)

1961        Oct 1, Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) first aired.
    (AH, 4/07, p.30)(www.cbn.com/700club/showinfo/staff/patrobertson.aspx)

1961        Oct 3, "The Dick Van Dyke Show," also starring Mary Tyler Moore, made its debut on CBS. and continued to 1966. Rose Marie (1923-2017) played the role of wise-cracking Sally Rogers.
    (AP, 10/3/01)(SFC, 12/29/17, p.A6)

1961        Dec, The Mike Douglas Show began in Cleveland, Ohio. The TV show ended in 1982. In 1999 he authored the memoir “"I’ll be Right Back: Memories of TV’s Greatest Talk Show." Mike Douglas (born in 1925 as Michael Delaney Dowd Jr.) died in 2006.
    (SFC, 8/12/06, p.B6)

1961        Irene Kampen (d.1998 at 75) wrote her first of ten books on her life following a divorce: "Life Without George." The books became the basis for the TV sitcom: "The Lucy Show" (1962-1974), which followed Lucille Ball’s divorce with Desi Arnaz.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A22)
1961        A "Bozo the Clown" show began on Chicago’s WGN-TV. The last show was taped in 2001.
    (SFC, 6/13/01, p.E3)
1961        The Joey Bishop Show began on NBC. It was cancelled in 1964. CBS took it over and cancelled it in 1965. The late night real life Joey Bishop Show ran from 1967-1969.
    (SFC, 10/19/07, p.A11)
1961        The British television show “The Avengers" began and continued to 1969. The theme music was composed by British jazz artist John Dankworth.
    (SFC, 2/8/10, p.C3)(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060708/)

1961-1962    Wagon Train was the top ranking network show on television with a ranking of 32.1%.
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)

1961-1965    The TV courtroom drama show "The Defenders" starred E.G. Marshall.
    (SFC, 8/26/98, p.A17)

1961-1966    On TV "The Dick Van Dyke Show" was directed by Sheldon Leonard (1907-1997).
    (SFC, 10/29/96, p.B2)(SFEC, 1/12/97, p.C10)

1962        Jan 13, Ernie Kovacs (b.1919), comedian and TV star, died at age 42 in a car crash in west Los Angeles. ''Nothing in moderation'' was his credo and appeared on his epitaph.
    (AP, 1/13/98)(www.nytimes.com/1990/05/13/books/nothing-in-moderation.html?scp=4)

1962        Feb 14, First lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducted a televised tour of the White House.
    (AP, 2/14/98)

1962        Mar 29, Jack Paar hosted NBC's "Tonight" show for the final time. He was succeeded by Johnny Carson (Oct 1) who stayed to 1992.
    (SFEC, 2/23/96, z-1 p.2)(AP, 3/29/97)

1962        Apr 24, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal, between Camp Parks, Ca., and Westford, Mass.
    (AP, 4/24/02)

1962        Jun 1, "The Dinah Shore Show" (TV Variety) aired for the last time on NBC after 10 years.
    (DTnet, 6/1/97)

1962        Jul 11, The Telstar I satellite carried the first transatlantic TV transmission. It picked up broadcast signals from France and bounced them down to an antenna in Maine, delivering the first live television picture from Europe to America
    (PGA, 12/9/98)(MC, 7/11/02)

1962        Aug 8, The Chilean TV variety show "Sabados Gigantes" (Gigantic Saturdays) debuted with Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld (b.1940) as Don Francisco. In April, 1986, the show got shortened to the singular version (Sabado Gigante) went it went on air in Miami, Fla. Kreutzberger was the son of German Jews who fled Nazi persecution.
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt0250920/)(SSFC, 11/9/03, Par p.16)(SFC, 4/14/04, p.E1)

1962        Sep 23, "The Jetsons," a TV animated Hanna-Barbera cartoon series about a Space Age family, premiered as the ABC television network's first color program. It was a futuristic mirror image of the Flintstones. Penny Singleton (1908-2003) was the voice of Jane Jetson.
    (SFC, 3/23/01, p.D7)(AP, 9/23/02)(SFC, 11/15/03, p.A23)

1962        Sep 26, TV comedy series "Beverly Hillbillies" premiered on CBS. The Beverly Hillbillies, produced by Paul Henning (1912-2005), became the top ranking network show on television for two seasons with rankings of 36 and 39.1%. The show ran to 1971.
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)(WSJ, 5/26/98, p.B1)(SFC, 3/26/05, p.B5)

1962        Oct 1, Johnny Carson succeeded Jack Paar as regular host of NBC's "Tonight" show. Carson received an on-air introduction from Groucho Marx; the guests on his debut program were Joan Crawford, Rudy Vallee, Tony Bennett, Mel Brooks and The Phoenix Singers.
    (AP, 10/1/02)

1962         Oct 11, The TV series "McHale's Navy" (1962-66) premiered and featured Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012) as a Navy officer.

1962        Nov 24, The BBC TV series "That Was the Week That Was" began and ran through 36 episodes to 1963. Willie Rushton impersonated PM Harold McMillan.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_Was_The_Week_That_Was)(SFC, 12/12/96, p.C8)

1962        The 4 Osmond brothers, under the direction of their father, George Osmond (1917-2007), debuted on the Andy Williams show. Donny Osmond, at age 6, joined the group a year later. Marie Osmond joined the group in 1973. In 1976 the Donny and Marie show began on ABC.
    (SFC, 11/9/07, p.B7)

1962        The TV series "Combat" starred Dick Peabody (d.2000 at 74) as private Littlejohn. The series ran to 1967.
    (SFC, 1/14/00, p.D4)
1962        The TV series “The Virginian" starred James Drury and Doug McClure. It was based on the 1902 novel by Owen Wister (1860-1938).
    (AH, 10/02, p.20)
1962        The "Match Game" with host Gene Rayburn (d.1999 at 81) made its debut on Dec 31 and ran for 7 years.
    (SFC, 12/3/99, p.D7)
1962        In San Francisco Bernard Mayes (1929-2014), a gay British Episcopal worker-priest priest and founding station manager of KQED, started the first suicide hotline in the US.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Mayes)(SFC, 10/29/14, p.E11)

1962-1963    Merv Griffin hosted the daytime talk show “The Merv Griffin Show."
    (WSJ, 8/15/07, p.D12)
1962-1965    Jack Paar (d.2004) hosted "The Jack Paar Program."
    (SFC, 1/28/04, p.A2)

1962        The TV show "Frontier Circus" featured Richard Hanley Jaeckel (d.1997) as cowboy scout Tony Gentry.
    (SFC, 6/17/97, p.A22)

1963        Jan 6, Mutual of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom" with Marlin Perkins (1906-1986) began on NBC. The show continued to 1988.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Kingdom)(AP, 1/6/03)

1963        Apr 1, The daytime television drama "General Hospital" and "Doctors" premiered on ABC.
    (AP, 4/1/98)(OTD)

1963        Jun 7, The Rolling Stones made their 1st TV appearance.
    (SC, 6/7/02)

1963        Sep 2, "The CBS Evening News" was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.
    (AP, 9/2/97)

1963        Sep 7, The Beatles made their 1st US TV appearance on ABC’s Big Night Out.
    (MC, 9/7/01)
1963        Sep 7, American Bandstand moved to California and aired once a week on Saturday.
    (MC, 9/7/01)

1963        Sep 13, "Outer Limits" premiered on ABC TV. It was partly written, produced and directed by Leslie Stevens (d.1998) and ran to 1965.
    (SFC, 4/29/98, p.C2)(MC, 9/13/01)

1963        Sep 16, The science-fiction anthology series "The Outer Limits" premiered on ABC. It ran to 1965.
    (AP, 9/16/98)(SFEM, 2/28/99, p.4)

1963        Sep 17, "The Fugitive," starring David Janssen, premiered on ABC. It was written and produced by Roy Huggins (d.2002). Kimble was cleared on the Aug 29, 1967, and narrator William Conrad announced "the day the running stopped." In 1993 Ed Robertson authored the companion book ""The Fugitive Recaptured." In 1993 a film was made based on the TV series with Harrison Ford as Kimble.
    (AP, 9/17/98)(WSJ, 10/16/00, p.A32)(SFC, 4/15/02, p.B5)

1963        Sep 18, "The Patty Duke Show" premiered on ABC television.
    (AP, 9/18/03)

1963        Sep 28, "New Phil Silvers Show," debuted on CBS-TV.
    (MC, 9/28/01)

1963        Sep 29, The situation comedy "My Favorite Martian" premiered on CBS. It starred Bill Bixby and Ray Walston (d.2000 at 86). The show ran to 1966.
    (SFC, 1/3/01, p.A17)(AP, 9/29/03)

1963        Nov 22, John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Texas Gov. John B. Connally was seriously wounded. Oswald was in turn shot in front of TV cameras by Jack Ruby. Rufus Youngblood (1924-1996), a Secret Service agent, shielded VP Johnson from possible gunshots with his body. Johnson rewarded him by promoting him over time to the No. 2 position in the Secret Service. Ruby used a .38 Colt Cobra purchased at Ray’s Hardware and Sporting Goods in Dallas run by Lawrence Brantley (1921-1996). From the address that President Kennedy never got to deliver in Dallas: "If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help."
    (TMC, 1994, p.1963)(AHD, p. 931)(SFC, 10/4/96, p.B2)(SFC, 10/17/96, C2) (AP, 11/22/97)

1963        World Press, an hour-long weekly roundup of international news stories analyzed by a panel of political analysts, debuted on KQED. Panel members, who were political science analysts specializing in each specific global area, each brought a newspaper for round table discussion. It was developed by San Francisco Supervisor Roger Boas.
    (SFC, 2/14/17, p.C4)
1963        Julia Child made her TV debut as "The French Chef" on Boston's WGBH-TV. PBS picked up the show a year later.
    (SFEM, 8/10/97, p.23)
1963        The TV series “Captain Amos Burke," later renamed “Amos Burke: Secret Agent," featured Gene Barry (1919-2009). The show continued to 1966.
    (SFC, 12/15/09, p.C5)
1963        The “Bill Dana Show," on which Dana played Jose Jimenez as a hotel bellhop, began airing on NBC and continued to1965.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.D8)
1963        The TV show The Saint featured Jackie Collins.
    (SSFC, 8/4/02, Par p.14)
1963        Virginia Graham (d.1998) led the "Girl Talk" TV talk show until 1969.
    (SFC, 12/25/98, p.B6)
1963        Keith Andes (1920-2005) played the role of an amazing sleuth on the TV sitcom “Glynis." Glynis Johns played his wife.
    (SFC, 11/29/05, p.B7)
1963        The TV costume game show "Let's Make a Deal" premiered and ran for 16 years in daytime and 10 years in prime time. It was hosted by Monty Hall and co-created by Stefan Hatos (d.1999 at 78).
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.A22)
1963        The TV show "My Favorite Martian" starred Bill Bixby and Ray Walston (d.2000 at 86). The show ran to 1966.
    (SFC, 1/3/01, p.A17)
1963        George Fenneman (1919-1997) began to host the TV show "Your Funny, Funny Films" on ABC. It was a forerunner to "America’s Funniest Videos."
    (SFC, 6/5/97, p.A26)
1963        Ralph Roberts, former marketer of Muzak and owner of a belts and suspenders company, and his partners, Daniel Aaron and Julian A. Brodsky, purchased for $500,000, a 1,200-subscriber cable TV operator in Tupelo, Mississippi, called American Cable Systems. In 1969 it was incorporated in Pennsylvania and renamed Comcast, a name Ralph invented by combining the words communications and broadcasting. The company went public in 1972.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_J._Roberts)(SSFC, 2/15/04, p.I6)

1963        The British sci-fi TV series Dr. Who began. It reach the US in 1978. It featured a space traveling Doctor who was hundreds of years old from the planet Gellifrey. He used a London police call box as the external form of his space vessel. The interior was spacious with comfortable Edwardian touches.
    (SFC, 5/14/96, E-1)

1964        Jan 30, The United States launched Ranger 6 from Cape Canaveral. It was an unmanned spacecraft carrying six television cameras that was to crash-land on the moon.
    (AP, 1/30/98)(HN, 1/30/99)

1964        Jan, The Beatles made their North America TV debut on the Jack Paar Show. [see Feb 9, 1964]
    (SFC, 1/28/04, p.A1)

1964        Feb 9, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." [see Jan, 1964]
    (AP, 2/9/99)

1964        Feb 16, The Beatles made their 2nd appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1964        Mar 28, First pirate radio station began to broadcast off the coast of England. Radio Caroline debuted with a combination of rock music and lively disk jockey whose patter played to a huge audience in Great Britain. British authorities, tried unsuccessfully, to shut down the radio station ship. Radio Caroline had become competition to the staid and usually dull British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). [see Dec 23]
    (MC, 3/28/02)

1964        Mar 30, The original version of the TV game show "Jeopardy!" premiered on NBC. Merv Griffin (1925-2007) created the TV game show “Jeopardy." He sold the rights for the show to Coca-Cola for $250 million in 1986. The show was hosted by Art Fleming until 1975. It resurfaced in syndication in 1984 with Alex Trebek as host.
    (SFC, 8/13/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/15/07, p.D12)(AP, 3/30/08)

1964        May 25, In the16th Emmy Awards the winners included the Dick Van Dyke Show, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1964        Jul 22, David Spade, an American actor, comedian and television personality, was born in Birmingham, Michigan. He first became famous in the 1990s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and from 1997 until 2003 starred as Dennis Finch on Just Shoot Me!.

1964        Aug 27, Gracie Allen (b.~1895), TV comedian (Burns & Allen), died in Los Angeles.

1964        Sep 15, The TV series “The Tycoon" featured Van Williams and Walter Brennan. The show continued to April 27, 1965.

1964        Sep 17, The situation comedy "Bewitched" premiered on ABC-TV.
    (AP, 9/17/99)

1964        Sep 22, "Man from U.N.C.L.E," premiered on NBC-TV.
    (AP, 9/22/04)

1964        Sep 24, The TV situation comedy "Munsters" premiered on CBS with Al Lewis as the family patriarch.
    (AP, 9/24/04)(SSFC, 2/5/06, p.A2)

1964         Sep 25, The TV show “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." debuted with Jim Nabors (1930-2007) as Gomer Pyle. The show was directed by Aaron Ruben (1914-2010) and continued to run to 1969.
    (SFC, 2/5/10, p.C7)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0057752/)(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A8)

1964        Sep 26, "Gilligan’s Island," began its 98-show run on CBS. The show, created by Sherwood Schwartz (1916-2011), followed an unlikely septet of day trippers (on a “three-hour tour," as the theme song explained) who ended up stranded on a desert island.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilligan%27s_Island)(SFC, 5/5/03, p.B4)(SFC, 7/13/11, p.C4)(NY Times, 12/31/20)

1964        Oct 14, Philips began experimenting with color TV.
    (MC, 10/14/01)

1964        Dec 3, "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" 1st aired on TV.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1964        "The Addams Family" began on TV and ran to 1966. David Levy (d.2000 at 87), An ABC executive, created the Addams Family.
    (WSJ, 10/21/96, p.A18)(SFC, 2/2/00, p.A25)
1964        "The Bullwinkle Show" began on NBC TV.
    (SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.38)
1964        Ronald Reagan hosted Death Valley Days and appeared in some episodes through 1965.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F5)
1964        “The Man from U.N.C.L.E." premiered on television.
    (AARP Bulletin, 3/14, p. 46)
1964        Peyton Place premiered on television as the first prime time soap opera. It was based on the 1956 novel by Grace Metalious. Ed Nelson (1928-2014) starred as Dr. Michael Rossi and appeared in 436 episodes.
    (AARP Bulletin, 3/14, p. 46)(SFC, 8/13/14, p.E8)
1964        The TV series “Valentine’s Day" starred Anthony Franciosa as a NYC publishing executive. It lasted just one season.
    (SFC, 1/21/06, p.B5)
1964        Charmin began showing TV commercials featuring actor Dick Wilson (1916-2007). He made famous the phrase “Please, don’t squeeze the Charmin." The ads ended in 1985.
    (SFC, 11/20/07, p.A2)
1964        Les Crane (1935-2008), pioneer talk radio and TV host, hosted the “The Les Crane Show," a late night TV talk show on ABC that ran for 4 months.
    (SFC, 7/17/08, p.B5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Crane)
1964        The BBC showed its 26-part epic of WWI: “The Great War."
    (Econ, 3/29/14, p.88)

1964-1967    Bonanza was the top ranking network show on television for three seasons with rankings of 36.3, 31.8, and 29.1%.
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)

1965        Jan 16, "Outer Limits" last aired on ABC-TV.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1965        Feb 15, Raymond Kurzweil, a diffident but self-possessed high school student, appeared as a guest on a game show called I've Got a Secret. He was introduced by the host, Steve Allen, then he played a short musical composition on a piano that was composed by a computer that he had built. By 2011 Kurzweil believed that we're approaching a moment when computers will become intelligent, and not just intelligent but more intelligent than humans. He believed that this moment was not only inevitable but imminent. According to his calculations, the end of human civilization as we know it would be about 35 years away.
    (AP, 2/11/11)

1965        Apr 27, Edward R. Murrow (b.1908), newscaster (Person to Person), died of cancer in Pawling, N.Y. He had filed radio broadcast from London during the WW II German air raids. In 1986 A.M. Sperber authored “Murrow: His Life and Times."
    (AP, 4/27/05)(SFC, 2/10/06, p.E11)(WSJ, 12/1/07, p.W10)

1965        Apr 28, Barbra Streisand starred on "My Name is Barbra" special on CBS.
    (MC, 4/28/02)

1965        May 2, Intelsat 1, also known as the Early Bird satellite, was used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic.
    (AP, 5/2/08)

1965        May 18, Gene Roddenberry suggested 16 names including Kirk for Star Trek Captain.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1965        Sep 13, Ben Gazzara (1930-2012) starred for two seasons, 1965 to 1968, on the NBC prime-time drama "Run for Your Life." He played a wealthy, successful lawyer, Paul Bryan, who quits his practice after learning he has a terminal illness and then embarks on a globe-trotting quest for adventure before he dies.
    (Reuters, 2/4/12)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0058844/episodes?year=1965)

1965        Sep 14, The situation comedy "My Mother the Car" premiered on NBC-TV.
    (AP, 9/14/05)
1965        Sep 14, The TV show "F-Troop" premiered. It ended in 1967 after 65 episodes.

1965        Sep 15, The TV show “I Spy" premiered. Bill Cosby and Roger Culp (1930-2010) starred in the series which ran for 82 episodes until 1968.
    (SFEC, 1/12/97,  p.C10)(SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.39)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0058816/)
1965        Sep 15, The TV show "Lost in Space," with its Space Family Robinson and robot premiered on CBS. It was set in the year 1997. The show was cancelled in 1968. The CBS TV show featured Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Billy Mumy, Jonathon Harris (d.2002 at 87) and the robot voice of Dick Tufeld (1926-2012).
    (SFC, 8/27/96, p.B2)(AP, 9/15/97)(SFEC, 1/3/99, DB p.28)(SFC, 11/6/02, p.A34)(SFC, 1/30/12, p.C4)

1965        Sep 16, "The Dean Martin Show" premiered on NBC.
    (AP, 9/16/05)

1965        Sep 17, "The Smothers Brothers Show", debuted on CBS TV.
    (MC, 9/17/01)

1965        Sep 18, "Get Smart" premiered.
    (MC, 9/18/01)

1965        Nov 8, The American television soap opera “Days of Our Lives" premiered with Frances Reid (1914-2010) as Alice Horton. Reid spent over 40 years playing Alice Horton on the daytime soap.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yl39ccf)(AP, 11/8/05)

1965        Dec 9, The animated TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas," premiered on CBS. Producer Lee Mendelson (1933-2019) won 12 Emmys for his work on the show.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Charlie_Brown_Christmas)(SSFC, 12/29/19, p.B3)

1965        Dec 20, The Dating Game TV show first aired and was the first of many shows created and packaged by Chuck Barris from the 1960s through the 1980s. ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it continued in syndication for another year (1973–1974) as The New Dating Game.
    (AP, 2/28/14)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dating_Game)

1965        The TV show "Big Valley" starred Barbara Stanwyck and ran to 1969. It was produced by Jules Levy (d.2003 at 80).
    (SFC, 5/29/03, p.A19)
1965        Jack Paar (47) retired as host from "The Jack Paar Program."
    (SFC, 1/28/04, p.A2)
1965        The TV series “Green Acres" starred Eddie Albert (1906-2005) and Eva Gabor. It ran for 7 years.
    (SFC, 5/28/05, p.A2)
1965        The TV series “Honey West" starred Anne Francis (d.2012 at 80). She played a sexy private eye in the series, which continued to 1966.
    (SFC, 1/4/11, p.C5)
1965        The TV series “The F.B.I." premiered with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (1918-2014). The show continued to 1974.
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A7)
1965        The TV series “A Man Called Shenandoah" starred Robert Horton (1924-2016).
    (SFC, 3/17/16, p.D5)
1965        The TV series Wild, Wild West began and ran to 1970. Government agents Jim West and Artemus Gordon tracked Arliss Loveless, who sought to assassinate Pres. Grant.
    (SFEC, 6/27/99, BR p.45)
1965        Time Magazine entered the fledgling cable TV business.
    (WSJ, 1/11/00, p.B1)
1965        The Scopitone was a quick fad that used jukebox machines to show music video-like short films.
    (SFC, 10/14/96, p.A23)

1966        Jan 9, Ronald Reagan appeared on Meet the Press and was asked why he had not disavowed the John Birch Society. Reagan said a committee had found looked into the group and "nothing of a subversive nature." In 1960 an informer reported to the FBI that Reagan was a Beverly Hills chapter member.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F6)

1966        Jan 12, "Batman" with Adam West & Burt Ward premiered on ABC TV and continued to 1968. Frank Gorshin (1933-2005) played the Riddler. In 1967 Yvonne Craig (1937-2015) joined the show as Batgirl and alter ego Barbara Gordon.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_%28TV_series%29)(SFC, 5/19/05, p.B7)(SFC, 8/20/15, p.D4)

1966        Jun 16, "Rowan & Martin Show," debuted on NBC-TV.
    (MC, 6/16/02)

1966        Jun 21, Reg Calvert (b.1938), a pirate-radio operator, was shot and killed by Oliver Smedley, an ex-army man and commercial rival. In 2010 Adrian Johns authored “Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_Calvert)(Econ, 11/20/10, p.97)

1966        Jul 12, The TV sitcom "Family Feud"  premiered on ABC, and ran as part of its daytime schedule until June 14, 1985. The game show, created by Mark Goodson, had two families compete to name the most popular responses to survey questions in order to win cash and prizes. From 1990 to 1995 a syndicated version was directed by Dr. Andy Felsher, who had testified in 1959 to fixing the "Tic-Tac-Dough" game show.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Feud)(SFC, 8/2/18, p.D2)

1966        Jun 27, The 1st sci-fi soap opera, "Dark Shadows," premiered.
    (SC, 6/27/02)

1966        Sep 1, The 1st annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, led by Jerry Lewis, was held.
    (SFC, 9/3/97, p.E5)

1966        Sep 8, The television series “Star Trek" premiered on NBC with the episode "The Man Trap". Nichelle Nichols starred as Lt. Uhura.
    (SFC, 8/5/96, p.A13)(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A23)(AP, 9/8/01)
1966        Sep 8, The TV series "Tarzan" premiered with Ron Ely as Tarzan and continued to 1968.
1966        Sep 8, The situation comedy "That Girl" starring Marlo Thomas premiered on ABC-TV.
    (AP, 9/8/06)

1966        Sep 12, "The Monkees" debuted on NBC TV. "Hey, hey we're the Monkees- and we don't monkey around." The show ran to 1868 and won an Emmy.
    (WSJ, 1/9/97, p.A8)(AP, 9/12/01)
1966        Sep 12, The situation comedy Family Affair'' premiered on CBS. It ran to 1971.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.C9)(AP, 9/12/06)

1966        Sep 14, Tillie Edelstein (b.1898), actress and screenwriter, died. As Gertrude Berg, she created “The Goldbergs" (1929), a radio program that later became first television sitcom. In 2009 Aviva Kempner directed a documentary of Berg titled “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Berg)(SFC, 8/7/09, p.E5)

1966        Sep 17, “Mission Impossible" premiered on CBS. Greg Morris (1934-1996) played Barney Collier, the technical wizard. Its theme music was written by Lalo Schifrin. The series ran until 1973. Martin landau and his wife Barbara Bain left the show at the end of its third season.
    (SFC, 8/28/96, C2)(SI-WPC, 12/6/96)(AP, 9/17/01)(SFC, 7/17/17, p.A6)

1966        Dec 18, Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" aired for 1st time on CBS.
    (MC, 12/18/01)

1966        Dennis Weaver (1924-2006) starred with a black bear in the TV series “Gentle Ben."
    (AP, 9/10/05)(SFC, 2/28/06, p.A2)

1966        The Road Runner Show arrived on TV.
    (NW, 11/11/02, p.55)

1966        The TV sitcom "Petticoat Junction" featured Bea Benaderet as the widowed owner of the Shady Rest Hotel and mother of 3 fetching daughters in Hooterville. Meredith MacRae (d.2000 at 56) was one of the daughters. The CBS series ran until 1970.
    (SFC, 7/15/00, p.A23)

1966        "The World of Jacques-Yves Cousteau" made its debut on American TV as a National Geographic Special.
    (SFC, 6/26/97, p.A7)

1966-1971    The CBS sitcom "Family Affair" with Brian Keith played on TV.
    (SFC, 6/25/97, p.A16)

1966-1971    "That Girl" with Marlo Thomas and Ted Bissel (1935-1996) ran on TV.
    (SFEC, 10/9/96, C2)

1967        Jan 10, National Educational Television (forerunner of Public Broadcasting Service) operated as a true network for the 1st time as it carried Pres. Johnson's State of the Union address.
    (AP, 1/10/07)

1967        Jan 15, The Rolling Stones appeared on Ed Sullivan Show.

1967        Feb 5, “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" premiered on CBS TV.
    (AP, 2/5/07)

1967        Mar 29, The first nationwide strike in the 30-year history of the American Federation of Television occurred and lasted for 13 days.

1967        Jun 4, American actor and comedian Bill Cosby (b.1937) received an Emmy Award for his work in the television series "I Spy." Cosby won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in the Drama Series in 1966, 1967 and 1968. In the 19th Emmy Awards: Mission Impossible, Monkees, Don Knotts & Lucy Ball were among the winners.
    (HN, 6/4/00)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Spy)

1967        Jun 19, Beatle Paul McCartney, having admitted in Life Magazine that he had taken LSD, repeated the admission on television.
    (DTnet, 6/19/97)

1967        Sep 3, The original version of the television game show "What's My Line?," hosted by John Charles Daly, broadcast its final episode after more than 17 years on CBS.
    (AP, 9/3/97)

1967        Sep 4, Michigan Gov. George Romney told a TV interview he'd undergone a "brainwashing" by U.S. officials during a 1965 visit to Vietnam, a comment that apparently damaged Romney's bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
    (AP, 9/4/97)

1967        Sep 7, The situation comedy "The Flying Nun," starring Sally Field as a nun who finds that she can fly, debuted on ABC.
    (AP, 9/7/07)

1967        Sep 9, "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" aired as a one-time special on NBC; its success led to a regular series beginning in January 1968. The show folded in 1973.
    (AP, 9/9/07)(SSFC, 5/25/08, p.B6)

1967        Sep 11, "The Carol Burnett Show" premiered on CBS.
    (AP, 9/11/97)

1967        Sep 14, The TV series “Ironside" began and continued to 1975. It featured Raymond Burr. Early episodes used the old Hall of Justice at 750 Kearney in San Francisco.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironside_%281967_TV_series%29)(SSFC, 9/6/15, p.F3)

1967        Sep 16, The TV series "Mannix," starring Mike Connors, premiered on CBS.
    (AP, 9/16/07)

1967        Sep 29, The British Spy-Fi television series "The Prisoner," began screening. It was co-created, co-written and co-directed by Patrick McGoohan, who also played the lead role.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prisoner)(Econ., 6/20/20, p.74)

1967        Oct, TV journalist Charles Kuralt (1934-1997) hit the nation’s roads with a 3-person crew for a trial run of what would become the "On the Road" series.
    (SFC, 7/5/97, p.A5)

1967        Dec 26, BBC-1 television aired "Magical Mystery Tour," the Beatles' critically drubbed one-hour special.
    (AP, 12/26/07)

1967        Fred W. Friendly, TV producer, published "Due to Circumstances Beyond Our Control."
    (SFC, 3/5/98, p.A24)
1967        Frank Pacelli spent 13 years (1967-1980) on The TV show "Days of Our Lives." He then moved on to "The Young and the Restless."
    (SFC, 3/15/97, p.A19)
1967        The TV series "Hondo" with Kathie Browne as a widowed mother was based on a story by Louis L’Amour. There was a 1953 film version of the story.
    (SFC, 4/17/03, p.A23)
1967        Charles Kurault, CBS TV correspondent, drove off in a motor home and began documenting stories of life in America for “On the Road."
    (SSFC, 7/20/14, p.L4)

1967-1968    The Andy Griffith Show was the top ranking network show on television with a ranking of 27.6%.
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)

1968        Jan 8, The documentary series “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau" first aired on US network TV.
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt0845400/)(Econ, 10/31/09, p.97)

1968        Jan 9, The TV show "It Takes A Thief" with Robert Wagner began on ABC. It written and produced by Leslie Stevens (d.1998) and ran to 1970.
    (SFC, 8/13/97, Z1 p.3)(SFC, 4/29/98, p.C2)

1968        Jan 22, The TV variety show "Laugh In" began on NBC with comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin. It continued running to May 14, 1973. It was the top ranking network show on television for two seasons (1968-1969) with rankings of 31.8 and 26.3%.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan_&_Martin%27s_Laugh-In)(WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)

1968        Feb 19, The children's program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, created by Fred Rogers (1928-2003), premiered on NET (later PBS).

1968        May 24, In Britain Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones released their song "Jumping Jack Flash." The US release was on June 1.

1968        Jun 1, The British television series "The Prisoner," starring Patrick McGoohan, had its American premiere on CBS.
    (AP, 6/1/08)

1968        Jul 15, The TV soap opera “One Life to Live" premiered. Its final episode was scheduled in the Fall of 2011.
    (SFC, 4/15/11, p.F2)(www.ovguide.com/tv/one_life_to_live.htm)

1968        Aug 15, Pirate Radio Free London began transmitting.

1968        Aug 21, After 5 years Russia once again jammed Voice of America radio.

1968        Sep 1, Pirate Radio Marina in the Netherlands began transmitting.

1968        Sep 16, Republican presidential nominee Richard Nixon exclaimed, "Sock it to ME?" in a taped bit for the NBC-TV comedy program "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In."
    (AP, 9/16/08)

1968        Sep 17, The TV series "Julia" began airing with Diahann Carroll (1935-2019) as a nurse with a young son whose husband was killed in Vietnam. Carroll was the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series. "Julia"  contined to 1971.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_(TV_series))(SSFC, 10/6/19, p.B10)

1968        Sep 20, The TV show "Name of the Game" premiered with Gene Barry and Tony Franciosa. It  was written and produced by Leslie Stevens (d.1998) and ran to 1971.
    (SFC, 4/29/98, p.C2)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0062591/)

1968        Sep 21, The Adam-12 television police drama premiered. It followed two police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Pete Malloy and Jim Reed, as they rode the streets of Los Angeles in their patrol unit, 1-Adam-12. It starred Martin Milner and Kent McCord. William Boyett (1927-2004) played Sgt. MacDonald. The series continued to 1975.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam-12)(SSFC, 1/2/05, p.A23)

1968        Sep 23, The TV western "The Outcasts" premiered. The one season show featured Otis Young (d.2001 at 69) and Don Murray working together as post Civil War bounty hunters.
    (SFC, 10/20/01, p.E2)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0062596/)

1968        Sep 24, The CBS news magazine "60 Minutes" premiered on CBS-TV on a Tuesday night. Don Hewitt created and produced the TV news show "60 Minutes." He wrote his book "Minute by Minute" in 1985.
    (SFEM, 2/8/98, Par p.26)(AP, 9/24/98)
1968        Sep 24, The TV show "Mod Squad" premiered on ABC and continued to 1973. It was about 3 hip young cops who worked undercover in LA. A film version was begun in 1998.
    (AP, 9/24/98)(SFC, 8/27/99, p.C14)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0062589/)

1968        Sep 26, Hawaii Five-O premiered on CBS TV and continued to 1980. It starred Jack Lord (d.1998 at 77) and was the longest running police show in TV history. Its theme song was "Walk Don’t Run" by the Ventures. Lord (born as John Joseph Patrick Ryan) was a painter off TV and his canvasses sold privately for top dollar.
    (SFC, 7/11/96, p.D4)(SFC, 1/22/98, p.D3)

1968        Oct 14, The first live telecast from a manned US spacecraft was sent from Apollo 7.
    (AP, 10/14/98)

1968        Nov 17, NBC outraged football fans by cutting away from the final minutes of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a TV special, "Heidi," on schedule. Viewers were deprived of seeing the Raiders come from behind to beat the Jets, 43-to-32.
    (AP, 11/17/98)

1968        Dec 24, The 3 Apollo 8 astronauts (James A. Lovell, William Anders and Frank Borman), orbiting the moon, read passages from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve television broadcast. The first pictures of an Earth-rise over the Moon are seen as the crew of Apollo 8 orbits the moon.
    (TL, 1988, p.117)(AP, 12/24/97)(HN, 12/24/99)(MC, 12/24/01)

1968        Dom DeLuise (1933-2009), actor, chef, comedian and author, hosted “The Dom DeLuise Show," a comedy variety summer series on CBS.
    (SFC, 5/6/09, p.A9)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom_DeLuise)
1968        The TV series “The Name of the Game" featured Gene Barry (1919-2009). The show continued to 1971.
    (SFC, 12/15/09, p.C5)
1968        The "Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus" was shot for home video but not released until 1996. The 62 minute TV special featured the Stones, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, the Who, Marianne Faithfull, Taj Mahal and Jethro Tull.
    (SFC, 10/15/96, p.B1)
1968        Tele-Communications Inc. was founded by Bob Magness (1924-1996) when he merged Community Television Inc. and Western Microwave Inc. in Denver. The company went public in 1970.
    (SFEC, 11/17/96, p.C12)

1968-1972    Terry Melcher (1942-2004) produced his mother’s “The Doris Day Show."
    (SSFC, 11/21/04, p.A25)

1968-1980    Hawaii Five-O ran on TV for this period. It starred Jack Lord (d.1998 at 77) and was the longest running police show in TV history. It’s theme song was "Walk Don’t Run" by the Ventures. Lord (born as John Joseph Patrick Ryan) was a painter off TV and his canvasses sold privately for top dollar. Gilbert Lani Kauhi (d.2004) played Detective Kono Kalakaua.
    (SFC, 7/11/96, p.D4)(SFC, 1/22/98, p.D3)(SFC, 5/8/04, p.B6)

1969        Feb 9, Gabby Hayes (b.1885), American film and TV actor, died. He played the sidekick to Hopalong Cassidy and later Roy Rogers Westerns.

1969        Mar 26, Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie was shown on ABC-TV. It began a popular series with Robert Young and ran to 1976.
    (SS, 3/26/02)(WSJ, 1/10/03, p.A10)

1969         May 11, Canada’s CBC public broadcaster announced it will no longer accept advertising from tobacco companies.
1969        May 11, The Monty Python comedy troupe formed.

1969        May 23, The BBC ordered 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

1969        Jun 3, Last episode of Star Trek aired on NBC (Turnabout Intruder).

1969        Jun 7, The Johnny Cash Show premiered on ABC from the Grand Ole Opry with special guest Bob Dylan and regular cast: Tennessee Three, June Carter and Carter Family, Statler Brothers, and Carl Perkins, stepping in for Luther Perkins, who has just died accidentally in tragic fire. The series ran through 1971.

1969        Jun 9, The US Supreme Court, in Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC, ruled the Fairness Doctrine constitutional. The court said free-speech protections for broadcasters are narrower than those for publishers and pedestrians. The Red Lion case was the result of a 1964 book "Goldwater: Extremist on the Right," by Fred J. Cook. In 1987 the Federal Communications Commission voted 4-0 to rescind the Fairness Doctrine, which had required radio and television stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues. The tighter regulation of broadcasting was based on broadcasters' use of public airwaves.
    (AP, 8/4/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Lion_Broadcasting_Co._v._FCC)(WSJ, 3/24/04, p.A4)

1969        Jul 20, Astronaut Neil Armstrong took his legendary "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." He and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin made the first successful landing of a manned vehicle on the moon when they touched down in Apollo 11. Armstrong stepped down from the ladder of the landing module Eagle to become the first man ever to walk on the moon. The two astronauts explored the moon's surface for 2 1/2 hours, with amazed TV audiences looking on. Armstrong was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his accomplishments and his contributions to the space program. Edwin Aldrin became the second man to step foot on the moon shortly after Neil Armstrong hopped off the lunar lander Eagle at 10:56 p.m. Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon for about two hours during their 22-hour lunar stay. Thomas Kelly (d.2002 at 72) was the engineer who had overseen the building of the lunar module.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.182, 341) (TMC, 1994, p.1969)(AP, 7/20/97)(HNPD, 7/20/98)(HNQ, 9/14/00)(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A24)

1969        Sep 23, The 1st broadcast of "Marcus Welby MD" on ABC-TV. The drama with Robert Young continued to 1976. Elena Verdugo (1925-2017) played Consuela Lopez, the loyal nurse who managed the doctor’s practice.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Welby,_M.D.)(SFC, 6/9/17, p.D2)

1969        Sep 26, The family comedy series "The Brady Bunch" premiered on ABC-TV and continued to 1974. The show was created by Sherwood Schwartz (1916-2011). Ann B. Davis (1926-2014) played housekeeper Alice Nelson. Florence Henderson (1934-2016) starred as the matriarch of the family.
    (AP, 9/26/99)(SFC, 7/13/11, p.C4)(SFC, 6/2/14, p.C3)(SFC, 11/25/16, p.A8)

1969        Oct 5, Monty Python's Flying Circus made its debut on BBC Television. Ian Macnaughton (d.2002) directed all but 4 of its 45 episodes It ran on British TV until 1974.
    (WSJ, 6/16/98, p.A17)(AP, 10/5/98)(SFC, 1/4/03, p.A15)

1969        Nov 10, Sesame Street, a children’s show, premiered on the National Education Television network (NET), which later became PBS. Jim Henson, Jeffrey A. Moss (d.1998 at 56) and Joe Raposo were among the creators. Moss created the Cookie Monster character and wrote such songs as "I Love Trash." Kermit Love (1916-2008) worked as the costume designer for the show. 
    (AP, 11/10/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sesame_Street)(SFC, 6/27/08, p.B9)

1969        Nov 13, Speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew accused network television news departments of bias and distortion, and urged viewers to lodge complaints.
    (AP, 11/13/97)

1969        Nov 19, The Benny Hill Show premiered in Britain. It ran on Thames Television (ITV) from 1969-1989.

1969        Dec 17, An estimated 50 million TV viewers watched singer Tiny Tim marry his fiancée, Miss Vicky, on NBC's "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.
    (AP, 12/17/99)

1969        Dec 21, Diana Ross and the Supremes make their final television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, singing "Someday We'll Be Together", which would be the last of their 12 number one singles.

1969        Della Reese (b.1931) hosted her talk show "Della" for one season on TV.
    (SFEC,1/19/97, Par p.22)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0063892/)

1969        George Vicas (d.1997 at 71) produced a TV film for NBC on Artur Rubinstein. Vicas won an Emmy for this documentary.
    (SFC,10/29/97, p.A21)(http://tinyurl.com/8lvxqq)
1969        "Hee-Haw," a syndicated TV show, debuted. It satirized country life with a mixture of music and comedy.
    (AP, 1/10/09)
1969        The National Association of Broadcasters endorsed the phase out of cigarette ads on TV and radio.
    (WSJ, 1/27/04, p.D12)
1969        South Korea’s Samsung Electronics was formed and began making transistor radios. By 2011 it had evolved into the world’s leading manufacturer of televisions and much else.
    (Econ, 10/1/11, p.75)

1969-1972    The TV series “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father" starred Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz. Miyoshi Umeki was featured as the housekeeper in the ABC series.
    (SFC, 9/12/07, p.A17)   

1970        Jan 5, The TV soap opera “All My Children" premiered. Its final episode was scheduled in the Fall of 2011.
    (SFC, 4/15/11, p.F2)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0065272/)

1970        Apr 1, President Nixon signed a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and television, to take effect after Jan. 1, 1971.
    (AP, 4/1/98)

1970        Apr 30, President Nixon announced the United States was sending troops into Cambodia, an action that sparked widespread protest. Nixon widened the war to Cambodia and protests increased. U.S. troops invaded Cambodia to disrupt North Vietnamese Army base areas. U.S. President Richard Nixon announced to a national TV audience American troop movements into Cambodia to attack Communist border sanctuaries. Calling the joint U.S.-South Vietnamese operation "indispensable," some 32,000 American and 48,000 South Vietnamese troops captured large caches of supplies, but most Communist forces had already been withdrawn. A storm of protest against expansion of the war swept the United States and four days later four student protesters at Ohio's Kent State University were shot dead by National Guardsmen.
    (AP, 4/30/97)(TMC, 1994, p.1970)(HN, 4/30/98)(HNQ, 5/3/98)
1970        Apr 30, Inger Stevens (b.1934, Stockholm-born star of TV’s “The Farmer’s Daughter," died of an overdose. For all intents and purposes, Ms. Stevens' death was a suicide but following her death, it came out in the tabloids that she had been secretly married to African-American Ike Jones since 1961. The couple was estranged at the time of her death.

1970        May 4, The US FCC adopted the prime time access rule (PTAR), to be fully effective as of October 1, 1971. Four months after its adoption, however, the Commission on August 7, 1970, significantly amended the rule, delaying until October 1, 1972, the effective date of the off-network and feature films provisions.

1970        Sep 16, The American TV show "McCloud" was released. It starred Dennis Weaver (1924-2006) and was written and produced by Leslie Stevens (d.1998). The series continued to 1977.
    (SFC, 4/29/98, p.C2)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0065317/)

1970        Jun 19, "The Tim Conway Show", TV Comedy, last aired on CBS after 13 episodes.

1970        Sep 19, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" with Ed Asner debuted on CBS TV and ran to 1977. Mary Richards threw her hat at 7th St. and Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis for the opening credits. In 2001 the city planned a $150,000 statue of Mary to be made by Gwendolyn Gillen of Wisconsin. In 1989 Robert S. Alley and Irby B. Brown authored “Love Is All Around," a complete documentary of the show.
    (SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.39)(AP, 9/19/00)(WSJ, 6/19/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/12/05, p.P14)

1970        Sep 21, "NFL Monday Night Football" made its debut on ABC TV as the Cleveland Browns defeated the visiting New York Jets, 31-to-21.
    (SFC, 12/7/96, p.A1)(AP, 9/21/00)

1970        Sep 24, The TV show “The Odd Couple" premiered with Jack Klugman (1922-2012), Tony Randall (1920-2004) and Al Molinaro (1919-2015). The show continued to 1975.
    (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3595776/)(SSFC, 11/1/15, p.A14)

1970        Sep, “The Partridge Family" began airing on ABC and continued to 1974.
    (SFC, 4/29/15, p.D5)

1970        Oct 5, National Educational Television (NET), the forerunner of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), commenced broadcasting following its merger with station WNDT Newark, New Jersey, to form WNET. In 1973 it merged with Educational Television Stations.

1970        Oct 7, Pres. Nixon proposed a cease-fire-in-place in a televised speech.
    (WSJ, 2/5/96, p.A-19)

1970        Nov 11, Stevie Wonder sang "Heaven Help Us All" on the Johnny Cash show.

1970        The TV news show "Agronsky & Company," WTOP-TV, was the first to feature news reporters talking among themselves. Martin Zama Agronsky (b.1915) died in 1999 at age 84.
    (SFC, 7/26/99, p.A22)
1970        The TV soap opera “All My Children" premiered. Its final episode was scheduled in the Fall of 2011.
    (SFC, 4/15/11, p.F2)
1970        The TV show "Wall Street Week" started with Louis Rukeyser. The last program was scheduled for June 28, 2002.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.B5)
1970        Virginia Graham (1912-1998), American daytime television talk show host, began "The Virginia Graham Show" on TV and continued to 1972.
    (SFC, 12/25/98, p.B6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Graham)
1970        The Don Knotts Show premiered and lasted for one season.
    (SSFC, 2/26/06, p.B7)
1970        Flip Wilson (1933-1998), the fist successful black host of a TV variety show, hosted the Flip Wilson Show until 1974.
    (SFC, 11/26/98, p.B9)
1970        "The Phil Donohue Show" began on TV. It ran to 1996.
    (SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.39)
1970        Dr. Robert Schuller, minister of the Reformed Church of America, began his Sunday TV show "Hour of Power."
    (SFEC, 4/20/97, Par p.18)
1970        Ted Turner (b.1938) bought an Atlanta UHF station and built it into the Turner Broadcasting System. He had inherited his father’s billboard business in 1962.
    (WSJ, 10/21/04, p.D8)(www.wordiq.com/definition/Ted_Turner)
1970        Mister Ed the talking horse, star of the 1961 TV sitcom, died. By the time Mister Ed reached the age of 19 he was suffering from a broken leg and a variety of health problems, and was quietly put to death with no publicity. However, in an interview on Los Angeles station KECT's program "Life and Times", Alan Young stated that Mr. Ed died from an inadvertent tranquilizer administered while he was "in retirement" in a stable in Burbank, California.

1970s        "The Six Million Dollar Man" ran as a TV series with Lee Majors. It was based on the book Cyborg by Martin Caidin (d.1997 at 69).
    (SFC, 3/26/97, p.C3)

1970-1971    Marcus Welby, M.D. was the top ranking network show on television with a ranking of 29.6%. Robert Young (d.1998 at 91) played his TV role "Marcus Welby, M.D." until 1976.
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)(SFC, 7/23/98, p.C4)

1971        Jan 1, The US government ban on TV  Cigarette ads went into effect.
    (SFEC, 9/15/96, DB p.55)(AP, 4/1/98)

1971        Jan 12, The situation comedy "All in the Family" with Carroll O’Connor (1924-2001) as Archie Bunker, began on CBS TV and ran to 1983. It later became "Archie Bunker’s Place." It was the first video-taped sitcom. Producers Bud Yorkin (1926-2015) and Norman Lear adopted the 1964 British series "Till Death Do Us Part," written by Johnny Speight (d.1998 at 78) for the sitcom.
    (SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.39)(AP, 1/12/00)(SFC, 6/22/01, p.A1)(SFC, 8/19/15, p.A10)

1971        Feb 20, The National Emergency Warning Center in Colorado erroneously ordered radio and TV stations across the US to go off the air; some stations heeded the alert, which was not lifted for about 40 minutes.
    (AP, 2/20/01)

1971        Mar 11, Philo T. Farnsworth (b.1906), inventor of television, died in Salt Lake City, Utah. Later Prof. Donald Godfrey authored "Philo T. Farnsworth: The Father of Television" and Evan I. Schwartz authored "The Last Lone Inventor."
    (SFC, 9/7/02, p.D1)(www.aoc.gov/cc/art/nsh/farnsworth.cfm)

1971        Mar 28, CBS aired the final broadcast of its Ed Sullivan Show. Reruns and pre-emptions aired in that time slot throughout the following April and May, and in June, CBS announced that The Ed Sullivan Show had been cancelled.

1971        Apr 2, The ABC sci-fi soap opera "Dark Shadows," which premiered in 1966, aired for the last time.

1971        May 3, The National Public Radio “All Things Considered" program premiered on 112 NPR stations. NPR, the US national, non-commercial radio network, was founded in 1970 and hit the airwaves in April, 1971.

1971        May 9, In the 23rd Emmy Awards: Jack Klugman won for his role in “The Odd Couple" & Jean Stapleton won for her role in “All in the Family."

1971        Jun 6, "Ed Sullivan Show" made its last broadcasts on CBS-TV.
    (SFC, 1/7/98, p.E1)(www.tv.com/the-ed-sullivan-show/show/1156/summary.html)

1971        Jun 12, Tricia Nixon and Edward F. Cox were married in the White House Rose Garden. The event was covered by all three major TV networks.
    (AP, 6/12/97)(SFC, 12/1/97, p.A7)

1971        Aug 1, CBS presented Masterpiece Theatre's 6 Wives of Henry VIII. The BBC produced program series first aired in 1970.
    (www.tvguide.com/tvshows/six-wives-henry/204436)(WSJ, 7/15/96, p.A9)

1971        Sep 4, "The Lawrence Welk Show" was seen for the last time on ABC-TV. A week later it opened on the Lawrence Welk Network.

1971        Sep 14, "Cannon" with William Conrad premiered on CBS-TV.

1971        Sep 15, The 1st broadcast of "Columbo" on NBC-TV.

1971        Sep 17, The San Francisco-based TV police series “McMillan and Wife" began and continued to 1977. It starred Rock Hudson and Susan St. James.
     (SSFC, 9/6/15, p.F3)

1971        Oct 2, “Soul Train," an American musical variety TV program premiered and continued to 2006. It was created by  Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_Train)(SSFC, 5/18/14, Par p.2)

1971        Oct 25, The TV show “The Electric Company" premiered providing an advance for children raised on Sesame Street.
    (NW, 11/11/02, p.56)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0066651/)

1971        Nov 30, TV movie "Brian's Song," aired for the 1st time on ABC-TV.

1971        Dec 12, David Sarnoff (b.1891), US TV pioneer (RCA), died. He was a Russian immigrant who transformed NBC from a radio to a TV network.
    (SFC, 8/2/99, p.B3)(www.davidsarnoff.org/ds07.html)

1971        Fielder Cook (d.2003 at 80) adopted Arthur Miller's play "The Price" for NBC.
    (SSFC, 6/28/03, p.A31)
1971        Fielder Cook directed "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story." It starred Patricia Neal and became the basis for the 1972 series "The Waltons."
    (SSFC, 6/28/03, p.A31)(SFC, 8/9/10, p.A6)
1971        US CIA funding for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty was disclosed. In 2000 Arch Puddington, deputy director of RFE/RL’s new York bureau from 1985 to 1993, authored "Broadcasting Freedom." The Munich headquarters were closed in 1994 and the organization moved to an afterlife in Prague.
    (WSJ, 6/5/00, p.A30)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Free_Europe)

1971        Britain’s Open University started teaching via radio and television.
    (Econ, 12/22/12, p.101)

1971-1976    "All in the Family" was the top ranking network show on television for five seasons with rankings of 34, 33.3, 32.2, 30.2, and 30.1%.
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)

1972        Jan 11, The TV movie "Kolchak, The Night Stalker" aired for the first time. It was followed by a series of 22 episodes that ended Mar 28, 1975.

1972        Jan 14, "Sanford & Son" premiered on NBC TV. It starred Desmond Wilson and Red Foxx and became the most successful black-oriented series in TV history. The series ended in 1977.
    (SSFC, 2/11/01, BR p.1)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0068128/)(SFC, 9/19/02, p.A24)

1972        Jan 22, The TV series "Emergency" began with Julie London and Bobby Troup. It ran until 1977.
    (SFC, 10/19/00, p.A29)(www.fancast.com/tv/Emergency!/8541/synopsis)

1972        Apr, The US government filed suit against the 3 major television networks for monopolizing prime-time entertainment with their own programs. The suits were dismissed in 1974 after the Nixon White House refused to turn over subpoenaed records.
    (SFC, 12/1/97, p.A7)

1972        May 13, Dan Blocker (b.1928), actor (Hoss-Bonanza), died.

1972        May 18, "Me & The Chimp" last aired on CBS-TV.

1972        Jun 8, John Plummer, helicopter pilot and operations officer in Vietnam, ordered the bombing of the village of Trang Bang. He did not know that villagers had taken refuge there. AP photographer Nick Ut took a photo of screaming children struck by napalm that showed 9-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc standing naked in agony. Alan Downes (1938-1996) filmed live TV footage of 9-year-old Kim Phuc and other children as they fled down Highway One in South Vietnam to escape a village under US napalm attack. On Nov 11, 1996 Plummer met with Phan Thi Kim at the Vietnam memorial in Washington in reconciliation. It was later disclosed that the actual pilot responsible was a South Vietnamese air force officer. In 2000 Denise Chong authored "The Girl in the Picture: The Story of Kim Phuc and the Photograph That Changed the course of the Vietnam War."
    (SFC, 10/11/96, p.A24)(SFC, 11/12/96, p.A3)(SFEC, 4/13/97, p.A1,12)(SFC,12/18/97, p.A3)(SFEC, 8/20/00, BR p.1)

1972        Jun 21, The TV sitcom "Corner Bar" began its 1st of 2 seasons.
    (SFEC, 3/30/97, DB. p.35)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0546094/)

1972        Sep 4, The TV game show "The Price Is Right" returned with Bob Barker and continued for 35 seasons. A nighttime version also began this year hosted by Dennis James (1917-1997) up to 1977.
    (SFC, 6/5/97, p.A26)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_James)

1972        Sep 12, The TV situation comedy "Maude" premiered on CBS and continued to 1978. Bill Macy (1922-2019) played Walter Findlay, the husband of Bea Arthur.
    (AP, 9/12/02)(SFC, 1/17/13, p.D6)(SSFC, 10/20/19, p.B9)
1972        Sep 12, William Lawrence Boyd (b.1895), American film actor best known for portraying Hopalong Cassidy, died.

1972        Sep 14, The family drama series "The Waltons" premiered on CBS.
    (AP, 9/14/97)

1972        Sep 16, "The Bob Newhart Show" premiered on CBS and ended in 1978. Suzanne Pleshette (1937-2008) played Bob Newhart’s wife.
    (AP, 9/16/97)(SSFC, 1/20/08, p.A2)

1972        Sep 17, "M*A*S*H" (MASH) premiered on CBS-TV.
    (AP, 9/17/97)

1972        Sep 20, The NBC TV series “Madigan" premiered with Richard Widmark (1914-2008).
    (SFC, 3/27/08, p.A2)

1972        Oct 8, The TV series "Hec Ramsey" premiered with Richard Boone as a gunfighter intrigued with new methods of criminology. It was written, directed and produced by Douglas Benton (d.2000 at 75).
    (SFC, 11/24/00, p.D11)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0068077/)

1972        Nov 8, The Green Channel of Manhattan became Home Box Office (HBO). Time Life gained control of HBO in March, 1973. HBO soon began transmitting programs to cable TV subscribers in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The 1st cablecast was a National League Hockey game.
    (WSJ, 1/11/00, p.B1)(SFC, 4/3/01, p.C1)

1972        Home Box Office (HBO) began transmitting programs to cable TV subscribers in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The 1st cablecast was a National League Hockey game.
    (SFC, 4/3/01, p.C1)
1972        George Carlin performed his stand-up routine "The Seven Words You Can never Say on TV."
    (SFC, 1/21/04, p.D2)
1972        Johnny Carson moved the “Tonight Show" from New York to Burbank, Ca., and established Los Angeles as the center of popular culture.
    (Econ, 1/29/05, p.32)
1972        The British TV series “The Adventurer" featured Gene Barry (1919-2009). The show continued to 1973.
    (SFC, 12/15/09, p.C5)

1972        Color TV sets outsold black and white TV sets for the 1st time.
    (SFC, 3/18/04, p.E1)

1972-1977    The TV show "Streets of San Francisco" featured Karl Malden and Michael Douglas.
    (SFC, 6/26/02, p.D8)

1973        Jan 15, Gene Shalit (b.1932) replaced Joe Garagiola on the Today Show panel.

1973        Jan 16, NBC presented the 440th and final showing of "Bonanza."

1973        Mar 23, After a 5½ year run, soap "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" ended.

1973        Mar 26, The US soap opera "The Young and the Restless" premiered.

1973        Apr 2, CBS radio began on hour news 24 hours a day.

1973        May 4, The 1st TV network female nudity appeared in Bruce Jay Smith's Steambath (PBS) with Valerie Perrine.

1973        May 14, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In  last aired on NBC-TV.

1973        May 15, Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer teamed up on NPACT’s coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings. In 1975 the MacNeil-Lehrer Report" premiered on PBS.

1973        May 20, In the 25th Emmy Awards the winners included The Waltons, All in the Family & Mary Tyler Moore.

1973        Jun 26, Ernest Truex (b.1889), American stage, film and TV actor, died.

1973        Jul, Testifying before the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (the Ervin Committee), John Ehrlichman, aide to President Richard Nixon, asserted that the burglary of anti-war activist Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office was within the constitutional powers of the president. The televised committee hearings exposed a wide range of activities, including a secret White House program of harassment and IRS audits of political enemies, burglaries, wiretaps, forging of State Department documents, a secret fund to finance spying and sabotage of Democratic Party primary campaigns and more that culminated in the House vote for impeachment and the Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974.
    (HNQ, 10/9/98)

1973        Aug 29,  Michael Dunn (b.1934), American dwarf actor, died in London.

1973        Sep 10, A second version of the TV game show “Concentration" was syndicated, with Jack Narz as host. It ran through September 8, 1978.

1973        Nov 20, Allan Sherman (b.1924), American musician, parodist and producer, died. He was the creator and original producer of the popular “I've Got a Secret" from 1952 to 1958.

1973        PBS began its series "An American Family" featuring Pat and Bill Loud (1921-2018) and their 5 children in Santa Barbara, Ca. The 12 hour-long episodes were edited down from 300 hours of film.
    (SFC, 1/6/03, p.D1)(SSFC, 7/29/18, p.C9)

1973        “Viva Alegre," a bilingual and bicultural TV show for children, premiered on PBS. It was produced by Claudio Guzman (1928-2008).
    (SFC, 7/18/08, p.B8)

1973        The TV "Frugal Gourmet" show began in Tacoma, Wa., with minister Jeff Smith (1939-2004) and then went national on PBS.
    (SFC, 7/30/01, p.E1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Smith_(TV_personality))

1973        The TV "Schoolhouse Rock" cartoons began to set educational messages to catchy music. The animated series ran to 1985.
    (SFC, 12/23/00, p.A25)

1973        The TV series "All in the Family" began and ran through 1975. [see 1971]
    (SFEC, 11/17/96, Par p.26)

1973        The TV series "Streets of San Francisco" premiered.
    (SFC, 6/3/97, p.B1)

1973        The British TV series "Upstairs, Downstairs," was imported the US as part of PBS’ Masterpiece Theater.
    (SFC, 12/1/01, p.A19)

1974        Jan 15, "Happy Days" began an 11 year run on ABC.

1974        Jan 18, "$6 Million Man" starring Lee Majors premiered on ABC TV.

1974        Mar 20, Chet Huntley (b.1911), newscaster (NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report), died of lung cancer.

1974        May 28, In the 26th Emmy Awards: MASH, Alan Alda & Mary Tyler Moore won.

1974         Sep 1, In the Netherlands laws prohibiting pirate radio came into effect.

1974        Sep 13, The "Rockford Files," starring James Garner and Jos Santos (1931-2016), was first broadcast on NBC-TV. It continued to 1980.
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt0071042/)(SFC, 7/21/14, p.A6)(SSFC, 3/20/16, p.C11)

1974        Oct 8, President Gerald Ford’s WIN (Whip Inflation Now) program was announced in response to a high inflation rate. Consumer prices rose 12.2 percent in 1974. The WIN program, introduced by Ford to a national television audience, included tax and spending assistance to hard-pressed industries, a five percent tax surcharge, reduced federal spending and tight monetary policies. During 1974 unemployment jumped from 5 percent to more than 7 percent, interest rates climbed to 12 percent, the stock market fell 28 percent, automobile sales collapsed. In 1974 real economic growth was negative 5 percent.
    (HNQ, 11/1/99)

1974        Oct 13, Ed Sullivan (72), long-time television, host died in New York City.
    (AP, 10/13/99)

1974        Dec 5, The TV show "Monty Python's Flying Circus" was last shown on BBC. It had premiered on Oct 5, 1969.

1974        Dec 26, Comedian Jack Benny (b.1894) died in Los Angeles at age 80.
    (AP, 12/26/98)(www.imdb.com/name/nm0000912/)

1974        The TV series "Get Christie Love" starred Teresa Graves (d.2002 at 54) and lasted one season. Graves played the 1st black woman hired by a big-city police department.
    (SFC, 10/12/02, p.A19)

1974        The TV sitcom "Good Times" began and ran to 1979. It featured Esther Rolle (d.1998) as a strong-willed Black mother that kept her family together. The show was created by Norman Lear.
    (SFC, 11/19/98, p.C9)

1974        The NBC TV daily game show "Name That Tune" was hosted by Dennis James (1917-1997) up to 1975. A weekly version was hosted by Tom Kennedy.
    (SFC, 6/5/97, p.A26)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_That_Tune)

1974        The TV "Donny and Marie Show" featured Donny and 14-year-old Marie Osmond. Their recorded songs included: "Make the World Go Away," "I’m Leaving it All Up to You," and "Deep Purple."
    (WSJ, 2/19/98, p.A20)

1974        The Human Family and Educational Cultural Institute established its Humanitas Prize in recognition of film and TV scripts the illuminate life and foster compassion.
    (SFC, 7/10/98, p.C14)

1975        Jan 6, The NBC TV game show “Wheel of Fortune", created by Merv Griffin (1925-2007), premiered.
    (WSJ, 8/15/07, p.D12)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0072584/)

1975        Jan 18, The TV situation comedy series "The Jeffersons" with Sherman Helmsley and Isabel Sanford (d.2004) began and ran through 1985. The spin-off from "All in the Family," premiered on CBS-TV.
    (SFEC, 11/17/96, Par p.24)(AP, 1/18/00)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jeffersons)

1975        Jan 23, "Barney Miller" premiered on ABC with James Gregory (d.2002 at 90) as Inspector Luger based in a NYC police precinct. Hal Linden played Capt. Barney Miller. Steve Landesberg (1945-2010) played the role of Detective Sgt. Arthur P. Dietrich. Ron Glass (1945-2016) played Detective Ron Harris. The series ended in 1982 after 172 episodes. A spin-off called "Fish" was created in 1977 based on detective Phil Fish played by Abe Vigoda.
    (www.tv.com/barney-miller/show/345/summary.html)(SFC, 10/11/03, p.A18)(SFC, 12/22/10, p.C5)(SFC, 11/28/16, p.C3)

1975        Feb 26, The 1st televised kidney transplant was shown on the Today Show.

1975        Mar 31, The TV show Gunsmoke, which premiered in 1955, aired its last original episode. The show was canceled in September.

1975        May 7, The "Matt Helm" TV series, featured Gene Evans (d.1998 at 75), premiered.
    (SFC, 4/2/98, p.A23)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0073361/)

1975        May 17, NBC paid $5M for rights to show "Gone with the Wind" one time. The film aired over 2 nights in November, 1976.

1975        Jun 3, Ozzie Nelson (b.1906), actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet), died.

1975        Jun 28, Rod Serling (b.1924), writer and director of the TV series "Twilight Zone" and "Night Gallery," died. He was remembered in the 1995 PBS production titled: "Submitted for Your Approval."
    (WSJ, 11/27/95, p.A-14)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Serling)

1975        Aug 10, Television personality David Frost announced he had purchased the exclusive rights to interview former President Nixon.
    (AP, 8/10/00)

1975        Sep 7, Glenn Ford (1916-2006) began starring in the NBC drama “The Family Holvak." The show aired for the last time on Dec 28.
    (SFC, 8/31/06, p.B7)(www.tv.com/the-family-holvak/show/9109/summary.html)

1975        Sep 9, The TV sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter" featured Ron Palillo (1949-2012) as student Arnold Horshack and Gabe Kaplan as teacher Gabe Kotter. The series propelled John Travolta to stardom and continued to 1979.
    (SFC, 8/15/12, p.C5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welcome_Back,_Kotter)

1975        Sep 19, The British sitcom "Fawlty Towers," created by John Cleese, premiered. Six episodes aired in this year and 6 more in 1979. PBS brought the show to America in 1980.
    (WSJ, 3/8/99, p.A16)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0072500/)

1975        Oct 11, The TV show "Saturday Night Live" made its debut with guest host George Carlin. Writer Michael O’Donoghue (d.1994) made his debut. In 1998 Dennis Perrin published "Mr. Mike: The Life and Work of Michael O’Donoghue." Don Pardo (1918-2014) began his stint as the announcing voice of SNL.
    (SFEC, 8/23/98, BR p.12)(AP, 10/11/99)(SFC, 8/20/14, p.E3)

1975        Oct, The MacNeil-Lehrer Report" premiered on PBS.

1975        Nov 7, "Wonder Woman" debuted as a pilot on ABC.

1975        Nov 28, "The Edge Of Night", TV Daytime Soap; last aired on CBS who wanted to expand one of its soaps to an hour; "Edge" moved to ABC, which had a time slot available.

1975        Dec 16, The daytime soap "One Day At a Time" premiered. It featured Bonnie Franklin as a divorced mother in Indianapolis with Valerie Bertinelli as her teenage daughter. The show ran until 1984.
    (SFC, 10/5/02, p.A19)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0072554/)

1975        Gene Siskel (1946-1999) and Roger Ebert (b.1942) began reviewing movies on television on Chicago’s public broadcasting’s WTTV. The jumped to commercial TV in 1982.
    (SFC, 7/22/08, p.E2)
1975        Public radio on the Canadian Broadcasting network (CBC) went free of advertising.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.42)

1975-1981    Stanford Opotowsky (d.1997 at 73) served as director of news coverage for ABC TV. He was the author of several books that included: "TV: The Big Picture," "The Longs of Louisiana," "The Kennedy Government," and "Men Behind Bars."
    (SFC, 10/3/97, p.B13)

1976        Jan 1, NBC replaced the peacock logo.

1976        Jan 14, "Bionic Woman," with Lindsay Wagner, debuted on ABC (later NBC).

1976        Jan 27, "Laverne & Shirley," a spin-off from "Happy Days," premiered on ABC TV. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney. The show ran to 1983.
    (SFC, 7/21/99, p.C3)(MC, 1/27/02)

1976        Feb 1, "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premiered on ABC TV.
    (MC, 2/1/02)

1976        Jun 19, Bette Midler's concert at the Cleveland Music Hall became HBO's premiere "Standing Room Only" presentation.

1976        Oct 4, Barbara Walters made her debut as the first female nightly network news anchor. She was hired by ABC-TV, and offered a then-unheard of million dollar a year salary to co-anchor with veteran Harry Reasoner.  But Reasoner was not pleased with having her there. In addition to their lack of chemistry, the network's ratings did not improve, and she was replaced in mid-1978. She joined another ABC show, 20/20, where she had much greater success.

1976        Nov 7, NBC began airing the movie “Gone with the Wind" on TV. It showed over two nights due to its length. The event was the highest-rated television event of the season.

1976        Dec 1, Sex Pistols used profanity on TV, and got branded as "rotten punks."
    (MC, 12/1/01)

1976        "Charlie’s Angels" with David Doyle (1930-1997) began to show on TV and ran until 1981. Aaron Spelling (d.2006) produced the show.
    (SFC, 3/1/97, p.C3) (SFC, 6/24/06, p.A2)

1976        The TV show "Most Wanted" with Robert Stack ran until 1977.
    (SFC, 5/16/03, p.A2)

1976        The TV show "What's Happening!!" began and ran to 1979. It was a comedy about 3 high school students who hung out together.
    (SFC, 12/13/99, p.A26)

1976        Malcolm Douglas (1941-2010), Australia's original TV crocodile hunter, shot to fame with the production of his first documentary, "Across The Top." He had trekked across Australia's harsh hinterland filming his encounters with poisonous snakes and ferocious reptiles.
    (AFP, 9/23/10)

1977        Jan 17, The TV sitcom “Busting Loose" began with Adam Arkin and ran for 24 episodes.
    (SFC, 2/13/08, p.B7)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0192884/)

1977        Jan 29, Freddie Prinze (b.1954), American comedian and TV actor, shot himself and died. His work included the TV show “Chico & the Man" (1974-1977).

1977        Jan 23, The TV mini-series "Roots," based on the Alex Haley novel, began a record breaking eight night broadcast on ABC.
    (AP, 1/23/98)(HN, 1/23/99)

1977        Feb 9, The TV series “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams" premiered with Dan Haggerty (1942-2016) as Grizzly Adams. It was based on the 1974 movie, which was based on the book by Charles Sellier Jr.

1977        Mar 2, Future Tonight Show host Jay Leno debuted with host Johnny Carson.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1977        Mar 5, President Carter took questions from 42 telephone callers in 26 states on a network radio call-in program moderated by Walter Cronkite.
    (AP, 3/5/98)(www.presidentialtimeline.org/html/timeline.php?id=39)

1977        Mar 15, The U.S. House of Representatives began a 90-day test to determine the feasibility of showing its sessions on television.
    (AP, 3/15/97)

1977        May 25, "Brady Bunch Hour" last aired on ABC-TV.

1977        May 29, The NBC 24 hour News & Information Service ended on radio.

1977        May, Gary Nardino (1935-1998) became the president of Paramount Television and inherited the hits "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley."
    (SFC, 2/3/98, p.A15)

1977        Jun 2, Forrest Lewis (b.1899), American TV and film actor, died.

1977        Sep 1, Ethel Waters (b.1896), African-American blues and jazz vocalist, died.

1977        Sep 3, The "Mary Tyler Moore Show" was last broadcast on NBC-TV.

1977        Sep 24, ABC launched the TV series “The Love Boat." The series continued to 1986 with Gavin MacLeod as the commander of the Pacific Princess.
    (www.tvland.com/shows/loveboat/main.jhtml)(SSFC, 3/9/08, p.D3)

1977        Nov 28, "The Honeymooners Christmas," directed by Jackie Gleason, aired on TV.

1977        The ABC series “Eight Is Enough" began and continued to 1981. It featured Dick Van Patten as widowed father Tom Bradford and Betty Buckley as his new wife Abby.
    (SFC, 6/24/15, p.D7)

1977-1979    Laverne and Shirley was the top ranking network show on television for two seasons with rankings of 31.6 and 30.5%.
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)

1977-1980    The singing group Sha Na Na did a TV show. They began singing together at Columbia Univ. as the Columbia Kingsmen. Their first gig in Manhattan paid $50 for the 12 members.
    (SFC, 6/26/98, p.C13)

1978        Jan 14, Blossom Rock (b.1895), actress, died. She played Grandmamma on the TV Addams Family. She was born as Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald, the sister of the late actress and singer Jeanette MacDonald.

1978        Feb 8, The BBC TV show Grange Hill, a children’s drama created by Phil Redmond, made its debut.

1978        Apr 2, TV show "Dallas" premiered on CBS as a 5 week mini-series. It was produced by Leonard Katzman (1927-1996) and ran through May, 1991.
    (SFC, 9/9/96, p.A26)(www.tvguide.com/tvshows/dallas/cast/100107)

1978        Apr 22, Will Geer (75), TV and film actor, died. He is best remembered for portraying the wise and crusty Grandpa Zeb Walton on the long-running The Waltons (1972-1978).

1978        Apr 26, A version of Mark Twain’s "The Prince and the Pauper" appeared on TV with former Beatle, Ringo Star.
    (www.guba.com/watch/2000907534)(440 Int’l., 4/26/97, p.3)

1978        May 13, The last season of "Columbo," begun in 1971, ended on NBC TV.

1978        Jun 1, The TV Crime Drama "Baretta," starring Robert Blake, aired for the last time on ABC. It was first telecast on Jan 17, 1975.

1978        Jun 29, Bob Crane (b.1928), the man who played Colonel Robert Hogan in the TV show "Hogan’s Heroes," was found bludgeoned to death in Scottsdale, Az. John Henry Carpenter (d.1998 at 70), a prime suspect, was tried and acquitted in 1990.
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.C3)(www.franksreelreviews.com/shorttakes/crane.htm)

1978        Jul 10, ABC-TV premiered “World News Tonight" with anchors Frank Reynolds, Peter Jennings and Max Robinson.

1978        Sep 12, The TV sitcom "Taxi" premiered on ABC television.

1978        Sep 18, The TV show "WKRP in Cincinnati" began and continued to 1982. Frank Bonner (1942-2021) played a brash salesman on the show.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WKRP_in_Cincinnati)(SSFC, 6/20/21, p.F8)

1978        The TV series "Fantasy Island" began as an Aaron Spelling production. The show was created by Gene Levitt (d.1999 at 79) and continued until 1984.
    (SFC, 1/6/98, p.D3)(SFC, 11/27/99, p.C4)
1978        The TV show "The Paper Chase" was based on the novel and 1973 movie. It starred James Stephens as a first-year law student. Showtime cable picked up the series for 36 new episodes.
    (SFC, 12/3/98, p.E1)
1978        The British sci-fi TV series "Dr. Who," which began in 1963, reached the US. It featured a space traveling Doctor who was hundreds of years old from the planet Gellifrey. He used a London police call box as the external form of his space vessel. The interior was spacious with comfortable Edwardian touches.
    (SFC, 5/14/96, E-1)
1978        The British TV series “All Creatures Great and Small," based on the 1972 book by James Herriot, began and continued to 1990.
    (SSFC, 8/6/17, p.C12)
1978        "Diff'rent Strokes" premiered on TV and ran to 1984. It co-starred Conrad Bain (d.2013 at 89), Dana Plato (d.1999 at 34), Todd Bridges and Gary Coleman (d.2010). Charlotte Rae (1926-2018) played housemother Mrs. Garret to a brood of teenage girls.
    (SFC, 5/10/99, p.A19)(SFC, 1/17/13, p.D6)(SFC, 8/9/18, p.D6)
1978        Larry King began a late-night talk show on Mutual Network.
    (SFC, 12/30/99, p.E3)

1978        The US Supreme Court upheld an FCC ban on George Carlin's "seven dirty words" and other indecencies on radio, and TV "when there is a reasonable risk that children may be in the audience." The ban was upheld on the grounds that broadcasters had a “uniquely pervasive presence in the lives of all Americans.
    (WSJ, 3/24/04, p.A4)(Econ, 7/23/05, p.14)

1979        Jan 26, "Dukes of Hazzard" premiered on CBS and continued to 1985. James Best (d.2015 at 88) played the inept Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane.
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt0078607/)(SFC, 4/10/15, p.D5)

1979        Jan 29, The 9-part TV miniseries "Backstairs" premiered. It was based on the 1961 book "My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House" by Lillian Rogers Parks (d.1997 at 100).
    (SFC,11/12/97, p.A22)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0078565/)

1979        Feb 15, The Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appeared on the Mike Douglas Show.

1979        Feb 18, The miniseries "Roots: Next Generations" premiered on ABC TV.

1979        Mar 19, The U.S. House of Representatives began televising its day-to-day business. Brian Lamb launched C-Span, a TV public service broadcasting medium that focused on public affairs without comment or analysis. He came up with the idea while working the Washington bureau chief for Cablevision magazine.
    (AP, 3/19/97)(SSFC, 3/27/05, Par p.14)(Econ, 3/24/12, p.34)

1979        Apr 8, The 204th and final episode of "All in the Family" ran on TV.

1979        Jun 2, Jim Hutton (b.1934), TV and screen actor, died. In the early 1970s Hutton began working almost exclusively in television and played the title role of Ellery Queen in the 1975 made-for-television movie that led to the 1975-76 television series Ellery Queen.

1979        Aug 17, Vivian Vance (b.1909), TV and theater actress, died. She played Ethel Mertz in the “I Love Lucy" show.

1979         Aug 24, The American sitcom "Facts of Life," a spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes, premiered on NBC and continued to May 7, 1988. For the first seven yhears Charlotte Rae (1926-2018) played housemother Mrs. Garret to a brood of teenage girls.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Facts_of_Life_(TV_series))(SFC, 8/9/18, p.D6)

1979        Sep 1, A Los Angeles court ordered Clayton Moore (1914-1999), born as Jack Carlton Moore,  to stop wearing the Lone Ranger mask.

1979        Sep 7, The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, ESPN, made its cable TV debut. In 1984 it was bought by ABC, which was in turn bought by Disney in 1996.
    (AP, 9/7/97)(Econ, 8/2/08, SR p.5)

1979        Sep 9, In the 31st Emmy Awards the winners included: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ron Leibman & Ruth Gordon.

1979        Sep 23, The ABC TV show "The Associates" premiered as a comedy about lawyers. It  lasted for one season.
    (SFC, 12/3/98, p.E1)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0078563/)

1979          Nov 8, ABC-TV aired "Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage" with Frank Reynolds 4 days after the beginning of the Iran hostage crisis. The late-night news program evolved into “Nightline" on March 24, 1980. Ted Koppel (b.1940) soon became the anchor of nightly news on Iranian Hostages (ABC).

1979        Nov 28, "Young Maverick", a TV Western Drama, made its debut on CBS.

1979        Dec 9, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the religious broadcaster for "The Catholic Hour," died in New York City at age 84.
    (AP, 12/9/97)(SFEC, 8/15/99, p.A2)

1979        Dec 27, "Knots Landing," premiered on CBS-TV.

1979        The TV biography “Ike" starred Darren McGavin as Gen. Patton.
    (SSFC, 2/26/06, p.B8)

1979        The 9-part TV miniseries "Backstairs" was based on the 1961 book "My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House" by Lillian Rogers Parks (d.1997 at 100).
    (SFC,11/12/97, p.A22)

1979        The miniseries "Freedom Road" was based on a 1944 novel by Howard Fast. It starred Muhammad Ali and Kris Kristofferson.
    (SFC, 3/13/03, p.A21)

1979        The commercial-free Nickelodeon network was launched.
    (NW, 11/11/02, p.56)

1979-1980    60 Minutes was the top ranking network show on television with a ranking of 28.2%.
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)

1979-1980    German film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder made "Berlin Alexanderplatz," a 15-hour TV opus on Germany between the wars.
    (WSJ, 1/14/97, p.A16)

1979-1984    The TV series "Hart to Hart" with Robert Wager and Stefanie Powers was produced.
    (SFC, 8/13/97, Z1 p.3)

1979-1985    The TV series "Dukes of Hazard" played. Denver Pyle (d.1997 at 77) played Uncle Jesse.
    (SFC,12/27/97, p.E2)

1980        Jan 10, The last broadcast of "Rockford Files" on NBC.
    (MC, 1/10/02)

1980        Jan 25, Robert L. Johnson launched Black Entertainment Television (BET). It began as a two-hour-a-week service that aired every Friday evening.

1980        Feb 13, David Janssen, television and film actor, died in Malibu, California, from a heart attack. He was born as David Harold Meyer on March 27, 1931 in Naponee, Nebraska. He is best known for his starring role as Dr. Richard Kimble in the hit television series “The Fugitive" (1963–1967).

1980        Mar 5, Jay Silverheels (b.1912), son of a Mohawk Indian chief and actor who portrayed Tonto on "The Lone Ranger", died in Woodland Hills, Ca., from a stroke.

1980        Mar 24, ABC's nightly Iran Hostage crisis program was renamed "Nightline."

1980        Jun 1, Ted Turner's Cable News Network (CNN), providing round-the-clock TV newscasts, made its debut as television's first all-news service, vowing to stay on the air until the world ends. James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader, identified the station: "This is CNN." In 2001 Reese Schonfeld, the man who cofounded CNN, authored "Me and Ted Against the World." "Moneyline" TV Financial News debut on CNN.
    (AP, 6/1/97)(WSJ, 2/23/00, p.W10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNN)

1980        Sep 7, The 32nd Emmy Awards were held. Winners included Taxi, Lou Grant, Ed Asner and Barbara Bel Geddes.
    (MC, 9/7/01)

1980        Sep 15, The TV miniseries "Shogun" premiered with Richard Chamberlain and Yoko Shimada.
    (SFC, 5/28/01, p.C1)(SFC, 9/16/05, p.F2)

1980        Sep, Dr. Ruth Westheimer (b.1928) began taping a radio talk show in NYC. A year later the "Dr. Ruth" show began taking call-in questions from listeners.

1980        Nov 17, WHHM Television in Washington, D.C. became the first African American public-broadcasting television station.
    (HN, 11/17/98)

1980        Nov 19, CBS TV banned Calvin Klein's jean ad featuring Brooke Shields (b.1965).

1980        Nov 21, An estimated 83 million TV viewers tuned in to the CBS prime-time soap opera "Dallas" to find out "who shot J.R." It turned out to be Kristin Shephard, played by Mary Crosby.
    (SFC, 9/9/96, p.A26)(SFEC, 12/12/99, p.B10)(AP, 11/21/00)

1980        Nov, In China the Gang of Four, scapegoats for the 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution, were tried and sentenced in nationally televised court proceedings.
    (SFC, 2/20/96, p.A4)

1980        Dec 30, "Wonderful World of Disney," had its last performance on NBC-TV.
    (MC, 12/30/01)

1980        The TV show "Bosom Buddies" with Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks began and lasted to 1982.
    (SFC, 12/3/98, p.E5)

1980        Frank Pacelli (d.1997 at 72) spent 16 years (1980-1996) directing the TV show "The Young and the Restless."
    (SFC, 3/15/97, p.A19)

1980        The NBC TV show "United States" was a comedy on modern marriage that lasted about 6 weeks.
    (SFC, 12/3/98, p.E1)

1980        Carl Sagan (1934-1996) dramatized the mysteries of the universe in his 13-part TV series "Cosmos." He made famous the phrase "billions and billions of stars and galaxies."
    (SFC, 12/21/96, p.A1)

1980        James Fielder Cook (d.2003) directed "Gauguin the Savage."
    (SSFC, 6/28/03, p.A31)

1980        Cable TV began to impact television in the US with a 20% penetration. By 1995 cable TV was in 62% of American homes.
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)

1980        Fred Silverman appointed Brandon Tartikoff (d.1997 at 48), age 31, as president of NBC Entertainment.
    (SFC, 8/28/97, p.A1)

1980        Haim Saban founded Saban Entertainment with the rights to a handful of Schlocky Japanese cartoons. The company recycled foreign shows for kids and dubbed them into English. "Power Rangers Turbo," and "Ninja Turtles: The Next Generation" were some of its later programming.
    (WSJ, 10/1/97, p.A1)

1980        “Yes, Minister," a satirical British sitcom written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, was first transmitted by BBC television and radio. The sequel, “Yes, Prime Minister," ran from 1986 to 1988.

1980-1982    Dallas was the top ranking network show on television for two seasons with rankings of31.2 and 28.4%
    (WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)

1981        Jan 14, The US FCC freed radio stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wished.

1981        Jan 15, The "Hill Street Blues" premiered on NBC-TV. It ran to 1987.
    (SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.39)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0081873/)

1981        Feb 21, Charles Rocket (1949-2005) clearly said "fuck" on Saturday Night Live.

1981        Mar 9, Dan Rather made his debut as principal anchorman of "The CBS Evening News."
    (AP, 3/9/01)

1981        Aug 1, The US rock music video channel MTV, founded by Bob Pittman, made its debut. The first music video shown on the rock-video cable channel was, "Video Killed the Radio Star", by the Buggles. In 2007 Saul Austerlitz authored “Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video From the Beatles to the White Stripes."
    (WSJ, 3/24/97, p.B1)(AP, 8/1/97)(SSFC, 3/18/07, p.M2)(Econ, 11/22/08, p.78)

1981        Apr 20, The final performance of TV show "Soap" aired.
1981        Aug 20, The family drama TV show "The Waltons," which premiered in 1972, was last broadcast on CBS-TV.

1981        Sep 4, David Brinkley (1920-2003) ended an illustrious 38-year career with NBC News this day. ABC had offered him an opportunity too good to refuse.

1981        Sep 12, The TV show "People's Court" (1981-1993) premiered with retired Judge Joseph Wopner premiered. Rusty Burrell was the bailiff (d.2002).
    (www.tv.com/the-peoples-court/show/12330/summary.html)(SFC, 4/20/02, p.A23)

1981        Dec 4, "Falcon Crest" premiered on CBS-TV and ran to 1990.

1981        Dec 31, CNN launched Headline News.

1981        The TV sitcom "Gimme a Break!" began and run to 1987. Singer Nell Carter (d.2003 at 54) played the housekeeper.
    (SFC, 1/24/03, p.A2)

1981        The TV series “Simon & Simon" was created and produced by Philip DeGuere Jr. (1945-2005). The show ran for 7 seasons until 1988.
    (SFC, 2/1/05, p.B7)

1981        The Smurfs TV cartoon show for kids began. Pierre Culliford (Peyo), Belgian cartoonist, created the gnome-like Smurfs for publisher Charles Dupuis (d.2002 at 84) in 1958. Hanna-Barbera turned it into a US cartoon program.
    (NW, 11/11/02, p.)(SFC, 12/3/02, p.A24)

1981        The TV show "Strike Force" with Robert Stack ran until 1982.
    (SFC, 5/16/03, p.A2)

1982        Feb 1, The "Late Night with David Letterman" premiered on NBC TV.
    (AP, 2/1/02)

1982        Mar 3, US Dist. Judge Harold Greene, who was immersed in an AT&T antitrust case, surprised broadcasters and Justice with an order declaring that limits on TV commercials violated antitrust laws.

1982        Mar 26, The American soap opera "Capitol" premiered and ran for 1270 episodes.

1982        Apr 25, Don Wilson (b.1900), TV announcer (Jack Benny Show), died.

1982        Jul 21, Dave Garroway (b.1913), former TV host of the "Today Show" (1952-1961, committed suicide.
    (SFC, 1/11/02, p.D19)( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Garroway)

1982        Nov 24, FCC dropped limits on the duration and frequency of TV ads.

1982        Cid Caesar, TV comic, authored his autobiography "Where Have I Been."
    (SFC, 8/9/02, p.D17)

1982        The TV show “Cagney and Lacey" featured Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly as female police detectives. The show continued to 1988.
    (LSA, Spring, 2009, p.44)

1982        The TV food show "Yan Can Cook" began on KQED in SF with Martin Yan.
    (SFC, 7/30/01, p.E1)

1982        The TV show Barney Miller ended its run.
    (SFEC, 6/29/97, Par p.22)

1982        The TV show "Fame" starred Gene Anthony Ray (d.2003). It was set at New York’s High School for the Performing Arts. It was developed from the 1980 film and ran for 138 episodes.
    (SFC, 11/20/03, p.A25)

1982        The TV medical series "St. Elsewhere" began and ran until 1988. it was produced by Bruce Paltrow (d.2002 at 58).
    (WSJ, 1/10/00, p.A24)(SFC, 10/4/02, p.A26)

1983        Feb 28, The last episode of M*A*S*H was shown. A record 125 million made MASH the most watched TV show.
    (http://openweb.tvnews.vanderbilt.edu/2000-2/)(SFC, 9/9/96, p.A26)(SFEC, 4/19/98, DB p.38)

1983        Mar 6, Country Music Television (CMT) began showing.

1983        Mar 7, TNN (The Nashville Network) began on Cable TV.

1983        Apr 25, "Nightline" expanded from a 1/2 hour to a full hour.
    (SS, 4/25/02)

1983        May 10, "Laverne & Shirley," last aired on ABC-TV.
    (MC, 5/10/02)

1983        Aug 3, Carolyn Jones  (b.1930), actress, died. She is best remembered for playing the role of Morticia Addams in the classic TV Series The Addams Family.

1983        Sep 5, The "MacNeil-Lehrer Report" became the first one-hour TV news broadcast in the US. Robert MacNeil bowed out in 1995 and it became the "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer".
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PBS_NewsHour)(SFC, 1/24/20, p.A7)

1983        Sep 19, Chuck Woolery (b.1941) began hosting the syndicated TV game show “Love Connection." He continued to 1995. The show was produced by Eric Lieber (1937-2008)
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Woolery)(SSFC, 7/6/08, p.B6)

1983        Sep 25, In the 35th Emmy Awards the winners included Hill St Blues, Cheers, Ed Flanders and Shelley Long.

1983        Oct 5, The TV show “Whiz Kids" was produced by Philip DeGuere Jr. and ran for one season.
    (SFC, 2/1/05, p.B7)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiz_Kids_(TV_series))

1983        Brian Levant co-wrote the TV movie "Still the Beaver," starring the original cast of the "Leave It to Beaver" series.
    (SFC, 2/15/03, p.A25)
1983        A television movie titled "The Day After" showed Soviet missiles vaporizing Kansas City. It focused people’s attention on the reality of their local missile silos.
    (WSJ, 5/23/96, p.A-9)
1983        PBS first showed the 13-hour series "Vietnam: A Television History" in the US. It won every award in TV. It was rebroadcast in 1989 and 1997. The 6-year work was produced by Richard Ellison (1924-2004).
    (SFC, 10/12/04, p.B8)(SFC, 5/26/97, p.B1)

1983-1988    The TV show "Hotel" was centered on the fictitious St. Gregory hotel in SF. The Fairmont was used for exterior shots.
    (SFC, 6/26/02, p.D8)

1984        Jan 4, The NBC sitcom "Night Court" began airing and continued to 1992.

1984        Jan 10, Clara Peller (1902-1987) 1st asked: "Where's the Beef?," as part of a TV ad for Wendy’s.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where's_the_beef%3F)(AH, 6/07, p.11)

1984        Jan 17, The US Supreme Court sided with Sony and ruled, 5 to 4, that the private use of Sony’s Betamax home video cassette recorders to tape television programs did not violate federal copyright laws because they were “capable of substantial non-infringing uses."
    (AP, 1/17/02)(SFC, 4/8/02, p.E1)(Econ, 4/2/05, p.57)

1984        Jan 22, The American TV series "Airwolf" premiered with Jan-Michael Vincent.

1984        Mar 19, The TV show "Kate & Allie" premiered.

1984        May 1, Gordon Jenkins (b.1910), orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), died of Lou Gehrig's disease in Malibu, Ca.

1984        May 16, Andy Kaufman (35), comedian, died of cancer. He played Latka Gravas in the TV sitcom Taxi.
    (AP, 5/9/04)

1984        Jun 1, "Tattletales" second run, TV Game Show; last aired on CBS.

1984        Sep 20, The TV sitcom "Cosby Show" with Bill Cosby premiered on NBC-TV.
    (SSFC, 2/11/01, BR p.1)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0086687/)

1984        Nov 22, Fred Rogers (1928-2003) of PBS' "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" presented his sweater to  the Smithsonian Institution.

1984        The US television Hall of Fame inducted its 1st class.
    (SFC, 3/28/02, p.A15)
1984         Abba Eban helped prepare a 13-part television series about Jewish history called "Heritage: Civilization and the Jews." He later wrote a book by the same name.
    (AP, 11/17/02)
1984        The TV series "Murder, She Wrote" began and ran through 1996.
    (SFEC, 12/8/96, Par p.18)
1984        Flip Wilson hosted the TV show "People Are Funny."
    (SFC, 11/26/98, p.B9)
1984        The Transformers TV cartoon show, aimed at boys, began.
    (NW, 11/11/02, p.56)
1984        The TV series “Three’s Company" ended after 8 seasons. The sex farce featured John Ritter as Jack Tripper and Don Knotts as landlord Ralph Furley.
    (SSFC, 2/26/06, p.B7)
1984        Britain enacted the Video Recordings Act (VRA), which also regulated the pornography industry, but later failed to notify the European Commission of the existence of the act.
    (Reuters, 8/25/09)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_Recordings_Act_1984)

1985        May 18, 1st remote location for "Nightline" was in South Africa.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1985        May 20, US began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1985        Sep 14, The situation comedy "The Golden Girls" premiered on NBC and continued to 1992. The show included Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan (d.1010 at 76) and Estelle Getty as 4 older women living together in Florida.
    (AP, 9/14/05)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0088526/)(LSA, Spring, 2009, p.44)(SFC, 6/4/10, p.C8)

1985        Sep 22, In the 37th Emmy Awards the winners included Cagney & Lacey, Cosby Show and Tyne Daly.

1985        Dec 20, Howard Cosell retired from television sports after 20 years with ABC.
    (MC, 12/20/01)

1985        In the SF Bay Area KRON TV introduced “Bay Area Backroads," a travel show for natives. Jerry Graham (1934-2013) hosted the show until 1993.
    (SFC, 5/2/13, p.D5)
1985        Neil Postman authored “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business."
    (Econ, 5/1/10, p.15)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amusing_Ourselves_to_Death)
1985        Howard Stern started his radio show on WXRK in NYC. His later became known as a schock jock for his "street-talk" style.
    (WSJ, 3/8/04, p.B1)

1986        Jan 14, Donna Reed (b.1921), actress (Donna Reed Show, Dallas), died of cancer in Beverly Hills, Ca., at age 64.

1986        Feb 27, The U.S. Senate approved telecasts of its debates on a trial basis.
    (AP, 2/27/98)

1986        Mar 9, Ned Calmer (78), TV host (In the First Person), died.
    (MC, 3/9/02)

1986        Mar 14, Marlin Perkins (80), TV host of Wild Kingdom, died.
    (MC, 3/14/02)

1986        May 20, The Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration aired on CBS-TV.

1986        May 22, Cher called David Letterman an asshole on Late Night on NBC.

1986        Jun 2, For the first time, the public could watch the proceedings of the U.S. Senate on television as a six-week experiment of televised sessions began.
    (AP, 6/2/02)

1986        Jun 14, Marlin Perkins (b.1905), zoologist and TV host (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom), died.
    (MC, 6/14/02)

1986        Sep 8, Oprah Winfrey began her syndicated TV talk show.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oprah_Winfrey_Show)(SSFC, 2/11/01, BR p.1)

1986        Sep 15, The 1st pilot of "LA Law" was broadcast NBC-TV.

1986        Sep 21, In the 38th Emmy Awards the winners included Golden Girls, Cagney & Lacey and Michael J. Fox.

1986        Sep 29, The TV series "Designing Women" began with Dixie Carter (1939-2010) and continued to 1993.
    (AP, 4/11/10)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0090418/)

1986        Dec 2, Desi Arnaz (b.1917), Cuban-born musician and actor (played Ricky Ricardo in “I Love Lucy"), died from lung cancer in Del Mar, California. In 1949, Arnaz turned his efforts to developing the hit television series "I Love Lucy," which ran for six years on CBS and became the most successful television program in history.

1987        Feb 15, ABC-TV began broadcasting "Amerika" mini-series.

1987        Feb 19, An anti-smoking ad aired for the 1st time on TV and featured Yul Brynner (1920-1985), who had died of lung cancer.

1987        Feb 27, "Washington Week In Review" celebrated its 20th anniversary on PBS.

1987        Mar 23, The American soap opera "Bold and Beautiful" premiered.

1987        Apr 5, Fox Broadcasting Co. made its prime-time TV debut by airing the premiere episodes of "Married ... With Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show" three times each. In 2004 Daniel M. Kimmel authored “The Fourth Network." Ron Leavitt (1947-2008), writer and producer, co-created “Married… With Children" with Michael Moye.
    (AP, 4/5/02)(WSJ, 6/11/04, p.W4)(SFC, 2/13/08, p.B7)

1987        May 21, The TV series “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" starred Blair Brown as a divorced woman living in NYC. The show continued to 1991.
    (LSA, Spring, 2009, p.44)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0092336/releaseinfo)

1987        Jul 8, Lt. Col. Oliver North became a daytime TV star as the Iran-Contra hearings were televised throughout the U.S.
    (MC, 7/8/02)

1987        Sep 11, The CBS TV network went black for six minutes after anchorman Dan Rather walked off the set of "The CBS Evening News" because a tennis tournament being carried by the network ran overtime. The tennis coverage had ended abruptly, catching Rather off guard.
    (AP, 9/11/97)
1987        Sep 11, Lorne Greene (b.1915), actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), died at 72.

1987        Sep 20, The 39th Emmy Awards winners included: LA Law, Bruce Willis & Sharon Gless.

1987        Sep 26, "Star Trek: The Next Generation," debuted on TV.

1987        Dom DeLuise started in “The Dom DeLuise Show," a syndicated sitcom (1987-1988) in which he played a Hollywood barber and widowed single father of a 10-year-old girl.
    (SFC, 5/6/09, p.A9)
1987        Henry Hampton (d.1998 at 58) produced his 6-hour PBS TV special "Eyes on the Prize," a look at the civil rights movement.
    (SFC, 11/24/98, p.A26)
1987        Morton Downey Jr. (d.2001) pioneered  the "Trash TV" talk show with his NYC "The Morton Downey Show."
    (SFC, 3/14/01, p.A20)
1987        The TV show "The ‘Slap’ Maxwell Story" began a one year run. It was a drama comedy about a sports columnist in New Mexico.
    (SFC, 12/3/98, p.E5)
1987        The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV cartoon show began. The turtles were named after famous Italian artists.
    (NW, 11/11/02, p.56)
1987        NBC began its “Unsolved Mysteries" series. The show continued to 2002.
    (AH, 4/07, p.58)
1987        The TV show "A Year in the Life" was a drama about a Seattle widower and businessman and his 4 grown children.
    (SFC, 12/3/98, p.E5)

1987-1988    Dom DeLuise started in “The Dom DeLuise Show," a syndicated sitcom in which he played a Hollywood barber and widowed single father of a 10-year-old girl.
    (SFC, 5/6/09, p.A9)

1988        Jan 16, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder was fired as a CBS Sports commentator one day after telling a TV station in Washington, D.C., that, during the era of slavery, blacks had been bred to produce stronger offspring. He was fired because he claimed blacks were superior to whites in athletics, and he traced it back to how blacks were bred. To make matters worse, he also said "if blacks take over coaching like everybody wants them to, there is not going to be anything left for the white people."
    (AP, 1/16/98)(http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/almanac/video/1988/)

1988        Mar 7, Robert Livingston (83), actor (Lone Ranger), died of emphysema.
    (MC, 3/7/02)

1988        Apr 25, "Nightline" went on location to Jerusalem, Israel.
    (SS, 4/25/02)

1988        Aug 2, Joe Carcione (b.1914), US produce expert known on radio, TV and newspapers as the Green Grocer, died in Burlingame, Ca.
    (SSFC, 7/28/13, DB p.46)

1988        Nov 14, The TV series “Murphy Brown" featured Candice Bergen working as an investigative journalist and producer of a TV news magazine. The show continued to 1998.
    (LSA, Spring, 2009, p.44)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy_Brown)

1988        Dec 2, "Naked Gun" premiered, a movie based on TV's "Police Squad."
    (MC, 12/2/01)

1988        The TV series "China Beach" was partly based on the 1983 book "Home Before Morning" by Lynda Van Devanter (d.2002 at 55), the 1st major autobiography by a woman veteran. The series ran to 1991.
    (SFC, 11/27/02, p.A26)
1988        A Chinese a television series called “River Elegy" portrayed China as a country weighed down by a long history of backwardness and inward looking conservatism.
    (Econ, 10/29/16, p.37)
1988        The French TV show “Les Guignols de l’Info" was launched. It was based on the British show “Spitting Image" (1988-1991) and used puppets to lampoon politicians.
    (Econ, 7/11/15, p.49)

1989        Mar 2, Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premiered on worldwide Pepsi commercial.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1989        Mar 11, The TV show "Cops," a reality TV crime series created by John Langley (1943-2021), made its debut on Fox. In 2013 the show moved to Spike TV and continued to 2020.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cops_(TV_program))(SSFC, 7/4/21, p.F10)

1989        Apr 26, Lucille Ball (b.1911), Actress-comedian and star of I Love Lucy, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 77. She left behind a manuscript that was published in 1996 titled "Love, Lucy." "The tremendous drive and dedication necessary to succeed in any field... often seems to be rooted in a disturbed childhood." In 1993 Tom Gilbert wrote: "The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz." Lucille Ball was married to Gary Morton (d.1999 at 74) for 29 years. In 2003 Stefan Kanfer authored "Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball."
    (SFC, 9/23/96, D1)(SFC, 4/1/99, p.C4)(AP, 4/26/99)(WSJ, 8/15/03, p.W10)

1989        May 7, Guy Williams (b.1924), actor (Zorro, Lost in Space), died in Argentina. He was born as Armando Catalano in NYC.

1989        May 14, Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama, last aired on ABC.

1989        Larry Elikann (d.2004) directed the TV movie "I Know My First Name Is Steven." It was based on the 1972 abduction of 7-year-old Steven Staynor of Merced, Ca., who was kept by his kidnapper for 7 years.
    (SFC, 2/11/04, p.A23)
1989        The TV series “Father Dowling Mysteries" (1989-1991)  began with Tom Bosley (1927-2010) as a crime-fighting Chicago priest. Tracy Nelson played Sister Stephanie.
    (SFC, 10/20/10, p.A8)

1989        Dec 17, The cartoon series “The Simpsons" premiered on Fox TV.

1990        Mar 27, The U.S. began test broadcasts of TV Marti to Cuba, which promptly jammed the signal.
    (AP, 3/27/00)

1990        Apr 1, CBS fired sportscaster Brent Mussburger.
    (MC, 4/1/02)

1990        Apr 8,    The cult series Twin Peaks, an American television serial drama created by Mark Frost and David Lynch, premiered on ABC TV. It ran until Apr 18, 1991. A third season was broadcast in 2017.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin_Peaks)(SFC, 2/19/96, zz-1 p.3)(Econ., 5/30/20, p.74)

1990        May 18, The TV movie "Return To Green Acres" aired.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1990        May 31, Seinfeld, starring Jerry Seinfeld, debuted on NBC. [see Jan 23, 1991]
    (MC, 5/31/02)

1990        Jun 1, E! Entertainment Television was launched.

1990        Jul 12, CBS introduced the TV saga "Northern Exposure." The show ran to 1995. Margaret Phillips (d.2002) played general-store owner Ruth-Anne Miller.
    (SFC, 7/5/96, p.D5)(WSJ, 7/15/96, p.A9)(SFC, 11/12/02, p.A26)

1990        Sep 12, The TV drama “Gabriel’s Fire" premiered with James Earl Jones as Gabriel Bird.
    (LSA, Fall, 2007, p.27)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0098801/)

1990        Dec 31, Sci-Fi Channel on cable TV began transmitting.
    (MC, 12/31/01)

1990        The Comedy TV Network was formed with the merger of HBO’s Comedy Channel and MTV Network’s Ha! It was soon renamed Comedy Central.
    (SFC, 4/10/01, p.E1)

1990        The TV show Newhart ended its run in May.
    (SFEC, 4/19/98, DB p.38)

1990        The Children’s Television Act forced networks to broadcast 3 hours of educational TV per week.
    (NW, 11/11/02, p.57)

1990        A digital method for transmitting TV pictures was invented.
    (WSJ, 4/10/00, p.B2)

1991        Jan 23, "Seinfeld" began at a regular slot on NBC-TV. Seinfeld initially debuted on NBC on July 5, 1989, in the guise of The Seinfeld Chronicles.

1991        Feb 3, Nancy Kulp (69), actress (Jane Hathaway-Beverly Hillbillies), died.
    (MC, 2/3/02)

1991        Apr 8, The show Twin Peaks ended its run on TV.
    (SFC, 2/19/96, zz-1 p.3)

1991        Apr 22, Johnny Carson announces he would retire the next year from Tonight Show.

1991        May 9, Michael Landon (d.7/1/1991) appeared on Tonight Show to talk about his cancer.

1991        Jun 10, "Twin Peaks" ended its run on ABC-TV.

1991        Jul 1, Actor Michael Landon died in Malibu, California, at age 54.
    (AP, 7/1/01)

1991        Aug 25, In the 43rd Emmy Awards: LA Law, Cheers, Kirstie Alley and Patricia Wettig won.
    (MC, 8/25/02)

1991        Sep 15, Andre Baruch (b.1908), radio and TV announcer, died at 83.

1991        Nov 5, Fred MacMurray (83), actor and the father of Mike Robbie and Chip in the TV series "My Three Sons, died.
    (AP, 11/5/01)(USAT, 9/20/02, p.1D)

1991-1998    The sci-fi series “Babylon 5" was broadcast on the TNT Network. It featured Richard Biggs (d.2004 at 44) as Dr. Stephen Franklin.
    (SFC, 5/29/04, p.B6)

1992        May 9, Final episode of "Golden Girls" aired on NBC-TV.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1992        May 12, Actor Robert Reed of TV's "The Brady Bunch" died in Pasadena, Calif., at age 59.
    (AP, 5/12/97)

1992        May 18, Marshall Thompson (65), TV and movie actor and writer, died of congestive heart failure in Royal Oak, Michigan. He played Dr. Marsh Tracy, the veterinarian, on “Daktari." He was born November 27, 1925 in Peoria, Illinois.
    (SC, 5/18/02)(IDB)

1992        May 19, In San Francisco, Vice President Dan Quayle denounced what he called the "poverty of values" in America's inner cities, and criticized the TV show "Murphy Brown" for having its title character decide to bear a child out of wedlock.
    (AP, 5/19/97)(DTnet, 5/19/97)

1992        May 22, Johnny Carson hosted NBC's "Tonight Show" for the last time after a reign lasting nearly 30 years, telling his audience: "I bid you a very heartfelt good night." Carson was succeeded by Jay Leno.
    (AP, 5/22/97)

1992        Jun 19, "A Perfect Score" TV Game Show debut on CBS.
    (DTnet, 6/19/97)
1992        Jun 19, "The Hollywood Game" (TV Game Show) debut on CBS.
    (DTnet, 6/19/97)

1992        Aug 30, The television series "Northern Exposure" won six Emmy Awards, including best drama series, while "Murphy Brown" received three Emmys, including best comedy series, in a ceremony marked by satirical jabs directed at Vice President Dan Quayle.
    (AP, 8/30/97)

1992        Aug, Viewers worldwide were shocked by TV pictures of emaciated Muslim captives in Serb-run prison camps in Bosnia.
    (SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)

1992        Dec 8, NBC announced that "Cheers" would go off the air in May, 1993.

1992        The TV kid’s show Barney premiered.
    (NW, 11/11/02, p.57)

1992        The CBS TV show "Middle Ages" was about a middle-aged traveling salesman. It lasted less than a month.
    (SFC, 12/3/98, p.E5)

1992        The NBC TV news program "Dateline" began.
    (SFC, 6/2/97, p.D1)

1992        The TV show Cosby, a blockbuster sitcom through the 80s, ended in April.
    (SFEC, 4/19/98, DB p.38)

1992        Internews, an American non-profit organization dedicated to developing private TV in Russia with headquarters in Humboldt County, Ca., established a Moscow office.
    (Wired, Dec., '95, p.82

1992        Radio Luxembourg went off the air as it lost listeners due to deregulation and commercial rivals. In 2008 it hoped to make a comeback using digital broadcasts.
    (Econ, 3/8/08, TQ p.8)

1993        May 20, An estimated 93 million people tuned in for the 274th & final episode of "Cheers" on NBC-TV.
    (AP, 5/20/98)

1993        Aug 30, "The Late Show with David Letterman" premiered on CBS-TV.
    (AP, 8/30/98)

1993        Sep 4, Herve Hillechaize (50) died in Los Angeles. The Fantasy Island actor shot himself to death.
    (AP, 9/4/98)

1993        Sep 10, The cult series "The X-Files" premiered on Fox Television.
    (AP, 9/10/98)

1993        Sep 16, The American TV sitcom Frasier, a spinoff from “Cheers," premiered with John Mahoney (1940-2018) as the cranky dad of pompous sons Frasier and Niles. The show continued to 2004.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frasier)(SFC, 2/7/18, p.A7)

1993        Nov 28, Garry Moore (b.Jan 31, 1915) game show and variety show host, died at 78 on South Carolina's Hilton Head island. He was born in Baltimore as Thomas Garrison Morfit. His TV shows included the Garry Moore Show, I've Got a Secret, To Tell the Truth.
    (AP, 11/28/98)(www.answers.com/topic/garry-moore)

1993        Dec 17, Fox Television outbid CBS for the National Football Conference TV package.
    (AP, 12/17/98)

1993        The kids show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered with a girl superhero, the Pink Ranger.
    (NW, 11/11/02, p.57)

1993        Captain Kangaroo (b.1955) ended with almost 40 years on TV. The show featured Bob Keeshan as the Captain.
    (WSJ, 3/6/97, p.B1)

1993        The X-Files began on TV. The lead FBI characters, Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson), smacked their first kiss in late 1999.
    (SFC, 11/27/99, p.D10)

1993-1995    Jonathan Brandis (d.2003 at 27) played boy genius Lucas Wolenczak on "seaQuest DSV," produced by Stephen Spielberg.
    (SFC, 11/22/03, p.A18)

1993-2001    The PBS mini series "Tales of the City" was filmed extensively in SF.
    (SFC, 6/26/02, p.D8)

1994        Feb, PBS aired Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City." Though the show received high ratings, no follow ups were scheduled. Maupin later accused PBS of buckling under conservative pressures.
    (SSFC, 4/7/19, DB p.38)

1994        May 9, Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait set fire to the couch on Tonight Show. A misdemeanor charge soon followed and a fine of $3,888.

1994        May 19, The final episode of LA Law (b.1986) showed on TV after 8 year run.

1994        Sep 11, In the 46th Emmy Awards the winners included Fraiser, Picket Fences & Kelsey Grammer.
    (MC, 9/11/01)

1994        Larry Elikann (d.2004) directed the TV movie "Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills."
    (SFC, 2/11/04, p.A23)
1994        John Frankenheimer directed the HBO drama "Against the Wall" about the 1971 prison riot at Attica.
    (WSJ, 7/10/02, p.D8)
1994        KKHI, San Francisco’s classical music station, went off the air.
    (SFC, 4/16/08, p.B11)

1995        May 20, CBS News fired co-anchor Connie Chung.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1995        May 22, "The CBS Evening News" resumed a single-anchor format with Dan Rather, after Connie Chung was dropped from the broadcast.
    (AP, 5/22/00)

1995        Jul 31, The Walt Disney Company agreed to acquire Capital Cities-ABC Inc. in a $19 billion deal. The deal included the ESPN sports cable network.
    (AP, 7/31/97)(Econ, 9/18/04, p.70)

1995        Aug 1, In the second TV network takeover in as many days, Westinghouse Electric Corporation struck a deal to buy CBS for $5.4 billion. A day earlier, Walt Disney had agreed to acquire Capital Cities-ABC for $19 billion.
    (AP, 8/1/00)

1995        Aug 15, Pioneering TV journalist and Timex watch pitchman John Cameron Swayze died in Sarasota, Florida, at age 89.
    (AP, 8/15/00)

1995        Sep 10, NBC’s “ER" won eight Emmy Awards, but lost best dramatic series to ABC’s “NYPD Blue;" NBC’s “Frasier" won five awards, including best comedy series.
    (AP, 9/10/00)

1995        Sep 15, The TV series “Xena: Warrior Princess" featured Lucy Lawless as Xena.
    (LSA, Spring, 2009, p.45)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0112230/)

1995        Nov 29, "Submitted for Your Approval," a PBS production on Rod Serling (1924-1975) was first broadcast.
    (WSJ, 11/27/95, p.A-14)(MC, 12/28/01)

1995        Dec 14, Microsoft and NBC announced a joint venture to create MSNBC, a cable channel and Web site devoted to breaking news. In 2005 NBC raised its stake to 82%.

1995        A US Appeals court validated a broader FCC indecency ban, but limited it to between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
    (WSJ, 3/24/04, p.A4)
1995        US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty moved its headquarters to Prague from Munich.
    (AP, 11/30/09)
1995        The BBC first broadcast "Pride and Prejudice," based on the novel by Jane Austen (1775-1817).
    (Econ., 6/27/20, p.71)
1995        GOD TV was founded in the UK and eventually grew into a 24-hour network with offices in several countries. In 2020 it reached a seven-year contract with HOT, Israel's main cable provider, presenting itself as producing content for Christians. CEO Ward Simpson suggested its real aim was to convince Jews to accept Jesus as their messiah.
    (AP, 5/18/20)

1996        Jan 1, After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuted as a Flintstone vitamin.
    (MC, 1/1/02)

1996        Mar 17, The $16 mil Museum of Television and Radio was christened in Beverly Hills.
    (SFC, 7/9/96, p.B4)

1996        Apr 16, Oprah Winfrey, TV show hostess, made remarks against eating beef on her national program that led Texas cattlemen to file suit against her.
    (SFC, 1/22/98, p.A7)

1996        Aug 27, Actor Greg Morris ("Mission: Impossible") was found dead at his Las Vegas home; he was 61.
    (AP, 8/27/97)

1996        Sep 13, The TV sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond" premiered and continued to 2005. It featured Doris Roberts (1925-2016) as the mother.
    (SFC, 4/19/16, p.A5)

1996        Oct 7, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp launched the Fox News Channel. It was set up by Roger Ailes, a former media adviser to three Republican presidents, to appeal to conservative viewers. TCI became one of the 1st cable operators to carry it.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Fox_News)(WSJ, 3/3/05, p.A10)(Econ, 7/9/11, SR p.14)

1996        Dec 18, TV industry execs agreed to adopt a ratings system.

1996        Dec 19, The television industry unveiled a plan to rate programs using tags such as "TV-G," "TV-Y" and "TV-M."
    (AP, 12/19/01)

1996-2001    The TV show "Nash Bridges" was set in SF.
    (SFC, 6/26/02, p.D8)

1997        Jan 11, Sheldon Leonard (89), producer, director (Dick Van Dyke), died.
    (MC, 1/11/02)

1997        Feb 9, Fox cartoon series "Simpsons" aired its 167th episode, the longest running animated series in cartoon history.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1997        Feb 23, NBC TV showed "Schindler's List," completely uncensored and 65M watched.

1997        Mar 1, 5th annual ESPY Awards were shown on TV.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1997        Mar 10, The TV series “Buffy The Vampire Slayer" featured Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy. The show continued to 2003.
    (LSA, Spring, 2009, p.45)(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118276/)

1997        Apr 16, Oprah Winfrey hosted her evening show that included a segment on mad cow disease. A group of Texas cattle ranchers later sued her for her comments. The case was initially a test of the state’s 1995 "veggie libel" law that protected perishable food products from false and defamatory statements, but was ruled to proceed as a common-law business defamation case. Texas jury selection in the trial of Oprah began Jan 20 and she was acquitted by the jury on Feb 26.
    (SFC, 1/21/98, p.A3)(SFC, 2/27/98, p.A1)

1997        Apr 30, ABC aired the "coming out" of the title character in the sitcom "Ellen," played by Ellen DeGeneres.
    (AP, 4/30/98)

1997        May 1, The TV show Ellen captured 42 million viewers to hear the Ellen character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, announce that she was a lesbian.
    (SFC, 5/2/97, p.C1)

1997        Sep 8, The TV series “Ally McBeal" starred Calista Flockhart as a working girl who was part successful attorney and part angst-ridden woman. The show continued to 2002.
    (LSA, Spring, 2009, p.45)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0118254/)

1997        Sep 10, The Discovery Channel bought the TV Travel Channel for $20 million.
    (MC, 9/10/01)

1997        Dec 18, Festivus, or the “Festival for the Rest of Us" was made famous by an episode of Seinfeld. It came to be celebrated on Dec 23.

1997        Dec 25, Comedian Jerry Seinfeld announced plans to fold his highly successful NBC sitcom "Seinfeld" at the end of the season.
    (AP, 12/25/98)

1997        Chris Matthews, speechwriter for Pres. Carter (1979-1980) and syndicated columnist (1987-2002), began his Hardball talk show.
    (SSFC, 1/5/03, Par p.18)

1998        Jan 14, NBC agreed to pay Warner Bros. $13 million per episode to retain the highly-rated TV show "ER."
    (AP, 1/14/99)

1998        Apr 6, The British TV program for toddlers, "Teletubbies," opened in the US.
    (SFC, 4/6/98, p.E1)

1998        Apr 22, National TV Turnoff Week began.
    (SFEC, 4/12/98, Par p.18)

1998        May 14, The last episode of the hit sitcom "Seinfeld" was shown after nine years on NBC TV. Commercials on the show were priced at $2 million for 30 seconds.
    (SFC, 4/22/98, p.C1)(AP, 5/14/99)(SFC, 5/12/19, p.B3)

1998        Jul 21, Robert Young, actor, died in Westlake Village, Calif. at age 91. He was best known for his TV roles in "Father Knows Best" and "Marcus Welby, M.D."
    (SFC, 7/23/98, p.C4)(AP, 7/21/99)

1998        Sep 13 NBC's "Frasier" won a record fifth consecutive Emmy as TV's best comedy series; ABC's "The Practice" was honored as best drama.
    (AP, 9/13/99)

1998        Oct, US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty began broadcasting Radio Free Iraq daily from Prague.
    (SFC, 11/28/98, p.C1)(AP, 11/30/09)

1998        L.J. Davis (1940-2011), journalist and novelist, authored “The Billionaire Shell Game," a critical look at the evolution of cable television.
    (SSFC, 4/10/11, p.C8)
1998        A 2-hour TV version of "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley (1932)    was made.
    (WSJ, 4/13/98, p.A20)
1998        Bob Harris, comedy writer, won 5 games in a row on Jeopardy, which was the limit at this time. He was later invited back for several tournament of Champion competitions. In 2006 he authored “Prisoner of Trebekistan," an account of his Jeopardy experiences. 
    (WSJ, 9/16/06, p.P10)(http://tinyurl.com/nn56e)

1999        Mar 3, Monica Lewinsky, in an ABC interview, the 20/20 TV show, timed to coincide with the publication of her book, recounted for Barbara Walters some of the fondest, as well as most painful, aspects of her relationship with President Clinton.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/3/00)

1999        Apr 22, Earth Day. TV Turnoff Week began.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A17)(SFC, 4/23/99, p.C7)

1999        Aug 16, The TV quiz show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" began a limited two-week run on ABC. Imported from London, the show was hosted by Meredith Vieira and it was still on the air in 2008. This became the most popular TV show of the 1999-2000 season pulling in 28.5m viewers every Tuesday night.
    (AP, 8/16/00)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Wants_To_Be_A_Millionaire%3F)(Econ, 5/1/10, SR p.10)

1999        Sep 5, Allen Funt, founder of "Candid Camera" and the father of "reality" television, died in Pebble Beach at 84.
    (SFC, 9/7/99, p.B1)

1999        Sep 7, Viacom Inc. announced the acquisition of CBS Corp. for some $36 billion in stock. It was the richest media merger in history.
    (WSJ, 9/8/99, p.A1)(AP, 9/7/00)

1999        Dec 27, Leonard H. Goldenson (94), former television executive, who’d built ABC into a network powerhouse, died in Longboat Key, Fla.
    (AP, 12/27/04)

1999        Personal Video Recorders (PVR) were introduced and allowed users to skip through commercials.
    (Econ, 4/17/04, p.61)

2000        Feb 15, Fox aired "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?," a TV special which drew huge ratings and much notoriety.
    (AP, 2/15/01)

2000        Mar 13, CBS began filming its "Survivor" show on the Malaysian island of Pulau Tiga. Filming lasted to April 20 and the last survivor was to be awarded a $1 million prize.
    (SFC, 6/2/00, p.C15)

2000        Mar 15, Durward Kirby (88), TV funnyman died in Fort Myers, Florida.
    (AP, 3/15/01)

2000        May 10, Actor Craig Stevens, who’d starred in the 1950’s TV series "Peter Gunn," died in Los Angeles at age 81.
    (AP, 5/10/01)

2000        May 22, The Supreme Court struck down, 5-to-4, a federal law that shielded children from sex-oriented cable TV channels. The US Supreme Court invalidated part of a 1996 law that relegated pornography on cable TV to late-night hours.
    (AP, 5/22/01)(WSJ, 3/24/04, p.A4)

2000        Jul 12, Gemstar, a pioneer in interactive TV, merged with TV Guide in a stock deal valued at $14.2 billion with Gemstar founder Henry C. Yuen as chairman and CEO. In 2003 the SEC filed fraud charges against Yuen for overstated revenues and Yuen erased the contents of his hard drive. In 2005 Yuen pleaded guilty to one criminal count of obstruction of justice. In 2006 a federal judge found Yuen liable on civil fraud charges and ordered him to pay $22 million in disgorgement, interest and fine.
    (WSJ, 4/25/07, p.A1,9)

2000        Aug 23, The final winner of the "Survivor" TV contest set on Pulau Tiga island was broadcast to as many as 40-50 million viewers. Richard Hatch (39), a corporate trainer from Newport, R.I., won the $1 million grand prize. In 2006 Hatch was convicted on three counts related to tax evasion and was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison plus three years of supervised probation.
    (SFC, 8/23/00, p.A1)(SFC, 8/24/00, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/4sna5j)

2000        Sep 10, The TV series “West Wing" won a record 9 Emmys at the 52nd Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, including best drama series; NBC's “Will & Grace (news - Y! TV)" won best comedy.
    (SFC, 9/11/00, p.A1)(AP, 9/10/01)

2000        The Czech Security Information Service (BIS) learned that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein planned to use an anti-tank rocket to attack the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague and warned Hussein that they were aware of his plans.
    (AP, 11/30/09)

2001        Jan 11, The US Army premiered its new slogan "An Army of one" on the TV sitcom "Friends."
    (SFC, 1/10/01, p.B3)

2001        Mar 12, Morton Downey Jr. (68), abrasive, chain-smoking, pioneer host of "Trash TV" talk shows, died. "The Morton Downey Show" premiered in NYC in 1987.
    (SFC, 3/14/01, p.A20)(AP, 3/12/02)

2001        Mar 26, The Bill Moyers PBS special "Trade Secrets" focused on the coverup by the American chemical industry of health problems caused by numerous products including vinyl chloride and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
    (SFC, 3/27/01, p.A17)

2001        May 3, An estimated 36.4 million people tuned in to watch Tennessee nurse Tina Wesson win as the winner of "Survivor 2," following a 42 day stint in the "Survivor: The Australian Outback" on CBS.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.C1)(AP, 5/3/02)

2001        Jun, Filmmaker Richard Jellerson, former Vietnam helicopter pilot, 1st showed his documentary film "Helicopter War in Vietnam" on The History Channel.
    (HNQ, 8/16/02)

2001        Jun, NBC launched its "Fear Factor" reality show.
    (WSJ, 4/29/04, p.A1)

2001        Sep 7, The final “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood" TV show aired as Fred Rogers (72) retired.
    (SFC, 8/29/01, p.A1)

2001        Nov 6, Season One of the television series “24" was first broadcast. It featured Jack Bauer as the protagonist, in which he has trained and worked in various capacities as a government agent, including U.S. Army Delta Force, Los Angeles Police Department SWAT, CIA, and finally the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU).

2002        Apr 3, Roy Huggins, novelists, TV writer and producer, died at age 87. His shows included "Cheyenne," "The Fugitive" and "The Rockford Files."
    (SFC, 4/15/02, p.B5)

2002        Apr 8, It was reported that a Thai version of the TV show "The Weakest Link" was "promoting fierce competition and selfishness among recipients," in contrast to general Thai generosity.
    (SFC, 4/8/02, p.A2)

2002        May 22, The Rosie O’Donnell Show played its farewell edition. Rosie ended her program with a 6-year Emmy-winning streak.
    (SFC, 5/18/02, p.A2)

2002        May John Frankenheimer directed the TV drama "Path To War," about the Johnson’s administration’s handling of the Vietnam War.
    (WSJ, 7/10/02, p.D8)

2002        Jun 2, HBO’s first season of 'The Wire' began with a pilot episode titled “The Target." The series concentrated on the often-futile efforts of police to infiltrate a West Baltimore drug ring headed by Avon Barksdale and his lieutenant, Stringer Bell.

2002        Aug 8, The FCC ordered TV manufacturers to install tuners for digital signals in new TV sets by 2007.
    (SFC, 8/9/02, p.A1)

2002        Aug 15, In NYC WNEW-FM radio shock jocks Gregg Hughes and Anthony Cumia aired an eyewitness account of a couple having sex in the vestibule of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Their show was cancelled Aug 23.
    (SFC, 8/24/02, p.D4)

2002        Sep 4, Texas cocktail waitress and aspiring pop star Kelly Clarkson was voted the first "American Idol" at the conclusion of the Fox TV series.
    (AP, 9/4/03)

2002        Oct 21, A&E premiered "Uncut: The True Story of Hair."
    (SFC, 9/28/02, p.D1)

2002        American Idol premiered on the Fox Network. The public was allowed to decide who stays and who goes among the final 12 contestants.
    (SFC, 5/14/04, p.B1)

2002        Survivor 4 was filmed on Nuku Hiva, the largest of the 12 Marquesa Islands.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.C9)

2003        Jan 13-15, A TV documentary, "Chicago City of the Century," was broadcast based on a book of the same name by Don Miller.
    (SFC, 1/11/03, p.D6)

2003        Feb 18, Joe Millionaire attracted up to 42.6 million viewers for its final TV episode.
    (WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R8)

2003          Feb 27, Fred Rogers (74), who gently invited millions of children to be his neighbor as host of the public television show "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood" for more than 30 years, died of cancer.
    (AP, 2/27/03)(SFC, 2/28/03, A1)

2003          Mar 9, Bill Clinton and Bob Dole made their debut as TV commentators on 60 Minutes. Their 1st topic was "tax cuts in times of war."
    (WSJ, 3/7/03, p.A1)

2003        May 20, The TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" had its finale. Set in the fictional California town of Sunnydale, "Buffy" depicted high school as a literal Hell. The TV series began in 1997 based on a 1992 movie.
    (AP, 5/20/03)

2003        Sep 21, At the 55th Annual Emmy Awards "The West Wing" won for best drama.
    (SFC, 9/22/03, p.D1)

2004        Jan 7, Digital radios went on sale in the US.
    (SFC, 1/7/04, p.B8)

2004        Jan 27, Jack Paar (85), TV host, died. The "Jack Paar Tonight Show" ran from 1957-1965 and "The Jack Paar Program" ran from 1962-1965.
    (SFC, 1/28/04, p.A2)

2004        Feb 22, The final TV episode of "Sex and the City" aired after a 6-season run.
    (SFC, 2/23/04, p.A2)

2004        Mar 31, Air America Radio went live in 3 of largest US markets with a left-leaning, round-the-clock, talk format featuring Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo.
     (SFC, 3/31/04, p.C1)

2004        Apr 8, Clear Channel fired Howard Stearn after FCC regulators proposed fining the company $495,000 for airing the shock jock's sexually explicit broadcasts.
    (SFC, 4/9/04, p.A3)

2004        Apr 15, In the finale to the first edition of the NBC reality show "The Apprentice," an estimated 27.6 million viewers tuned in to watch. Donald Trump "hired" Bill Rancic over Kwame Jackson during a segment that was telecast live.
    (AP, 4/16/05)

2004        May 13, The last episode of "Frasier" aired on TV following an 11-year run.
    (SFC, 5/15/04, p.E3)

2004        Aug 16, The children’s TV show “Lazytown" made its US premier. Magnus Scheving spent over a decade building the brand in Iceland before moving overseas.
    (Econ, 3/31/07, p.76)(www.tv.com/lazytown/show/29257/episode_listings.html)

2004        Aug 31, Dog the Bounty Hunter, an American reality television series, first aired on A&E. The show chronicled Duane "Dog" Chapman's experiences as a bounty hunter. With a few exceptions, the series took place in Hawaii or Dog's home state of Colorado. A&E canceled the series after eight seasons on May 21, 2012.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_the_Bounty_Hunter)(SSFC, 7/14/19, p.A9)

2004        Oct 6, Sirius Satellite Radio planned to spend $500 million to sign “shock jock" Howard Stern for 5 years beginning in 2006.
    (SFC, 10/7/04, p.A1)

2004        Nov 9, Ed Kemmer (b.1921), TV star, died at Roosevelt Hospital in NYC. He played the heroic Cmdr. Buzz Corry on the 1950s children's science-fiction television program “Space Patrol." After “Space Patrol," Kemmer broke the heroic mold by playing villains in episodes of “Perry Mason," “Gunsmoke," and “Maverick." He spent 19 years as a regular on “The Edge of Night," “As the World Turns," “All My Children," “Guiding Light," and other soaps.
    (SFC, 11/17/04, p.B8)

2004        Nov 30, Ken Jennings ended his 74-game winning streak on Jeopardy when he missed a question on H&R Block. His winnings had reached $2,520,700 as he lost to real estate agent Nancy Zerg. In 2006 Jennings authored “Brainiac," an account of his Jeopardy experiences.
    (WSJ, 12/1/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/16/06, p.P10)

2004        Dec 6, Mediaweek reported that 99.8% of indecency complaints to the FCC came from one group, the Parents Television Council.
    (SFC, 12/13/04, p.E1)

2005         Apr 23, The first YouTube video was uploaded. The 18 second clip showed founder Jawed Karim visiting a zoo. In December Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim officially launched YouTube, an Internet based site for sharing video clips. The three founders knew each other from working together at another Internet start up, PayPal. The domain name YouTube.com was registered on Valentine's Day in 2005.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7tk55mq)(Econ, 4/29/06, p.68)(WSJ, 10/13/06, p.A12)(Econ, 5/3/14, p.58)

2005        Jun 24, The final show of “Wall Street Week" on PBS was set for production. Louis Rukeyser hosted the program from 1970 to 2002.
    (SFC, 3/25/05, p.C1)

2005        May 16, The SF radio station KYCY-AM planned to dump syndicated talk shows and begin broadcasting amateur podcasts from audio programs posted on the Web.
    (SFC, 4/28/05, p.C1)

2005        May 21, Howard Morris (85), best known for playing poetry-spouting hillbilly Ernest T. Bass on the "Andy Griffith Show," died at his home in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
    (AP, 5/23/05)

2005        May 26, Eddie Albert (99), actor who moved smoothly from the Broadway stage to nearly 100 movies, died. He found stardom as the constantly befuddled city slicker-turned-farmer in television's "Green Acres."
    (AP, 5/28/05)(SFC, 5/28/05, p.A2)

2005        Jun 30, Viacom launched Logo, a gay oriented TV show.
    (SFC, 6/30/05, p.E1)(Econ, 7/2/05, p.59)

2005        Aug 1, Al Gore and Joel Hyatt premiered their current TV cable and satellite channel. In 2008 Current Media planned an IPO to raise $100 million.
    (www.current.tv/news/nypost080205.html)(SFC, 1/29/08, p.B1)

2005        Aug 10, The castaway television thriller "Lost" debuted as the most watched U.S. import on British television since soap opera "Dallas" captivated fans more than 20 years ago. The US premier was September 22, 2004.
    (AP, 8/11/05)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0411008/episodes#season-1)

2005        Sep 18, "Everybody Loves Raymond" won the Emmy for best comedy in its final season; first-year hit "Lost" was named best drama.
    (AP, 9/18/06)

2005        Sep 25, Don Adams (82), TV star born as Donald James Yarmy, died in LA. He played Maxwell Smart on the “Get Smart" TV show from 1965-1970 along with co-star Barbara Feldon.
    (SFC, 9/27/05, p.B5)

2005        Oct 4, A new Syrian TV series began broadcasting around the Middle East. It tells the story of Arabs living in residential compounds in Saudi Arabia and the militant Islamists who want to blow them up so they can collect their rewards in heaven, 72 beautiful virgins.
    (AP, 10/10/05)

2006        Feb 24, Don Knotts (81), comedian and film star, died in Los Angeles. His half-century career included more than 25 films and seven TV series.
    (AP, 2/26/06)

2006        Feb 25, Darren McGavin (83), TV and film star, died of natural causes at a Los Angeles-area hospital. His 5 TV series included “Mike Hammer" and “Kolchak: The Night Stalker."
    (AP, 2/26/06)(SSFC, 2/26/06, p.B8)

2006        Mar 30, Mexico’s Congress passed legislation dubbed the Televisa Law" confirming the country’s longstanding TV duopoly. President Vicente Fox officially signed off on controversial reforms to the country’s Federal Radio and Television law on April 11. In 2007 the legislation faced court actions.

2006        Jul 3, Jack Smith (b.1913), singer and TV host for “You Asked for It," died at his home in southern California. In 1958 he replaced Art Baker, who created the show in 1950.
    (SFC, 7/11/06, p.B4)

2006        Nov 30, The ABC TV soap opera All My Children depicted a character about to undergo a transition from man to woman.
    (SFC, 12/1/06, p.A1)

2006        Nielsen, a firm that tracks what people watch on TV, was purchased by 6 private equity firms including Blackstone, the Carlyle Group, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts for almost $11 billion, one of the largest leveraged buyouts on record. Nielsen went public in 2011.
    (Econ, 1/29/11, p.72)
2006        Univision, an Hispanic television network in the US, was bought by private equity firms for $13.7 billion.
    (SFC, 12/27/12, p.69)

2007        Apr 11, MSNBC announced it was dropping its simulcast of the "Imus in the Morning" radio program, responding to growing outrage about host Don Imus' racial slur against the Rutgers women's basketball team. CBS Radio followed suit the next day.
    (AP, 4/11/08)

2007        May 14, Endemol, the brains behind reality television shows like "Big Brother", fell into the hands of a consortium led by Italy's Mediaset which is looking to branch out of the saturated Italian television market.
    (AP, 5/14/07)

2007        Jun 10, HBO concluded "The Sopranos," created by David Chase, with its 86th show since 1999.
    (AP, 6/11/07)

2007        Jun 12, Don Herbert (b.1917), who as television's "Mr. Wizard" introduced generations of young viewers to the joys of science, died in California at his suburban Bell Canyon home.
    (AP, 6/12/07)(SFC, 6/14/07, p.B5)

2007        Jun 15, Retired "Price Is Right" host Bob Barker won his 19th Daytime Emmy.
    (AP, 6/15/08)

2007        Jul 23, Genial comic Drew Carey was tapped to replace legend Bob Barker on the CBS daytime game show "The Price is Right."
    (AP, 7/23/08)

2007        Jul 29, Tom Snyder (71), TV host, died in SF after a struggle with leukemia. His smoke-filled interviews were a staple of late night television and an inspiration for Dan Aykroyd on "Saturday Night Live." Snyder hosted The Tomorrow Show from 1973-1982.
    (AP, 7/30/07)(SFC, 7/31/07, p.E2)

2007        Aug 12, Merv Griffin (82), television talk show host and entrepreneur, died. He created the TV game show “Jeopardy" in 1964 and sold the rights for the show to Coca-Cola for $250 million in 1986.
    (AP, 8/13/07)(SFC, 8/13/07, p.A1)

2007        Sep 16, The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles. NBC won 7 awards, HBO and ABC both won 6. “The Sopranos" won for the best drama series and “30 Rock" won for the best comedy series.
    (AP, 9/17/07)(SFC, 9/17/07, p.E1)

2007        Sep 23, The 7-part, 15-hour opus “The War," by Ken Burns and co-director Lynn Novick, began on PBS. PBS later estimated 18.7 million viewers saw the airings of "The War," the first chapter of Ken Burns' seven-part documentary about World War II.
    (SSFC, 9/23/07, p.A1)(AP, 9/25/07) 

2007        Oct 31,     Physicists at UC Berkeley said they had produced the world’s smallest radio out of a single carbon nanotube, 10,000 times thinner than human hair. They had it play “Layla" by Derek and the Dominos and said it could also function as a transmitter.
    (SFC, 11/1/07, p.C1)

2007        Nov 25, Actor Neil Hope, who starred as Derek "Wheels" Wheeler on the popular 1980s TV series "Degrassi Junior High," died. He had little contact with relatives and friends in his final years and died alone in an Ontario rooming house. His death was not made public until 2012.
    (AP, 2/18/12)

2007        Dec 3, In NYC Don Imus returned to the airwaves eight months after he was fired for a racially charged remark about the Rutgers women's basketball team, and introduced a new cast that included two black comedians on WABC-AM.
    (AP, 12/3/07)

2007        Dec 7, Canada's TV watchdog blessed the launch of Vanessa, a national pay TV porn channel.
    (Reuters, 12/7/07)

2008        Jan 19, Suzanne Pleshette (b.1937), film and TV star, died in Los Angeles. The husky-voiced star was best known for her role as Bob Newhart's sardonic wife on television's long-running "The Bob Newhart Show." Her work included roles in such films as Hitchcock's "The Birds" and in Broadway plays including "The Miracle Worker."
    (AP, 1/20/08)

2008        Feb 1, Actress Shell Kepler (49) died at Oregon Health & Science University hospital. For years she played the gossipy nurse Amy Vining on the TV soap opera "General Hospital."
    (AP, 2/4/08)

2008        Mar 16, Ivan Dixon (b.1931), black actor, director and producer best known for his role as Kinchloe on the 1960s television series "Hogan's Heroes," died.
    (AP, 3/19/08)

2008        Apr 24, James Day (89), co-founder of San Francisco’s KQED TV station (1954), died in NYC. In 1995 he published “The Vanishing Vision: The Inside Story of Public Television."
    (SFC, 4/30/08, p.B9)

2008        May 24, Dick Martin (86), the zany half of the comedy team whose "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," died in Santa Monica, Ca. He took television by storm in the 1960s, making stars of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin and creating such national catch-phrases as "Sock it to me!"
    (AP, 5/25/08)

2008        Jun 7, Jim McKay (b.1921), former ABC sports broadcaster, died in Monkton, Md. He covered 10 Olympic games over 24 years and was the voice on the anthology series “Wide World of Sports" for its first quarter century.
    (SSFC, 6/8/08, p.A2)

2008        Jul 22, Estelle Getty (b.1923), the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia on TV's "The Golden Girls," died. The diminutive stage and TV actress had spent 40 years struggling for success before landing the role of a lifetime in 1985.
    (AP, 7/22/08)(SFC, 7/23/08, p.A8)

2008        Jul 25, US Federal regulators formally approved the merger of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., the nation's only two satellite radio operators. The companies first applied for permission to combine in March 2007.
    (AP, 7/26/08)

2008        Aug 15, Leroy Sievers (b.1955), broadcast journalist, died of cancer. He was a former executive producer of ABC’s “Nightline" and commented on his disease on National Public Radio (NPR).
    (SFC, 8/19/08, p.B5)

2008        Oct 15, John McCain and Barack Obama held their final televised debate moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS.
    (AP, 10/16/08)   

2008        Nov 11, Jack Scott (b.1923), former BBC’s chief weatherman, died.

2008        Nov 16, Reg Varney (92), a comic actor who played a cheery Cockney bus driver in British sitcom "On the Buses," died.
    (AP, 11/16/08)(Econ, 12/6/08, p.109)

2008        Nov 21, Germany banned Hezbollah's Lebanon-based satellite television station on grounds that it violates the country's constitution.
    (AP, 11/23/08)

2008        Dec 2, Ted Rogers (75), founder of Rogers Communications, died in Toronto. He transformed a single FM radio station into a North American broadcasting, publishing and wireless telecommunications conglomerate.
    (AP, 12/2/08)

2008        Dec 5, Kyrgyzstan's state radio station was reported to have taken BBC programming off the airwaves, days after withdrawing broadcasting rights from US-funded Radio Liberty's Kyrgyz Service.
    (AP, 12/5/08)

2008        Dec 10, British television broadcast a documentary of the assisted suicide of Craig Ewert (d.2006 at 59), a terminally ill American, as he died in Switzerland. The documentary, “Right to Die?," was made by Oscar-winning director John Zaritsky.
    (SFC, 12/11/08, p.A2)

2008        Anthony Rudel authored “Hello Everybody: The Dawn of American Radio."
    (WSJ, 10/9/08, p.A15)
2008        TLC began airing its reality show “Nineteen Kids and Counting" featuring the Arkansas family of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. The series was cancelled in 2015 when reports surfaced that Josh Duggar (27), the oldest child, had fondled four of his sisters and a babysitter a dozen years earlier.
    (SFC, 7/17/15, p.A6)

2009        Jan 9, Jon Hager (67), who performed in the musical comedy duo The Hager Twins on "Hee-Haw," died in Nashville. His brother Jim died in May, 2008. The syndicated TV show, which debuted in 1969, satirized country life with a mixture of music and comedy.
    (AP, 1/10/09)

2009        Jan 13, Patrick McGoohan (b.1928), Emmy winning TV and film actor, died. He created and starred in the cult classic TV show “The Prisoner" (1967). The British show premiered in the US in 1968.
    (SFC, 1/15/09, p.A2)

2009        Jan 15, Ricardo Montalban (b.1920), the Mexican-born actor,  died at his home in Los Angeles. His 1980 autobiography was titled "Reflections: A Life in Two Worlds." He became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV's "Fantasy Island" (1978-1984).
    (AP, 1/15/09)

2009        Jan 18, Bob May (69), American TV and film actor, died. He donned the Robot's suit in the hit 1960s television show "Lost in Space" (1965).
    (AP, 1/19/09)
2009        Jan 18, British television presenter Tony Hart (83) died. He had charmed generations of children with his artsy antics.
    (AP, 1/18/09)

2009        Feb 6, Phil Carey (b.1925), film and TV actor, died in NYC. He was best known for his role as business tycoon Asa Buchanan in the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live."
    (AP, 2/10/09)

2009        Feb 17, Liberty Media Corp. said it will invest $530 million in financially struggling satellite radio company Sirius XM Radio Inc.
    (AP, 2/17/09)

2009        Feb 26, Former EastEnders star Wendy Richard (65), who was diagnosed with cancer in January, died in London. She best known for her role as Pauline Fowler in the London-based soap whom she played for more than two decades.
    (AFP, 2/26/09)

2009        Feb 28, Paul Harvey (b.1918), news commentator and talk-radio pioneer, died in Arizona. His staccato style made him one of the nation's most familiar voices. Harvey had been heard nationally since 1951, when he began his "News and Comment" for ABC Radio Networks.
    (AP, 3/1/09)(SSFC, 3/1/09, p.A12)

2009        Apr 15, Clement Freud (84), a grandson of Sigmund Freud, died. He became a well-known writer, politician and urbane regular on British radio. He was best known from his three decades appearing on the BBC game show, "Just a Minute," in which panelists compete to see who can talk the longest without hesitation, deviation or repetition.
    (AP, 4/16/09)

2009        Apr 25, Beatrice Arthur (b.1922), stage and TV actress, died. The tall, deep-voiced actress considered herself lucky to be discovered by television executives after a long stage career that included a Tony award for the musical "Mame." Her TV shows included  “Maude" (1972-1978) and “The Golden Girls" (1985-1992).
    (AP, 4/26/09)(SSFC, 4/26/09, p.B6)

2009        May 4, Dom DeLuise (b.1933), film and TV actor, died. Though lighthearted onscreen, the prolific actor was deeply passionate about food, forging a second career as a popular chef and cookbook author.
    (AP, 5/5/09)

2009        May 7, John Furia Jr. (b.1929), prolific screen and television writer, died. His work included popular TV series including "Bonanza," "The Waltons," "Hawaii Five-O" and “The Twilight Zone."

2009        May 19, "Glee," Fox's new musical comedy, premiered.

2009        May 29, Jay Leno made hosted his last show at "Tonight," and gave a pre-debut boost to Conan O'Brien welcoming him as his final guest.
    (AP, 5/30/09)

2009        Jun 4, David Carradine (72), star of TV series "Kung Fu" (1972-1975), was found dead  in Thailand. At first suicide was suspected but a forensics expert said circumstances suggested that he may have died from autoerotic asphyxiation. His career had roared back to life when he played the assassin-turned-victim in Quentin Tarentino's "Kill Bill" (2003).
    (AP, 6/4/09)(SFC, 6/6/09, p.E3)

2009        Jun 23, Ed McMahon (86), loyal "Tonight Show" sidekick, died. He bolstered boss Johnny Carson with guffaws and a resounding "H-e-e-e-e-e-ere's Johnny!" for 30 years.
    (AP, 6/23/09)

2009        Jun 25, Farrah Fawcett (b.1947), a 1970s sex symbol and TV star of "Charlie's Angels" (1976), died in Santa Monica, Ca. She had spent almost three years in private fighting for her life against cancer. The news came just a month after the airing of "Farrah's Story," a documentary in which she made public her painful treatments and dispiriting setbacks.
    (AP, 6/26/09)

2009        Jun 27, Gale Storm (b.1922 as Josephine Owaissa Cottle), singer and former film and TV star, died. Her wholesome appearance and perky personality made her one of early television's biggest stars on "My Little Margie" (1952-1955) and "The Gale Storm Show" (1956-1960). Her 1980 autobiography was titled "I Ain't Down Yet."
    (AP, 6/28/09)

2009        Jun 28, Billy Mays (50), known to television viewers as the OxiClean guy, died of a heart attack at his Tampa home. The boisterous pitchman aired on commercials hundreds of times a week nationwide showing off his latest cleaning product or gadget.
    (AP, 6/29/09)(SFC, 6/30/09, p.A4)

2009        Jun, the last of the US analogue television transmitters switched to digital.
    (Econ, 12/11/10, TQ p.14)

2009        Jul 1, Karl Malden (97), Academy Award-winning actor, died. His intelligent characterizations on stage, screen and television made him a star despite his plain looks. His more than 50 film credits included "Patton," "Pollyanna," "Fear Strikes Out," "The Sting II," "Bombers B-52," "Cheyenne Autumn," and "All Fall Down." Malden gained his greatest fame as Lt. Mike Stone in the 1970s television show "The Streets of San Francisco," in which Michael Douglas played the veteran detective's junior partner.
    (AP, 7/2/09)
2009        Jul 1, British actress Mollie Sugden (86), best-known for her role as Mrs. Slocombe in the television comedy series "Are You Being Served?" (1972-1985), died.
    (Reuters, 7/2/09)

2009        Jul 9, In Venezuela’s top telecommunications official said President Hugo Chavez's government is imposing new regulations on cable television while revoking the licenses of more than 200 radio stations.
    (AP, 7/9/09)

2009        Jul 15, Mazen Abdul-Jawad (32), a Saudi man, appeared on the Lebanese-based LBC satellite TV station’s "Bold Red Line" program and shocked Saudis by publicly confessing to sexual exploits. More than 200 people soon filed legal complaints against Abdul-Jawad, dubbed a "sex braggart" by the media, and many Saudis said he should be severely punished. On July 31 Abdul-Jawad was detained for questioning. The Jiddah offices of the LBC station were closed soon thereafter.
    (AP, 8/6/09)(AP, 8/9/09)

2009        Jul 17,  Walter Cronkite (b.1916), TV journalist, died with his family by his side at his Manhattan home after a long illness. On April 16, 1962, he replaced Douglas Edwards as anchor of the CBS "Evening News." Polls in 1972 and 1974 had pronounced Cronkite the "most trusted man in America."
    (AP, 7/18/09)

2009        Jul 25, Chinese state television launched an Arabic-language channel beamed to the Middle East and Africa as part of efforts to expand the communist government's media influence abroad.
    (AP, 7/25/09)

2009        Jul 27, A Congo government spokesman said The Democratic Republic of Congo has suspended transmission of French broadcaster Radio France International (RFI).
    (Reuters, 7/27/09)

2009        Jul 29, Joanne Jordan, film actress and TV spokesmodel for Hazel Bishop lipstick on “This Is Your Life," died. She had also promoted Johnson’s Clear Wax, Dove dish detergent, Lilt home permanents and Eastman Kodak.
    (SFC, 9/25/09, p.D10)

2009        Jul 31, Venezuelan regulators revoked the broadcast rights of 34 radio stations, deepening a rift between President Hugo Chavez's government and the private media. Venezuelan lawmakers approved an election law to redraw voting districts, a step that President Hugo Chavez's opponents say will give his party a big advantage in next year's congressional vote.
    (AP, 7/31/09)(AP, 8/1/09)

2009        Aug 3, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, announced that "many" radio and TV frequencies will revert to the state over what he called irregularities in their licenses. He gave no specifics.
    (AP, 8/3/09)

2009        Aug 11, In Brazil police were reported to be investigating the "Canal Livre" crime TV show saying the show's host, state legislator Wallace Souza, was suspected of commissioning at least five murders to boost his ratings and prove his claim that Brazil's Amazon region is awash in violent crime. Police also have accused Souza of drug trafficking.
    (AP, 8/11/09)

2009        Aug 19, Don Hewitt (86), a TV news pioneer, died. He created the "60 Minutes" news hour in 1968 and produced the popular CBS newsmagazine for 36 years.
    (AP, 8/19/09)

2009        Aug 26, A Brazilian prosecutor in Amazonas state accused Wallace Souza, a former police officer and TV crime show host, of attempting to have a federal judge assassinated in 2007. Souza was already accused of setting up at least 5 killings to boost his TV ratings. Souza was soon kicked out of the state legislature and on Oct 5 police issued a warrant for his arrest.
    (SFC, 8/27/09, p.A2)(AP, 10/7/09)

2009        Sep 24, Venezuela’s Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said the animated television series "Family Guy." should be pulled from the airwaves because it promotes the use of marijuana. He said that cable networks that broadcast "Family Guy" would be fined by Venezuela's telecommunications regulator if they refuse to dump the program.
    (AP, 9/25/09)

2009        Sep, Huntington, West Virginia, ranked as America’s fattest town, welcomed Jamie Oliver, Britain’s famous Naked Chef, into its school district. His food education program was turned into a reality television series called Food Revolution.

2009        Oct 1, David Letterman, late-night TV talk show host, admitted in an extraordinary monologue before millions of viewers that he had sexual relationships with female employees, after a CBS News employee tried to extort $2 million from him. Suspect Robert J. Halderman later admitted his guilt and was sentenced to 6 months in jail. He was freed on Sep 2, 2010, after serving 4 months.
    (AP, 10/2/09)(SFC, 9/3/10, p.A4)

2009        Oct 14, Israel's foreign minister has ordered ministry officials to summon Turkey's ambassador in Israel and protest to him over a Turkish TV series that reportedly portrays Israeli soldiers murdering children.
    (AP, 10/14/09)

2009        Oct 22, Soupy Sales (b.1926), TV personality born as Milton Supman, died in NYC. He was best known for his Detroit-based children's television show, “Lunch with Soupy Sales" (1953). Beginning in October 1959, it was telecast nationally on the ABC television network. His career was built on some 20,000 pies to face and 5,000 live TV appearances across half a century.
    (SFC, 10/23/09, p.A8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soupy_Sales)
2009        Oct 22, In Australia Don Lane (75), an American song-and-dance man known as "The Lanky Yank," died. He was handed a full-time gig on Australian TV in 1975 and "The Don Lane Show" became a ratings winner, a mixture of cabaret acts, interviews, comedy skits and a song from the tall host to close each show.
    (AP, 10/22/09)

2009        Nov 20, Oprah Winfrey announced that she will end her eponymous show in Sep 2011, 26 after it first aired nationwide.
    (Econ, 11/28/09, p.78)

2009        Dec 3, Comcast Corp. announced it plans to buy a majority stake in NBC Universal for $13.75 billion, giving the nation's largest cable TV operator control of the Peacock network, an array of cable channels and a major movie studio.
    (AP, 12/3/09)

2009        Dec 7, ITV, the British TV channel behind hit show "I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!", apologized for the death of a rat during filming in Australia, as the stars who killed it faced police charges.
    (AFP, 12/7/09)

2009        Dec 8, CBS canceled "As the World Turns," putting the company that coined the phrase "soap operas" out of the business of making daytime dramas for the first time in 76 years.
    (AP, 12/8/09)

2009        Dec 15, Oral Roberts (b.1918), preacher, televangelist and founder of the Oral Roberts Univ. in Tulsa, Okla., died in Newport Beach, Ca. The pioneer Oklahoma-based televangelist began broadcasting his revivals by television in 1954.
    (SFC, 12/15/09, p.C5)(Econ, 1/2/10, p.65)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_Roberts)
2009        Dec 15, In Venezuela lawmakers loyal to President Hugo Chavez inaugurated a state-run radio station that replaces a previous broadcaster that sandwiched criticism of Venezuela's socialist leader between jazz and salsa music.
    (AP, 12/16/09)

2010        Jan 5, US sports broadcaster ESPN said it will show some World Cup soccer matches live from South Africa in 3-D and Japan's Sony teamed up with Discovery and IMAX to launch a 3-D TV network in the United States.
    (AFP, 1/5/10)

2010        Jan 7, Intel CEO Paul Otellini introduced a technology called Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) that allows a user to beam the contents of a computer screen to a TV.
    (SFC, 1/9/10, p.D1)

2010        Jan 10, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez says there's too much capitalism on Venezuelan TV. So he's urging producers to start making films and TV shows that stress socialist values.
    (AP, 1/11/10)

2010        Jan 6, In Morocco the first Berber TV channel in the ancient but marginalized tongue of Amazigh was launched after a decades-long struggle.
    (AFP, 1/18/10)(http://tinyurl.com/yfl4jpp)

2010        Jan 21, Conan O'Brien told NBC good riddance in a $45 million deal for his exit from "The Tonight Show," allowing Jay Leno to return to the late-night program he hosted for 17 years.
    (AP, 1/21/10)

2010        Jan 24, In Venezuela a cable television channel critical of President Hugo Chavez was yanked from the airwaves for defying new regulations requiring it to televise the socialist leader's speeches.
    (AP, 1/24/10)

2010        Jan 22, James Mitchell (b.1920), theater, film and TV actor, died. For nearly three decades he played gruff patriarch Palmer Cortland on the ABC soap opera "All My Children." His film credits include "The Band Wagon" (1953) with Fred Astaire, "Deep in My Heart" (1954) and "Oklahoma" (1955).
    (AP, 1/25/10)

2010        Jan 23, In Venezuela tens of thousands opposed to President Hugo Chavez took to the streets, blaming him for rolling blackouts, water rationing, widespread crime and other problems they say are making daily life increasingly difficult. This day marked the 1958 uprising that ousted Venezuela’s last military dictator. The Chavez regime told cable TV operators to stop carrying RCTV, a pro-opposition channel.
    (AP, 1/24/10)(Econ, 1/30/10, p.44)

2010        Jan 24, Pernell Roberts (b.1928), TV actor, died at his home in Malibu, Ca. He played the eldest Cartwright son  (1959-1965) in the “Bonanza" TV series. After Bonanza he played the lead in the “Trapper John M.D." TV series.
    (SFC, 1/26/10, p.C5)

2010        Feb 5, British actor Ian Carmichael (89) died at his home in northern England. He appeared in a series of comedies for the Boulting Brothers including "Private's Progress," "Brothers in Law," "Lucky Jim" and "I'm All Right Jack." Later in his career he played the upper-class twit Bertie Wooster, and Dorothy L. Sayers suave detective Lord Peter Wimsey, in television series.
    (AP, 2/8/10)

2010        Feb 7, The New Orleans Saints capped off an outstanding season with an upset over the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17, in Super Bowl XLIV. The Saints' victory over Indianapolis was watched by more than 106 million people, surpassing the 1983 finale of "M-A-S-H" to become the most-watched program in US television history.
    (AP, 2/8/10)

2010        Feb 8, In Australia ITV Studios, producer of "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here," was fined 3,000 Australian dollars ($2,615) after pleading guilty of animal cruelty after two reality show contestants skinned, cooked and ate a rat during filming in Australia.
    (AP, 2/9/10)

2010        Feb 9, Phil Harris (53), the fishing boat captain whose adventures off the Alaska coast were captured on the television show "Deadliest Catch", died in Anchorage following a massive stroke on Jan 29.
    (AP, 2/10/10)

2010        Feb 25, In Canada police found the body actor Andrew Koenig (41) in a wooded area in Vancouver. He had played Boner in the 1980’s TV sitcom “Growing Pains."
    (SFC, 2/26/10, p.A13)

2010        Feb, RT America, a TV channel based in Washington, D.C., was launched as part of the RT network, a global multilingual television news network based in Moscow, Russia, and funded by the Russian government.

2010        Mar 13, In Georgia a hoax television broadcast said Russia had invaded and the president had been killed. It sparked wide anxiety in the country still traumatized by the August 2008 war in which Russian troops advanced deep into the country.
    (AP, 3/15/10)

2010        Mar 14, Peter Graves (83), film and TV star, died. His calm and intelligent demeanor was a good fit to the intrigue of "Mission Impossible" (1967-1973 and 1988-1990) as well as the satire of the "Airplane" films.
    (AP, 3/15/10)

2010        Mar 18, Fess Parker, former film and TV star, died at his home in Santa Ynez, Ca. He was best know for his role as Davy Crocket on the Disneyland TV show. He later played Daniel Boone in the 1964-1970 TV series “Daniel Boone."
    (SFC, 3/19/10, p.C6)

2010        Mar 24, Robert Culp (b.1930), TV actor, died after hitting his head during a fall near his Hollywood home. Culp shot to fame thanks to his Kelly Robinson role in “I Spy" (1965-1968). During the 1980s, Culp also logged 44 episodes as Bill Maxwell in “The Greatest American Hero."

2010        Apr 1, John Forsythe (b.1918), TV and movie actor, died at his home in Santa Ynez, Ca. His films included “The Trouble with Harry" (1955) and “Topaz" (1969). His TV roles included “Bachelor Father" (1957-1962), “Charlie’s Angels (1976-1981), and “Dynasty" (1981-1989).
    (SFC, 4/3/10, p.C2)

2010        Apr 9, In Somalia witnesses said Islamists were seizing radio transmitters that let the local population hear news programs from the British Broadcasting Corporation. Al-Shabab said the BBC broadcasts anti-Islamic propaganda.
    (AP, 4/9/10)

2010        Apr 10, Dixie Carter (b.1939), "Designing Women" (1986-1993) star, died. Her Southern charm and natural beauty had won her a host of television roles. She appeared in TV soap operas in the 1970s, but did not become a national star until her recurring roles on "Diff'rent Strokes" and another series, "Filthy Rich," in the 1980s. She married actor Hal Holbrook in 1984. The two had met four years earlier while making the TV movie "The Killing of Randy Webster," and although attracted to one another, each had suffered two failed marriages and were wary at first.
    (AP, 4/11/10)

2010        May 1, American actress Helen Wagner (b.1918) died. She played mild-mannered Nancy Hughes on the CBS soap opera "As the World Turns" for more than a half-century. Wagner opened "As the World Turns" when it premiered on April 2, 1956, with the words: "Good morning, dear."
    (AP, 5/3/10)

2010        May 24, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva launched TV Brazil, a new Portuguese-language network based in Mozambique's capital Maputo and tasked with "saying good things" about Brazil. From Maputo, the new channel will be broadcast to more than 40 countries, mostly in Africa and Latin America.
    (AFP, 5/24/10)

2010        May 26, Art Linkletter (b.1912), radio and TV talk-show pioneer, died at his home in Bel-Air, Ca. His many books included “Kids Say the Darndest Things" (1957). His daytime television show “House Party" aired from 1952-1970.
    (SFC, 5/27/10, p.C4)

2010        May 28, Gary Coleman (b.1968), the child star from television show "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1986), died in Provo, Utah.
    (AP, 5/29/10)

2010        Jun 3, Rue McClanahan (76), TV sitcom actress, died. She starred with Bea Arthur in “Maude" (1972-1978" and played Blanche Devereaux in “The Golden Girls" (1985-1992).
    (SFC, 6/4/10, p.C8)

2010        Jun 23, The TV show “As the World Turns," daytime TV’s oldest drama, wrapped up production. The show premiered in 1956. the last show will air on Sep 17, 2010.
    (AP, 6/24/10)

2010        Jul 13, A US federal appeals court struck down the government’s long-standing prohibition against indecency on broadcast television and radio ruling that the plicy was unconstitutionally vague.
    (SFC, 7/14/10, p.A5)

2010        Jul 16, James Gammon (b.1940), TV and film actor, died in Orange County, Ca. His films included “Major League" (1989) and its 1994 sequal. His TV roles included the father on “Nash Bridges" (1996-2001).
    (SFC, 7/20/10, p.A4)

2010        Aug 9, Sudan halted BBC broadcasts in Arabic on FM radio frequencies after suspending its agreement with the British public broadcaster for reasons it said had nothing to do with its newscasts.
    (AFP, 8/9/10)

2010        Aug 17, The “Great British Bake Off" (GBBO), a British television baking competition produced by Love Productions, began airing on BBC Two.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_British_Bake_Off)(Econ, 9/2/17, p.74)

2010        Aug 21, Newly ubiquitous "Golden Girls" actress Betty White won the fifth Emmy of her career for hosting an episode of "Saturday Night Live," while fellow screen veteran Ann-Margret got a standing ovation after receiving her first statuette.
    (AP, 8/22/10)

2010        Sep 1, In Senegal Television Futurs Medias (TFM), run by pop star Youssou N’dour (50), began broadcasting but only in Dakar and its immediate suburbs. Its government license, issued earlier this year, limited it to cultural programming and forbade the station from doing newscasts. A request to broadcast to the rest of the country has so far been denied.
    (AP, 9/9/10)(http://tinyurl.com/2eh5yhm)

2010        Oct 4, Tokyo-based Toshiba unveiled the world's first high definition liquid crystal display 3-D television that does not require special glasses, one of the biggest consumer complaints about the technology.
    (AP, 10/4/10)

2010        Oct 6, In Italy Concetta Serrano was participating in a live TV show that focuses on missing people when the anchor told her brother-in-law had confessed to have allegedly murdered her daughter. The Italian news agencies  broke the story of the alleged confession while the show was being broadcast from inside the uncle's house in the southern Italian town of Avetrana, where Sarah Scazzi (15) disappeared on Aug. 26.
    (AP, 10/7/10)

2010        Oct 6, Logitech introduced Revue, a $299.99 set-top box for Google’s new TV service. The device allows users to access websites, Internet video, digital pictures and music from their televisions. Apple’s set-top box was introduced on Sep 1 for $99.
    (SSFC, 10/10/10, p.D5)(http://tinyurl.com/2vzxpar)
2010        Oct 6, Cisco introduced its $599 Cisco Umi, a consumer product for video chats on home TVs. The service would also require a monthly fee of $24.99.
    (SSFC, 10/10/10, p.D5)(http://tinyurl.com/2vzxpar)

2010        Oct 16, Barbara Billingsley (b.1915), TV and film actress, died at her home in Santa Monica. She play played June Cleaver in the TV series “Leave It to Beaver" (1957-1963).
    (SSFC, 10/17/10, p.C9)

2010        Oct 28, James MacArthur (b.1937), stage and screen actor, died. He played "Danno" in the original version of television's "Hawaii Five-O" (1968-1980). His breakout role was in the 1957 "Climax!" television series production of "The Young Stranger," in which he starred as the 17-year-old son of a movie executive who has a run-in with the law.
    (AP, 10/29/10)

2010        Oct 27, Actress Denise Borino-Quinn (46), who unexpectedly won a TV role as a mafia wife on "The Sopranos," died of liver cancer in New Jersey.
    (AP, 10/30/10)

2010        Nov 29, British pay-TV giant BSkyB and Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corp. said they will launch a free-to-air Arabic language news channel under a joint venture.
    (AFP, 11/29/10)

2010        Dec 1, Dr. Dean Edell (69), syndicated radio medical show host, announced his retirement on KGO-AM, where he began in 1979.
    (SFC, 12/2/10, p.C7)

2011        Jan 1, The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) launched on cable TV.
    (SSFC, 12/26/10, Par p.4)

2011        Jan 11, David Nelson (74), who starred on his parents' popular television show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," died. The show originated on radio in 1952 as "Here Come the Nelsons," then ran for 320 episodes on TV from 1952 to 1966 as "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" with some of the story lines taken from the stars' own lives. His film credits included "Peyton Place," “The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker," “The Big Circus," “Day of the Outlaw," “30," “The Big Show," “Love and Kisses" and "Swing Out, Sweet Land." In 1976, he costarred with his mother in "Smash-Up on Interstate 5."
    (AP, 1/12/11)

2011        Jan 26, Nielsen, a firm that tracks what people watch on TV, made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange in a $1.6 billion IPO.
    (Econ, 1/29/11, p.72)
2011        Jan 26, BBC world Service said that it would close 5 of its 32 language services, including its Russian language radio broadcasts, and reduce its work force by about a quarter, or up to 650 jobs.
    (SFC, 1/27/11, p.A2)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.55)

2011        Feb 9, An Ivory Coast regulatory board loyal to incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo ordered United Nations radio off the air. UN radio director Sylvain Semilinko said the next day that work continued as normal at UN radio headquarters as preparations were being made in case their signal was jammed.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 9, Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui said that she was let go by MVS radio for refusing to apologize for her Feb 4 comments regarding a congressman's allegation that President Felipe Calderon is an alcoholic. The firing stirred a debate over freedom of expression in Mexico and allegations that the government still holds sway over the media. Aristegui was reinstated on Feb 14.
    (AP, 2/9/11)(AP, 2/15/11)

2011        Feb 11, Pandora Media Inc., an Internet radio company, announced plans to go public and raise as much as $100 million from sale of stock.
    (SFC, 2/12/11, p.D1)

2011        Feb 16, The IBM computer named Watson beat two former Jeopardy champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, finishing a 3-day match at the TV quiz show.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.D4)

2011        Mar 9, NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday in the wake of comments by a fellow executive that angered conservatives and renewed calls to end federal funding for public broadcasting.
    (AP, 3/9/11)

2011        May 25, The final segment of Oprah Winfrey’s TV talk show, taped a day earlier, aired after a 25 year run.
    (SFC, 5/26/11, p.A8)

2011        May 27, Actor Jeff Conaway (60), best known for his roles in the movie "Grease" and the 1970s TV series "Taxi", died.
    (Reuters, 5/28/11)

2011        Jun 3, Actor James Arness (88) died at his home in Los Angeles. He played in some 50 films and TV movies and starred as Marshal Mat Dillon in the TV series “Gunsmoke," one of televisions longest running series.
    (SFC, 6/4/11, p.A4)

2011           Jun 5, In France, the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSL) announced that radio and TV stations would no longer be allowed to promote or recommend their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds on air, unless such sites are part of a news story. The decision, which was first issued quietly on May 27, has now attracted international media outrage thanks to the French bloggers who began writing about it yesterday.
            (AP, 6/6/11)

2011            Jun 6, Veteran CBS news reporter Scott Pelley made his debut as the new anchor of the CBS Evening News, a role he assumed after being chosen to replace Katie Couric.
            (AP, 6/6/11)

2011        Jun 8, Meredith Vieira ended her five year stint as co-host of the popular Today Show. The veteran newswoman is leaving television to spend more time with her husband, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Vieira is being replaced on Today by Ann Curry.
            (AP, 6/8/11)

2011        Jun 20, US comedy stunt television show "Jackass" lost one of its stars when Ryan Dunn (34), known for his death-defying and often car-related pranks, died in a car accident.
    (AFP, 6/20/11)

2011        Jun 23, Peter Falk (83), star of the TV detective series “Columbo" (1971-1977), died in his Beverly Hills, Calif., home.
    (AP, 6/25/11)

2011        Aug 22, John Howard Davies (72), a BAFTA award winning comedy director, died in Oxfordshire. He produced TV comedy classics including "Fawlty Towers" and the "Good Life." He won his first BAFTA for best director for the first series of "Monty Python's Flying Circus."
    (AFP, 8/23/11)

2011        Sep 11, In Australia Andy Whitfield (39), who played the title role in the hit cable series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010), died in Sydney of lymphoma cancer.
    (AP, 9/12/11)

2011        Oct 15, British actress Betty Driver (91) died. The much-loved actress had starred  for 42 years on "Coronation Street," Britain's longest-running television soap opera.
    (AFP, 10/16/11)

2011        Oct 25, China’s state media reported that China will replace popular television entertainment with so-called "healthy" programming, reflecting regulators' latest move to tighten media control.
    (AFP, 10/25/11)
2011        Oct 25, In India Sushil Kumar, a poor government clerk, became the first person to win $1 million in an Indian game show in India’s version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
    (SFC, 10/28/11, p.A6)

2011        Nov 4, Andy Rooney (b.1919), writer and "60 Minutes" commentator, died, only a month after delivering his 1,097th and final televised commentary. His books included "Their Conqueror's Peace: A Report to the American Stockholders" (1947), documenting offenses against the Germans by occupying forces.
    (AP, 11/5/11)
2011        Nov 4, Venezuela's broadcast regulatory agency announced more confiscations of equipment from radio stations suspected of operating without licenses, a day after seizures at three other stations.
    (AP, 11/4/11)

2011        Nov 20, In Israel officials and the "All for Peace" radio station operators said the government has ordered the shutdown of a dovish Israeli-Palestinian radio station. A shutdown order was issued last week. The West Bank station, which has been operating since 2004, said it would go to court in Israel to try to get back on the air.
    (AP, 11/20/11)

2011        Dec 4, Black Mirror, a British science fiction television anthology series, was released. It was created by Charlie Brooker and centered around dark and satirical themes that examine modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mirror)(Econ, 2/11/17, SR p.6)

2011        Dec 7, TV and film star Harry Morgan (b.1915 as Harry Bratsberg) died in Los Angeles. He had played Col. Sherman T. Potter in the sitcom MASH as well as Bill Gannon in Dragnet.
    (SFC, 12/8/11, p.A14)

2011        Dec 16, Veteran film and television actor Dan Frazer, best known for his role as Captain Frank McNeil on the 1970s television series "Kojak," died in Manhattan. His films include "Cleopatra Jones," ''Take the Money and Run" ''Gideon's Trumpet" and "Deconstructing Harry." Besides "Kojak," Frazer's television appearances include "Car 54, Where Are You," ''Route 66," ''Barney Miller" and "Law & Order."
    (AP, 12/18/11)

2011        Donna L. Halper authored “Boston Radio: 1920-2010."
2011        Twitch.tv, a website that streams live video directly to users’ computers, was founded. On Aug 25, 2014 Amazon.com announced that it would buy Twitch for $970 million.
    (Econ, 8/30/14, p.59)
2011        The TV show “RightThisMinute" began airing from Phoenix. It featured hosts presenting videos from the Internet that were expected to go viral.
    (SFC, 4/9/15, p.E6)

2012        Jan 8, The Consumer Electronics Show opened in Las Vegas. South Korea-based Samsung and LG introduced their new 55-inch organic light emitting diode (OLED) HDTVs.
    (SFC, 3/15/12, p.D2)

2012        Jan 26, Actor Robert Hegyes (60), best known for playing Juan Epstein on "Welcome Back Kotter, died of a heart attack. After "Kotter," Hegyes went on to co-star in "Cagney and Lacey" as Detective Manny Esposito. His other TV work included an episode of "The Love Boat," "NewsRadio" and "CHiPS."
    (AP, 1/27/12)

2012        Feb 10, In Jamaica Wilmot Perkins (80), a veteran journalist considered the island's "godfather of talk radio," died. He worked for more than 50 years in radio, launching his first program "What's your Grouse?" on RJR 94FM in 1960. He quit a couple years later to become a farmer but returned to radio in the 1970s, ultimately launching a show called "Perkins On Line" on Hot102 FM.
    (AP, 2/11/12)

2012        Feb 12, DogTV went live on Time Warner Cable and Cox Media. It was produced by Jasmine Group, an Israeli company, which hoped to charge a premium of $4.99 per month for the channel designed to keep dogs company.
    (SFC, 3/5/12, p.D3)

2012        Mar 4, ProFlowers of San Diego said it has suspended advertising on the Rush Limbaugh radio show, becoming the 7th advertiser in recent days to do so, due to his comments about Georgetown Univ. law student Sandra Fluke. He had called her a “slut" and a “prostitute" after she testified in support of health insurance that covers birth control for women. A day later the 4 more advertisers dropped his show.
    (SFC, 3/5/12, p.A8)(SFC, 3/6/12, p.A5)

2012        May 6, George Lindsey (83), TV actor, died in Nashville. He spent nearly 30 years as the grinning Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" (1964-1968) and "Hee Haw" (1971-1993). He played a jovial service station attendant on "Mayberry RFD" (1968-1971).
    (AP, 5/6/12)

2012        Jun 2, Richard Dawson (1932), British entertainer, died in Los Angeles. He hosted the TV game show “Family Feud" from 1976-1985 and was among the schemers in the 1960s sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes."
    (SFC, 6/4/12, p.A6)

2012        Jun 5, Pakistan US Embassy said the US has terminated funding for a $20 million project to develop a Pakistani version of "Sesame Street." The decision came as a Pakistani newspaper reported allegations of corruption by the local puppet theater working on the initiative.
    (AP, 6/5/12)

2012        Jul 3, Andy Griffith (86), TV actor, died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina. He was best known for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show" (1960 to 1968), and later for his role as a criminal defense lawyer on "Matlock" 1986 to 1995).
    (Reuters, 7/3/12)

2012        Jul 8, Ernest Borgnine (b.1917), American film and TV star, died. He created a variety of memorable characters in both movies and television and won the best-actor Oscar for his role as a lovesick butcher in "Marty" in 1955. He was also known as the Navy officer in the television series "McHale's Navy," which aired from 1962-66.
    (SFC, 7/9/12, p.C4)

2012        Jul 24, Chad Everett, the star of the 1970s TV series "Medical Center," died in LA. He also appeared in such films and TV shows as "Mulholland Drive" and "Melrose Place."
    (AFP, 7/24/12)
2012        Jul 24, Sherman Hemsley (b.1938), African-American actor best know for his role as George Jefferson, died in El Paso, Texas. He debuted as George Jefferson in 1973 in the “All in the Family" sitcom. From 1975-1985 he continued in “The Jeffersons." From 1986 to 1991 he played Deacon Ernest Frye in “Amen."
    (SFC, 7/25/12, p.C5)

2012        Aug 16, William Windom, TV actor, died at his home in Woodacre, Ca. He received an Emmy for best actor for his performance in “My World and Welcome to It" (1970), a program based on James Thurber’s humorous essays. He also appeared in over 50 episodes of “Murder She Wrote."
    (SFC, 8/21/12, p.C3)

2012        Aug 20, Comedian Phyllis Diller (95) died in her Los Angeles home. In 1966-67 she was the star of an ABC sitcom about a society family trying to stave off bankruptcy, "The Pruitts of Southampton." In 1968, she was host of a short-lived variety series, "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show." She also appeared in movies, including "Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number" (1966) and "Eight on the Lam" (1967) with Bob Hope.
    (AP, 8/20/12)

2012        Sep 23, The 2012 US Emmy Awards were presented.
    (SFC, 9/24/12, p.C1)(www.emmys.com)

2012        Nov 6, British actor Clive Dunn (b.1920), best known as a bumbling old butcher in the popular World War Two sitcom "Dad'    s Army" (1968-1970), died in Portugal.
    (AP, 11/7/12)

2012        Nov 23, Larry Hagman (b.1931), who created one of American television's most supreme villains in the conniving, amoral oilman J.R. Ewing of "Dallas" (1978-1991), died in Dallas.
    (AP, 11/24/12)

2012        Dec 13, The US CALM Act (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation), which limits the volume of TV commercials, went into effect.
    (AP, 12/12/12)

2012        Dec 14, Envoys from nearly 90 nations signed the first new UN telecommunications treaty since the Internet age, but the US and other Western nations refused to join after claiming it endorses greater government control over cyberspace. The Int’l. Telecommunications Union (ITU) has no technical powers to change how the Internet operates or force countries to follow its nonbinding accords.
    (AP, 12/14/12)

2012        Dec 20, In Puerto Rico Joe Ramos, president of WAPA TV, told reporters that the SuperXclusivo show will be taped two hours before it is broadcast. The announcement follows a recent outcry over comments that the controversial puppet, known as La Comay, made about a man who was brutally killed.
    (AP, 12/21/12)

2012        Dec 24, Jack Klugman (90), stage, film and TV actor, died in Los Angeles. He starred in “The Odd Couple" TV series (1970-1975) and in “Quincy, M.E." (1976-1983).
    (SFC, 12/25/12, p.A12)

2012        In Brazil the TV series "Avenida Brasil" began. It depicted life in a favela, sparking conversations about race and class, and grew to become one of the country's most successful soaps.
    (Econ, 4/18/20, p.63)
2012        In Lebanon the Beirut-based pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Mayadeen was launched. It was backed by Iran and Syria.
    (Econ, 2/14/15, p.41)
2012        In Somalia Access TV, a satellite service, was launched. By 2014 it had 100 channels on offer to 5,000 subscribers with customers paying $8 per month.
    (SFC, 8/20/14, p.A4)

2013        Jan 1, Michael Cronan (b.1951), graphic designer, died in Berkeley, Ca. He was best know for christening TiVo, the digital TV recorder, and Kindle, Amazon’s portable reading device.
    (SSFC, 1/6/13, p.C3)

2013        Jan 2, Al Jazeera said it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar-based broadcaster's footprint in the United States.
    (Reuters, 1/3/13)

2013        Feb 1, The American TV series “House of Cards" premiered on Netflix.
    (Econ, 2/2/13, p.52)

2013        Feb 21, Ray Cusick (84), BBC designer, died. He created the Daleks, mutant monsters in sinister shells, for the “Doctor Who" TV series.
    (Econ, 3/2/13, p.90)

2013        Feb 22, Zimbabwe media freedom campaigners said police are breaking the law by seizing and banning small radio receivers that can tune in to stations not linked to the state broadcasting monopoly controlled by President Robert Mugabe's party.
    (AP, 2/22/13)

2013        Mar 7, Gogglebox, a British reality show, began airing on Channel 4. The show featured recurring couples, families and friends from around Britain sitting in their homes watching weekly British television shows.

2013        Mar, The Nielsen Co. started labeling people who have stopped using traditional TV service in their homes as "Zero TV" households, because they fall outside the traditional definition of a TV home. These people were watching shows and movies on the Internet. There were now 5 million of these residences in the US, up from 2 million in 2007.
    (AP, 4/8/13)

2013        Apr 4, Roger Ebert (b.1942), film critic, died in Chicago. In 1986 he teamed with Gene Siskel (1946-1999) for a TV series named Siskel and Ebert and The Movies. The title of the show was shortened to simply Siskel and Ebert in mid-1987.
    (http://tinyurl.com/cgfqk6o)(SFC, 4/5/13, p.D7)

2013        Apr 8, Annette Funicello (70), one of the original 24 Mouseketeers, died in Bakersfield, Ca., from complications of multiple schlerosis.
    (SFC, 4/9/13, p.C4)

2013        May 31, Jean Stapleton (b.1923), the actress who played the TV sitcom “All In the Family" wife of Archie Bunker, died in NYC. Her films included “Eleanor, First Lady of the World" (1982).
    (SSFC, 6/2/13, p.A16)

2013        Jun 12, Greece's conservative-led government was facing a political crisis after its decision to shut down state-run TV and radio as part of spending cuts triggered a wave of strikes and fierce opposition from within the coalition government. The executive order to close ERT must be ratified by parliament within three months but is faced failure if not backed by all the coalition's members.
    (AP, 6/12/13)

2013        Jun 18, State TV channels in Greece remained off-air as the political storm over the future of public broadcaster ERT raged on.
    (AP, 6/18/13)

2013        Jun 19, James Gandolfini (b.1961), Emmy-winning lead star of the HBO TV series “The Sopranos," died in Italy of a heart attack.
    (SFC, 6/20/13, p.A6)

2013        Jun 28, Cambodia’s Ministry of Information said all radio stations must be neutral in their coverage before the election and not carry reports on foreigners playing any role in the election. Stations must also suspend broadcasting Khmer-language programs by foreign media.
    (Reuters, 6/28/13)

2013        Jul 4, Robert Herring, a circuit board millionaire, launched One America News Network (OANN), a far-right cable channel.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_America_News_Network)(Econ., 8/8/20, p.25)

2013        Jul 19, Zimbabwe's first independent television station, 1st TV, said it is going on air to challenge the 30-year state broadcasting monopoly controlled by President Robert Mugabe. The station is a satellite feed from outside Zimbabwe using a free network received by an estimated 700,000 homes across the nation.
    (AP, 7/19/13)

2013        Jul 22, American TV and film actor Dennis Farina (69) died in Scottsdale, Arizona. His films included “Manhunter" (1986), “"Midnight Run" (1988), “Saving Private Ryan" (1998), “Out of Sight" (1998) and “Get Shorty" (1995). From 2004-2006 he played Detective Joe Fontana on the TV show “Law & Order."
    (SFC, 7/23/13, p.C3)

2013        Jul 31, Michael Ansara (b.1922), Syria-born American film and TV actor, died. He became a star in the 1950s on the ABC TV show “Broken Arrow" (1956-1958) in a fictionalized role as Apache chief Cochise. His films included “The Ten Commandments" (1956), “The Robe" (1953) and “Harum Scarum" (1965).   
    (SSFC, 8/4/13, p.C12)

2013        Aug 20, The Al Jazeera America news program “America Tonight" was launched from NYC. Executives were informed that AT&T’s U-verse pay-TV system was dropping the network. A breech of contract suit was quickly filed.
    (SFC, 8/20/13, p.A6)(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A12)

2013        Aug 21, Greece's new state television channel began airing news programs, more than two months after the government's abrupt closure of state broadcaster ERT drew international condemnation and triggered an acute political crisis.
    (AP, 8/21/13)

2013        Oct 31, In Britain television cameras were allowed into one of the highest courts for the first time, hailed as a landmark move towards open justice while still protecting the rights of vulnerable witnesses.
    (AFP, 10/31/13)

2013        Dec 22, Louisiana’s Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said the “Duck Dynasty" reality TV show is important to state tourism and that he could connect the Robertson family to new producers if they cannot reach an agreement with the A&E network. Patriarch Phil Robertson was suspended last week for telling GQ magazine that gays are sinners akin to adulterers and swindlers.
    (SFC, 12/23/13, p.A7)

2013        Dec 27, The A&E channel said it is reversing its decision to drop “Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson from the show set in Louisiana for his remarks on gays.
    (SFC, 12/28/13, p.A7)

2013        Dec 31, James Avery, the father figure in the TV sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990-1996), died in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 1/2/14, p.D5)

2013        "Parts Unknown," hosted by Anthony Bourdain (1957-2018), began airing on CNN. Each trip was an adventure, part travelogue, part history lesson, part love letter to exotic foods. There had been nothing quite like it on the staid news network, and it became an immediate hit.
    (AP, 6/8/18)

2014        Jan 15, British actor Roger Lloyd-Pack (69), best known for playing dim-witted street-sweeper Trigger on the sitcom "Only Fools and Horses" (1981-1991), died at his home in London.
    (AP, 1/16/14)

2014        Jan 16, American actor Russell Johnson (89), best known for his role a the Professor on “Gilligan’s Island" (1964-1967), died at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington state.
    (SFC, 1/17/14, p.D5)

2014        Feb 12, It was reported that Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45.2 billion in stock or $158.82 per TWC share, which closed at $135.31.
    (SFC, 2/13/14, p.A13)
2014        Feb 12, Sid Caesar (b.1922), former TV comedian, died at his home in Beverly Hills. His “Your Show of Shows" dominated the Saturday viewing habits of millions of Americans from 1950-1954.
    (SFC, 2/13/14, p.A8)

2014        Feb 13, Ralph Waite (85), actor, died. He played the patriarch in the TV series “The Waltons" (1972-1981).
    (SSFC, 2/16/14, p.C14)

2014        Feb 25, Jim Lange (1932), former TV game host, died in Mill Valley, Ca. His shows included “The Dating Game" (1965-1978), “Hollywood Connection," “$100,000 Name That Tune" and “The Newlywed Game."
    (SFC, 2/28/14, p.D2)

2014        Mar 6, Sheila MacRae (92), Broadway and TV star, died. She was best known for playing Alice Kramden to Jackie Gleason’s Ralph on the Jackie Gleason Show (1966-1970).
    (SSFC, 3/9/14, p.C12)

2014        Mar 30, British actress Kate O'Mara (74), best known for her role in the 1980s soap opera "Dynasty," died in a nursing home in southern England after a short illness.
    (AFP, 3/30/14)

2014        Apr 7, Latvia said it is joining Lithuania in banning Russian state TV broadcasts because it found that several programs about the Ukraine crisis were tendentious and not in the Baltic nation's security interests. A three-month suspension of RTR Rossiya broadcasts will begin April 8.
    (AP, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, In Rwanda Cassien Ntamuhanga, head of a Christian radio station, disappeared in Kigali without a trace after a ceremony commemorating the 1994 genocide.
    (AFP, 4/9/14)

2014        Apr 22, The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case involving Aereo, a US internet streaming service that picks up signals of free-to-air TV channels for its subscribers.
    (Econ, 4/26/14, p.65)

2014        Apr 26, In China a spokeswoman for a leading online video site, Youku, said it has received notification not to show sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," political and legal drama "The Good Wife," crime drama "NCIS" and legal drama "The Practice."
    (AP, 4/27/14)

2014        May 2, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (b.1918), American TV star, died at his home in Solvang, Ca. He had starred in “77 Sunset Strip (1958-1964) and “The F.B.I." (1965-1974).
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A7)

2014        May 19, AT&T Inc. said it would buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion in cash and stock, or $95 per share. The deal faced unique regulatory scrutiny from the FCC and Department of Justice.
    (AP, 5/19/14)

2014        Jul 19, American TV and film actor James Garner (86) died in Los Angeles. His whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance."
    (AP, 7/20/14)

2014        Aug 19, Ukraine said it has blocked 14 Russian television channels from its cable networks to stop them spreading war propaganda.
    (Reuters, 8/19/14)

2014        Aug 25, At the annual Emmys in LA popular British detective series "Sherlock" picked up three awards, while hit drama "Breaking Bad" was the big winner of the night.
    (AFP, 8/26/14)

2014        Sep 4, Joan Rivers (81), award winning comedienne, died in New York. The caustic stand-up comic and television host had blazed a trail at a time when comedy was all but off-limits to women.
    (AFP, 9/4/14)

2014        Aug 30, Andrew McLaglen (b.1020), American film director, died in Friday Harbor, Wa. His work included numerous TV Westerns such as “Gunsmoke," “Have Gun - Will Travel," and Rawhide. His films included “Man in the Vault" (1956), “Gun the Man Down" (1956), “McLintock!" (1963), “Shenandohah" (1965), “The Rare Breed" (1966), “The Way West" (1967), “Wild Geese" (1978) and “Sahara (1983).
    (SFC, 9/5/14, p.D4)

2014        Nov 3, In Massachusetts Tom Magliozzi (b.1937), the elder brother of NPR’s “Car Talk" brothers, died. Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, began their radio show on WBUR, Boston’s NPR affiliate, in 1977 and went national in 1987. They stopped taping live in 2012.
    (SFC, 11/4/14, p.C3)

2014        Dec 26, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty quoted the director of its Azerbaijani service saying that the office has been locked down since early today by prosecutors and armed police.
    (AP, 12/26/14)

2014        Gabriel Sherman authored “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country."
    (SSFC, 2/2/14, p.F1)

2015        Jan 1, Donna Douglass (b.1932), TV actress, died in Baton Rouge, La. She played Elly May Clampett in the “The Beverly Hillbillies" sitcom which aired from 1962-1971.
    (SFC, 1/3/15, p.A6)
2015        Jan 1, South Korea-based Samsung Electronics said it will release smart televisions equipped with its new platform built around the Tizen operating system this year, as it seeks to lower its reliance on Google.
    (AFP, 1/1/15)

2015        Feb 2, In Bahrain the new Alarab television news channel backed by a billionaire Saudi prince was suspended from broadcasting, just hours after it went on air and carried an interview with prominent opposition activist Khalil al-Marzooq.
    (AP, 2/2/15)

2015        Feb 27, Leonard Nimoy (83), who played the half-Vulcan character of Dr. Spock on the TV series “Star Trek" (1966-1968), died in Los Angeles. His 1975 autobiography was titled “I Am Not Spock." His revisionist sequel titled “I Am Spock" was published in 1995.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_Spock)(SFC, 2/28/15, p.C6)

2015        Mar 16, In Mexico Carmen Aristegui, the crusading host of a top-rated national news radio program, was reported fired in a case that many fear is a blow to freedom of expression. MVS Radio said Aristegui was fired for challenging the firing of reporters who had misused the company's name by linking it to a website meant to collect leaks of government information. In November, 2014, her team broke the story of that Pres. Pena Nieto’s wife was buying a $7 million mansion mortgaged to her by a government preferred contractor.
    (AP, 3/16/15)(Econ., 3/21/15, p.30)

2015        Mar 19, In France employees at Radio France went on strike to protest a cut in public subsidy and an attempt to control Radio /France’s deficit.
    (Econ., 4/11/15, p.50)

2015        Mar 31, Crimea's independent television station ATR went off air at midnight after Russian authorities repeatedly refused to give it a broadcasting license.
    (AP, 4/1/15)

2015        Apr 9, In France hackers purporting to be supporters of Islamic State knocked out channels belonging to public television station TV5Monde and posted material on its social media feeds to protest French military action in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 4/9/15)

2015        May 20, David Letterman hosted his final edition of CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman," after 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts.
    (SFC, 5/21/15, p.A12)

2015        Jun 23, Dick Van Patten, TV actor, died in Santa Monica, Ca. In 1949 he began a seven year run on the CBS comedy series “Mama." From 1977 to 1981 he played Tom Bradford, the father in the ABC series “Eight Is Enough."
    (SFC, 6/24/15, p.D7)

2015        Jun 25, Univision said it is dropping the Miss USA pageant and cutting all business ties with US presidential candidate Donald Trump following recent statements made by Trump about Mexican immigrants. In response Trump sued Univision for $500 million for breach of contract.
    (SFC, 6/26/15, p.A14)(SFC, 7/2/15, p.A7)
2015        Jun 25, Patrick Macnee (b.1922)), British-born actor, died in Rancho Mirage, Ca. He was known as secret agent John Steed in the TV series “The Avengers." The spy drama began in Britain in  1961 and debuted in the US in 1966.
    (SFC, 6/26/15, p.D5)

2015        Jun 26, SiriusXM, a satellite radio provider, announced that it would pay $210 million to the major record companies over its broadcasting of songs made before 1972.
    (SFC, 6/29/15, p.D1)

2015        Jun 29, NBC said it is cutting ties with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. Macy’s soon followed to end its ties with Trump.
    (SFC, 6/30/15, p.A5)(SFC, 7/2/15, p.A7)

2015        Jul 2, Jacobo Zabludovsky (87), Mexico's longest-serving TV anchor, died. He was frequently criticized for overwhelmingly pro-government coverage.
    (AP, 7/2/15)

2015        Jul 14, Nigeria's Ministry of Information announced that it had "successfully jammed the signals" of Radio Biafra, because it is unlicensed. The station dedicated to creating a breakaway state for the Igbo people remained on the airwaves.
    (AP, 7/16/15)

2015        Jul 23, The European Union launched an antitrust case against six major US movie studios and British satellite broadcaster Sky UK, in a move that could profoundly shake up the highly lucrative pay-television market in Europe.
    (AP, 7/23/15)

2015        Sep 19, In Florida Spanish-language TV host Don Francisco, aka Mario Kreutzberger, ended a 53-year career, offering a last, emotional show on Sábado Gigante in which President Barack Obama and his wife praised him by video and a constellation of Latin American pop stars thanked him for advancing their careers.
    (AP, 9/20/15)

2015        Sep 17, Everett Parker (b.1913), a minister who used the communication office of the United Church of Christ as a platform for spearheading reforms in broadcasting in the 1960s and 1970s, died in White Plains, NY.
    (SFC, 9/21/15, p.A5)

2015        Oct 6, Kevin Corcoran (1949), Disney child actor, died in Burbank. He played Moochie in the “Spin and Marty" seriels on the “Mickey Mouse Club" and Arliss Coates in the move “Old Yeller" (1957).
    (SFC, 10/9/15, p.D2)

2015        Nov 7, Donald Trump spent 90 minutes in the "SNL" spotlight followed weeks of growing anticipation, increasingly sharp criticism and mounting calls for him to be dropped from the show. Until this evening, just eight politicians had served as guest hosts in the NBC sketch comedy series' 40 years.
    (AP, 11/8/15)

2015        Nov 28, Actress Marjorie Lord (b.1918), the TV wife (1957-1964) of Danny Thomas, died at her home in Beverly Hills.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_Lord)(SFC, 12/16/15, p.D5)

2015        Dec 18, Cuban President Raul Castro urged the US government to halt radio and television broadcasts aimed at the island and other programs that Cuba considers harmful.
    (AP, 12/18/15)

2015        Dec 31, Wayne Rogers, TV actor who played Trapper John on MASH (1972-1975), died in Los Angeles from complications of pneumonia.
    (SFC, 1/2/16, p.A7)

2016        Jan 7, Poland's President Andrzej Duda signed a temporary new law that's a step toward giving the government full control of state radio and television. It will expire June 30. By then, a sweeping new law intended to overhaul the state-run broadcasters and the PAP news agency was expected to be in place.
    (AP, 1/7/16)

2016        Jan 26, Abe Vigoda, TV character actor, died in New Jersey. He played the elderly detective Phil Fish in the “Barney Miller" TV series (1975-1982).
    (SFC, 1/27/16, p.D7)

2016        Mar 18, A German federal court ruled that a levy charged to every household to finance public broadcasters, regardless of whether it has a radio or television, is constitutional. The current system under which households pay a monthly levy of 17.50 euros ($19.72) was introduced in 2013.
    (AP, 3/18/16)

2016        Mar 24, Earl Hammer Jr. (b.1923), the creator of the Waltons’ TV show (1972-1981), died in Los Angeles.
    (SSFC, 3/27/16, p.C13)

2016        Mar 31, British actor Douglas Wilmer (96) died in Ipswich. He played detective Sherlock Holmes in a television series (1964-1965) in the TV movie "The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother" (1975).
    (AP, 4/2/16)

2016        Apr 20, Joanie Laurer (46), a professional wrestler and reality-TV star known as Chyna, was found dead at her home in Redondo Beach.
    (SFC, 4/22/16, p.D2)

2016        May 19, Alan Young (b.1919), an English-born actor who played the owner of the talking horse “Mr. Ed" (1961-1966), died in Woodland Hills, Ca.
    (SSFC, 5/22/16, p.C12)

2016        Jul 3, Noel Neill (b.1920), film and TV actress who played Lois Lane in the “Superman" movie serials and on TV, died at her home in Tucson.
    (SFC, 7/6/16, p.D6)

2016         Jul 24, Iran destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers as part of a widespread crackdown against the illegal devices that authorities say are morally damaging. General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of Iran's Basij militia, warned of the impact that satellite television was having in the conservative country. 70% of Iranians violate the 1994 law and own satellite dishes which can gather television programming worldwide.
    (AFP, 7/24/16)(https://tinyurl.com/ybttvudh)

2016        Sep 2, The Greek government said only two of the country's seven private TV stations survived a landmark license auction that raised 246 million euros ($275 million) for the cash strapped left-wing government. The new licenses will take effect in 90 days, but the government faced multiple legal challenges.
    (AP, 9/2/16)

2016        Sep 30, Trinh Thi Ngo (b.1931), aka “Hanoi Hannah," broadcaster for the Voice of Vietnam, died in Ho Chi Minh City.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanoi_Hannah)(Econ, 10/15/16, p.90)

2016        Oct 22, AT&T unveiled a mega-deal for Time Warner that would transform the telecom giant into a media-entertainment powerhouse positioned for a sector facing major technology changes. The stock-and-cash deal was valued at $108.7 billion including debt, and gives a value of $84.5 billion to Time Warner.
    (AFP, 10/23/16)(Econ, 10/29/16, p.55)

2016        Nov 4, China's Dalian Wanda Group said it has added another entertainment trophy to its stable of overseas acquisitions, paying $1 billion for Dick Clark Productions, the TV company that produces the Golden Globes and the "Miss America" pageant.
    (AP, 11/4/16)

2016        Nov 14, Gwen Ifill (b.1955), PBS journalist, died of cancer. She and Judy Woodruff were named co-anchors of the PBS “NewsHour" in 2013.
    (SFC, 11/15/16, p.A9)

2016        Nov 28, Grant Tinker (90), founder of MTM Enterprises and former head of NBC, died at his home in Los Angeles. His productions included “The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-1977) featuring his wife Mary Tyler Moore.
    (SFC, 12/1/16, p.D8)
2016        Nov 28, Van Williams (b.1934), TV actor best known for his role as the Green Hornet (1966-1967), died in Scottsdale, Az.
    (SFC, 12/7/16, p.D6)

2016        Dec 13, Alan Thicke, TV host, writer, composer and actor, died in Los Angeles. He was best known for his role in the TV series “Growing Pains" (1985-1992). He composed the theme songs for the popular TV shows “The Wheel of Fortune," “The Facts of Life," and Diff’rent Strokes."
    (SFC, 12/14/16, p.A5)

2016        Dec 30, Central China Television (CCTV) unveiled several new mobile apps under the China Global Television Network (CGTN) brand, and visitors to CCTV's non-Chinese language websites were directed to a new http://www.cgtn.com site. The broadcaster says it made the move to "integrate resources and to adapt to the trend of media convergence," with foreign language channels, video content and digital media falling under the new group.
    (AP, 12/31/16)

2016        Dec 31, In southern California “MASH" actor William Christopher (84) died in Pasadena. He played the role of Father Francis Mulcahy on the TV series.
    (SFC, 1/2/17, p.A4)

2017        Jan 11, Norway began shutting off FM radio signals and planned to have all of its radio networks only on Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) by the end of the year.
    (SFC, 1/11/17, p.A4)

2017        Jan 25, Mary Tyler Moore (80), star of 1970s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," died at her home in Greenwich, Conn.
    (SFC, 1/26/17, p.A1)

2017        Jan 26, Mike Connors (b.1925), TV and film actor, died in in Los Angeles. He starred as a hard-hitting private eye on the TV series “Mannix" (1967-1975).
    (SFC, 1/27/17, p.A6)
2017        Jan 26, Barbara Hale (b.1922), the loyal secretary of Perry Mason, died at home in Los Angeles. She played Della Street in the TV series that ran from 1957-1966.
    (SSFC, 1/29/17, p.A10)

2017        Feb 7, Richard Hatch (b.1945), former star of the TV series “Battleship Galactica" (1978-1979), died in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 2/9/17, p.D3)

2017        Feb 26, Joseph Wapner, the California judge who presided over the TV hit “The people’s Court" (1981-1993) died at his home in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 2/27/17, p.D3)

2017        Mar 8, Britain's BBC announced it is ending its shortwave transmissions from Thailand after 20 years of operation because it failed to reach agreement with Thailand's military government on a renewal of its operating permit.
    (AP, 3/8/17)

2017        Mar 20, Chuck Barris (b.1929), a popular game show creator and producer, died at his home in Palisades, NY. His creations included “the Dating Game" (1965-1973) and “The Gong Show" (1976-1978). He penned the song “Palisades Park," which was turned into a 1962 hit by Freddie Canon. He also wrote included “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," a spy comedy that was tuned into a film (1962).
    (SFC, 3/24/17, p.D4)

2017        Mar 31, Belarus police searched the offices of a Polish satellite TV channel that has given extensive coverage to a recent wave of anti-government protests.
    (AP, 3/31/17)

2017        Mar, The Chinese TV show “In the Name of the People," a 55-part series about China’s battle against corruption, began broadcasting.
    (Econ 5/13/17, p.68)

2017        Apr 2, It was reported that an investigation by the NY Times found five women who have received payouts from either Bill O’Reilly or Fox News that totaled about $13 million.
    (SSFC, 4/2/17, p.A5)

2017        Apr 19, 21st Century Fox, the parent of Fox News Channel, fired Bill O’Reilly following an investigation into harassment allegations. In 2015 his show had generated $178 million in advertising revenue.
    (SFC, 4/20/17, p.A8)

2017        Apr 22, US actress Erin Moran (56) died in Corydon, Indiana. She played the mischievous kid sister Joanie on the sitcom "Happy Days" (1974-1984) and its spin-off "Joanie Loves Chachi" (1982-1983).
    (AFP, 4/23/17)

2017        May 8, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest US owner of US TV stations (173), announced that it will pay about $3.9 billion for Tribune Media and its 42 TV stations. This will make Sinclair the America’s dominant owner of local TV stations.
    (SFC, 5/9/17, p.D4)(Econ 5/13/17, p.58)

2017        May 18, Roger Ailes (b.1940), American media guru, died in Palm Beach, Fl., following a fall at his home on May 10. In 1996 the former GOP operative accepted an offer from Rupert Murdoch to build the Fox News Channel to compete with CNN.
    (SFC, 5/19/17, p.A6)

2017        Jun 9, Adam West (b.1928), the American actor who portrayed Batman in the TV series (1966-1968), died in Los Angeles.
    (SSFC, 6/11/17, p.C2)

2017        Jun 14, San Francisco’s public TV and radio station KQED saw its online radio stream knocked off for more than 12 hours starting late today in an apparent hacking attack.
    (SFC, 6/17/17, p.D1)

2017        Jun 15, Bill Dana (b.1924), comedian and comedy writer, died at his home in Nashville. In 1959 he presented his comic character Jose Jimenez for the first time on “The Steve Allen Show." The “Bill Dana Show," on which he played Jose as a hotel bellhop, aired on NBC from 1963-1965.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.D8)

2017        Jun 17, In China nearly 10,000 young people packed a theater by the Huangpu River in Shanghai to watch a singing hologram by virtual reality singer Luo Tianyi. More than 1  million people watched the performance on AcFun, a video streaming service. Five days after the concert China’s television and film watchdog asked local authorities to shut down the video and audio streaming services on AcFun and Sina Weibo.
    (Econ 7/1/17, p.38)

2017        Jul 19, Britain’s publicly funded BBC was forced to publish the names and salaries of its highest-earning actors and presenters, unleashing a national debate about fame, gender, race and the use of taxpayers' money. The list showed that the BBC pays 96 on-air personalities at least 150,000 pounds ($195,000) a year, more than Britain's PM.
    (AP, 7/19/17)

2017        Jul 31, Discovery, a cable network group, agreed to buy Scripps Networks Interactive, owner of the Food Network, HGTV and other channels, in a $14.6 billion deal.
    (Econ, 8/5/17, p.48)

2017        Aug 15, The BBC said an Iranian court order has frozen the local assets of over 150 people associated with the BBC's Farsi-language service, the latest effort by Tehran to crack down on the service's popular newscasts.
    (AP, 8/15/17)

2017        Sep 17, “The Vietnam War," a 10-part, 17-and-a-quarter-hour American television documentary series about the Vietnam War, premiered its first episode on PBS. It was written by Geoffrey C. Ward and directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The series was narrated by Peter Coyote.

2017        Sep 25, Liz Dawn 977), the actress who played tart-tongued Vera Duckworth in the British soap opera "Coronation Street" from 1974 to 2008, died. The TV show has charted the goings-on in the fictional northern England community of Weatherfield since 1960 with a blend of dramatic story-lines and down-to-earth humor.
    (AP, 9/26/17)   

2017        Sep 28, Shares of Roku, a Los Gatos, Ca., maker of streaming video players, soared form $14 to $23.50 in its IPO raising $219 million.
    (SFC, 9/29/17, p.C1)

2017        Sep 30, Monty Hall (96), an American TV icon who hosted the long running game show "Let's Make a Deal," died at his home in Beverly Hills. Canadian-born Hall co-created "Let's Make a Deal" in 1963 and hosted it for more than 20 years.
    (AFP, 10/1/17)

2017        Oct 24, Robert Guillaume (b.1927), American stage and TV star, died at home in Los Angeles. He played the sharp-tongued butler in “Soap" (1977-1979) and “Benson" (1979-1986).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Guillaume)(SFC, 10/25/17, p.A6)

2017        Nov 10, In Sweden some listeners to commercial radio station Mix Megapol heard 30 minutes of an Islamic State propaganda song after hackers took over the station's frequency.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)

2017        Nov 20, In NYC Kenneth Branagh won the International Emmy for Best Actor, while Anna Friel won the Best Actress trophy at the 2017 International Emmy Awards gala.
    (AP, 11/21/17)

2017        Nov 21, CBS News and PBS cut ties to media figure Charlie Rose less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct.
    (SFC, 11/22/17, p.A6)

2017        Nov 29, NBC fired Matt Lauer, the co-host of the “Today," program over allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Lauer had  $25 million a year salary.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A8)

2017        Nov 30, Jim Nabors (b.1930), star of the TV comedy series “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (1964-1969), died at his home in Hawaii.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A8)

2017        Dec 14, Walt Disney Co. said it had reached a deal with Murdoch to buy 21st Century Fox, including its 39 percent stake in pay-TV giant Sky, for $52.4 billion (44.3 billion euros).
    (AP, 12/14/17)

2017        In China "Rock and Roast," a TV show starring amateur comics, began.
    (Econ., 1/9/21, p.35)

2018        Jan 4, It was reported that Turkey's broadcasting watchdog has fined a TV station nearly one million lira ($266,000) over footage of young girls dancing in shorts in a talent competition after viewers complained of "child abuse".
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)

2018        Jan 18, Longtime British television and stage star Peter Wyngarde (90), best known for his role as the detective Jason King in the 1970s, died in London.
    (AP,  1/18/18)

2018        Jan 19, Pakistani authorities closed down the offices of Radio Mashaal, a US government funded radio station, saying that it portrayed the country as a “hub of terrorism" and “a failed state."
    (SFC, 1/20/18, p.A2)

2018        Jan 24, US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty urged Pakistan to allow it to resume operations, saying officials closed its news bureau in Islamabad and accused its radio service of acting against Pakistan's interests.
    (Reuters, 1/24/18)

2018        Feb 1, A Kenyan court suspended a government shutdown of three TV channels that was prompted by their coverage of opposition leader Raila Odinga's symbolic presidential inauguration this week, one of the channels reported.
    (Reuters, 2/1/18)

2018        Feb 2, Kenya's three leading TV stations were off the air for a fourth day as police prevented the delivery of a court order to restore their transmissions after they tried to broadcast opposition leader Raila Odinga swearing himself in as "the people's president".
    (AP, 2/2/18)

2018        Feb 5, Two Kenyan television channels shut down by the government over their coverage of the political opposition resumed partial broadcasting, although a third channel remained off the air. Police teargassed demonstrators demanding the stations reopen as they tried to march on government offices.
    (Reuters, 2/5/18)

2018        Feb 8, In Kenya Citizen TV, the last of three television stations shut down by the government last week, resumed transmission.
    (Reuters, 2/8/18)

2018        Feb 9, In the Maldives privately owned television station Rajje TV, which highlights the views of the political opposition, said it has gone off the air because of threats during the country's current state of emergency.
    (AP, 2/9/18)

2018        Feb 27, Egypt's state media body called on officials and the "elite" to boycott the BBC after it broadcast a report on the repression of dissent under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that addressed torture and forced disappearances.
    (AP, 2/27/18)

2018        Mar 3, Film and TV actor David Ogden Stiers (75) died at his home in Oregon. He was best known for his portrayal of Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III in 1981-1982 on the “MASH" sitcom.
    (SSFC, 3/4/18, p.A13)

2018        Mar 4, Swiss voters handily rejected a proposal brought by free-market advocates to end mandatory fees to finance publicly supported TV and radio programming.
    (AP, 3/4/18)

2018        Mar 9, South Sudan said it is suspending the UN’s Radio Miraya station for allegedly refusing to comply with the country's media laws. The government may not be able to take the station off the air because the transmitter is on the UN base in Juba.
    (AP, 3/9/18)

2018        Apr 1, Emmy-winning television writer and producer Steven Bochco (b.1943) died of cancer in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He had produced "Hill Street Blues" (1981) and "L.A. Law" for NBC and "NYPD Blue" (1993) for ABC.
    (SFC, 4/2/18, p.C2)

2018        Apr 17, Carl Kasell (84), long time NPR news personality died in Potomac, Md. From 1998 to 2014 he worked as the "offical judge and scorekeeper" on the satirical quiz show "Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me."
    (SFC, 4/19/18, p.D2)

2018        May 3, CBS News anchor Charlie rose was fired after more than two dozen women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations.
    (SFC, 5/4/18, p.A5)

2018        May 21, American TV and film actor Clint Walker died in Grass Valley, Ca. He was best known for the lead role in the "Cheyenne" TV series (1955-1963). His films included "Fort Dobbs" (1958) and "The Dirty Dozen " (1967).
    (SFC, 5/23/18, p.A12)

2018        May 29, ABC TV cancelled its hit sitcom "Roseanne" hours after Roseanne Barr posted a tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to Pres. Obama, that said if: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj."
    (SFC, 5/30/18, p.E1)

2018        Jun 11, A US government-affiliated broadcaster (Radio Free Asia) that provides news to countries in Asia where freedom of information is restricted lost its local partner in Myanmar after refusing demands that it stop using the term "Rohingya" to describe an oppressed Muslim minority.
    (AP, 6/11/18)

2018        Jun 14, AT&T said it has completed its $81 billion takeover of Time Warner.
    (SFC, 6/15/18, p.C1)

2018        Aug 24, Robin Leach (b.1941), British-born TV host of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" (1984-1995), died in Las Vegas.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ybb2tmo8)(SSFC, 8/26/18, p.C1)

2018        Sep 2, A Russian state-owned television channel began a new weekly current affairs program devoted to President Vladimir Putin. The first episode of "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin." aired this evening, stressing the Russian president's work to address various crises and stay in touch with ordinary Russians.
    (AP, 9/3/18)

2018        Aug 29, Stan Brock (b.1936), former British cowboy and cohost of the long-running "Wild Kingdom" TV show, died in Rockford, Tenn., at the offices of the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic service, which he had founded in 1985.
    (SFC, 9/7/18, p.D5)

2018        Sep 6, Thad Mumford (b.1951), EmmyAward-winning African-American writer and producer for "M.A.S.H." and other hit television shows, died in Silver spring, Md.
    (SFC, 9/20/18, p.D2)

2018        Sep 22, US cable giant Comcast outbid Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox in a blind auction for the European TV operator Sky that all but settled a titanic battle between the two media empires. Comcast offered to pay £30.4 billion ($39.7 billion, 33.8 billion euros). Fox's highest offer was worth £27.6 billion.
    (AFP, 9/23/18)

2018        Oct 27, Pakistan's top court reinstated a ban on the broadcast of Indian TV content following a petition from local producers.
    (AP, 10/28/18)

2018        Dec 17, Penny Marshall (b.1943), co-star of the "Laverne and Shirley" sitcom (1976-1983), died at her home in Los Angeles. Following the sitcom whe went on to direct such films as "A League of Their Own" (1992), "Renaissance Man" (1994), "The Preacher's Wife" (1996) and "Riding in Cars With Boys" (2001).
    (SFC, 12/19/18, p.C3)(SFC, 12/21/18, p.E2)

2018        Dec 26, Sister Wendy Beckett (b.1930), a nun who became a BBC art critic star (1991-1996), died in East Harling, England. Her work included 15 books on art and religion and another ten of poetry and meditations.
    (SFC, 12/27/18, p.C4)

2019        Jan 2, It was reported that Netflix has removed an episode of a satirical comedy show from its service in Saudi Arabia over its criticism of the kingdom, following a legal request by officials in Riyadh.
    (AFP, 1/2/19)
2019        Jan 2, DR Congo said it had pulled accreditation for Florence Morice, a French radio journalist, and cut off the broadcasts of Radio France Internationale (RFI) amid tensions over the counting of votes in crucial elections.
    (AFP, 1/2/19)

2019        Jan 21, Kaye Ballard (b.1925), American comic actress, died at her home in Rancho Mirage, Ca. She and Eve Arden played a pair of meddling mothers in the 1967 NBC sitcom "The Mothers-in-Law." The series lasted two seasons.
    (SFC, 1/25/19, p.C4)

2019        Jan 31, Russian news agencies reported that the state communications regulator said that the BBC World News channel had committed "certain violations" while operating in Russia.
    (Reuters, 1/31/19)
2019        Jan 31, South Africa's cash-strapped public broadcaster (SABC) announced it would drop plans to lay off a third of its full-time employees as it looks for other savings to cut mounting debts.
    (AFP, 1/31/19)

2019        Mar 3, Authorities in Saudi Arabia suspended a new television talk show that tackled sensitive issues and aired critical views after just two weeks.
    (AP, 3/4/19)

2019        Mar 4, American actor Luke Perry (52) died in Los Angeles following a massive stroke last week. He had played the wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990-2000).
    (SFC, 3/5/19, p.A10)
2019        Mar 4, Zambia’s broadcasting regulator ordered a one-month suspension of a TV channel that has been critical of the government, just days after the governing party accused the station of bias and unprofessionalism. Prime TV has openly condemned the government of President Edgar Lungu.
    (AFP, 3/4/19)

2019        Mar 6, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu designated Al-Aqsa television channel of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas a "terrorist organization".
    (AFP, 3/6/19)

2019        Mar 29, Burundi banned the BBC and indefinitely suspended Voice of America, moves that campaigners and the international broadcasters described as a blow to press freedom. Burundi's regulator also banned journalists from working for either organization. Burundi ranks 159th out of 180 countries on the World Press Freedom Index 2018.
    (Reuters, 3/30/19)

2019        Apr 24, The World Health Organization issued its first guidance for how much screen time children under five should get; not very much, and none at all for those under one.
    (SFC, 4/25/19, p.A2)

2019        May 14, In southern California Tim Conway (85), former co-star on the Carol Burnett variety show, died in Los Angeles. Conway appeared in a number of films including "The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975), and was the voice for Barnacle Boy in "Spongebob Squarepants".
    (SFC, 5/15/19, p.A5)

2019        May 19, After eight epic years, 47 Emmys, two dead dragons and lots of sex, "Game of Thrones" said an emotional goodbye to devotees worldwide of one of the most popular shows in television history.
    (AFP, 5/20/19)

2019        Jun 7, In Nigeria's Federal High Court in Abuja said African Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM radio should be allowed to operate until a ruling on their legal challenge to the ban. Broadcasting resumed the next day.
    (AFP, 6/8/19)

2019        Jul 3, Arte Johnson (b.1929), American comic actor, died in Los Angeles. He made his mark in TV comedy show "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" from 1967-1971.
    (SFC, 7/4/19, p.C2)

2019        Aug 1, Turkey granted its radio and television watchdog sweeping oversight over all online content, including streaming platforms like Netflix and online news outlets, in a move that raised concerns over possible censorship.
    (Reuters, 8/1/19)

2019        Aug 19, Walt Disney Co said it will launch its Disney+ video streaming service in Canada and the Netherlands on Nov. 12, the same date as its previously announced US launch. Disney+ will also launch in Australia and New Zealand a week later with the service priced between $6 to $8 per month in these countries.
    (Reuters, 8/19/19)

2019        Aug 31, American actress Valerie Harper (80) died. She won four Emmy awards playing budding feminist Rhoda Morgenstern on the classic 1970s TV series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and her own spinoff sitcom.
    (Reuters, 9/1/19)(SFC, 8/31/19, p.C2)

2019        Oct 17, Bulgaria's broadcast regulator sacked the chief of the country's public radio, BNR, for taking its news channel off the air for hours last month in a row with a popular presenter known for her coverage of the graft-prone judicial system.
    (Reuters, 10/17/19)

2019        Dec 4, TV producer Leonard Goldberg (85) died in Los Angeles. He and Aaron Spelling co-produced "Charlie's Angels" and "Fantasy Island" in the 1970s. Goldberg and Spelling produced 35 movies for television. He later conceived the hit police drama "Blue Bloods" (2010), which continued running for a 10th season in 2019.
    (SSFC, 12/15/19, p.B10)

2019        Dec 14, Federal officials said two programmers in Las Vegas recently admitted to running two of the largest illegal television and movie streaming services in the country. An FBI investigation led officials to Darryl Polo (36) and Luis Villarino (40) who have pleaded guilty to copyright infringement charges for operating iStreamItAll, a subscription-based streaming site, and Jetflix, a large illegal TV streaming service.
    (USA Today, 12/16/19)

2019        Dec 21, Joseph Segel (88), the founder of home shopping television channel QVC, died in Pennsylvania. Segel founded QVC, which stands for Quality Value Convenience, in 1986 as an alternate to the Home Shopping Network (HSN).
    (Reuters, 12/22/19)

2019        Dec 27, US disc jockey Don Imus (b.1940) died in Texas. His radio stardom crashed in April 2007 after describing the mostly black Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy headed hos." He was yanked 8 days later by CBS Radio, but reportedly collected a multimillion dollar settlement of his five-year contract with the company.
    (SFC, 12/28/19, p.A7)

2020        Jan 2, In South Korea the Mr. Trot reality TV show, an audition show for singers who perform trot music, began airing. It was the male version of the popular Miss Trot. By the end of the year Mr. Trot was the highest rated show in cable television history of South Korea. Trot music emerged in the early 20th century and blends traditional Korean music with elements of the Japanese and popular songs of the era. A "Mr. Trot" film followed later this year.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Trot)(Econ., 11/7/20, p.35)

2020        Feb 8, Robert Conrad (b.1935), American film and TV star, died in Malibu, Ca. His TV work included the series "The Wild Wild West" (1965-1970), "Baa Baa Black Sheep" (1976) and "The Black Sheep Squadron" (1977). His films included "Young Dillinger" (1966) and "Jungle All the Way" (1996).
    (SFC, 2/12/20, p.C5)

2020        Feb 10, The Philippine government moved to end the franchise of the country's leading broadcast network for allegedly broadcasting for a fee. ABS-CBN has been critical of the leadership of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.
    (SFC, 2/11/20, p.A3)

2020        Feb 28, The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to adopt rules to auction a key band spectrum for wireless use that includes up to $9.7 billion in potential incentive payments to satellite companies.
    (Reuters, 2/28/20)

2020        Mar 6, Poland's Pres. Andrzej Duda signed a bill earmarking nearly $510 million to fund public television and radio. The broadcast outlets have become mouthpieces for the country's far-right government.
    (https://tinyurl.com/r4htf6s)(SSFC, 3/8/20, p.A4)

2020        Mar 12, A Russian court fined BBC World News and one of its senior journalists for failing to correctly label content unsuitable for children and failing to submit content to a state archive, the Interfax news agency reported.
    (Reuters, 3/12/20)

2020        Apr 26, Israel's Foreign Ministry condemned a new Egyptian TV drama set in the year 2120 that predicts Israel's destruction as well as the breakup of the United States. The Egyptian series “El-Nehaya" — Arabic for “The End" — is about a computer engineer living in a dystopian future dominated by cyborg clones.
    (AP, 4/26/20)

2020        Apr 10, In Poland Pres. Jaroslaw Kaczynski visited Warsaw’s Powazki Cemetery. This infuriated many Poles because cemeteries in the country were closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic. The song “Your Pain is Better than Mine," by singer and songwriter Kazik Staszewski, known better as just Kazik, soon began playing. It rose to the top of the chart of public radio station Radio Trojka. Then it disappeared and the public broadcaster was accused of censorship.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y9xl2kgs)(AP, 5/21/20)

2020        Jun 9, The Paramount Network announced it has canceled its long-running reality series "Cops" after 32 seasons. The show, which first aired in 1989 and was scheduled to launch its 33rd season on June 8, was delayed amid protests against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
    (Good Morning America, 6/10/20)

2020        Jun 29, Carl Reiner (98), a driving force in American comedy, died at his home in Beverly Hills. He was a writer for television pioneer Sid Caesar, partner of Mel Brooks and creator and co-star of the classic sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961).
    (Reuters, 6/30/20)

2020        Jul 2, High Downs (99), American TV news and game show pioneer, died at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
    (SFC, 7/3/20, p.A8)

2020        Jul 13, Grant Imahara (b.1970), American electrical engineer, roboticist, and television host, died in Los Angeles due to a brain aneurysm. From 2004 to 2014 Imahara was one of the presenters on the popular cable TV series "MythBusters" (2003-2018).
    (SFC, 7/15/20, p.B2)

2020        Jul 15, Peacock, a US TV video streaming service, was launched by NBCUniversal, a part of the cable provider Comcast.
    (Econ., 7/18/20, p.52)

2020        Jul 24, Legendary television host Regis Philbin (88) died in Connecticut. He became a household name in the 1980s cohosting "Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee" and later padded an impressive resume by hosting "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (1999-2002).

2020        Jul 28, Television journalist and founding president of Cable News Network (CNN), Reese Schonfeld (88), died in Manhattan. He and media entrepreneur Ted Turner started CNN in 1980.
    (Reuters, 7/28/20)

2020        Aug 11, Sumner Redstone (97), the billionaire entrepreneur who built a media empire encompassing CBS and Viacom, died in Los Angeles.
    (NY Times, 8/13/20)

2020        Nov 8, Alex Trebek (80), host of “Jeopardy!" since 1984, died in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer. He hosted more than 8,000 episodes, breaking a record set by Bob Barker of “The Price is Right" for hosting the most episodes of a single game show.
    (NY Times, 11/9/20)

2020        Dec 4, David Lander (73), the actor best known for his role as Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman on the sitcom Laverne & Shirley, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after battling multiple sclerosis for many years.
    (The Week, 12/6/20)

2020        Dec 17, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that runs the early education TV show “Sesame Street" and operates in more than 150 countries, unveiled Aziz and Noor as the latest Muppets in their cast of characters. The six-year-old twins Noor and Aziz are Rohingya Muslims and live in the largest refugee camp in the world.
    (NY Times, 12/20/20)

2021        Feb 1, TV actor Dustin Diamond (44) died in Florida. He played Screech Powers, a sweet-natured, geeky underdog, on the NBC high school sitcom “Saved by the Bell" from 1989 to 1992.
    (NY Times, 2/1/21)
2021        Feb 1, Jamie Tarses (56), Hollywood executive, died in Los Angeles. She had an eye for TV hits (“Friends," “Mad About You"). At 32, she became the president of entertainment at ABC, the first woman to become a network’s top programmer.
    (NY Times, 2/1/21)

2021        Feb 17, Rush Limbaugh (70), right-wing radio megastar, died from complications of lung-cancer at his home in Palm Beach, Fla. His scathing style made him a talk-radio star and helped mold conservative politics.
    (NY Times, 2/17/21)

2021        Mar, Vladyslav Yesypenko, who worked for the Ukrainian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), was apprehended by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) after covering an event honoring Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in Simferopol on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. During his first closed-door court appearance, the journalist declared that he was beaten and tortured with electric shocks in order to procure a false confession.
    (The Daily Beast, 5/28/21)

2021        Apr 16, Actor Felix Silla (b.1937) died in Los Vegas following a battle with cancer. Silla had starred as the hairy Cousin Itt on the TV series "The Addams Family" (1964-1966) and a robot on "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" (1979-1981).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Silla)(SFC, 4/19/21, p.B4)

2021        Apr 23, Bob Fass (87), who for more than 50 years hosted an anarchic and influential radio show on New York’s countercultural FM station WBAI that mixed political conversation, avant-garde music, serendipitous encounters and outright agitation, died in Monroe, N.C., where he lived in recent years.
    (NY Times, 4/25/21)

2021        May 8, Tesla CEO Elon Musk hosted the latest episode of Saturday Night Live. Musk revealed he has Asperger's syndrome, reportedly marking the first time he has spoken publicly about the diagnosis. His appearance on the show also led to a tumble for his favorite cryptocurrency, Dogecoin.
    (CNN, 5/9/21)

2021        May 14, The Underground Railroad, a 10-part series, was released on Amazon Prime Video. "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins switched to the small screen for the adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
    (AP, 5/10/21)

2021        May 19, US broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) filed a legal case at the European Court of Human Rights to challenge the "foreign agent" label imposed on it by Russian authorities.
    (Reuters, 5/19/21)

2021        May 29, Gavin MacLeod (90), who played a wise-cracking news writer on the classic 1970s US sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the hospitable cruise ship captain on "The Love Boat," died in Palm Desert, Ca.
    (Reuters, 5/29/21)

2021        Jun 4, Clarence Williams III (81), the reflectively intense actor who starred as Linc Hayes, a young, hip undercover police officer on ABC’s “The Mod Squad," died in Los Angeles.
    (NY Times, 6/6/21)

2021        Jun 4, Douglas S. Cramer, TV producer, died at his home on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. He produced some of the most successful television shows of the 20th century, many — including “The Love Boat" and “Dynasty" — in partnership with Aaron Spelling, and used his substantial wealth to become a leading art collector.
    (NY Times, 6/8/21)

2021        Jun 29, Delia Fiallo (96), the Cuban-born television writer known throughout Latin America as the “mother of the telenovela," died at her home in Coral Gables, Fla.
    (AP, 7/4/21)

2021        Jul 11, American actor Charlie Robinson (75) died in Los angeles. He was best known for for his role as Mac, the court clerk on the long-running NBC sitcom "Night Court" (1984-1992).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Court)(SSFC, 7/18/21, p.F8)

2021        Jul 14, "Gone Girl" actress Lisa Banes (65) died after she was hospitalized in early June following a hit-and-run in New York City. On August 5 Brian Boyd (26) was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failing to yield to a pedestrian.
    (The Independent, 8/6/21)

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