TV stars Jason Alexander and Chi McBride were born on this date, along with Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Julio Iglesias and John Coltrane. Hank Williams made his final recordings, ‘That’ll Be the Day’ by Buddy Holly & the Crickets was #1, Pay-TV got started with the Rocky Marciano/Jersey Joe Walcott fight; Matlock (pictured) and Marcus Welby MD debuted on ABC, and two Ken Burns epics (The Civil War and The War) debuted on PBS. Leaving this ‘vale of tears’ Sept. 23rd were Canadians Henry Champ and Chief Dan George, actors Cliff Arquette and Mary Frann, country music’s Jimmy Wakely and broadcaster Bill Ballance. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.
Born this date were Bill Murray, Fannie Flagg, Ricki Lake, Cheryl Hines, Jerry Bruckheimer, Bill Kurtis, and the late Canadian performers Leonard Cohen, Tommy Common, and Air Farce’s John Morgan. Kelowna’s CHBC-TV signed on, Monday Night Football and NYPD Blue debuted on ABC TV, Bing Crosby taped his Philco Radio Time in Vancouver, Raymond Burr (pictured) starred for the 1st time as Perry Mason on CBS-TV, The Jack Paar Show debuted in prime time on NBC-TV, and John & Yoko guested on ABC-TV’s late night Dick Cavett Show. Checking out permanently were Walter Brennan, Arthur Godfrey singer Lu Ann Simms, Canadian bandleader Johnny Burt, televangelist Rex Humbard, and Old Time Radio’s Rye Billsbury. Details and ALL the Sept. 21st milestones INSIDE.
Sept. 20th brought us Sophia Loren, Gogi Grant, Gary Cole, orchestra leader Frank Devol, Northern Exposure’s Peg Phillips (Photo) and Leah Pinsent. The Calgary station now known as City TV signed on, while Vancouver’s CKLG 73 ended 29 years of rock music and switched fulltime to talk. Jimmy Stewart debuted a radio western ‘The Six-Shooter’ on NBC,; the ‘Bill Cosby Show’ began its popular 8-year run on NBC-TV, while ‘You’ll Never Get Rich’ with Phil Silvers, and the original ‘Hawaii Five-Oh’ had their premieres on CBS-TV. ALL the milestones for Sept. 20th INSIDE.
It’s the birthday of Joan Lunden, Don Harron (pictured), Sylvia Tyson, James Lipton, Adam West, Mama Cass Elliott, and Brook Benton. The early radio soap opera ‘Just Plain Bill’ debuted on a regional CBS network; ’The Mary Tyler Moore Show’, ‘Search for Tomorrow’ and ‘Judging Amy” had their premieres on CBS Television. ‘M*A*S*H’ aired its finale to a record viewership on CBS-TV, while ‘ER’ played its first episode on NBC-TV. Canada’s Giselle MacKenzie became host and featured singer on NBC-TV’s ‘Your Hit Parade’; Max Weinberg debuted as drummer in Springsteen’s E St. Band; and Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman were costars on NBC-TV’s live production of ‘Our Town.’ ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.
Robert Blake, Jason Sudeikis, Jack Warden, Jada Pinkett Smith, Fred Willard, Frankie Avalon, James Marsden and June Foray all were born on this date. ‘Roving Mike’ began its 50 year run on CKNW, Victoria’s CKDA moved up the dial to 1220 and doubled its power to 10,000 watts… CBS radio came into being with an initial 16 stations,… ‘Toast of the Town’ on CBS-TV became ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’… and ‘Wagon Train’ began its 8 year run on NBC-TV. Ken Burns opened his 18.5 hour documentary ‘Baseball’ on PBS… ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and ‘Get Smart’ debuted the same evening on NBC-TV… and the sitcom based on a rock radio station, ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ had its premiere on CBS-TV. Details and ALL the Sept. 18th milestones INSIDE.
It’s the date of birth for John Ritter, Kyle Chandler, Jerry Colonna, Hank Williams, Bill Black and Anne Bancroft… ABC debuted the TV series ‘Home Improvement’, ‘Spin City’, ‘The Fugitive’ and ‘Battestar Gallactica’; CBS premieres on Sept. 17th included ‘M*A*S*H’, ‘Bewitched’, ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ and ‘The Smothers Brothers Show’; while NBC-TV showcased the first episodes of ‘MacMillan & Wife’, ‘The Perry Como Show’ (pictured), and ‘Car 54 Where Are You’… ..and on CBS David Letterman hosted the first late-night TV talk show since the 9/11 terrorist attacks 6 days earlier. ALL the milestones for Sept. 17th will be found INSIDE.
SEPT. 16th is the date that gave us Amy Poehler, Jennifer Tilly, Ed Begley Jr., Lawrence Dobkin. Allen Funt, B.B. King and Maverick’s Jack Kelly. Starting their TV runs this day were ‘Miami Vice’, ‘Frasier’, and ‘The Dean Martin Show’ on NBC; ‘Shindig’ and ‘The Outer Limits’ on ABC, and ‘Wiseguy’ and ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ on CBS. Canadian-born Jenny Jones (pictured) began a syndicated US TV talk show that lasted 12 years. and the CBC introduced ‘The Fifth Estate’ which has now been the network’s key newsmagazine for 44 years. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!
IT WAS SEPT. 15th .. when “The Lone Ranger” debuted on ABC-TV, after 16 years on radio… When the family sitcom “Bachelor Father” with John Forsythe began its 5-year run on CBS-TV… When the rural comedy ‘Green Acres’ debuted on CBS-TV, starring Eddie Albert & Eva Gabor…. ..and when the action-adventure series ‘Lost in Space’ (CBS) and ‘I Spy’ (NBC) debuted on the same evening. ALL the milestones for Sept. 15th INSIDE!
IT WAS SEPT. 9th .. when the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was formed as a broadcasting service of the Radio Corporation of America, with partners General Electric & Westinghouse. 26 stations made up the US’s first national radio network … When the 1st broadcast of the long-running TV soap “Love of Life” aired on CBS… When 54 million viewers (82.6 percent of the U.S. television audience) turned their TV dials to the ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ on CBS to see 21-year-old Elvis “The Pelvis” Presley … When NBC-TV’s “Huntley-Brinkley Report” (pictured), their evening newscast, expanded from 15 to 30 minutes, as had the CBS News (with Walter Cronkite) a week earlier… and when CBS CEO Les Moonves stepped down amidst a widening sex scandal. ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE!
IT WAS SEPT. 8th … when The Hoboken Four, featuring a 19-year old Frank Sinatra as lead singer, appeared on Major Bowes Amateur Hour on WOR radio, and won the week … When Canada’s first English-language TV station, CBLT in Toronto started operations… two days after Montreal’s French-language CBC station… When “Bat Masterson,” a western starring Gene Barry, began its 108-episode run on NBC-TV… ..and when the pioneering space series “Star Trek,” starring Montreal-born William Shatner, debuted on NBC-TV. ALL the milestones for Sept. 8th INSIDE!