Events in Film & Television in 1958

  • Jan 1 WMBD TV channel 31 in Peoria, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6 WIPR TV channel 6 in San Juan, PR (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 20 KUED TV channel 7 in Salt Lake City, UT (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 21 KMOT TV channel 10 in Minot, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 22 KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 26 Jack Smith takes over from Art Baker as TV host of "You Asked for It"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Feb 1 WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2 WRIK (now WLUZ) TV channel 7 in Ponce, PR (PTC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 8 KIRO TV channel 7 in Seattle, WA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 11 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 17 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 22 15th Golden Globes: The Bridge on the River Kwai, Alec Guinness, & Joanne Woodward win

  • Mar 3 KTVU TV channel 2 in Oakland-San Francisco, CA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 5 KDUH TV channel 4 in Scottsbluff-Hay Spring, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 15 KULR TV channel 8 in Billings, MT (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 26 30th Academy Awards-"The Bridge on the River Kwai" wins Best Picture, Joanne Woodward & Alec Guinness win Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively
  • Mar 27 CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records
  • Apr 1 KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, CA (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 4 Cheryl Crane aged 14, daughter of actress Lana Turner, stabs to death Johnny Stompanato, her mother's boyfriend

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Apr 15 10th Emmy Awards: Gunsmoke, Robert Young & Jane Wyatt win

Actress Jane Wyatt
Actress
Jane Wyatt
  • Apr 16 5th National Film Awards (India): "Do Aankhen Barah Haath" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 5 KNME TV channel 5 in Albuquerque, NM (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 "Dracula", starring Christopher Lee as the eponymous vampire, debuts

Film release premierFilm Release

May 9 "Vertigo", American film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 15 "Gigi" based on the story by Colette, directed by Vincent Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron and Maurice Chevalier premieres in New York (Best Picture 1959)

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
Colette
  • May 18 11th Cannes Film Festival: "The Cranes Are Flying" directed by Mikhail Kalatozov wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 2 Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio
  • Jun 12 "Make Me Laugh" TV Game Show last airs on ABC-TV, syndicated 1979
  • Jul 1 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave.
  • Jul 3 "Andy Williams Show" premieres on ABC (later on CBS & NBC)
  • Aug 24 19th Venice Film Festival: "Rickshaw Man" directed by Hiroshi Inagaki wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 2 KAYS TV channel 7 in Hays, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 5 1st color video recording on magnetic tape presented, Charlotte, NC
  • Sep 5 WKPC TV channel 15 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 6 Mary Ann Mobley (Miss), 21, crowned 31st Miss America 1959
  • Sep 10 WJCT TV channel 7 in Jacksonville, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 14 WTAE TV channel 4 in Pittsburgh, PA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 22 KTVK TV channel 3 in Phoenix, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 "Studio One" TV Anthology Drama last airs on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Texan" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Oct 5 KRTV TV channel 3 in Great Falls, MT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 8 KCMT TV channel 7 in Alexandria, MN (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 12 WJRT TV channel 12 in Flint, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 27 WEDU TV channel 3 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 5 KGLD (now KSNG) TV channel 11 in Garden City, KS (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 10 WUFT TV channel 5 in Gainesville, FL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 17 KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 28 KCOO (now KABY) TV channel 9 in Aberdeen, SD (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 30 WKBW TV channel 7 in Buffalo, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 2 KNOP TV channel 2 in North Platte, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 5 WTOL TV channel 11 in Toledo, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting