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Events in Film & TV

Events 1 - 100 of 514

  • 1920-04-20 Big Show ends 2 year run on NBC radio
  • 1921-03-21 Walter Kerr Theater (Ritz, CBS, NBC, ABC) opens at 223 W 48th St NYC
  • 1922-07-25 AT&T begins broadcasting on WBAY (NYC-later WEAF, WNBC, WRCA & WFAN)
  • 1926-10-09 NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation) forms
  • 1926-11-15 1st formal radio network, RCA takes over AT&T 25 station Network (NBC)
  • 1928-03-19 "Amos & Andy" debuts on radio (NBC Blue Network-WMAQ Chicago)
  • 1928-12-23 NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network
  • 1929-10-24 Rudy Vallee's "The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour" begins broadcasting on NBC radio
  • 1930-07-30 1st broadcast of "Death Valley Days" on NBC-radio
  • 1930-10-20 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, premieres on NBC radio
  • 1931-04-06 1st broadcast of "Little Orphan Annie" on NBC-radio
  • 1931-10-30 W2XB TV channel 1 in NYC, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1932-04-28 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC radio
  • 1932-05-02 Jack Benny's 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)
  • 1932-12-02 "Adventures of Charlie Chan" 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network
  • 1933-06-23 Don McNeill's Pepper Pot (Breakfast Club) begins 35½ year run on NBC
  • 1935-03-24 Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour goes national on NBC Radio Network
  • 1935-07-20 1st broadcast of "Gang Busters" on NBC-radio
  • 1937-01-25 1st broadcast of "Guiding Light" on NBC radio
  • 1937-11-13 NBC forms first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio
  • 1937-12-12 NBC & RCA sends 1st mobile-TV vans onto the streets of NY
  • 1937-12-25 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st Symphony of the Air over NBC Radio

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1937-12-27 Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio

Actress Mae West
Mae West

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1938-03-26 NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • 1938-05-17 Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network
  • 1938-07-26 1st radio broadcast of "Young Widder Brown" on NBC

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1939-04-30 NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World's Fair

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1939-08-06 1st broadcast of "Dinah Shore Show" on NBC-radio
  • 1940-02-01 NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.
  • 1941-07-01 1st commercial TV licenses granted-W2XBS-WNBT (NBC) & WCBW (CBS), NYC
  • 1941-07-01 WNBT TV (W2XBS, Now WNBC) channel 4 in NYC (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1941-08-31 Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee & Molly debuts on NBC
  • 1941-09-03 KYW TV channel 3 in Philadelphia, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1944-02-21 "War As It Happens" news show premieres on NBC TV (NYC only)
  • 1944-08-13 Jackie Gleason-Les Tremayne show premieres on NBC radio
  • 1946-05-09 1st hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres
  • 1946-11-01 WEAF radio changes call letters to WNBC (NYC)
  • 1947-02-08 KSD (now KSDK) TV channel 5 in St Louis, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1947-03-04 WWJ (now WDIV) TV channel 4 in Detroit, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1947-05-07 "Kraft Television Theater" premieres on NBC
  • 1947-06-27 WRC TV channel 4 in Washington, D.C. (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1947-10-27 WMAR TV channel 2 in Baltimore, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1947-11-06 NBC's "Meet the Press" debuts - US's longest running TV show
  • 1947-11-12 KPO-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KNBC (now KNBR)
  • 1947-11-20 "Meet the Press" makes network TV debut on NBC
  • 1947-12-27 1st "Howdy Doody Show" (Puppet Playhouse), telecast on NBC
  • 1948-01-18 Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)
  • 1948-02-05 "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time
  • 1948-02-09 WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-02-16 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News" shown on NBC
  • 1948-03-20 20th Academy Awards: "Gentleman's Agreement", L Young, R Colman win minutes by 2nd live televised musical Arturo Toscvanni on NBC
  • 1948-06-08 "Milton Berle Show" premieres on NBC TV
  • 1948-06-09 WBZ TV channel 4 in Boston, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-07-21 WSPD TV channel 13 in Toledo, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-09-21 "Texaco Star Theater" with Milton Berle premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1948-09-28 WBAP-TV, (NBC affiliate) Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • 1948-09-29 WBAP (now KXAS) TV channel 5 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (NBC) begins
  • 1948-11-24 WAVE TV channel 3 in Louisville, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-11-25 KING TV channel 5 in Seattle, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-11-29 "Kukla, Fran, & Ollie" debuted on NBC
  • 1948-11-29 KOB TV channel 4 in Albuquerque, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-12-11 WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1948-12-18 WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-01-01 KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-01-03 "Colgate Theater" dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV
  • 1949-01-16 KNBH (now KNBC) TV channel 4 in Los Angeles, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1949-01-31 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
  • 1949-03-15 WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-03-15 WLWD (now WDTN) TV channel 2 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-03-18 WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-03-21 WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, FL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-04-03 WLWS (now WCMH) TV channel 4 in Columbus, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-05-29 Candid Camera, TV comedy show, moves to NBC
  • 1949-06-06 WKY (now KTVY) TV channel 4 in Oklahoma City, OK (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1949-06-14 WROC TV channel 8 in Rochester, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-06-24 "Hopalong Cassidy" becomes 1st network western (NBC)
  • 1949-07-02 "Red Barber's Clubhouse" sports show premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
  • 1949-07-07 "Dragnet" premieres on NBC radio; also a TV series in 1951 & 1967
  • 1949-07-10 WJAR TV channel 10 in Providence, RI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-08-15 WOTV TV channel 8 in Grand Rapids, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-09-01 KMTV TV channel 3 in Omaha, NB (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-09-15 WJAC TV channel 6 in Johnstown, PA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-10-16 WDAF TV channel 4 in Kansas City, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-10-31 WOC (now KWQC) TV channel 6 in Davenport, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1949-11-15 KRON TV channel 4 in San Francisco, CA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-11-15 WSAZ TV channel 3 in Huntington-Charleston, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1949-12-01 WKTV TV channel 2 in Utica, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-12-11 WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1950-01-30 "Robert Montgomery Presents" dramatic anthology premieres on NBC TV
  • 1950-02-15 WSYR (now WSTM) TV channel 3 in Syracuse, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting

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1950-02-25 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1950-07-10 "Your Hit Parade" premieres on NBC (later CBS) TV
  • 1950-07-20 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)
  • 1950-09-30 WSM TV channel 4 in Nashville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1951-02-03 "Victor Borge Show" debuts on NBC TV
  • 1951-05-14 Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety debut on NBC
  • 1951-06-09 "Doodles Weaver Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1951-06-22 Gene Rayburn & Dee Finch show premieres on NBC radio
  • 1951-06-30 "Victor Borge Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1951-07-02 "Bob & Ray show" premieres on NBC radio

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1867-03-25 Arturo Toscanini, Parma Italy, temperamental conductor (NBC)
  • 1890-08-05 Erich Kleiber, conductor (NBC Symphony 1945-46), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1890-08-12 Al Goodman, Nikopol Russia, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • 1907-09-29 Richard Harkness, Artesian SD, newscaster (Story of the Week, NBC)
  • 1908-02-13 Pauline Frederick, journalist/correspondent (UN, NBC TV)
  • 1910-05-12 Gordon Jenkins, Webster Grove Mo, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
  • 1911-08-09 Robert McCormick, Danville Ky, NBC newscaster (Current Opinion)
  • 1911-12-10 Chet Huntley, Cardwell Mont, newscaster (NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report)
  • 1915-11-26 Earl Wild, composer/pianist (Caesar's Hour, NBC Symph 1942), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1919-01-25 Edwin Newman, newscaster/journalist/author (NBC-TV, Comment), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920-04-28 Nan Merriman, US/Neth singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orch)
  • 1920-07-10 David Brinkley, NBC news anchor (Huntley-Brinkley), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1920-07-17 Bill Monroe, newscaster (NBC-TV, Congressional Report), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1921-09-12 Frank McGee, Monroe La, news anchor (NBC Evening News)
  • 1921-10-13 Harper MacKay, orchestra leader (NBC Follies), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1923-02-02 [Mary Elizabeth] Liz Smith, journalist and gossip columnist (WNBC, NY Daily News), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1924-12-23 Floyd Kalber, newscaster (NBC Weekend News Anchor-1973), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1926-01-11 Grant Tinker, broadcasting executive (NBC-TV)
  • 1927-01-27 Nancy Dickerson, journalist (NBC)
  • 1927-07-14 John William Chancellor, news anchor (NBC, VOA), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-11-05 Robert Abernethy, Geneva Switz, Newscaster (NBC News Encore)
  • 1928-01-08 Sander Vanocur, news anchor (NBC Weekend News), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1928-02-09 Roger Mudd, news ancher (CBS Weekend News, NBC Evening News), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1928-03-24 Byron "Yanks" Janis, McKeesport Pa, pianist (NBC Symphony Orch)
  • 1929-01-07 Douglas Kiker, NBC newsman (1970 Peabody Award)
  • 1930-03-06 Lorin Maazel, French conductor (NBC Symphony Orch 1941), born in Neuilly France, (d. 2014)
  • 1930-06-09 Marvin Kalb, educator/newscaster (CBS/NBC, Meet the Press), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931-01-19 Robert MacNeil, news anchor (NBC Weekend News, 1965-67), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1931-06-21 Lawrence K Grossman, News president (NBC-TV)
  • 1932-02-01 John Hart, newsman (CBS News Retrospective, NBC News), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1933-12-28 Jack Perkins, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday, NBC Magazine), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1935-09-10 John Palmer, Kingsport Tenn, news anchor (NBC Weekend News)
  • 1936-03-12 Lloyd Dobbins, newscaster (NBC News Overnight), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1936-05-12 Tom Snyder, newscaster (Tommorow, NBC Weekend News), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1936-10-12 Tony Kubek, shortstop (NY Yankees)/sportscaster (NBC-TV, Madison Square Garden)
  • 1937-09-13 Fred Silverman, broadcasting exec (ABC/NBC/CBS)
  • 1938-09-20 Pia Lindstrom, critic (WNBC-TV)/journalist (From Russia With Love)
  • 1939-08-28 Cassie Mackin, newswoman (NBC TV)
  • 1939-11-19 Garrick Utley, newscaster (1st Tuesday, NBC Weekend), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940-02-03 Jim Hartz, newscaster (NBC-TV, Innovations)
  • 1940-02-06 Tom Brokaw, Yankton SD, news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982- )
  • 1940-07-23 Don Imus, radio disc jockey (WNBC)
  • 1940-12-15 Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)
  • 1941-06-12 Marv Albert, "Yes!" sportscaster (NBC-TV)/back biter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1944-08-15 Linda Ellerbee, Bryan Texas, newscaster (Weekend, NBC Overnight)
  • 1946-08-20 Connie Chung, TV news anchor (NBC, CBS)
  • 1946-10-20 Connie Chung, news ancher (NBC, CBS), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1946-10-30 Andrea Mitchell, newscaster (NBC-TV, Summer Sunday USA), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947-10-12 Chris Wallace, newscaster (NBC Weekend News), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948-02-02 Jessica Savitch, Kennet Sq PA, news anchor (NBC)
  • 1949-01-13 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC)
  • 1949-03-12 Mary Alice Williams, news reporter (NBC-TV)

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1950-05-07 Tim Russert, American television journalist and host of NBC's Meet the Press, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2008)

Television Journalist Tim Russert
Television Journalist
Tim Russert
  • 1950-10-31 Jane Pauley, newscaster (Today, NBC Weekend), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1953-02-26 Bree Walker, news anchor (WNBC TV, KNBC TV)
  • 1953-12-27 Arthur Kent, newscaster [Scud Stud], (NBC-Gulf War coverage)
  • 1954-08-20 Al Roker, weatherman (NBC, Today), born in Queens, New York
  • 1954-12-02 Stone Phillips, news host (NBC Dateline)
  • 1962-03-24 Star Jones, attorney/TV hostess (NBC, Inside Edition)
  • 1962-06-13 Hannah Storm, sports journalist (CNN, NBC)

Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1983-06-24 "NBC Sports" sportscaster Bob Costas (31) weds Carole Randall Krumenacher
  • 1986-11-28 NBC's Ahmad Rashad marriage proposal is accepted by Phylicia Ayers-Allen during halftime of Det Lions-NY Jets football game

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-04-06 Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan (71) weds NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell (50) at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia

US Fed Chairman & Economist Alan Greenspan
US Fed Chairman & Economist
Alan Greenspan
  • 1999-06-13 CNBC anchor-reporter Maria Bartiromo (31) weds son of multimillionaire financier Saul Steinberg, Jonathan Steinberg (34) in Long Island, New York
  • 2004-07-24 Former MSNBC news anchor Ashleigh Banfield (36) weds real estate financier Howard Gould (31) in Kenora, Ontario
  • 2005-10-09 "The O.C." writer and talk show host Regis Philbin's daughter Jennifer Joy Philbin (31) weds NBC comedy series "The Office" writer Michael Schur (32) at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City
  • 2005-12-03 NBC correspondent Hoda Kotb (41) weds New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga in the Dominican Republic
  • 2006-01-02 NBC correspondent Chip Reid weds Nina Block in Hawaii
  • 2006-04-02 NBC "Weekend Today" anchor Campbell Brown (38) weds FOX News contributor Dan Senor (34) at the Beaver Creek Chapel in Beaver Creek, Colorado
  • 2006-11-04 Radio and television journalist Alison Stewart (40) weds MSNBC vice-president of prime-time programming Bill Wolff (40) at the stylish New York restaurant Cipriani 23rd Street
  • 2008-09-19 NBC's The Biggest Loser contestant Matt Hoover (30) weds Suzy Preston (30) at the Grand Lido Negril resort in Jamaica
  • 2014-06-07 Good Morning America's meteorologist Ginger Zee (33) weds NBC news correspondent Benjamin Aaron at beachfront ceremony in Petoskey, Michigan

Divorces in Film & TV

  • 2012-06-05 NBC musical drama series "Smash" actress Debra Messing (43) divorces actor and producer Daniel Zelman (44) by their mutual decision after 10 years of marriage

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1957-01-07 Al White, choreographer (NBC Comedy Hour), dies
  • 1957-01-16 Arturo Toscanini, Italian US conductor (NBC), dies in NYC at 89
  • 1972-01-10 Al Goodman, Russian/US orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 81
  • 1974-03-20 Chet Huntley, newscaster (NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report), dies at 62
  • 1983-10-23 Jessica Savage, Margate NJ, newscaster (NBC Weekend), dies at 36
  • 1983-10-24 Jessica Savitch, news anchor (NBC-TV), dies at 35
  • 1984-05-01 Gordon Jenkins, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 73
  • 1986-10-22 Jane Dornnacker, WNBC-AM NYC helicopter traffic reporter, dies doing a live traffic report as her copter crashes
  • 1990-02-18 Hulk, fictional character in "Death of Incredible Hulk" on NBC, dies
  • 1991-08-14 Douglas Kiker, newscaster (NBC-TV), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1994-04-03 Betty Furness, actress/news consumer reporter (WNBC), dies at 78
  • 1994-04-03 Pat Harper, NYC news anchor (WPIX, WNBC), dies
  • 1994-04-17 Peter Hacker, US journalist/actor (NBC, Broadcast News), dies at 69
  • 1995-08-16 John Cameron Swayze, news anchor (NBC), dies at 89
  • 1996-07-12 John Chancellor, news anchor (VOA, NBC), dies at 68
  • 1997-08-27 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC), dies at 48

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2008-06-13 Tim Russert, American television host, NBC News Meet the Press moderator, dies at 58

Television Journalist Tim Russert
Television Journalist
Tim Russert