On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 1929

  • Jan 3 27 year old William S Paley becomes CBS president
  • Jan 8 CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC

Historic Publication

Jan 26 Rube Goldberg's "The Inventions of Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts, A.K.," cartoon series first published in "Colliers Weekly"

  • Feb 1 "The Broadway Melody" directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bessie Love is released. 1st film with sound to win an Oscar (Outstanding Picture 1930)
  • Feb 5 Jimmy Hatlo's "They'll Do It Every Time" cartoon debuts in San Francisco
  • May 11 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
  • Sep 2 WOR (NYC) ends affiliation with CBS radio network
  • Oct 24 Rudy Vallee's "The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour" begins broadcasting on NBC radio
  • Nov 4 John L. Balderston's play "Berkeley Square" starring Leslie Howard premieres in NYC