Events in Film & Television in 1948

  • Jan 2 WNDT (now WNET) TV channel 13 in New York-Newark, NY (PBS) begins
  • Jan 13 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cin

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 15 "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre", film based on B. Traven's novel, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart premieres

  • Jan 18 Ted Mack's "Original Amateur Hour" begins, DuMont (later NBC/ABC/CBS)
  • Feb 5 "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time
  • Feb 6 KNXT (now KCBS) TV channel 2 in Los Angeles, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 9 WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 16 1st newsreel telecast, "20th Century Fox-Movietone News", shown on NBC

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 10 5th Golden Globes: "Gentleman's Agreement", Ronald Colman, & Rosalind Russell win

  • Mar 11 WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 15 Sir Laurence Olivier on the cover of LIFE magazine

  • Mar 15 WCAU TV channel 10 in Philadelphia, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting
  • Mar 20 1st live televised musical Eugene Ormandy on CBS followed in 90

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 20 20th Academy Awards: "Gentleman's Agreement", Loretta Young, Ronald Colman win

  • Mar 21 "Stop the Music" with Bert Parks premieres on ABC radio

  • Apr 5 WGN TV channel 9 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 KCPX (now KTVX) TV channel 4 in Salt Lake City, UT (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Apr 19 American Broadcasting Company (ABC) TV network debuts
  • Apr 22 WTVR TV channel 6 in Richmond, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 23 KSTP TV channel 5 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • May 3 1st broadcast of "CBS Evening News" - longest running network news show in the US
  • May 14 WBEN (now WIVB) TV channel 4 in Buffalo, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 16 CBS news correspondent George Polk's body is found in Greece
  • Jun 8 "Texaco Star Theater" premieres on NBC-TV, with "Mr. Television" Milton Berle being made the permanent emcee in September of the same year
  • Jun 9 WBZ TV channel 4 in Boston, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 15 WPIX TV channel 11 in NYC, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 15 WTNH TV channel 8 in New Haven, CT (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 20 "Toast of the Town" hosted by Ed Sullivan premieres on CBS-TV
  • Jun 21 WNAC (now WHDH) TV channel 7 in Boston, MA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 21 WSPD TV channel 13 in Toledo, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 26 1st black host of a network show-CBS' Bob Howard Show
  • Jul 30 Professional wrestling premieres on prime-time network TV (DuMont)
  • Aug 10 ABC enters network TV at 7 PM (WJZ, NY)
  • Aug 10 Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" TV debut on ABC
  • Aug 19 9th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Sep 17 KCOP TV channel 13 in Los Angeles/Hollywood, CA (IND) begins
  • Sep 17 WLS TV channel 7 in Chicago, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 24 Mildred Gillars (Axis Sally), an American broadcaster employed by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany to proliferate propaganda during World War II, pleads not guilty to eight chargs of treason in Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 28 WBAP-TV, (NBC affiliate) Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 "Hamlet" directed by and starring Laurence Olivier's opens at Park Avenue Cinema (Best Picture 1949)
  • Sep 29 WBAP (now KXAS) TV channel 5 in Fort Worth-Dallas, TX (NBC) begins
  • Sep 29 WSB TV channel 2 in Atlanta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 6 KHJ TV channel 9 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 9 WXYZ TV channel 7 in Detroit, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 24 WJBK TV channel 2 in Detroit, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 2 WJZ TV channel 13 in Baltimore, MD (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 4 American humorist Will Rogers commemorated by US Postage Service on 3-cent stamp

Humorist Will Rogers
Humorist
Will Rogers
  • Nov 24 WAVE TV channel 3 in Louisville, Kentucky (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 24 "Bicycle Thieves", Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica, starring himself and Cesare Zavattini, is released (Honorary Academy Award 1950)
  • Nov 25 KING TV channel 5 in Seattle, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 29 "Kukla, Fran, & Ollie" debuted on NBC
  • Nov 29 1st opera to be televised, "Othello", broadcast from the Met (NYC)
  • Nov 29 KOB TV channel 4 in Albuquerque, NM (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 11 WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 11 WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, Tennessee (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 18 WDSU TV channel 6 in New Orleans, LA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 22 KPIX TV channel 5 in San Francisco, California (CBS) begins broadcasting