Events in Film & Television in 1949

  • Jan 1 KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 KTTV TV channel 11 in Los Angeles, CA (MET) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 2 KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 3 "Colgate Theater" dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 10 1st Jewish family show "Goldbergs" premieres on CBS

Television Premiere

Jan 12 "Arthur Godfrey & his Friends" premieres on CBS TV

  • Jan 16 KNBH (now KNBC) TV channel 4 in Los Angeles, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 16 WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, D.C. (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 17 Radio series "The Goldbergs" by Gertrude Berg premieres on US TV on CBS
  • Jan 18 "They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont)
  • Jan 20 1st inaugural parade televised, for Harry Truman, watched by 10 million people
  • Jan 25 1st Emmy Awards: Shirley Dinsdale & Pantomime Quiz (KTLA) win
  • Jan 26 WHIO TV channel 7 in Dayton, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 31 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
  • Feb 21 US TV soap opera "A Woman to Remember" is 1st broadcast on DuMont Television Network
  • Mar 8 WAGA TV channel 5 in Atlanta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15 WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15 WLWD (now WDTN) TV channel 2 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16 KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 21 WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, FL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting

Academy Awards

Mar 24 21st Academy Awards: "Hamlet", Laurence Olivier & Jane Wyman win, Walter & John Huston become 1st father-and-son team to win awards

  • Apr 3 KQW-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KCBS
  • Apr 3 WLWS (now WCMH) TV channel 4 in Columbus, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 4 WKRC TV channel 12 in Cincinnati, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 5 Fireside Theater debuts on US television.
  • May 5 KGO TV channel 7 in San Francisco, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 27 Martin Canine, cartoon character, spoofs Martin Kane
  • May 29 1st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "The Best Years of Our Lives" Best Film
  • May 29 2nd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "Hamlet" Best Film
  • May 29 Candid Camera, TV comedy show, moves to NBC
  • May 30 WRTV TV channel 6 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 1 KSL TV channel 5 in Salt Lake City, UT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 6 "It Pays To Be Ignorant" game show debut on CBS-TV
  • Jun 6 WKY (now KTVY) TV channel 4 in Oklahoma City, OK (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jun 14 WROC TV channel 8 in Rochester, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 24 "Hopalong Cassidy" becomes 1st network western (NBC)
  • Jun 25 "Long-Haired Hare", animated short starring Bugs Bunny, is released in theaters
  • Jun 27 "Captain Video & His Video Rangers" debut on DUMONT-TV - Television's first sci-fi series
  • Jul 1 WBRC TV channel 6 in Birmingham, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 WCCO TV channel 4 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 2 "Red Barber's Clubhouse" sports show premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
  • Jul 7 "Dragnet" premieres on NBC radio; also a TV series in 1951 & 1967
  • Jul 10 WJAR TV channel 10 in Providence, Rhode Island (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 15 WBTV TV channel 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 26 WCPO TV channel 9 in Cincinnati, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 11 10th Venice Film Festival: "Manon" directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot wins the Golden Lion (1st one)
  • Aug 15 WOTV TV channel 8 in Grand Rapids, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 30 WTVN (now WSYX) TV channel 6 in Columbus, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 1 KMTV TV channel 3 in Omaha, NB (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting

Film Release

Sep 2 "The Third Man", directed by Carol Reed, starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and Orson Welles, is released in the United Kingdom (Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1950)

  • Sep 15 "Lone Ranger" premieres on ABC-TV. Hi-yo, Silver! Away!
  • Sep 15 WJAC TV channel 6 in Johnstown, PA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 WJXT TV channel 4 in Jacksonville, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 KABC TV channel 7 in Los Angeles, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17 3rd Cannes Film Festival: "The Third Man" directed by Carol Reed wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • Sep 17 WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 19 "Late Spring", Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Chishū Ryū, Setsuko Hara and Haruko Sugimura, is released in Japan
  • Sep 22 WFMY TV channel 2 in Greensboro-High Point, NC (CBS) 1st broadcast

Hollywoodland

Sep 26 Groundbreaking ceremony for the Hollywood sign in Hollywood, Los Angeles; old Hollywoodland sign torn down, reconstruction of a replacement begins with just Hollywood

Film Premiere

Sep 28 "My Friend Irma" premieres, 1st of 16 films starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis

  • Sep 29 "Front Page" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Inside USA With Chevrolet" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 Elia Kazan's dramatic film "Pinky" starring Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, and Ethel Waters premieres at Rivoli Theater, NYC
  • Oct 5 WBNS TV channel 10 in Columbus, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 5 WOR (now WWOR) TV channel 9 in NY-Secaucus, NY (IND) begins
  • Oct 16 WDAF TV channel 4 in Kansas City, MO (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 31 WOC (now KWQC) TV channel 6 in Davenport, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast

Film Premiere

Nov 8 "All The King's Men" based on Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer winning novel, directed by Robert Rossen and starring Broderick Crawford premieres in New York (Best Picture 1950)

  • Nov 11 WTTV TV channel 4 in Bloomington-Indianapol, IN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 15 KRON-TV channel 4 in San Francisco, California (NBC) begins broadcasting; call letters a nod to the owners other business, The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper
  • Nov 30 KOTV TV channel 6 in Tulsa, Oklahoma (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 1 WBNG TV channel 12 in Binghamton, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 1 WKTV TV channel 2 in Utica, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 3 KRLD (now KDFW) TV channel 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Dec 8 "On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, premieres

  • Dec 11 WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast

Theatrical Finale

Dec 17 Tennessee Williams' stage drama "A Streetcar Named Desire", starring Jessica Tandy, Marlon Brando, and Kim Hunter, and directed by Elia Kazan closes at Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC, after 855 performances, winning a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize

  • Dec 19 WJW TV channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film Premiere

Dec 21 "Samson and Delilah", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, premieres in New York

  • Dec 28 20th Century Fox announces it will produce TV programs
  • Dec 29 1st UHF television station operating regular basis Bridgeport, Connecticut