Events in Film & Television in January 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
  • 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 "The Goldbergs", first airs in the US on CBS
  • Jan 18 "They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont)

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Jan 20 J. Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • 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)