Events in Film & Television in 1954

  • Jan 1 KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 WWTV TV channel 9 in Cadillac-Traverse City, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 4 Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premieres
  • Jan 13 WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17 Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 22 11th Golden Globes: The Robe, Spencer Tracy, & Audrey Hepburn win

  • Feb 1 1st TV soap opera "Secret Storm" premieres
  • Feb 5 WCDC TV channel 19 in Adams, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 11 6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O'Connor & Eve Arden win
  • Feb 14 WTOC TV channel 11 in Savannah, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 WRDW TV channel 12 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 16 WNEM TV channel 5 in Bay City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 17 WAST (now WNYT) TV channel 13 in Albany-Troy, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 9 1st local color TV commercial WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)
  • Mar 9 WMUR TV channel 9 in Manchester, NH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 14 KDAL (now KDLH) TV channel 3 in Duluth-Superior, MN (CBS) begins

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Mar 15 "CBS Morning Show" premieres with Walter Cronkite & Jack Paar

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Mar 15 WSJV TV channel 28 in Elkhart-South Bend, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 21 KFBB TV channel 5 in Great Falls, MT (ABC/CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 25 26th Academy Awards: "From Here to Eternity" best film, William Holden & Audrey Hepburn best actor, actress
  • Mar 28 WKAQ TV channel 2 in San Juan, PR (TM) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 1 WQED TV channel 13 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 7 WALB TV channel 10 in Albany, GA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 9 WECT TV channel 6 in Wilmington, NC (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 9 7th Cannes Film Festival: "Gate of Hell" directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • Apr 10 KRGV TV channel 5 in Weslaco, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 KARK TV channel 4 in Little Rock, AR (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 15 WHO TV channel 13 in Des Moines, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 16 KVAL TV channel 13 in Eugene, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 24 WSEE TV channel 35 in Erie, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 25 WDEF TV channel 12 in Chattanooga, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 26 "Seven Samurai", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, is released

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • May 1 WAPA TV channel 4 in San Juan, PR (NBC/SFN) begins broadcasting
  • May 3 KTEN TV channel 10 in Ada-Ardmore, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • May 3 WHA TV channel 21 in Madison, WI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 15 KGLO (now KIMT) TV channel 3 in Mason City, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • May 16 WGAN (now WGME) TV channel 13 in Portland, ME (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • May 22 KREX TV channel 5 in Grand Junction, CO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 5 "Your Show Of Shows" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jun 10 KQED TV channel 9 in SF, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 1 WDBO (now WCPX) TV channel 6 in Orlando, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 4 WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
  • Jul 5 The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin.
  • Jul 6 KMOS TV channel 6 in Sedalia-Warrensburg, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 8 KMOX (now KMOV) TV channel 4 in Saint Louis, MO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 15 KOCO TV channel 5 in Oklahoma City, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 15 WBOC TV channel 16 in Salisbury, MD (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 22 WTHI TV channel 10 in Terre Haute, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 26 WCET TV channel 48 in Cincinnati, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 28 "On the Waterfront", directed by Elia Kazan starring Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1955)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Publication of "Fellowship of the Ring" 1st volume of "Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien published by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

  • Aug 1 WKBT TV channel 8 in La Crosse, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 6 WLAC (now WTVF) TV channel 5 in Nashville (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 14 WGR TV (now WGRZ) TV channel 2 in Buffalo, NY (NBC) begins
  • Aug 15 WCHS TV channel 8 in Charleston-Huntington, WV (ABC) begins
  • Aug 22 WPTV TV channel 5 in Palm Beach, FL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 22 15th Venice Film Festival: "Romeo and Juliet" directed by Renato Castellani wins Golden Lion
  • Aug 31 WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 1 "Rear Window", directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, is released

  • Sep 2 WTVD TV channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 6 "La Strada" directed by Federico Fellini premieres at the Venice Film Festival starring Anthony Quinn

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini

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Sep 7 "Journey to Italy", directed by Roberto Rossellini, starring Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders, is released

  • Sep 10 WLUK TV channel 11 in Green Bay, WI (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 KXJB TV channel 4 in Valley City (Fargo) (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 1st Miss America TV broadcast; 19 year old Lee Meriwether of California crowned 27th Miss America
  • Sep 12 WLBZ TV channel 2 in Bangor, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 13 WPBN TV channel 7 in Traverse City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 CKLW TV channel 9 in Windsor, ON (CBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 18 KTUL TV channel 8 in Tulsa, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 18 WLOS TV channel 13 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 20 KETC TV channel 9 in Saint Louis, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 24 Tonight Show premieres on NBC (Johnny takes over 8 years later)
  • Sep 25 WCBD TV channel 2 in Charleston, South Carolina (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 KODE TV channel 12 in Joplin, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 KUTV TV channel 2 in Salt Lake City, UT (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 WANE TV channel 15 in Fort Wayne, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 WCAX TV channel 3 in Burlington, VT (CBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 27 Steve Allen's "Tonight Show" premieres

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 29 "Barefoot Contessa" starring Ava Gardner premieres at the Capitol

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner
  • Sep 29 "Masquerade Party" TV game Show; moves to ABC

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 29 "Star is Born" starring Judy Garland & James Mason premieres

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • Sep 29 KALB TV channel 5 in Alexandria, LA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 3 KFVS TV channel 12 in Cape Girardeau, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 9 KTIV TV channel 4 in Sioux City, IA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 10 1st National Film Awards (India): "Shyamchi Aai" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Oct 15 KLTV TV channel 7 in Tyler-Longview, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 18 WBTW TV channel 13 in Florence, SC (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 18 WNBC radio changes call letters to WRCA (NYC)
  • Oct 19 KAKE TV channel 10 in Wichita, KS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 23 WSAU TV channel 7 in Wausau, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 26 Walt Disney's 1st television program, "Disneyland", premieres on ABC
  • Oct 27 WISN TV channel 12 in Milwaukee, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting

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Oct 27 Walt Disney's 1st TV show, "Disneyland", premieres on ABC

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Oct 31 KREM TV channel 2 in Spokane, WA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 KUON TV channel 12 in Lincoln, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Nov 2 BBC radio comedy "Hancock's Half Hour" debuts starring Tony Hancock and Sid James, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson

Comedian Tony Hancock
Comedian
Tony Hancock
  • Nov 11 Publication of "Two Towers", 2nd volume of "Lord of the Rings", by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London
  • Nov 20 KTRK TV channel 13 in Houston, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 28 KCKT (now KSNC) TV channel 2 in Great Bend, KS (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 5 KTEW (now KJRH) TV channel 2 in Tulsa, OK (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 7 KCTS TV channel 9 in Seattle, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 8 WPTZ TV channel 5 in Plattsburgh, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 14 WOAY TV channel 4 in Oak Hill-Beckley, WV (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 17 WEAU TV channel 13 in Eau Claire, WI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 25 WSFA TV channel 12 in Montgomery, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 28 KEPR TV channel 19 in Pasco-Kennewick-Richl, WA (CBS) 1st broadcast