Today in TV History 8/11





Thursday, August 11, 2022

Today in
Television History

1924 – Newsreel pictures were taken of U.S. presidential candidates for the first time.

1948 – “ABC Network News and Views” premiered. It was ABC’s first regularly scheduled nightly newscast.

1951 – The first major league baseball game to be televised in color was broadcast. The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves 8-1.

2009 – A United States Postal Service stamp issued a commemorative stamp to honor “Kukla, Fran and Ollie.”

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1958 – Bobby Freeman performed “Betty Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes” and “Do You Wanna Dance” on “American Bandstand.”

1959 – Johnny Tillotson performed “True, True Happiness” on “American Bandstand.”

1973 – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt Kickers performed “Monster Mash” on “American Bandstand.”

1978 – Nick Glider performed “Rock Me” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 8/10





Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Today in
Television History

1948 – On ABC, “Candid Camera” made its TV debut. The original title was “Candid Microphone.”

1975 – “Manhattan Transfer,” the summer variety show, premiered on CBS-TV.

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1968 – The McCoys performed “Jesse Brady” on “American Bandstand.”

1974 – Billy Preston performed “Nothin’ for Nothin'” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 8/9





Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Today in
Television History

1939 – A tennis tournament was televised for the first time. IT was the Eastern Grass Court championship matches held at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY.

1945 – The first network television broadcast occurred in Washington, DC. The program announced the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan.

1956 – The first statewide, state-supported educational television network went on the air in Alabama.

1963 – The TV program “Ready Steady Go!” premiered in England.

1983 – Peter Jennings was made the new anchor on the ABC News “World News Tonight” program.

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1957 – Lee Andrews and the Hearts performed “Long Lonely Nights” on “American Bandstand.”

1960 – Jo Ann Campbell performed “A Kookie Little Paradise” on “American Bandstand.”

1961 – Tony Orlando performed “Bless You” on “American Bandstand.”

1961 – Barry Mann performed “Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp-Bomp-Bomp)” on “American Bandstand.”

1969 – Junior Walker & the All-Stars performed “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)” on “American Bandstand.”

1975 – Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds performed “Fallin’ In Love Again” on “American Bandstand.”

1975 – Willie Hutch performed “Love Power” on “American Bandstand.”

1980 – Kim Carnes performed “More Love” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 8/8





Monday, August 8, 2022

Today in
Television History

1956 – The Dumont network made its final telecast.

1991 – John McCarthy, a British TV producer was released by his Lebanese kidnappers. He had been held captive for more than five years. A rival group abducted Jerome Leyraud in retaliation and threatened to kill him if any more hostages were released.

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1961 – Ray Peterson performed “Missing You” on “American Bandstand.”

1962 – Joey Dee and the Starliters performed “What Kind of Love Is This” on “American Bandstand.”

1963 – Wayne Newton performed “Donke Schoen” on “American Bandstand.”

1964 – Rene & Rene performed “Angelito” on “American Bandstand.”

1964 – Little Richard performed “Bama Lama Bamaloo” on “American Bandstand.”

1970 – Ron Dante & the Detergents performed “Leader of the Laundromat” and “Double-O-Seven” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 8/7





Sunday, August 7, 2022

Today in
Television History

1941 – WNBT broadcast the first audience-participation program.

1960 – The Cuban Catholic Church condemned the rise of communism in Cuba. Fidel Castro then banned all religious TV and radio broadcasts.

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1957 – Paul Anka performed “Diana” on “American Bandstand.”

1958 – The Poni-Tails performed “Born Too Late” on “American Bandstand.”

1958 – Dion and the Belmonts performed “No One Knows” on “American Bandstand.”

1959 – Skip and Flip performed “It Was I” on “American Bandstand.”

1959 – Dave “Baby” Cortez performed “The Whistling Organ” on “American Bandstand.”

1961 – The Jarmels performed “A Little Bit of Soap” on “American Bandstand.”

1965 – We Five performed “You Were On My Mind” on “American Bandstand.”

1965 – Donovan performed “Catch the Wind” and “Colours” on “American Bandstand.”

1971 – Honey Cone performed “Want Ads” and “Stick Up” on “American Bandstand.”

1976 – Cyndi Greco performed “Making Our Dreams Come True” on “American Bandstand.”

1982 – Flock of Seagulls performed “I Ran” on “American Bandstand.”

2001 – The DVD box set “Dick Clark’s #1’s: 50’s to 70’s When AM Radio Was King” was released.



Today in TV History 8/6





Saturday, August 6, 2022

Today in
Television History

1960 – Chubby Checker performed “The Twist” on American TV for the first time on “American Bandstand.”

1964 – Rod Stewart made his television debut on the British show “The Beat Room.”

1991 – Harry Reasoner died at the age of 68. He was a newsman for CBS-TV.

1993 – The final episode of “Perfect Strangers” aired on ABC.

1998 – The last new episode of Magic Johnson’s talk show, “The Magic Hour,” aired. The musical guests on the show were Boys II Men, Simply Red, Mary J. Blige and Hanson.

2000 – It was announced that Ice-T would play a detective on the TV series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1957 – Dale Hawkins performed “Susie Q” on “American Bandstand.”

1957 – Don Rondo performed “White Silver Sands” on “American Bandstand.”

1958 – Jackie Wilson performed “We Have Love” on “American Bandstand.”

1958 – The Royal Teens performed “Harvey’s Got a Girlfriend” on “American Bandstand.”

1959 – Eugene Church and the Fellows performed “Miami” on “American Bandstand.”

1960 – Chubby Checker performed “The Twist” on American TV for the first time on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – James Brown performed “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” and “Money Won’t Change You” on “American Bandstand.”

1977 – Andy Gibb performed “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – The Blasters performed “Red Rose” and “Long White Cadillac” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – On “American Bandstand,” a video of Lindsey Buckingham performing “Holiday Road” was shown.



Today in TV History 8/5





Friday, August 5, 2022

Today in
Television History

1957 – American Bandstand made its network debut on ABC-TV. The show was hosted by Dick Clark. Until this day the show had been a local show in Philadelphia since 1952.

1958 – The Coasters performed “Yakety Yak” on “American Bandstand’s” anniversary show.

1976 – NBC-TV aired “The Beach Boys: It’s O.K.” The show was a 15th anniversary special for the group.

1990 – Madonna ended her Blond Ambition Tour in Nice, France. The show was aired on HBO via a tape delay.

2010 – Mary Hart announced that she would be leaving “Entertainment Tonight” in 2011 after 30 years as co-host on the show.

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1957 – “American Bandstand” made its network debut on ABC-TV. The show was hosted by Dick Clark. Until this day the show had been a local show in Philadelphia since 1952. On the show, Billy Williams performed “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” and the Chordettes performed “Just Between You and Me.”

1958 – The Coasters performed “Yakety Yak” on “American Bandstand’s” anniversary show.

1959 – Annette Funicello performed “Lonely Guitar” on “American Bandstand.”

1959 – Dick Clark called Elvis Presley and conducted a phone interview in which he informed Presley that his new single had just gone gold.

1967 – James Brown performed “Cold Sweat” on “American Bandstand.”

1967 – Sam and Dave performed “Soothe Me” and “Soul Man” on “American Bandstand.”

1972 – Looking Glass performed “Brandy” on “American Bandstand.”

1972 – Luther Ingram “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 8/4





Thursday, August 4, 2022

Today in
Television History

1957 – The Everly Brothers made their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and introduced their upcoming single, “Wake Up Little Susie” and the song “Bye Bye Love.”

1987 – The Fairness Doctrine was rescinded by the Federal Communications Commission. The doctrine had required that radio and TV stations present controversial issues in a balanced fashion.

1989 – The final episode of “Highway to Heaven” aired.

1998 – MTV switched off its channel feed to 500,000 homes in Amsterdam after network provider A2000 demanded that MTV share its previously separate channel with two other operators and pay for distribution.

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1959 – Bobby Rydell performed “Kissin’ Time” on “American Bandstand.”

1959 – Carl Smith performed “10,000 Drums” on “American Bandstand.”

1979 – Robert John performed “Sad Eyes” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 8/3





Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Today in
Television History

1970 – “NBC Nightly New” first aired.

1973 – The Eagles were featured on ABC’s “In Concert.”

1979 – Johnny Carson, the “Tonight Show” host, was on the cover of the Burbank, CA, telephone directory.

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1960 – Jan & Dean performed “We Go Together” on “American Bandstand.”

1968 – Merilee Rush performed “That Kind of Woman” on “American Bandstand.”

1968 – The Vogues performed “Turn Around, Look at Me” and “My Special Angel” on “American Bandstand.”

1974 – Fanny performed “I’ve Had It” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 8/2





Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Today in
Television History

1962 – Aretha Franklin performed “Don’t Cry Baby” and “Try a Little Tenderness” on “American Bandstand.”

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1962 – Aretha Franklin performed “Don’t Cry Baby” and “Try a Little Tenderness” on “American Bandstand.”

1969 – Underground Sunshine performed “Birthday” on “American Bandstand.”

1975 – The Spinners performed “Games People Play” on “American Bandstand.”

1975 – Johnny Rivers performed “Help Me Rhonda” on “American Bandstand.”