Monday, April 19, 2010

This week in Television History: April 2010 Part III

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As always, the further we go back in Hollywood history, the more that fact and legend become intertwined. It's hard to say where the truth really lies.

April 19, 1938
The National Broadcasting Company launched experimental television broadcasts from the Empire State Building. These experiments aired only five hours a week to very few TV households.

April 22, 1976
Barbara Walters signs $5 million contract.
Barbara Walters signs a record-breaking five-year, $5 million contract with ABC. The contract made her the first news anchorwoman in network history and the highest paid TV journalist to date.

April 24, 1936
A group of firemen responding to an alarm in Camden, New Jersey, is televised.
It was the first time an unplanned event was broadcast on television, anticipating the development of live TV news coverage. Fortunately, the event would not inspire anyone to create reality programming.
April 24, 1962
First coast-to-coast satellite telecast.
The first coast-to-coast telecast by satellite takes place on this day in 1962. Signals from California were bounced off the first experimental communications satellite, Echo I, and received in Massachusetts.

To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was".

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa
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