I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016
Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: Cartoon voice actors read Twas the Night Before Christmas
that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.
December 22, 1931
The first experimental TV broadcast from a transmitter
atop the Empire State Building took place. The transmitter was put up by NBC on October 30, 1931. The original
tenant at the pinnacle of the mooring mast (the topmost portion of the
building) was the National Broadcasting Company. NBC began experimental
television transmissions from the first Empire State antenna on December 22,
1931. Separate transmitters for visual and aural transmissions were used with
the call letters W2XF and W2XK respectively.
These two transmitters were
operated concurrently with another NBC television transmitter already located
at the New Amsterdam theatre studio on 42nd Street. This earlier station
carried the call letters W2XBS (later transferred to the Empire State
transmitter) and operated on approximately 2 MHz with 60-line, mechanically
scanned picture signals. The first experimental transmission from the Empire
State Building were 120-line pictures using mechanical scanning of both film
and live subjects.