Monday, October 14, 2019

October 14, 1943: NBC Blue Network sold to Edward Noble to form ABC


October 14: Today in 1943, RCA finalized the sale of the NBC Blue Network to Edward J. Noble.

Noble paid $8 Million and renamed the network. Happy 70th Birthday, ABC!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

October 13: 1951 Debut of the Television Series I Love Lucy

October 13: 1951 Debut of the Television Series I Love Lucy

‎"Lucy, you got some splainin' to do!" Well, it's easy to understand, Desi!

Lucille Ball appeared on My Favorite Husband radio show.  An adaptation of the popular radio show moved to television.   On radio, Richard Denning starred as Lucille Ball's husband but he was replaced with Lucille Ball's real husband, Desi Arnaz, as the TV husband -- and the rest is history. 

I Love Lucy debuted 62 years ago today in 1951. Many thanks to My Favorite Husband on the radio for making I Love Lucy possible!

Friday, October 11, 2019

October 11: Happy Birthday, Eleanor Roosevelt

No one ever accused Eleanor Roosevelt of messing around, doing things halfway.  When her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt assumed office to try to medicate the Great Depression, Eleanor set herself upon the task of expanding the role of the First Lady.

She did things first ladies hadn't done before: she put together her own staff, wrote magazines, and began holding her own press conferences.  This last involved a stinging dart into the state of gender relations, since she rarely invited male journalists.  This was, of course, a protest against the under-representation of female correspondents at presidential press conferences.

At the end of the dramatic and wildly-effective first term, Eleanor launched her own radio program, which, owing to a fondness for literalness, was named Mrs. Roosevelt's Own Program.  This twice-weekly dispatch was themed around women's issues and aired by NBC.

Good for her, we say!  She was born on this day in 1884.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

90 Years Ago Today: Debut of DuPont's "Cavalcade of America"


The DuPont Chemical Company was one of the biggest and richest in the country, but it faced a backlash during the Depression Years because much of its fortune was based on profiteering during the Great War. One of its public relations moves was to sponsor "The Cavalcade of America", one of the best written and produced radio anthology programs of all time, beginning in 1935. Interestingly, DuPont's products were never sold directly to consumers, so "Cavalcade" was purely a PR feature.