Sunday, October 20, 2019

October 20: Happy Birthday, Bela Lugosi

Dracula both on stage and on film, Bela Lugosi was born Bela Ferenc Dezso Blasko in Hungary, on this day in 1882.  In addition to his famous role as the diabolical vampire, Lugosi acted in many horror films, also co-starring with Boris Karloff.

He lent his distinctive voice to radio series Suspense, Texaco Star Theatre, Candid Microphone, and Command Performance.

Later, the Goth rock band Bauhaus recorded a song called "Bela Lugosi's Dead."

Today, we commemorate the man's birth.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

October 17, 1938: NBC moves to Sunset and Vine

October 17, 1938: On this day, NBC was moved to the corner of Sunset and Vine. NBC became the new Hollywood radio station, one that would attract thousands of people with popular radio programs during the golden age of radio to fill the studio audience seats.

The studio became known as West Coast Radio City, which served as the headquarters for NBC's Red and Blue Radio Networks. It replaced the radio broadcast center located in San Francisco, which had been used since 1927-- the year NBC was established.