More on WNBT’s First Day of Commercial Broadcasting

New information about WNBT’s schedule on July 1st, 1941. Continue Reading →

Happy 72nd Birthday, Commercial TV

72 years ago today, commercial television was inaugurated over WNBT in New York City. Continue Reading →

Television Broadcasts on December 7th, 1941

A look at how early commercial television stations WNBT and WCBW in New York City responded to the December 7th, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Continue Reading →

Television Broadcasts on December 7th, 1941

Note: This post, originally written on December 7th, 2008 and updated on December 7th, 2009, examines how television — then in its infancy as a commercial medium — covered the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Today is the 70th anniversary of that attack. The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese took … Continue Reading →

Television Broadcasts on December 7th, 1941

For the past two years I’ve written about how television responded to the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 (today is the 69th anniversary of that attack) but unfortunately this year I don’t have anything new to add to the post I wrote last year. I’m hopeful that one day someone will be … Continue Reading →

Q & A: Reaction to the Elimination of Channel 1

Question: How did set owners react to losing Channel 1 due to an FCC reshuffling in 1948? Continue Reading →

Television Broadcasts on December 7th, 1941

Note: This is an updated version of a post I originally wrote on December 7th, 2008 about television’s response to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Today is the 68th anniversary of the attack. The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese took the United States by surprise on Sunday, December 7th, 1941. It was morning … Continue Reading →

Television’s First Act of Censorship

The first regularly scheduled, commercial television relay opened on Thursday, May 24th, 1944 between station WNBT in New York City and station WPTZ in Philadelphia. The broadcast was sponsored by the Philco Corporation, which owned WPTZ [1]. For some unknown reason the broadcast wasn’t included in television listings published in The New York Times so … Continue Reading →