Today marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of the 1939 World’s Fair and the start of regularly scheduled television broadcasts over station W2XBS in New York City.
The Paley Center for Media has posted footage from “The Streets of New York,” an August 1939 play broadcast live in New York City on W2XBS.
The televised opening of the 1939 New York World’s Fair from April 1939, with a speech from President Roosevelt, is lost forever.
Schedule for experimental NBC station W2XBS in New York City for the week starting Sunday, May 5th, 1940.
The first televised collegiate debate took place in April 1940 between Columbia University and Bucknell University. The topic was the Dust Bowl. It aired on W2XBS in New York City.
How did singers adjust to television in 1939? Just singing wasn’t enough. A “pleasant visual personality” was just as important.