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#17401: FANTASIA WORLD PREMIERE
1940-11-13, WMCA, 13 min.
Julius Colby, Hal Horn, Burns Mantle, Mrs. Burns Mantle, Lydia Sears

  Live special WMCA half hour Radio broadcast of the premiere of Walt Disney's second feature length animation film, FANTASIA. Sponsored by the war relief fund, this event is held at the Broadway Theatre in New York City and is expected to bring out 2000 people paying $5 and $10 per seat. The Broadway Theatre will be showing FANTASIA in stereophonic sound, complimenting the films eight soundtracks. 
Broadcast from the lobby of the Broadway Theatre numerous guests pay tribute to the film including, Julius Colby, drama critic columnist of the Chicago Tribune, Burns Mantle drama critic of the Daily News, and Hal Horn, Chicago Tribune columnist. 
Tom Hoffy (?) hosts the proceedings.

NOTE: Only the first half of this broadcasts exists. 

                       
#18853: "1944 IN REVIEW" WOR RADIO
1944-12-00, , WOR min.
TBA

1944 in review.

Highlights in the news for 1944 from WOR radio.              
#18854: "1945 IN REVIEW" WOR RADIO
1945-12-00, WOR, min.
TBA

Highlights in the news for 1945.              
#18747: JEROME KERN MEMORIAL
1945-12-09, , min.
Jerome Kern

A tribute to musical composer Jerome Kern.         
#18855: "1946 IN REVIEW" WOR RADIO
1946-12-00, WOR, min.
TBA

Highlights in the news for 1946.      
#9492A: ED SULLIVAN SHOW (TOAST OF THE TOWN) THE
1948-07-25, CBS, 18 min.
Ed Sullivan, Jan Murray, Toni Kelly

 June 20, 1948 - May 30, 1971

Oldest known surviving broadcast content, in any format or transcription, of a TOAST OF THE TOWN opening and closing and comic stand-up routine. 

In 1948 there existed only 600,000 TV sets in America. Practically all television broadcasts were aired LIVE including TOAST OF THE TOWN which would not kinescope their shows until December 5, 1948. 

ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE, (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
Television's longest running variety series. Originally, titled, TOAST OF THE TOWN, the name of the series changed on September 18, 1955 to THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. Most remembered for introducing many stand-up comedians, and musical acts, including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Beatles. 

 Most of the 1,087 broadcasts, encompassing 10,000 performers, have been archived. The major exceptions are the first half-year of shows circa 1948 of which a few kinescope excerpts survive beginning with broadcasts December 5, 12, and 19, 1948.

 The ED SULLIVAN SHOW was a spectacular show-case that for twenty-three years entertained the American family. In its prime, more than thirty million viewers, young and old, tuned in at the same time to view popular culture.  

The guests archived in this earliest known TALK OF THE TOWN air check are Toni Kelly, with chorus on a boardwalk, in Atlantic City, and a 12 minute stand-up comedy routine by Jan Murray.

Variety reviewed this broadcast stating,

“JAN MURRAY WAS ON FOR A FULL 12 MINUTES OF THE HOUR-LONG SHOW WITH SOME VERY FUNNY BITS WHICH HAD THE STUDIO AUDIENC YUCKING AS MUCH AS THE HOME AUDIENCE MUST HAVE LAUGHED. 
AS WITH MOST NITERY EMCEES, THE STRAIN TO AVOID BLUISH PATTER WAS EASILY APPARENT BUT MURRAY CARRIED IT OFF OKAY. 
WITH THE RIVAL “TEXACO STAR THEATRE” ON NBC-TV ON THE PROWL FOR SUITABLE EMCEES, MURRAY’S A CINCH TO GET A BID, AND FOR MORE PAY, TOO.” 

NOTE: It was Milton Berle who got the nod, first to appear (audition) June 8, 1948, succeeded by other temporary hosts including Harry Richman, Georgie Price, Henny Youngman, Morey Amsterdam, Jack Carter and Peter Donald who all rotated in the Host's Spot, during the Summer of 1948, but NOT Jan Murray.
The final choice by NBC to become permanent host of THE TEXICO STAR THEATER was Milton Berle, beginning September 21, 1948...and the rest is history!).  

Also, remarkably preserved in this TV Audio Air Check is the entire 2 minute opening and closing of this 6th "TALK OF THE TOWN" Broadcast. 
                                                         
#9492B: ED SULLIVAN SHOW (TOAST OF THE TOWN) THE
1948-08-08, CBS, 59 min.
Al Kelly, Ed Sullivan, Ray Bloch, Peggy Lee, Bern Bennett, Balinese Dance Troop, De Marco Sisters, Jody Gilbert, Jerry Smith, Francis Marion, Sue Ryan, Monica Lewis, Harry Hirschfield

 June 20, 1948 - May 30, 1971

Oldest known surviving COMPLETE broadcast of a TOAST OF THE TOWN with opening and closing. 

ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE, (TOAST OF THE TOWN)
Television's longest running variety series. Originally, titled, TOAST OF THE TOWN, the name of the series changed on September 18, 1955 to THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. Most remembered for introducing many stand-up comedians, and musical acts, including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Beatles. 

 Most of the 1,087 broadcasts, encompassing 10,000 performers, have been archived. The major exceptions are the first half-year of shows circa 1948 of which a few kinescope excerpts survive.
 
The ED SULLIVAN SHOW was a spectacular show-case that for twenty-three years entertained the American family. In its prime, more than thirty million viewers, young and old, tuned in at the same time to view popular culture.  

The broadcast begins with announcer Bern Bennett stating guests, and introducing Ed Sullivan. A Balinese dance troop performs. Ed Sullivan (host), Ray Bloch and His Orchestra, The De Marco Sisters sing a melody of songs, Jody Gilbert (tap dancer), double talk artist Al Kelly, Jerry Bergen, Jimmy Smith (xylophone). Ed has guests in his audience stand up for a bow, including Francis Marion, Sue Ryan, Monica Lewis who appeared on the premiere TOAST OF THE TOWN eight weeks prior on June 20, 1948, Harry Hirschfield, who claims to be the first person ever on television, chats with Ed and does a comic monologue, and Peggy Lee sings, "It's Magic," "I Can't Give You Anything but Love Baby." She speaks with Sullivan. From the Liberty Music Store a comedy bit and musical finale with the entire cast.   

NOTE: This broadcast was transcribed from a 16" Electronic Transmission disc, less than a year since the advent and use of Kinescope technology, commercially introduced, September 15, 1947, developed by KODAK, NBC, and Dumont Networks. 

Sound of this TOAST OF THE TOWN transfer varies at times and there are sections were "noise" from the ET transfer to 1/4" reel to reel tape is heard. However, over all, sound is very good and quite listenable. A rare example of a COMPLETE ONE HOUR "lost" television broadcast, circa 1948, surviving only as audio.
                                            
#5905C: BROOKLYN DODGERS VS NEW YORK GIANTS BASEBALL GAME (1950)
1950-04-22, MGM, min.
Roy Campanella, Red Barber, Jackie Robinson, Alvin Dark, Leo Durocher, Ralph Branca, Pee Wee Reese, Hank Thompson, Whitey Lockman, Eddie Stanky, Wes Westrum, Carl Furillo, Don Mueller, George Shuba, Jim Russell, Bobby Morgan, Dan Bankhead, Cal Abrams, Jack Banta, Jack Harshman, Jack Kramer, Sheldon Jones, Pete Milne, Burt Shotton, Connie Desmond

       Brooklyn Dodgers - 7 New York Giants 6  
From Ebbets Field the fourth game of the 1950 season, and the first regularly scheduled Brooklyn Dodger game to be Nationally broadcast.
Highlights include first Black Pitcher in Major League history, Dan Bankhead, starting the game for the Brooklyn Dodgers who hits a double in his first time at bat. Gil Hodges hits a home-run. 

Calling the play by play on this radio broadcast are Red Barber and Connie Desmond.                            
#18749: AL JOLSON MEMORIAL
1950-10-26, , min.
Al Jolson

A tribute to jazz singer and entertainer Al Jolson who died on October 23rd, 1950.  
#5897*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=PULITZER+PRIZE+PLAYHOUSE%3A+%3Cb%3E%22KNICKERBOCKER+HOLIDAY%22%3C%2Fb%3E">PULITZER PRIZE PLAYHOUSE: "KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY"
1950-11-17, WABC, 54 min.
N/A

October 6, 1950-June 29, 1951. January 2, 1952-June 4, 1952. An hour-long dramatic anthology series, adapting Pulitzer Prize-winning stories. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5897: KNICKERBOCKER HOLIDAY
1950-11-17, WABC, 54 min.
John Raitt, Dennis King, Doretta Morrow, Loring Smith, William Lynn, Jed Prouty, Phil Coolidge, Stanley Carson, Brooks Dunbar, Jack Manning, Harvey Sheppard

Presented on "PULITZER PRIZE PLAYHOUSE." Television adaptation of the Maxwell Anderson-Kurt Weill musical about Peter Stuyvesant. 

Excellent sound. Broadcast contains opening. Complete.            
#5920: HIT THE DECK
1950-12-11, WNBT, 30 min.
Jack Gilford, John Beal, Iva Withers

Presented on MUSICAL COMEDY TIME. Adaptation of the 1927 Broadway musical. Musical numbers only.   

Very good sound recording for its vintage.

          
#5920*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=MUSICAL+COMEDY+TIME%3A+%3Cb%3E%22HIT+THE+DECK%22%3C%2Fb%3E">MUSICAL COMEDY TIME: "HIT THE DECK"
1950-12-11, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

October 2, 1950-March 19, 1951. Thirteen broadcasts aired on alternate Monday evenings. Broadway musical comedies and standard operettas were adapted for presentation as live one-hour long TV programs. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#18845: SALUTE TO BING CROSBY
1951-01-09, CBS, 29 min.
Bing Crosby

CBS salutes Bing Crosby on his 20th year in radio.              
#5899*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=MUSICAL+COMEDY+TIME%3A+%3Cb%3E%22LOUISIANA+PURCHASE%22%3C%2Fb%3E">MUSICAL COMEDY TIME: "LOUISIANA PURCHASE"
1951-01-22, WNBT, 30 min.
N/A

October 2, 1950-March 19, 1951. Thirteen broadcasts aired on alternate Monday evenings. Broadway musical comedies and standard operettas were adapted for presentation as live one-hour long TV programs. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5899: LOUISIANA PURCHASE
1951-01-22, WNBC, 30 min.
Victor Moore, Irene Bordoni, Sandra Deel, Betty Brewer, Jerry Wayne

Presented on "MUSICAL COMEDY TIME." Victor Moore and Irene Bordoni reprise their roles in the television adaptation of this 1940 Broadway hit. Musical numbers only. Variations in sound quality.
#5903*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=MUSICAL+COMEDY+TIME%3A+%3Cb%3E%22REVENGE+WITH+MUSIC%22%3C%2Fb%3E">MUSICAL COMEDY TIME: "REVENGE WITH MUSIC"
1951-02-19, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

October 2, 1950-March 19, 1951. Thirteen broadcasts aired on alternate Monday evenings. Broadway musical comedies and standard operettas were adapted for presentation as live one-hour long TV programs. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5903: REVENGE WITH MUSIC
1951-02-19, WNBT, 30 min.
John Raitt, Billy Gilbert, Anne Jeffreys, Audrey Christie, Vicente Gomez

Presented on MUSICAL COMEDY TIME. Dietz-Schwartz musical about the Governor of a Spanish colony in 1812 who cannot resist the ladies. Musical numbers only. A lost television broadcast. 

Very good to excellent sound recording.            
#5898*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=MUSICAL+COMEDY+TIME%3A+%3Cb%3E%22NO+NO+NANETTE%22%3C%2Fb%3E">MUSICAL COMEDY TIME: "NO NO NANETTE"
1951-03-05, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

October 2, 1950-March 19, 1951. Thirteen broadcasts aired on alternate Monday evenings. Broadway musical comedies and standard operettas were adapted for presentation as live one-hour long TV programs. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5898: NO NO NANETTE
1951-03-05, WNBC, 30 min.
Jackie Gleason, Ann Crowley, Danny Scholl, Ruth Matteson

Presented on "MUSICAL COMEDY TIME." This Monday Night anthology series was seen every other week. Thirteen one hour musical comedy presentations were aired.

Jackie Gleason plays an Atlantic City bon vivant showing an aspiring flapper around town. Musical numbers only.
#19064: DIMENSION X
1951-09-29, NBC, min.
Arch Oboler

April 8th, 1950- September 29th, 1951

Dimension X was an NBC radio program broadcast mostly on an unsponsored, sustaining basis from April 8th, 1950- September 29th, 1951. The first thirteen episodes were broadcast live, and the remainder were prerecorded. 

Guest: Arch Oboler of "Lights Out." Five minute interview.                 
#5905B: BROOKLYN DODGERS VS NEW YORK GIANTS BASEBALL PLAYOFF GAME 3 (1951)
1951-10-03, WCFL, 132 min.
Duke Snider, Jackie Robinson, Alvin Dark, Willie Mays, Leo Durocher, Ralph Branca, Pee Wee Reese, Monte Irvin, Don Newcombe, Sal Maglie, Hank Thompson, Whitey Lockman, Eddie Stanky, Bobby Thomson, Wes Westrum, Carl Furillo, Gorden McLendon, Andy Pafko, Don Mueller, Clint Hatung, Bill Rigney, Ray Noble, Larry Jansen

The Liberty Network, WCFL, Chicago aircheck. 
The National League Championship game number three,  that included the famous game-ending home run by Bobby Thompson ("The Shot Heard Round the World"). 

This radio broadcast is actually a re-creation, using data about the game sent in by wire. The announcer is Gordon McLendon, who owned the Liberty Network. 

                    
#5898A: WORLD SERIES (1951) NEW YORK GIANTS VS NEW YORK YANKEES
1951-10-04, MBS, 95 min.
Mel Allen, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Bob Sheppard, Johnny Sain, Mickey Mantle, Alvin Dark, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Hank Bauer, Jerry Coleman, Monte Irvin, Hank Thompson, Gil McDougald, Al Helfer, Bobby Brown, Joe Collins, Bob Kuzava, Ed Lopat, Allie Reynolds, Johnny Mize, Gene Woodling, Clint Hartung, Dave Koslo, Whitey Lockman, Eddie Stanky, Bobby Thomson, Wes Westrum, Sal Yvars, Bob Meusel

  
The 1951 World Series matched the two-time defending champion New York Yankees against the New York Giants, who had won the National League pennant in a thrilling three-game playoff with the Brooklyn Dodgers on the legendary home run by Bobby Thomson (the Shot Heard 'Round the World).

In the Series, the Yankees showed some power of their own, including Gil McDougald's grand slam home run in Game 5, at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees won the Series in six games, for their third straight title and 14th overall. This would be the last World Series for Joe DiMaggio, who retired afterward, and the first for rookies Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle.

This was the last Subway Series the Giants played in. Both teams would meet again eleven years later after the Giants relocated to San Francisco. They have not played a World Series against each other since. This was the first World Series announced by Bob Sheppard, who was in his first year as Yankee Stadium's public address announcer. It was also the first World Series to be televised exclusively by one network (NBC) as well as the first to be televised nationwide, as coaxial cable had recently linked both coasts.

 Rare highlights of game one, five, and six of the 1951 World Series broadcast on the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network.
 
Game One - The opening with commentator Al Helfer who for the first seven minutes mentions multiple times yesterday's historic Bobby Thomson winning home run against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Helfer states the opening line-up for both teams. 

Mel Allen is heard doing the play-by-play during an historic first inning which includes Monte Irvin's steal of home, only the fourth time successfully executed in World Series history, last done by Bob Meusel thirty years ago in 1921. This game is notable for rookie Yankee Mickey Mantle who is lead-off hitter for the New York Yankees. 
We hear highlights during the bottom of the Yankee second inning which  includes Gil McDougald's first World Series hit (double).
Al Helfer does the play-by-play in the top of the Giant sixth inning which includes a home run by Alvin Dark and Monte Irvin's fourth consecutive hit in the game. 

Highlights of game five. Al Helfer states the opening line-ups for both teams. Mel Allen does the play-by-play for the top of the Yankees' first inning, and top of the Yankees' third inning which includes Gil McDougald hitting only the third Grand Slam in World Series history. Also heard is Phil Rizzuto hitting a home run in the top of the fourth inning and Joe DiMaggio doubling in the top of the seventh inning, playing the next to last game in his career (1936-1951). 
Mel Allen recaps game five's 13 to 1 Yankee massacre of the 1951 World Series.

Game six opening with Mel Allen stating the line-ups for both teams. 
Al Helfer does the play-by-play for the bottom of the Yankee first inning. Brief play-by-play in the Giant top of the fifth inning with Willie Mays singling. Mel Allen calls the ninth inning which is a nail bitter as the New York Giants load the bases with no outs, trailing 4 to 1. After the Giants close within one run with the potential tying run on second base, a racing Hank Bauer makes a sensational sliding catch by pinch hitter Sal Yvars to end the game giving the New York Yankees their fourteenth World Championship.

The 1951 season has been referred to as "The Season of Change" as it witnessed the departure of several of the games veteran superstars and the introduction of a new generation of talent. Several new rookies on the scene including a young 19-year-old switch hitter named Mickey Mantle and a phenomenal 20-year-old outfielder named Willie Mays begin their historic careers.

NOTE: These rare sound tracks were discovered at WOR radio station in the 1960's. They were on multiple 16" Electronic Transmission discs. Each side of one disc contained 15 minutes of audio. This 95-minute compilation of broadcast audio highlights of the 1951 World Series is all that exists of this classic World Series broadcast. 
                                                                                                                                                          
#5964*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=NBC+TELEVISION+OPERA+THEATRE%3A+%3Cb%3E%22TROUBLE+IN+TAHITI%22%3C%2Fb%3E">NBC TELEVISION OPERA THEATRE: "TROUBLE IN TAHITI"
1952-01-16, WNBT, 54 min.
N/A

January 1950-April 1957. Primarily, monthly airings of classic musicals, some in color. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5964: TROUBLE IN TAHITI
1952-01-16, WNBC, 54 min.
Beverly Wolff, David Atkinson, Miriam Workman, Earl Rogers, Robert Bollinger

Presented on "NBC TELEVISION OPERA THEATER." A day in the life of Sam and Dinah, a typical suburban couple who bicker at breakfast and dinner, then go to see the movie "Trouble In Tahiti" together. A short 45 minute modern opera, libretto and music by Leonard Bernstein, who conducted the orchestra. A little TV musical gem, clever and timely. Performed with great spirit and an exceptional cast.
#18826: YOU ARE THERE
1953-02-01, CBS, min.
Walter Cronkite

February 1st, 1953- October 13th, 1957 (CBS)      
September 11th, 1971- September 2nd, 1972 (CBS)

An unusual Public Affairs series, You Are There began in 1947 as a radio show (it was originally titled CBS was There). Each week a well-known historical event was recreated, and the leading figures in each drama were interviewed by CBS news correspondents (the correspondents were always in modern-day dress, regardless of the setting of the story). The television version ran from 1953-1957 on Sunday afternoons, and was revived in 1971 as a Saturday-afternoon show, aimed principally at children. Walter Cronkite was the chief correspondent on both TV versions. Paul Newman guest-starred on one program as Nathan Hale (30 August 1953) and the 1971 premiere " The Mystery of Amelia Earhart" featured Geraldine Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss.       

In tonight's episode: "Pilgrims Leave England, September 6th, 1620.                                 
#18827: YOU ARE THERE
1953-02-01, CBS, min.
Walter Cronkite

February 1st, 1953- October 13th, 1957 (CBS)      
September 11th, 1971- September 2nd, 1972 (CBS)

An unusual Public Affairs series, You Are There began in 1947 as a radio show (it was originally titled CBS was There). Each week a well-known historical event was recreated, and the leading figures in each drama were interviewed by CBS news correspondents (the correspondents were always in modern-day dress, regardless of the setting of the story). The television version ran from 1953-1957 on Sunday afternoons, and was revived in 1971 as a Saturday-afternoon show, aimed principally at children. Walter Cronkite was the chief correspondent on both TV versions. Paul Newman guest-starred on one program as Nathan Hale (30 August 1953) and the 1971 premiere " The Mystery of Amelia Earhart" featured Geraldine Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss.       

In tonight's episode: "The Opening Of The Americsn Revolution, April 19th, 1775."                                       
#18828: YOU ARE THERE
1953-02-01, CBS, min.
Walter Cronkite

February 1st, 1953- October 13th, 1957 (CBS)      
September 11th, 1971- September 2nd, 1972 (CBS)

An unusual Public Affairs series, You Are There began in 1947 as a radio show (it was originally titled CBS was There). Each week a well-known historical event was recreated, and the leading figures in each drama were interviewed by CBS news correspondents (the correspondents were always in modern-day dress, regardless of the setting of the story). The television version ran from 1953-1957 on Sunday afternoons, and was revived in 1971 as a Saturday-afternoon show, aimed principally at children. Walter Cronkite was the chief correspondent on both TV versions. Paul Newman guest-starred on one program as Nathan Hale (30 August 1953) and the 1971 premiere " The Mystery of Amelia Earhart" featured Geraldine Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss.       

In tonight's episode: "The Key Ratification Of The Constitution, June 25th, 1788."                                             
#18829: YOU ARE THERE
1953-02-01, CBS, min.
Walter Cronkite

February 1st, 1953- October 13th, 1957 (CBS)      
September 11th, 1971- September 2nd, 1972 (CBS)

An unusual Public Affairs series, You Are There began in 1947 as a radio show (it was originally titled CBS was There). Each week a well-known historical event was recreated, and the leading figures in each drama were interviewed by CBS news correspondents (the correspondents were always in modern-day dress, regardless of the setting of the story). The television version ran from 1953-1957 on Sunday afternoons, and was revived in 1971 as a Saturday-afternoon show, aimed principally at children. Walter Cronkite was the chief correspondent on both TV versions. Paul Newman guest-starred on one program as Nathan Hale (30 August 1953) and the 1971 premiere " The Mystery of Amelia Earhart" featured Geraldine Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss.       

In tonight's episode: "The Firing On Fort Sumpter, April 12th, 1861."                                                        
#18830: YOU ARE THERE
1953-02-01, CBS, min.
Walter Cronkite

February 1st, 1953- October 13th, 1957 (CBS)      
September 11th, 1971- September 2nd, 1972 (CBS)

An unusual Public Affairs series, You Are There began in 1947 as a radio show (it was originally titled CBS was There). Each week a well-known historical event was recreated, and the leading figures in each drama were interviewed by CBS news correspondents (the correspondents were always in modern-day dress, regardless of the setting of the story). The television version ran from 1953-1957 on Sunday afternoons, and was revived in 1971 as a Saturday-afternoon show, aimed principally at children. Walter Cronkite was the chief correspondent on both TV versions. Paul Newman guest-starred on one program as Nathan Hale (30 August 1953) and the 1971 premiere " The Mystery of Amelia Earhart" featured Geraldine Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss.       

In tonight's episode: "The Battle Of Gettysburg, July 3rd, 1863."                                                                
#6000: OMNIBUS:135TH STREET
1953-03-29, WCBS, 30 min.
George Gershwin, Alistair Cooke, Jimmy Rushing, De Sylva, B.G., Seymour Robbie

Presented on "OMNIBUS." The third part of this Omnibus presentation is complete. An un-staged George Gershwin one-act opera with an all-Negro cast. Composed by Gershwin in 1922 when he was 23. It's primitive in construction and content, although "The Blue Monday Blues" and some other early Gershwin excursions into the Jazz idiom stand out.  
  
Host for Ominbus series, Alistair Cooke

Directed by Seymour Robbie.  
De Sylva, B.G. -  Librettist
Starring Jimmy Rushing                    
#6960: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-08-31, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957...originally titled Tonight!) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. It was seen in only three states, New York, New Jersey, & Connecticut (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday only.  

 This is the oldest known broadcast record of Steve Allen's 14 month local  Pre-Tonight Show run, prior to National Tonight! broadcasts which premiered September 27, 1954.                                       
#6961: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-09-01, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne, Jim Moran, James A. Michener

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, only.  

This is the 27th broadcast in the series. Broadcast theme song, "Stay Just A Little While With Me," opens the show. Steve Allen, at the piano, sings "Cecilia." Jim Moran, who appears every Tuesday on the broadcast discusses with Allen "Oysters," as the Oyster season begins. Author James Michener joins in and also discusses his latest movie adaptation screenplay for the film "Return To Paradise," about to open in theaters nation wide. This was the first theatrical contribution for Michener in his literary career.  

Incredible relaxed late night television from a bygone era as Steve offers a beer to Mitchener in-between anecdotes. Steve Lawrence, who just turned 18 years of age, sings "C'est si bon."   Bobby Byrne & his orchestra plays "Lover." Sign off, as Steve reminds viewers that this new late night series is on the air every weekday night for 40 minutes, 11:20pm to Midnight. Cast sings theme song "Stay Just A Little While With Me."                                                    
#6962: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-09-02, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne, Bobby Rosengarten

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday only.                                                    
#6963: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-09-03, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.                                       
#6964: STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE
1953-09-04, WNBT, 40 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon, Bobby Bryne

July 27, 1953- September 24, 1954   Prior to Steve Allen hosting The Tonight Show (Sept. 27, 1954-Jan. 25,1957) on network T.V. he hosted a similar late night show locally in New York City called the Steve Allen Show. (11:20pm-midnight). These Monday through Friday 40 minute telecasts included regulars, Steve Lawrence, Helen Dixon and Bobby Bryne and his orchestra. Sponsor was Knickerbocker beer on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.   Note: SOME VARIATIONS IN SOUND QUALITY.                                       
#18831: YOU ARE THERE
1953-09-06, CBS, min.
Walter Cronkite, John Wilkes Booth

February 1st, 1953- October 13th, 1957 (CBS)      
September 11th, 1971- September 2nd, 1972 (CBS)

An unusual Public Affairs series, You Are There began in 1947 as a radio show (it was originally titled CBS was There). Each week a well-known historical event was recreated, and the leading figures in each drama were interviewed by CBS news correspondents (the correspondents were always in modern-day dress, regardless of the setting of the story). The television version ran from 1953-1957 on Sunday afternoons, and was revived in 1971 as a Saturday-afternoon show, aimed principally at children. Walter Cronkite was the chief correspondent on both TV versions. Paul Newman guest-starred on one program as Nathan Hale (30 August 1953) and the 1971 premiere " The Mystery of Amelia Earhart" featured Geraldine Brooks and Richard Dreyfuss.       

In tonight's episode: "The Death Of John Wilkes Booth, April 26th, 1865."                                                                                         
#5893B: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1954-02-19, WNBC, min.
Steve Allen, Phil Silvers

  
September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957
The first host of THE TONIGHT SHOW, which was then titled TONIGHT!, Steve Allen began his broadcast career as a disc jockey. On July 27, 1953 Steve Allen began hosting a local show over WRCA-TV which ran from 11:20 P.M. to Midnight , Mondays through Fridays, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer, developed by station executive Ted Cott to lure a potential sponsor, Rupert Breweries, away from a late-night show on New York's Channel 7 (TALK OF THE TOWN), hosted by Louis Nye, who would later be featured on Steve Allen's Sunday Night Variety Show.  

After a successful fourteen-month local run, THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW became a network show. Beginning September 27, 1954, the show retitled TONIGHT!, and expanded to 105 minutes from 40 minutes. 
 
NOTE: Sound of this Television Audio Air Check is PRISTINE. A rare return to an early TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN broadcast when Late Night Television was so informal and relaxed with open ended time dedicated to a person, topic, music, or just impromptu  comedy.         
#5908: COLGATE COMEDY SHOW: "ANYTHING GOES"
1954-02-28, WNBC, 54 min.
Frank Sinatra, Bert Lahr, Ethel Merman

September 10, 1950-December 25, 1955.

 Most COLGATE COMEDY SHOWS were comedy-variety hours with guest hosts Martin & Lewis, Abbott & Costello, Eddie Cantor, Donald O'Connor, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, & Gordon MacRae. Starting in the Fall of 1952, occasional revues and musicals were broadcast. In the summer of 1955, the name of the series was changed to "Colgate Variety Hour," and when Colgate dropped its sponsorship, the show continued in January 1956 for one half season as the "NBC Comedy Hour." Woody Allen was one of the writers. 
 Presented on "COLGATE COMEDY HOUR." A Sunday evening variety hour. Most shows were comedy variety hours with guest hosts. A few comedy plays and musicals were also televised. 

Ethel Merman recreates her starring role in ANYTHING GOES, loosely based adaptation of the 1934 Cole Porter musical.             
#9490: RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN REVUE SPECIAL
1954-03-28, NBC, 71 min.
Jack Benny, Gordon MacRae, Mary Martin, Richard Rodgers, Ed Sullivan, Groucho Marx, Yul Brynner, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Martin, Patricia Morrison, Jan Clayton, John Rait, Ezio Pinza, Oscar Hammerstein

    To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the General Foods Corporation has taken over the NBC and CBS networks from 8:00 to 9:30 P.M. to present highlights from the musical productions of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, 2nd.  The shows to be represented in this review of eleven years of musical-comedy achievement are: Oklahoma, Carousel, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, and Me and Juliet. 

   Clarence Francis, chairman of General Foods, opens the program which is hosted by Mary Martin. The first musical number, "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," sung by Gordon MacRae, comes from "Oklahoma!", Rodgers and Hammerstein's first musical collaboration together. Jack Benny then appears in a sketch in which he recalls buying a ticket to "Carousel" for only six dollars and sixty cents. Then John Raitt sings "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan," and is joined by Jan Clayton in singing "If I Loved You"; both songs are from "Carousel." After Martin sings "It Might as Well Be Spring," from the score to the movie "State Fair," Edgar Bergen and his dummy, Charlie McCarthy, introduce Bill Hayes and Janice Rule in "You Are Never Away," from the musical "Allegro." The following segment is an excerpt from Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life" television series, in which he interviews Rodgers and Hammerstein. Then Martin and Ezio Pinza perform "Some Enchanted Evening," and Martin sings "A Wonderful Guy." Both pieces are from the musical "South Pacific." Ed Sullivan then introduces excerpts from "The King and I," which feature Patricia Morison singing "Getting to Know You," with dancing by Michiko, as well as Yul Brynner performing "A Puzzlement." Jack Benny returns to showcase Tony Martin in "The Big Black Giant" and Rosemary Clooney in "No Other Love"; both pieces are from "Me and Juliet." The program ends with MacRae and Florence Henderson performing a duet from "Oklahoma!" titled "People Will Say We're in Love."       
#5893C: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1954-08-03, WNBC, min.
Steve Allen, Don Shirley

  
September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957
The first host of THE TONIGHT SHOW, which was then titled TONIGHT!, Steve Allen began his broadcast career as a disc jockey. On July 27, 1953 Steve Allen began hosting a local show over WRCA-TV which ran from 11:20 P.M. to Midnight , Mondays through Fridays, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer, developed by station executive Ted Cott to lure a potential sponsor, Rupert Breweries, away from a late-night show on New York's Channel 7 (TALK OF THE TOWN), hosted by Louis Nye, who would later be featured on Steve Allen's Sunday Night Variety Show.  

After a successful fourteen-month local run, THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW became a network show. Beginning September 27, 1954, the show retitled TONIGHT!, and expanded to 105 minutes from 40 minutes. 
 
NOTE: Sound of this Television Audio Air Check is PRISTINE. A rare return to an early TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN broadcast when Late Night Television was so informal and relaxed with open ended time dedicated to a person, topic, music, or just impromptu  comedy.                      
#5893D: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1954-08-12, WNBC, min.
Steve Allen

  
September 27, 1954 - January 25, 1957
The first host of THE TONIGHT SHOW, which was then titled TONIGHT!, Steve Allen began his broadcast career as a disc jockey. On July 27, 1953 Steve Allen began hosting a local show over WRCA-TV which ran from 11:20 P.M. to Midnight , Mondays through Fridays, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer, developed by station executive Ted Cott to lure a potential sponsor, Rupert Breweries, away from a late-night show on New York's Channel 7 (TALK OF THE TOWN), hosted by Louis Nye, who would later be featured on Steve Allen's Sunday Night Variety Show.  

After a successful fourteen-month local run, THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW became a network show. Beginning September 27, 1954, the show retitled TONIGHT!, and expanded to 105 minutes from 40 minutes. 
 
NOTE: Sound of this Television Audio Air Check is PRISTINE. A rare return to an early TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN broadcast when Late Night Television was so informal and relaxed with open ended time dedicated to a person, topic, music, or just impromptu  comedy.                                   
#5953*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=MAX+LIEBMAN+PRESENTS%3A+%3Cb%3E%22SATINS+AND+SPURS%22%3C%2Fb%3E">MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS: "SATINS AND SPURS"
1954-09-12, WNBT, 78 min.
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September 12, 1954-June 6, 1956. Max Liebman, producer of "Your Show of Shows," created lavish variety & musical programming spectaculars (later called specials), which aired on Saturday & Sunday nights once every four weeks. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5953: SATINS AND SPURS
1954-09-12, WNBC, 80 min.
Betty Hutton, Genevieve, Guy Raymond, Josh Wheeler, Edwin Phillips, Kevin McCarthy, Neva Patterson

Presented on "MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS." This was the first of Max Liebman's "Spectaculars," starring Betty Hutton in an original musical comedy vehicle about a romance between a rodeo queen and a writer-photographer who is doing an article about her. No open. Some sound variations.
#6965: TONIGHT! STARRING STEVE ALLEN
1954-09-27, WRCA, 43 min.
Steve Allen, Steve Lawrence, Skitch Henderson, Gene Rayburn, Eydie Gorme, Pat Marshall

September 27,1954-January 25,1957 
Tonight! starring Steve Allen begins airing locally at 11:15pm, for 15 minutes, sponsored by Knickerbocker Beer. From 11:30 to 1:00am the broadcast aired nationally. 

The basic format of The Tonight Show was established during Allen's tenure: an opening monologue, a segment involving the studio audience (through interviews or games such as "Stump the Band"), and a simple set (a desk and chair for the host, a couch for the guests) were all trademarks of the Allen era. Allen inaugurated the out-of-town broadcast (the first one was done from Miami), the one guest show (Carl Sandburg was the first solo guest), and the one topic show (entire programs were devoted to such subjects as narcotics, civil rights, and black music). Allen also established the practice of paying his guests only "scale," the minimum fee required by union-network contract (this practice led to a highly publicized  feud between Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan and later between Jack Paar and Ed Sullivan, as Sullivan paid top dollar for his guests). Though Allen's Tonight! show closely resembled the shows of his successors, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, it was a more musical show; Allen himself was an accomplished musician and composer (he wrote his theme, "This Could Be The Start of Something Big"), and he employed a nucleus of musical regulars on his show. In addition to announcer – sidekick Gene Rayburn, the show featured singers Steve Lawrence (who was only seventeen when he began singing on Allen's local show), Eydie Gormé (who subsequently married Steve Lawrence), Andy Williams (who later hosted several series of his own), and Pat Marshall (who was succeeded by Pat Kirby).  Skitch Henderson led the Orchestra. 

Steve Allen makes his network television Tonight! Show debut. The broadcast accents comedy, song & music. News & sports are handled by Gene Rayburn.                                                                             
#9486: COLGATE COMEDY HOUR: "FRIAR'S FORLIC"
1954-10-17, WNBC, 55 min.
Al Kelly, Milton Berle, Joel Grey, Jane Froman, Smith & Dale, Mitzi Green, Beau Jenkins

September 10, 1950-December 25, 1955.
 Most shows were comedy-variety hours with guest hosts Martin & Lewis, Abbott & Costello, Eddie Cantor, Donald O'Connor, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, & Gordon MacRae. Starting in the Fall of 1952, occasional revues and musicals were broadcast. In the summer of 1955, the name of the series was changed to "Colgate Variety Hour," and when Colgate dropped its sponsorship, the show continued in January 1956 for one half season as the "NBC Comedy Hour." Woody Allen was one of the writers. 

Milton Berle is host at the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of the Friar's Club, a fraternal organization of men in show business.


                                       
#5902: COLGATE COMEDY HOUR: "REVENGE WITH MUSIC"
1954-10-24, WNBC, 54 min.
Edward Everett Horton, Jerry Colonna, Harpo Marx, Ray Middleton, Ilona Massey, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Dietz-Schwartz

September 10, 1950-December 25, 1955.
 Most shows were comedy-variety hours with guest hosts Martin & Lewis, Abbott & Costello, Eddie Cantor, Donald O'Connor, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, & Gordon MacRae. Starting in the Fall of 1952, occasional revues and musicals were broadcast. In the summer of 1955, the name of the series was changed to "Colgate Variety Hour," and when Colgate dropped its sponsorship, the show continued in January 1956 for one half season as the "NBC Comedy Hour." Woody Allen was one of the writers. 


Presented on "COLGATE COMEDY SHOW. Dietz-Schwartz musical about the Governor of a Spanish colony in 1812 who cannot resist the ladies.                          
#5942A: PANAMA HATTIE
1954-11-10, WCBS, 54 min.
Art Carney, Jack E. Leonard, Ethel Merman, Ray Middletown, Karin Wolfe, Neil Hamilton, Joseph Macauley, Betty O'Neill

Presented on "THE BEST OF BROADWAY." Ethel Merman reprises her Broadway role from the 1940 Cole Porter musical about a singer's efforts to impress the scion of Philadelphia society. Betty Furness contributes to the live commercials.
#5942*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=BEST+OF+BROADWAY%2C+THE%3A+%3Cb%3E%22PANAMA+HATTIE%22%3C%2Fb%3E">BEST OF BROADWAY, THE: "PANAMA HATTIE"
1954-11-10, WCBS, 54 min.
N/A

September 15, 1954-May 4, 1955. An anthology series of nine live broadcasts presented every fourth Wednesday. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
#5946*: " href="ata_search.php?keywords=MAX+LIEBMAN+PRESENTS%3A+%3Cb%3E%22BEST+FOOT+FORWARD%22%3C%2Fb%3E">MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS: "BEST FOOT FORWARD"
1954-11-20, WRCA, 78 min.
N/A

September 12, 1954-June 6, 1956. Max Liebman, producer of "Your Show of Shows," created lavish variety & musical programming spectaculars (later called specials), which aired on Saturday & Sunday nights once every four weeks. SEARCH PROGRAM TITLE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
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