Click on the picture of your favorite celebrity to view more information.
Home  |  About Us  |  ORDER INQUIRY  |  TV Categories  |  Personality Index  |  Title Index
Visual separator bar
Search the Archive (1946-1982)
Broadcast Title or Personality:   
Broadcast Airdate (mm/dd/yyyy):   / /
Archive ID Number: #  
Keyword / Phrase Search:   

Search Results

3 Results found for Bill McCord
Pages: [1]

1957-04-06, WNBC, 3 min.
Harry S. Truman , Dwight Eisenhower , Bill McCord

Highlights: President Eisenhower shops for farm supplies, Truman says the United States slips because of blunders and vacillations in this administration.                          
1962-11-22, NBC, 5 min.
Chris Schenkel , Bud Palmer , Bill McCord

The 36th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, one of the world's largest parades, is presented by the U.S. based department store chain Macy's.The parade started in 1924,tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States with America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit (with both parades being four years younger than Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade). The two-hour parade is held in Manhattan from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thanksgiving Day, and has been televised nationally on NBC since 1952. Employees at Macy's department stores have the option of marching in the parade

The 36th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from Central Park to Herald Square in New York City. 

Hosts: Bud Palmer and Chris Schenkel

Only the final 5 minutes of the parade was recorded, including the appearance of Santa Claus. We hear end credits and names of the sponsors of the parade by announcer Bill McCord, who was the announcer of the NBC TV Thanksgiving Day Parade for 21 consecutive years (1958-1978). 
Sign off. 

  It should come as no surprise that many of the telecasts from the 1950s thru the early 1970's are lost, or not known to presently exist in any broadcast form, and only TWO pre-1980 parade exists in full. One archived segment of the November 22, 1973 NBC MACY's THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE resides at The Paley Center for Media, and a segment of the November 26, 1959 CBS coverage of the THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE is archived at The Paley Center for Media. Not one pre-1980 TV Thanksgiving Day Parade is archived by The Library of Congress or by UCLA Film & Television Archive. 

 Network broadcast Kinescopes and Video were either discarded, wiped, or never recorded.  Video recording software (3/4" U-Matic) was first released to the Public at great cost in 1971, and the Betamax (1975) and JVC VHS (1976) gave the public a means to record television broadcasts off the air, but, to date, it seems nobody at home elected to record a complete parade and kept it making the 1971-1979 parades more likely to be found possibly only as clips than the 1952-1971 parades. Certain footage from old telecasts has been shown in anniversary specials, showing that some still exist. Bootleg copies circa 1980 to the present have been posted on You Tube...most all playback reflecting poor to fair quality till the 2000's. 

During the first television years, the parade went through changes. Many of the parade's most iconic balloons were introduced in this period, such as Popeye, Bullwinkle, the Happy Dragon, Underdog, Smokey Bear, Linus the Lionhearted, Sinclair's Dino, and the first two Snoopy balloons. The toy float concept was introduced in the 1960s, with a turkey-shaped one, introduced in 1973, eventually becoming parade mascot Tom Turkey.

A few notable lost parades include the 1956 parade (when Mighty Mouse crashed at Herald Square), 1965 (the debut of Underdog), and 1971 (when all the balloons had to be removed due to bad weather).
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (partially found NBC broadcasts of parade; 1953-1980)

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual event held in New York City every Thanksgiving Day. The Parade was founded in 1924 as a Christmas pageant by Macy's immigrant employees who wanted to celebrate the holiday, akin to parades held for special occasions in Europe. The Parade is perhaps best known for its iconic helium balloons that depict characters from pop culture such as cartoon characters, brand mascots, and original Macy's characters.


Since 1953, NBC has held the telecast rights to the Parade prior to this, CBS broadcasted the Parade. NBC's broadcast of the Parade traditionally lasts three hours, with the first hour dedicated to performances by Broadway musicals and the Parade progressing to the finish line. The other two hours consist of the Parade itself, which features giant balloons, floats, cultural performances, celebrity appearances, and musical/talent ensembles. The Parade ends with Santa Claus riding on his own float, signaling the unofficial arrival of the holiday season.
Hosts of the NBC telecast have included such personalities as Lorne Greene, Betty White (from 1963 to 1972), Kent McCord, Martin Milner (1973), Ed McMahon (from 1974 to 1981), Helen Reddy (1975), Bryant Gumbel (from 1977 to 1980 and 1982 to 1984).


Out of the 28 Parade broadcasts that aired on NBC between 1953 and 1980, only two (1959 & 1976) of them have surfaced in full. Video recording equipment was not readily available to the general public until 1971, meaning the 1953-1970 broadcasts have a lower chance of being found than the 1971-1980 broadcasts. Clips from various pre-1980 telecasts have been used in Parade anniversary specials produced by NBC, meaning at least parts of the broadcasts remain in the NBC archives.
Notably lost parades include the 1956 Parade (when all balloons succumbed to blustery winds, with Mighty Mouse crashing in front of NBC cameras), 1960 (the debut of the Happy Dragon, Macy's longest-running singular balloon to date) and 1971 (when all the balloons had to be removed due to heavy winds and rain).

Status List of Parades recorded (Kinescope/Video Tape/ Audio).

#	Year	Status	Notes
01	1953	Lost	
02	1954	Lost	
03	1955	Lost	
04	1956	Lost	

05	1957	Lost	Phil Gries founder of Archival Television Audio, Inc. filmed two minutes of color 8mm film at the parade capturing images of Bill "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd riding his horse Topper, the debut of the Popeye  Balloon, and the Turkey Balloon, and the Soldier Balloon. 

06	1958	Partially Found. Clips of the Spaceman balloon exist,  and Phil Gries founder of Archival Television Audio, Inc. filmed three minutes of 8mm color film at the parade capturing images of  actor George Montgomery on horseback, Benny Goodman and band float, and the Spaceman balloon navigated by crane (helium-in-flated balloons this one year was not used because the government missile program caused a cutback in helium supplies for civilian use), 
07	1959	Found (Complete Kinescope)	
08	1960	Lost	
09	1961	Partially Found	
A clip of one of the Marching Bands exist online. Partially Found	Footage of Donald Duck was used as part of a special in 2011 and footage of Bullwinkle was used in 2016. 

10      1962    Audio of the final five minutes ending including arrival of Santa Claus and sign off is archived  in the collection of Archival Television Audio, Inc.

11	1963	Partially Found. Footage of the start was used as part of a special in 2011.
12	1964	Partially Found	
13	1965	Partially Found. Footage of the Dino balloon and the Monroe Girls Corp exist online and can be viewed on You Tube and on Facebook.

14	1966	Audio Exists of the complete parade archived in 
the collection of Archival Television audio, Inc. (two hours).

15	1967	Partially Found	Audio of the Carlisle High School Marching Band and the first few seconds of The Happening's performance on the "Rock Candy Mountain" float exists on You Tube.
16	1968	Lost
17	1969	Partially Found	Footage of the Broadway cast of Jimmy Performing exists, as does the complete audio air check archived in the collection of Archival Television Audio, Inc. (two hours).

18	1970	Partially Found	Stills of Dino and Donald Duck exist.
19	1971	Partially Found.
20	1972	The complete audio air check of the parade is archived in the collection of Archival Television Audio, Inc. (two hours). 

21	1973	The complete audio air check of the parade is archived in the collection of Archival Television Audio, Inc. (two hours).

22	1974	Partially Found	
23	1975	Partially Found	Audio of the Christian County High School Band exists on YouTube.
24	1976	Found, and the complete Audio Audio Air Check is archived in the collection of Archival Television Audio, Inc.
25	1977    The complete 173 minute TV Audio Air Check is archived in the collection of Archival Television Audio, Inc. (Partial NBC and CBS television broadcasts audio recoded as broadcast simultaneously).

26	1978	Partially Found	CBS' unofficial airing of the 
Parade is found; however, NBC's broadcast remains lost.

27	1979	Partially Found.
28	1980	Partially Lost. The majority of the 1980 Parade is found with approximately 30 minutes missing.
Surviving Videos:
The 1959 Parade, the oldest surviving parade in full.
The 1976 Parade, the 2nd oldest surviving parade in full.
Parts of the 1972 Parade.
The intro, band performances and Santa Claus from the 1979 Parade.
Wrangler Belles performance from the 1971 parade.
Wrangler Belles performance from the 1973 parade.
Wrangler Belles performance from the 1977 parade and longer introduction to the 1977 Parade.
The Broadway Cast of Jimmy Performing "The Mayor of New York" in 1969.
Diana Ross's famous appearance in 1979.
Sinclair's Dino in the 1965 Parade.
The Village People performance in 1978.
Tom Turkey, known in 1974 as the Toy Turkey, makes his second appearance.
The Patriot Band performance in 1978.
The Independence High School 76th Cavalry Band in 1978.
The Salem High School Marching Band performance and Santa Claus in 1977.
Mason Reese performance in 1975.
The Dover High School Tornado Band performance in 1972.
The Ohio Youth Choir in 1975
Audio of the Christian County High School Marching Colonels performance in 1975.
The Spring Branch Sr. High School Marching Band performance in 1974.
The Spring Branch Bruin Brigade performance in 1974.
Audio of the Carlisle High School Marching Band performance in 1967.
Short silent clips of the 1966 Parade.
1966-06-03, WNBC, 3 min.
Eugene Cernan , Thomas Stafford , Bill McCord

WNBC radio news with Bill McCord. Coverage of the Gemini 9 space flight.             
3 Results found for Bill McCord
Pages: [1]


To search for a broadcast, please e
nter a
Show Title
, Personality, Airdate, Archive ID, Keyword or Phrase into the Search textboxes at the top of the page:

(1946 - 1982)


"Preserving & disseminating important TV Audio
Air Checks, the video considered otherwise lost."
-Library of Congress

Vintage Television Audio Broadcasts
22,000 Titles - 20,000 Hours
Home | About us | Order Inquiry | TV Categories | Personality Index | Title Index

Archival Television Audio, Inc.

209 Sea Cliff Avenue
Sea Cliff, New York 11579
Attention: Phil Gries

Founder & Owner Phil Gries
Director of Photography

"Any Inquiries"
Phone/Fax:    (516) 656-5677
Email Us:

© 2002-2023 Collector's Choice Archival Television Audio, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

Unique Visitors:
Visitor Counter
Visitor Counter

Logo for the LOST NBC-TV Bulletins
UNIQUE in the WORLD audio air check recordings by 20-year-old Phil Gries, archiving the first, second bulletins & initial NBC TV broadcast coverage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Not recorded by NBC or any other resource in the country.

Each Friday Evening from 7:30 - 8:30PM EST.

visual separator bar RETRIEVABLE LOST

Vintage Television Audio Broadcasts
22,000 Titles
20,000 Hours


The Senior Moments Radio Broadcast show interviews Phil Gries about his Archival Television Audio archive and his restored documentary film, "Harlem School 1970"

Hosts of the Senior Moments Radio Broadcast show

Glen Cove Senior Center
January 23, 2018

visual separator bar Phil Gries' recordings
of vintage sounds
never grow old.

Newsday feature
June 22, 2016

Hear Phil Gries on

Hear Phil Gries
and Joe Franklin
on Bloomberg Radio
(April 28, 2012)


Contact Us


Hear Phil Gries on
National Public Radio
Archive Profile

"Raising Ali"
(May 22, 2015)

Hear Phil Gries
on Sports Talk:
August 25, 2019
June 26, 2016
August 9, 2015

visual separator bar
Vin Scully
"Vin Scully on Jackie Robinson" In Conversation with Phil Gries (Oct. 19, 2021) - 7 minutes
visual separator bar
Jonathan Winters
53 minute Phone Conversation with Jonathan Winters, September 4, 2008
visual separator bar


Search Library

TV Categories

Personality Index

Title Index

ARSC Journal Article Publication: Lost TV Programs (1946-1972)

Hear Phil Gries presentations at ARSC (Association for Recorded Sound Collections) 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014.

Audio Samples
(Audio files may take 20 seconds or more to load)

1960's TV
Audio Player
103 Broadcast Samplers


(Browser needs to
allow Flash content)

Content Collections

JFK Assassination

NPR Walter Cronkite Essays

Civil Rights Movement (1956-1968)

Space Exploration (1956-1972)

Vietnam War
[854 Entries]

Company Information

About Us






Master Materials



Restricted Archive Titles


Related Materials

TV History

Lost Television

Jose Feliciano, at 70, listening to his FIRST TV variety show appearance (Al Hirt: FANFARE), telecast on July 17, 1965, when he was 19 years old.

TV Audio:
Rare & Valued

When TV Variety
Was King

This Anniversary Day
In Television History

ARSC/IASA London Conference: Why Collect?

News 12 Long Island
Live Television Profile:
Archival Television Audio, Inc


NBC TV - Feb. 5, 1957
8:23 min. excerpt

Phil Gries TV Audio Archive
Profile Segment

Harry Belafonte Hosts
The Tonight Show
5:21 min. excerpt

Password: Phil
(Case Sensitive)