NBC TV preview coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, which opens on October 10, 1964. Included are a brief history of the past Olympic Games of its champions; a report on Japan's preparations of this year's Games. NBC's Olympic reporters are Bud Palmer, Jim Simpson, Bill Henry and Rafer Johnson (1960 Decathlon champ) discuss new Olympic events.
The 1964 Summer Olympic games from Tokyo, Japan, were held from October 10th -24th. 93 nations participated. They were the first to be broadcast internationally, without the need for tapes to be flown overseas. Among the participants were Joe Frazier who won a gold medal for boxing and Bob Hayes who ran the 100 yard dash in 10.06 seconds to capture the 100 meter title. Swimmer Don Schollander won four gold medals, most for an American in any sport since Jesse Owens in Berlin in 1936.
Preview of the 1964 Summer Olympics from Tokyo, Japan.
PLANNED NBC TV COOVERAGE OF DAY'S EVENTS:
October 11th- 6:30 to 7:30 PM- Rowing, Boxing, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Swim-diving.
October 12th, 11:15 to 11:30 PM- Women's breaststroke, Nen's Freestyle, Weightlifting, Women's Springboard Diving.
October 13th 7:30 to 8:30 PM, Rowing, Basketball, Boxing, Wrestling, Swim-Diving, Wrestling.
October 13th- 11:15 to 11:30 PM- Women's Freestyle, Men's Backstroke, Rowing.
October 14th- 11:15 to 11:30 PM- Men's 100 Meter, Men's Javelin, Men's 10,000 Meter, Men's Freestyle Relay.
October 15th- 10:00 to 11:00 PM- Men's Freestyle, Men's Breatstroke, Men's Discus.
October 16th- 11:15 to 11:30 PM- Men and Women's Track and Field, Women's Butterfly.
October 17th- 5:00 to 7:00 PM- Cycling, Men And Women's Track.
October 18th- 6:30 to 7:30 PM- Men's Track, Gymnastics, Swim-Diving.
October 19th- 11:15 to 11:30 PM- Men and Women's Track, Equestrian, Weightlifting.
October 20th- 10:00 to 11:00 PM- Decathlon, Judo, Wrestling, Yachting, Gymnastics.
October 20th- 11:15 to 11:30 PM- Women's 800 Meter, Women's Shot Put, Basketball.
October 21st- 11:15 to 11:30 PM- Men and Women's Track.
October 22nd- 11:15 to 11:30 PM- Boxing, Cycling, Equestrian.
October 23rd- 7:30 to 8:30 PM- Football, Marathon, Canoeing, Water Polo, Hockey.
October 24th- 5:00 to 7:00PM- Recap of Week's Highlights.
October 25th- 6:30 to 7:30PM- Recap of Outstanding Events,
Preview Of 1968 Olympic Site.
The Games were notable as the first ones to be broadcast in the U.S. by NBC. While the satellite broadcast was a huge leap forward in technology, coverage was still limited. NBC supplemented what could be shown live with taped events that had to be flown across the Pacific and then aired in the U.S.
Tokyo was also the first time that Olympic results were tallied and kept via computer, instead of by hand. Japanese engineers from IBM designed a system from scratch that kept records and distributed them to the media and for official record-keeping