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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. 

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 Most of the 1,087 broadcasts, encompassing 10,000 performers, have been archived.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.
1955-06-22, WCBS, 54 min.
Harry Belafonte, Gower Champion, Marge Champion

The three leads from the production of the Broadway musical revue star in this television adaptation. Complete broadcast. Has slight hum.
1956-11-14, WABD, 14 min.
Harry S. Truman, Mike Wallace, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, Drew Pearson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Night beat was an hour-long talk/interview program hosted by Mike Wallace and broadcast on WABD-TV channel 5 in New York City. (Dumont). It was broadcast from 11 PM to 12 AM Tuesday through Friday evenings. Wallace served as host from October 1956 to May 1957. 

Mike Wallace interviews Washington columnist Drew Pearson, who attacks Vice-President Nixon on his past actions, He discusses Eisenhower and Nixon, Harry Truman, and FDR.                                                          
1956-11-28, WRCA, 3 min.
Hy Gardner, Harry S. Truman, Irving Fisher

HY GARDNER CALLING - Sunday Night, half hour broadcast, weekly, WRCA Ch. 4 New York City - 11:30pm - 12:30am  April 29, 1956-January 13, 1957

HY GARDNER - Mon-Fri, weekdays, WRCA CH. 4 New York City 11:15-11:25pm, 11:20-11:30pm, 11:15-11:30pm September 10, 1956-January 25, 1957

TONIGHT: AMERICA AFTER DARK Hy Gardner ten minute segments "Face to Face" (New format replacing Steve Allen's TONIGHT!,
revised format series hosted by Jack Lescoulie.Last broadcast January 28, 1957 - July 26, 1958 (M-F 11:15pm - 1:00am).   

HY GARDNER CALLING - February 12, 1958 - September 3, 1958
WABD (Dumont). 30 minute broadcast Wednesday evenings 8:30-9:00pm.

HY GARDNER CALLING - September 10, 1958 - January 14, 1959 
WNEW. 30 minute broadcast Wednesday evenings 8:30 - 9:00pm

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 25, 1959-August 14, 1960 WNEW 45 minute and 60 minute broadcast, Sunday evenings 10-11pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 24, 1960 - September 29, 1962 WOR one hour weekly broadcast, Saturday evenings 12am-1am.

HY GARDNER SHOW - October 21, 1962 - April 4, 1964 WOR one hour weekly broadcast Saturdays or Sundays 7:00pm-8:00pm.

HY GARDNER SHOW - September 26, 1964-January 10, 1965 WOR one hour weekly broadcast Saturday 11:30pm-12:30am or 12:00am-1:00am.

Hy Gardner's guest is Irving Fisher, a double for President Harry S. Truman.
1956-12-26, , 1 min.
Bob and Ray, Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding

Commercial for Piels Beer with Bert and Harry Piels.                                                   
1956-12-28, WNBC, 1 min.
Harry Fleetwood

Harry Fleetwood was a nighttime radio disc jockey who played classical music on WNBC radio in New York City.                                                 
1957-01-12, CBS, 54 min.
George Jessel, Eddie Fisher, Edward R. Murrow, Eddie Cantor, George Burns, Burt Lancaster, Gracie Allen, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Connie Russel, Milton Ager, Harry Akst, Jimmy Mchugh, Marilyn Cantor

A special one hour salute to Eddie Cantor celebrating his 65th birthday. On hand to salute him in this variety program are Edward R. Murrow, Burt Lancaster, Connie Russel, George Jessel, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Eddie Fisher, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnay, Milton Ager, Jimmy McHugh, and Cantor's daughter, Marilyn Cantor. Eddie Cantor wrote the script for the show, pre-empting The Jackie Gleason Show.                                                                                                                     
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.                          
1957-07-07, CBS, 29 min.
Walter Cronkite, Harry S. Truman, Eric Sevareid, John F. Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower

Highlights: Holiday crowds visit the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, Truman claims the presidency is a "tough and terrible" job, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, opposes the Eisenhower foreign policy. Eric Sevareid interviews former President Truman.                        
1957-09-29, WOKO, 123 min.
Roger Craig, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Gino Cimoli, Vin Scully, Sandy Koufax, Randy Jackson, Don Zimmer, Jerry Doggett, Bob Kennedy, Joe Pignatano, Richie Ashburn, Don Landrum, Ed Bouchee, Harry Anderson, Willie Jones, Solly Hemus, Joe Lonnett, Seth Morehead, Jim Gilliam, Chico Fernandez

The final Brooklyn Dodger baseball game before the Brooklyn Dodgers were scheduled to leave for Los Angeles, California, for the 1958 season, departing Brooklyn after playing 45 years at Ebbets Field. This final Brooklyn Dodger baseball game is played on the road in Philadelphia Pennsylvania against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Broadcast on radio WOKO 1460. Vin Scully and Jerry Dogget call the play-by-play. Ironically, this memorable baseball game was not televised to home fans in Brooklyn as was the New York Giants final game at the Polo Grounds.

This game is notable also for the fact that it contains the last at bat of Brooklyn Dodger catcher great Roy Campanella who would suffer paralysis as a result of an automobile accident on January 28, 1958, ending his illustrious baseball career.  
                         Starting Lineups 

Brooklyn Dodgers

1   Jim Gilliam  2B
2   Gino Cimoli  CF
3   Carl Furillo RF
4   Gil Hodges   1B
5   Bob Kennedy  LF
6   Randy Jackson 3B
7   Don Zimmer   SS
8   Joe Pignatano C
9   Roger Craig   P
10  Sandy Koufax  P      
11  Roy Campanella PH

Philadelphia Phillies

1	Richie Ashburn	RF
2	Don Landrum	CF
3	Ed Bouchee	1B
4	Harry Anderson	LF
5	Willie Jones	3B
6	Solly Hemus	2B
7	Chico Fernandez	SS
8	Joe Lonnett	C
9	Seth Morehead	P

NOTE: This is a COMPLETE GAME, unlike radio broadcast versions that exists on the internet and /or housed in other museums or private collector's archives, which contain in their recordings missing counts related to player at bats. 

Phil Gries has processed the original recording as recorded off the air at the time of the original broadcast, correcting pitch, sound glitches, clicks, and equalization, resulting in overall improved sound quality.  
1958-06-29, NBC, 43 min.
Dean Jones, Stan Freberg, John Raitt, Janet Blair, Dorothy Kirsten, Harry Zimmerman Orchestra

The Chevy Show, June 22nd, 1958-September 27th,1959-(NBC)
Regular cast; Janet Blair, John Raitt, Edie Adams (1958)
Dorothy Kirsten, Stan Freberg(1958), Rowan and Martin (1958),
The Harry Zimmerman Orchestra.

This Chevy Show was the Summer replacement for The Dinah Shore Chevy Show in 1958 and 1959. The format was a mixed bag of popular and classical music, skits, and monologues. During the Summer of 1958, the show had three musical-comedy stars-Janet Blair, John Raitt and Edie Adams who appeared each week and took turns as host. The opera singer Dorothy Kirsten was a featured regular, Stan Freberg and Rowan and Martin provided humor. During the Summer of 1959 Blair and Raitt returned as co-hosts, with Miss Kirsten the only other returning regular.

Edie Adams, Janet Blair, John Raitt, Dorothy Kirsten, and humorist Stan Freberg, with his space puppet, Orville, are joined by guest singer Dean Jones. A musical sketch with the entire cast will be a guessing game called "Little Known Verses Of Well-Known Songs." Harry Zimmerman Orchestra.

1958-08-10, NBC, 49 min.
Stan Freberg, John Raitt, Janet Blair, Edie Adams, Dorothy Kirsten, Harry Zimmerman Orchestra

June 22nd, 1958, September 27th, 1959. (NBC).

Summer replacement series for The Dinah Shore Chevy Show in 1958 and 1959. Regulars were Janet Blair, John Raitt, Edie Adams (in 1958), Dorothy Kirsten, Stan Freberg (1958), Rowan and Martin (1958 ), The Harry Zimmerman Orchestra. 

Opera star Dorothy Kirsten and comedian Stan Freberg join Edie Adams, Janet Blair, and John Raitt. Harry Zimmerman Orchestra.


"Yes Indeed,"- Everyone
"Feudin,Fussin, and Fightin," "Too Darn Hot," "Gone With The Wind,"- Blair      
"Song Of The Vagabonds," "High Noon,"-Raitt
"South Rampart St.Parade," "To Keep My Love Alive," 
"Tender Trap,"-Adams
"Love Walked In," "It's Nice To Be Traveling,"
"Song From Moulin Rouge,"-Kirsten
"Bess, You Is My Woman,"-Kirsten, Raitt
"Wizard Of Oz,"-Freberg                                          
1958-08-31, NBC, 47 min.
John Raitt, Janet Blair, Edie Adams, Dorothy Kirsten, Harry Zimmerman Orchestra

June 22nd, 1958-September 27th, 1959-(NBC)

This Chevy show was a summer replacement series for The Dinah Shore Chevy Show in 1958 and 1959.

Regulars were John Raitt, Janet Blair, Edie Adams (1958), Stan Freberg (1958 ). Dorothy Kirsten, Rowan and Martin (1958).
Harry Zimmerman Orchestra. 

Dorothy Kirsten, rejoins Edie Adams, Janet Blair, and John Raitt. Comedy is provided by Stan Freberg and Elliott Reid. Harry Zimmerman Orchestra. 


"Tait What You Do,"-All
"Go West, Young Man, " "Nearness Of You,"-Adams     
"Maria," "Hey There,"-Raitt
"Cow, Cow, Boogie," "Gentleman Is A Dope," "Sunday Kind Of Love,"-Blair
"Aria From Tosca,"-Kirsten
"People Will Say We're In Love,"-Raitt, Kirsten
"Jubilation T. Cornpone."-Adams, Reid. 

1958-09-21, NBC, 47 min.
Carol Burnett, John Raitt, Janet Blair, Mae Edwards, Eddie Foy, Jr., Joan McCursker, Buss McCursker, Dorothy Kirsten, Harry Zimmerman Orchestra

The Chevy Show, June 22nd, 1958-September 27th,1959-(NBC)
Regular cast; Janet Blair, John Raitt, Edie Adams (1958)
Dorothy Kirsten, Stan Freberg(1958), Rowan and Martin (1958),
The Harry Zimmerman Orchestra.

This Chevy Show was the Summer replacement for The Dinah Shore Chevy Show in 1958 and 1959. The format was a mixed bag of popular and classical music, skits, and monologues. During the Summer of 1958, the show had three musical-comedy stars-Janet Blair, John Raitt and Edie Adams who appeared each week and took turns as host. The opera singer Dorothy Kirsten was a featured regular, Stan Freberg and Rowan and Martin provided humor. During the Summer of 1959 Blair and Raitt returned as co-hosts, with Miss Kirsten the only other returning regular.

Carol Burnett, Eddie Foy, Jr, and Dorothy Kristen join regulars John Raitt, and Janet Blair. Edie Adams will not be seen tonight. Professional ice skaters Mae Edwards and Buss and Joan McCursker perform skating routines to the tunes of "Birth Of The Blues" and "Spellbound." The entire cast joins in for a skating finale. 

"Fever," "Why Can't You Behave?"- Blair
"Boston Beguine," "When I'm Not Near The Boy I Love, "- Burnett
"Strange Music."- Kirsten
"This Is My Beloved,"-Kirsten-Raitt
"I'll Never Be Jealous Again,"- Foy, Burnett
"All The Things You Are,"- Blair, Raitt  
"My Defenses Are Down,"- Raitt, Burnett
"You Don't know Him As I Do,"- Blair, Burnett
Campfire Medley- All 
1959-03-03, NBC, 00 min.
Jack Webb, Danny Thomas, Jane Wyman, Kay Starr, Eddie Fisher, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Bob Hope, Sid Caesar, Harry James, Betty Grable, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como, Tony Martin, Nat King Cole, Emanuel Sacks

Stars from the world of show business pay tribute to the late Emanuel Sacks. Their tribute takes the form of 90 minutes of entertainment by Sid Caesar, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Eddie Fisher, Betty Grable, Bob Hope, Harry James, Tony Martin, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Kay Starr, Danny Thomas, Jack Webb and Jane Wyman.
Some of these entertainers were discovered by Manie Sacks, all of them were helped by him during his years as a record-industry and television executive and all were his friends.                     
1959-04-25, CBS, min.
Ron Cochran, John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Wayne Morse, Claire Booth Luce

Highlights: Claire Booth Luce's appointment as ambassador to Brazil under fire due to her sharp criticism of Senators,
she claims Senator Morse was kicked in the head by a hose, Eisenhower defends her appointment, ex-President Truman visits New York City and comments on future presidents, Senate passes Senator Kennedy's labor bill to possibly replace the Taft-Hartley act.            
1959-07-29, WRCA, 87 min.
Hugh Downs, Hermione Gingold, Florence Henderson, Genevieve, Max Asnas, Dody Goodman, Al Finelli, Harry Nimmo, Dr. Franklin Loehr

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962.

July 29, 1959, SECOND ANNIVERSARY TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR. Complete, without commercials (87 minutes).

Hugh Downs is heard opening the show, 
“The NBC Television Network presents the second anniversary addition of the JACK PAAR SHOW with the 
Jose Melies orchestra, conducted by Al Finelli, and yours truly, Hugh Downs. And, tonight, two years later, Jack’s guests are Hermione Gingold, Genevieve, Dody Goodman, Florence Henderson, and Harry Nimmo. And now, celebrating his second anniversary, here he is Jack, what do I hold up?, Paar.”

Jack’s monologue includes statements that when he first went on the air there were only 40 affiliate stations and now there are 138. 
He remarks how NBC has been very nice to him, and that he will be “staying around for a while.” Jack relates the long hours…nine hours of programming a week, five nights a week…coming home at 2am. Recently, when Jack came home he tapped his daughter on her shoulder and said, “It’s time to get up” and to go to her own bedroom (she would sleep with Miriam her mother). Next thing Jack knows he hears water running in the bathroom, Randy brushing her teeth, who thought that
her dad meant it was time to get up and go to school. 

Florence Henderson sings, “Everything is Coming Up Roses” from the Broadway play, GYPSY. Jack and Hugh converse about second anniversary broadcast moments…Cuba show a year ago, about regulars, including, Oscar Levant, Peggy Cass. Jack Introduces Dody Goodman. They reminisce about first shows, Franklin Pangborn, others. Dody, who with Jack and Hugh do another version fresh satiric version of DRAGNET ( Case of the Missing Cake) which runs five minutes. Genevieve is introduced, who sings in French, and talks about her grateful success because of Jack. Long time friend and Tonight Show panel member, Hermione Gingold and Paar reminisce. Downs reads wires of congratulations from Robert Sarnoff, Robert Kennedy, Virginia Graham, and Marge and Alexander King.

Jack Paar states that “Talking and telling true stories is funnier than any script in the world.”  Relates funny story about his dear friend Alex King. 

Comedian / dancer Harry Nimmo performs, and talks with Jack at the desk. Jack says that he and Miriam’s next vacation will be in Italy where he has yet to travel. 

Introduction of Dr. Franklin Loehr author of “Power of Prayer on Plants.” Jack introduces his dear sweet friend Max Asnas, manager of Stage Delicatessen in New York. 
Florence Henderson sings, from GYPSY, “You’ll Never Get Away From Me.” Jack says good night and signs off. 

*Most of this series does not survive in any broadcast form. Kinescopes were discarded, burned, decomposed...whereabouts unknown. 2" Quadruplex Video Tape was expensive ($300 for a one hour reel), weighting 26 pounds, requiring great storage space. Video Tape could easily be erased and was used for new program recordings...retained briefly for a re-run and then erased or discarded. Legend has it that even Jack Paar himself hired a junk man to come to his home garage and paid to have JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW recordings discarded (reels of kinescopes and video tapes) that were now cluttering up his space. 

During this era in television history archiving television programming was not a primary concern or vision, and considered an arcane pursuit. 

ARCHIVAL TELEVISION AUDIO, INC. retains over 70 complete and excerpt JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW air checks (34 hours), including the complete Jack Paar's first anniversary telecast which was broadcast live from Havana Cuba (June 28, 1958). These originally recorded off the air pristine sound direct line 1/4" reel to reel audio tracks, recorded at the time of the original broadcasts, represent the only broadcast record of a "lost" visual telecast. ATA is the largest single repository (one collection), in the United Sates of Jack Paar Tonight Shows recordings. The combined archives of The Library of Congress, Paley Center for Media, and UCLA Film & Television retain a composite total of 13 hours of representative JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts excerpts, all KINESCOPES (sound quality inferior to originally direct line 1/4" reel to reel home recordings at the time of the broadcast). No COMPLETE intact visual and audio broadcasts survive. There are no extant video taped surviving RECORDINGS of the JACK PAAR TONIGHT SHOW...not even an excerpt. 

For four years and eight months Jack Paar reigned supreme as host of the TONIGHT SHOW with a crew of regulars, but only two stayed with him for the entire run; announcer Hugh Downs and band leader Jose Melis, a former army buddy. Familiar faces who appeared many times with Jack included Dody Goodman, Betty Johnson, Elsa Maxwell, Alexander King, Genevieve, Jack Douglas; and wife Reiko, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hans Conreid, Peggy Cass, Cliff (Charley Weaver) Arquette, and Jonathan Winters.

 Hugh Downs substituted for Jack Paar 79 times, more than any other substitute host. There were 20 different substitute hosts for Paar over the period of the series run. Joey Bishop substituted for Paar 31 times. Arlene Francis, 30 times, Jonathan Winters, 26 times, Orson Bean, 21 times and Johnny Carson 15 times. All together there were 243 broadcasts which had substitute hosts filling in for Paar during Jack Paar's TONIGHT SHOW tenure. The title of the late night broadcast changed to THE JACK PAAR SHOW which took effect on February 3, 1958. The first video-taped broadcast aired on January 5, 1959. The LAST LIVE broadcast was aired July 3, 1959. "Best of Paar " Re-runs began on July 10,1959. Beginning July 20, 1959 Jack Paar began taking off Monday nights & guest hosts would substitute for him (approximately on alternate Mondays). The first color broadcast aired on September 19, 1960.
Theme music, "Everything is Coming Up Roses" was first used beginning in the Fall of 1959. 

Location broadcast telecasts of the program telecast away from the Hudson Theater in New York City occurred 14 times during this series run. 

Jan. 13-17, 1958                     Miami Beach, Florida
July 28, 1958                        Havana,Cuba           
Nov. 3-21, 1958                      Hollywood, California
March 2-20, 1959                     Hollywood, California
Nov. 10-12, 1959                  Nassau, Bahamas (Video Tape)
Nov. 30- Dec. 10, 1959               Hollywood, California
March 28-April 1, 1960            London, England (Video Tape)
Nov.9-11, 1960                    Hawaii (Video Tape) - b&w
Nov.14-24, 1960                     Hollywood, California
March 21-24, 1961                 London, England (Video Tape)
Sept. 12-14, 1961                 West Berlin (Video Tape)
Nov. 14-17, 1961                  Hollywood, California (Tape)
Nov. 21-24, 1961                  Hollywood, California (Tape)
March 13-16, 1962                 London, England (Video Tape)

1959-10-11, WCBS, 00 min.
Henry Fonda, Anita Bryant, George Gobel, Joe Flynn, Modernaires, Harry Von Zell

NBC October 2nd, 1954-March 10th, 1959
CBS October 11th, 1959-June 5th, 1960, 

Regulars: Harry Von Zell, Anita Bryant, Joe Flynn, The Modernaires

Guest: Henry Fonda. 
1960-05-01, WNTA, 4 min.
Jackie Robinson, Sharon Robinson, Rachel Robinson, Garry Moore, Richard M. Nixon, Richard Boone, Cyril Ritchard, John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Frank Baxter, David Robinson, Jose Ferrer, Harry Belafonte, Julie Harris, Phil Gries, Archibald Macleish, Virginia Winslow Hopper Mathews, Pearl S. Buck, Eva Le Gallienne, Charles H. Percy

February 7 - May 15, 1960 (Sundays 2:30-3:00pm)

READING OUT LOUD was a filmed series comprised of 15 shows. Famous  people read favorite literary selections aloud to a small group of children, often relatives of the reader.  

Jackie Robinson recites the Gettysburg Address to his son David Robinson, daughter Sharon Robinson and wife Rachel Robinson. 

NOTE: Letter dated Feb. 26, 2008, sent by Rachel Robinson, related to this TV Audio Air Check recorded off the air by Phil Gries on May 1, 1960. 

One Hudson Square
75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013 

February 26, 2008

Phil Gries 
Archival Television Audio, Inc.
209 Sea Cliff Avenue
Sea Cliff, NY 11579

Dear Phil,

My apologies for the long delay in responding to your kindness in sending me the exciting television audio air check of "Reading Out Loud" the TV program where Jack read the Gettysburg Address. The Jackie Robinson Foundation has moved and we are still locating material sent to us as we reorganize the archives. 

I listened to the tape with ABSOLUE AMAZEMENT and DELIGHT. Sharon and I remember vividly the family trip to Washington, and we have one photo taken on that occasion. Unfortunately, I do not have any memory of the recording session. 

It is thrilling for us to hear Jackie's reading of this profound speech, and we shall cherish and preserve it in our archives. Most importantly, we will share it with our visitors to the Jackie Robinson Museum now being designed. 

Phil, I am deeply grateful to you for this historic gift, and we will appropriately attribute it's preservation to you. 


Rachel Robinson

cc: Della Britton Baeza
      Len Coleman

 In 1960, Virginia Winslow Hopper Mathews created the children's TV series Reading Out Loud with Westinghouse Broadcasting executive Mike Santangelo. Produced by Westinghouse for syndication, the show featured notable figures reading aloud their favorite books to children. It debuted February 7, 1960 on the five TV stations owned by Westinghouse in Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. READING OUT LOUD also opened on WNTA-TV, prior it becoming a Public Television Station (WNET-TV) in New York City and 46 educational TV stations around the U.S. It ran as a half-hour show for 15 episodes. 

The following is a list of READING OUT LOUD guest appearances detailing the 15 broadcasts aired, and the dates when they were broadcast. 

-First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (reading Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling to a group of children)-March 13, 1960.

-Actress Julie Harris (reading selections from Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in The Willows")-May 8, 1960.

-Actor José Ferrer (reading Huckleberry Finn)-March 20, 1960.

-Brooklyn Dodger baseball player (1947-1956) Jackie Robinson (reading excerpts from Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage" & Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" to his family)-May 1, 1960.

-Entertainer Garry Moore (reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)-Feb. 28, 1960.

-Novelist Pearl S. Buck (reading Chinese fables)-April 17, 1960.

-Actor Cyril Ritchard (reading "Alice in Wonderland")-Feb. 14 or 21(?)1960.

-Singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte (reading a collection of Jamaican folk tale about Anansi the Spider Man)-April 10, 1960.

-Senator John F. Kennedy (reading The Emergence of Lincoln)-March 27, 1960. 

-Pulitzer Prize poet and author, Archibald MacLeish (reading poems of Walter de la Mare to his grandchildren)-Feb. 7, 1960

-Stage Actress Eva Le Gallienne (reading Hans Christian Anderson's "The Ugly Duckling.")-March 6, 1960.

-Vice President Richard M. Nixon (reading Carl Sandburg's "Abe Lincoln Grows Up" to his daughter Julie and her friends)-April 3, 1960.

-UCLA English Professor / TV Educator Dr. Frank Baxter (reading the poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.")-April 24, 1960.

-Industrialist Charles H. Percy (reading from James Daugherty's "Poor Richard" to his children)-May 15, 1960. 

-Actor Richard Boone (reading Bret Harte's story "How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar.")-February 21, 1960.
1960-05-30, CBS, 24 min.
Kate Smith, Jule Styne, Harry Simeone

   January 25, 1960 - July 18, 1960
A half hour variety series featuring Harry Simeone Chorus. 

Songwriter-producer Jule Styne performs at the piano in a program devoted to tunes he's written, sung by Kate Smith, Styne, and the Chorus. They include, "Just in Time," "Sunday," "I'll Walk Alone," "There Goes That Song Again," and "Small World."          
#13449: CBS NEWS
1960-06-29, CBS, min.
Harry S. Truman, Fidel Castro, John F Kennedy

US to cut sugar purchases from Cuba because of Castro hostility, Congo prepares for independence on June 30th, comments on problems lying ahead, threats of secession by rival groups, Truman resigns as a delegate to the Democratic convention, charges of Democratic convention being rigged for Kennedy.                                      
#13443: NEWS, THE
1960-07-07, , min.
Harry S. Truman, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Yul Brynner, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Sam Rayburn, Hulan Jack, John Connelly

Pre-convention news. Sam Rayburn comments on John Kennedy's chances of winning Texas, John Connelly comments on Lyndon Johnson's chances, certain Hollywood stars including Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin support Kennedy while Yul Brynner doesn't believe celebrities should involve themselves in politics. Hulan Jack jury is still out, Mexican leader believes Mexico should side with Cuba, US franchise in Cuba is moved out, rioting in Italy is led by the communists, Democratic convention begins in Los Angeles, Truman might change his mind and go to the convention, Johnson predicts a victory for himself, other convention news.                                                    
1960-07-15, , min.
Adlai Stevenson, Lyndon Johnson, John F, Kennedy, Stuart Symington, Harry J. Collins

Continuation of the convention, speakers include Lyndon Johnson, Adlai Stevenson, and Stuart Symington, John Kennedy makes his acceptance speech.                         
1960-08-20, , min.
Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Kenneth Banghart, Patrice Lumumba

Highlights: Russia brings five-ton satellite-carrying live animals safely back to earth, Russia backs Lumumba in Congo, charges the US with aggression, pre-campaign topics, Truman and Kennedy makeup, Kennedy comments on polls expecting him to win the election. 

Kenneth Banghart reporting.                         
1960-10-16, WIP, 98 min.
David Susskind, Joseph Newman, Margarite Higgins, Blair Frazier, Harry Schwartz, Alan Ashbolt, Henry Shapiro, James Wexler

 A perspective of the OPEN END television interview which host David Susskind conducted with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on October 9, 1960. 

A panel of seven journalist join David Susskind and give their opinions related to last weeks controversial broadcast. 
They include:

Margarite Higgins of the Herald Tribune
Joseph Newman of the Herald Tribune
Blair Frazier of McLain's CBC
Harry Schwartz of the New York Times
Alan Ashbolt of the Australian Broadcasting Network   
Henry Shapiro of the United Press International 
James Wexler of the New York Post    
1960-11-20, CBS, 48 min.
Harry Belafonte, Gloria Lynne, Herb Levy, Contemporary String Quartet, John Lewis Modern Jazz Quartet

   This video taped SPECIAL presentation centers around Manhattan's theater district. Hosted by Harry Belafonte, the program features jazz singer Gloria Lynne, John Lewis and the Modern Jazz quartet; the Contemporary String Quartet, and Herb Levy and his penny whistle.           
1961-00-00, WABC, 58 min.
Don Lowe, Harry Belafonte

Highlights from April 19, 1959 and 1960 Carnegie Hall benefit performances by Harry
Belafonte with host Don Lowe presiding on the ABC Radio Network.             
1961-01-19, N/A, 174 min.
Jimmy Durante, Joey Bishop, Gene Kelly, Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Mahalia Jackson, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Bette Davis, Harry Belafonte, Peter Lawford, Ethel Merman, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Lawrence Olivier, Frederick March

Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford star-studded gala and party fundraiser staged at the national Armory in Washington DC on the night before JFK's formal inauguration.                                       
1961-01-20, WCBS, 57 min.
Walter Cronkite, Charles Collingwood, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Edward R. Murrow, Howard K. Smith, John F. Kennedy, Nancy Hodgeman, Lynda Bird Johnson, Lucy Johnson, Averell W. Harriman, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Robert F. Kennedy

CBS coverage with Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Charles Collingwood, Howard K. Smith and others provide commentary on this eventful day. We hear the last 14 minutes of President John F. Kennedy's 15 minute inauguration speech. In addition, Nancy Hodgeman interviews Lynda Bird Johnson and Lucy Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and Gov. Averell Harriman. Charles Collingwood reports from the Mayflower Hotel where the inaugural luncheon is covered. There are retrospective original audios heard of Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower being sworn into office plus the oath of office taken today by President John F. Kennedy. Howard K. Smith commentary and analysis follows.
1961-02-09, WNBC, 00 min.
Jack Benny, Andy Williams, Connie Francis, Juliet Prowse, Harry James, McGuire Sisters

Music and comedy special. 

Dupe Of Number 5417.         
1961-02-09, WNBC, 52 min.
Jack Benny, Andy Williams, Connie Francis, Juliet Prowse, Harry James, The McGuire Sisters

Jack Benny hit radio in 1932. A lot of songs have come through the mill since then, and tonight Benny is host for a look-see at some of them.
1961-05-16, NBC, min.
David Brinkley, Raymond Burr, Judith Anderson, Joey Bishop, Carol Burnett, Chet Huntley, Dick Powell, Robert Stack, Shirley Booth, Hedda Hopper, George Maharis, Fred Astaire, Barbara Stanwyck, Harry Belafonte, Maurice Evans, Martin Milner

Dick Powell and Joey Bishop are the hosts for the 13th Primetime Emmy Awards held in the Moulin Rogue Nightclub in Los Angeles, California.   

NOTE: Not Complete. Some abrupt continuity at times.                                                  
1961-05-20, CBS, min.
Harry Reasoner, Eleanor Roosevelt

Riots in Montgomery, Alabama against negro freedom riders, ten captured Cuban rebels come to the US to negotiate tractors for prisoners, Eleanor Roosevelt comments on trade, French-Algerian peace talks open.            
1961-09-17, WNEW, 101 min.
David Susskind, Harry S. Truman

The second broadest of OPEN END WITH DAVID SUSSKIND on WNEW TV, now reduced to a two hour weekly Sunday night broadcast time limitation from the original open ended time concept as presented since 1958 on WNTA TV. 

An in depth interview with former President Harry S. Truman. Topics discussed include, Red China, the Soviet Union, America's role in world affairs, Truman's days as Chief Executive and his philosophy related to longevity (he takes a few mile walk almost every day). 

When, in 1961, Susskind conducted this one on one interview with former President Harry Truman in Truman's hometown of Independence, Missouri, he offered to pick up Truman at his home to take him to the Truman Presidential Library for the taping. Susskind asked Truman why he hadn't been invited into the home. According to presidential historian Michael Beschloss, Truman flatly told Susskind, "This is Bess's house" and that there had never been nor would there ever be a Jewish guest in there.

1961-09-29, WNBC, 52 min.
Anna Moffo, Donald Voorhees, Harry Belafonte, Richard Tucker, Dorothy Collins

January 12, 1959-April 26, 1968. This musical series ran semiregularly for almost ten seasons-sometimes weekly, sometimes biweekly, and sometimes as irregularly scheduled specials. All types of music were presented on the hour series; Donald Voorhees conducted the Bell Telephone Orchestra.
1961-10-08, WNBC, 54 min.
Jack Benny, Joe E. Brown, Harry S. Truman, Dick Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Danny Kaye, Frances Langford, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Merle Oberon, Irving Berlin

Many stars from Hollywood give tribute to the USO units who since 1942 have entertained troops overseas. They include Dick Powell, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Benny, Debbie Reynolds, Danny Kaye, Merle Oberon, Frances Langford, Joe E. Brown, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bing Crosby. Included with these celebrity anecdotes, celebrating this 20th USO anniversary, is a clip of Irving Berlin singing his own song: "Until the Fifth Army Comes Home."
1961-12-31, WNYC, 27 min.
Joan Franklin, Robert Franklin, Richard Barthelmess, Jack Lemmon, Myrna Loy, David Wark Griffith, Jerry Wald, Dore Schary, Zachary Scott, Samuel Goldwyn, Louis B. Mayer, Basil Rathbone, Ben Hecht, Alexander Korda, Harry Cohen, Reginald Denham, Irving Thalberg

Program number 8 of 18 programs. 
Myrna Loy introduces this unique series. Zachary Scott as host, assembles a composite portrait of the men who produce and direct the great motion picture studios. Some bouquets and a handful of knocks are handed to D.W. Griffith, Samuel Goldwyn, Alexander Korda, Harry Cohen, Irving Thalberg and Louis B. Mayer by Richard Barthlemess, Basil Rathbone, Jerry Wald, director Reginald Denham, Jack Lemmon, Ben Hecht, Dore Schary and Myrna Loy.     

     NOTE: Robert  C. Franklin (1920-1980), inspired by a 1958 newspaper story he read about Columbia University's POPULAR ARTS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT, approached Dr. Louis Starr, then director of the oral-history collection, with a proposal to interview and tape record, on to 1/4" reel to reel audio tapes, movie people as they passed through New York. The objective would be to document, through personal recollections, the era of the silent era in films, the impact of sound, the triumphs and inequities of the major studios, and life in the glittering film capital...a firsthand account revelation of how silent movies were actually made.  

Robert  and his wife, Joan Franklin went on to record 200 reels of audio tape, recording celebrities mostly in New York City hotel rooms in 1958 and 1959. Transcripts of interviews were made available at the time to students and researchers. 

In 1961 excerpts/highlights from these audio tapes were edited into a 16 part  radio series titled, MEMOIRS OF THE MOVIES. Myrna Loy provided a standard opening. A different celebrity host/hostess was employed to introduce each episode. All of the 90 celebrities interviewed have since passed away with the exception of Joanne Woodward. Two additional episodes were later produced, "Style of the 70's," and "Rush To Reality," both hosted by Ben Gazzara and added, subsequently, to  re-issues of the series which were syndicated in the 1960's and 1970's airing  in New York (WINS), Boston (WBZ), Philadelphia (KYW), Baltimore (WJZ), Fort Wayne (WOWO), Chicago (WIND), San Francisco (KPIX), and Los Angeles (KFWB).  

The original 200 unedited reels of 1/4" audio tape interviews recorded by Joan and Robert Franklin are no longer known to exist. However, audio cassette transfers from these original tapes were donated by Joan Franklin many decades ago to Columbia University's Oral History Research Office where they exist  today.
Confirmed during a 2009 phone conversation with Mary Marshal Clark, archivist at Columbia at that time, who stated that the first on file communication from Robert  Franklin to Columbia University related to his  proposal to do an oral history audio recorded project is dated, July 31, 1958.
1962-04-16, WCBS, 11 min.
Harry Reasoner, Harold Lloyd, Mary Fickett

October 2, 1961 - August 30, 1963
10:00am to 10:30am. 

Harry Reasoner and Mary Fickett are hosts for this live half-hour weekday series which deals with a variety of subjects, including art, science, history, fashion, travel, medicine, education, marriage, and customs. Included is a daily news report by Reasoner. Many celebrities also drop by and discuss their past, present and future career with Fickett and Reasoner. 

Harry Reasoner interviews Harold Lloyd on this live morning public affairs series. Co-host is Mary Fickett.                                       
1962-07-23, WPIX, min.
Mike Wallace, Harry S. Truman

1962-1964 Syndicated.

Mike Wallace narrates biographical retrospectives of notable people. This syndicated filmed 65 half-hour program series was one of the first to be produced by David Wolper. 

The Biography of former President Harry S. Truman is narrated by host Mike Wallace. Part 1 of 2.

1962-07-29, WPIX, min.
Mike Wallace, Harry S. Truman

1962-1964 Syndicated.

Mike Wallace narrates biographical retrospectives of notable people. This syndicated filmed 65 half-hour program series was one of the first to be produced by David Wolper. 

The Biography of former President Harry S. Truman is narrated by host Mike Wallace. 

Part 2 of 2.

#241: HOOVER AT 88
1962-08-10, WNBC, 35 min.
Harry S. Truman, Frank McGee, Herbert Hoover, Jim Hurlbut

From former President Herbert Hoover's birth place in West Branch, Iowa, NBC correspondent Frank McGee is anchor for a live birthday celebration. Former President Harry Truman speaks words of tribute. The Hoover Presidential Library is dedicated. Former President Herbert Hoover's speech includes proclamations for a council for the worlds free nations. NBC News Commentator Jim Hurlbut summarizes. An unscheduled daytime NBC Special Report.
1962-08-11, CBS, min.
Harry Reasoner, Robert Soblen, Andriyan Nikolayevis

Major Andriyan Nikolayevis now 24 hours in orbit, the possibility of a second spacecraft to be launched, the anniversary of the Berlin Wall, West Berlin and East Germany cautious as tension increases, the Russians reinforce the wall with troops and police, return of Dr. Robert Soblen is delayed.                         
1962-08-24, WCBS, 15 min.
Jackie Gleason, Harry Reasoner, Kay Reasoner

October 2, 1961 - August 30, 1963

Harry Reasoner and Mary Fickett are hosts for this live half-hour weekday series which deals with a variety of subjects, including art, science, history, fashion, travel, medicine, education, marriage, and customs. Included is a daily news report by Reasoner. Many celebrities also drop by and discuss their past, present and future career with Fickett and Reasoner. 

Host Harry Reasoner and his wife Kay Reasoner profile Jackie Gleason and his touring cross country train ride, plugging the new Fall premiere series of The American Scene Magazine, starring Jackie Gleason.                          
1962-08-25, CBS, 30 min.
Jim Backus, Harry Belafonte, Jack E. Leonard, Marty Allen and Steve Rossi

A summer replacement series hosted by
Sam Levenson in 1960,
August 1- September 26,

Jim Backus in 1962,
February 3, - September 11,

Merv Griffin in 1963,
July 2, - September 17, 

Art Linkletter in 1965, (ONE HOUR series)
June 22, - September 7.

Art Linkletter later hosted the program as a mid-season replacement for the Steve Lawrence Show, again in a one-hour format, titled Art Linkletter's Hollywood Talent Scouts from December 20, 1965 - September 5, 1966.   

Scouts include Allen and Rossi, Jack E. Leonard, and Harry Belafonte. 

Host: Jim Backus                                                                                      
1962-09-05, WNBC, 18 min.
Anthony Quinn, Helen O'Connell, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Linkletter, Alan Weiss Snider, Harry Lipton, Jane Russell, Tom Kelly, Florence Williams, Christina Quinn

One month after the death of Marilyn Monroe, Jack Linkletter and Helen O'Connell talk to Monroe's make up man, Alan Weiss Snider; her first agent, Harry Lipton; actress Jane Russell; calendar photographer Tom Kelly; Hollywood studio club director Florence Williams; and the daughter of Anthony Quinn, Christina Quinn.
1962-09-12, CBS, min.
Walter Cronkite, Harry Reasoner, Mary Fickett, Bob Considine, Hal Boyle

October 2, 1961 - August 30, 1963

Harry Reasoner and Mary Fickett are hosts for this live half-hour weekday series which deals with a variety of subjects, including art, science, history, fashion, travel, medicine, education, marriage, and customs. Included is a daily news report by Reasoner. Many celebrities also drop by and discuss their past, present and future career with Fickett and Reasoner. 
Hosts: Harry Reasoner and Mary Fickett. 

Today's guests are Walter Cronkite, Bob Considine, and war correspondent Hal Boyle.

1962-09-17, , min.
Harry Hershfield

Harry Hershfield. 

Radio comedy.                       
1962-09-21, WCBS, 18 min.
Rocky Marciano, Harry Reasoner, Emile Griffith, Ezzard Charles

October 2, 1961 - August 30, 1963

Harry Reasoner and Mary Fickett are hosts for this live half-hour weekday series which deals with a variety of subjects, including art, science, history, fashion, travel, medicine, education, marriage, and customs. Included is a daily news report by Reasoner. Many celebrities also drop by and discuss their past, present and future career with Fickett and Reasoner. 

Guests with Harry Reasoner who discuss boxing are Rocky Marciano, Emile Griffith, and Ezzard Charles.                          
1962-10-18, WNBC, 10 min.
Helen O'Connell, Harry Guardino

Helen O'Connell interviews Harry Guardino.
1962-10-20, CBS, min.
Harry Reasoner, Pierre Salinger, William Scranton, John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Krishon Menon, Richardson Dilworth

President Kennedy catches "cold" while on tour in Chicago, has a fever and on doctor's advice heads back to Washington, a statement by Pierre Salinger on doctor's examination, fighting continues at Indian-Chinese border, Indians retreat before Chinese assault, Krishon Menon says the Indians will fight on, Cuba charges "Yankee provocation" at Guantanamo, the US says heavy fleet activity and troops maneuvers in the Caribbean area, anti-US activity in Japan against bases, Vice-President Johnson also has a cold and heads back to Washington, Harry Truman chides the Eisenhower administration, Richardson Dilworth and William Scranton have an angry debate in a TV studio.                        
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