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#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.                            
#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. 

                    
#5898B: NEW YORK GIANTS VS BROOKLYN DODGERS: GAME 3 PLAYOFFS (1951)
1951-10-03, WMCA, 34 min.
Duke Snider, Ford Frick, Roy Campanella, Bob Prince, Russ Hodges, Alvin Dark, Willie Mays, Leo Durocher, Toots Shor, Monte Irvin, Ernie Harwell, Sal Maglie, Hank Sims, Jim Hearn, Herman Franks, Walter OMalley, Steve Ellis, Whitey Lockman, Eddie Stanky, Bobby Thomson, Bill Rigney, Larry Jansen, Sheldon Jones, Charlie Dressen, Horace Stoneham, Charley Finney, Eddie Bracket, Art Flynn, Chris Durocher, Paul Richards, Willard Marshall, Lawrence Goldberg, Sylvia Goldberg

   
   Recorded coverage beginning in the last of the ninth inning, with the New York Giants Whitey Lockman at bat; the score 4 to 2 Brooklyn. Announcer Russ Hodges calls the play by play, as Bobby Thomson hits a homerun ("The Shot heard Round the World"), winning the best two out of three playoff series (the FIRST nationally televised baseball series ever broadcast, coast to coast). 

Wrap up of the game is heard by Bob Prince (baseball announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates 1948-1975), who attended the game and sat along side best friend Russ Hodges in the booth. 

Post game clubhouse (New York Giants) interviews begin with Steve Ellis, Ernie Harwell and Russ Hodges behind the mike. Those interviewed, in a emotional celeritous Giant clubhouse, are Herman Franks, Alvin Dark, Larry Jansen, Eddie Stanky, Charlie Dressen, Ford Frick, Horace Stoneham, Bill Rigney, Hank Sims, Walter O'Malley, Bobby Thomson, Charley Finney, Jim Hearn, Eddie Bracket, Art Flynn, Leo Durocher, Chris Durocher (son), Willie Mays, Whitey Lockman, Sal Maglie, Monte Irvin Paul Richards, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Sheldon Jones and Willard Marshall.   

NOTE:
 In addition to NBC's TV crew, six radio networks set up shop in the press box attached to the underside of the upper deck.

•	Russ Hodges did the Giants' broadcast solo because NBC hired his partner, Ernie Harwell, to handle their telecast. Hodges's friend Bob Prince, the Pirates' announcer, sat next to him as a guest, and filled in for Hodges and Harwell in the celebratory New York Giant’s locker room after the game ended with a wrap up summary prior to the beginning of the many interviews that would follow and captured on audio.

•	Red Barber and Connie Desmond would, as usual, call the game for the Dodgers (WMGM).

•	The Liberty Broadcasting Network, which recreated most of its baseball and football broadcasts from its studio in Dallas, sent "The Old Scotsman" Gordon McLendon to call the game live. His broadcast is the only one that survives as complete, on audio tape.

•	Al Helfer reported the action on the Mutual Broadcasting System, largest in the nation.

•	Harry Caray of the Cardinals broadcast the game for a group of Midwest stations.

•	Buck Canel and Felo Ramirez did the Spanish broadcast for Latin America.

Russ Hodges:  “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! Bobby Thomson hits into the lower deck of the left-field The Giants win the pennant! And they’re going crazy! They are going crazy! Oh-oh!”

 “Everybody remembers it now,” said Bobby Thomson. “But you have to understand the feeling between those teams. I didn’t think of the pennant — only that we beat the Dodgers.” 

Hodges: “I don’t believe it! I do not believe it! Bobby Thomson hit a line drive into the lower deck of the leftfield stands, and the whole place is going crazy! The Giants Horace Stoneham is now a winner. The Giants won it by a score of 5 to 4, and they’re picking Bobby Thomson up and carrying him off the field!”

NOTE:
Before videotape (1956/1957), to reproduce a television broadcasts, as it aired live, a film camera had to film (usually on black & white 16mm Kodak reversal film stock) a TV screen to monitor and record a copy of a broadcast, a process called kinescoping. “Kinescopes were fuzzy and extremely bulky, a costly to accomplish, so the networks of the 1950s saved almost nothing. Few professionals and lay persons even had a radio reel-to-reel recorder (sold commercially only a few years before) which were hard to carry around, expensive to purchase as well as the cost incurred to purchase audio tape 1/4" reels, so the average person didn’t have one. 
However, In Brooklyn, a restaurant waiter Laurence Goldberg did own one. Goldberg was a New York Giant fan from the time he was 8 years old. Having to leave for work in Manhattan, he instructed his mother, Sylvia, who knew little about baseball, to hit the “record” button in the bottom of the ninth which she did, with one out and Whitey Lockman at bat, the score now 4 to 2 Brooklyn.
Lockman doubles. The Giants now have men on second and third base. Bobby Thomson comes to the plate, and the rest is history!

The next day, Larry Goldberg wrote a letter to Russ Hodges about his tape recording, which was not recorded my WMCA radio, or it turns out to be by anyone else (similar to the scenario of Phil Gries' solo home audio tape recording of Don Pardo announcing, over NBC TV, the first bulletins of the JFK assassination, eight years later). Russ Hodges sent Goldberg $10 to use his borrowed copy to record a 1951 Christmas gift for friends. During the fall of 1952 sponsor Chesterfield cigarettes released a record of “the most exciting moment in baseball history, including that famous Bobby Thomson homerun.”

NOTE:
The National Recording Registry chose announcer Russ Hodges’ call of the 1951 National League tiebreaker between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers for inclusion in their archive of iconic American sounds.
Courtesy National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Why so memorable: 
Russ Hodges’ “The Shot Heard ’Round the World?” 

At the time, Dodgers-Giants forged sport’s greatest rivalry, yearly playing 22 games against each other, radio, and TV broadcasting through The City. America was the world’s post-war colossus, perhaps baseball never meaning more. What made the moment wonderwork was the Giants announcer’s call.
On August 13, Brooklyn led the National League by 13 and 1/2 games. By September 20 the Giants trailed by 6 with 7 left. The Dodgers fell behind, 6-1, rallying to win, 9-8, in 14 innings. Next day the best-of-three NL playoff began: “a world,” said Russ, “focused on our rivalry.” Even the Voice of the American League Yankees was transfixed. “Think of it,” said Voice Mel Allen. “Three New York teams out of the big leagues’ 16 remain. One’s already in the Series [his], the other two tied.” For years a red-blooded American could recite the script by rote. It is easy to see why.

The NL playoff became the then most widely aired event in radio and TV history. Seven networks, five of them radio, did at least one game: the Mutual and Liberty Broadcasting system with announcer Gordon McClendon, Dodgers’ radio WMGM and Brooklyn Dodgers’ Re-created Network(s); Giants’ WMCA Radio; and CBS TV—the latter airing the first coast-to-coast network sports telecast for game one of the playoffs (October 1st), with Red Barber doing the play by play. With the playoff series moving the following day to the Giants’ home park, the Polo Grounds, NBC TV moved in to pick up the rights, negotiating directly with WPIX, New York, which had carried the Giant’s home schedule all year. CBS TV held on to westbound relay until 3 pm and NBC broadcast the game from 3:00pm to conclusion. It was necessary for the two networks to swap time each day to permit their carrying the full game which started at 1:30pm.  

On October 3, 1951 Ernie Harwell did play by play on NBC TV which to this day has never been archived in any manner. 
 
Only four years earlier Americans had owned 17,000 TV sets v. 58 million radios. By 1951 video had become an irresistible object. Radio was the immovable object, some feeling TV cursory. Such a schism towered as Russ and Ernie “tossed a coin [about a possible Game Three],” Harwell laughed. When Ernie got TV, he joked, “I felt sympathy for ‘Ole’ Russ. All these radio networks and I was gonna’ be on TV, and I thought that I had the plum assignment.” New York won the opener, 3-1. Next day changed place (Polo Grounds) and outcome (Dodgers win 10-0). His plum then spoiled.
The night before the final, Hodges stayed awake gargling. Worse, to test his voice, he kept talking into a microphone at home, hurting his throat. Next day, at 3:48 P.M., Ralph Branca threw a two-on one-out ninth-inning 0 & 1 pitch with Brooklyn up, 4-2. 

“There’s a long drive!” WMCA’s Russ began. “It’s going to be, I believe! … The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! Bobby Thomson hits into the lower deck of the leftfield stands! The Giants win the pennant! And they’re going crazy! They are going crazy! Oh-oh! The Giants . . . have won it by a score of 5 to 4, and they’re picking Bobby Thomson up and carrying him off the field. I don’t believe it! I don’t believe it! I do not believe it. Bobby Thomson hit a line drive into the lower deck of the leftfield stands, and the whole place is going crazy!”

NOTE: This broadcast moment is one of the greatest broadcasts ever aired on radio or television. And That's the Way it Was, October 3rd, 1951. 

This remastered 34-minute retrospective was remastered by Phil Gries. It is the most complete audio extant and available representing this radio broadcast. 
                                                                                    
#14041: "BEVERLEY HILLBILLIES THE"
1963-04-10, CBS, 2 min.
Leo Durocher, Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Max Baer, Jr., Raymond Bailey

September 26th, 1962-September 7th, 1971 (CBS)

Very successful "rural situation comedy." In January 1963, The Beverley Hillbillies climbed to the number 1 spot in the television Nielsen ratings and remained there through 1964. The story of a backwoods family who became very wealthy when oil was discovered on their property. They then immediately moved to California. Veteran actor Buddy Ebsen played widow Jed Clampett while former vaudevillian Irene Ryan played Granny. Other regulars included Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr., and Raymond Bailey. When the show ended in September 1971, Ebsen, after a brief respite, did a complete turnaround when in 1973 he began playing "Barnaby Jones," a private investigator who got involved in murder, fraud, terrorism, espionage, and political issues. Ebsen would play the role until 1980 when the show ended. 

The opening only of the show, sponsored by Kellogg. The guest is Leo Durocher.                                                               
#490: BABE RUTH: A LOOK BEHIND THE LEGEND
1963-08-15, WABC, 23 min.
Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, Claire Ruth, Bob Considine, Waite Hoyt, Joe Dugan, Leo Durocher, Larry McPhail, Horace McMahon

Horace McMahon commemorates the 15th anniversary of Babe Ruth's death with a special salute. Among those appearing are his widow (Claire Ruth), Roger Maris, Bob Considine, and some of Ruth's teammates; Waite Hoyt, Joe Dugan, Leo Durocher and Larry McPhail.
#519: A MAN NAMED MAYS
1963-10-06, WNBC, 51 min.
Casey Stengel, Alvin Dark, Willie Mays, Leo Durocher, Charles Einstein

Charles Einstein, author of two books on Willie Mays, wrote the script and narrates this profile on the life and career of the "Say Hey Kid." Alvin Dark, Leo Durocher and Casey Stengel reminisce about Willie.
#645: POLO GROUNDS: REQUIEM FOR AN ARENA, THE
1964-04-15, WABC, 52 min.
Floyd Patterson, Jack Dempsey, Howard Cosell, Joe Louis, Willie Mays, Leo Durocher, Ralph Branca, Ken Strong, Arthur Daly, Frankie Frisch, Carl Hubbel, Horace McMahon, Jim Crowley, William Shea, Adolphus Freeman, Bobby Thomson

Horace McMahon narrates this special review of the history of the Polo Grounds. Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca, Willie Mays, boxing champs Joe Louis, Floyd Patterson, Ken Strong, Arthur Daly, Frankie Frisch, Leo Durocher, Jack Dempsey and Carl Hubbel review the fabulous past of the Polo Grounds, a great arena where everything but Polo was played. Produced by Howard Cosell.  

   The Polo Grounds : requiem for an arena / a Howard Cosell production in association with WABC-TV ; producer, Howard Cosell ; director, Lou Volpicelli ; writers, Howard Huckner, Jack O'Grady.
 
Summary:  A look at the history of New York City's famed Polo Grounds, which is facing the wrecking ball very shortly. Featured are comments by sports greats Frankie Frisch, Jack Dempsey, "Sleepy" Jim Crowley, Carl Hubbell, Ken Strong, Leo Durocher, Willie Mays, Bobby Thompson, Ralph Branca, and Floyd Patterson. Also, New York Times sports columnist Arthur Daley (who comments on what happened on December 7, 1941), William Shea (the man who Shea Stadium is named after), and Polo Grounds security guard Adolphus Freeman.
 

                                    
#19150: CHASE AND SANBORN'S 100TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
1964-11-15, , 60 min.
Milton Berle, Charlie McCarthy, Jack Benny, Bert Lahr, George Jessel, Beatrice Lillie, Edgar Bergen, Shirley Booth, Fred Allen, Tallulah Bankhead, Kenny Delmar, Leo Durocher, Maurice Evans, Portland Hoffa, Oscar Levant

Chase and Sanborn's 100th Anniversary Show, starring Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. A special retrospective of radio highlights.                      
#3196: JIMMY DEAN SHOW, THE
1965-09-09, WABC, 42 min.
Jimmy Dean, Leo Durocher, Gene Pitney, George Jones, Molly Bee

September 19, 1963-April 1, 1966. In 1963 Dean hosted a prime-time hour variety series on ABC, which lasted three seasons. Regulars included Karen Morrow, Molly Bee, Chuck McCann, the Chuck Cassey Singers and Rowlf the Muppet, the first of the puppet creations of Jim Henson to be featured on national TV. 

Repeat of April 15, 1965.            
#984: A 1960'S RADIO BROADCAST ADDITION: CHASE AND SANDBORN 101ST ANNIVERSARY SHOW
1965-11-16, NBC, 50 min.
Jack Benny, George Jessel, Oscar Levant, Fred Allen, Milton Berle, Bert Lahr, Shirley Booth, Leo Durocher, Bing Crosby, Peter Donald, Beatrice Lillie, Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Tallulah Bankhead, Major Bowes, Maurice Evans, Portland Hoffa, Minerva Pious, Parker Fennelly, Kenny Delmar, Alan Reed

A special retrospective of radio highlights with Fred Allen, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, Tallulah Bankhead, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Shirley Booth, Major Bowes, Bing Crosby, Maurice Evans, Portland Hoffa, Bert Lahr, Beatrice Lillie, George Jessel, Oscar Levant, Minerva Pious, Leo Durocher, Parker Fennelly, Peter Donald, Kenny Delmar and Alan Reed.
#6971: CELEBIRTY SOFTBALL GAME, FIRST ANNUAL
1967-11-28, NBC, 58 min.
Steve Allen, Don Drysdale, Jerry Lewis, Bobby Darin, Bill Dana, Milton Berle, Peter Falk, James Garner, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Larry Storch, Vince Edwards, Don Adams, Lorne Greene, Robert Morse, Willie Mays, Maury Wills, Leo Durocher, Brooks Robinson, Frank Howard, Tim McCarver, Vin Scully, Pete Rose, Dick Shawn, Trini Lopez, Dale Robertson, Doug McClure, Willie McCovey, Robert Vaughn, Roberto Clamente, Harmon Killebrew, Philip Crosby, Max Bear Jr., Robert Loggia, Ron Hunt, Emmett Ashford, Al Barlick, Michael Callan, Ron Fairly, John Cassavetes

Vin Scully calls the play by play of this first annual (only time) televised softball game, pitting major league baseball players against celebrities. Jerry Lewis does the color commentary in the booth alongside Scully. 

                                                                                                      
#7495: CELEBIRTY SOFTBALL GAME, FIRST ANNUAL
1967-11-28, NBC, 58 min.
Steve Allen, Don Drysdale, Jerry Lewis, Bobby Darin, Bill Dana, Milton Berle, Peter Falk, James Garner, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Larry Storch, Vince Edwards, Don Adams, Lorne Greene, Robert Morse, Willie Mays, Maury Wills, Leo Durocher, Brooks Robinson, Frank Howard, Tim McCarver, Vin Scully, Pete Rose, Dick Shawn, Trini Lopez, Dale Robertson, Doug McClure, Willie McCovey, Robert Vaughn, Roberto Clamente, Harmon Killebrew, Philip Crosby, Max Bear Jr., Robert Loggia, Ron Hunt, Emmett Ashford, Al Barlick, Michael Callan, Ron Fairly, John Cassavetes

Vin Scully calls the play by play of this first annual (only time) televised softball game, pitting major league baseball players against celebrities. Jerry Lewis does the color commentary in the booth along side of Scully. 

Dupe of # 6971                                                                                                       
#16744A: DICK CAVETT SHOW, THE
1971-12-05, ABC, 14 min.
Willie Mays, Leo Durocher, Dick Cavett

    Willie Mays' only time substituting as host of a talk show.  
He fills in for Dick Cavett. He takes questions from the audience including one asking how he felt being on deck when Bobby Thompson hit his famous "shot heard round the world," home run October 3, 1951 against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

  Willie's guest, his former New York Giant manager, Leo Durocher, swap anecdotes with one another about playing and managing during the 1950's. Durocher states that he told Willie Mays who was batting 0 for 20 leading into the World Series against the New York Yankees that if he didn't get a World Series hit, he wouldn't get any World Series money. Also remembered by Durocher his first experiences with Willie when Mays wanted to quit baseball because he was doing poorly but encouraged him to keep playing. Another anecdote when picking up Willie at his place on 155th Street in NYC to attend an important function, he found Willie playing stick ball in the street, and coerced him into the back seat of his Cadillac, Also, discussed, remembrances of Leo's son Chris who was Willie's roommate for a time.
                                            
#2077: DEAN MARTIN SHOW, THE
1974-01-18, WNBC, 52 min.
Chuck Connors, Gene Kelly, Jack Carter, Dean Martin, Maury Wills, Leo Durocher, Foster Brooks, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Dizzy Dean, Bobby Riggs, Alex Karras

Roasting Leo Durocher are: Dean Martin, Maury Wills, Dizzy Dean, Bobby Riggs, Alex Karras, Gene Kelly, Chuck Connors, Jack Carter and Foster Brooks.
#2108: DEAN MARTIN SHOW, THE
1974-03-08, WNBC, 52 min.
Chuck Connors, Jack Carter, Dean Martin, Wayne Newton, Vincent Price, Leo Durocher, Foster Brooks, Lynn Anderson, Bobby Riggs, Alex Karras, Rosemary Casals

Tennis hustler Bobby Riggs is roasted by Chuck Connors, Leo Durocher, Wayne Newton, Jack Carter, Lynn Anderson, Vincent Price, Alex Karras, Rosemary Casals and Foster Brooks.
#7906: DEAN MARTIN COMEDY HOUR, THE
1974-03-08, NBC, 52 min.
Chuck Connors, Jack Carter, Dean Martin, Wayne Newton, Vincent Price, Leo Durocher, Foster Brooks, Lynn Anderson, Bobby Riggs, Alex Karras, Rosemary Casals

Tennis hustler Bobby Riggs is roasted by Chuck Connors, Leo Durocher, Wayne Newton, Jack Carter, Lynn Anderson, Vincent Price, Alex Karras, Rosemary Casals, and Foster Brooks.  

      




Dupe Of # 2108.                                        
#832: THE WAY IT WAS: 1951 PLAYOFFS, THE
1974-09-00, WNET, 11 min.
Duke Snider, Russ Hodges, Willie Mays, Leo Durocher, Ralph Branca, Curt Gowdy, Ernie Harwell, Don Newcombe, Bobby Thomson

Host Curt Gowdy reminisces with Ernie Harwell, Leo Durocher, Ralph Branca, Don Newcombe, Willie Mays, Duke Snider and Bobby Thomson, who hit the home run heard around the world as the N.Y. Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1951 Playoffs. Also heard is Russ Hodges' live play-by-play of that memorable moment, tape-recorded by a fan from the radio broadcast.                          
#9844: THE WAY IT WAS
1974-10-03, SYN, 30 min.
Duke Snider, Russ Hodges, Willie Mays, Leo Durocher, Ralph Branca, Curt Gowdy, Ernie Harwell, Don Newcombe, Bobby Thomson

October 3rd, 1974-May 14th, 1977  

A half-hour syndicated PBS series sports nostalgia show hosted by Curt Gowdy. Guest athletes view film clips of famous sporting events and reminisce. 

A look back at the 1951 National League playoff and pennant race between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers.  

Host: Curt Gowdy.  

 One in this series of sports nostalgia programs that chronicles notable sports events and profiles outstanding athletes. This program concentrates on the 1951 National League pennant race between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, which was decided in a best of three play-off series. With Ralph Branca pitching for the Dodgers, Bobby Thomson hit the winning home run of the series in the Giants's final inning at bat, and the hit came to be known as "the shot heard round the world." Guests include centerfielder Willie Mays, third baseman Thomson, and manager Leo Durocher, all of the Giants; centerfielder Duke Snider, and pitchers Branca and Don Newcombe, all of the Dodgers; and baseball announcer Ernie Harwell. Topics discussed include the Giant's eleven-game losing streak; Duroucher's attempts to resuscitate the team, including a major league promotion for promising young centerfielder Mays; and the fact that, despite sixteen victories in a row, the Giants were still trailing the Dodgers by six games in mid-September before securing a tie. Guests from both teams and host Curt Gowdy discuss the three-game playoff during footage of key moments. Footage of Thomson's fateful home run on October 3 is accompanied by broadcaster Russ Hodges's famous call, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"                                              
#9847: THE WAY IT WAS
1976-02-26, SYN, 30 min.
Jack Brickhouse, Willie Mays, Leo Durocher, Curt Gowdy, Dusty Rhodes, Bob Lemon, Al Lopez

October 3rd, 1974-May 14th, 1977  

A half-hour syndicated PBS series sports nostalgia show hosted by Curt Gowdy. Guest athletes view film clips of famous sporting events and reminisce. 

A look back at the 1954 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Giants.    

Host: Curt Gowdy.                                    
#10131: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1976-11-24, NBC, 90 min.
Liberace, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Leo Durocher, Don Rickles, Ricardo Montalban, Dr Joyce Brothers

October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.

Guest Host: Don Rickles.
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