Monday, November 21, 2022

November 21 Radio History

➦In 1877…Thomas Edison unveiled his new "talking machine," later called the phonograph. The first thing recorded on Edison's new invention was the song "Mary Had a Little Lamb."  Recording made by Thomas A. Edison on August 12, 1927, at the Golden Jubilee of the Phonograph ceremony. In this recording Edison demonstrates how in 1877 he made the first record on his tinfoil phonograph. The original 1877 recording was not saved and no longer exists.  Edison received a patent three months later.

➦In 1944…"The Roy Rogers Show" aired for the first time featuring the Whippoorwills and the Sons of the Pioneers, was broadcast by the Mutual Broadcasting System. It began as a western music and variety show and evolved into an action-drama series during its 10-year run.

Roy's radio show lasted 11 seasons and the Roy Rogers Show On TV stayed on the air for 6 seasons.  Roy also made a ton of movies and appeared on numerous other radio and TV shows as a guest star! In addition, Roy had a successful recording career for several years with songs that made it to the top of the charts! Most people probably remember him and Dale Evans singing "Happy Trails to You" at the end of each show!

➦In 1963…U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in San Antonio, Texas. They were starting a two-day visit to Texas that would end in Dallas.

John B Gambling
➦In 1974...New York radio personality John B. Gambling died at age 77.  He was the first of three Gamblings to host the WOR 710 AM ‘Rambling With Gambling’ morning show over a span of 88 years.

He was a member of the The Gambling family, 3 generations of whom - John B., John A. and John R. were hosts of WOR Radio's morning show Rambling with Gambling (now known as The John Gambling Show).

John B. was the host from 1925 to 1959, when he retired in favor of his son, John A. Gambling. With his Musical Clock, his all-in-fun setting-up exercises, cheerio music, wheezy gags, weather information and news scraps, John B. Gambling was a WOR fixture.  At one time he had a in-studio tp provide music band and he aired the March of the Seven Dwarfs every morning at 7 am sharp.

➦In 1979…Personality Harry Harrison aired his last morning show on WABC 770 AM, New York.

➦In & TV announcer Harry Von Zell died of cancer at age 75.  Best known as the announcer on the George Burns/Gracie Allen Show both radio & TV, he also made his mark as actor in several TV guest spots, and screenwriter on a number of series such as Wagon Train.

➦In 1983…Movie theaters premiered Michael Jackson's 14-minute "Thriller" video. The Guinness Book of World Records eventually named it the "most successful music video" of all time, selling more than 9 million copies.

➦In 1993…Radio newscaster Jim McLaughlin died in Buffalo, NY at age 59.

In the early 1960s, he worked as a deejay for KNBA in Vallejo, California taking the air name "Lucky Jim" because he didn't have to study and always knew instinctively what to say. He began delivering the news at KFOG-FM in San Francisco. In 1963, he became the news director at WRVM in Rochester in 1964. McLaughlin continued his career working in Buffalo as the news director of WYSL in the late 1960s, WKBW from 1970 to 1978 and then at WBEN until he was forced to retire due to health issues in 1987.

He was the first news director to hire a full-time street reporter, a female news staff member, to use co-anchors and to use short wave radio to cover international stories. In 1979, he won the New York State Associated Press Award for WBEN's "Newsday," being the best radio news program. Jim was also the only radio reporter allowed to cover the 1971 Attica Prison riot from inside the prison.

Goldie Hawn is 77
  • Actor Laurence Luckinbill is 88. 
  • Actor Marlo Thomas is 85. 
  • Actor Juliet Mills (“Passions,” ″Nanny and the Professor”) is 81. 
  • Actor Goldie Hawn is 77. 
  • Keyboardist Lonnie Jordan of War is 74. 
  • Singer Livingston Taylor is 72. 
  • Actor-singer Lorna Luft is 70. 
  • Actor Cherry Jones (“The Horse Whisperer”) is 66. 
  • Bassist Brian Ritchie of Violent Femmes is 62. 
  • Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman is 60. 
  • Actor Nicollette Sheridan is 59. 
  • Singer Bjork is 57. 
  • Singer Chauncey Hannibal of BLACKstreet is 54. 
  • Bassist Alex James of Blur is 54. 
  • TV personality Rib Hillis (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) is 52. 
  • Rapper Pretty Lou of Lost Boyz is 51. 
  • Football player-turned-TV host Michael Strahan (“Good Morning America") is 51. 
  • Actor Marina de Tavira (“Roma”) is 49. 
  • Country singer Kelsi Osborn of SHeDAISY is 48. 
  • Actor Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld,” ″It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is 47. 
  • Actor Lindsey Haun (“Broken Bridges”) is 38. 
  • Actor Jena Malone (“Saved,” ″Life as a House”) is 38. 
  • Singer Carly Rae Jepsen is 37. 
  • Actor Sam Palladio (“Nashville”) is 36.

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