1949 in television

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The year 1949 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1949.

Events

  • January 3: Colgate Theatre premieres on NBC.
  • January 11: A two-hour special on all American networks celebrates the linking of the eastern and midwestern networks via coaxial cable.
  • January 21: Your Show Time becomes the first filmed dramatic series on American network television.
  • January 31: The first Emmy Awards are presented and broadcast on television from Los Angeles.
  • May: The first telethon, benefitting the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund, is hosted by Milton Berle and lasts for 24 hours.
  • August 25: RCA announces the development of a compatible color TV system.
  • December 17: The Sutton Coldfield television transmitter is opened in the English Midlands, making it the first part of the UK outside London to receive BBC Television.
  • December 29: KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.
  • First television broadcasts begin in Cuba.
  • For the first time, the Sears & Roebuck catalog includes televisions.

Debuts

Programs

Stations

  • January 1: KTTV, Los Angeles, California, begins broadcasting.[3]
  • March 21: WTVJ signs on the air becoming the first television station in the state of Florida.

Television shows

Series Debut Ended
Picture Page (UK) October 8, 1936 1939
1946 1952
Starlight (UK) November 3, 1936 1939
1946 1949
For The Children (UK) April 24, 1937 1939
July 7, 1946 1950
The Voice of Firestone Televues 1943 1947
1949 1963
Missus Goes A Shopping August 1, 1944 1949
Kaleidoscope (UK) November 2, 1946 1953
Gillette Cavalcade of Sports November 8, 1946 June 24, 1960
Muffin the Mule (UK) 1946 1955
Television Screen Magazine 1946 1949
You Are an Artist 1946 1950
Doorway to Fame May 2, 1947 July 4, 1949
Kraft Television Theater May 7, 1947 1958
Kukla, Fran and Ollie October 13, 1947 1957
Meet the Press November 6, 1947
Mary Kay and Johnny November 18, 1947 March 11, 1950
Howdy Doody December 27, 1947 September 24, 1960
Americana 1947 1949
Birthday Party 1947 1949
Café Continental (UK) 1947 1953
Charade Quiz 1947 1949
Juvenile Jury 1947 1954
Musical Merry-Go-Round 1947 1949
Small Fry Club 1947 1951
Television Newsreel (UK) January 5, 1948 1954
The Original Amateur Hour January 18, 1948 September 27, 1970
Court of Current Issues February 9, 1948 June 26, 1951
Stop Me If You've Heard This One March 4, 1948 April 22, 1949
Author Meets the Critics April 1948 October 10, 1954
Hollywood Screen Test April 15, 1948 1953
Texaco Star Theater June 8, 1948 1953
The Ed Sullivan Show June 20, 1948 June 6, 1971
Candid Camera August 10, 1948
CBS Evening News August 15, 1948
Foodini the Great August 23, 1948 June 23, 1951
Actors Studio September 1948 June 1950
Champagne and Orchids September 6, 1948 January 10, 1949
Stained Glass Windows September 26, 1948 October 16, 1949
Ford Theatre October 17, 1948 July 10, 1957
The Growing Paynes October 20, 1948 August 3, 1949
The Adventures of Oky Doky November 4, 1948 May 26, 1949
The Morey Amsterdam Show December 17, 1948 October 12, 1950
The Alan Dale Show 1948 1951
Amanda 1948 1949
Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts 1948 January 1, 1958
The Bigelow Show 1948 1949
Break the Bank 1948 1957
Cartoon Teletales 1948 1950
Celebrity Time 1948 September 1952
Child's World 1948 1949
Club Seven 1948 1951
The Philco Television Playhouse 1948 1955
Winner Take All 1948 1952
The Goldbergs January 17, 1949 1956
These Are My Children January 31, 1949 February 25, 1949
A Woman to Remember February 21, 1949 July 15, 1949
Ripley's Believe It or Not! March 1, 1949 October 5, 1950
Think Fast March 26, 1949 October 8, 1950
Captain Video June 27, 1949 April 1, 1955
Mama July 1, 1949 March 17, 1957
Martin Kane, Private Eye August 7, 1949 June 17, 1954
The Family Genius September 1949 September 1949
The Little Revue September 4, 1949 April 21, 1950
The Lone Ranger September 15, 1949 June 6, 1957
Come Dancing (UK) September 29, 1949 1995
The Aldrich Family October 2, 1949 May 29, 1953
The Life of Riley October 4, 1949 March 28, 1950
January 2, 1953 August 22, 1958
Let There Be Stars October 6, 1949 November 27, 1949
The Ruggles November 3, 1949 June 19, 1952
One Man's Family November 4, 1949 June 21, 1952
March 1, 1954 April 1, 1955
The Admiral Broadway Revue 1949 1949
Arthur Godfrey and His Friends 1949 1959
Easy Aces 1949 1949
Follow That Man 1949 1956

Programs ending during 1949

Date Show Debut
January 10 Champagne and Orchids 1948
May 26 The Adventures of Oky Doky
June 23 King Cole's Birthday Party 1947
Charade Quiz
July 4 Americana
Doorway to Fame
Unknown Musical Merry-Go-Round
Amanda 1948
The Bigelow Show
Child's World
Missus Goes A-Shopping 1944
Starlight (UK) 1946
Television Screen Magazine

Changes of network affiliation

Show Moved from Moved to
Candid Camera ABC NBC

Births

Date Name Notability
January 7 Steven Williams actor, (21 Jump Street)
January 8 Anne Schedeen actress, (ALF)
January 13 Brandon Tartikoff executive (died 1997)
January 16 Caroline Munro English actress and model
January 17 Andy Kaufman actor and comedian (died 1984)
January 24 John Belushi actor and comedian, (Saturday Night Live) (died 1982)
February 2 Brent Spiner actor, (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
February 3 Brenda Dickson actress, (The Young and the Restless)
February 8 Brooke Adams actress
February 9 Judith Light actress, (One Life to Live, Who's The Boss?)
February 18 Jess Walton actress, (The Young and the Restless)
February 28 Ilene Graff actress and singer, (Mr. Belvedere)
March 2 Gates McFadden actress and choreographer, (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
March 16 Erik Estrada actor, (CHiPs)
Victor Garber Canadian actor and singer, (Alias, Legends of Tomorrow)
March 17 Patrick Duffy actor, (Dallas, Step by Step)
March 26 Vicki Lawrence actress and comedian, (The Carol Burnett Show, Mama's Family)
Ernest Lee Thomas actor, (What's Happening!!, What's Happening Now!!)
April 14 John Shea actor
April 20 Veronica Cartwright English-born actress
April 23 Joyce DeWitt actress, (Three's Company)
April 28 Paul Guilfoyle actor, (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
May 1 Douglas Barr actor, (The Fall Guy)
May 9 Billy Joel American singer-songwriter
Beverly Penberthy Actress (Another World)
May 26 Philip Michael Thomas actor, (Miami Vice)
June 12 Roger Aaron Brown actor, (The District)
June 15 Jim Varney actor and comedian (died 2000)
June 16 Geoff Pierson actor, (Ryan's Hope, Unhappily Ever After, Dexter)
June 22 Lindsay Wagner actress, (The Bionic Woman)
June 25 Kene Holliday actor, (Matlock)
July 3 Jan Smithers actress, (WKRP in Cincinnati)
July 10 Mark Shera actor, (Barnaby Jones, S.W.A.T.)
July 11 Jay Johnson ventriloquist, actor, (Soap)
July 24 Michael Richards actor, (Seinfeld)
August 21 Loretta Devine actress and singer, (Boston Public, Grey's Anatomy)
August 23 Rick Springfield Australian singer-songwriter and actor
Shelley Long actress, (Cheers)
August 24 Joe Regalbuto actress, (Murphy Brown)
August 25 John Savage actor, (Dark Angel)
September 10 Bill O'Reilly television journalist, host, (The O'Reilly Factor)
September 16 Ed Begley, Jr. actor, (St. Elsewhere)
September 23 Bruce Springsteen American singer-songwriter
September 25 Anson Williams actor and director, (Happy Days)
September 30 Ann Risley actress and comedian, (Saturday Night Live)
October 9 Shera Danese actress, (Columbo)
October 14 Katy Manning English actress
November 1 Belita Moreno actress, (Perfect Strangers, George Lopez)
November 4 Berlinda Tolbert actress, (The Jeffersons)
November 5 Armin Shimerman actor, (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
November 6 Nigel Havers English actor
November 23 Jerry verDorn Soap opera actor (Guiding Light, One Life to Live)
November 24 Damon Evans actor, (The Jeffersons)
November 29 Garry Shandling actor and comedian, (The Larry Sanders Show) (died 2016)
December 2 Ron Raines American actor, (Guiding Light)
December 3 Heather Menzies Canadian actress, (Logan's Run) (died 2017)
December 4 Pamela Stephenson New Zealand actress and comedian
December 15 Don Johnson actor, (Miami Vice, Nash Bridges)
December 21 Michael Horse actor, (Twin Peaks)

References

  1. ^ Irvin, Richard (2018). The Early Shows: A Reference Guide to Network and Syndicated PrimeTime Television Series from 1944 to 1949. BearManor Media. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  2. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 619. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  3. ^ "KTTV Opens" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 3, 1949. p. 31. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
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