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CBS: On The Air – A Celebration of 50 Years - September 18, 1977
On September 18, 1927, the second of the national radio networks went on the air, broadcasting to 16 stations reaching as far west as St. Louis. Owned by United Independent Broadcasters Inc., it was a frail competitor to the first of the networks, NBC, and went on the air as the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System.
About a year later, the foundering network was purchased by a young advertising executive from Philadelphia named William S. Paley, who built over the years into the communications colossus known today as CBS.
On Sept. 18, 1977, exactly a half?century after the day of the network's debut, CBS Radio will offer a three?hour extravaganza looking back over the five decades of the radio network's programming, starting with an excerpt from the original broadcast.
‘32 Election Was Milestone
Another milestone to be marked in the anniversary show will be the broadcast of the 1932 election of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This was one of the first major news events to be covered by the network and one that led to the creation of the Columbia News Service a year later.
With the news service, and a news team that included Edward R. Murrow, Robert Trout, H. V. Kaltenborn, Elmer Davis and John Daly, CBS began a regular schedule of newscasts, initially three a day. As a form of programming,. the newscast was to be virtually all that survived on network radio after television drew off the medium's most glamorous shows in the 1950's.
Indeed the three?hour CBS special, which will go on from 7 o'clock to 10 on a Sunday evening, will have to compete for attention with a host of network television programs early in the new television season.
The first part, he said, will be devoted to music—“because that was the first sound heard on CBS”—the second part to news from the years 1947 to 1952 and the third part entertainment, with excerpts from the programs of Jack Benny, Burns and Allen, Arthur Godfrey and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, as well as from the daytime soap operas.
Then will come a half?hour segment devoted to sports, with remembrances of Ted Husing and Red Barber, another to drama?“Inner Sanctum,” “Suspense,” “War of the Worlds,” “Ma Perkins,” “Lux Radio Theater” and “On a Note of Triumph”?and finally a sec and segment on news, covering the last 25 years.
Featured in the program, which is being billed as the network's autobiography, will be an interview with Mr. Paley, the company's 75?year?old patriarch.
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