Category Archives: broadcasting

Voices: James Arness, 1923 – 2011

        James Arness, from “Them!” to “Gunsmoke” and "How the West Was Won." Times TV critic Howard Rosenberg interviewed Arness (or tried to) in 1981 as he began working on “McClain’s Law.” Arness was thrifty with his … Continue reading

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Vice President Predicts ‘Long, Costly’ Struggle in Southeast Asia

        May 24, 1961: Radio and TV comedy star Joan Davis dies of a heart attack and gets a Page 1 obituary with a jump. Raymond Chandler got an six-paragraph obituary on Page 4.  Davis was 48 … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

      Los Angeles Times file photo   [Update: STRANGE CASE — Dan Barton plays the central figure in a homicide with an unusual twist in "A Matter of Degree," Goodson-Todman's production in the new "The Web" telefilm series … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, May 14, 1961

            May 14, 1961: Rinold George Duren, is the victim — or the beneficiary, if you want to look at it that way — of the most monumental case of nearsightedness in the annals of … Continue reading

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From the Stacks — ‘The Long Season’

    I haven’t read a baseball book since my mother gave away my trading cards of the Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Braves. No, I’m not quite that old. I got them from a neighbor lady who was surreptitiously … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, April 17, 1961

            April 17, 1961: Jim Murray pulls together a column of various items, including this line about Vin Scully, who is “the only redheaded broadcaster I know who makes a ball game sound like a … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, April 14, 1961

            April 14, 1961: The arrival of major league baseball in Los Angeles has curtailed network TV's games of the week, so that sports announcer Dizzy Dean is off the local airwaves, which may be … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, April 4, 1961

    April 4, 1961: Paul Coates has an update on the Watts Towers. On the jump, Al Capp writes about Jim Hagerty, President Eisenhower's former press secretary, who is heading ABC's news operations. One goal is to cut 90 … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

      Los Angeles Times file photo   [Update: Yes, this is Portland Hoffa, the wife of radio comedian Fred Allen. I discovered Allen’s radio shows after his death in 1956 and always wondered about the women named Portland … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, March 23, 1961

    March 23, 1961: Desi Arnaz, ABC and the National Italian American League to Combat Defamationreach an agreement that fictional characters in “The Untouchables” will not have Italian names. Arnaz also agrees to show the contributions of Italian Americans … Continue reading

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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, March 17, 1941

        March 17, 1941: Turn back the Hollywood clock about two years to the time when an ex-vaudevillian was struggling for radio recognition. After two or three broadcasts he found himself on the proverbial horns of a … Continue reading

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Jim Murray, Feb. 27, March 14, 1961

            Feb. 27, 1961: Jim Murray takes his wife and two other women to see boxing at the Olympic. One question: The best way to wash blood out of boxers’ trunks. Murray writes a nice … Continue reading

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In Walter (Cronkite) We Trust, March 14, 1981

             March 14, 1981: Howard Rosenberg, The Times Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic, watches Dan Rather’s debut in taking over from Walter Cronkite on the “CBS Evening News” and he is not a happy man. Art … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, March 6, 1961

       March 6, 1961: Paul Coates has the story of 8-year-old Lillian Gonzales Gossett, who lives in Tijuana because immigration officials won’t allow her to join her mother and stepfather in the U.S.

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Jim Murray, Feb. 19, March 5, 1961

            Feb. 19, 1961: Baseball fans are over-conservative, Jim Murray says, so they don't like Phil Wrigley's idea of using eight coaches and a computer to manage the Cubs.  March 5, 1961: Jim Murray writes … Continue reading

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Paul Coates, Feb. 28, 1961

        Feb. 28, 1961: Arthur Godfrey announces that he’s leaving TV’s “Candid Camera” and Paul Coates takes the opportunity to say he can’t understand Godfrey’s appeal. Notice: This KNX ad actually ran Feb. 27 but I wanted … Continue reading

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Ronald Reagan and ‘A Time for Choosing’

    In speaking at the tribute honoring the Ronald Reagan centennial on Friday night, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin invoked his now-famous speech “A Time for Choosing.” Times reporter Maeve Reston noted that Reagan gave the televised … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo — From Our Readers [Updated]

      Photos courtesy of Matthew Harris   [Update: Please congratulate Steve Stoliar for identifying this mystery group as the T-Bones! Nice research, Steve!]     [Update: Here’s a frame grab from YouTube.] Here’s a series of mystery photos … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock, Jan. 26, 1961

       Jan. 26, 1961: The sound of an auto collision at Sunset Boulevard and Roxbury Drive attracted the usual crowd of onlookers and as Eugene Rodney, producer of the Robert Young TV show, dejectedly appraised the damage to … Continue reading

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Jack LaLanne, 1914 – 2011 [Updated]

    Oct. 4, 1974: Jack LaLanne celebrates his 60th birthday by swimming from Alcatraz to Fisherman's Wharf  in San Francisco — with his hands and feet tied and pulling a 1,000-pound boat. In addition to his usual training program … Continue reading

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