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Thursday, 30 November 2006

NATPE Birthday To

Clay Aiken, Dick Clark, Elisha Cuthbert, Kaley Cuoco, Robert Guillaume, Sandra Oh, Ben Stiller and Efrem Zimbalist Jr..

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Wednesday, 29 November 2006

Today in History

In 1959, the Grammy Awards were shown on network television for the first time. (It was actually the second year of the Grammy Awards.)

Mack the Knife won Record of the Year and Bobby Darin, who belted it out, was Best New Artist of the Year. Frank Sinatra won Album of the Year for Come Dance with Me. Jimmy Driftwood penned the Song of the Year: The Battle of New Orleans, which also won Country and Western Performance of the Year honors for Johnny Horton.

In 1948, the first opera to be televised was broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Otello, by Verdi, was presented over WJZ-TV in New York.

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NATPE Birthday To

Lucas Black, Don Cheadle, Kim Delaney, Diane Ladd, Andrew McCarthy, Howie Mandel, Cathy Moriarty, Tom Sizemore and Garry Shandling.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2006

DVDs on 11.28.06

7th Heaven (The Complete 3rd Season), Are You Afraid of The Dark? (Season 2), Bones (Season 1), Criminal Minds (The 1st Season), Ellen (The Complete Season 5), Flavor of Love (The Complete 2nd Season – Uncensored), Girls Behaving Badly (Volume 1), Jamie Kennedy's Blowin' Up (The Complete 1st Season), Joan of Arcadia (The 2nd Season), Little House on the Prairie (The Movies), Power Rangers Mystic Force (Volume 2: Legendary Catastros - Volume 3: Fire Heart), St. Elsewhere (Season 1), Thundercats (Season 2, Volume 2), Touched by an Angel (The 3rd Season - Volume 2).

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NATPE Birthday To

Aimee Garcia, Ed Harris, S. Epatha Merkerson, Judd Nelson, Scarlett Pomers, Anna Nicole Smith and Jon Stewart.

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Monday, 27 November 2006

TV Buyers Run Activation Nation

Media agencies once handled “buying” chores for their clients. The job then evolved into advertising “investment.” Now, the new task at hand is advertising “activation,” and media agencies are turning to the buying executives with a television background to get it done...

Read more on MediaWeek.com.

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NATPE Birthday To

James Avery, Robin Givens, Fisher Stevens, Michael Vartan and Jaleel White.

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Wednesday, 22 November 2006

Today in History

In 1998 the CBS News program 60 Minutes aired videotape of Dr. Jack Kevorkian administering lethal drugs to a terminally ill patient.


Generations recall watching CBS Television on this day in 1963. The popular soap opera As the World Turns was interrupted by a flash bulletin from Dallas. No one was available to man the CBS News studio at that instant, but a voice informed the nation that President John F. Kennedy had been gravely wounded during a motorcade through downtown Dallas.

Minutes later, after teletype machines, with alarm bells clanging, had spread the word to newsrooms around the world, the network interrupted again.

This time, Walter Cronkite, wearing partially rolled-up, white shirt sleeves, a loosened tie, no makeup, and black glasses, read wire copy just handed him: “Ladies and gentleman, the President of the United States is dead.” Cronkite, disbelieving the words he had just said, turned to look at a studio clock, stoically raised a hand to wipe away tears and continued with the tragic news that President Kennedy had died while undergoing emergency surgery at Parkland Hospital.

In 1899, The Marconi Wireless Company of Americawas incorporated under laws of the State of New Jersey.

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NATPE Birthday To

Jamie Lee Curtis, Stephen Geoffreys, Mariel Hemingway, Scarlett Johansson, Richard Kind, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Van Zandt.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2006

Today in History

In 1980, the largest TV audience ever, an estimated 82 million people, watched as Sue Ellen’s sister, Kristin Shepard, shot J.R. Ewing on Dallas. The jilted mistress was seen holding the smoking gun after a summer of viewers asking that haunting question, “Who Shot J.R.?

Eighty percent of all viewers watched the show.

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