THE BILL CULLEN HOMEPAGE
The best site on the best game show host ever (and my idol). Go there, and you'll learn he was MUCH more than just a game show host.
Matt Ottinger has done a SUPER job putting it all together.
THE MONITOR TRIBUTE PAGES
". . . You're on the Monitor Beacon!"
Every weekend from June 1955 to January 1975, NBC kept network radio alive with a wonderful magazine show called "Monitor."
There was news, interviews, commentary, on-the-scene reports, music, humor - all hosted by the best names in the business.
It was the last great network radio show - it's a shame there's nothing like it on the radio today.
Dennis Hart has brought it back with the definitive tribute to "Monitor." There's lots of great audio - including the "Beacon!".
WCBS NEWSRADIO 88 APPRECIATION SITE
Don Swaim worked for many years at WCBS, one of New York's two all-news stations.
He's got a nice site with history, articles, pictures, links and some fun audio.
CBS TELEVISION CITY
"From Television City in Hollywood . . . " a wonderful site about CBS' West Coast headquarters. It's mostly a reference site for the industry, but TV history buffs will love the pictures in the "Gallery" section, as well as the chronological list of shows and the studios they used.
JEFF ROTEMAN'S ABC RADIO TRIBUTE SITE
This site focuses on ABC's switch to a four-network service in 1968. It has articles and sounders for download.
THE MIKE WALLACE INTERVIEW
"What you are about to see is unrehearsed and uncensored . . .
Whether you agree or disagree with what you will hear, we feel that none will deny the right of these views to be broadcast."
With those words, Mike Wallace would begin his weekly interrogation of prominent and powerful people in the late 1950s. He made his name on WABD's "Night Beat;" it moved to ABC-TV for about 18 months as "The Mike Wallace Interview." Many years ago, Mr. Wallace donated his network shows to the University of Texas; they have been preserved and restored, and are available for viewing at the University's website. You will note that these shows include the original commercials, and it is a little strange to see Wallace extolling the virtues of Philip Morris and Parliament cigarettes. But click on the link above, and you will be taken back to an era of intelligent and thought-provoking conversation with people you've either never heard of . . . or never thought you'd hear from again. It is well worth your time.
If you recognize the "mystery logo," you know what's in store. If you don't, go there anyway. It's fun.
NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-65
As you may know, I love New York City. I only wish I could go back in time more than 40 years to take in the World's Fair at Flushing Meadows. This wonderful website is the next best thing. By the way, the image above is that of the "Unisphere," the official symbol of the fair.
If you've seen it in person, as I have, you know what a magnificent structure it is.
CENTURY 21 EXPOSITION - THE 1962 SEATTLE WORLD'S FAIR
Of course, I shouldn't forget the fair in my hometown just a couple years prior (which, unlike the New York fair, at least made some money). Follow the link to "historylink.org," and a two-part story about the fair.
That's only one good site about the '62 fair; The City of Seattle has a good page with links to historical documents and pictures; the city's Seattle Channel has a number of videos about the fair; and 62worldsfair.com is full of souvenir information for collectors.
OLD TV TICKETS
Here's a pretty neat site with old tickets to all kinds of TV shows.
THE QUAD VIDEOTAPE GROUP
For TV technology buffs, this is a must-see site about an endangered species: videotape equipment - and the knowledge to use it.
It's VERY technical, but if you're into this stuff, you'll understand it.
MUSEUM OF TELEVISION PRODUCTION MUSIC
If you're a TV music junkie, this is a required stop for you . . . although it will cost you a few bucks to hear the goodies - clean versions of themes from game shows to news shows to sports shows to variety shows to drama shows to talk shows to . . .
Also, check out their "images" section - it's got some neat "telop" slides used for various shows.
EYES OF A GENERATION
If you want to see what brings the pictures to your TV screen, go to this site dedicated to old television cameras and facilities.
It does get kind of technical, but it's worth it to see the pictures.
A retired communications professor put up this site dedicated to classic microphones dating back to the 1930s.
It too gets technical, but again, the pictures make it all worthwhile.
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