This Was Television On July 21

1931: CBS begins its first scheduled broadcast week

W2XAB, the Eyeball Network’s experimental station in New York City, kicked off a seven-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week schedule. George Gershwin and the Boswell sisters provided some of the entertainment, and interview show  “Bill Schudt’s Going To Press” was “the first regularly scheduled program to be simulcast on radio and television,” according to CBS -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Edward Herrmann, Gilmore grandpa (69); Herbert E. Ives, proto-television scientist and engineer (d. 1953); Don Knotts, deputy extraordinaire (d. 2006); Jon Lovitz, master thespian (55); Marshall McLuhan, you know nothing of his work, Jon Snow (d.1980); Robin Williams, Orkian (61).

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