TV Confidential

TV CONFIDENTIAL (www.televisionconfidential.com) talks to the stars, writers, directors and other creative people behind the scenes of some of America's most popular shows. An engaging blend of talk and entertainment, TV Confidential often compares today’s programs with those of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

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Hugh Downs, Rita Hayworth, Ike, and Bobby Fischer
From September 2013: Highlights from our conversation with broadcast legend Hugh Downs
17 min
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Coda to Hugh Downs
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MTV and the Live Aid concert
From July 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the historic Live Aid concert on July 13, 1985
9 min
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How Hugh Grant Changed the Late Night Competiti...
From July 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember Hugh Grant's interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 10, 1995, the actor's first public appearance after his arrest on lewd conduct charges the previous month
15 min
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Lee Marvin: Point Blank
From July 2014: Ed welcomes Lee Marvin biographer Dwayne Epstein
22 min
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Lee Marvin: A Method Actor Who Never Lost Contr...
From 2014: Ed welcomes Dwayne Epstein, author of Lee Marvin: Point Blank
21 min
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The Truth About Lee Marvin's Palimony Suit
Part 3 of our conversation with Lee Marvin biographer Dwayne Epstein
17 min
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Stanley Livingston and The Actors Journey
From December 2014: Ed welcomes Stanley Livingston of My Three Sons
24 min
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Stanley Livingston on Ozzie Nelson's Eye for Ta...
From December 2014: Stanley Livingston talks about how his work on The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet directly led to his being cast as Chip on My Three Sons
18 min
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Part 3 with Stanley Livingston
From December 2014: Ed welcomes Stanley Livingston, the actor known around the world as Chip on My Three Sons
15 min
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Hugh Downs, Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar and Jack Benny
From September 2013: More highlights from our conversation with broadcast legend Hugh Downs
15 min
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Hugh Downs, Merv Griffin, and Music Composition
From September 2013: Part 2 of our interview with broadcast legend Hugh Downs
10 min
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The Many Talents of Hugh Downs
From September 2013: Ed and Phil Gries welcome broadcast legend Hugh Downs
13 min
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Why Carl Reiner Cast Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie
From September 2016: Part 2 of our conversation with Vince Waldron, author of The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book
7 min
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How Carl Reiner Came to Create The Dick Van Dyk...
Vince Waldron talks to Tony, Donna, and Ed about Carl Reiner and the origins of The Dick Van Dyke Show
18 min
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Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, and Uncle Goopy
A clip from our September 2018 conversation about Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner and Your Show of Shows
7 min
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Billy Crystal, Carl Reiner and Uncle Goopy
A clip from our September 2018 conversation about the famous "Uncle Goopy" sketch from Your Show of Shows
3 min
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Divorce and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed talk about the role that Sonny & Cher's separation and divorce played in the demise of their popular CBS variety hour
16 min
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John Barbour and the Power of the Real People T...
Part 4 of our four-part conversation with five-time Emmy Award winner John Barbour
21 min
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Barbour, Kovacs, Knuckles and Nash
John Barbour talks to Ed about partnering with Tim Conway as the Sunshine Boys-like comedy team "Knuckles & Nash" on CSI
19 min
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Remembering The CBS Bicentennial Minutes
From June 2011: "And that's the way it was..." Tony, Donna, and Ed remember The Bicentennial Minutes
8 min
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The First Televised Commercial
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the first sanctioned television commercial, which aired on July 1, 1941
7 min
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How Rod Serling Menaced the Public's Conscience
From November 2015: Part 3 of our roundtable discussion on Twilight Zone episodes that continue to stay with us
16 min
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Tribute to Rod Serling, Part 2
From November 2015: Part 2 of our roundtable discussion on the legacy of Rod Serling
13 min
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Anne Serling on the Rod Serling That She Knew, ...
Part 1 of a multi-part minisode edition of our November 2015 conversation with Anne Serling, author of Rod Serling: As I Knew Him
14 min
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Amos 'n' Andy: A Lightning Rod for Controversy
From June 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the premiere of the TV adaptation of Amos 'n' Andy
11 min
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Bill Boggs, Spike the Wonder Dog, and a Slice o...
Ed welcomes four-time Emmy Award-winning talk show host Bill Boggs
21 min
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Bill Boggs on Dick Clark, John Facenda, and Fra...
Part 2 of our conversation with Emmy Award-winning talk show host Bill Boggs
17 min
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James Garner and Golf
A brief segment about actor James Garner and his passion for golf
5 min
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Jack Sheldon and Schoolhouse Rock!
Tony, Donna, and Ed remember Jack Sheldon's contributions to Schoolhouse Rock!
15 min
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John Barbour on Why Bobby Darin Was a Vesuvius ...
Part 3 of our conversation with John Barbour, the Godfather of Reality TV and the creator, producer and one of the original hosts of NBC's Real People
21 min
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The Staying Power of Real People
Ed and guest John Barbour take a deep dive into the cultural impact of NBC's Real People
22 min
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Why Schoolhouse Rock! Remains an Indelible Part...
Part 2 of our look at Jack Sheldon's contributions to Schoolhouse Rock!
19 min
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How Late Night TV Covered the O.J. Simpson Case
Part 3 of our minisode edition looking back at various TV coverage of the events surrounding the O.J. Simpson murder case
15 min
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How TV Covered O.J.'s Flight from the Law
Part 2 of a three-part minisode edition that looks back at how TV covered the events of the O.J. Simpson murder case
9 min
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How Television Covered the O.J. Simpson Case
Part 1 of a three-part minisode edition that looks back at how TV covered the events surrounding the O.J. Simpson murder case of 1994-1995
11 min
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Tribute to Fred Willard
Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the career of actor, comedian and improvisational genius Fred Willard
25 min
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The Everyman Appeal of Fred Willard
Tony, Donna, and Ed continue their tribute to actor, comedian and improvisational genius Fred Willard
21 min
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A Star for Sid & Marty Krofft
Ed welcomes iconic television producer Marty Krofft
19 min
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TV Dinners with Laurie Jacobson
Ed welcomes back author, producer and noted Hollywood historian Laurie Jacobson
28 min
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The Little Rascals and Our Gang on DVD
A brief history of the Little Rascals and Our Gang film series
18 min
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More Sesame Street Favorites
Sesame Street Spoofs and Sesame Street Old School
10 min
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James Garner and the Making of My Name is Bill W.
From Novermber 2011: A minisode edition featuring Jon Winokur, co-author of The Garner Files, the memoirs of James Garner
6 min
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James Garner on teaching James Woods how to pla...
From November 2011: A minisode edition featuring a clip from our conversation with Jon Winokur, co-author of The Garner Files
4 min
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The Sopranos Fade to Black
A minisode edition from May 2011, in which Tony, Donna and Ed discuss the controversial ending of the final episode of The Sopranos
13 min
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The Two Extremes of the Coming Home Spectrum
Part 2 of Ed's conversation with Marvin J. Wolf, co-author of They Were Soldiers
24 min
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Stiller & Meara, Together and Separately
Tony, Donna, and Ed continue their tribute to actor/comedian Jerry Stiller
14 min
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Tribute to Jerry Stiller
Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the career of Jerry Stiller, both as an actor as well as his many years performing stand-up comedy along with his wife, Anne Meara
21 min
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Big John, Little John on DVD
Greg and Ed discuss the DVD release of Big John, Little John
9 min
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Bosom Buddies on DVD
Greg and Ed remember Bosom Buddies
11 min
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The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam...
Ed welcomes back screenwriter and novelist Marvin J. Wolf, co-author of They Were Soldiers
22 min
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Why Oliver Stone was Typical of Most Vietnam Ve...
Marvin J. Wolf, co-author of They Were Soldiers, discusses how the Vietnam War experience of Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone is not unlike that of other Vietnam veterans
11 min
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They Were Soldiers
Part 3 of our conversation with Marvin J. Wolf, co-author of They Were Soldiers
10 min
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40 Years of CNN
From May 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the launch of CNN
14 min
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Ken Osmond of Leave It to Beaver
From October 2014: Ed welcomes Ken Osmond, the actor known around the world as Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver
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Deconstructing the Mad Men Series Finale
From June 2015: Tony, Donna, and Ed discuss the final episode of Mad Men, which originally aired May 17, 2015 as part of This Week in TV History
20 min
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The Nurses Who Served in Vietnam
Part 4 of our conversation with Marvin J. Wolf, co-author of They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans
15 min
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Steven Taibbi and The Importance of Being Grateful
Ed welcomes back Steven Taibbi, author of Grateful Guilt: Living in the Shadow of My Heart, a remarkable story about how Steven has survived a lifetime of serious health challenges by developing a series of coping strategies
13 min
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Steven Taibbi on Living with Complex Trauma
Part 2 of our conversation with Steven Tiabbi, author of Grateful Guilt
9 min
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Steven Taibbi on the Personal Power of Dr. Ruth
Steven Taibbi, author of Grateful Guilt, talks to Ed about his experiences working on talk shows hosted by Joan Lunden and Dr. Ruth Westheimer on Lifetime television
24 min
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Superman: The First Cartoon Series Produced by ...
Greg and Ed discuss the DVD release of The New Adventures of Superman (CBS, 1966-1967)
13 min
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Monster Squad and Drac Pack on DVD
Greg Ehrbar discusses the recent DVD releases of the NBC television series Monster Squad and the CBS animated series Drak Pack
23 min
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Eric Roberts and The Rocket
Ed welcomes legendary actor Eric Roberts
20 min
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Eric Roberts on How Cats Can Keep You Mellow
Part 2 of our conversation with film and TV actor Eric Roberts
18 min
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Jay Leno's first night as host of The Tonight Show
From May 2012: A minisode edition that remembers the events that led to Jay Leno succeeding Johnny Carson as host of The Tonight Show in May 1992
15 min
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The Night Cassius Clay Upstaged Johnny Carson
May 2011: Phil Gries plays more rarely heard audio highlights from the first decade of the Johnny Carson Tonight Show
17 min
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The Sounds of Lost Johnny
From 2011: A minisode edition of The Sounds of Lost Television featuring rarely heard audio from Johnny Carson's first decade as host of The Tonight Show
16 min
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Johnny Carson's final night as host of The Toni...
A special minisode edition that remembers the night when The King of Late Night, Johnny Carson, ended his thirty-year reign as host of The Tonight Show
13 min
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Remembering Here's Hollywood
Phil Gries remembers Here’s Hollywood
22 min
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The Most Impressive Collection of TV Sets You W...
Part 2 of our conversation with Phil Savenick of TheHistoryofTV.com
10 min
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The TV Set That Freaked Out a Generation of Moms
Phil Savenick explains why households that owned a Pilot canopy TV set did not want their children to sit too close to the screen
11 min
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Phil Savenick's Brushes with Fame
Phil Savenick of TheHistoryofTV.com talks about some of the items that are part of his shrine to television
10 min
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The Death of Phil Hartman
Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the death of Phil Hartman in 1998
9 min
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400th Episode of The Simpsons
How The Simpsons evolved from its controversial beginnings to become a staple of television
13 min
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Don Collier of The High Chaparral
Ed welcomes film and TV Western actor Don Collier and radio host Susan McCray
22 min
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Don Collier and Susan McCray Remember Kent McCray
Part 2 of our conversation with Don Collier and Susan McCray
18 min
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Remembering Anne Meara
From June 2015: Greg Ehrbar and Ed discuss the many television appearances of Anne Meara
8 min
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The Streak is Over: Susan Lucci wins her first ...
Tony, Donna, and Ed remember Susan Lucci's first Emmy Award win for playing Erica Kane on All My Children
4 min
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Why Curly Howard was the most beloved of The Th...
From May 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed on the legacy of The Three Stooges
15 min
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And Away We Go: The Last Episode of The Honeymo...
TVC 492.2: From May 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the final segment of The Honeymooners that was broadcast as part of The Jackie Gleason Show
10 min
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Televisionary Phil Savenick
Ed welcomes Phil Savenick, curator of a virtual museum dedicating to preserving the legacy of Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of television
20 min
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The Most Famous Man You’ve Never Heard of
Phil Savenick talks to Ed about how he came to develop TheHistoryofTV.com, a virtual museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of Philo Farnsworth
14 min
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Kat Kramer of Turnover
Ed welcomes back actress, comedienne and producer Kat Kramer (Turnover, Mother's Day Memories)
21 min
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Kat Kramer of Child of the ’70s and Mother’s Da...
Part 2 of our conversation with actress and producer Kat Kramer (Turnover)
19 min
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Inside TheHistoryofTV.com
An inside look at Phil Savenick's virtual museum dedicated to the history of television
15 min
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Newton Minow and the "Vast Wasteland" speech
From May 2011: Los Angeles Times business editor Stephen Battaglio remembers the 50th anniversary of Newton Minow's "vast wasteland" speech about the state of television
10 min
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The Return of Dan Frischman
From May 2011: Dan Frischman of Head of the Class and Kenan & Kel talks to Ed about the vital role that magic has always played in his life
12 min
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How Network and Cable News Have Covered COVID-19
Ed welcomes back Adam Sharp, president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
10 min
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COVID-19's Impact on the Sports Emmys and Other...
Part 2 of our conversation with Adam Sharp, president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
6 min
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Rebranding The Daytime Emmys
Adam Sharp on the back story of the Daytime Emmys’ new logo
11 min
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Bringing the Hollywood Museum to You
Ed welcomes back Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of The Hollywood Museum
22 min
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Bringing the Hollywood Walk of Fame to You
Part 2 of our conversation with Donelle Dadigan
14 min
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Kukla, Fran and Ollie: The First Episodes on DVD
Ed, Tony, and Donna welcome Mark Milano, producer of Kukla, Fran and Ollie: The First Episodes
23 min
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Why Roy Orbison Was a Great Lemonade Maker
From December 2013: Ed welcomes John Kruth, author of Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison
20 min
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The Back Story of A Black and White Night
Part 2 of our conversation with John Kruth, author of Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison
12 min
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How the TelePrompTer Changed the Face of News, ...
From May 2011: Donna, Tony, and Ed remember the passing of Hubert Schafly, the inventor of the TelePrompTer
4 min
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Happy Birthday to Ann-Margret
From April 2011: Phil Gries plays audio highlights of one of Ann-Margret's earliest television appearances
18 min
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Why CBS was nervous about airing My Name is Barbra
This Week in TV History: My Name is Barbra, the debut network television special of singer/actress Barbra Streisand, originally aired on Apr. 28, 1965
14 min
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1st TV Satellite Transmission
From April 2012: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the first coast-to-coast telecast by satellite communications
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Live from New York: It's the Empire State Building
Remembering the first experimental broadcasts from the Empire State Building
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