BW – EP83: Sarnoff & Paley: Tainted Friendships, Tall Tales, Talent Raids, And TV (1934 – 1952)

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In Breaking Walls Episode 83, we focus the radio industry of the 1930s and 40s—especially on the career of David Sarnoff, as RCA’s network, NBC begins to lose its grip on the top spot in the broadcasting industry while they introduce Television. We’ll also focus on the introduction of new talent to the industry, and the CBS talent raids of 1948-1949.

Highlights:
• David Sarnoff announces the birth of TV at The 1939 World’s Fair
• Edwin Howard Armstrong Invents FM
• Television Experiments in the 1920s and 1930s
• Sarnoff and Armstrong’s Crumbling Friendship
• How World War II Stopped Television’s Commercial Expansion
• William S. Paley’s Plan to make CBS the #1 Network
• The Rise of Arthur Godfrey
• Sarnoff’s Court Battles
• The Death of Edwin Howard Armstrong
• The CBS Talent Raids of 1948-49
• Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
• The Simple Art of Macabre

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The reading material used in today’s episode was:
• The General: David Sarnoff & The Rise of the Communications Industry – by Kenneth Bilby
• The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio – by John Dunning
• Empire: William S. Paley & The Making of CBS – by Lewis J.
• The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Radio – by Christopher H. Sterling
• The Network – by Scott Wooley
• As well as an article on Martin & Lewis from the August 2018 issue of SPERDVAC’s Radiogram, by Michael Hayde

Selected Music featured in today’s Episode was:
• Mr. Lucky, by Si Zentner
• Begin the Beguine, by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra
• Seance on a Wet Afternoon, arranged by John Barry

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