Episode 63: Lynda Carter Special

This week join Jonathan, Steve, and Andrew as they sit down together to discuss a listener-suggested topic – Lynda Carter’s fifth and final television variety special: Body & Soul (1984). The guys discuss the special within the context of the time period, why Lynda Carter didn’t become a “mega star” even though by the “rules of Hollywood” she possessed the correct formula, and a little behind-the-scenes talk about slotting in advertisements in the regional vs. national markets.

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Fan-made ALL-ACTION Intro for the Fictitious Wonder Woman Season Four:

 

Episode 62: Sports Virtual Broadcast Technology

This week Steve sits down with David Valentino who is the SMT (SportsMEDIA Technology) Operations Manager for the Virtual Broadcast of the NFL on CBS. David is one of the original broadcast engineers for PVI Virtual Media Services in the late 20th century and has over thirty years experience in broadcast & cable television, including work on five Super Bowls as well as international sporting events. Steve and Dave discuss the story behind how PVI virtual technology was founded, how the L-VIS system works, and the milestones and mishaps that occurred along the way.

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on July 13th, 2017 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

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Episode 61: Adam West Salute

This week join Jonathan for a special salute to television star Adam West.

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on June 29th, 2017 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

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Episode 60: Sports Interactive Graphics

This week join Jonathan and Steve as they discuss the history of interactive graphics used for sports broadcasts. We delve into the technical aspects of how the system works, reveal some connections Steve has to the technology, and hypothesize about where the future might take us in terms of how we’ll use the technology. Oh, and Jonathan defends his love of the FoxTrax hockey puck too.

Bill Squadron’s article in Sports Illustrated on the history of the yellow line: link

Sam Whiting’s profile of Stan Honey in SFGate: link

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on June 15th, 2017 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

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Episode 59: Is TV Dead?

This week join Steve for a special episode that finds him in conversation with Barry Levy (MCC) regarding whether new platforms have killed television or whether they simply represent newer forms of television.

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on June 1st, 2017 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

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Episode 58: The Remote Control

This week join Jonathan as he discusses the origin of the television remote control, how it worked and works, and humorously, how it was advertised.

Chris Woodford’s wonderful article on how remote controls work: link

Daniel Engber’s history of the remote from Slate.com: link

Steven Beschloss’s article from The New Yorker: link

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on May 18th, 2017 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

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Episode 57: Colorization of TV

This week join Jonathan and Andrew as they discuss CBS’s recent efforts at colorizing and packaging classic episodes of I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. Then the conversation takes a historical turn as Andrew and Jonathan discuss what role black and white plays in our understanding of history and what role, if any, “generations” play into it.

Wonderful Website: Television Obsurities: link

Interesting color film shot in 1951 during an I Love Lucy taping: link (The Wrap)

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on May 4th, 2017 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

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Episode 56: TV Shows That Never Existed

This week join Jonathan and Andrew as they discuss the online archives that have been built to TV shows that never existed: the 1963 Fantastic Four series and the late 1970s show Kresky. They discuss the particulars of each of these archives, whether we can classify them as hoaxes, and whether each of these can be understood as practices in alternative history or merely genre experiments.

Kresky Archive: link

Fantastic Four Archive: link

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on April 20th, 2017 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

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Episode 55: Late ’80s Boomer Nostalgia on/for TV

This week join Jonathan, Andrew, & Steve as Jonathan introduces the potential significance of nostalgia that occurred on U.S. television beginning in the late 1980s. Using the shows The Wonder Years, Quantum Leap, and Dream On as case studies the guys discuss and debate the significance of nostalgia not only for a childhood but a childhood that grew in parallel with a particular medium (TV). Also, enjoy as Jonathan and Steve argue over Mike Post’s Quantum Leap theme.

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on April 6th, 2017 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

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Episode 54: All In The Family, Part 02

This week join Steve and Jonathan as they continue their discussion of the groundbreaking US sitcom, All In The Family. We discuss it’s transition from All In the Family to Archie Bunker’s Place, what other shows tried to fill the void, what shows today attempt to take on its themes, and whether the show could be re-done today to address our newest president…

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on March 23rd, 2017 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

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