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Episode 70: Political History of Saturday Night Live

This week join Jonathan as he takes you through the history of political satire on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Tropiano’s SNL FAQ (2013): link

Hill and Weingrad’s Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live (1986): link

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Episode 69: Blacke’s Magic

This week join Steve and Jonathan as they take a very light-hearted look at the short-lived 1980s detective/magic/adventure program Blacke’s Magic.

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on October 19, 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 68: Pat Weaver

This week join Steve as he educates Jonathan about the significant role Sylvester “Pat” Weaver played during the golden age of television. It is a fascinating portrait of the former President of NBC.

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on October 05, 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 67: Interview with Gary Edgerton about Ken Burns

This week join Andrew in conversation with historian Gary Edgerton about Ken Burns’s new documentary Vietnam. They discuss Burns as a filmmaker, whether Burns is a “proper” historian, and who he considers to be the audience for his films.

Gary’s The Columbia History of American Television: link

Gary’s book on Ken Burns: link

Gary’s homepage: link

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on September 21, 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 66: The Betamax Case

This week join Steve and Jonathan as Steve takes you through the details of the famous Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984) or “Betamax Case.” Listen in as we take you through the initial apprehensions studios had toward allowing audiences to have the power to record and archive programs.

Feel free to look at the actual text of court’s decision available via Cornell Law: link

Interesting NYT 2013 article about the “echoes” of the Betamax case: link

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Episode 65: The USA Network

This week join Andrew, Steve, and Jonathan as they discuss the rise of The USA Network. Look back at its history of programming and in particular its network brand during the 1990s.

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on August 24th, 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 64: An American Family (1973)

This week join Steve, Andrew, and Jonathan as they discuss the PBS 1973 series An American Family. Was it an experimental documentary? Was it the first iteration of what we now understand as “reality TV”? These questions and many others are discussed as we think through how affected one becomes when “living” in front of a camera.

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on August 10th, 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

Abigail McCarthy’s article on An American Family from The Atlantic: link

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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.

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on July 27th, 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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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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