Al Jolson and Bing Crosby at NBC's Hollywood Opening—12/7/1935


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In late 1935, a second coast-to-coast NBC broadcast connection was established from New York. While the first line was brought to San Francisco in the late 1920s, this one went to Los Angeles. The circuit was able to reverse its direction in under 15 seconds, allowing Los Angeles, with its easy access to Hollywood stars, to feed broadcast-quality sound to the east coast. Overnight Chicago and San Francisco became tertiary broadcast cities. Much like during the California gold rush of 1849, the radio industry’s talent rapidly migrated west. On December 7th, 1935, NBC Hollywood opened its studios with a gala event. Al Jolson was the MC. It was a variety spectacular from the new studios in Hollywood with remotes from around the country and England—Truly a milestone in the history of broadcasting. After Al Jolson introduces, Bing sings, "Treasure Island."

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