NBC's Monitor Debut Episode — 06/12/1955

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As major network radio drama was winding down in the 1950s in favor of more news, talk, and music, NBC launched Monitor on June 12th, 1955 with this closed circuit broadcast. It was a true magazine of the air, running over NBC stations on Saturday mornings in four-hour blocks. When it first began, it ran until Midnight Sunday, completely taking over NBC’s airtime on the weekends. It was the brainchild of legendary NBC radio and television network president Sylvester (Pat) Weaver, whose career bridged classic radio and television's infancy and who sought to keep radio alive in a television age. Believing that broadcasting could and should educate as well as entertain, Weaver fashioned a series to do both with some of the best-remembered and best-regarded names in broadcasting, entertainment, journalism, and literature taking part. Monitor offered actualities, remotes, comedy, and variety. Segments were hosted by and featured everyone from NBC announcers Dave Garroway and Ben Grauer, to baseball’s Red Barber, to Ms. Monitor Tedi Thurman who did weather reports, to comedians Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding. The show aired from a mammoth NBC studio in New York City called Radio Central, created especially for the program, on the fifth floor of the RCA Building in midtown Manhattan. Monitor remained on the air until January 26th, 1975, exactly forty-four years before the time of this posting.

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