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FIRST ONE HOUR WESTERN AIRED ON THIS DAY IN 1955

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Cheyenne is a western television series consisting of 108 black-
and-white episodes broadcast on ABC-TV from September 20,
1955 to April 30, 1963. The show was the first hour-long western,
and in fact the first hour-long dramatic series of any kind, with
continuing characters, to last more than one season. It was also
the first series to be made by a major Hollywood film studio,
Warner Brothers.

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Clint Walker and crew on the set of Cheyenne

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Clint Walker

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COMEDY SHOW DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1955

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The Phil Silvers Show (originally titled You’ll Never Get Rich) is a comedy
television series which aired on CBS from Tuesday September 20, 1955
to September 11, 1959 for a total of 142 black and white episodes, plus
a 1959 special. The star of the series was comedian Phil Silvers as U.S.
Army Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko.


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THE KODAK INSTAMATIC FOR 1967

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JIMMY STEWART’S RADIO DEBUT ON THIS DAY IN 1953

Six-Shooter

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The Six Shooter was a weekly old-time radio program that lasted only one
season of 39 episodes on NBC. It aired from its debut on Sunday evening
September 20, 1953 until June 24, 1954. James Stewart starred as Britt
Ponsett, a drifting cowboy in during the final years of the wild west.

Some of the more prominent actors to perform on the program included
Parley Baer, Virginia Gregg, Howard McNear, Marvin Miller, and William 
Conrad. Some actors did multiple episodes playing different characters.  

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Parley Baer                              Virginia Gregg
 

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Howard McNear                             Marvin Miller            
                   
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William Conrad                      

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Hal Gibney (original announcer)

 

The haunting theme music was "Highland Lament" by series
composer Basil Adlam.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY KPTV ~ 59 YEARS OLD TODAY

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KPTV’s First Test Pattern

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Herbert Mayer

Portland’s local Fox-affiliated television station, KPTV channel 12 signed on the
air Saturday September 20, 1952 on channel 27, as Oregon’s first television
station, as well as the world’s first commercial TV station on the UHF band. The
station was originally owned by Empire Coil and since it was the only TV station
at the time, it carried all four networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and the now-defunct
DuMont Television Network. KPTV founder Herbert Mayer (above) delivered
an inaugural address from Portland’s Benson Hotel.

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