Excerpt from 100 Years of Buffalo Broadcasting
In 1950, television bore little resemblance to what beams into our homes so many decades later.
The test pattern was a regularly scheduled part of the broadcast day, which on most days didn’t start much before noon.
Still, the growing number of television sets and the wonder of it all was putting dents in the entertainment powerhouse of the previous three decades.
“Radio, facing stiff TV competition, continues to seek means of holding its position in program ratings during the evening hours,” wrote the Courier- Express in 1952.
Among the general similarities between then and today is the popularity of sports on TV. But Buffalo’s favorite television sports in 1950 were live and local.
A look at two days’ worth of programming on Ch.4 in 1950.
This page is an excerpt from 100 Years of Buffalo Broadcasting by Steve Cichon
The original 436-page book is available along with Steve’s other books online at The Buffalo Stories Bookstore and from fine booksellers around Western New York.
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