The new fall TV season is about to start, with lots of new shows. Here’s a look at the very first thing aired by numerous networks.
About 325 cable subscribers in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on November 8, 1972 had the opportunity to watch the 1971 movie Sometimes a Great Notion, and then a New York Rangers/Vancouver Canucks NHL game.
CNN founder Ted Turner debuted his entertainment channel on October 3, 1988 with a telecast of Gone With the Wind, his favorite film. (It was also the first thing shown on Turner Classic Movies in 1994.)
The channel was formerly WTBS, and before that WTCG, an independent Atlanta TV station showing mostly old movies and sitcom reruns. When it became available to people with satellite dishes on December 17, 1976, the first show aired was the 1948 Cesar Romero movie Deep Waters, 30 minutes in progress.
On April 18, 1983, the kids’ channel went on the air with Good Morning, Mickey!, a collection of old Walt Disney cartoons.
The all-sports network went live on September 7, 1979 with an episode of its signature SportsCenter highlights show. (First score announced on SportsCenter: Chris Evert’s U.S. Open victory over Billie Jean King.)
When it debuted on January 1, 1985, VH1 was an offshoot of MTV to appeal to older viewers. The first video it played was Marvin Gaye’s live, soulful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game.
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