Monday, April 30, 2012

Gunsmoke on Television

Gunsmoke debuted on CBS television on September 10th 1955 at 10pm on Saturday night.  It was not an immediate hit that season but came back the next season to finish tied for 7th place (I've Got a Secret).  The next season 1957-58 it was the #1 show in primetime with a 43.1 rating, well ahead of the Danny Thomas Show and leading several other westerns into the top ten prime time show list like #3 Tales of Wells Fargo, #4 Have Gun Will Travel, #6 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp and at #8 The Restless Gun.  
This would be the first of 4 straight seasons that Gunsmoke was the #1 rated show on television.  A record that it held until All In the Family had 5 straight seasons at #1 (1971-1976).

What I am going to do to pay tribute to this feat by Gunsmoke I am going to post as many of the episodes from that first season it was #1 in the ratings (1957-58) as I can find.   First of all though I would like to show the episode from this week, April 26th of 1957, "Innocent Broad".

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Kentucky Derby Flashback - 2002



Ten years ago on May 4 2002 the 128th running of the Kentucky Derby and the favorite at post time was War Emblem.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

New York Times Bestseller List NonFiction April 22 2012

Here are the Top 10 books on the New York Times Bestseller Non Fiction List for the Week ending April 22 2012
(click on the titles and go to Amazon and purchase or read more about the book)

10 - Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson    (24 weeks on list)
9  -  American Sniper - Chris Kyle   (14 weeks)
8  -  The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg   (6 weeks)
7  -  Killing Lincoln - Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  (28 weeks)
6  -  Wild - Cheryl Strayed   (3 weeks)
5  -  Mrs. Kennedy and Me - Clint Hill w/Lisa McCubbin  (Debut)
4  -  Imagine - Jonah Lehrer  (3 weeks)
3  -  Trickle Down Tyranny - Michael Savage  (Debut)
2  -  The Big Miss - Hank Haney   (2 weeks)
1  -  Drift - Rachel Maddow  
(2nd consecutive week at #1)

New York Times Bestseller List Fiction 4/22/2012

Here are the Top Ten Bestselling novels on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction list for the week ending April 22 2012
(click the titles and go to Amazon to purchase or read more about the book)

10 - Beastly Things - Donna Leon  (Debut)
9  -  Lover Reborn - J.R. Ward    (2 weeks on list)
(last weeks #1)
8  -  The Beginner's Goodbye - Anne Tyler   (Debut)
7  -  Stay Close - Harlan Coben  (3 weeks)
6  -  Betrayal - Danielle Steel     (Debut)
5  -  The Shoemaker's Wife - Adriana Trigiani   (Debut)
4  -  The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection - Alexander McCall Smith
(Debut)
3  -  Sacre' Bleu - Christopher Moore    (Debut)
2  -  Guilty Wives - James Patterson   (2 weeks)
1  -  The Lost Years - Mary Higgins Clark
(Debut)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The 19th Academy Awards and Jack Benny

Today with the assistance of Buck Benny's world class podcast we have the full radio broadcast of the Academy Awards held on March 13th 1947 with host Jack Benny.
Held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, I believe this was the first year that clips were shown from the films nominated for Best Picture and clips for all the acting categories.
Now dont get your hopes for a laugh fest with Jack as host because he doesnt even get introduced until 1 hr 50 minutes into the show.  Now he does a great job and gets in quite a few jokes at his own expense about "The Horn Blows at Midnight" and "To Be or Not To Be", but he isnt the quick, rapid fire joke teller like Bob Hope the year before but he entertains as always.
The winner for 1946 was the classic "The Best Years of Our Lives", taking home 7 Awards out of 8 nominations.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

New York Times Bestseller List NonFiction 04/08/2012

Here are the top 10 books on the NY Times Bestseller list, Non Fiction for the week ending April 8th 2012

10 - Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman  (22 weeks on list)
9  -  Some Assembly Required - Anne Lamott  (debut)
8  -  Quiet - Susan Cain   (9 weeks)
7  -  Wild - Cheryl Strayed   (debut)
6  -  Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand   (71 weeks)
5  -  Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson  (22 weeks)
4  -  Killing Lincoln - Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard   (26 weeks)
3  -  American Sniper - Chris Kyle  (12 weeks)
2  -  The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg   (4 weeks)
1  -  Imagine - Jonah Lehrer 
(Debut)

New York Times Bestsellers for Fiction 4/8/2012

Here are the Top 10 novels on the NY Times Bestseller list in Fiction for the week ending April 8th 2012

10 - The Wolf Gift - Anne Rice   (6 weeks on list)
9  -  Fate of the Jedi : Apocalypse - Troy Denning  (2 weeks)
8  -  Defending Jacob - William Landay  (8 weeks(
7  -  Phanton - Ted Bell   (Debut)
6  -  Private Games - James Patterson   (6 weeks)
5  -  The Thief - Clive Cussler    (3 weeks)
4  -  Kill Shot - Vince Flynn   (7 weeks)
3  -  Force of Nature - C.J. Box   (Debut)
2  -  Lone Wolf - Jodi Picoult  (4 weeks)
1  - Stay Close - Harlan Coben  
(Debut)



Flashback Record World Country Chart Top 50 3/10/1979

Monday, April 2, 2012

Hogan's Heroes

Our episode of classic television once again brings us to Hogan's Heroes.   Today our episode is from October 3rd 1969 "The Well".

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