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T.V. & Culture

Television History, Program Profiles, TV & Politics,
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TV, Culture & Business

“CBS Loved Lucy”


Over 3 decades, Lucille
Ball kept CBS-TV on top
and in the money.

TV & Publishing

“Lucy & TV Guide”


“I Love Lucy” enriched
Walter Annenberg as they
popularized TV culture.

Public Affairs TV

“Brian’s Song”


Brian Lamb creates C-SPAN;
opening a new window
on politics & public affairs.

Cutting Edge TV

“Max Headroom”


Fun-loving Sci-Fi show
offered a sharp critique of
TV biz & ratings game.

Music & Television

“Bandstand Performers”


Dick Clark’s “American
Bandstand” offered music
artists national TV debuts.

Music & Television

“Bandstand Performers”


Some 200 guests appeared
on “Bandstand” during its
final year from Philadelphia.

TV Ad & Music

“Start Me Up”


Bill Gates pays millions
for Rolling Stones song to
sell computer software.

Celebrity TV

“Person to Person”


Edward R. Murrow,
CBS, and the rise of
“rich & famous” T.V.

TV Celebrity

“Mia’s Metamorphases”


Mia Farrow’s fame began
with TV’s Peyton Place
of the 1960s.

Music & Advertising

“Keira & The Zombies”

2014 & The 1960s

A Chanel perfume ad
features Keira Knightley
& a 1960s Zombies’ tune.

Politics & Television

“The Kefauver Hearings”


Televised Senate hearings
brought Mafia figures
into American homes.

Icons & Advertising

“JFK, Pitchman?”


A popular ex-President is
used in print & TV ads to
sell Omega watches.

TV & Web Advertising

“Google & Gaga”


Lady Gaga’s hit song,
“The Edge of Glory,” is
used in a Google TV ad.

TV & Print Ads

“The iPod Silhouettes”


Apple’s iPod ads
used music & imagery
to sell its technology.

Campaign TV Ad

“Endorsing Jimmy Carter”

Mary Tyler Moore: 1980

TV star gives a strong
womens’ pitch for re-
electing President Carter.

Single Women TV

“Mary Tyler Moore”


Her 1970s TV show
helped put women in a
new independent light.

TV News History

“Ted Turner & CNN”

1980s & 1990s

Media pioneer shakes up
news & entertainment biz
using new technology.

TV Show Marketing

“Dinah & Chevrolet”


“See-the-U.S.A.” tune
helps define a TV celebrity
& America’s “car culture”.

TV & Civil Rights

“When Harry Met Petula”

April 1968

Pet Clark & Harry Belafonte
made civil rights history
challenging a Chrysler v. p.

TV & Politics

“The Frost-Nixon Biz”


The multi-media cottage
industry that followed
the Frost/Nixon interviews.

Corporate Advertising

“G.E.’s Hot Coal Ad”


General Electric’s ‘hot’ TV
ad gives coal mining a look
that’s not exactly real.

Historic Political Ad

“LBJ’s Atomic Ad”


“Daisy Girl” TV ad of
1964 began practice of
negative campaign ads.

Music & TV Ads

“Levi’s Be My Baby”


A Levi’s jeans ad uses a
1960s’ tune to tell a
“good Samaritan” story.

Celebrity Advertising

“Dennis Hopper Ads”


Actor Dennis Hopper
pitches Baby Boomers:
“Dreams Don’t Retire.”

TV, Music & Marketing

“American Bandstand”


How Dick Clark & TV
helped make rock ‘n roll
a major business.

Sports & Cable TV 

“All Sports, All the Time”


The rise of ESPN and
the “all-sports” cable
television business.

TV & Politics

“Nixon’s Checkers Speech”

September 1952

Endangered VP candidate,
Richard Nixon, discovers
the “magic” of television.

TVLand Statue

“Ralph Kramden Statue”

August 2000

Viacom’s cable channel
begins building statues
of its classic TV stars.

Timex Watch Advertising

“…Keeps on Ticking”


Timex ‘torture test’ ads
w/ celebrities & sports
stars become iconic.

Music & Advertising

“Pepsi’s Madonna Ad”


A Madonna television ad
stirs controversy when
it’s linked to music video.

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