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#6974: TODAY SHOW, THE
1956-06-24, NBC, 17 min.
Jerry Lewis, Jack Lescoulie, Dean Martin, Fay Emerson

Broadcast from Atlantic City at Paul D'Amato's 500 Club where Martin and Lewis were originally booked as singles and started to clown together to form a history-making combination. This live telecast would be the next to last broadcast for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis before they would split for good. Their last telecast came five days later when they hosted an MD    telethon from Carnegie Hall, June 29th and 30th.             
#6978: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1960-02-11, NBC, 68 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Shelley Berman, Jose Melis, Orson Bean

Jack Paar unexpectedly walks off the show during his opening monologue protesting NBC's censoring of a "Water Closet" joke he had told on last nights broadcast. After Paar walks off, Hugh Downs takes over and continues the show with guests who comment about what had just happened.

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 
 For four years and eight months Jack Paar reigned supreme as host of the Tonight Show with a crew of regulars, but only two stayed with him for the entire run; announcer Hugh Downs and band leader Jose Melis, a former army buddy. Familiar faces who appeared many times with Jack included Dody Goodman, Betty Johnson, Elsa Maxwell, Alexander King, Genevieve, Jack Douglas; and wife Reiko, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hans Conried, Peggy Cass, Cliff (Charley Weaver) Arquette, and Johnathan Winters. Hugh Downs substituted for Jack Paar 79 times, more than any other substitute host. There were 20 different substitute hosts for Paar over the period of the series run. Joey Bishop substituted for Paar 31 times. Arlene Francis, 30 times, Jonathan Winters, 26 times, Orson Bean, 21 times and Johnny Carson 15 times. All together there were 243 broadcasts which had substitute hosts filling in for Paar during Jack Paar's TONIGHT SHOW tenure. The title of the late night broadcast changed to THE JACK PAAR SHOW which took effect on February 3, 1958. The first video-taped broadcast aired on January 5, 1959. "Best of Paar " Re-runs began on July 10,1959. The first color broadcast aired on September 19, 1960.                                                                                                                                                            
#865: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1960-06-16, WNBC, 43 min.
Jack Paar, John F. Kennedy, Peggy Cass, Jose Melis

Jack Paar welcomes Presidential Candidate, Senator John F. Kennedy, who converses with Paar on many subjects. Peggy Cass also guests. Jose Melis does a commercial for "Real Lemonade." Senator Kennedy takes questions from the audience.
#33: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1960-06-21, WNBC, 37 min.
Jack Paar, Jerry Lewis, Walter Kiernan

Jack Paar's guest is Jerry Lewis. Walter Kiernan co-hosts.
#36: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1960-07-08, WNBC, 47 min.
Jack Paar, James Cagney, Jim Bishop, Hugh Downs, Shari Lewis, Genevieve

Jack Paar's special guest is James Cagney, who plugs his new movie "The Gallant Hours," discusses conservation with Jim Bishop and demonstrates his dancing prowess with co-host Hugh Downs. Other guests chiming in are Genevieve and Shari Lewis. This show was a repeat originally broadcast on May 16, 1960.             
#6979: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1960-07-19, NBC, 38 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Joey Bishop, Alexander King, Genevieve, H.V. Kaltenborn

H.V. Kaltenborn discusses the National Democratic Convention. He predicts that Richard Nixon will defeat John F. Kennedy for President of the United States. Joey Bishop discusses the candidates and also mentions that in September 1960 The Tonight Show will be telecast in color.

July 29, 1957- March 30,1962. 
 For four years and eight months Jack Paar reigned supreme as host of the Tonight Show with a crew of regulars, but only two stayed with him for the entire run; announcer Hugh Downs and band leader Jose Melies, a former army buddy. Familiar faces who appeared many times with Jack included Dody Goodman, Betty Johnson, Elsa Maxwell, Alexander King, Genevieve, Jack Douglas; and wife Reiko, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hans Conried, Peggy Cass, Cliff (Charley Weaver) Arquette, and Johnathan Winters. Hugh Downs substituted for Jack Paar 79 times, more than any other substitute host there were 20 different performers over the period of the series run. Joey Bishop substituted for Paar 31 times. Arlene Francis, 30 times, Jonathan Winters, 26 times, Orson Bean, 21 times and Johnny Carson 15 times. All together there were 243 broadcasts which had substitute hosts filling in for Paar during Jack Paar's TONIGHT SHOW tenure. The title of the late night broadcast changed to THE JACK PAAR SHOW which took effect on February 3, 1958. The first video-taped broadcast aired on January 5, 1959. "Best of Paar " Re-runs began on July 10,1959. The first color broadcast aired on September 19, 1960.                                                                                               
#41: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1960-08-25, WNBC, 42 min.
Jack Paar, Richard M. Nixon, Jose Melis, Pat Nixon

Presidential candidate and current Vice President Richard M. Nixon and his wife Pat are Jack Paar's special guests. Jose Melis and his orchestra play "Sweet Georgia Brown." Hugh Downs co-hosts.
#56: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1960-12-29, WNBC, 25 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr., Kay Thompson, Chester Morris, Lucille Ball

Substitute host Hugh Downs chats with guests Lucille Ball and children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., Kay Thompson and Chester Morris.
#60: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1961-01-06, WNBC, 18 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Joe E. Brown

Joe E. Brown is guest. Hugh Downs co-hosts.  
A Best of Paar rebroadcast which originally aired 
Nov. 16, 1960           
#62: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1961-01-27, WNBC, 26 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Red Skelton, Joey Bishop

Jack Paar's guests are Red Skelton and Joey Bishop. Co-host is Hugh Downs. 
A Best of Paar rebroadcast from September 26, 1960.            
#87: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1961-06-29, WNBC, 13 min.
Jack Paar, Henry Morgan, Orson Bean

Substitute host Orson Bean welcomes guest Henry Morgan.
#93: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1961-07-12, WNBC, 28 min.
Jack Paar, Jonathan Winters, Selma Diamond

Jack Paar's guests are Jonathan Winters and Selma Diamond, who occasionally comment as Winters and Paar trade quips.
#102: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1961-07-21, WNBC, 57 min.
Jack Paar, Art Carney, Jonathan Winters, Cliff Arquette, Shelley Berman

There is a wild and uninhibited night of comedy ad lib with guests Jonathan Winters, Cliff Arquette, Shelley Berman and Art Carney. A re-run of an original broadcast May 15, 1961. 

An example of how expensive 2" Quad Video Tapes were saved briefly for one re-run and then eventually erased and re-used for other broadcasts.               
#104: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1961-07-24, WNBC, 81 min.
Jack Paar, Jonathan Winters, Bob and Ray, Jack E. Leonard, Joe Garagiola, Frank Verna

Substitute host Jonathan Winters welcomes guests Bob and Ray, Jack E. Leonard, and Joe Garagiola.
#118: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1961-08-15, WNBC, 14 min.
Jack Paar, Jack E. Leonard

Jack Paar's guest is Jack E. Leonard.
#121: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1961-08-24, WNBC, 11 min.
Jack Paar, Liberace

Jack Paar's guest is Liberace. This program was joined in progress as Liberace plays the piano and tells about the origin of his candelabra.
#881: TONIGHT SHOW, THE
1961-09-12, WNBC, 55 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Peggy Cass

From Radio Free Berlin Studios and from on site locations, Jack Paar and Peggy 
Cass broadcast "The Tonight Show," 110 miles from Communist occupied Germany. There are many interviews with soldiers and with the cooperation of the United States Army, Paar tours the many facilities and shares his wit and observations with his American audience. Also, included is a segment from the telecast broadcast on Sept. 14th when Paar and Hugh Downs comment about the controversy of the Sept. 12th broadcast which caused ripples in the press and with Congress in Washington D.C.             
#149: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1961-11-23, WNBC, 30 min.
Jack Paar, Bob Hope

Jack Paar's guest is Bob Hope.
             
#172: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1962-02-23, WNBC, 52 min.
Jack Paar, Peter Lorre, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Ed Reimers, Jose Melis, Les Paul, Mary Ford, Leona Anderson, Maurice Bishop

Jack Paar's guests are Peter Lorre and Sir Cedric Hardwicke.

 This "Best of Paar" repeat program, originally broadcast November 16, 1961, had Ed Reimers announcing and co-hosting.

 Mystery guest is Maurice Bishop, brother of Joey Bishop. Jack states his great admiration for Joey.            
#183: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1962-03-29, WNBC, 43 min.
Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Jack E. Leonard, Alexander King, Robert Merrill, Buddy Hackett

Jack Paar makes his farewell appearance. Many guest stars from past shows join Jack, including Jack E. Leonard, Buddy Hackett, Robert Merrill, Alexander King and co-host Hugh Downs.
#184: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JACK PAAR, THE
1962-03-30, WNBC, 51 min.
Jack Benny, Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, Johnny Carson

Jack Paar's guest is Jack Benny. Hugh Downs is co-host. 
During Paar's monologue Jack states that Johnny Carson will be, most likely, the new host of The Tonight Show, starting in April.

NOTE: Johnny Carson did replace Jack Paar as permanent host of TTS, but due to a contractual agreement with ABC TV he could not begin his 30 year reign as host of The Tonight Show until October 1, 1962. 

This was to be the final televised "Jack Paar Tonight Show." This "Best of Paar" broadcast was a repeat of a telecast aired on November 22, 1961. 
                                      
#186: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST ART LINKLETTER, THE
1962-04-02, WNBC, 22 min.
Art Linkletter, Kirk Douglas, Eddie Mayhoff

Art Linkletter's guests are Kirk Douglas and Eddie Mayhoff.
#197: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST JOEY BISHOP, THE
1962-04-19, WNBC, 67 min.
Joey Bishop, Danny Thomas, Sonny King, Ernest Borgnine, Lenny Kent, Edie Adams, Laud Brooks Schmidt

From two successive telecasts, guests are double talker Mr. Laud Brooks Schmidt,appearing on April 18, 1962, and the following night, April 19, 1962, Ernest Borgnine, Danny Thomas, Edie Adams, Sonny King and Lenny Kent.             
#209: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST MORT SAHL, THE
1962-06-11, WNBC, 19 min.
Dell and Bill, Otto Preminger, Mort Sahl

Guests are Dell and Bill who do a comedy routine about Vietnam, and Otto Preminger. Mort Sahl is guest host.             
#218: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST STEVE LAWRENCE, THE
1962-06-19, WNBC, 10 min.
Frank Gorshin, Steve Lawrence

Frank Gorshin is Steve Lawrence's guest.
#6954: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST JERRY LEWIS, THE
1962-07-02, NBC, 95 min.
Jerry Lewis, Hugh Downs, Jack Carter, Henry Gibson, Skitch Henderson

Jerry Lewis returns for a second week as host of The Tonight Show. Included are NBC news commercials and spots for Ocean Spray, Tuck Tape, and L&M Cigarettes. 

The second interregnum (2 April 1962-28 September 1962). Because of his previous contract, Jack Paar's successor, Johnny Carson, was unable to take over the show until October 1, 1962. The twenty six week gap was filled by a succession of guest hosts, most of whom stayed for a week at a time. The parade included, among others, Mort Sahl, Soupy Sales, Art Linkletter, Groucho Marx, Merv Griffin, Jerry Lewis and Arlene Francis (The first woman to guest-host the show). Hugh Downs stayed on as the announcer until August, when he succeeded John Chancellor as host of the Today show; Ed Herlihy replaced Downs on Tonight. Skitch Henderson led the band during the transition period.                          
#223: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST JERRY LEWIS, THE
1962-07-04, WNBC, 91 min.
Jerry Lewis, Chuck McCann, Phil Foster, Rick Norman, Milt Kamen, The Vagabonds, Henry Gibson

Jerry Lewis hosts on successive nights with guests Chuck McCann, Phil Foster, Rick Norman, Milt Kamen, The Vagabonds and Henry Gibson.
#229: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST JACK E. LEONARD, THE
1962-07-23, WNBC, 40 min.
Jack E. Leonard, Jimmy Dean, Katherine Leonard, George Montgomery

Guests are Jimmy Dean, George Montgomery and Jack E. Leonard's wife, Katherine Leonard.
#232: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING GUEST HOST MERV GRIFFIN, THE
1962-07-30, WNBC, 10 min.
Sophia Loren, Merv Griffin

Sophia Loren is interviewed by Merv Griffin in a filmed segment.
#245: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST HUGH DOWNS, THE
1962-08-14, WNBC, 43 min.
Hugh Downs, John Carradine, Jim Lucas, Sammy Davis Jr.

John Carradine and Sammy Davis Jr. each guest on two successive evenings. Jim Lucas is the announcer.
#247: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST HUGH DOWNS, THE
1962-08-17, WNBC, 48 min.
Hugh Downs, Jim Backus, Larry Storch, Jim Lucas, Jane Fonda, Rita Hayworth, Gary Merrill, Alan King

Guests for two consecutive nights are Jim Backus, Larry Storch, Jane Fonda, Rita Hayworth, Gary Merrill, Alan King, and announcer Jim Lucas. Hugh Downs pays tribute to "The Tonight Show" staff members and signs off for his final Tonight appearance.
#248: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST GROUCHO MARX, THE
1962-08-23, WNBC, 65 min.
Groucho Marx, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Salvatore Baccaloni, Joe Twirp, Joy Harmon, George Fenneman

Guests are Zsa Zsa Gabor, Salvatore Baccaloni, Joe Twirp, Joy Harmon, and announcer George Fenneman. Groucho Marx sings "Show Me A Rose."             
#253: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST HAL MARCH, THE
1962-08-28, WNBC, 42 min.
Jack E. Leonard, Mamie Van Doren, Sugar Ray Robinson, Alan Gale, Hal March

Guests are Mamie Van Doren, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jack E. Leonard and Alan Gale.
#254: TODAY SHOW WITH HOST JOHN CHANCELLOR, THE
1962-08-31, WNBC, 16 min.
John Chancellor, Jack Lescoulie, Pat Fontaine, Thomas Alva Edison

January 14, 1952-Present. First early-morning network program and longest-running daytime series. Created by Sylvester "Pat" Weaver. Telecast Monday thru Friday, 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, the broadcasts have maintained a format including a News Summary, segments related to Sports, Weather, Interviews, and Features. Throughout its long run, hosts of "The Today Show" have included Dave Garroway (1952-1961), John Chancellor (1961-1962), Hugh Downs (1962-1971), Frank McGee (1971-1974), Jim Hartz (1974-1976), Tom Brokaw (1976-1981), Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel, Chris Wallace, Katie Couric, and others.

The 65th anniversary of Thomas Edison's patent #589168 of the motion picture Kinetograph Camera is celebrated. John Chancellor hosts with Jack Lescoulie and Pat Fontaine.
#263: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST ART LINKLETTER, THE
1962-09-10, WNBC, 29 min.
Art Linkletter, Dick Powell, Don Ameche, Ed Herlihy

Art Linkletter's guests are Dick Powell and Don Ameche. Ed Herlihy is the announcer.
#262: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST ART LINKLETTER, THE
1962-09-11, WNBC, 11 min.
Art Linkletter, Gloria Swanson

Art Linkletter's guest is Gloria Swanson.
#272: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST DONALD O'CONNOR, THE
1962-09-28, WNBC, 19 min.
Jack E. Leonard, Donald O'Connor

Donald O'Connor's guest is Jack E. Leonard.
#382: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1963-02-04, NBC, 18 min.
Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Huntz Hall

October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.

We are introduced to the show's opening by announcer Ed McMahon, who also jokes with Johnny Carson during his monologue. Guest is Huntz Hall. Johnny Carson's fifth month as star of the Tonight Show.
#398: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1963-02-18, NBC, 16 min.
Johnny Carson, Robert Taylor

October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.

Johnny Carson's guest is Robert Taylor.
#408: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1963-02-26, NBC, 20 min.
Johnny Carson, Glenn Ford, Hope Lange

October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.

Johnny Carson's guests are Hope Lange and Glenn Ford, who makes his first TV appearance before a live audience.
#447: TODAY SHOW WITH HUGH DOWNS, THE
1963-04-19, WNBC, 29 min.
Hugh Downs, Marlon Brando

January 14, 1952-Present. First early-morning network program and longest-running daytime series. Created by Sylvester "Pat" Weaver. Telecast Monday thru Friday, 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, the broadcasts have maintained a format including a News Summary, segments related to Sports, Weather, Interviews, and Features. Throughout its long run, hosts of "The Today Show" have included Dave Garroway (1952-1961), John Chancellor (1961-1962), Hugh Downs (1962-1971), Frank McGee (1971-1974), Jim Hartz (1974-1976), Tom Brokaw (1976-1981), Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel, Chris Wallace, Katie Couric, and others.

Hugh Downs interviews Marlon Brando in this very rare television appearance.
#468: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1963-05-20, NBC, 9 min.
Johnny Carson, Walter O'Malley, Mort Sahl

October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.

Walter O'Malley and Mort Sahl trade quips with Johnny Carson.
#470: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1963-05-21, NBC, 50 min.
Milton Berle, Johnny Carson, Kirk Douglas, Skitch Henderson, Ed McMahon, Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Maury Wills

October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.

Johnny Carson opens the show with his monologue. Guests are California Governor Edmund Brown and Kirk Douglas, Milton Berle and Maury Wills. Skitch Henderson leads the orchestra. Ed McMahon is co-host.
#482: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1963-06-27, WNBC, 25 min.
Louis Nye, Johnny Carson, Jimmy Piersall

October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.

Johnny Carson's guests are Louis Nye, Jimmy Piersall, and Susan and Jennifer Baker.
#484: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1963-07-15, NBC, 29 min.
Johnny Carson, Mickey Rooney, Ed McMahon, Linda Day, Lynda Day George, Adam Keefe

October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.

Johnny Carson plays "Stump the Band" with the audience. Among the participants is 19 year old aspiring actress Linda Day who would later become actress Linda Day George. Guests are Mickey Rooney and impressionist Adam Keith. Ed McMahon is co-host.
#530: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1963-10-23, NBC, 5 min.
Johnny Carson, Sterling Hayden

October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.

Guest Sterling Hayden appears with Johnny Carson.
#541: TODAY SHOW WITH HUGH DOWNS, THE
1963-11-06, WNBC, 44 min.
Hugh Downs, Bronco Billy Anderson, Ken Maynard, Jack Lescoulie, Pat Fontaine

January 14, 1952-Present. First early-morning network program and longest-running daytime series. Created by Sylvester "Pat" Weaver. Telecast Monday thru Friday, 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, the broadcasts have maintained a format including a News Summary, segments related to Sports, Weather, Interviews, and Features. Throughout its long run, hosts of "The Today Show" have included Dave Garroway (1952-1961), John Chancellor (1961-1962), Hugh Downs (1962-1971), Frank McGee (1971-1974), Jim Hartz (1974-1976), Tom Brokaw (1976-1981), Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel, Chris Wallace, Katie Couric, and others.

Hugh Downs, Jack Lescoulie, and Pat Fontaine celebrate the 60th anniversary of the movie western and look back at "Cowboy Movies" with special guest Ken Maynard. Bronco Billy Anderson, the first movie cowboy, is interviewed in Hollywood.
#544: TODAY SHOW WITH HUGH DOWNS, THE
1963-11-08, WNBC, 21 min.
Hugh Downs, Peter Lorre, Jack Lescoulie, Pat Fontaine, Lon Chaney Sr., Fay Wray

January 14, 1952-Present. First early-morning network program and longest-running daytime series. Created by Sylvester "Pat" Weaver. Telecast Monday thru Friday, 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, the broadcasts have maintained a format including a News Summary, segments related to Sports, Weather, Interviews, and Features. Throughout its long run, hosts of "The Today Show" have included Dave Garroway (1952-1961), John Chancellor (1961-1962), Hugh Downs (1962-1971), Frank McGee (1971-1974), Jim Hartz (1974-1976), Tom Brokaw (1976-1981), Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel, Chris Wallace, Katie Couric, and others.

Horror Films are discussed by Hugh Downs and Jack Lescoulie and Pat Fontaine. Special guest is Fay Wray. A brief retrospective about Lon Chaney Sr. and Peter Lorre precede Wray's interview.
#548: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1963-11-11, NBC, 25 min.
James Stewart, Ed Wynn, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon

October 1, 1962-May 22, 1992. Johnny Carson, host of NBC's network late-night "Tonight Show" reigned for 30 unprecedented years...five times the combined tenure of Steve Allen, and Jack Paar. Carson was impervious to competition, including efforts to dethrone him by Les Crane, Joey Bishop, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, Jack Paar, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Arsenio Hall. Sadly, very few complete "Tonight Show" broadcasts survive during Johnny Carson's first ten years of broadcasting. Around 1965, through the early 1970's, oldest tapes were first erased systematically by orders from myopic NBC executives, to be recycled for purposes of saving money. Ironically, in many cases, these older master tapes were too brittle, and portended probable drop-outs for re-use after being erased. Subsequently blank after being erased, these older questionable master 2" Quad tapes were either sparingly used or never used again for recording new programming and eventually were discarded. Saving thousands of dollars at the time (wiping master tapes for potential re-use) resulted in losing millions of dollars by NBC in today's marketplace, and more importantly wiping thousands of historic TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts, which contain precious personal anecdotes from political, show business, and sports icons of the past.

Johnny Carson's guests are James Stewart and Ed Wynn. Ed McMahon is co-host.
#944: TODAY SHOW, THE
1964-03-18, WNBC, 64 min.
Jack Benny, Hugh Downs, Fred Allen, Jack Lescoulie, Parker Kennelly, Peter Donald, Max Asnas, Jim Harkins, Kenny Delmar

January 14, 1952-Present. First early-morning network program and longest-running daytime series. Created by Sylvester "Pat" Weaver. Telecast Monday thru Friday, 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, the broadcasts have maintained a format including a News Summary, segments related to Sports, Weather, Interviews, and Features. Throughout its long run, hosts of "The Today Show" have included Dave Garroway (1952-1961), John Chancellor (1961-1962), Hugh Downs (1962-1971), Frank McGee (1971-1974), Jim Hartz (1974-1976), Tom Brokaw (1976-1981), Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel, Chris Wallace, Katie Couric, and others.

A live anniversary special salute to Fred Allen who died eight years ago in 1956. Joining Hugh Downs and Jack Lescoulie are Kenny Delmar, Parker Kennelly, Peter Donald, Max Asnas, Jim Harkins and some taped reflections by old pal Jack Benny. There are many personal reminiscences and some recreated skits live in the schedule.
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