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#13758: WHO DO YOU TRUST?
1962-09-03, ABC, min.
Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon

January 3rd, 1956-March 26th 1957, (CBS)
September 30th, 1957-December 27th, 1963 (ABC)

A popular game show that began in prime-time on CBS in 1956 under the title Do You Trust Your Wife? and was hosted by Edgar Bergan. Two husband and wife contestants were asked questions and the husbands had the choice of answering the questions themselves or trusting their wives to answer them correctly.
In the fall of 1957, the show moved to ABC where it became a daytime show hosted by Johnny Carson. In July of 1958, the show's title was changed to "Who Do You Trust? In the fall of 1958, a new announcer Ed McMahon joined the show and teamed with Carson for the first time. McMahon replaced Bill Nimmo.
This was the start of a long association between Carson and McMahon as the two teamed up again when Carson became the new host of the Tonight Show on October 1st, 1962 with McMahon as Carson's announcer and sidekick for Carson's 30-year reign as host of the show.

NOTE: Woody Woodbury would  succeed  Johnny Carson as host of Who Do You Trust? (renamed Whom Do You Trust) for the duration of the series, fifteen additional months until its final episode, December 27, 1963. 
                       
                                       
#13815: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1962-10-01, NBC, 33 min.
Rudy Vallee, Groucho Marx, Johnny Carson, Skitch Henderson, Ed McMahon, Joan Crawford

10-01-62- 05-22-92 (NBC)

Johnny Carson makes his debut as host of the Tonight Show. He is introduced by his announcer Ed McMahon. This was the beginning of Carson's thirty-year run as the host of this iconic late-night talk show. McMahon was to remain with Carson for Carson's complete tenure as host. Carson was the third permanent host, following Jack Paar who replaced original host Steve Allen. Joining Johnny for the premiere are Groucho Marx, who introduces Carson, Rudy Vallee and Joan Crawford.

The broadcast begins at 11:14 PM  Eastern Standard Time in New York with a commercial promoting the movie "Barabbas" followed by the NBC Peacock color tag. Announcer Ed McMahon introduces the show naming the  guests and then states " let us all welcome the new host of the Tonight Show" and Groucho Marx walks out. He does a brief monologue. Orchestra leader Skitch Henderson and the band play, "New York, New York It's A Wonderful Town."     
The 11:30pm sign on is heard by announcer Ed McMahon. He states, "...the man you have been waiting six months to meet, Johnny Carson." Groucho and Johnny Carson together. Carson thanks Groucho for flying to New York to do the opening of his first show. Comedic advice by Groucho to Johnny. 
Complete monologue by Johnny Carson. McMahon's first words to Carson, "You were very good my Prince." Ed and Johnny at the desk. Johnny does his first commercial for "Greasy Kids Stuff." Johnny introduces his first guest, Rudy Vallee. Johnny with his last guest, Joan Crawford. 
                              
#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
1963-02-19, NBC, 16 min.
Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, 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's guest is legendary actor Robert Taylor. A rare talk show appearance.

                                                                                                                   
#14063: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1963-04-18, NBC, min.
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 1970s, 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.

Host: Johnny Carson.
#14098: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1963-05-15, NBC, 15 min.
Johnny Carson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ed McMahon, Marlon Brando, Ida Lupino, Howard Duff, Allan Sherman

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's guests are Zsa Zsa Gabor, Marlon Brando, Howard Duff, Ida Lupino, and Allan Sherman.

15-minute excerpt. 

                                                                                                                                
#14116: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1963-05-20, NBC, min.
Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Mort Sahl, Elsa Lancaster

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. Guests are Mort Sahl and Elsa Lancaster. Sahl comments on current events.
#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.
#14160: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1963-06-12, NBC, min.
Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Bert Parks

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. A special on the Broadway opening of "Cleopatra" with guest Bert Parks.
#484: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1963-07-15, NBC, 29 min.
Johnny Carson, Mickey Rooney, Skitch Henderson, Ed McMahon, Linda Day, Lynda Day George, Doc Severinsen, 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.
#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.
#9456: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1964-05-18, NBC, 88 min.
Johnny Carson, Don Adams, Ed McMahon, Eva Gabor, Barbara Hines, Carnac The Magnificent, Richard Gehman

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 Eva Gabor, Don Adams, Richard Gehman, and Barbara Hines. NOTE: On this episode...First time the character "CARSON THE MAGNIFICENT" airs. Johnny Carson, during these initial skits, would pose the answer verbally himself as Carnac to the audience and then read the question, verbally, revealed in a sealed envelope. Soon after, Ed McMahon would pose the answer verbally, and Carnac The Magnificent (Johnny) would create a relevant question. This approach would remain for decades to come.
#9457: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1964-05-22, NBC, 88 min.
George Jessel, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Leon Bibb, Eydie Gorme, Jack Bailey, Aradcom Choral Group

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's guests are George Jessel, Eydie Gorme, Jack Bailey, Leon Bibb, The Aradcom Choral Group. Open of show recorded, but missing Johnny Carson monologue. All else complete including "Stump The Band" segment. 

                                                                                                      
#658: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1964-05-26, NBC, 48 min.
Johnny Carson, Larry Storch, Ed McMahon, Paul Newman

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.

Guests are Paul Newman and Larry Storch. Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon do an "Aunt Blabby" sketch.
#681: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST WOODY ALLEN, THE
1964-07-10, WNBC, 62 min.
Woody Allen, Ed McMahon, Count Basie, Tom Poston, Louise Lasser, Edie Adams

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 host Woody Allen welcomes his guests Edie Adams, Tom Poston, Louise Lasser and Count Basie.
#718: TONIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST HOST SAMMY DAVIS JR., THE
1964-11-23, WNBC, 47 min.
Ed McMahon, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Robert F. Kennedy, Della Reese

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 host Sammy Davis Jr. welcomes his guests Della Reese, Peter Lawford and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Ed McMahon is co-host. Davis plugs his new book "Yes I Can." The program, joined in progress, includes a Nescafe Coffee commercial. Ed McMahon does a live (on tape) Sun Beam Iron Commercial.
#723: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1964-12-11, NBC, 28 min.
Jack E. Leonard, 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 guest is Jack E. Leonard. Ed McMahon is co-host.
#10101: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1965-07-30, NBC, 60 min.
Joey Bishop, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Sammy Davis Jr.

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 Host: Joey Bishop. This program is a sixty-minute excerpt.
#8165: "SINATRA: A MAN AND HIS MUSIC PART 11."
1967-04-03, NBC, 60 min.
Frank Sinatra, Ed McMahon, Nancy Sinatra

A sequel to the previous one-man show telecast on November 24th, 1965 that won two Emmys and one Peabody Award. Ed McMahon is the announcer. This second annual TV special includes Sinatra belting out signature songs, "Fly Me To The Moon," "Luck Be A Lady Tonight," and "That's Life."
Daughter, Nancy joins her dad in a playful duet.
This is a repeat broadcast of December 7th, 1966.                                       
#3576: KRAFT MUSIC HALL, THE
1968-03-12, WNBC, 52 min.
Shelley Berman, Ed McMahon, Ed Ames, Sonny & Cher, Joan Rivers, The Young Rascals

September 13, 1967-May 12, 1971. This was the "Vaudeville '68" broadcast. The 1967 version of "The Kraft Music Hall" was an hour show, which lasted four seasons. It was hosted by a guest celebrity each week.
#8415: KRAFT MUSIC HALL, THE: "VAUDEVILLE '68."
1968-03-13, NBC, 52 min.
Shelley Berman, Ed McMahon, Ed Ames, Joan Rivers, Sonny and Cher

September 13, 1967-May 12, 1971. The 1967 version of "The Kraft Music Hall" was an hour show, which lasted four seasons. It was hosted by a guest celebrity each week. This is the "Vaudeville "68" broadcast.

Host: Ed McMahon.

                       
#3595: KRAFT MUSIC HALL, THE
1968-07-03, WNBC, 52 min.
Ed McMahon, Richard Pryor, Roger Williams, Lana Cantrell, Billy Barnes, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

September 13, 1967-May 12, 1971. The 1967 version of "The Kraft Music Hall" was an hour show, which lasted four seasons. It was hosted by a guest celebrity each week.
#3597: KRAFT MUSIC HALL, THE
1968-07-10, WNBC, 52 min.
Johnny Mathis, Ed McMahon, Jackie & Roy, Jackie Vernon, Harpers Bizarre, Eddie Hazell

September 13, 1967-May 12, 1971. The 1967 version of "The Kraft Music Hall" was an hour show, which lasted four seasons. It was hosted by a guest celebrity each week.
#3596: KRAFT MUSIC HALL, THE
1968-07-17, WNBC, 52 min.
Paul Anka, Ed McMahon, Pete Fountain, Dick Cavett, Dana Valery, Vic Perry

September 13, 1967-May 12, 1971. The 1967 version of "The Kraft Music Hall" was an hour show, which lasted four seasons. It was hosted by a guest celebrity each week.
#3598: KRAFT MUSIC HALL, THE
1968-07-24, WNBC, 52 min.
Ed McMahon, The Turtles, Flip Wilson, Doc Severinsen, Gloria Loring, Hendra and Ullett

September 13, 1967-May 12, 1971. The 1967 version of "The Kraft Music Hall" was an hour show, which lasted four seasons. It was hosted by a guest celebrity each week.
#3599: KRAFT MUSIC HALL, THE
1968-07-31, WNBC, 52 min.
Shelley Berman, Ed McMahon, Bobby Vinton, Peter Nero, Spanky and Our Gang, Gerri Granger

September 13, 1967-May 12, 1971. The 1967 version of "The Kraft Music Hall" was an hour show, which lasted four seasons. It was hosted by a guest celebrity each week.
#3600: KRAFT MUSIC HALL, THE
1968-08-14, WNBC, 52 min.
Ed McMahon, The New Vaudeville Band, Joanie Sommers, Norm Crosby, Hines,Hines And Dad

September 13, 1967-May 12, 1971. The 1967 version of "The Kraft Music Hall" was an hour show, which lasted four seasons. It was hosted by a guest celebrity each week.
#6240: SNAP JUDGEMENT
1968-08-19, NBC, 30 min.
Ed McMahon, Don Meredith, Johnny Olsen, Jo Anne Carson

April 11, 1967-March 28, 1969. Daytime game show that featured "Tonight Show" sidekick Ed McMahon as host. Johnny Olsen, announcer. Johnny Carson played the game on March 28, 1968, and his wife, Jo Anne Carson played the game on August 19, 1968.

Host: Ed McMahon. Guests: Jo Anne Carson, in a rare television appearance, & Don Meredith. Not one episode of this two-year game show series survives. All video tapes (two episodes are rumored to exist) were erased soon after broadcasts were aired.
#3601: KRAFT MUSIC HALL, THE
1968-08-21, WNBC, 52 min.
Ed McMahon, Joan Rivers, Rita Gardner, Sly and the Family Stone, The Four Tops, Tim Hardin

September 13, 1967-May 12, 1971. The 1967 version of "The Kraft Music Hall" was an hour show, which lasted four seasons. It was hosted by a guest celebrity each week.
#3602: KRAFT MUSIC HALL, THE
1968-09-04, WNBC, 52 min.
Ed McMahon, Barbara McNair, The Rascals, Charlie Manna, Little Anthony and the Imperials

September 13, 1967-May 12, 1971. The 1967 version of "The Kraft Music Hall" was an hour show, which lasted four seasons. It was hosted by a guest celebrity each week.
#1312: BEAUTIFUL PHYLLIS DILLER SHOW, THE
1968-09-15, WCBS, 52 min.
Johnny Carson, Rip Taylor, Ed McMahon, Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Phyllis Diller, Norm Crosby, Sonny Bono, Sonny and Cher, Rowan and Martin, Pearce Sisters, Merryl Jay and the Curtain Calls

September 15, 1968-December 22, 1968. Variety hour hosted by Phyllis Diller, featuring Norm Crosby and Rip Taylor. 

 PREMIERE of The Phyllis Diller Show. Guests include Johnny Carson (introduced by  Ed McMahon), Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, Sonny and Cher, and the Pearce Sisters (musical moppets, 2 to 11 years old).
Pyllis plays her saxophone accompanying Sonny and Cher, and in a sketch has trouble rehearsing with the Pearce Sisters.          
#3556: KRAFT MUSIC HALL, THE
1968-10-23, WNBC, 52 min.
Steve Allen, Ed Sullivan, Groucho Marx, Johnny Carson, Alan King, Ed McMahon, Don Rickles, Dick Cavett, Flip Wilson, John Lindsay

September 13, 1967-May 12, 1971. This was the "Johnny Carson Friar's Club Roast" broadcast. The 1967 version of "The Kraft Music Hall" was an hour show, which lasted four seasons. It was hosted by a guest celebrity each week.
#8417: KRAFT MUSIC HALL, THE
1968-10-23, NBC, 52 min.
Steve Allen, Ed Sullivan, Groucho Marx, Johnny Carson, Alan King, Ed McMahon, Don Rickles, Dick Cavett, Flip Wilson, John Lindsay

September 13, 1967-May 12, 1971. This was the "Johnny Carson Friar's Club Roast" broadcast. The 1967 version of "The Kraft Music Hall" was an hour show, which lasted four seasons. It was hosted by a guest celebrity each week.  

Duplicate Of #3556.            
#10154: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1969-01-22, NBC, 00 min.
Johnny Carson, Bud Collyer, 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's guest is Bud Collyer.
#1819: COMEDY TONIGHT
1970-07-05, WCBS, 52 min.
Alan King, Shelley Berman, Robert Merrill, Ed McMahon, Nipsey Russell, Robert Klein

July 5, 1970-August 23, 1970. A summer replacement for "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," this hour comedy-variety series was hosted by Robert Klein. Regulars included Marty Barris, Peter Boyle, Barbara Cason, MacIntyre Dixon, Boni Enten, Judy Graubart, Laura Greene, Madeline Kahn, Jerry Lacy, and Lynn Lipton.
#1817: COMEDY TONIGHT
1970-07-12, WCBS, 52 min.
Alan King, Robert Merrill, Ed McMahon, Robert Klein

July 5, 1970-August 23, 1970. A summer replacement for "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," this hour comedy-variety series was hosted by Robert Klein. Regulars included Marty Barris, Peter Boyle, Barbara Cason, MacIntyre Dixon, Boni Enten, Judy Graubart, Laura Greene, Madeline Kahn, Jerry Lacy, and Lynn Lipton.
#1818: COMEDY TONIGHT
1970-07-19, WCBS, 52 min.
Alan King, Robert Merrill, Ed McMahon, Robert Klein, Johnny Puleo

July 5, 1970-August 23, 1970. A summer replacement for "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," this hour comedy-variety series was hosted by Robert Klein. Regulars included Marty Barris, Peter Boyle, Barbara Cason, MacIntyre Dixon, Boni Enten, Judy Graubart, Laura Greene, Madeline Kahn, Jerry Lacy, and Lynn Lipton.
#8373: JERRY LEWIS LABOR DAY TELETHON, THE
1970-09-06, SYN, 540 min.
Jack Benny, Steve Allen, Jerry Lewis, Bobby Darin, Danny Kaye, Milton Berle, Frank Sinatra, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ed McMahon, Joan Crawford, Vincent Price, Jack Jones, Patty Duke, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Ed Ames, Soupy Sales, Shirley Verrett, Joey Heatherton, Sam Jaffe, Dorothy Collins, Joan Rivers, Doug McClure, Jerry Vale, Helen Oconnell, Roy Wilkens, Annissa Jones, Hildegard

Jerry Lewis launches his ninth fund-raising telethon for Muscular Dystrophy with a huge array of stars. This was the first coast-to-coast telecast of the telethon. Nine hours of coverage recorded. 9 AM to 6 PM Eastern time. The complete broadcast spanned twenty hours and began at 10 PM Eastern time
September 5th, 1970.                                                     
#9357: "SWING OUT SWEET LAND."
1970-11-29, NBC, 90 min.
Jack Benny, Dennis Weaver, Red Skelton, John Wayne, Patrick Wayne, Bob Hope, Leslie Uggams, Dean Martin, George Burns, Ed McMahon, Lorne Greene, Johnny Cash, Celeste Holm, Bing Crosby, Michael Landon, Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Tom Smothers, Phyllis Diller, Dan Blocker, Glen Campbell, Lucille Ball, Roy Clark, Ross Martin, Lisa Todd, Cathy Baker, William Shatner, David Nelson, Ricky Nelson, Ann Margret, Doodletown Pipers, Greg Morris, Hugh OBrien, Arthur Tovey, Jesse Vint, Roscoe Lee Browne

John Wayne and an all-star cast tell the story of America. 

Host: John Wayne.           
#10103: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1971-10-01, NBC, 90 min.
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.

This is the ninth anniversary show.
#10099: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1971-10-11, NBC, 90 min.
Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Jayne Meadows

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 Host: Steve Allen. Guest: Jayne Meadows.
#5017: ABC COMEDY HOUR, THE
1972-02-16, WABC, 52 min.
Milton Berle, Alan King, Ed McMahon, Diahann Carroll, Johnnie Ray, Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Chubby Checker, June Allyson, Pinky Lee

January 12, 1972-April 5, 1972. This was "The 20th Century Follies" broadcast. Alan King toasts the 1900s. Seven segments of this thirteen-week comedy-variety series brought together a group of highly talented impressionists calling themselves The Kopykats. The other six segments of the series included two Alan King specials.
#10100: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1972-06-20, NBC, 90 min.
Lee Marvin, Johnny Carson, Don Adams, Ed McMahon, Don Rickles, Muhammad Ali, Joan Harper

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 Host: Don Rickles.
#5446: STARS AND STRIPES SHOW, THE
1972-07-04, WNBC, 52 min.
Chill Wills, Bob Hope, Ed McMahon, Anita Bryant, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, Mickey Newbury

Bob Hope headlines this patriotic salute. He's joined by Ed McMahon who is emcee with visits to the show by many guest stars, including sports greats.
#1868: DAVID STEINBERG SHOW, THE
1972-07-19, WCBS, 52 min.
Leslie Uggams, Ed McMahon, David Steinberg

July 19, 1972-August 16, 1972. A five-week summer variety hour, hosted by comedian David Steinberg.
#10104: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1972-09-15, NBC, 90 min.
Peter Falk, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, George Maharis, Burt Reynolds

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's guests are Burt Reynolds, George Maharis, and Peter Falk.
#10153: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1972-09-15, NBC, 90 min.
Peter Falk, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, George Maharis, Burt Reynolds

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's guests are Burt Reynolds Peter Falk, and George Maharis. Duplicate of # 10104.
#10059: "OPENING NIGHT USA"
1972-12-25, CBS, min.
Debbie Reynolds, Milton Berle, Ed McMahon, Sammy Davis Jr.

Ed McMahon visits several stars on their opening night. Stars include Sammy Davis, Jr, Debbie Reynolds, and Milton Berle.  

Host: Ed McMahon.          
#10102: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1973-02-11, NBC, 90 min.
Jack Benny, George Raft, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Richard Harris

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's guests are Jack Benny, Richard Harris, and George Raft.
#10105: TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE
1973-04-26, NBC, 90 min.
Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Don Rickles, Cloris Leachman, Bobby Riggs, Jerry Vale, Bobby Ramsen

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 Host: Don Rickles.
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