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1957-09-19, NBC, 50 min.
Steve Allen, Rudy Vallee, Ed Wynn, Keenan Wynn, Beatrice Lillie, Jack Palance, Alfred Drake, Janet Blair, Jill Corey, Rod Alexander, Billie Burke, Mimi Benzell

    A special tribute to Ed Wynn who has been in show business for 55 years. To celebrate Wynn's long career, which has recently enjoyed a rebirth, Alfred Drake emcees a one our salute originating in New York and Hollywood. This is the first in a series of such salutes to be spotted occasionally during the 1957-1958 television season.

NOTE: Unlike seasons past, when one shot TV events were televised and called "spectaculars" NBC will use the word "special" related to any show not aired on a regular basis.          
1961-03-24, WCBS, 27 min.
Jackie Gleason, Rudy Vallee, George Jessel

Guests Rudy Vallee and George Jessel ad lib with Jackie Gleason. For two months, Jackie conducted this informal talk show replacing the abortive quiz show "You're in the Picture," which aired only one time.
1961-11-05, WNBC, 55 min.
Rudy Vallee, Robert Russell Bennett, Dorothy Loudon, Kate Smith, Count Basie, Bing Crosby, Bill Hayes, John Bubbles, Blossom Dearie, Ruth Etting, Paul Whiteman

Count Basie and his orchestra, Dorothy Loudon, Bill Hayes, John Bubbles and Blossom Dearie perform some of the big tunes of the 1930's. Pre-recordings of Bing Crosby, Ruby Vallee, Kate Smith and Ruth Etting help set the mood. Paul Whiteman narrates this hour-long taped tribute. 

Musical director: Robert Russell Bennett.

"You've Got That Thing"---------------------------------------Dearie
"Why Was I Born?"---------------------------------------------Loudon
"That Old Gang of Mine"--------------------------------------Chorus
"You're the Top," "Mine" --------------------------Loudon & Hayes
"One O'clock Jump"--------------------------------------------Basie
"Ain't Necessarily So"-----------------------------------------Bubbles
"Putting All My Eggs in One Basket"----------------------Dearie
"All the Things You Are"---------------------------------------Hayes
"Wish I Were in Love Again"--------------------------------Loudon
"Over the Rainbow"--------------------------------------------All 

1961-11-15, WNBC, ? min.
Rudy Vallee, Tommy Sands, Perry Como, Nancy Sinatra

September 12, 1955-June 12, 1963. In the fall of 1955 Perry Como returned to NBC where he hosted a weekly hour show. From 1955 to 1959 it was seen Saturday evenings and was titled "The Perry Como Show." From 1959 to 1963 it was seen Wednesday evenings and was titled "The Kraft Music Hall." Regulars included Frank Gallop and the Ray Charles Singers. After his final weekly June 12, 1963 broadcast Perry Como appeared in scores of specials, beginning October 3, 1963, airing on NBC, CBS & ABC, and concluding on December 6, 1986.
1962-06-03, WCBS, 23 min.
Rudy Vallee, Bill Dana, Ed Sullivan, Dave Barry, Paul Anka

Dave Barry, Rudy Vallee, Paul Anka and Bill Dana perform.
1962-06-03, CBS, min.
Rudy Vallee, Bill Dana, Ed Sullivan, Paul Anka, Willie Mays, Gil Hodges, Jose Jimenez

           June 20, 1948 - May 30, 1971

Television's longest running variety series. Originally, titled, TOAST OF THE TOWN, the name of the series changed on September 18, 1955 to THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. Most remembered for introducing many stand-up comedians, and musical acts, including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Beatles. 

 Most of the 1,087 broadcasts, encompassing 10,000 performers, have been archived. The major exceptions are the first half year of shows circa 1948 of which a few kinescope excerpts survive.
The ED SULLIVAN SHOW was a spectacular show-case that for twenty-three years entertained the American family. In its prime, more than thirty million viewers, young and old, tuned in at the same time to view popular culture.   

Ed's guests include Willie Mays, Gil Hodges, Rudy Vallee, Paul Anka, and Bill (Jose Jimenez) Dana.                                                  
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 very first guest, Rudy Vallee. There would be many thousands more to come. Included in this air check,   
Johnny Carson's interview  with his last guest, Joan Crawford. 

NOTE: This material is comprised from the very best available original off the air recordings known to exist. Each source does not duplicate one another. One is direct line recorded (excellent audio quality). One is microphone recorded (good audio quality). The two sources have been edited together by Phil Gries for content and continuity.

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 dropouts 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.


           - October 1, 1962 – September 29, 1972 -
  Analysis, collation, and complete listing of surviving episodes
      Encompassing the first 10 years of NBC TV broadcasting

                             ………………RESEARCH REPORT……………………….
                   by Phil Gries - (Archival Television Audio, Inc.)
                                       ( – March 11, 2012

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, aired on NBC Television from October 1, 1962, to May 22, 1992. Approximately, 4,531 episodes were broadcast according to reference sources.
This research report attempts to detail, specifically, those surviving complete and excerpt episodes which currently exist, as archived by THE CARSON ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, representing the first ten years of surviving programming as notated on its on-line inventory site… primarily representing broadcasts which aired from New York City, from Oct. 1, 1962, until May 1, 1972, at which time the show was aired from Burbank, California for the duration of its 30 year run.

During this first ten-year broadcast time period only 276 individual shows survive (represented by 243 excerpts and only 33 complete shows, of which only 12 of these COMPLETE broadcasts reflect and represent the 1960’s).  The majority of all additional TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON broadcasts, televised during this first ten-year period, have been sadly erased, destroyed, lost, misplaced, during an era when archiving television was not a visionary.

The average excerpt time length representing each of the surviving 243 episodes equals approximately 13 minutes of extant programming. Excerpts range mostly from 5 minutes to 20 minutes in length. It is unfortunate that so much original programming representing the first TEN YEARS of broadcasting related to THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON was not saved by NBC network personnel who failed to realize the value and historic significance of these telecasts. 

Representing this ten year time period are 7,130 minutes of broadcast time which approximates a total of only 119 surviving hours. One could view ALL surviving material in less than five days!

The breakdown representing complete shows are as follows:

There exists NO complete one hour & 45-minute broadcasts (11:15pm-1:00am)-October 1, 1962 – December 30, 1966. 
Only three complete broadcasts, December 31, 1963, Oct. 3, 1965, with substitute host Joey Bishop, & December 31, 1965, sans the first 15-minute local lead in, survive, spanning the time period October 1, 1962, thru June 18, 1968.

 NO 11:15pm to 11:30pm segments survive representing Johnny Carson’s initial lead in monologue telecast to all local affiliates, nor those first 15-minute segments representing Ed McMahon and Skitch Henderson, who relieved Johnny Carson of that assignment, beginning February 19, 1965. 
 At 11:15 pm local stations had the option to broadcast the TS or present local programming (usually expanded news).  When Carson opted not to come on until the full network went online at the 11:30pm time McMahon and Henderson did what in essence was a 15-minute warm-up, lead-in to Johnny Carson’s entrance at 11:30pm.

A total of 5 complete episodes survives from 1968…
4 complete episodes from 1969…1 complete episode from 1970…4 complete episodes from 1971 and 15 complete episodes from 1972 representing the time period, February 18 to September 29, finalizing the first ten years of broadcasts.

When Johnny Carson moved his Tonight Show to Burbank (May 1, 1972) archiving THE TONIGHT SHOW became more of a focus and dictum by Johnny and production staff, as is evidenced in 1972 when scores of complete shows were saved. By 1973 and most decidedly from 1974 through Carson’s final show, May 22, 1992…almost all TONIGHT SHOW STARRING                                                                  JOHNNY CARSON broadcasts were saved and archived and not indiscriminately erased to economize, taping over previously recorded programs which was a common practice.

The earliest COLOR episode archived in the CARSON ENTERTAINMENT GROUP collection is from August 18, 1964. There are four color episodes archived from 1965…two from 1966…two from 1967 (one of the two excerpts, 12/8/67, in color, has NO AUDIO)…five from 1968…eleven from 1969, at which time MOST programming SAVED were saved as color 2” Quads or 16mm color kinescopes . The LAST saved episode in Black & White is dated in the CEG online index as September 13, 1971 (13-minute excerpt with Buddy Hackett). 

With few exceptions, all air dates as notated by the CARSON ENTERTAINMENT GROUP website are egregiously inaccurate, as notated here based on 2010 information. Some  blatant  errors are obvious. Judy Garland is listed as a guest in an entry dated October 12, 1969. Garland passed away June 22, 1969. There are hundreds of other inaccurate air dates listed (a correct air date is the exception) which need to be researched and corrected for it undermines the scholarly, arduous and prestigious accomplishment of such a praiseworthy peerless research source.  Reference resources available to accurately and definitively do such corrections exist as evidenced in my own reference library which include Tonight Show NBC INDEX CARD FILES, ROSS REPORTS TELEVISION INDEX, and NY METROPOLITAN TV GUIDES. 

Also, inaccurately listed, are air dates which contain not one but a multitude of excerpts each representing a multitude of different programs, combined together…giving the impression that all segments pertain to one show when in essence we are scrutinizing a compilation of programs, representing a dozen shows. 
Those brief excerpt segments which do survive from the first five years of Tonight Shows (1962-1967), seem, to this archivist/researcher, to be personal request copies by performers who made arrangement to have just their own segment kinescoped, or video taped. These truncated brief excerpts, which include, from time to time Carson at his desk, live commercial spots, station ID, segues, etc., read like a who’s who of “unknown/forgotten” entertainers. Most of these TS guests are lesser named celebrities or non-show business individuals.
The premiere show, October 1, 1962, survives as an AUDIO excerpt, as confirmed by Johnny Carson on a Tonight Show broadcast, September 14, 1987 which exists in this collection.
Other resources which maintain archive broadcasts representing the TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON include THE PALEY CENTER for MEDIA (2,489 items…99% of their                                                                         archive represents post September 1972 programs). Pre-1972 saved broadcasts represent only five entries. THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS have only a few scant regular episodes with picture, but does have 416 ARMED FORCES RADIO (thirty minute excerpt recorded episodes) AUDIO ONLY discs which are one sided analog shellacs, 33 1/3 rpm; 12 inches). They represent the time period, January 1967 thru November 1968. 
The MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS have listed on their website only five archived programs, all post 1981 with one 1969 exception (12/17/69-marriage of Tiny Tim). 

The following list is a guide documenting those 276 surviving shows, representing the first 10 years of the THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, archived by the CARSON ENTERTAINMENT GROUP which has been prodigiously created and orchestrated by Jeff Sotzing and company, and implemented in its current on-line structure to the public in 2010.
I have included all notated air dates which represents each surviving 1962-1972 (thru September) TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON broadcasts, as preserved and listed on-line by the CARSON ENTERTAINMENT GROUP. The air dates, as collated by CEG, while mostly inaccurate, are included as a guide. The running time of each surviving excerpt and or complete show, indicated by an *, is included. On occasion I correct and indicate actual air dates (s/b) that I know off the top of my head, and I offer occasional additional pertinent information deemed interesting and relevant. Possibly, at another time a list representing the Complete Archive by the CARSON ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (all 30 years) can be tabulated, further scrutinized, and amended, for accuracy (especially accurate original broadcast date information), creating a more definitive listing with all current data researched, amending inaccuracies and adding omissions. 
There are approximately 3,300 hours of TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON broadcasts currently archived and existing in the collection of the CARSON ENTERTAINMENT GROUP. Incredibly, only 119 archived hours (first 10 years) survive. 
They are listed as follows:


1962(4 broadcasts archived – 1 hour 30 minutes survive)
Oct. 31, – 15 min. Emily Yancy (s/b -Oct. 30); Nov. 26, – 28 min. Major Ralph Gibson & Robert Bell (s/b Nov.19); Dec. 5, - 29 min. John Bubbles, Tony Martin, Fran Warren (s/b Nov. 23); Dec. 21, - 17 min. Robert McCormick (s/b Richard).

1963 (18 broadcasts archived – 1 *complete – 1 guest host - 6 hours survive)
Guest Host – Allan Sherman.
Jan. 16, – 7 min. Tommy Leonetti; March 21 – 11 min. Roger Ray; April 14 – 13 min. Francis Brunn; May 3 – 9 min. Allen & Rossi (s/b April 22); June 4 – 9 min. January Jones;  June 20 – 28 min. (Bert Parks remote at the premiere of Cleopatra. Brief interviews with Rex Harrison, Beatrice Lillie, Joan Fontaine, Red Buttons, Mary and Richard Rodgers, Roddy Mc Dowall, Leonard Bernstein, Darryl Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Tony Randall (s/b June 12); June 24, - 29 min. Kitty Kallen; June 26, - 15 min. Mr. Hughes, Marie Jacobs; July 19, - 31 min. Lefty Gomez, Jerry Holmes, Patrice Munsel, Rona Jaffe, Milt Kamen; July 25, - 12 min. Johnny at desk; Aug. 5, - 6 min. STUMP THE BAND; Aug. 8, - 29 min. ALLAN SHERMAN GUEST HOST, with Craig Breedlove, Johnny Mercer (s/b Aug. 7); Sept. 10, - 11 min. Oriel Smith; Sept. 19, - 16 min. Johnny at his desk / spots; Oct. 21, - 12 min. yoga demonstration; Dec. 12, - 12 min. Johnny & Ed; Dec.29, - 29 min. Dr. Edward R. Annis; *Dec. 31 – 84 min. (COMPLETE) Woody Allen Louise Lasser, Yvonne Constant, Rudy Vallee, Ben Grauer, in Times Square. 

1964 (31 broadcasts archived - 0 complete –  2 Guest Host - 8 hours 15 minutes survive)
Guest Hosts – Pat Boone, Groucho Marx.
Jan. 3 – 10 min. Carl Reiner; Jan. 30, – 16 min. Dick Capri; Feb. 26, – 18 min. June Valli; March 3, - Gigi Robin; April 1, - 19 min. Caterina Valente; April 17, - 8 min. Ethel Ennis; April 24, - 29 min. Kay Ballard; April 28, - 10 min. Charles Aznavour; April 30, - 11 min. Sara Rubine; May 5, - 14 min. Michael Rapinchuk, Dr. Robert Baird; May 21, - 9 min. Felicia Sanders; June 12, - 8 min. Alan Lamb; June 14, - 22 min. Sylvie Vartan; July 10, - 10 min. The J’s Singing Group; July 21, - 7 min. Bobby Vinton; July 22, - 6 min. PAT BOONE GUEST HOST, with Selma Diamond; 
 Aug. 13, - 15 min. GROUCHO MARX GUEST HOST, with Catherine Curry; Aug. 18 (EARLIEST COLOR BROADCAST ARCHIVED), - 60 min. Harry Goldan, Jack Haskell (Video breaks up through-out playback); Aug. 19, - 7 min. Marion Colby; Sept. 3, - 7 min. Carson at his desk; Sept. 10, - 31 min. Gig Young, Jim Franciscus, Leila Edmons; Sept. 24, - 12 min. The Interludes; Sept. 27, - 30 min. Pearl Bailey; Sept. 30, - 11 min. Fred Wayne; Oct. 6, - 31 min. Zsa Zsa Gabor, Corbet Monica; Oct. 16, - 21 min. Dr. Jonathan Karas; Oct. 26, - 9 min. Ed Ames; Nov. 11, - 12 min. Eva Gabor; Nov. 23, - 9 min. Nick Hewlett, Tony Hendra; Dec. 7, - 16 min. Robert Lewis; Dec. 30, - 12 min. commercial breaks;

1965(4 broadcasts archived –  2 *complete – 2 Guest Hosts - 4 hours 45 minutes survive)
Guest Host – Joey Bishop (2).
*Oct. 3, - 87 min. (COMPLETE) - JOEY BISHOP GUEST HOST, with Phil Foster, J. Richard Kennedy, Juliet Prowse, Dave Grusom; Oct. 4, - 59 min. Groucho Marx, George Segal, Ray Hasting, THE MIGHTY CARSON ART PLAYERS with Carol Anderson as the Matinee Lady; Oct. 5, - 59 min. JOEY BISHOP GUEST HOST, with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin; *Dec. 31, - 87 min. Woody Allen, Willam Walker, Gila Golan, Phil Ford & Mimi Hines, The Muppets, Ben Grauer at Times Square. 

1966 (57 broadcasts archived – 0 Complete – 7 Guest Hosts - 13 hours 15 minutes survive)
Guest Hosts – Alan King, Joey Bishop (2), Sammy Davis Jr., Hugh Downs, Steve Lawrence (2)
Jan. 8, - 32 min. Don Adams, Hal Frazier, Theodore Bikel; Jan. 31, - 13 min. June Valli; Feb. 2, - 8 min. Laura Greene; Feb. 17, - 8 min. Dick Hyman & spots; Feb. 28, - 15 min.  ALAN KING GUEST HOST, with Mark Traynor; March 2, - 15 min. Jerry Smith, Lana Cantrell; March 4, - 14 min. Los Indios Tabajaras; March 11, - 13 min. Miriam Makeba, Sam Levenson; March 24, - 8 min. TEA TIME MOVIE; March 25, - 7 min. spots: March 30, - 8 min. Baja Marimba Band; April 8, - 17 min. Smothers’ Brothers, Pat O’ Bien; April 19, - 6 min. April 20, - 6 min. spots; April 23, - 19 min. Dick Cavett, Diahann Carroll, Vidal Sassoon; April 28, - 18 min. June Valli, Ivan Rivers, Charles Deaton; May 12, - 14 min. Gretchen Wyler, Eydie Gorme; May 12, (COLOR VERSION) – 11 min. Gretchen Wyler, Eydie Gorme; May 19, - 14 min. Vicki Hayes; May 25, - 20 min. Tom Smothers; May 27, - 7 min. Lana Cantrell; June 1, - 10 min. Van McCoy; June 7, - 10 
 min. Stiller & Meara “computer dating routine;” July 4, - 20 min. Les & Larry Elgart, Mark Russell; July 5, - 13 min. Bill Staton; July 6, - 15 min. Dennie Coffet; July 18, - 7 min. Bonnie Jacobs; July 22, - 7 min. JOEY BISHOP GUEST HOST, with Bonnie Jacobs; July 26, - 11 min. Ethel Merman (SOUND ONLY); Aug. 2, - 17 min. JOEY BISHOP GUEST HOST, with Ronnie Martin; Aug. 5, - 7 min. United States Marines; Aug. 8, - 5 min. Bonnie Jacobs; Aug. 9, - 15 min. Nat Gale; Aug. 12, - 10 min. SAMMY DAVIS JR. GUEST HOST, with Phyllis Newman; Aug. 27, -  7 min. HUGH DOWNS GUEST HOST, with Jackie Vernon; Aug. 29, - 7 min. Florence Henderson; Sept. 9, - 20 min. Dick Cavett, George Carlin; Sept. 24, - 13 min. Hank Bradford; Sept. 29, - 5 min. Ruth Price; Oct. 7, - 10 min. Norm Crosby; Oct 15, - 20 min. STEVE LAWRENCE GUEST HOST, with Bill Lear, Vidal Sassoon, Phil Ford & Mimi Hines (  last minute guests not listed in any resource); Oct. 22, - 20 min. Arthur Bornstein, Joan Rivers, Allan Sherman, Skitch Henderson; Oct. 27, - 5 min. STEVE LAWRENCE GUEST HOST, with Bill Lear; Nov. 1, - 20 min. Robert Ricci, Nov. 4, - 20 min. Guniall Knutron; Nov. 10 , - 24 min. Buddy Rich; Nov, 4, (COLOR VERSION with slight video break-up) – 60 min. Soupy Sales, Milton DeLugg, Roland Popular; Nov. 14 – 20 min. Dr. Richard Evans, Buddy Hackett; Nov. 17, - 10 min. show open…JC monologue…spots; Nov. 19, - 7 min. January Jones; Nov. 25, - 10 min. Johnny Carson’s son Ricky, and his band; Nov. 29, - 7 min. Leon Bibb; Dec. 2, - 20 min. CARNAC THE MAGNIFICENT, Danyale Luna; Dec. 19, 15 min. Fannie Flagg; Dec. 24, - Fannie Flagg, George Segal intro only; 

1967 (78 Broadcasts Archived – 0 Complete – 13 Guest Hosts – 20 Hours survive)
Guest Hosts – Woody Allen, Bob Newhart (8), Gene Rayburn (4), Victor Borge, Allan King.
Jan. 6, - 7 min. Shari Lewis; Jan. 19, - 11 min. Norman Wisdom; Jan. – 23, - 19 min. Beverly Todd; Jan. 26, - 17 min. Woody Woodbury; Feb. 2, - 22 min. Bud Greenspan; Feb. 3, - 13 min. June Valli (SOUND ONLY); Feb. 8, - 21 min. Fannie Flagg; Feb. 9, 21 min. Sarah Churchill; Feb. 16, - 9 min. Van Harris; Feb. 19, - 15 min. John Byner; Feb. 23, - 32 min. Glen Lamar; Feb. 26, - 16 min. Eddie Arnold (VERSION #1); Feb. 23, -  24 min. Carol Wayne, George Segal (VERSION #2); Feb. 29, - 4 min. sketch; March 4, - 5 min. Johnny & Ed; March 6, - 13 min. David Hemmings; March 14, - 12 min. Danielle Aubrey; March 15, - 20 min. Joan Meyers; March 17, - 9 min. Johnny & Ed; March 31 (COLOR) – 5 min. Danielle Aubrey; April 1, - 7 min. Jake Holmes; April 4, - 14 min. Sandra Hiller; May 9, - 17 min. WOODY ALLEN GUEST HOST, with guest Lee Leonard; May 10, - 14 min. Bill Fiore & Phyllis Eldridge; May 11, - Joan Meyers, Clint Eastwood (loose sound after 1 minute…Eastwood segment continues silent for 2 more minutes). May 17, - 9 min. Charlie Callas; May 18, - 11 min. Peter Allen, Chris Allen; May 19, - 15 min. Zsa Zsa Gabor; May 23, - 17 min. Father Bernard Bassett; June 4, -(COLOR COMPOSITE 9O MINUTE ENTRY…MANY DIFFERENT BROADCASTS LUMPED TOGETHER)…James Garner, Richard Crenna in a MIGHTY CARSON ART PLAYERS sketch “Mutiny on the Bounty,” Milton Berle, Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Louis Armstrong, Chief Bill Red Fox, Tom Seaver, Dr. Frank Field, William “Bill” Cheung, Little Dion, BAR ROOM SKETCH with James Drury, Doug McClure, Chuck Courtney, DRAGNET SKETCH with Jack Webb, BONNIE & CLYDE SKETCH, TEA TIME MOVIE SKETCH, Mary Harper (101 years old) telecast New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 1967, Benny Goodman; June 10, - 16 min. John Fairchild, Times Square Two, Misty Moore; June 11, - 17 min. Jim Bishop, Chris Allen, Peter Allen, Jackie Vernon; June, 15, - 20 min. Pierre Berton; June 16, - 17 min. Kathleen Holly, Ray Price; June 22, - 6 min. Charlie Manna; June 24, - 20 min. (SOUND ONLY) Hugh Hefner, George Segal, Engelbert Humperdinck, Milton DeLugg; June 24, - (VERSION #2) 7 min. Shelley Winters; June 30, - 14 min. Angeline Butler, Johnny Tillotson, Corbett Monica (brief); July 2, - 17 min. SKETCH “Mr. President Beauty School” (SOUND ONLY); July 4, - 16 min. Paul Revere and the Raiders; July 6, - (COLOR) 5 min. STUMP THE BAND; July 10, - 11 min. Gary & the Hornets band; July 11, - 9 min. Times Square Two; July 19, - 17 min. BOB NEWHART GUEST HOST, with Angeline Butler, Albert Lipton; July 24, - 8 min. Linda Bennett; July 27, - 16 min. (VERSION #1)  BOB NEWHART GUEST HOST, with  Lynn Kellogg; July 27, - 11 min. (VERSION #2) BOB NEWHART GUEST HOST, with Jocko Conlon;  July 31, - 12 min. Carey Garfin Four; Aug. 5, - 15 min. (VERSION #1) BOB NEWHART GUEST HOST, with Frank Buxton; Aug. 5, - 20 min. (VERSION #2) BOB NEWHART GUEST HOST, with Dr. Haim Ginott; Aug. 7, - 23 min. Joe DeCirto, Vincent Price; Aug. 8, - 7 min. Tony Randall, Carmen Lombardo; Aug. 10, - 6 min. (VERSION #1) Judy Scott, Buddy Greco (brief); Aug. 10, - 17 min. (VERSION #2) Mark Traynor; Aug. 16, - 14 min. BOB NEWHART GUEST HOST, with Jan Sterling; Aug. 19, - 18 min. Ron Carey; Aug. 22, - 15 min. Alfred Lipton; Aug. 28 – 17 min. Twiggy, Donna Theodore; Aug. 29, - 11 min. Ray Price; Aug. 30, (COLOR) – 7 min. Bobbie Gentry; Aug. 31, - 8 min. Jack Curtiss & Bill Tracy; Sept. 8, - 9 min. Teddy Neely; Sept. 11, - 16 min. Leslie Uggams; Sept. 16, - 8 min. BOB NEWHART GUEST HOST, with Ann Hilton segment, and COLOR 9 min. segment (Sept. 16 (?) with Ann Dawson with Johnny Carson; Sept. 19, - 7 min. Alan King; Sept. 22, - 9 min. GENE RAYBURN GUEST HOST, with Peggy Walters; Sept. 22, (?) – 16min. Michael Butler, Tom Hughes, Polo players with JC; Sept. 27, - 16 min. GENE RAYBURN GUEST HOST, with Walter Wanderly Trio (s/b – Sept. 21); Sept. 29, - 14 min. Susan Oliver (s/b Sept. 12); Oct. 5, - 12 min. Dr. Dare Miller; Oct. 10, - 10 min. GENE RAYBURN HOST, with Monique Van Vooren (s/b Sept. 21); Oct. 14, - 17 min. GENE RAYBURN HOST, with Pat Kirby (s/b Sept. 18); Oct. 21, - 7 min. Bill Dana (brief); Oct 21 (?) – 11 min. Monique Van Vooren, Danna Theodore; Oct. 27, - 7 min. Johnny Carson monologue; Nov. 3, - 14 min. Beverly 
Penberthy, Sarah Vaughan; Nov. 12, - 8 min. BOB NEWHART HOST, with Elias & Shaw (s/b Nov. 6); Nov. 18, - 6 min. unidentified guest with JC; Nov. 24, - 7 min. Jimmie Rodgers; Dec. 8, (COLOR) – 9 min. Members of the New York Ranger Hockey Team (NO SOUND); Dec. 9, - 8 min. Johnny and Ed; Dec. 16, - 12 min. Bill Cowden; Dec. 17, - 32 min. Dr. Edward Annis; Dec. 27, - 6 min. ALAN KING HOST. End of the show; Dec. 28, - 7 min. VICTOR BORGE HOST;

1968 (37 Broadcasts Archived – 3 Complete – 8 Guest Hosts - 15 hours survive)
Guest Hosts – Orson Bean, Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Belafonte (2), Joe Garagiola (2), Barbara Walters, Pearl Bailey.
Jan. 12, - 20 min. Richard M. Nixon (s/b Nov. 22, 1967); Jan. 15, - 8 min. Eddie Lawrence; Jan. 20, - 9 min. Georgie Kaye; Jan. 30, - 16 min. George Kaplan; Feb. 9, - 14 min. Chris Calloway; Feb. 10, - 12 min. ORSON BEAN GUEST HOST, with Bob McGrath (s/b Jan. 23); March 1, - 10 min. Barbara Cowsill; March 2, - 10 min. Jim Garrison (s/b Jan. 31); March 18, - 14 min. Louis & Earl Mountbatten; April 6, - 32 min. SAMMY DAVIS Jr. GUEST HOST, with Eydie Gorme, Bob Melvin, Louis Armstrong (s/b March 28); April 12, - 14 min. Florence Berry, Tonia Bern-Cambell; April 19, - 11 min. Marilyn Maye; April 20, - 11 min. The Hello People; April 24, - 28 min. HARRY BELAFONTE GUEST HOST, with Robert F. Kennedy, Bill Cosby (s/b Feb. 5); April 25, - 32 min. HARRY BELAFONTE GUEST HOST, with Dr. Martin Luther King (s/b Feb. 8); May 8, - 11 min. Steve Lawrence; May 11, - 17 min. Marlon Brando (s/b April 19); May 13, - 16 min. JOE GARAGIOLA GUEST HOST, with Jack Paar; May 16, - 14 min. Toni Carroll, Tony Randall; May 18, - 32 min. Johnny & Ed, Tony Kahmann; May 19, (COLOR) – 53 min. Debbie Drake, Jim Fowler, THE MIGHTY CARSON ART PLAYERS, Robert Klein; May 25, - 14 min. JOE GARAGIOLA GUEST HOST, with Barbara Walters (s/b May 17);  June 2, - 7 min. Leon Bibb; *June 19, - 87 min. (COMPLETE BROADCAST IN COLOR) Raquel Welch, Alan King, Pigmeat Markham, Cleve Baxter; July 6, - 82 min. (ALMOST COMPLETE BROADCAST IN COLOR) Galan Sisters, Richard Harris, Bobby Gentry, Dr. Frank Field, Tiny Tim, MIGHTY CARSON ART PLAYERS; *July 19, - 85 min. (COMPLETE BROADCAST IN COLOR) Edward G. Robinson, Karl Malden, George Burns, Sam Jaffe, Carl Reiner, Debbie Reynolds; July 22, - 16 min. James Garner, Lucille Ball; July 30, - 9 min. Stiller & Meara; Aug. 12, - 14 min. Dick Carson, Don Rickles, MIGHTY CARSON ART PLAYERS; Aug. 20, - 15 min. Peter Max (s/b Aug. 15); Sept. 9, - 82 min. (ALMOST A COMPLETE BROADCAST IN COLOR); Sept. 13, - 17 min. BARBARA WALTERS GUEST HOST – Paris Fashion Show; Sept. 27, - 7 min. Irwin C. Watson; Oct. 12, - 13 min. Corky Hale, Tony Bennett; *Oct. 20, -87 min. (COMPLETE SHOW IN COLOR) Joan Fontaine, Don Piccard, David Frye; Nov. 16,  8 min.  Terry-Thomas; Dec. 7, - 32 min. PEARL BAILEY GUEST HOST (s/b Nov. 4); Dec. 13, - 11 min. The Hello People;

1969 (14 Broadcasts Archived – 4 Complete – 1 Guest Host – 13 hours 15 minutes survive)
Guest Host – Don Rickles.
Feb. 15, - 90 min. Robert O. Lowery, Bob Sinclair, Marian Mercer, Larry Haines, Peter Lawford, skits; March 22, - 7 min. (IN BLACK & WHITE) Richard Claire & Jenna McMahon; March 14, - 12 min. (IN BLACK & WHITE) Johnny and Ed with new products; March 28, - 10 min; *May 22, - 90 min. (COMPLETE BROADCAST)…includes re-creation of Radio Superman Episode as presented by THE MIGHTY CARSON ART PLAYERS, Art Scholl, Eva Gabor, Bob Hope, John Byner, Carl Reiner, George Lindsey, Rose Marie; *May 22, - 90 min. (COMPLETE BROADCAST ) DON RICKLES GUEST HOST, with Ed Sullivan(s/b May 14); June 8, - 33 min. Judy Garland, (s/b Dec. 17, 1968); June 8, - 54min. Philippe Halsman, George Raft, Charlton Heston, Jimmy Stuart Multiple skits (COMPOSITE TAPE CONTAINING MANY DIFFERENT BROADCASTS);* June 13, - 88 min. (COMPLETE BROADCAST IN BLACK & WHITE); Dana Valery, Joan Rivers, Stan Feberg, Jim Fowler; July 11, - 9 min. William Gargan; Oct. 12, - 79 min. (COMPOLATION BROADCAST) Tiny Tim, Judy Garland; Oct. 13, - 19 min. (Black & White) Charles Luce; Nov. 17, - 12 min. (BLACK & WHITE) STUMP THE BAND; Nov. 20, - 84 min. (COMPOSITE BROADCAST FROM MANY DIFFERENT DATES) MIGHTY CARON ART PLATERS, Charlton Heston, Bishop James Pike, Shirley Jones, Two different TEA TIME MOVIE skits, the classic Feb. 21, 1969 broadcast with Bob Hope, George Gobel, Dean Martin and Louis Bellson & Buddy Rich; *Dec. 17, - 87 min. 
(COMPLETE BROADCAST) Tiny Tim & Vicki Budinger marriage…Nick Lucas, Phyllis Diller, Florence Henderson;

1970 8 BROADCASTS Archived– 1 Complete Broadcast – 0 Guest Hosts – 8 Hours 30 Minutes survive)
March 24, - 13 min. (BLACK & WHITE) Rose Marie; April 4, - 84 min. (COMPILATION FROM MANY DIFFERENT BROADCASTS) two MIGHTY CARSON ART PLAYERS, Marcel Marceau, Tony Randall, Cliff Robertson, Circus Sketch, Sketch with James Coco; June 7, - 84 min. (COMPILATION FROM MANY DIFFERENT BROADCASTS) Spiro T. Agnew, multiple sketches, Johnny Carson shows clip of one of his earliest television appearances (1953) when he filled in for Red Skelton, who injured his leg. Jolly Green Giant sketch, Jay Silverheels; June 12, - 7 min. Doc Severinsen & the Now Generation of Brass, The Brothers & Sisters; Aug. 1, - 73 min. Apollo 13 Astronauts, James Lovell, John Swigert and Fred Haise, Ruth Webb, The Brothers & Sisters, MIGHTY CARSON ART PLAYERS; *Aug. 13, - 87 min. (COMPLETE BROADCAST) Dr. Paul Ehrlich, Ben Wattenberg, Buddy Hackett; Sept. 27, - 90 min. (COMPILATION BROADCASTS FROM VARIOUS PAST SHOWS) Joe Frazier, Mel Brooks, Alan King, Phyllis Newman, Mary Harper (104 year old women guest with Johnny), TEA TIME MOVIE, EL MOULDO Sketch, Lou Burk, CARNAC THE MAGNIFICENT; Oct. 1, - 48 min. (COMPILATION OF DIFFERENT BROADCASTS) Jack Webb DRAGNET sketch, Charlton Heston, Carson sketches with Sammy Davis Jr., Paula Prentiss and Tiny Tim, Japanese Message sketch with Don Rickles, Doug McClure, James Drury, JC classic BAR ROOM BRAWL SKETCH; Oct. 30, - 17 min. (BLACK & WHITE) Mac Davis; Nov. 12, - 7 min. Miss Finland;

1971 (9 BROADCASTS ARCHIVED – 5 COMPLETE – 0 GUEST HOSTS – 8 Hours survive)
Jan. 5, - 20 min. Alex Karras; May 24, - 13 min. TEA TIME MOVIE, Carol Wayne; *July 1, - 88 min. (COMPLETE BROADCAST) Jerzy Kosinski, Della Reese, Doc & Johnny, Rodney Dangerfield; *July 21, - 87 min. (COMPLETE BROADCAST) Mac Davis, Mrs. James Munnings, Billy DeWolfe, Rodney Dangerfield; Sept. 13, - 13 min. Buddy Hackett (LAST BLACK & WHITE BROADCAST ARCHIVED IN THIS COLLECTION); Sept. 23, - 86 min. Beverly Sills, Della Reese, Bob Uecker, Hans Conried; Nov. 16, - 13 min. Joel Lanford, Steve Tracey; *Nov. 17, - 87 min. (COMPLETE BROADCAST) Vikki Carr, Jo Anne Worley, Danny Thomas, Robert Goulet, Dick Martin, Perkins Hamly; *Dec. 14, - 87 min. (COMPLETE BROADCAST) Helen Reddy, Robert Shaw, Paul Williams, Phyllis Newman; 

1972- (16 BROADCASTS ARCHIVED – 15 COMPLETE – 1 GUESTS HOST – 20 Hours 15 minutes survive
Guest Host – Don Rickles.

*Feb. 18, - Billy De Wolfe, Burt Reynolds, Albert Brooks, Pat Boone; 
*Feb. 29, - Flip Wilson, George Carlin, Ann-Margret, MIGHTY CARSON ART PLAYERS, Susan St. James;
*March 9, - Desmond Morris, Bobby Goldsboro, Shecky Greene, Bob Hope;
*May 2, - Johnny Mathis, Carol Wayne, Mr. Blackwell, George Carlin, Rob Reiner;
*May 19, - Adelle Davis, Alton Ruff, Gwen Davis, John Twamley, Mitzy Gaynor, Randy Doney, Robert Blake;
*July 27, - Gloria Stewart, James Stewart, Linda Hopkins, Sam Blotner, Slappy White;
Aug. 7, - 7 min. DON RICKLES GUEST HOST, with Carol Wayne;
*Sept. 12, - Karen Valentine, Larry Kert, Phyllis McGuire, Rodney Dangerfield, CARNAC THE MAGNIFICENT;
*Sept. 15, - Albert Brooks, Burt Reynolds, Dr. Melvin Anchell, Peter Falk, Vikki Carr;
*Sept. 19, - Bob Hope, Dom DeLuise, John Denver, Peter Fonda;
*Sept. 20, - Dionne Warwick, Don Rickles, Dr. Irwin Maxwell Stillman, Pat Boone;
*Sept. 22, - Ace Trucking Company, Gail Parent, Kenny Solms, Peaches Jones, Shecky Greene, Tommy Leonetti;
*Sept. 26, - Paul Williams, Redd Foxx Tony Randall;
*Sept. 27, - Robert Klein, Jaye P. Morgan;
*Sept. 28, - Billy DeWolfe, Dennis Weaver, Tottie Fields;
*Sept. 29, 1972 – Carazini, Earl Holliman, Joan Rivers, Mitzi Gaynor. 

October 1, 1962 – September 29, 1972
•	Only 276 Broadcasts (mostly excerpts) survive.
•	Only 33 Complete Broadcasts survive.
•	Only 119 hours of programming survive.
•	Only 20 and ½ hours survive representing the first 3 years & 3 months of broadcasting TTSSJC (Oct. 1, 1962 – Dec. 31, 1965).
•	From Oct. 1, 1962, thru June 18, 1968, spanning 5 years 9 & ½ months, only 3 COMPLETE BROADCASTS survive.
•	Earliest surviving Complete Broadcast – Dec. 31, 1963.
•	Earliest surviving COLOR excerpt – August 18, 1964.
•	Last recorded and archived Black & White excerpt – September 13, 1971.
•	36 Broadcasts survive which have Guest Hosts filling in for Johnny Carson.
Allan Sherman, Pat Boone, Groucho Marx, Joey Bishop (4), Alan King (2), Sammy Davis Jr. (2), Hugh Downs, Steve Lawrence, Woody Allen, Bob Newhart (8), Gene Rayburn (4), Victor Borge, Orson Bean, Harry Belafonte (2), Joe Garagiola (2), Barbara Walters, Pearl Bailey, Don Rickles (2).

*The Tonight Starring Johnny Carson was broadcast from New York Oct 1, 1962, to May 1, 1972 when it permanently moved to California, broadcasting from Burbank where it would televise remaining programs for the next 20 years.

During the New York broadcasting years (1962-1972) Johnny Carson and staff would travel to Burbank, California 23 times broadcasting 212 shows during that time span. 

Broadcasts of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson produced from Burbank, California (May 1963 - November 1971)...intervals of one week at times, two weeks at times and three weeks at times. 

May 14-28, 1963, Feb. 17-28, 1964, Feb. 1-12, 1965, 
Sept. 27-Oct. 8, 1965, March 14-25, 1966, Sept. 26- Oct. 7, 1966,  Feb. 27- March 10, 1967, Sept. 25 - Oct. 6, 1967, Feb. 12-23, 1968, July 8 -19, 1968, Nov. 6-26, 1968, Feb. 17-28, 1969, 
Aug. 11-25, 1969, Nov. 5-25, 1969, Feb. 16-27, 1970, Feb. 8-19, 1971 (Los Angeles Earthquake Feb. 9th), May 10,-21, 1971, 
Aug. 2-20, 1971, Nov. 1-19, 1971.
1962-10-16, WOR, 50 min.
Jack Benny, Joe Franklin, Rudy Vallee, Arthur Klein, Al Jolson, Davy Lee, Irving Caesar, George E. Price, Beverly Roberts, Carol Bruce, Dave Dryer

The Jazz Singer's story is told by the people who knew him. Host is Joe Franklin with guests Arthur Klein who discovered Al Jolson in 1909, Davy Lee, Irving Caesar, George E. Price, Beverly Roberts, Carol Bruce, Dave Dryer and Rudy Vallee. The original 1950 recording of the eulogy spoken by Jack Benny, at the time of Jolson's death, is replayed.
1963-10-26, WABC, 42 min.
Rudy Vallee, Jack E. Leonard, Milt Kamen, Les Crane, Joyce Davidson

September 16, 1963 - July 31, 1964 (WABC N.Y.)
August 3 - 8, 1964 (ABC)
November 9, 1964 - February 26, 1965 (ABC)
June 28, 1965 - October 22, 1965 (Nightlife ABC)
January 15, 1968 - September 6, 1968 (WNEW N.Y.)

Les Crane hosts this live 1:00 AM late night phone-in talk show with guests Milt Kamen, Jack E. Leonard and Joyce Davidson. Rudy Vallee phones the show and talks to the guests. 
He especially criticizes Leonard for using incorrect grammar when speaking on the show. This was the fifth LES CRANE SHOW (new title) to be broadcast after this series was originally called  NIGHT LINE...LES CRANE. 

Debut of program was September 16, 1963. For the first month the title of the telecast was NIGHT LINE...LES CRANE. Beginning on October 22, 1963 the title was changed to THE LES CRANE SHOW. 

These late night LIVE broadcasts were aired Monday thru Friday. on local station WABC New York. Beginning December 6, 1963 late night broadcasts aired Tuesday thru Saturday. Also, another time slot opened for Crane with a similar format airing on WABC in the afternoon...a one hour version broadcast from 1:30-2:30pm, five days a week, and again returning to late night broadcasting usually 1am to 2:00am after the WABC late movie, THE BEST OF BROADWAY. This TALK SHOW / PHONE IN version of The Les Crane Show concluded its final broadcast  on July 31, 1964.

On August 3, 4, 5, 6, & 8, 1964 THE NEW LES CRANE SHOW premiered...a five program trial rivaling Johnny Carson's TONIGHT SHOW.  It was Nationally televised and it is considered the FIRST network talk show program to compete with THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON. 

On November 9, 1964 THE LES CRANE SHOW premiered and aired regularly weeknights on the ABC network, opposite Johnny Carson's TONIGHT SHOW.
After 14 weeks, and low ratings, this series ended with its last telecast airing on February 26, 1965. Les Crane's late night network career was over, as a solo host, and never to be resumed Nationally.

ABC renamed their late night time slot NIGHTLIFE, premiering on March 1, 1965.This one hour forty five minute weekly late night talk series showcased guest hosts. This series run  lasted four months, the last broadcast airing on June 25, 1965. Guest hosts included: Shelley Berman, Pat Boone, Jack Carter, Allan Sherman, Dave Garroway, Bill Cullen, William B. Williams (announcer of this series run), Eddy Arnold, Dale Robertson, Dick Shawn, Louis Nye, & Jan Murray. 

Form June 28 to October 22, 1965 Les Crane returned to this time slot...the series title remaining, NIGHTLIFE. Les Crane no longer was a solo host. He co-hosted with Dave Garroway, and Nipsy Russell.

Two years later, Les Crane returned to local late night television appearing for eight months on WNEW channel 5 in New York 11:15pm - 12:15am from January 15, 1968 changing time slots on July 8, 1968, 11:45pm - 12:45pm. Final show aired on September 6, 1968, and it was the last time Les Crane would host a late night television talk show.   

NOTE: A two hour radio broadcast profiling Les Crane, including TV Audio Air Check Crane highlights from the ATA archive can be listened to in its entirety. It appears on the ATA website under the link TV CONFIDENTIAL. The segment (SOUNDS OF LOST TELEVISION) was recorded in Pasadena California and aired in 2014 with host Ed Robertson, and guest Phil Gries. 

NOTE: Most all of Les Crane's cumulative 26 months of broadcasting as a talk show host is today non-existent. Tapes were destroyed, erased and whereabouts unknown. The 27 LES CRANE SHOW television air checks archived in the Archival Television Audio, Inc. library is the largest collection known to  exist of extant Les Crane broadcasts in the country.
Extant examples existing elsewhere include two broadcast kinescopes archived by The Paley Center for Media (one from 1967, and the other, a broadcast from January 31, 1968 titled "Rich Jews." There is archived at UCLA FILM & TV ARCHIVE four extant examples related to Les Crane, including a preserved 41:36 minute compilation demo/presentation kinescope reel with clips from the New Les Crane Show five night trial run (August 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 1964).
The content of what the UCLA Film & TV Archive's has related to the above programs include the first show with Les Crane introducing his show and  Robert Preston (2:53), a bullfighting segment with Ricardo Montalbaum (6:32), a Jackie Robinson segment debating William F. Buckley with Shelley Winters on the panel (5:40),a Pamela Mason and Artie Shaw segment (3:50), a segment related to New York City cab drivers with Les Crane interviewing a number of them (5:59), guest Irving Schulmen, Adela Rogers St.John and two other guests discussing the legendary actress Jean Harlow (4:18), a segment related to "Deathtraps related to playgrounds in New York" and interviewed comments from women on the street (3:11), an in studio interview segment with Marguerite Oswald, mother of Lee Harvey Oswald (4:14), and an in studio interview with Richard Burton and Les Crane sign off (6:03).

Of interest, as to the quality of the video and audio, it is noted many variations exist including tinny sound reproduction, at times, poor audio clarity, at times, echo effect, tinny effect, at times, occasional video glitches, dark, high contrast segments at times, overexposed ("milky") segments. at times.    

NOTE: The Les Crane Show  late night talk program on ABC during the 1964-65 television season pioneered a format of television later embraced by icon Phil Donahue, Crane fell to NBC’s The Tonight Show, a national brand with a decade of broadcasting tenure, proved its dominance.  Donahue began his legendary career in Dayton in 1967, evolving into a daytime programming staple for nearly 30 years.

Les Crane’s daughter Caprice points out that her father used journalism to cover topics and people that others feared to explore.  “He created the shotgun mike,” says Crane of her dad, who passed away in 2008.  “He had guests who did not provide the typical fluff, for example, Malcolm X, Bob Dylan, and the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald.  He had the first publicly gay man on his show.  He was also an amazing listener who helped create a new television format that demanded more information for the listener.  
The Les Crane Show didn’t last long because the person who tries the new thing always gets penalized.  People are afraid of the unknown until it becomes mainstream.”

A renaissance media man for the second half of the 20th century, Crane held interests and influences beyond journalism.  “My dad gave The Mamas and the Papas group its name,” reminds Caprice Crane.  “Casey Kasem credited him with inventing the Top 40 radio format at KRLA.  He also got into the computer business before it was big.  His company was Software Tool Works, which produced the Chess Master computer program.  He was always before his time.”

Crane’s innovative format allowed one of baseball’s biggest heroes, Jackie Robinson, to debate one of conservatism’s biggest allies, William F. Buckley.  Nowhere on television in the mid-1960s could audiences see this type of television fodder.  Unfortunately, The Les Crane Show fell victim to a common policy of television networks destroying tapes because of the shortsighted view that future generations would not be interested.  How wrong they were.                                                                                                                                             
1963-11-27, ABC, 13 min.
Rudy Vallee, Les Crane, Robert Reed, Rhoda Brown

   LATE NIGHT 1AM television  talk and phone in broadcast with guests Rudy Valleee, Robert Reed and Rhoda Brown. 

Opening and first 13 minutes of the broadcast.       
1963-12-31, NBC, 20 min.
Rudy Vallee, Johnny Carson, Woody Allen, Ed McMahon, Ben Grauer

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.

New Year's Eve show with guests Woody Allen and Rudy Vallee. Ben Grauer reports from Times Square in New York City.
1964-09-08, WNBC, 00 min.
Rudy Vallee, Florence Henderson, Donald Voorhees, Chita Rivera, The Bill Evans Trio

January 12, 1959-April 26, 1968. This musical series ran semi regularly for almost ten seasons-sometimes weekly, sometimes biweekly, and sometimes as irregularly scheduled specials. All types of music were presented on the hour series; Donald Voorhees conducted the Bell Telephone Orchestra.

On Broadway Tonight.Host: Florence Henderson


1964-11-15, NBC, 53 min.
Rudy Vallee, Charles Laughton, James Stewart, Fred Allen, Eddie Cantor, W.C. Fields, Clark Gable, Don Ameche, Mary Pickford, Maurice Chevalier, Carole Lombard, Ethel Barrymore, Nelson Eddy, Ogden Nash, Alec Templeton, Jack Oakie, Adolphe Menjou, Verree Teasdale, Jimmy Wellington, Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Major Bowes, Mae West

A centennial celebration special broadcast over NBC Radio with host Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Past highlights from previous shows are heard with W.C. Fields, Fred Allen, Jimmy Durante, Don Ameche, Nelson Eddy, Eddie Cantor, Dorothy Lamour, Rudy Vallee, Ogden Nash, Alec Templeton, Mary Pickford, Charles Laughton, Jack Oakie, Adolphe Menjou and Verree Teasdale, Major Bowes, Mae West, Ethel Barrymore, Jimmy Stuart, Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Maurice Chevalier and announcer Jimmy Wellington.
1966-05-01, WCBS, 52 min.
Rudy Vallee, Spike Jones, Rod Serling, We Five, Edward R. Murrow, Fred Allen, Milton Berle, Arthur Godfrey, Frank Sinatra, W.C. Fields, Ed Wynn, Don Ameche, Kate Smith, Abbott and Costello, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Walter Winchell, Gale Gordon, Sheldon Leonard, John Scott Trotter, Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, Fanny Brice, Lucille Ball, Glenn Miller, Arthur Tracy, Morton Downy, Helen Morgan, John Scptt Trotter, Burns and Allen

Arthur Godfrey and Don Ameche are hosts for a nostalgic review of the great stars and favorite programs of radio and television history. 

This television special celebrates fifty years of radio and television broadcasting. Arthur Godfrey hosts this nostalgic look back at the stars and programs that catapulted radio and television to success. Highlights include: Ed Wynn's first radio show "The Perfect Fool," a 1922 variety show; how radio became network oriented in 1927 and began to change American lifestyles; the first coast-to-coast broadcast of a football game from the Rose Bowl; the Fireside Chats with Franklin D. Roosevelt; the comedy duo of Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, better known as "Amos 'n' Andy"; the Kraft Music Hall, hosted by Bing Crosby, which showcased the great singers of the 1930s and 40s such as Arthur Tracy, Morton Downy, Helen Morgan, and Kate Smith; Frank Sinatra, who was brought into the public eye through radio; Bing Crosby, who sings "Pennies From Heaven"; John Scott Trotter's reminiscences about the big bands such as those of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Spike Jones; how television began to make strides with the telecast of the New York Worlds Fair in 1939 until World War II put an abrupt stop to the advancement; how the very popular Milton Berle was responsible for the television revolution after the war was over; a survey of other pioneering programs including "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie," "Your Show of Shows," "I Remember Mama," and "Howdy Doody"; a day at the studio with big-time television producer Sheldon Leonard whose credits range from the slow-starting "Dick Van Dyke Show" to "The Gomer Pyle Show"; Godfrey, who sings "I'm in Love with You Honey"; a look at the great comedy teams and solo comedians such as Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allen, Fibber McGee and Molly, Jimmy Durante, Fred Allen, and W.C. Fields; the first lady of television, Lucille Ball, who is followed through a day of rehearsal for her show; how radio soap operas paved the way for the radio drama programs such as "Inner Sanctum," "Suspense," and "The Whistler"; how the live drama show became the first step in a new direction for television; Rod Serling's examination of the rise and somewhat quick fall of this form of programming; the We Five singing "Beyond the Sea"; and the great radio commentators such as Edward R. Murrow and Walter Winchell.

1966-05-01, WCBS, 52 min.
Rudy Vallee, Rod Serling, Frances Langford, We Five, Fred Allen, Milton Berle, Arthur Godfrey, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Don Ameche, Ron Howard, Bing Crosby, Dick Van Dyke, Walter Winchell, Gale Gordon, Sheldon Leonard, John Scott Trotter, Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, Fanny Brice, Paul Whiteman, Lucille Ball, Jim Nabors, Glenn Miller, Mary Tyler Moore, Edward R. Murrow, Morton Downey, HV Kaltenborn, Dianne Sherry, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Arthur Tracy, Kerry McLane

Arthur Godfrey and Don Ameche are hosts for a nostalgic review of the great stars and favorite programs of radio and television history. Joining them in this special are Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Sheldon Leonard, Rod Serling, John Scott Trotter, and We Five, who sing "Beyond the Sea." Many others. Many archival transcripts are heard with Freeman Gosden, Charles Correll, Fanny Brice, Rudy Vallee, Milton Berle, and Fred Allen. 

Duplicate Of # 997.                                      
1966-12-15, NBC, 00 min.
Jack Benny, Rudy Vallee, Art Linkletter, Chet Huntley, Milton Berle, Ralph Edwards, Bob Hope, Groucho Marx

Special celebrating NBC's 40th anniversary in broadcasting. 

Host: Chet Huntley                    
1967-09-20, WNBC, 52 min.
Jimmy Durante, Rudy Vallee, Bob Hope, Kaye Stevens, Rowan & Martin, Jack Jones, Phyllis Diller

The Vaudeville era is saluted in comedy and music.
1969-12-17, NBC, min.
Johnny Carson, Phyllis Diller, Tiny Tim, Miss Vicki, Florence Henderson, Rudy Vallee

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: Tiny Tim, Miss Vicki, Rudy Vallee, Florence Henderson, Phyllis Diller. The wedding of Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki. NOTE: This specific TONIGHT SHOW may only contain an opening monologue by Johnny Carson. Other content, as listed, will have to be monitored and confirmed upon your order request.
1970-11-00, KDKA, 294 min.
Jack Benny, Rudy Vallee, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Garry Moore, Edward R. Murrow, John Daly, Arthur Godfrey, John F. Kennedy, Herbert Hoover, Bob Hope, Eddie Cantor, W.C. Fields, Ed Wynn, George Burns, Henry Morgan, Douglas MacArthur, Winston Churchill, Tommy Dorsey, Victor Borge, Eleanor Powell, Wendell Willkie, Ben Grauer, Charles Dickens, Irene Wicker, Gracie Allen, William B. Williams, Bruce Morrow, Stan Freberg, Rod MacLeish, Fibber McGee & Molly, Bing Crosby, Amos 'N' Andy, Barry Farber, James Melton, Kay Kayser, Lanny Ross, Walter Winchell, Will Rogers, Charlie McCarthy, Fanny Brice, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Agnes Moorehead, Jack Armstrong, Ben Bernie, Sybil Trent, Mary Livingston, Ben Gross, Jimmy Wallington, George Hamilton Combs, Jack Bogut, Warren Barber, Al Smith, Harry Lauder

A fiftieth anniversary of Radio Broadcasting, 1920 to 1970, with narrators Ben Gross, Jimmy Wallington, Henry Morgan, George Hamilton Combs, Garry Moore and Jack Bogut. Tracks include Warren Barber, Rudy Vallee, Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, Al Smith, Amos 'N' Andy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Lauder, Will Rogers, Ben Bernie's Orchestra, Jack Benny and Mary Livingston, Arthur Godfrey, Charlie McCarthy and W.C Fields, Victor Borge, Herbert Hoover, Bob Hope, Ed Wynn, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Fibber McGee and Molly, Agnes Moorehead, "The Lone Ranger," "The Shadow," Irene Wicker, Jack Armstrong, "Young Dr.Malone," "Mary Noble Backstage Wife," "Sybil Trent, Eleanor Powell, Ziegfeld Follies with James Melton, Lanny Ross, Ben Grauer, "The March of Time," Huey Long, John Daly, Walter Winchell, Winston Churchill, Kay Kayser's Orchestra, Command Performance, Wartime Songs, "Your Hit Parade," Harry S. Truman, "Stage Door Canteen, "Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Douglas MacArthur, Bing Crosby, Princess Elizabeth, Edward R. Murrow, General Wainwright, Wendell Willkie, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Bruce Morrow, Stan Freberg, William B. Williams, Rod MacLeish, Barry Farber, Death of J.F.K., radio fluffs and commercials.
1972-07-18, WNEW, min.
Victor Reisel, Gabe Pressman, Rudy Vallee, Jane Fonda, Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky, Bill Jorgensen, Bob OBrien, Bella Abzug, George Sharman, Steve Bauman

Host Bill Jorgensen was anchor of the 10 O'clock news broadcast on WNEW-TV Channel 5 in New York City from March 13th, 1967 until he left in the Spring of 1979.

Topics: Blackout in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Bob O'Brien and Victor Reisel report on the battles in South Vietnam, Jane Fonda should be guilty of treason, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 100 British soldiers are killed, Mafia investigation, Bella Abzug on the sexual revolution, Western Union brings the singing telegram to an end, first one was on July 28th, 1933, "Happy Birthday, Rudy Vallee. Sports report: Bobby Fischer-Boris Spassky chess tournament evaluation. 

George Sharman subbing for Bill Jorgensen. Also reporting are Gabe Pressman and Steve Bauman. 

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1974-12-23, SYN, 90 min.
Rudy Vallee, Eubie Blake, Mike Douglas, Mert Koplin, Charles Grinker, Buddy Rogers, Ruth Malcolmson

1963-1982 (SYNDICATED). Mike Douglas hosted one of television's longest-running talk shows (19 years). Each week Douglas was joined by a different co-host. In 1967, "The Mike Douglas Show" became the first syndicated talk show to win an Emmy Award.

Broadcast from 1963-1978 in Philadelphia Broadcast from 1978-1982 in Los Angeles A salute to the 1920's. Co-Host: Rudy Vallee
1976-04-24, WNBC, 52 min.
Rudy Vallee, Leonard Barr, Donna Jean Young, The Agostinos, Gisele MacKenzie, Aubrey

1975 (SYNDICATED). A variety hour with no regulars, "Vaudeville" consisted of assorted vaudeville acts, introduced by celebrity guest hosts.
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