The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 28, 1950 · Page 7
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TUESDAY, FEBRUAY 28, 1950 BLYTIIEVn.T.E (AUK.) COURIER NEWS PAGB SRVKN TV Screens to Bring Live Talent to Blytheville Beginning Tomorrow Four Networks Linked to WMCT fty Coaxial Cable Television will have a new Interest in Blytheville tomorrow, v;hen four television networks are linkec to station WMCT in MempMs by the American Telephone and Tel2- ernph's company coaxial cable that stretches Irom St. Louis lo Mem- phia via Blytheville. Living rooms here will soon be the stsge for productions from New York, Chicago and other American Broadcasting Company, National Broadcasting Company, Columbia Broadcasting System nnd DtiMont Television Network transmission points. Tlie sale of the television sets nere will receive new impetus 'v'len the showings improve with the use of fin cable. One parts dealer said last week that SOP o{ the larger aerlais or an- t'j-.i.'ae had been sold for tills trade area siiice television sets hit the markets, and that 150 of -hti; nad been sold in the 10 days jJst vioiis. Dealer records in Blythc'ville show that more than 125 sets hive been sold by local dealers, others are out on approval, and several tiealers have indicated that others ccnld be sold easily if they were available. Sales Jump ,On a national basis, the sales •J'e jumped from 6,500 in 1047 to _.iO,000 in 1049. Two of the tubes included In tb.3 coaxial cable are required for a television production. Tlie cable to be opened 'for television tomorrow will make it possible for production in distant sites to be shown directly rather than to having the sound films flown Men-plus from New York. Work on coaxial cable was begun In 1S33, and the line between St. Liuis and Memphis, with a repia^r station at Biytheville. was -.farted in the summer of 1948 and completed for us-e as long distance circuits about a year ago. The cable Is composed of eight trbci> antl will permit transmission of about 1.800 telephone conversation.', simultaneously. The repeater station at Blytheville Is located on a one-acre plot on North Franklin, which was pur- chssed from Mrs. John B. Walter. Executives Growth )f Daytime TV NEW YORK, Feb. 15.— Daytime television will become a major factor in 1950. and a definite increase in the use of film also is to lie expected, according to opinions expressed in a poll of television executives. The poll showed also a leaning in belief that sports, vaudeville and mystery TV shows will decline, while dramas and location shows will increase. The consensus was that the giant motion picture firms are likely to move Into TV eventually, but not this year. Till there's more money in the industry the film moguls are likely to get the foot into the door by packaging more footage for the medium and permitting appearances of more stars. Predictions made for 1950 by those polled include continued records in sale of TV sets, lifting of the freeze, .setting of color stand' ards but no color transmission, lowering of set costs, demonstration of TV's sales potency and expansion of web facilities. The vast majority felt that advertisers will ^>ptinue to assume the costs of TV. 43 More Cities To Join Network System of Radio Relays to Expand Television Facilities The year 1950 will see more cllies joined to the Bel! System's expanding television networks. Recording to the Long Lines Department of the American Telephone & Telegraph Co. These additions will bring to 4S the number o! cities where network video will be available and raise the channel mileage in service from 8500 <o 15,000 miles. With network construction projects in progress as far north as Mirneapolis. as far south as Jn sor-ville, and as far west as Omaha, the first addition of this year will take place March 1 when Memphis is linked to present facilities. This extension will be accomplished by means of coaxial cable running south from St. Louis. Tlie following month, Norfolk will join the network by means of a radio relay system now being constructed" between that city and Richmond. In June, Johnstown, Pa. will begin to receive network tele casts through a radio relay nor from Pittsburgh. Five southern cities will be adSed to the network this September afte a coaxial cable now providing io.'. 1 distance telephone circuits has bee equipped to handle video as ws! Charlotte and Greensboro, A C., At lanta, Birmingham, and JacV ville, will be included in this devei opment. Chicago-Omaha'System ^ A radio rreiay system .now. uncle construction between Chicago an Omaha will pave the way fo>- con siderable westward expansion of the network the following month. Rock Island. 111., Davenport mrt Des Moines, Iowa, and Omahn will be added directly by this new relay system. Existing cable running —Courier News Photo BOOSTER STATION—This Is the booster station built in Blytheville when Ihe St. Louis-lo-Memph!s ccaxial cable was laid through here. These amplifying stations arc located at intervals of eight miles along the cable to restore energy lost in transmitting both telephone and television signals over long distances! This station is located just oil North Franklin Street. TV Is Capturing Radio Listeners More Than Two-Fifths Of Night Audiences in New York Video Fans By WAVNE OLIVER Associated 1'rcss Writer NEW YORK, Feb. 15—Television has captured more thnn two-fifths of the night broadcast audiences m New Yovfc City nnd Is moving up fast. While tho situation hero is not typical because of the heavier concentration of sets than in most other television cities, It is regarded as a barometer of what to expect elsewhere later. It does NOT portend the doom radio by a long shot. Mnny of the Notion will remain of areas out of television's reach for a long time to come. Also, even folks with television sets still like lo listen to .radio qtille a bit. But television's growth lias reached the stage that it soon mny mean some changes in nighttime radio as we have known it for years. The latest figures on television's shnre of the nighttime broadcast comes from the C E Iloopoi 1 ir.itl- lencc measuring firm. They .show that as of the end of 10-19. radio had 40.9 per cent of ilic nighttime audience in New York. This marked a spectacular gain from the start of 1949 when television had 10.7 per cent of' the fi p.m. to 11 p.m.. New York broadcast audience—and radio the much bigger remainder. Set figures tell pretty much the same story. The NBC Research Dc- panncnt lists 2,800.000 New York homes with one or more radio sets at the start of 1(HD compared with 420.000 television sets In use ,very few homes have more than one television set thus far). As the year ended and 1050 began, the totals were 3,100,000 radio lomes and 1,050,000 television sets n use. 950 TV Sets'. mproved and tost Is Less CHICAGO, Feb. 27.—he 1050 lines f television seLs are bigger, better, ntl cost less, a survey of new models n display at thr recent American 'urnllure Mart here disclosed. Whereas the 10-lnc'i> tube was the inpular size a year ago, the 1215 nd Ifi-in'ch models predominate losv. Many manufacturers have ibnndoned smaller tube sets. The wo larger sets in many instances cost less than did ttie 10-inch size st year. High contrast (black or gray) ilirs find built-in antennas, Introduced within the last six months, ire virtually standard now. Although most firms arc using up stocks of the old type tube In some models. The newest development Is the IC-Incii rectangular tube. Manufacturers say this type reproduces the full picture transmuted by TV stations, eliminates, tube cd;so disc •- tion, and localise it t-s -shorter cab- itiets are shallower. ArjMAll'OltTAXT CAULK—Here Is Hie coaxial cubic Hint will brln "live talent" television shows to Dlylhcvillc and the Mid-Soul!) beyiiuiitu; 'tomorrow. This section of the cubic hns been cut nwny mid 1 tared in order to show details of its construction. K1(jht wire-rilled copper tubes and eight insulated wires arc contained in the lend .shi-nth. The cnblc Is celled conxtal because all the wires have the same axis. (Photo couvtesy of Commercial Appenl). Patience Is Cure NEW YORK, Feb. 27. <AP)—In homo television reception, one an- noyJnr; type of interference which re.sulLs in fluttering pictures Is. cnoised by airplanes flying in the path of the received signal. The only remedy Is to uwait the passing of the phine. Godfrey Is Almost One-Man Network NEW YORK, Feb. 15. </P>—Good ] Godfrey, Mint man Arthur 1 The cnsy-(joitig red head works on CHS but he's utmost a network by himself. Other stars mr\y lead In this cnt- CEr-ry or that, but Godfrey plays tho field. Here's his score in Iho Ir-iest, Hooper ratings: ."Godfrey's Talent Sccmls," a half- hour Monday night show broadcast simultaneously on radio i\\\t\ television, Is fifth In nighttime radio ratings niul second In television ratings. "Ciodfrej and Ills Friends, 1 one-hour Wednesday nl(jht show on television only, la fourth lu television And his one nnd ono-quartcr hour morning radio show, heard five times weekly. Is In first plnce among [Inyttmc radio programs — leading such snap opern standbys as "Young WIdder Drown," "C/ur Gal Sunday," nlit to'Happiness." Ma Perkins," antl "Portia races Life." But that Isn't all. A new Saturday night CBS radio show give. 1 ; « half-hour of recorded highlights ot his five morning shows of the week. ' No returns arc In on that valv A broadcasting network Ins one ]irli:c!pM commodity to sell—broart- c.ir.l time, Godfrey is snld to ^rlnf in 57,000,000 a year to CBS In broadcast time sales. ous GE Lombarda Goes on TV PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 27. — DuMont Network's "Cavalcade of Bands" teed off over WFIL-TV facilities recently, with Guy Lombardo's Orchestra and variety lal- northward from DCS Moines bring in Minneapolis, and canle running northward from Om:iha will tie in Kansas City at the same lime. A radio relay hook-up with Des Moines will also join Arncs, Iowa, to the network. Also in October, Indianapolis will be joined by menus of a radio relay link with Dayton. Simultaneously, Louisville will begin receiving network television through a coaxial cable linking that civy with Indianapolis. On the Pacific Coast, two northbound radio relay channels between Los Angeles nnd San Francisco will also go info services in the Spring of this year. Engineering work is under way west 01 Omaha, looking forward to the extension of radio relay channel: westward to San Francisco. Networks Grow Fast At the end of 1918 there were two separate Bell System television network 1 :—one in the east and one in the midwest. They were comprised of about 3500 channel miles and were available to television broadcasting stations In 13 cities. These cities were, in the east: New York, Boston, Philadclnhia, Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond; and In the midwest: Chicago. Milwaukee. Buffalo, Detroit. St. Louis and Cleveland. On Jan. II, IBID these two separate networks were joined by coa.Jnl cable from Philadelphia to Cleveland. The connection added Pittsburgh, bringing the number of cities to 14. The rapid progress being = made in meeting the needs of the industry is indicateci by the fact that by the end of 1919 the mitei'jn had increased to aboil* 8500 channel miles serving 26 cities (including Albany, which has no station at Ihe present lime). In June 1019 Lancaster. Erie, and then Wilmington were added. Providence and Dayton. were joined in September and In October. Columbus nnd Cincinnati. Rochester, U(- icn. Syracuse and Schenectady were joined to the network'ln December. BEIIINU THE SCENES—You won't see him on your TV set, bul without him it would be like looking at silent pictures again. He if Audio Engineer Gray Lockridge, who Ls shown here maneuvering a microphone boom in a New York television studio. The "mike" must be kept just out of the camera's range but still pick up th speaker's voices. <Photo courtesy of Commercial Appeal). Scenery Problems Offer Big Headache HOLLYWOOD. Feb. 15.—Rarely mentioned is television's problem of . new scenery for each week's show, but already it has given Hollywood a new headache. CBS struggled along lor weeks with painters working hi a rtiive- way at the back entrance—out in the open — but now builds and paints TV sets In a huge Quonsct back of the Palladium And ABC is "fattest" of all the webs, operating out of the tremcn dous acreage and .studio facilities of the old VHagraph lot . . bill bigger than - the scenery housing problem is that, of supplying video'.' tremendous demand—oti short notice—for more and more sets am! props. Now TV scripts must, m complete at least two weeks in advance, s( sicncry-workers \vill have a wee!-; NBC was more fortunate, having to complete the sets briore they j the RCA building close at hand on »— .Vine Street, a structure which was ideal since it was binl- for Paramount's first studio back in 1914. are needed for rehearsals . . . Radio never had any ulcer producer to compare with the job of a television stage director. Exquisite, hand - rubbed, genuine mahogany vanecred console. Smartly styled doors, swivel casters. Mode! 12C109, right Cofor TV Gives FCC Knotty Problem In Black-Whive Coreves-frer Dispute By Clarke Beach WASHINGTON — Color television lias given Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a knotty problem Persons who have seen color demonstrations have vigorously np- ilauded them, color television rcc- hmnes— I'RETTY VUG— Although you won't be able lo smell the perfume he lavishes on himself, you'll still be able to watch George ous George strut and grunt In wrestling matches televised In New York. Memphis mat matches at Ellis Auditonilm will be shown In addition to the New York bouts. (Photo Commercial Appeal) courtesy of Idea Put Over, Anyway WASHINGTON, Feb. 28.—NBC's "Timekeeper" Bill Kersen follows the station rules. buU— A heartbroken father called to sec if Herson would telecast his plea to his run-away H-year-nl<5 daughter. "We're not allowed to broadcast information of tills type," Herson told his audience, "but I can say this: 'Anybody who's not home and should be, go on home and stop breaking people's hearts'." been purchnscd. It is likely their j value would decline if color went on the air. That is. unless the present sets could be adapted to receive color or convert it into black i antl white. To be sold on the \ Idea, however, FCC says it must be ; shown that such adapters would be ] eiving sets are In some n....^.' ] . notably those of FCC members [ of "'"derate price, and Blair House, where president i What would happen if color tele- Truman and ills family live. The ^ vision in next four me nths were ay the Columbia j Broadcasting System, pick up experimental broadcasts. FCC is preparing to conduct more hearings on the color Issue, to de cide whether to give color television space on the air for commercial operations. They probably will take many months. When FCC makes its decision, It ail be concerned with a lot more than Just color. The whole future of tcle- and blank and vision, both color white. Ls involved: FCC is not satisfied with pres- cut spotlighted. The weekly, hour- long show Is sponsored by a drug store chain. "Cavalcade of Bands," a companion production to "Cavalcade of Stars," will feature country's top orchestras and variety acts. Frank Bunctta Is director; Ron Russell announces. ' ent arrangements for black and white television. In some areas there Is unsatisfactory reception because the stations are too close. It wants to figure out arrangements by which this can be corrected When the imperfections were discovered FCC froze the extension of the whole telecasting Industry, in Sept. 1948. FCC won't allot space lo color telecasting until it has settled on a policy regarding given commercial broadcasting permits? Some observers say there j would be a great boom In color j telecasting.' If present monochrome j receivers could not bo inexpensively ! modified the manufacture of color \ receiving sets would surge ahead < The result could be a stagnation | p of black and white, with loss to i i both owners of sets and to vested • Interests In the business. The development of color television would not be pushed, say some of the cbserv- \ ers. but manufacturers would just exploit the present possibilities. GE TABLE MODEL With 10" Tube KcuuiifuT, haud-rubbfil cabinet, vcnccrcd hi lovely rnnlchcil genuine mahogany with (rim. Model 13T3 rlebl. Lowest priced O-K Mark-Daylight Television! The rich rnsrwonrt pbsllc cabinet fils on any table. Moilcl 10TG motiocriiome also. (black and white) m £ Crooners' Groans Heard HOLLYWOOD. Feb. 20. — Some of televt-ion's top acting talent was nol only seen-but heard In vivid realism during recent telecasts on riisslln' from the South Gi>te Arena. KLAC-TV Sports Director Sam Baiter, who has added ,-nat event commentaries to his football, baseball and basketball chores, has been FCC also has determined thai It shoving the microphone right Into is going to protect, as far as It can, the public's investment in monochrome television sets. Pour million television receivers have the ring to pick up the gladiators' groans. Matchmakers are now testing the rasslers for voice quality. SMALL DOWIi PAYMENT LOW MONTHLY TERNS! GOODYEAR f RV 410 West Main Phone 2492

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