An Afterthought On The Network Upfronts

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Ken Foote

After watching all of the network “upfront” presentations, I got to thinking about how all of the major networks — Black Rock (CBS), Hard Rock (ABC), 30 Rock (NBC), and FOX — got their start so here we go (no CW, MNT, or even the failed DUMONT Network listed here):

CBS: started in 1927 as a radio company founded by William S. Paley. While he is credited with the successful launch of the CBS Television Network, it was really CBS President Frank Stanton that pushed Paley to give the green light to go into television. Even the late comedienne Lucille Ball said that in her conversations with Paley, he never mentioned television to her at all, only radio. If CBS had not had Frank Stanton running the day to day operations, who knows what would have happened!

ABC: we can thank a United States Supreme Court ruling in 1943 that…

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