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City water levels dropped during commercials, stores closed early. As networks raced to provide content for the popular new medium, many radio stars and shows attempted to make the transition to television -- Burns and Allen, The Jack Benny Program, The Shadow, Fred Allen, and Fibber Mc Gee and Molly.

Television News Finds Its Way (1950s) DAVID BRINKLEY, News anchor In 1949, a young girl named Kathy Fiscus fell into a Los Angeles-area well.

Those who had built their careers in radio news ultimately provided television network news expansion.

CBS News in particular established a protocol for television reporting - airing stories about topical, political and worldwide events that impacted its viewers.

A quick primer on the highlights of American TV history, and the legends who shaped it.

(Highlighted links will take you to the Archive's curated in-depth interviews and TV show pages.) Birth of Television to The Dawn of Networks (1800s-1939) HAL KANTER, Comedy Writer Television was never one person's vision -- as early as the 1820s, the idea began to germinate.

The indecency of Mc Carthy was further exposed when ABC and Du Mont aired gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Army-Mc Carthy hearings in 1955.

There was another bright spot in the development of network news programs.

It wasn't until the 1939 World's Fair in New York, where RCA unveiled their new NBC TV studios in Rockefeller Plaza, that network television was introduced.

A few months later, William Paley’s CBS began broadcasting from its new TV studios in Grand Central Station.

This historic breakthrough catapulted him into a decades-long patent battle against major corporations, including RCA and CBS.

The battle took its toll on everyone and RCA’s David Sarnoff brilliantly marketed this invention to the public and became known as the father of television -- while Philo T. Experimental broadcast television began in the early 1930s, transmitting fuzzy images of wrestling, music and dance to a handful of screen.

Television provided continuous local coverage for over 27 hours.