First Television Broadcast

"Please stand by. The image you are seeing is not the fault of your receiver" was heard in every living room in the early days of television.

From “History Comes to Life” comes this first 1936 television broadcast.

This is a filmed record (not a kinescope) of the first actual “public” television broadcast in the United States.

(There were perhaps three receivers capable of receiving the signal.) This show starts with the “live” portion (which has been filmed, rather awkwardly….it’s sometimes hard to see the actual image being broadcast).

Then there are some Pathé newsreels which were broadcast, followed by more live footage. A rather befuddled Ed Wynn vamps for a bit, and there are appearances by Eddie Green and George Wilshire, as well as The Pickens Sisters. This show was broadcast to the various RCA licensees, who were in attendance, watching on one of the receivers.. Some identify themselves on-camera.

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