Knowledge Identifier: &NBC
Category: Movies & TV
Founded in 1926.
Countries: United States (71%), (10%), United Kingdom (7%)
Linked to: Los Angeles Times, RCA, Comcast, General Electric
NBC started to use the three notes in 1931, and it was the first audio trademark to be accepted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The NBC chimes were mechanized in 1932 by Richard H. Ranger of the Rangertone company; their purpose was to send a low level signal of constant amplitude that would be heard by the various switching stations manned by NBC and AT&T engineers, and thus used as a system cue for switching different stations between the Red and Blue network feeds
The Federal Communications Commission had, since its creation in 1934, investigated the monopolistic effects of network broadcasting
Nat King Cole - Their first broadcast was with NBC's Blue Network in 1938
In 1939 the FCC ordered RCA to divest itself of one of the two networks
Columbia University - On May 17, 1939, fledgling NBC broadcast a doubleheader between the Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers at Columbia's Baker Field, making it the first televised regular athletic event in history
The Blue Network became "NBC Blue Network, Inc." and NBC Red became "NBC Red Network, Inc." Both networks formally divorced operations on January 8, 1942, and the Blue Network was referred to on the air as either "Blue" or "Blue Network", with official corporate name "Blue Network Company, Inc." NBC Red, on the air, became known simply as "NBC"
Noble wanted a better name for the network and in 1944 acquired the rights to the name "American Broadcasting Company" from George Storer
United States Naval Institute - Contributors have included historians David McCullough and James M. McPherson; former sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen such as Ernest Borgnine, Gene Hackman, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; newsman Walter Cronkite, who covered the Invasion of Normandy in 1944 for United Press; and NBC television anchor Tom Brokaw
On V-E Day, May 8, 1945, WNBT broadcast hours of news coverage, and remotes from around New York City
Conductor Arturo Toscanini conducted ten television concerts on NBC between 1948 and 1952
In 1951, NBC commissioned Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti to compose the first opera ever written for television; Menotti came up with "Amahl and the Night Visitors", a forty-five minute work for which he wrote both music and libretto, about a disabled shepherd boy who meets the Three Wise Men and is miraculously cured when he offers his crutch to the newborn Christ Child
Conrad Janis - In 1953, he played eldest son Edward in the NBC sitcom ://www
Weaver, who launched the genre of periodic 90-minute network "spectaculars", network-produced motion pictures, and the live 90-minute Sunday afternoon series "Wide Wide World", left the network in 1955 in a dispute with its chairman David Sarnoff, who subsequently named his son Robert Sarnoff as president
Carmen Miranda - On 4 August 1955, Miranda was taping a segment for the NBC variety series "The Jimmy Durante Show"
Winfield Scott - The actor Stuart Randall played Scott in the 1960 episode "The Quota" of NBC's "Riverboat" western television series
Benjamin Wade - On May 15, 1961, the actor Robert Middleton played Senator Wade in the series finale of the NBC 17-episode "The Americans", a story of how the Civil War divided families
Bobby Darin - In October 1964, he appeared as a wounded ex-convict who is befriended by an orphan girl in "The John Gillman Story" episode of NBC's "Wagon Train" western television series
Most were wooed away by ABC, which was the number-one network during the late 1970s and early 1980s, while WBAL-TV and WRGB-TV went to CBS. In the case of WSB-TV and WSOC-TV, both were under common ownership with Cox Enterprises, with its other NBC affiliate at the time, WIIC-TV in Pittsburgh , only remaining with the network because WIIC-TV itself was in a distant third to then-CBS affiliate and Group W powerhouse KDKA-TV & pre-existing ABC affiliate WTAE-TV
Redd Foxx - The series premiered on the NBC television network on January 14, 1972 and was broadcast for six seasons
Beth Taylor - The first was at what was WRBT-TV the Baton Rouge ABC affiliate in 1976, where she went to work after graduation as a reporter, producer, and fill-in news anchor when the station became the NBC affiliate
Glenn Scarpelli - He was a co-host in Summer 1983 of the NBC game show/human interest show "Fantasy"
Andrea Elson - Beginning her professional career as a child actress and model, Elson is perhaps best known for her television roles; as Alice Tyler on the CBS science-fiction adventure series, "Whiz Kids" and as Lynn Tanner on the NBC comedy series, "ALF", which garnered the teenage actress two Youth in Film Award nominations in 1986 and 1989
Pierce Brosnan - In 1986, NBC cancelled "Remington Steele", so Brosnan was offered the role, but the publicity revived "Remington Steele" and Brosnan had to decline the role, owing to his contract
Andrea Elson - In 1986, Elson landed a co-starring role on the NBC science-fiction situation comedy "ALF"
NBC aired the first of seven consecutive Summer Olympic Games broadcasts when it covered the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea
In 1989, NBC premiered "Saved by the Bell", which originated at the Disney Channel as "Good Morning, Miss Bliss"
By 1990, the NBC Radio Network as an independent programming service was pretty much gone, becoming a brand name for content produced by Westwood One, and ultimately by, ironically, CBS Radio
In 1991, Tartikoff left NBC to take a position at Paramount Pictures
Medgar Evers - Evers' story inspired a 1991 episode of the NBC TV series "In the Heat of the Night", entitled "Sweet, Sweet Blues", written by author William James Royce
Pierce Brosnan - In 1992, he shot a pilot for NBC called "Running Wilde," playing a reporter for "Auto World" magazine
NBCUniversal - In 1995, NBC began operating NBC Desktop Video, a financial news service that delivered live video to personal computers
In 1996, the channel was renamed NBC Europe, but was, from on, almost always referred to as simply "NBC" on the air
CNBC - In 1997, C & NBC adopted its current logo featuring NBC's peacock logo paired with a Univers Extended Bold font for the channel name
CNBC - On December 9, 1997, Dow Jones & Company and NBC announced the merger of their international business news channels
The Temptations - The miniseries was broadcast in two parts on NBC on November 1 and November 2, 1998, with the first part covering the group's history from 1958 to 1968, and the second part the years from 1968 to 1995
In 1999, NBC Europe stopped broadcasting to most of Europe
Michael Richards - In 2000, after the end of "Seinfeld", Richards began work on a new series for NBC, his first major project since "Seinfeld"'s finale
Bobby Darin - In a 2003 episode of the NBC television series, "American Dreams", Duncan Sheik portrays Darin and performs "Beyond the Sea" on "American Bandstand"
NBCUniversal - In 2005, NBC Universal joined HANA, the High-Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance to help establish standards in consumer electronics interoperability
CNBC - On January 1, 2006, the "A Service of NBC Universal and Dow Jones" tagline was removed from the international CNBC channels, in line with this
Ion Television - The launch of the network was announced on May 8, 2006, when Ion Media Networks, NBC_Universal, Corus Entertainment's Nelvana unit, Scholastic Books, Classic Media and its Big Idea Productions unit announced plans to create Qubo as a multi-platform children's entertainment endeavor, that would extend to a weekly programming block on the network, NBC and Telemundo, and a video-on-demand service for digital cable providers
Emerson Electric - On October 2, 2006, Emerson, the company that makes the popular InSinkErator garbage disposals, filed suit in federal court against NBC regarding a scene that appeared in the pilot episode of the network's TV series "Heroes"
The Championships, Wimbledon - Live coverage starts early in the morning and continues well into the afternoon, interspersed with commentary and interviews from Bud Collins, whose tennis acumen and famous patterned trousers are well-known to tennis fans in the USA. Collins was sacked by NBC in 2007, but was promptly hired by ESPN, the cable home for The Championships in the States
CNBC - Cost-cutting at & NBC Universal's news divisions has seen some of these offices merged with those of NBC owned-and-operated stations: the Silicon Valley facility was moved from Palo Alto to the newsroom of NBC owned-and-operated station KNTV in San Jose in January 2007 , while the Chicago bureau now shares a home with fellow NBC O&O WMAQ-TV
NBCUniversal - One year later after Sleuth's debut, NBC Universal announced that the company would launch a horror-themed cable channel, Chiller, on March 1, 2007
NBCUniversal - On June 14, 2007, NBC &Universal_Television Studio was renamed "'Universal Media Studios"'
NBCUniversal - In August 2007, NBC Universal purchased Sparrowhawk Media Group and renamed it NBC Universal Global Networks
David Schwimmer - On November 8, 2007, Schwimmer made a guest appearance in the second season of the television series "30 Rock", where he played Greenzo, an NBC environmental mascot
CNBC - For its main channel ident used until a relaunch on September 30, 2008, the anthem was remixed, adding the NBC chimes to the music
NBCUniversal - On March 16, 2009, NBC Universal-owned cable channel Sci Fi announced that it would be changing its name to Syfy, replacing a generic term with a proprietary brand name that can be trademarked
Neil Diamond - On December 20, 2010, Diamond made an appearance on NBC's 'The Sing-Off', performing "Ain't No Sunshine" along with Committed and Street Corner Symphony, two A Cappella groups featured on the show
Ted Harbert - Harbert was appointed to his current position in 2011, following Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal
Condoleezza Rice - She appeared as herself in 2011 on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock" in the fifth-season episode "Everything Sunny All the Time Always," in which she engages in a classical-music duel with Jack Donaghy
Ancestry.com - The company continued its partnership with NBC for the second season of the "Who Do You Think You Are-" television series in 2011
Uma Thurman - In December 2011, James Hibberd of "Entertainment Weekly" reported Thurman had joined the cast of NBC's "Smash" as Rebecca Duvall
In 2012, buoyed by Super Bowl XLVI, the then-most-watched U.S. television broadcast in history, and the success of their Monday-night mid-season lineup of "The Voice" and musical-drama "Smash", the network managed to lift themselves up from 4th place into 3rd in the 18-49 demographic, breaking their losing streak of being in 4th place for the previous 8 seasons
Juliette Lewis - In 2012 she starred in the short-lived series "The Firm", on NBC as Tammy, assistant to lead character Mitch McDeere
Cherry Jones - In 2012, Jones starred in the NBC drama series "Awake" as psychiatrist Dr. Judith Evans
David Eigenberg - In the fall of 2012, he joined the cast of NBC's "Chicago Fire" as firefighter Christopher Herrmann
Alicia Witt - In March 2012, Witt retweeted a link on her official Twitter page in hopes of getting "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" back for an 11th season on NBC
Bernadette Peters - Peters first appeared in the NBC series "Smash" in the March 2012 episode "The Workshop", as Leigh Conroy, Ivy's mother, a retired Broadway star, who feels competitive because of her daughter's blossoming career
CNBC - In April 2012, the network began to carry limited & NBC Sports coverage of first round games and some limited second round in the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup playoffs in concert with NBC_Sports Network, addressing complaints of some series not being nationally televised in previous years and allowing the full playoff round national coverage
Tempestt Bledsoe - As of September 2012, she is one of the stars of the new NBC TV sitcom "Guys with Kids", portraying Marny, for the 2012/2013 television season
Scotty McCreery - McCreery performed a track from the album, "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Jingle Bells" in the Christmas in Rockefeller Center special broadcast on NBC on November 28, 2012
Raul Esparza - In 2013, he appeared in yet another NBC production, playing the role of Dr. Frederick Chilton in the thriller series " Hannibal"
Betty White - In January 2013 NBC once again celebrated Betty White's birthday with a TV special featuring celebrity friends, including former president Bill_Clinton; the special aired on February 5
Andrew McMahon - In January 2013, McMahon was listed as one of the new songwriters for the second season of the NBC series Smash, signifying his first time writing for musical theatre
Steven Pasquale - He was the lead actor for the NBC series "Do No Harm", which premiered on January 31, 2013 to the lowest debut rating in the history of prime-time television, and thus was cancelled after only two episodes
Ricardo Antonio Chavira - In March 2013, it was announced that Chavira will star in a new NBC sitcom for the 2013-14 season called "Welcome to the Family"
Allison Iraheta - On May 30, 2013 footage from their Hotel Cafe performance, along with an interview with Iraheta and Hager was featured on the NBC Latino website
Fox Soccer - Due to Fox consolidating its cable sports rights on the recently launched general-interest channels Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, and following the loss of U.S. television rights to broadcast Premier League soccer events to NBC, Fox Soccer will be replaced on September 2, 2013 by FXX, an entertainment sister network to FX
Along with new hits including "The Blacklist" and "Chicago PD" and significantly boosted by the 2014 Winter Olympics, NBC, at the end of the season became the number one network in the coveted 18-49 demo for the first time since the 2003-2004 season when 'Friends' ended
Thursday nights continues to be a struggle for NBC, with continued success with the third season of "The Blacklist" brought the failed launch of "Heroes Reborn" which was cancelled in January 2016, and thriller "The Player", however NBC found success with police procedural "Shades of Blue" which improved the 10pm timeslot and was renewed for a second season in February 2016