48 Hour Mysteries take note : The Brutal Murder of The East Coast Rave King
HORSE RACING ON TELEVISION
1950s TV broadcasters had a problem. They needed live, visually exciting content and had no clue as to what viewers might want to watch. Horse Racing, one would think, would be a natural.
But in the days of live TV what the camera saw went right out over the airwaves so broadcasters pretty much needed to be in a fixed location, a television station, in order to beam those images out to waiting sets.
Larger stations in New York and Chicago were already broadcasting Major League Baseball games before 1950 however. The first game televised was in 1939, a college matchup. By 1948 every major league city but Pittsburgh had televised baseball for those few lucky enough to own a TV set. Those programs were enormously popular.
Another obstacle to successfully broadcast the Thoroughbred Races was the tiny screen on the television sets themselves. The Thoroughbreds would of course have to be shot from a distance making the race look little better than dots moving around the screen.
As popular as the baseball games were broadcasters started to branch out - football, soccer, tennis all were relatively easy to film as they were in fixed locations. Tennis especially allowed the cameras to get close while Football proved more tricky. Thick coaxial cables attached to the few TV cameras available was a big problem when it came to getting up close and personal.
As the TV screens got bigger in the 1950s and the audience expanded rapidly broadcasters knew that Horse Racing could be key to their sports broadcasting expansion.
By the mid-1960s racing was a regular feature on ABC's Wide World of Sports, a weekend omnibus sports program. Yearly broadcasts of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and The Preakness began shortly after that period.
Also in the mid-sixties was a popular Saturday afternoon series called Off To The Races and It's Racing Time where at home viewers got a chance to 'bet' on the races.
It worked like this, if you visited your local grocer - in our case the Big Bear stores in North Carolina - you got with your purchase a racing ticket with three winners picked. If your horse won a race you got the weekly prize of $100 while second and third place winners received smaller amounts of money and S&H Green Stamps. This program and others like it lasted in the 1970s. Of course, the horse racing odds were set long before the races were televised so that they could control exactly how many winners there would be, this was done by televising competitions that were months or even years old. Clever, huh?
MAKING MONEY WATCHING TV IN THE 60s:
HORSE RACING & BINGO / DIALING FOR DOLLARS
HORSE RACING ON TV
Lost Kid Shows / Movie Stars on TV / Saturday Morning Shows / Video Vault / Classic Christmas Specials / Fabulous Fifties / Unseen Scenes / Game Shows / Requested Forgotten TV Shows / The Super Sixties / More Modern TV Shows / The New * * Shows / 1980's Wrestling / TV Blog
|TV's Embarrassing Moments / Action Shows of the Sixties / TVparty Mysteries and Scandals / Variety Shows of the 1970s / The Eighties / The Laugh Track / 1970's Hit Shows / Response to TVparty / Search the Site / Add Your Comments|
Classic Game Shows: Game Shows 1974 / 60's Game Shows for Kids / Game Show Bloopers / First Ever Interactive Video Game / Match Game's Brett Somers / Bingo & Racing Shows of the 60s / Dialing for Dollars / History of Horse Racing on TV / Charles Nelson Reilly / Monty Hall Interview / Goodson and Todman / Female Game Show Hosts / Groucho, Grandma & Me / Game Shows from the 1950s: What's My Line / Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge / Penny to a Million / Jukebox Jury / Video Village / Queen For A Day / You Bet Your Life / Homeroom Derby / 1970's Game Shows: Match Game / The Price Is Right / The New Treasure Hunt / Let's Make A Deal / Hollywood Squares / Jeopardy / The Gong Show / Game Shows 1975
|Classic TV Commercials / 1950's TV / 1960's TV / Punk Book / / 1970's TV / Groucho vs William F Buckley / TV Games / Honey Boo Boo / Lucy Shows / 2012 Emmy Awards / Classic Cars / John Wayne / Gene Roddenberry / Rockford Files / Sea Hunt / 1970s Commercial Jingles / Superman on DVD / Toy Gun Ads / Flip Wilson Show / Big Blue Marble / Monty Hall / Carrascolendas / Mr. Dressup / Major Mudd / Chief Halftown / What's In Oprah's Purse? / Baby Daphne / Sheriff John / Winchell & Mahoney / Fireball X-L5 / Mr. Wizard / Captain Noah / Thanksgiving Day Specials / Disney's First Christmas Special / Saturday Morning Cartoons / The Magic Garden / Amahl & the Night Visitors / Holiday Toy Commercials / Lucy & Desi's Last Christmas Show / Joey Heatherton / Fat Albert / The Virginian / Bewitched / Death of John Wayne / 1974 Saturday Mornings / Chuck McCann / Rudolph Collectables / Shrimpenstein / Local Popeye Shows / New Treasure Hunt / 1966 ABC TV Shows / 1967 TV Shows / 1968 TV Shows / Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes & Baby Doll / Fridays / TV Moms / Red Skelton / Star Wars / KISS / Lancelot Link / Saturday Morning Cartoons / The Magic Garden / Wonder Woman / Classic Comic Books / Andy Griffith / Cher / TV Shows on DVD / Outtakes & Bloopers / 1967 TV Shows / Romper Room / ABC Movie of the Week / The Goldbergs / Daws Butler Commercials / Saturday Morning Commercials / Captain Kangaroo / Chicago Local Kiddie Shows / Boston Local TV / Philly Local TV / NYC Local Kid Shows / Amos 'n' Andy / Electric Company / Bette Davis / Judy Garland / Christmas Specials / Redd Foxx / Good Times / Sitcom Houses / What's Happening! / Winky Dink & You / Sonny & Cher / Smothers Brothers / Commercial Icons of the 1960s / Soupy Sales / The Carpenters / Route 66 / Bozo / The Carpenters Christmas Specials / Local Kid Shows / Death of TV's Superman / Wonderama / Sesame Street / Bob Hope Specials / Little Rascals / 1980's Retro Gay T-Shirts / 1980's TV Wrestling / Fess Parker / Howdy Doody / TV Blog / Lost In Space / Pinky Lee / 1980's LA Punk Rock / Alex Toth Book / TV Terrorists / Irwin Allen / The Untouchables / Carol Burnett Show / Batman TV Show / Green Hornet / Today Show History / Our Gang / Doris Day Show / 1970's Commercials For Women / Bill Cosby in the 1970s / The Golddiggers / Lola Falana / 1970s TV Shows / David Bowie on TV / Hudson Brothers / Jackie Gleason / Hollywood Squares / Match Game / Bob Keeshan / Gumby / The Flip Wilson Show / Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour / The Bobby Darin Show / The Richard Pryor Show / George Burns / Lucy's Lost Christmas Special / Classic Christmas Toy Commercials / Cricket On The Hearth / 1950's Holiday Shows / Amahl and the Night Visitors / A Christmas Carol on TV / The Yule Log / Celebrity Commercials / Rudolph / Movie Posters & More!|