Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 493 with guest Phil Savenick is available for listening on demand

Phil Savenick (left), curator of the virtual museum at TheHistoryofTV.com, with host Ed Robertson during Ed’s visit in January 2020. Ed is holding the Emmy Award that First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy won in 1962 for hosting A Tour of The White House. That Emmy is one of the many authentic artifacts from the Golden Age of Television that is on display at TheHistoryofTV.com


The Most Impressive Collection of TV Sets You Will Ever See
Original Airdates
: May 15-17, 2020
TVC 493.1:
Part 2 of a conversation that began last week with three-time Emmy nominated writer/producer Phil Savenick, curator of TheHistoryofTV.com, a virtual museum devoted to television that not only celebrates the life and career of Philo T. Farnsworth, the man who invented television when he was age fourteen, but includes such authentic artifacts as Farnsworth’s the original chalk drawing for the first television camera and the most impressive collection of vintage TV sets you will ever see. In many respects, these early model sets serve as a window into the formative years of television itself. This segment was recorded on location in January 2020, before the national lockdown.

The TV Set That Freaked Out a Generation of Moms
Original Airdates: May 15-17, 2020
TVC 493.2: Via remote from TheHistoryofTV.com: Phil Savenick provides Ed with a guided tour of his collection of vintage television sets, which includes the very first TV set sold by RCA, an early French model (with wings), and a rarely seen Pilot radio canopy TV (pictured above)—the set whose screen was so small, mothers across America warned their children not to sit too close to it “or else you’ll burn your eyes out.” This segment was recorded in January 2020, before the national lockdown.

Phil Savenick’s Brushes with Fame
Original Airdates: May 15-17, 2020
TVC 493.3:
Via remote from TheHistoryofTV.com:Phil Savenick, curator of TheHistoryofTV.com, shares the back stories of some of the mementos from the Golden Age of Television that are on display at his virtual museum, including the first remote control clicker, an autographed cigar butt from Milton Berle, a silver dollar from Jack Benny, the Fickle Finger of Fate from Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (pictured right) and an authentic replica of the hat that Mary Tyler Moore tossed in the air at the end of the opening sequence of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. This segment was recorded in January 2020, before the national lockdown.

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