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1941 Radio Craft - (Continued)
Commercial Television Inaugurated July 1st, 1941 - "Television
inaugurated its visual broadcast service on a full-fledged commercial
basis. Two television stations in New York began this new public service
immediately. Three more stations -- in Los Angeles, Chicago, and
Philadelphia --- expect to make the transition from experimental to commercial
operation in short order, and 17 other stations in various parts of the country
signify their intention of going commercial as soon as it is possible for them
to do so."
Complete List of Television Stations in the USA, as of June 1, 1941
Announcement of the development of the electronic television camera
viewfinder, which used a 5" DuMont CRT. Prior to this time, the
viewfinder was optical.
Zenith announces that it will soon give a demonstration of color television
developed by its engineers. Bottom half shows the programming of one of
the first few weeks of commercial television. Click here
to see the "TV program guide" of the first
"The first [advertising] Rate Card to be issued in the history of
Television was released last month by the National Broadcasting Company,
which means that the "telly" has really gone commercial."
The per hour rate for regular evening broadcasts, over New York's WNBT, was $120
!! Service spots (News, Weather, Time) were $8 per minute nighttime, $4