Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rare Treats: How ABC affiliates were introduced to Bugs Bunny & the Flintstones (1960)

Following is an excerpt from a closed circuit ABC affiliates presentation from 1960.

A trio of "network executives" are discussing the network's 1st primetime animated series, The Flintstones & The Bugs Bunny Show. One of the actors is radio veteran Harold Peary (ex-The Great Gildersleeve).

Of course, we all know the result. Bugs Bunny was moved to Saturday mornings after 2 seasons, and Flintstones lasted 6 years. The above clip was played for affiliates on the West Coast, but what I'd like to know is if they did this for the East Coast, as well.


magicdog said...

My guess is yes, this was first broadcast to the East Coast first, and subsequent broadcasts to other time zones. With today's satellite access, it could be done at one to all affiliates at the same time. Back then, the feeds would have had to be done one at a time and be received by each affiliate.

hobbyfan said...

And most people thought these were lost to the mists of time. Must see if I can find similar tapes........