“Brought to You in Living Color on NBC!”
If you grew up watching shows on NBC Channel 4 in Los Angeles, you most likely are familiar with the phrase above. It preceded each show on the network for many years.
Did you know the NBC studios that were on Alameda Ave were the first television station/studios that were specifically built to produce color TV production?
That was the major reason that NBC came to California and found the home for their new studio in Burbank.
This new studio was very important to General Electric the parent company of NBC so much so that the contractor of the construction was required to send Photo Post cards of the progress to them and other constituents including the City of Burbank who gave up a portion of its city owned land for the construction.
The studio produced some of the most popular shows on TV like the Tonight Show, Dean Martin, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In and all of the Bob Hope Specials. Many of these shows put Burbank on the map by poking fun at the city making the phrase “Beautiful Downtown Burbank” a household saying across the country.
So Burbank became the first home of the color television broadcast we take for granted today.
For More pictures of the studios and their construction click this link
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Slowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock. Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.
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The authors will be doing a Multi Media presentation and book signing at the Buena Vista Library on November 30th at 7 pm. They will have a signing event at the AUTOBOOKS store on Magnolia Saturday December 3 From 10 am to 2 pm.