Burbank, California

Built in 1938 at the corner of Sunset and Vine in Hollywood, NBC's Radio City Studios were the home of some of the network's most popular radio programs. But the studios weren't well suited for television, and NBC realized that new studios specially designed for color TV should be built to replace Radio City (now destroyed - the lot is occupied by a Washington Mutual Bank which is a landmark in its own right - the bank is currently slated for destruction as well).

NBC's parent company, RCA (Radio Corporation of America) had invented a process for color broadcasting that would be compatible with the nation's millions of black and white sets, and the system was established as the standard for color broadcasting by the FCC. RCA was in an enviable position: they invented the process, manufactured the technical equipment that produced and transmitted the color images, owned a major network (NBC) to broadcast color programs, and was the largest manufacturer of consumer color sets. But to increase market share of color sets in American households, an ever-increasing schedule of color broadcasts would be necessary. Burbank, California, home of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Pictures was selected as the location for NBC's new COLOR CITY Studios, the nation's first television studios designed specifically for the origination of color broadcasts.

Visit my Color Television Home Page

Learn more about the Color Television Revolution

See videos of the original NBC peacocks and ABC and CBS color presentation logos

See photos from my boyhood tour of KARD-TV in 1964

See photos of my TK- 41 color television camera

Take a tour of KSTP-TV in 1962 and see my TK-41 camera in service when it was new

See an RCA 2" Color Television Tape Recorder

Learn more about the Color Television Revolution

Watch the oldest surviving color videotape...the dedication of NBC's Washington, DC color studios in 1958

Watch An Evening With Fred Astaire the oldest surviving color videotape entertainment program (October 1958)

Read the fascinating story of the restoration of "An Evening with Fred Astaire"

Watch the oldest surviving videotape recording The Edsel Show - October 1957

Want to read more about early color television? Check out these links:

Read NPR's coverage of color TV's 50th anniversary

visit the late Ed Reitan's website - a very informative site about early color TV

visit Bobby Ellerbee's fascinating and compreshensive television history website Eyes Of A Generation

visit Chuck Pharis's site to see his collection of antique TV cameras and other early broadcast equipment

visit Barry Mishkind's website to see the RCA Television Equipment Archive

visit Steve Dichter's CT-100 website to see Steve's vintage color television page

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Click the 1958 Cadillac to check out my King of the Road Home Page
and see my classic cars.