American Bandstand Anniversary
In its first incarnation, Bandstand was hosted by Bob Horn, who had a radio show (also titled Bandstand) that played the major hits of the day on WFIL radio. Initially, the program showed short musical films – which were later seen as the precursor to the music video. But, about a month after the show began, its format switched (at Horn's insistence) to a dance program, where local teenagers could be seen hopping and bopping to popular tunes.
About four years into the run, there was a major shake-up. Horn had been arrested for drunken driving, which put WFIL owner Walter Annenberg in a bad position. Annenberg also owned The Philadelphia Inquirer, which at the same time was running a series on drunken driving. Horn was fired on July 9, 1956 and replaced with producer Tony Mammarella on an interim basis. more on this story
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