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Month: September 2020

  • Seventy-Two Years of TV Coverage at National Convention

    • By admin
    • September 7, 2020

    Television made its debut at national political conventions in 1948.  The audience was confined to the east coast, national coverage still four years away. Conventions in those days were not tightly scripted affairs: they featured some entertaining gaffes and “hot microphone” moments. At the ’48 Democratic gathering, President Harry Truman was nominated and gave his acceptance speech in one day — one long day. Following extensive proceedings, a delegate walk-out, and much bluster, House Speaker Sam Rayburn was set to introduce President Truman at 1:43 am.  Prior to Truman’s entry, 48 “doves of peace” were to be released from within a floral display of the Liberty...

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