The Mutual Broadcasting System was an American radio network, in
operation from 1934 to 1999. Of the four national networks of American
radio's classic era, Mutual had for decades the largest number of
affiliates but the least certain financial position. In the golden age
of U.S. radio drama, the network was best known as the original home of
The Lone Ranger and The Adventures of Superman and as the long-time
radio residence of The Shadow. For many years, it was a national
broadcaster for Major League Baseball, including the All-Star Game and
World Series, and for Notre Dame football. From the mid-1930s and for
decades after, Mutual ran a highly respected news service accompanied
by a variety of popular commentary shows. Toward the end of its run as
a major programmer, it introduced the country to Larry King. For the
first 18 years of its existence, Mutual was owned and operated as a
cooperative, setting the network apart from its competitors: Mutual's
members shared their own original programming, transmission and
promotion expenses, and advertising revenues.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Conradin, the last Duke of Swabia, was beheaded in Naples after failing
to reclaim Sicily for the House of Hohenstaufen from Charles of Anjou.
The opera Don Giovanni, based on the legendary fictional libertine Don
Juan and composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, premiered in the Estates
Theatre in Prague.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk became the first President of the Republic of
Turkey, a new nation founded from remnants of the Ottoman Empire.
A catastrophic downturn in the New York Stock Exchange on "Black
Tuesday" set off the Great Depression, triggering a chain of
bankruptcies and a worldwide economic depression.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission presented its report on
Apartheid in South Africa, condemned both the Apartheid Government and
the African National Congress for committing atrocities.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
warp and woof (n):
1. The threads in a woven fabric, comprised of the warp (lengthwise
threads) and woof (crosswise threads).
2. (by extension) The pattern of any process tending to alternate
regularly between states
Wikiquote quote of the day:
He who has provoked the lash of wit, cannot complain that he smarts
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