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1928 __ Syndication
Comment : In 1928 Correll and Gosden introduce recorded program syndication by distributing "Amos 'n' Andy" on 12" shellac 78rpm discs. National Radio Advertising Company begins distributing first sponsored pre-recorded features at end of year. What's confusing you is the difference between network shows and syndicated shows. "Amos 'n' Andy," (all 4,094 episodes of the serial version of "Amos 'n' Andy" aired between 3/19/28 and 2/19/43) when it began in 1928 was distributed by syndication by the Chicago Daily News on 78rpm records -- the first radio program to be pre-recorded in such a manner. This continued thru mid-August of 1929, and ended when the program went to NBC. Many syndicated shows followed in the late 20s and early 30s, including comedies, dramas, serials, and musical features. These were shows produced by independent packagers and sold to stations without the need for wire-line connections. During the 30s, there were also instances of network shows being recorded off the air and distributed by the sponsor's ad agency on discs to station who were not network affiliates. Thus you might have heard the same show live on a network station and then later the exact same show from disc on a non-affiliated station. And, some shows -- "The Shadow" and "The Lone Ranger" are examples -- were available either as network shows or as syndications. (Elizabeth McLeod)
French comment : Syndication: publication simultanée dans plusieurs journaux ou supports médiatisés.
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