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1989 in American television

Notable eventsEdit

Date Event
January 1 Affiliation swaps galore begin the television year in Florida. In Miami, three channels change their network affiliation: WTVJ moves to NBC from CBS, WCIX (now WFOR-TV) moves to CBS from Fox, and WSVN moves to Fox from NBC. Meanwhile, in West Palm Beach, WPEC-TV switches from ABC to CBS, WTVX leaves CBS to become an independent, and ABC station WPBF signs on this day. The swaps result from NBC's acquisition of WTVJ in 1987, and CBS's acquisition of WCIX in August 1988. The switches in West Palm Beach are accomplished due to WCIX's weak signal in Broward County.[1][2]
January 9 Pat Sajak quits the daytime version of the series Wheel of Fortune for a CBS late night talk show while remaining host of the nighttime version. His daytime hosting role will be assumed by Rolf Benirschke, then by Bob Goen when Wheel switches networks from NBC to CBS that July.
January 29 Shining Time Station, a children's sitcom debuts on PBS. Starring Didi Conn, Brian O'Connor and Ringo Starr, the series introduces British children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends to America.
February 5 On the NBC sitcom Day by Day, six cast members from The Brady Bunch (Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, and Mike Lookinland) reunite.
February 20 Jane Wyman, an actress on the CBS drama series Falcon Crest, is rushed to the hospital, after suffering from diabetes and a liver ailment.
Charlie O'Donnell returned to Wheel of Fortune as the announcer, following a nine-year absence.
March 2 Pepsi's controversial advertisement with Madonna and her song "Like a Prayer" airs during NBC's showing of The Cosby Show. The same ad was run on ITV in the UK, 12 minutes into The Bill.
March 10 The series finale of Webster has the eponymous character being transported to the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Michael Dorn guest stars as Lt. Worf.
March 24 For the first time since 1973, NBC reruns the 1960 telecast of Peter Pan, with Mary Martin in the title role. Earlier that day, two of the network's game shows, Sale of the Century and Super Password, aired their final episodes. The following Monday, NBC will return the noon time slot to its affiliates.
March 31 The CBS game show Card Sharks airs its final episode. The following Monday, it is replaced by a revival of Now You See It.
April 8 Mike Myers joins the cast of the NBC series Saturday Night Live.
After a ten-month hiatus,[3] American Bandstand reemerges on the USA Network. David Hirsch took over hosting duties from Dick Clark (who remained on as executive producer) and Bandstand moved outdoors to Universal Studios Hollywood. After 26 weeks on USA, Bandstand signed off for good on October 7, 1989 with The Cover Girls as the final musical guests.
April 30 CNBC, NBC's answer to the Financial News Network, launched (CNBC and FNN would merge two years later).
May 11 In the series finale of the ABC drama Dynasty, Blake Carrington, Alexis Colby, Dex Dexter and Fallon Carrington Colby are stuck in mortal peril.
NBC airs a pilot for a proposed spin-off of 227 centered on Jackée Harry's character Sandra Clark. The pilot however, wasn't picked up for a series and Jackée subsequently left 227. She would however, later guest star in seven of the final season's episodes.
May 14 NBC broadcasts the series finale of Family Ties followed by the network television premiere of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
May 18 Donna Mills makes her final regular appearance as villainess Abby on the CBS drama Knots Landing.
July 1 In Rochester, New York, NBC affiliate WROC-TV and CBS affiliate WHEC-TV swap affiliations. NBC cites WROC-TV's struggling news ratings as the reason for the switch.[4]
July 11 Former President of the United States Ronald Reagan joins NBC's Vin Scully on commentary for the 1st inning of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
July 14 The CBS game show Now You See It, which had suffered from constant preemptions by network affiliates, airs its final episode. The following Monday, Wheel of Fortune, which had been cancelled by NBC on June 30, takes its place.
August 14 Cliff and Nina Warner marry one another for the fourth (and seemingly final) time on the ABC soap opera All My Children, a record that has not been matched for soap operas.
September 4 Super Mario Bros. the popular video game series is brought to life to television with live action and animation by DIC Entertainment (later Cookie Jar Group and now DHX Media) featuring hilarious live action segments starring Captain Lou Albano as Mario and Danny Wells as Luigi and adventure animated segments (where Albano and Wells also voiced the Mario Bros. in this part) spoofing famous movies like Star Wars and Godzilla known as The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!.
The Family Channel debuts its children programming block Fun Town.
September 8 The Legend of Zelda animated series begins on television as part of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and is shown on Fridays. The series has been panned by many fans of the Zelda franchise including the story writing, over the top acting, repeated plots and Link's trademark catchphrase "Excuse me, Princess!.
September 16 A pilot for a proposed X-Men animated series is first broadcast in syndication. It would take another three years before an X-Men series would be fully realized.
September 22 ABC debuts TGIF from 8:00pm to 10:00pm, a new programming block for Friday nights with four shows (Full House, Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, and Just the Ten of Us), it also includes interstitial hosts. This block would become a rating hit throughout the 1990s, lasting until 2000.
September 24 NBC broadcasts Saturday Night Live's 15th anniversary special.
September 30 NBC broadcasts its final Major League Baseball Game of the Week (before the program is transferred to CBS). NBC had broadcast the Game of the Week since 1957 and exclusively since 1966. Bob Costas and Tony Kubek called the action from Toronto's SkyDome, as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles to clinch the American League Eastern Division title.
October 1 NBC affiliate KPOM-TV (now KFTA-TV) in Fort Smith, Arkansas signs-on full-time satellite KFAA-TV (now KNWA-TV) in Rogers to solve transmission problems resulting from its status as an UHF station in a mountainous area. (KFTA-TV will disaffiliate from NBC and join Fox in 2006.)
October 6 Jane Wyman's medical leave due to her diabetes and liver aliment is written into Falcon Crest, when her character, Angela Channing, is put in a coma.
October 9 The San Francisco Giants defeat the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series to go to the World Series for the first time since 1962. This was also NBC's final Major League Baseball telecast (with Vin Scully and Tom Seaver on the call), having broadcast the sport in some shape or form since 1947. As previously mentioned, the primary network TV package was moving to CBS beginning in 1990. NBC wouldn't broadcast baseball again until the 1994 All-Star Game.
October 17 Four minutes into ABC's broadcast of Game 3 of the World Series, the Lome Prieta earthquake occurred, forcing a ten-day delay of the series.
October 27 Jane Pauley announces that she will be stepping down as co-anchor of NBC's Today (after 13 years on the air) at the end of the year (with Pauley's last day being on December 29). Today's news reader Deborah Norville is immediately announced as Pauley's successor.
October 28 The World Series finally concludes with the Oakland Athletics sweeping the San Francisco Giants in four games. This would be ABC's final baseball telecast, having covered the sport consecutively since 1976. Like NBC, ABC would lose their baseball package completely to CBS beginning in 1990. ABC would next broadcast Major League Baseball in 1994, when they formed a joint-venture with Major League Baseball and NBC called The Baseball Network.
November 4 The NBA on TNT debuts.
November 9 The National Basketball Association[5][6] and NBC[7] reaches an agreement on a four-year, US$600 million contract[8] (beginning in the 1990–1991 season), ending CBS' tenure with the NBA after 17 years.
November 15 The Comedy Channel debuts (it will become Comedy Central two years later).
December 17 Fox broadcasts the series premiere of The Simpsons, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", which also acts as a Christmas special. The new series is a spin-off of a series of animated sketches that had previously aired on The Tracey Ullman Show. The series proves to be an early hit for Fox, scoring the network's first Nielsen top 30 entry.[9]
December 18 A seldom-seen 1956 Christmas special episode of I Love Lucy is re-broadcast by CBS.


Debuting this yearEdit

The following is a list of shows that premiered in 1989.

Date Title Network
January 3 The Arsenio Hall Show Syndication
January 7 Bordertown CBN Family Channel
January 9 Inside Edition Syndication
The Pat Sajak Show CBS
January 18 A Fine Romance ABC
January 20 Father Dowling Mysteries NBC
January 21 Dolphin Cove CBS
Nightingales NBC
January 23 Couch Potatoes Syndication
January 24 Studio 5-B ABC
January 28 A Man Called Hawk
Long Ago and Far Away PBS
January 29 Shining Time Station
February 3 Unsub NBC
February 19 Nasty Boys
February 28 Coach ABC
March 1 Hard Time on Planet Earth CBS
March 4 Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Disney Channel
March 7 Anything but Love ABC
March 11 COPS Fox
March 20 Heartland CBS
March 25 Men ABC
March 26 Quantum Leap NBC
March 27 Generations
April 2 Total Panic Nickelodeon
April 3 Top Card TNN
April 5 The Robert Guillaume Show ABC
April 10 Nearly Departed NBC
April 13 Dream Street
April 14 The Jim Henson Hour
April 18 Rescue 911 CBS
April 22 Jesse Hawkes
May 1 Think Fast! Nickelodeon
June 4 McGee and Me! Syndication
Shannon's Deal NBC
June 10 Tales from the Crypt HBO
July 5 Seinfeld NBC
July 10 Knight & Daye
July 14 Hey Dude Nickelodeon
August 3 Primetime Live ABC
August 12 Comic Strip Live Fox
August 17 FM NBC
August 20 Saved by the Bell
August 28 Open House Fox
September 2 G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Syndication
September 4 Eureeka's Castle Nick Jr.
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Syndication
September 5 The Joan Rivers Show
September 9 American Gladiators
Captain N: The Game Master NBC
The Karate Kid
Beetlejuice ABC
The Byron Allen Show Syndication
September 11 3rd Degree
September 12 Chicken Soup ABC
Life Goes On
September 13 Wolf CBS
September 16 The California Raisin Show
Dink, the Little Dinosaur
Island Son
Rude Dog & the Dweebs
Teen Summit BET
Ring Raiders Syndication
Camp Candy NBC
September 17 Sister Kate
September 18 Alien Nation Fox
Everyday with Joan Lunden Syndication
Hard Copy
The Famous Teddy Z CBS
Major Dad
The People Next Door
September 20 Top of the Hill
A Peaceable Kingdom
Doogie Howser, M.D. ABC
The Young Riders
The Nutt House NBC
September 22 Baywatch
Family Matters ABC
Free Spirit
Snoops CBS
September 23 Saturday Night with Connie Chung
September 24 Booker Fox
Homeroom ABC
October 2 Make the Grade Nickelodeon
October 13 Mancuso, F.B.I. NBC
November 26 America's Funniest Home Videos ABC
November 30 Ann Jillian NBC
December 3 True Blue
December 17 The Simpsons Fox
December 18 First Business Syndication

Resuming this yearEdit

Title Final aired Previous network New title Returning network Date of return
The Mickey Mouse Club 1979 Syndication The All-New Mickey Mouse Club Disney Channel April 24

Ending this yearEdit

Date Title Debut
January 7 ALF: The Animated Series 1987
January 13 Ryan's Hope 1975
January 14 Snorks 1984
January 19 Knightwatch 1988
January 21 Dirty Dancing
Simon & Simon 1981
February 20 Almost Grown 1988
March 2 A Fine Romance 1989
March 9 Webster 1983
March 10 Finders Keepers 1987
March 18 Murphy's Law 1988
March 24 Sale of the Century 1983
Super Password 1984
March 25 TV 101 1988
March 31 Card Sharks (returned in 2001) 1978
April 1 She's the Sheriff 1987
April 8 It's a Living 1985
April 14 Unsub 1989
April 26 Nightingales
May 5 Brothers 1984
May 7 Duet 1989
May 11 Dynasty 1981
May 13 A Man Called Hawk 1989
May 14 Family Ties 1982
Moonlighting 1985
May 19 The Gong Show (returned in 2017) 1976
May 20 Small Wonder 1985
May 21 Miami Vice 1984
May 22 Kate & Allie
June 9 Wipeout 1988
June 16 Hollywood Squares (returned in 1998) 1966
June 21 Hard Time on Planet Earth 1989
June 23 Relatively Speaking 1988
June 25 Day by Day
July 27 The Cavanaughs 1986
July 30 The Jim Henson Hour 1989
August 4 Highway to Heaven 1984
August 24 The Equalizer 1985
September 2 Police Academy 1988
September 8 The Dating Game (returned in 1996) 1965
September 9 West 57th 1985
September 29 ThunderCats
October 7 American Bandstand 1952
October 9 Major League Baseball on NBC (returned in 1994) 1947
October 16 The People Next Door 1989
October 25 The Nutt House
October 28 Major League Baseball on ABC (returned in 1994) 1976
November 7 Chicken Soup 1989
November 15 A Peaceable Kingdom
November 30 The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
Top of the Hill
December 1 The Legend of Zelda
December 2 The Smurfs 1981
December 9 The California Raisin Show 1989
December 16 The Karate Kid
Rude Dog & the Dweebs
December 17 Homeroom 1989

Entering syndicationEdit

Changing networksEdit

Show Moved from Moved to
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers The Disney Channel Syndication
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Syndication NBC
The Mickey Mouse Club The Disney Channel
American Bandstand USA Network
The Hitchhiker HBO
Mystery Science Theater 3000 KTMA The Comedy Channel
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears NBC ABC
Wheel of Fortune CBS
Remote Control MTV Syndication/MTV

Made-for-TV movies and miniseriesEdit

Title Network Date of airing
The Karen Carpenter Story CBS January 1
The Brotherhood of the Rose NBC January 22 & 23
Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All CBS May 21

Television stationsEdit

Station launchesEdit

Date Market Station Channel Affiliation
January 1 West Palm Beach, Florida WPBF 25 ABC
January 15 Bowling Green, Kentucky WKYU-TV 24 PBS
January 23 Nashville, Tennessee WMTT 28 Independent
January 26 Lima, Ohio W67CA 67 Fox
February 12 Tallahassee, Florida WTLH 49
April 3 Wilmington, North Carolina W10BZ 10 Independent
April 14 Salt Lake City, Utah KXIV 14
May 8 Portland, Oregon KUTF 32
July 28 Evansville, Indiana W52AZ 52
August 7 Toledo, Ohio WT05 5 (cable-only)
September 11 St. Louis, Missouri WHSL-TV 46 HSN
October 1 Fayetteville, Arkansas KFAA-TV 51 NBC
December 18 Bowling Green, Kentucky WQQB 40 Independent

Stations changing network affiliationEdit

Market Date Station Channel Prior affiliation New affiliation
Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida January 1 WTVJ 4 CBS NBC
Raleigh, North Carolina December 10 WKFT 40 Independent CBS
Rochester, New York July 1 WROC-TV 8 NBC CBS
West Palm Beach, Florida January 1 WPEC 12 ABC CBS
WTVX 34 CBS Independent

Station closuresEdit

Date Market Station Channel Affiliation
March 31 Concord, New Hampshire WNHT 21 CBS
June 30 Lexington, Kentucky WLKT-TV 62 Independent
August 31 Anderson, South Carolina WAXA 40 Independent
September 17 Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands WBNB-TV 10 CBS
October 17 Tucson, Arizona KPOL 40 Independent


Date Name Notability
January 3 Alex D. Linz Actor (The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald, Providence, Hey Arnold!)
January 9 Nina Dobrev Bulgarian-Canadian actress (Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Vampire Diaries)
January 10 Emily Meade Actress (The Leftovers)
January 16 Yvonne Zima Actress (ER, The Young and the Restless)
January 27 Brooke Butler Actress
February 3 Ryne Sanborn Actor (High School Musical)
February 5 Jeremy Sumpter Actor (Clubhouse, Friday Night Lights)
February 13 Katie Volding Actress (Teen Angel)
February 15 Bonnie Dennison Actress (Third Watch, Guiding Light)
February 16 Elizabeth Olsen Actress (The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley)
February 17 Chord Overstreet Actor and singer (Private, Glee)
February 20 Jack Falahee Actor (How to Get Away with Murder, Mercy Street)
February 21 Corbin Bleu Actor (Flight 29 Down, High School Musical)
Kristin Herrera Actress (Zoey 101)
Scout Taylor-Compton Actress (Charmed)
February 24 Trace Cyrus American musician and son of Billy Ray Cyrus
February 25 Abby Wilde Actress (Zoey 101)
March 1 Daniella Monet Actress (Listen Up!, Victorious, Fred: The Show, AwesomenessTV, Baby Daddy, Paradise Run)
March 5 Sterling Knight Actor (Sonny with a Chance, So Random!)
March 11 Anton Yelchin Russian actor (Huff) (d. 2016)
March 15 Caitlin Wachs Actress (Profiler, Family Affair, Commander in Chief)
March 17 Mason Musso American musician and singer
March 18 Lily Collins Actress and daughter of Phil Collins
March 19 Craig Lamar Traylor Actor (Malcolm in the Middle)
March 25 Aly Michalka Actress (Phil of the Future, Hellcats)
April 5 Lily James English actress (Downton Abbey)
April 8 Gabriella Wilde English actress
April 11 Eka Darville Australian actor (Power Rangers R.P.M.)
April 18 Alia Shawkat Actress (Arrested Development)
April 20 Carlos Valdes Colombian-American actor (The Flash) and singer
April 30 Milo Cawthorne New Zealand actor (Power Rangers R.P.M.)
May 5 Chris Brown Singer, actor
May 8 Nora Arnezeder French actress (Zoo)
May 10 Lindsey Shaw Actress (Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Pretty Little Liars)
May 14 Alexandra Park Australian actress (The Elephant Princess, Home and Away, The Royals)
May 17 Olivia Luccardi Actress (Orange is the New Black)
May 19 Gaelan Connell Actor (Level Up)
May 29 Brandon Mychal Smith Actor (Phil of the Future, Hannah Montana, Sonny with a Chance, So Random!, You're the Worst, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Riley Keough Actress (The Girlfriend Experience) and granddaughter of Elvis Presley
May 30 Kevin Covais Actor
June 3 Imogen Poots English actress and singer (Roadies)
June 6 Bryn McAuley Actress (Caillou, Toad Patrol, Franklin, Carl², Grojband, Camp Lakebottom, Hotel Transylvania: The Series, Top Wing)
June 9 Logan Browning Actress (Meet the Browns, Pair of Kings)
June 13 Lisa Tucker Actress (Zoey 101) and singer
June 14 Lucy Hale Actress (Pretty Little Liars, Life Sentence)
June 18 Renee Olstead Actress (Still Standing, The Secret Life of the American Teenager)
June 19 Giacomo Gianniotti Italian-Canadian actor (Grey's Anatomy)
June 25 Chris Brochu Actor (The Vampire Diaries)
July 1 Hannah Murray British actress (Game of Thrones) and singer
July 11 David Henrie Actor (That's So Raven, How I Met Your Mother, Wizards of Waverly Place)
July 12 Phoebe Tonkin Australian actress (The Secret Circle, The Originals)
July 14 Sean Flynn Actor (Zoey 101)
July 21 Juno Temple English actress (Vinyl)
Rory Culkin Actor
July 22 Keegan Allen Actor (Pretty Little Liars)
July 23 Daniel Radcliffe English actor (Harry Potter)
July 25 Andrew Caldwell Voice actor (Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja)
Noel Callahan Actor (Romeo!)
July 29 Jake Smollett Actor (On Our Own)
July 31 Alexis Knapp Actress (Ground Floor)
Jessica Williams Actress (Just for Kicks, The Daily Show)
Marshall Williams Canadian actor
Zelda Williams Actress and daughter of Robin Williams
August 8 Ken Baumann Actor (The Secret Life of the American Teenager)
August 9 Meredith Deane Actress (Once and Again)
August 10 Brenton Thwaites Australian actor (Home and Away, Titans)
August 15 Carlos PenaVega Actor (Big Time Rush, Life Sentence, voice of Bobby Santiago on The Loud House) and singer
Joe Jonas Actor (Jonas) and singer (Jonas Brothers)
Denise Oliver Canadian voice actress (Wayside, Sidekick, Grojband)
August 19 Romeo Miller Actor (Romeo!) and rapper
August 21 Hayden Panettiere Actress (Heroes, Nashville) and singer
August 23 Breanna Conrad Actress (Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County)
September 5 Kat Graham Swiss-born American actress (The Vampire Diaries, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
September 14 Jessica Brown Findlay English actress (Downton Abbey)
Logan Henderson Actor (Big Time Rush) and singer
September 18 Lexie Contursi Actress (Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County)
September 25 Jordan Gavaris Canadian actor (Unnatural History, Orphan Black)
September 26 Emma Rigby English actress (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland)
October 1 Brie Larson Actress (United States of Tara)
October 4 Dakota Johnson Actress (Ben and Kate) and daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith
October 10 Aimee Teegarden Actress (Friday Night Lights, Aim High, Star-Crossed)
October 13 Skyler Page Voice actor (Clarence)
October 14 Mia Wasikowska Australian actress (In Treatment)
October 16 Jack Salvatore, Jr. Actor (Zoey 101)
October 24 Eliza Taylor Australian actress (The 100)
Shenae Grimes Canadian actress (90210)
November 2 Katelyn Tarver Actress (Big Time Rush, No Ordinary Family)
November 20 Cody Linley Actor (Hannah Montana)
November 22 Alden Ehrenreich Actor
Jon Rudnitsky Actor (Saturday Night Live)
November 30 Adelaide Clemens Australian actress (Rectify)
December 13 Taylor Swift Singer and actress (Saturday Night Live)
December 15 Nichole Bloom Actress (Shameless, Superstore, OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes)
December 18 Ashley Benson Actress (Pretty Little Liars)
December 22 Jordin Sparks Singer (American Idol) and actress
December 28 Mackenzie Rosman Actress (7th Heaven)
December 29 Jane Levy Actress (Suburgatory)
December 30 Ryan Sheckler Actor (Life of Ryan)


Date Name Age Notability
February 5 Joe Raposo 51 Composer (Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Three's Company theme song)
February 11 George O'Hanlon 65 Voice actor (voice of George Jetson on The Jetsons)
April 26 Lucille Ball 77 Actress, comedian (of the Lucy shows I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy)
April 30 Guy Williams 65 Actor (Zorro, Lost in Space)
May 1 Douglass Watson 68 Soap opera actor (Mac on Another World)
May 20 Gilda Radner 42 Actress, comedian (Saturday Night Live)
June 15 Victor French 54 Actor, director (Little House on the Prairie, Carter Country, Highway to Heaven)
July 3 Jim Backus 76 Actor (Thurston Howell III on Gilligan's Island and voice of Mr. Magoo)
July 4 Vic Perrin 73 Voice actor (original Control Voice on The Outer Limits, Hanna-Barbera cartoons)
July 10 Mel Blanc 81 Voice actor (as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and countless other characters)
July 18 Rebecca Schaeffer 21 Actress (My Sister Sam)
August 16 Amanda Blake 60 Actress (Miss Kitty Russell on Gunsmoke)
September 17 Jay Stewart 71 Announcer (Let's Make a Deal, Sale of the Century, Scrabble)
October 6 Bette Davis 81 Film and television actress
November 27 Bob Quigley 77 Game show producer (The Hollywood Squares, High Rollers, Gambit)
December 6 Frances Bavier 86 Actress (Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ NBC To Buy Miami's Channel 4, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, January 17, 1987.
  2. ^ "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; CBS to Buy TV Station In Miami". The New York Times. August 9, 1988.
  3. ^ "AB moves to USA network". Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  4. ^ "In brief." Broadcasting, April 10, 1989, pg. 96.
  5. ^ "November 9, 1989: The NBA signs a lucrative 4-year television deal with NBC". Sports Media Watch. November 29, 2011.
  6. ^ "NBA Flips Channel, Decides to Play Ball With NBC in 1990". The Los Angeles Times. 9 November 1989.
  7. ^ "NBC acquires NBA broadcast rights". NBC Sports History Page.
  8. ^ John Steinbreder (November 20, 1989). "The Ball's In A New Court: NBC took the NBA away from CBS for a cool $600 million". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  9. ^ "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire". Simpsons Retrieved September 19, 2011.