Today in Media History is taking a break for the holidays. During that time, we’re sharing some popular posts from Today in Media History’s archives. This post originally ran on Sept. 19.
If you turned on your television to CBS at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, 1970, you would have watched the first episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The series centered around TV news producer Mary Richards and the staff at WJM-TV in Minneapolis.
The program ended in 1977, but there are probably thousands of people who can still sing the following theme song:
In 2009, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) awarded Mary Tyler Moore with their Distinguished Service Award.
“Perhaps best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977), Moore starred as Mary Richards, a single thirty-something woman who worked as a news producer at WJM-TV in Minneapolis….’Mary Tyler Moore is a television icon who not only entertained millions of Americans week after week with her quick humor and amazing talent, but inspired many women of her generation to pursue careers in broadcasting, journalism and related fields,’ said NAB President and CEO David Rehr.