25 Years of Viewer Call-Ins

The first part of the 25th anniversary of viewer calls focused on the years 1980-1981 and examined how viewer calls had changed political… read more

The first part of the 25th anniversary of viewer calls focused on the years 1980-1981 and examined how viewer calls had changed political discussion in the U.S. Guests talked about the introduction of the format to television, its place in the broadcasting industry, impact on news and public affairs programming, and responded to questions and comments from viewers. 

Mr. Donahue participated by remote video link from New York City. Interviews with finalists in a 25th anniversary essay contest were aired and several clips from previous call-in programs were shown.

The program was part of a 25-hour call-in marathon commemorating 25 years of viewer calls that began with television’s first-ever, regularly scheduled, national viewer call-in program on October 7, 1980, when the 19-month-old network televised a live viewer call-in program from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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25 Years of Viewer Call-Ins

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Program ID:
188655-1
Category:
C-SPAN Specials
Format:
Call-In
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Oct 7, 2005
Last Aired:
Dec 28, 2005

Airing Details

  • Oct 07, 2005 | 7:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 27, 2005 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 28, 2005 | 2:00am EST | C-SPAN 2
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