Georgetown University Forum
|Georgetown University Forum|
|Presented by||Frank Blair (1950s)
Lillian Brown (1970s-2009)
Carole Sargent (2009-present)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||28 mins.|
|Original channel||DuMont (1951-1953)
Armed Forces Radio
|Original run||July 3, 1951– October 11, 1953 (television) Ongoing since 1953 as a radio program|
Georgetown University Forum is an American radio talk show broadcast as free content for National Public Radio member stations, for Armed Forces Radio, and for Voice of America. It has existed since the 1940s, and in the 1950s was a television program on now-defunct DuMont Television Network.
The first airdate was in the 1940s. Beginning in the mid-1970s it was hosted by Lillian Brown, a presidential makeup artist who had worked with every president from Eisenhower to Clinton. Since 2009 it has been hosted by Carole Sargent.
Television broadcast history
The series aired on Thursdays at 8pm ET from July 3, 1951. Beginning with the 1952 season, the series aired Sundays at 7pm ET. The show was a public affairs program hosted by Frank Blair, later a newscaster on NBC. The last show aired October 11, 1953.
The show, produced at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and distributed by DuMont, aired weekly. Most of the topics were political or related to current news events. When he series was cancelled in 1953, DuMont replaced the series with local (non-network) programming.
Radio episode status
Television episode status
A single kinescope of the series survives at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
- List of programs broadcast by the DuMont Television Network
- List of surviving DuMont Television Network broadcasts
- 1951-52 United States network television schedule
- 1952-53 United States network television schedule
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