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NBC TV Network Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

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NBC TV Network Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers
 

In the world of television, what is NBC?
A: The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American English-language commercial terrestrial radio and television network.

It is a flagship property of NBC Universal, a subsidiary of whom?
A: Comcast.

Where is the network headquartered?
A: At 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.

NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its what?
A: Its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting.

When did it become the network's official emblem?
A: In 1979.

Founded in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), NBC is the oldest “what” in the United States?
A: Major broadcast network.

At that time who was the parent company of RCA?
A: It was General Electric (GE).

 

In 1932, GE was forced to sell RCA and NBC as a result of what?
A: Antitrust charges.

In 1986, control of NBC passed back to whom?
A: General Electric (GE) through its $6.4 billion purchase of RCA.

GE immediately began to do what?
A: To liquidate RCA's various divisions but retained NBC.

Following the acquisition by GE, who served as chief executive officer of NBC?
A: Bob Wright.

Wright remained in that position until when?
A: Until his retirement in 2007, when he was succeeded by Jeff Zucker.

In 2003, French media company Vivendi merged its entertainment assets with GE, forming what?
A:  NBC Universal.

Who purchased a controlling interest in the company in 2011?
A: Comcast.

 

Following the Comcast merger, Zucker left NBCUniversal and was replaced as CEO by whom?
A: Comcast executive Steve Burke.

 

RCA in late 1926 announced the creation of a new division known as the what?
A: The National Broadcasting Company.

The division's ownership was split among whom?
A: RCA (a majority partner at 50%), its founding corporate parent General Electric (which owned 30%) and Westinghouse (which owned the remaining 20%).

NBC officially started broadcasting on what date?
A:  November 15, 1926.

On April 5, 1927, NBC expanded to where?
A: The West Coast with the launch of the NBC Orange Network, also known as the Pacific Coast Network.

This was followed on October 18, 1931 by the debut of what?
A: The NBC Gold Network, also known as the Pacific Gold Network.

In the 1930s, NBC also developed a network for shortwave radio stations, called what?
A: The NBC White Network.

 

In 1927, NBC moved its operations to where?
A:  711 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

In 1930, General Electric was charged with antitrust violations, resulting in the company's decision to do what?
A: Divest itself of RCA.

The iconic three-note NBC chimes came about after what?
A: Several years of development.

Where was the three-note sequence, G-E'-C', first heard?
A: Over Red Network affiliate WSB in Atlanta, with a second inversion C-major triad as its outline.

An executive at NBC's New York headquarters heard the WSB version of the notes during the networked broadcast of a Georgia Tech football game and did what?
A: He asked permission to use it on the national network.

NBC started to use the chimes sequence in 1931, and it eventually became the what?
A: The first audio trademark to be accepted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

A variant sequence with an additional note, G-E'-C'-G, known as "the fourth chime", was used during what?
A: During significant events of extreme urgency (including during World War II, especially in the wake of the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor; on D-Day and during disasters).

 

The NBC chimes were mechanized in 1932 by whom?
A: Rangertone founder Richard H. Ranger.

What was their purpose?
A: To send a low-level signal of constant amplitude that would be heard by the various switching stations manned by NBC and AT&T engineers, and to be used as a system cue for switching individual stations between the Red and Blue network feeds.

In 1934, the Mutual Broadcasting System filed a complaint to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), following the government agency's creation, claiming what?
A: That it ran into difficulties trying to establish new radio stations in a market largely controlled by NBC and the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).

In 1938, the FCC began a series of investigations into what?
A: The monopolistic effects of network broadcasting.

A report published by the Commission in 1939 found that NBC's two networks and its owned-and-operated stations did what?
A: Dominated audiences, affiliates and advertising in American radio.

This led the Commission to file an order to RCA to do what?
A: Divest itself of either NBC Red or NBC Blue.

After losing on final appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court in May 1943, RCA sold Blue Network Company, Inc., for $8 million to whom?
A: The American Broadcasting System, a recently founded company owned by Life Savers magnate Edward J. Noble.

Noble wanted a better name for the network and so did what?
A: He acquired the branding rights to the "American Broadcasting Company" name from George B. Storer in 1944.

When did the Blue Network become ABC officially?
A: On June 15, 1945, after the sale was completed.

In the late 1940s, rival CBS gained ground by allowing radio stars to do what?
A: To use their own production companies to produce programs, which became a profitable move for much of its talent.

 

In the early years of radio, stars and programs commonly did what when their short-term contracts expired?
A: Hopped between networks.

During 1948 and 1949, beginning with the nation's top radio star, Jack Benny, many NBC performers – including Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Burns and Allen and Frank Sinatra did what?
A: Jumped to CBS.

In addition, NBC stars began migrating to what?
A: Television, including comedian Milton Berle, whose Texaco Star Theater on the network became television's first major hit.