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The Dissenters

September 29, 1962

According to an article in the Courier-Time, Jean Shepherd will be host of a new series on WCAU TV 10, The Dissenters, premiering Sunday, Sept. 30, noon to 12:30 p.m. The final show was on May 26, 1963 Shepherd, held conversations each week with a representative of one of the numerous groups in the Delaware Valley having viewpoints differing from those of the majority. Everything from food fads to socialism, from osteopathy to pacifism will be explored throuhout the provocative and lively discussion series.
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Broadcast Pioneers member Tony Williams adds this about the show that came out of Studio 2: In reference to Jean Shepherd's Philly TV appearances, in the early 60's, WCAU-TV (CBS O&O at the time) locally aired a series titled "The Dissenters." The series ran at least one season, perhaps more and was hosted by Jean. I recall two memorable 30 minute programs mainly because of their content. One was an interview with the chief from a New Yark Indian reservation and the other was 30 minutes with Malcolm X. I was an AD (floor manager) at the time. Years later I was sitting ac a secretary's desk in the Program Department and saw a letter from the Library of Congress requesting a dub of the Malcolm X interview. No one in management recalled the interview. I spent hours in the so-called video library looking for the program - Not one of the series was saved.

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Studio / Network: WCAU-TV Philadelphia
Director: Deborah Miller
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