June 20 - 1948 - Toast of the Town Premieres on CBS

Toast of the Town was a simple variety show when it debuted on CBS in 1948, hosted by a Broadway gossip columnist. As it turned out, making Ed Sullivan host made Toast of the Town a more interesting showcase for many different performers, because Sullivan managed to bring on rock 'n' rollers, Broadway singers, classical musicians, comedians, and circus performers. Even better, because Sullivan was so boring and wooden, he would never overshadow the acts on the show.

William Floyd