A: Yes, by an eyelash. In 1941, the brand-new George Foster Peabody Awards declared its first slate of winners - all for radio. In April 1949, among the Peabodys presented were its first two for television, to the NBC kids’ show “Howdy Doody” and to ABC’s dramatic anthology, “Actors Studio.” The Television Academy first convened in 1946, with the first Emmy Awards ceremony was held in January 1949.
A: You decide. The first Emmys included “Pantomime Quiz” as the Most Popular Show, an episode of the drama anthology “Your Show Time” as Best Film for Television, and Shirley Dinsdale, ventriloquist-host of the kids’ show “Judy Splinters,” as Outstanding Television Personality. Remember?