Sylvester "Pat" Weaver

Sylvester "Pat" Weaver

Born Dec 21, 1908

Sylvester Barnabee "Pat" Weaver was an American radio advertising executive, who became president of NBC between 1953 and 1955. He has been credited with reshaping commercial broadcasting's format and philosophy as radio gave way to television as America's dominant home entertainment. His daughter is actress Sigourney Weaver.… Read More

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1908 Birth Born on December 21, 1908.


1930 21 Years Old He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1930, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.


He also served in the United States Navy from 1942 through 1945.


1952 43 Years Old Weaver created Today in 1952, followed by Tonight (1954) with Steve Allen, Home (1954) with Arlene Francis and Wide Wide World (1955), hosted by Dave Garroway. … Read More
1955 46 Years Old Weaver didn't ignore NBC Radio, either. In 1955, as network radio was dying, Weaver gave it one of the greatest adrenaline kicks in its history with NBC Monitor, a weekend-long magazine-style programming block that featured an array of news, music, comedy, drama, sports, and anything that could be broadcast within magazine style, with rotating advertisers and some of the most memorable names in broadcast journalism, entertainment and sports. … Read More


1960 51 Years Old In 1960, years after leaving NBC, Weaver displayed his frustration with the network in an article in the Sunday Denver Post. … Read More


2002 93 Years Old He died in 2002 at his home in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 93.
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