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The TV Convention

July 11, 2010 | 12:59 pm

May 20, 1960, Sports Arena
Los Angeles Times file photo

The Sports Arena, configured for the 1960 Democratic National Convention. 

  July 13, 1960, Huntley Brinkely
David Brinkley, left,  and Chet Huntley will report for NBC.
 July 10 1960, Cronkite, Murrow, Smith
Edward R. Murrow, left, anchorman Walter Cronkite, right, and Howard K. Smith will cover the convention for CBS. John Daly will report for ABC

July 12, 1960, Cecil Smith

July 12, 1960: Times TV writer Cecil Smith looks behind the scenes as the three networks prepare to cover the opening of the 1960 Democratic National Convention.

“There was a breathless moment as seconds ticked off, teletypes rattled. Then [director Don] Hewitt cued Cronkite, the show was on,” Smith said.

July 12, 1960, Cecil Smith