This Day in Jewish History 1948: Milton Berle Debuts in Game-changing TV Show

Berle’s initial salary for 'The Texaco Star Theatre' was $1,500 a week. By June 1951, he had signed a 30-year exclusive contract for $200,000 a year.

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At 8 P.M. on September 21, 1948, comedian Milton Berle debuted as sole host of “The Texaco Star Theatre,” a live, hour-long television variety show that quickly became the most popular program on the new...