Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
July 5On July 5, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1975 that Arthur Ashe became the first African-American man to win Wimbledon. We also take a look back on when the bikini was unveiled in Paris in 1946, launching the beachwear that made a splash around the world. And on the day of his birth, we profile ‘80s pop star Huey Lewis.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
July 6On July 6, Through the Decades we’re going back in time to the opening night of the Fab Four’s first feature film. We also revisit the nuclear test that left a massive crater in Nevada and we celebrate the life and career of Merv Griffin on the day of his birth.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
July 7On July 7, Through the Decades turns back the lens of time on the day in history when women were first welcomed as cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point. We’re also remembering when Johnny Cash made his Grand Ole Opry debut and on the day of his birth we celebrate the life and legacy of Satchel Paige.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
July 8On July 8, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1976 that Queen Elizabeth visited the U.S. to pay tribute to the former British colony’s bicentennial. We also take a look back on when the Spice Girls released their girl power anthem “Wannabe” in 1996, captivating fans around the world with their sugary sound. And on the day of his birth, we profile actor Kevin Bacon.
Sat 8:00AM ET
VietnamThrough the Decades relives the stories of Vietnam, including when Draft Lottery protests, the Tet Offensive, and the how the unpopular war came to a close.
Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
July 11On July 11, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1804 that Founding Father Alexander Hamilton met his political nemesis Aaron Burr for a duel – resulting in Hamilton’s demise. We also take a look back on when Harper Lee’s bestselling novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” was published in 1960, and on the day of his birth, we profile fashion legend Giorgio Armani.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
July 12On July 12, “Through the Decades” remembers the day in 1979 of Disco Demolition, a baseball promotional stunt where disco records were blown up on the field between White Sox games – causing a riot. We also take a look back on when the popular game show “Family Feud” premiered in 1976, and on the day of his birth, we profile fitness guru Richard Simmons.
Bill Kurtis is an author, producer, and award-winning journalist. Bill got his start in television working for WIBW in Topeka, KS. His work with CBS News ranged from covering the fall of Saigon to anchoring "The CBS Morning News." His documentary work includes the Peabody Award-winning PBS series The New Explorers, as well Investigative Reports and Cold Case Files for A&E Network and American Greed on CNBC.
Using his journalistic skills and his background as a law school graduate, Bill authored The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice, which explores issues surrounding capital punishment in America. He also provided the satirical narration for the feature film comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. He also is the judge and scorekeeper for NPR’s weekly game show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.
Kerry Sayers has spent more than twenty years in the media industry, working in radio and television. For much of that time, Sayers has been at the epicenter of Chicago sports. She has hosted shows for Comcast and covered football for Fox. Sayers began her career at WILX in Lansing, MI and has since worked across the country from Buffalo to the Pacific Northwest.
Kerry graduated from the University of Michigan and lives in Chicago with her husband, their daughter and just welcomed their second child, a son, in September.
Ellee Pai Hong
Ellee Pai Hong is a veteran journalist, having spent a career covering news and teaching journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Ellee started her career in broadcast news as a general assignment reporter at the CBS affiliate in Rockford, IL. She made the jump to Decatur, IL then Hartford, CT before landing as anchor for NBC in Chicago.
Ellee moved to the United States from Korea as a child and holds a bachelor’s degree from Ewha Womans University in Seoul and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives in Chicago with her husband John and their two children.