Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
April 16On April 16, “Through the Decades” goes back in time to remember the day one of the deadliest mass shootings occurred on campus at Virginia Tech in 2007. We also take a look back on the “crime of the century” on the day the men who ambushed a mail rail in 1964 were sentenced to prison. And on the day of his birth, we profile actor Jon Cryer.
Sat 8:00AM ET
A Family AffairThrough the Decades recalls the stories that became a family affair, including the flight beginnings of the Wright brothers, the international custody battle of Elian Gonzalez, and the Chicago rule of a close-knit political family.
Mon 8:00AM ET, Mon 8:00PM ET
April 19On April 19, “Through the Decades” remembers when the U.S. launched their clandestine “Bay of Pigs Invasion” in 1961. We also take a look back on the day American viewers first encountered “The Simpsons” on “The Tracey Ullman Show” in 1987, and on the day of her birth, we profile actress Jayne Mansfield.
Tue 8:00AM ET, Tue 8:00PM ET
April 20On April 20, “Through the Decades” remembers the day the Boston Red Sox played at Fenway Park for the first time in 1912. We also take a look back on the day two seniors at Columbine High School slaughtered 13 people before taking their own lives in 1999, and on the day of his birth, we profile actor George Takei.
Wed 8:00AM ET, Wed 8:00PM ET
April 21On April 21, “Through the Decades” remembers the day the first photographic evidence of the Loch Ness Monster made the front cover of The Daily Mail in 1934. We also take a look back on when Rosie Ruiz won the 1980 Boston Marathon, only to later be caught cheating. And on the day of his birth, we profile actor Tony Danza.
Thu 8:00AM ET, Thu 8:00PM ET
April 22On April 22, “Through the Decades” remembers the day roughly 20 million people gathered to celebrate the first Earth Day in 1970. We also take a look back on the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and on the day of his birth, we profile television producer Aaron Spelling.
Fri 8:00AM ET, Fri 8:00PM ET
April 23On April 23, “Through the Decades” goes back in time to remember the day film director John Landis was ordered to stand trial in 1984 for the death of three actors that occurred on the set of “Twilight Zone: The Movie.” We also take a look back on the day The Ramones released their self-titled album in 1976, and on the day of his birth, we profile actor Lee Majors.
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.