Nichelle Nichols: Next on TVC

Actress, singer, voice artist and author Nichelle Nichols will join us this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision

Known around the world as Lieutenant Uhura, communications officer of the Starship Enterprise on the original Star Trek and the first six Star Trek movies, Nichelle Nichols is not only the first African-American woman to have a continuing role on a prime time network television series, but a vital role model and inspiration to three generations of African-American girls and African-American women.

What you may not know about Nichelle Nichols is that, long before Star Trek, she was an accomplished singer and dancer who toured the U.S., Canada and Europe with both the Duke Ellington and the Lionel Hampton bands, while her accomplishments beyond Star Trek include a recruitment effort on behalf of NASA that resulted in more than 8,000 applicants in just six months, including more than 1,600 female applicants and more than 1,000 applicants from minorities. Among Nichelle’s most notable recruits: Guion Bluford, the first African-American astronaut; Sally Ride, the first female American astronaut; Judith Resnik, one of the original set of female astronauts, who tragically died during the launch of the Challenger on January 28, 1986; and Ronald McNair, the second African-American astronaut, and who also perished in the Challenger accident.

We will talk about Nichelle’s life and career before, during and after Star Trek when she joins us during our second hour.

For our listeners in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nichelle Nichols will be appearing at Comic Con San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 3 at the Moscone Center West, 800 Howard St. in San Francisco. Nichelle is scheduled to appear all three days. For tickets and more information, go to You can also follow Nichelle Nichols on Facebook and on Twitter.

And speaking of Space: The Final Frontier, Phil Gries will join us in our first hour for a look back at how network TV news covered the Mercury Friendship 7 mission, the 4-hour, 52-minute flight by John Glenn on Feb. 20, 1962 that made him the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, and just the fifth person overall to navigate space successfully. Some of you may remember watching coverage of the Friendship 7 mission on television while you were in school—a rare occurrence, indeed, but at the same time an early indication of how the powers of television can unify the country through a single event.

But the Friendship 7 mission, not to mention the coverage of the event by CBS News, was not without its challenges. We’ll talk about that with Phil, plus we’ll play rarely heard audio highlights of the coverage itself, during our first hour.

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