1st Primetime Emmy Awards
DateJanuary 25, 1949
LocationHollywood Athletic Club, Los Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byWalter O'Keefe
Most Popular Television ProgramPantomime Quiz Time
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The 1st Emmy Awards, retroactively known as the 1st Primetime Emmy Awards after the debut of the counterpart Daytime Emmy Awards, were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 25, 1949. Only shows produced in Los Angeles County, California and aired in the Los Angeles media market were eligible to win. The awards were hosted by Walter O'Keefe who substituted for Rudy Vallée when he had to leave town at the last minute. A special award category was introduced and awarded to Louis McManus for designing the actual Emmy Award statuette.

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (‡).[1]


Most Popular Television Program
  • Pantomime Quiz (KTLA)
    • Armchair Detective (KTLA)
    • Don Lee Music Hall (KTSL)
    • Felix De Cola Show (KTLA)
    • Judy Splinters (KTLA)
    • Mabel's Fables (KTLA)
    • Masked Spooner (KTSL)
    • Treasure of Literature (KFI-TV)
    • Tuesday Varieties (KTLA)
    • What's the Name of that Song (KTSL)
Best Film Made for Television
  • The Necklace (Your Show Time Series)
    • Christopher Columbus
    • Hollywood Brevities
    • It Could Happen to You
    • Tell Tale Heart
    • Time Signal


Most Outstanding Television Personality

Station Award

Special Award

McManus was presented with a plaque as an award instead of a copy of the very statue which he was being honored for.

Technical Award


  1. ^ "Emmys.com list of 1949 Nominees & Winners". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.