Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Birth of a Station

The launch of HGTV in 1994; plus, a star is born on HCN TV in 2009.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Oct. 10, 1994 issue of National Home Center News, the forerunner of HBSDealer, covered the launch of a new cable network that planned to provide 24-hour programming. The name of the network: HGTV, or the Home and Garden Television Network.

The article appeared under the headline: “DIY to flood the airwaves,” and included a quote from HGTV President Ken Lowe.

“If you look at the track record of just a few of the high profile shows, like those on PBS, they’ve had rating success and advertising support,” Lowe said.

Among the original half-hour programs were “Rooms for Improvement;” “Dream House;” and “Star Gardens.”

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BONUS THROWBACK: Check out this video of current HGTV Star David Bromstad from a 2009 interview on HCN TV, the forerunner of HBSDealer TV.

HBSDealer’s Throwback Thursday is sponsored by Schaffer Associates, a national management consulting firm specializing in executive search and organizational strategies for the hardware, home improvement, building materials, and consumer products industries. As the premier management consulting firm serving the industry, we help build organizations and leadership teams that foster corporate growth and success well into the future. Contact us at


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