Watch: The First TV Commercial, Which Ever Aired---- Just 75 Years Ago
It was July 1, 1941. The Brooklyn Dodgers were facing off against the Philadelphia Phillies at Ebbets Field in New York. Before the first pitch was broadcast on NBC-owned WNBT (now WNBC), the first true TV commercial aired in the US. It was a short, simple spot for Bulova Watch Co. It focused on a watch as the second hand ticked, ,according to Ad Age. It cost the company just $9: $4 in air charges and $5 in station charges, the publication reported.