1st Primetime Emmy Awards

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.

1st Primetime Emmy Awards
DateJanuary 25, 1949
LocationHollywood Athletic Club, Los Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byWalter O'Keefe
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