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Stars for Defense: Cold War Era Music Show

Syndicated by the Office of Price Stabilization, later the Office Of Civilian and Defense Mobilization The Office of Price Stabilization (OPS) during the Korean War had the same functions as the WWII era Office of Price Administration. The Office had … Continue reading

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Sometimes The Show Doesn’t Go On

Carole Lombard death causes grieving Jack Benny show cancellation (Jan 16, 1942) There has been plenty written on how the Hollywood community came together to aid their nation when America became embroiled in World War Two. The attack on PearlHarbor … Continue reading

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A and P Gypsies Old Radio Show from the 1930′s

Before there was Walmart, before there was Target, before there was Safeway, PigglyWiggly, Krogers, or even Sears and Roebuck, there was the A&P. The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company began in 1859 as a small chain of coffee and … Continue reading

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Why I Can’t Stand Jack Benny Contest of 1945

When We Couldn’t Stand Jack Benny – A running gag series on the Jack Benny Program where radio listeners and special guests shared the many ways they couldn’t stand Jack Benny. The winner received $10,000 in American Bonds. No one … Continue reading

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Christmas Movies during the Golden Age of Radio

1947 was a banner year for Christmas Movies. It was a significant time for several reasons. The country was enjoying a phenomenal economic recovery after the austerity of WWII, and the beginnings of the post-war baby boom meant there were … Continue reading

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Charlie McCarthy Premiers on Royal Gelatin Hour

Seventy seven years ago, on Dec 17, 1936, Edgar Bergen brought his companion, Charlie McCarthy, to the radio waves for the first time. The show was The Royal Gelatin Hour hosted and directed by Rudy Vallee. Better known as The … Continue reading

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Bumbling Humor and The Great Gildersleeve

The Great Gildersleeve premiered on August 31, 1941 on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) radio network. Sponsored by Kraft Foods, the show was actually a spin-off of another popular series, Fibber McGee and Molly. Throckmorton Philharmonic Gildersleeve, or Gildy as … Continue reading

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