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Cuckoo for the KUKU Hour

The KUKU Hour premiered January 1, 1930 on the NBC Blue Network. In 1929, while writing for NBC, Raymond Knight was approached by Bertha Brainard. Brainard, a programming executive for NBC and radio pioneer in her own right was looking … Continue reading






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Good Morning! Breakfast Old Time Radio Shows!

The Norman Rockwell picture of America sitting around their radios, listening to adventures of “Rin Tin Tin” and “The Jack Benny Show” in the evenings, personifies what most older folks remember. Dad finishing his dinner, then getting comfortable in his … Continue reading






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Wally Maher in Old Time Radio

It could be every mother’s nightmare. Her darling boy leaves home, meets with early success, and then moves out West to Hollywood where he is killed. In Wally Maher‘s case, getting killed may not have been the most appealing thing … Continue reading






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Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Debut on The Royal Gelatin Hour

The first thing to keep in mind is that Rudy Vallee was not enthusiastic about having a ventriloquist act on his program. On the August 6, 1936, episode of The Fleischmann’s Yeast Hour, he stated on the air “…ventriloquism hardly … Continue reading






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1954 The Year of the National Negro Network

W. Leonard Evans organized the first radio network devoted to airing programs that reflected Black life and music. On January 20, 1954, the National Negro Network (NNN) claimed forty founding affiliate station members. While programming was aimed at a Black … Continue reading






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Doris Day

Doris Day, one of the most influential and prolific actresses to ever grace the silver screen, was born Doris Mary Ann Von Kapplehoff to a immigrated German family in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1924. As a child, she was always a … Continue reading






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George Raft in Old Time Radio

Most of America likes to imagine Hollywood as a fantasy land where a pretty girl or a handsome young man came make it on their own merit. It is true to a certain extent, but it ignores the fact that … Continue reading






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