Monthly Archives: March 2008

Cavalcade of America’s Final Episode aired 3-31-1953

Today in 1953, Cavalcade of America was heard for the final time on network radio. It had been the longest-running show of its kind (dating back to 1935). Cavalcade of America presented dramatized events in American history over 18 years. … Continue reading

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Academy Award Theater debuts starring Bette Davis, 3-30-46

Today in 1946, Academy Award Theater was heard for the first time. The first dramatized story was titled, Jezebel and starred actresses, Bette Davis and Ann Revere. Sponsored by Squibb, this is the first show of the series: an adaptation … Continue reading

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Mary Noble Backstage Wife moves from Mutual to NBC 3-30-1936

Today in 1936, the soap-opera serial Mary Noble, Backstage Wife made a move across the dial and switched networks (from the Mutual Broadcasting System to NBC.) The soap opera continued to air for the next 23 years. Please enjoy this … Continue reading

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Truth or Consequence Debuted 3-23-1940

On this day in 1940, the radio quiz and gag show Truth or Consequence debuted starring Ralph Edwards which lasted almost a decade. Please enjoy this late-fourties episode starring Miss Hush of 1947. In the first consequence, a woman take … Continue reading

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First Commercial Broadcast “Voice of Firestone” aired on 3-22-1928

Today in radio history, the first commercial broadcast The Voice of Firestone was aired. Sponsored by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company on the NBC network. ABC aired the show on the same day and time starting 1954 after a … Continue reading

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Radio Comedian Fred Allen dies at age 61, 3-17-1956

A frequent star of the old time radio shows the “Colgate Comedy Hour” and host of the “Fred Allen Radio Show,” today in 1956, comedian Fred Allen died at age 61. Here is one of his late broadcasts a June … Continue reading

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Jack Benny v Fred Allen Feud “Battle of the Century” 3-14-1937

Billed as the “Battle of the Century”, comedians Jack Benny and Fred Allen began long running faux feud. This is the opening of the on-air brawl, the broadcast of the Jack Benny program from March 14, 1937: [Audio clip: view … Continue reading

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U.S. President Franklin D Roosevelt held his first “Fireside Chat” 3-12-1933

Today in 1933, FDR broadcast his first “Fireside Chat” to discuss the banking crisis. This is the very broadcast: [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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“The Silver Eagle” program last broadcast 3-10-1955

Today in 1955, The Silver Eagle broadcast its final episode on the radio. Please enjoy a 1954 broadcast of this rare recordings: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Jim Ameche stars as Jim West of the Canadian Northwest Mounted … Continue reading

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“Junior Miss” starring Shirley Temple broadcast on CBS 3-4-1942

Today in 1942, “Junior Miss” starring Shirley Temple was broadcast on the CBS Radio Network for the first time. The broadcast appears to be no longer in existence, but please enjoy the following few remaining rare recordings of “Junior Miss”: … Continue reading

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