Comedy Fred Allen Jack Benny Old Time Radio

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

Jack Benny and Fred AllenBilled 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:

On the Red Network (KFI, Los Angeles) and sponsored by Jell-O, this program originates from The Grand Ballroom of The Hotel Pierre, New York City. “Bing” Shlepperman (Sam Hearn) offers to substitute for Kenny Baker, who’s back in California and Mary sings! Jack sings the Jell-O commercial, but is interrupted by guest Fred Allen. Jack and Fred start an argument and wind up reminiscing about their days in Vaudeville and then sing a duet.

FDR Historical Speech Presidential Address

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

FDR Fire side ChatToday in 1933, FDR broadcast his first “Fireside Chat” to discuss the banking crisis.

Last Broadcast Old Time Radio Silver Eagle

“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.  Jim Ameche stars as Jim West of the Canadian Northwest Mounted Police. The Silver Eagle series was broadcast on ABC sponsored by General Mills from 1951 – 1955.

Junior Miss Old Time Radio

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

Shirley TempleToday 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

Historical Speech Presidential Address

Calvin Coolidge, the first US President to do a radio address 2-22-1924

Calvin CoolidgeToday in 1924, Calvin Cooldige became the first president to do a radio address. Although his 1924 address doesn’t appear to be in existence, please enjoy a short 1928 excerpt of Coolidge bestowing a medal on Charles Lindberg.

Coolidge went on to help create the Federal Radio Commission a few days later. It later became known as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Breakfast Club Old Time Radio Television

Telecast of the Breakfast Club old time radio show bombs on Television, 2-22-1954

Don McNeillOne of the longest-running programs on the air, Breakfast Club, with host, Don McNeill, was simulcast on TV  beginning this day. The telecast of the show was a bomb, but the radio program continued on as one of the longest-running programs on the air.  Despite its popularity, few broadcasts of this series exist.

Old Time Radio Ozzie & Harriet

Young Ricky Nelson appears makes his first radio appearance on Ozzie & Harriet, 2-20-1949

Young David & Ricky NelsonToday in 1949, the future teen singing idol, Ricky Nelson, first performed on his parents’ radio show, Ozzie & Harriet.

Ed Wynn Old Time Radio

Ed Wynn signed on radio as first vaudeville talent, 02-19-1922

Ed Wynn Early Publicity PortraitToday in 1922, Ed Wynn became the first big-name vaudeville talent star to sign on as a radio talent. Previously, top talent never considered radio a respectable medium. The single broadcast in 1922 was over WJZ in Newark, and Ed Wynn traumatized by mic fright; he refused to consider broadcasting again until 10 years later when Texaco offered him a large sum of money in 1932. In the new Depression era, vaudeville and musical theatre was in a horrible state and Ed Wynn agreed and began broadcasting his “Texaco Firechief” shows.

Although the early 1920’s Ed Wynn recordings are not believed to still be existence.

Sponsored by Texaco: Ed Wynn is introduced as, “The Perfect Fool.” The band’s first tune is, “I’ve Got Rhythm,” they also play “Lady Be Good.” The Fire Chief jokes about the stock market and the Depression and answers his mail.

Debut Episode Old Time Radio Yours Truly Johnny Dollar

Yours Truly Johnny Dollar Debut episode, 2-18-1949

Old RadioIn 1949 today, Yours Truly Johnny Dollar debuted on CBS. Featured is the first episode, titled “Mind in the Shadows.” Charles Russell plays the starring role as the insurance investigator with the action-packed expense account.

The series continued on for fourteen years with the title role later being taken on by Edmond O’Brien, John Lund, Bob Bailey, Bob Readick, and Mandel Kramer when it ended in 1962.