Friday, May 31, 2013

May 31, 1943: 'Archie Andrews' debuted on Mutual

 
May 31, 1943: Archie Andrews debuted on the Mutual Broadcasting System for the first time, as a comic strip came to radio.

Archie Andrews was a teenage sitcom based on Bob Montana's popular comic strip of the same name. It was among the first radio shows to specifically target the teenage audience. Mutual even allowed these listeners to be on the studio while the show was being broadcast.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 30, 1935: The Premiere of America's Town Meeting

 

May 30, 1935: NBC aired "America's Town Meeting" for the first time on this day. Changing its name to "America's Town Meeting of the Air," it acted as a discussion forum for public affairs.

NBC never imagined that the program would be such a success and originally only eighteen of Nbc's affiliates carried the premiere show broadcasting from New York City's Town Hall.

 As one of radio's earliest talk shows, America Town Meeting began as a six-week experiment but continued to broadcast for 21 years.  America’s Town Meeting of the Air broadcast on the NBC Blue Network and continued on ABC Radio.