Sunday, January 12, 2014

January 12, 1926: The First Comedy Series on Radio


January 12, 1926: Amos & Andy Showpreviously known as Sam & Henry debuted on WGN in Chicago, Illinois.  The voices of Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, the creators of the broadcast, could be heard on the show.

Amos n' Andy was a situation radio comedy revolving around the African-American community. The show was very popular in the 1920's and lasted until the 1950's on both radio and television.

Amos and Andy Show debuted as a radio comedy series. The script was written and voiced by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll. Later on, the program grew and became a pioneer for radio series broadcasts. From 1928 until 1943, the show ran as a nightly radio serial, and then as a weekly situation comedy from 1943 until 1955, and finally as a nightly disc-jockey program from 1954 until 1960. CBS Television station adopted the program from 1951 until 1953, and then continued broadcasts in syndicated reruns from 1954 until 1966.

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