The Original Amateur Hour, the sequel to the show Major Bowes Amateur Hour, was a show aired both on television and on the radio. The highly popular, present-day talent program American Idol was inspired by this show.
Just like in American Idol, the audience in the television version of The Original Amateur Hour was asked to vote for their favorite contestants (not via text, of course) through telephone and postcards. The telephone number and the mail address were always flashed on the screen.
The show was hosted by Ted Mack, who previously worked as Major Edward Bowes' (the host of the show's predecessor) field assistant.