Showing posts with label you bet your life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label you bet your life. Show all posts

Friday, May 9, 2014

May 9: Happy Birthday, Mike Wallace


While Massachusetts was Mike Wallace's 1918 birthplace, Michigan was the birthplace of his broadcasting career. Wallace was a writer and newscaster at WOOD in Grand Rapids, and then an announcer at Detroit's WXYZ. After his tour of duty in the Navy during the WWII, Wallace returned stateside and found employ as radio announcer in Chicago, doing the emcee duties for such shows as Sky King and Curtain Time. He got a higher-profile gig announcing for Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life.

It was then on to broadcast journalism with an interview show called Night Beat. Mike Wallace radio life was concluding as he would go on to television super-stardom, with his claim to fame being 60 Minutes. Wallace died in 2012.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Phyllis Diller in Old Time Radio: You Bet Your Life


Phyllis Diller passed away at the age of 95 this week.  Here is an old time radio episode starring Phyllis Diller (1917-2012) as a guest star contestant in the Jan 27, 1958 broadcast of Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life.   Diller was just starting in show business at the Blue Angel.

Here is the full old time radio episode:

(Phyllis Diller appears in the broadcast half way at around the 11 minute mark)