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June 25, 1942: Funny Show 'It Pays to be Ignorant' first aired on WOR and Mutual

June 25, 1942: "It Pays to be Ignorant" was first broadcast and aired on WOR and the Mutual Broadcasting System.

If people then found it really funny to be ignorant,  then "It Pays To Be Ignorant" could be the best antidote to their boredom at home.

The quiz radio show spoofed some of the most popular and authoritative game shows of that time. The quiz masters were a panel of nitwits whose IQ could rival the lowest point on earth. Debuting on Mutual on June 25, 1942, it stayed there for almost two years before regaling the listeners on CBS for six years. In July 4, 1951, it moved over to NBC before going off air on September of that year.


  1. I love that show. The comments the host makes are hilarious.

  2. a work of art in the field of radio comedy

  3. t's Pays to be Ignorant or The Jack Benny Program is a toss-up of my all time favorite OTR show.

  4. I remember listening to that show when I was a teenager. It was funny.


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