Skip to main content

December 4, 1932: The Broadcast of The Jargen's Journal on NBC Blue Network by Walter Winchell

December 4, 1932: The Jergens Journal, aka The Walter Winchell Show, greeted the airwaves for the first time with the words, "Good evening. Mr. and Mrs. North and South America and all the ships at sea. Let's go to press." The program was broadcast over the NBC Blue network.  The radio gossip show was later named Kaiser Frazer News and was kept alive for 2 years on the airwaves by Winchell. Jergens lotion was its first sponsor, then Jergens was replaced by Dryad deodorant, Kaiser Frazer cars, and Richard Hudnut shampoo.

Winchell started his career in journalism by posting notes about his acting troupe on backstage bulletin boards. Later on  in 1920, he went to Vaudeville News. After Winchell left the paper for the Evening Graphic in 1924, he moved to the New York Daily Mirror on June 10, 1929. He was signed as the author of "On-Broadway," what would be the first syndicated gossip column.

Winchell presented two sides of journalism. He focused on gossip in his column, but on his radio program he presented a lot of international news. His radio program featured many more serious topics. He was one of the first American journalists to criticize Adolf Hitler in the build-up to WWII, in spite of  his sensationalist reputation for Hollywood gossip.

The Jergen's Journal with Walter Winchell was a highly-rated show, one that managed to compete successfully with NBC's powerhouse Sunday night lineup.


  1. GOOD EVENING MR. & MRS. NORTH & SOUTH AMERICA, LETS GO TO PRESS...! ... and all the ships at sea.

    The son of Walter Winchell was said to be at Parris Island firing the range. He stuck his head above the "butts" to see if the shooters were through. They wern't. Winchell was anti Marine Corps after that.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

1946 Great Crepitation Fart Contest

Not for the faint of heart, here is the remarkable 1946 Crepitation (Fart) Contest (part of the 1946 News Broadcasts Collection ). You'll enjoy the fart-off between champion Englishman Lord Windsmear, and  challenger, Australian Paul Boomer who had stowed aboard a cabbage freighter. The hilarious comedy recording was apparently created a spoof by two Canadian radio sportscasters in 1946, but this 15 minute recording definitely has some gems in it.  Apparently they made several copies, but it was not for distribution. The recording was copied again and again on disc and reel to reel tape. It was distributed underground and played in dark rooms and back alleys around the world. If you cannot see the audio controls, your browser does not support the audio element This recording is available with many other delightful treats on Random Rarities #7 available on   MP3 CD ,  Audio CD , and  instant download .

January 27, 1948: Wire Recording introduced the 'Wireway'

  January 27, 1948: The first magnetic tape recorder was introduced by Wire Recording Corporation of America.  ‘Wire Way,’ as it was called, had an integrated oscillator and was sold for $149.50 at the time.

October 28, 1922: The First National Radio Broadcast of College Football

October 28, 1922: A collegiate football game was aired by WEAF in New York City, coast to coast for the first time on this day. The football radio broadcast   saw Princeton matched against the University of Chicago. They played at Stagg Field in the Windy City with the of score 21-8 in Princeton's favor. The broadcast was transmitted via phone line to New York City where it was then transmitted by radio. The first football game ever broadcast on the radio was witnessed by 32,000 fans. The game was an important moment in history of broadcast because for the first time AT&T, the owner of WEAF, introduced advertising. In addition, college football games in the 1920s generally were aired without charge for airing rights even as the radio station collected funds from advertising that they aired during the games.  The WEAF broadcast of the game was one of the most important moment that affected development of radio and college sports. It was apart of the nationalization of foo