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February 16: Happy Birthday to Edgar Bergen

Today's birthday boy is Edgar Bergen ! Born Feb 16, 1903, Edgar Bergen had a successful career during the golden age of radio. With other characters including Charlie McCarthy , Mortimer Snerd, Effie Klinker and simply Bergen's hand with a handkerchief on it, Edgar Bergen entertained radio and vaudeville audiences with his quick wit and radio ventriloquism . Enjoy Bergie's banter with alter ego Charlie McCarthy : " Guest Star Nelson Eddy & Billie Burke "

February 15, 1943: Truth is Stranger than the Fiction

February 15, 1943: My True Story debuted during the golden age of radio on ABC.  The program ran for seventeen years in collaboration with True Story magazine. "Truth is Stranger than the Fiction” is a phrase that has always been the subtitle of the magazine True Story Confession. The magazine was the source of the stories for a radio series program that ran for almost 20 years entitled   My True Story . The magazine was said to be one of the earliest in today’s genre of confession magazines. Though the radio series was a success, My True Story ’s TV version was only able to have one season.

February 13: Happy Birthday, Chuck Yeager

Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, was born on this day in 1905.  The pride of Hamlin, West Virginia, he enlisted in the Air Force and served in WWII . Yeager made a few interesting radio appearances.  In 1951, he guested on The Bob Hope Show giving the host a ride in an airplane. In 1953, The Hallmark Hall of Fame dramatized General Yeager's breaking of the sound barrier, with Raymond Burr , Lamont Johnson, and host Lionel Barrymore .  After the program proper, Yeager had a brief conversation with Barrymore. Finally, he appeared in a brief clip on the series Eyes On the Skies, discussing the Ground Observer Corps. One learns something new every day, right?  Happy birthday, Chuck Yeager.

February 12, 1956: Wild Bill Hickok airs for the last time

February 12, 1956: Wild Bill Hickok made his final radio broadcast appearance on Mutual. The radio program began on 27 May 1951. Although the show stopped transmission to radio , it was picked up by television and kept the same cast: 271 episodes aired in total.

February 7: Happy Birthday, Eddie Bracken

February 7: Happy Birthday, Eddie Bracken Just read through the episode titles of The Eddie Bracken Show and you know there's been a mix-up and that hilarity is about to ensue. There's "Switching Beauty Contestant Pictures, " "The Pretend Marriage and Baby Scales," and "To Borrow a Pig." On that note, we celebrate the 1915 birth of Eddie Bracken , radio star who also shone on the stage and screen. The oldt ime radio show bearing Bracken's name aired on Sundays from 1945-1947. The man who always had a sarcastic expression on his face also put in guest appearances on Suspense , Academy Award Theatre , Kraft Music Hall , and NBC University Theatre . The winsome film star is today's birthday boy. He was able to live a long, full life--his death was in 2002.

February 6, 1943: Frank Sinatra enters radio industry

 February 6, 1943: Vocalist Frank Sinatra was heard singing for the first time on the radio program Your Hit Parade . He began the show four months after parting with The Tommy Dorsey Band. He was often dubbed as,"...the biggest name in the business." Frank Sinatra was not only known as a good singer but also a controversial one. One of these controversies involved Sinatra’s decision to go solo, which ended his membership in Tommy Dorsey's band. The infamous decision stemmed from the contract that entitled Dorsey to a third of Sinatra’s earnings. In 1943, the same year he was hired in  Your Hit Parade , Sinatra was fired from the program for messing up "Don’t Fence Me In," the number one song at the time. He was later rehired and stayed on the program with Doris Day as his co-star.

February 5, 1940: 'Amanda of Honeymoon Hill' debuted on NBC

  February 5, 1940:  Amanda of Honeymoon Hill  debuted, with Joy Hathaway starring as 'the beauty with flaming red hair'. The program lasted for six years on NBC. Amanda of Honeymoon Hill was a 15-minute radio soap opera aired on NBC. It followed the story of a beautiful woman named Charity Amanda Dyke Leighton and her husband Edward Leighton, a rich Southerner. During its run, the show was heard on Blue Network every day at 3:15 PM. When it moved to CBS in 1943, the time slot was changed to 11 AM. It lasted until April 26, 1946.

February 2, 1946: A famous quiz program 'Twenty Questions' was presented by The Mutual Broadcasting System

February 2, 1946: Twenty Questions   was broadcast on radio for the first time by The Mutual Broadcasting System, with Bill Slater as the Master of Ceremony. This famous radio quiz program was Sponsored by Ronson Lighters. In North America it was a significant Monday night hit transmitted on CKWX Vancouver. The radio program ran for 8 years on radio stations & 6 years on TV.