August 9, 1936: For the first time, the radio show Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy was aired by NBC. The show appeared months after their debut on Rudy Vallee's program , aired by W.C Fields . In the show, one that transformed into one of radio's top hits, Mr. Bergen and Mr. McCharthy were helped by Don Ameche and Dorothy Lamour. Their show was a part of the comedy variety show The Chase and Sanborn Hour . The two were on-air from May 1937 to July 1956. Although the audience knew that Bergen provided Charlie's voice, they still perceived the latter as a real person. Bergen's skill as an entertainer made the debut show very successful. For the program, he also made other characters like Effie Klinker and Mortimer Snerd, although the main character was and always will be Charlie.