February 13, 1939: The Carters of Elm Street , NBC's radio soap opera , featured the new character of Ms. Carter, played by Virginia Payne. Virginia Payne, an American radio actress, was popular for her previous role as Ma Perkins . She was able to play the role throughout the show's 27-year run without missing a single episode (that's out of over 7,000 episodes the show broadcast). In addition to her well-known role, Payne also portrayed the character of Mrs. Kerry Carter on the radio program The Carters of Elm Street , which is often called one of the most realistic series ever made. It tells the story of a wife who struggles to achieve happiness for her and her family. The program also stars Vic Smith as Mr. Henry Carter.