Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May 22, 1955: Jack Benny goes on Hiatus

May 22, 1955: Jack Benny put off his 23 years run network radio transmission however, the show repeatedly remained on air for more than a few years.

Born, Benjamin Kubelsky, Jack Benny became one of the most famous radio and television personalities due to his charm and wit. He also played the violin and claimed he never aged a year after 39.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

May 20, 1933: The Last Episode of Charlie Chan on NBC Blue Network

May 20, 1933: Chinese radio detective "Charlie Chan" broadcast for the last time on the NBC Blue network. It remained on air only for 6 months although a number of renewals of the show were later produced.

Charlie Chan was created based on the real-life of Detective Chang Apana (1871-1933). Detective Chang Apana was Police Detective at the Honolulu Police Department who fought crime from 1898 until he retired in 1932 on Oahu. Apana was known as Hawaiianized version of Chang's diminutive Chinese name, Ah Ping.

Detective Chang Ampana's actions drew attention of Earl Derr Biggers who read about Chang's action whiles vacationing in Hawaii in 1919. He wrote Charlie Chan novels base on Detective Chang Apana's story. Derr Biggers completed six novels before his death in 1933--the same year of Chang Apana's death.

The novels were adapted into Charlie Chan radio broadcasts, film and TV series lasted for years after the Charlie Chan creator's death.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

May 19, 1921: The first live broadcast opera via radio

May 19, 1921: The Opera tittled "Martha" was the first Opera radio broadcast by radio station. The Opera was aired from Denver Auditorium by 9ZAF Radio Station in Denver,CO

Friday, May 18, 2012

May 18, 1942: Don MacLaughlin starred as the Chief Counterspy in a radio drama series

May 18, 1942: On this day, NBC Blue Network aired "David Harding, Counterspy" for the first time. The radio espionage show aired for 15 years.

" David Harding, Counterspy ," or " Counterspy  " in short, was a spy radio drama series that aired on NBC and Mutual for 15 years, from this date up to November 29, 1957. It starred Don MacLaughlin as the title character, David Harding. In the radio broadcast, Harding was featured as the head of the US counterspies who worked against the Japanese and German Forces during World War II.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

May 17, 1938: Clifton Fadiman Hosts the Popular Radio Quiz Show 'Information Please'

May 17, 1938: Clifton Fadiman hosted 'Information Please' old time radio program for the first time on NBC Blue Network.

Created by Dan Golenpaul and hosted by Clifton Fadiman, Information Please was a very popular radio quiz show of its era.  Clifton Fadiman was said to be the perfect moderator for the show, due to his broad base of knowledge. The  radio quiz show first aired on NBC on May 17, 1938 and lasted until April 22, 1951.

The format of the show was varied compared to other radio quiz shows. In the Information Please radio broadcast, instead of asking questions to the participants, the public poses their questions to a panel of experts. Due to the immense success of the radio broadcast, a reference book was made, called the Information Please Almanac, which was first published in 1947.

Monday, May 14, 2012

May 14, 1945: Tennessee Jed' airs for the First Time

May 14, 1945: Tennessee Jed aired for the first time on ABC. The role of Tennessee was played by Johnny Thomas.

In this old time radio program, Tennessee Jed began as a youth's show about a sure-shot westerner on his travels. Jed later transforms into a professional, working for the president directly!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

May 12, 1922: The Influence of Radio

May 12, 1922: The number of listeners who spend their hour in the evening for listening to radio, was increase signicantly. That was a statement of Radio Broadcast magazine on this day.

Since 1921, commercial radio broadcast grew quickly. Radio became the most popular medium at that time. Mostly favorite programs aired in the evening that was the prime time of radio program.

Radio Broadcast Magazine provided technical knowledge about radio for home listeners. Avid radio enthusiasts and readers could get information all about radio receiver and radio station's technology. The magazine captured how radio which was started from hobby then became mainstream that gave influence to culture at that time.