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