Wednesday, February 6, 2013

February 6, 1950: Dangerous Assignment' is aired by NBC

February 6, 1950: Old Time Radio programDangerous Assignment’ was first transmitted by NBC. It featured Brian Donlevy who played the character of soldier of fortune and radio espionage named Steve Mitchell.

Originally a replacement show, Dangerous Assignment became syndicated with NBC in 1949. Brian Donlevy took the show to the producers of NBC himself.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February 5, 1931: Eddie Cantor's Performance on

February 5, 1931: His appearance on Rudy Vallee's The Fleischmann Hour paved the way for Eddie Cantor's long radio career.

Eddie Cantor  was an American "illustrated song" performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor and songwriter. Cantor's performance with Rudy Vallee on Vallee's The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour  caused NBC tried out The Chase and Sanborn for 4 weeks. Later on Cantor took Maurice Chevalier's place at Chase and Sanborn on September 13, 1931.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

February 2, 1946: Twenty Questions airs for the 21st time on Mutual

February 2, 1946: Twenty Questions was presented on radio for the first time by The Mutual Broadcasting System, with Bill Slater as the Master of Ceremony.

The radio game show Twenty Questions became a popular hit and ran for 10 years. For the first couple of years, the show received thousands of letters.

Friday, February 1, 2013

February 1: Happy Birthday, Clark Gable

February 1: Happy Birthday, Clark Gable

Both before and after his epochal role in 1939's Gone With The Wind, Clark Gable made more than a dozen appearances of popular radio shows including Lux Radio Theatre, Cavalcade of America, and Good News.

One of his earliest roles was in a 1936 performance of "The Legionnaire and the Lady" on the Lux Radio Program. This was an adaptation of the film Morocco, and starred, in addition to Gable, Marlene Dietrich.

On May 5, 1937, Gable starred with Josephine Hutchinson and Jack LaRue in a Lux production of "A Farewell To Arms."

On May 5, 1938, he starred in "Manhattan Melodrama" on Good News.

In all, Gable's radio performances allowed him to work with Ginger Rogers, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Lana Turner, and Judy Garland.

We honor the King of Hollywood for his sterling on-air performances.