Thursday, March 7, 2013

March 7, 1933: The First Broadcast of Marie The Little French Princess on CBS

March 7, 1933: CBS' pilot episode of "Marie The Little French Princess." The program aired for two years.

Marie, The Little French Princess was the first soap opera on CBS radio. It was daily program at daytime. Hilman Brown as producer and director of the serial was one of respected person in radio broadcast. He was addressed Radio Hall of Fame in 1990.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March 6, 1948: The weird, but funny Truth or Consequence on NBC

March 6, 1948: Ralph Edwards produced the quiz game show Truth or Consequences. After 10 weeks of speculations by participants of the show, it was finally exposed that The Walking Man was actually Jack Benny.

Truth or Consequences was a quiz show aired on NBC radio and hosted by Ralph Edwards from 1940-1957. The concept of the show was to combine the quiz element of typical game shows with some crazy, silly stunts.

The Truth or Consequences radio program featured contestants that were required to answer trivia questions in two seconds before the buzzer sounded. Usually, the questions were so nonsensical and weird that no one would be able to answer them correctly. In case the contestant was able to give a correct answer, there would be a follow up question, which would cause him to reach the 2-second time limit. Because of that, some chose to intentionally answer the questions incorrectly. No matter what they did, everything would boil down to performing an embarrassing stunt as a consequence.

Edwards got the idea for the show from the parlor game "Forfeits." The show became such a huge hit that it earned itself a TV adaptation from 1950-1988.

Monday, March 4, 2013

March 4, 1952: President Truman dedicates the Courier

March 4, 1952: The 1st ever maritime broadcasting vessel named Courier was dedicated by President Harry S. Truman in Washington, DC.

The Courier, known as 'Doddridge', would sail away and do many duties, including reporting. After  Truman's dedication, she became known as 'The Vessel of Truth'.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

March 3: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jean Wong

March 3: Happy Birthday, Barbara Jean Wong

Barbara Jean Wong was an American actress- primarily a radio actress- born to third-generation Chinese-American parents. She started her career at an early age of five. She had a fine, clear voice at the age due to which she garnered many roles in radio programs at such a small age.

Often called The Chinese-American Shirley Temple, L.A. native Barbara Jean Wong was a child actress and radio phenom.

The role you may remember her in was that of Arbadella in Amos 'n' Andy. Arbadella was Amos's daughter, enjoying tender moments with Amos, including his teaching her the significance of the Lord's prayer. She was also a staple on Christmas programs.

The charming young gal also threw her personality into appearances on Lux Radio Theatre, Cavalcade of America, and Hallmark Hall of Fame.

Most of the characters the fifth-generation Chinese-American played were not Asian. Here's a salute to a character actress on Amos 'n' Andy, one of the all-time greats of radio.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

March 2, 1952: Whispering Streets' First Airs

March 2, 1952: With its first appearance on ABC, Whispering Streets stayed on radio till 1960.

The series became known as a popular romantic drama (radio soap opera). Each show would open with a different character's point of view, which was a new technique in radio. It kept the interest of followers until the series demise in 1960.

Friday, March 1, 2013

March 1: Happy Birthday, David Niven

March 1: Happy Birthday, David Niven

While countless men have been inspired by 007, James Bond, David Niven is said to have been the inspiration for the famous fictional spy. In the Bond film You Only Live Twice, Niven is called the only true gentleman in Hollywood. Legend has it the novelist Ian Fleming had Niven in mind as a bit of a prototype for the suave, playboy type who Bond would become in the novels and then the films.

The British-born Niven , a soldier who experienced the D-Day invasion before becoming an actor, is of relevance to us here because of his appearances on Lux Radio Theatre, The Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour, and The Bob Hope Show.

Perhaps most noteworthy, the debonair Brit voiced George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 on NBC University Theatre on Aug. 27, 1949.