Saturday, October 12, 2013

October 12, 1937: Mr. Keen's Radio Debut

October 12, 1937: Mr Keen, the longest running detective show, aired for the first time on radio. The show starred Bennet Kilpack as Mr. Keen, Arthur Hughes, and Phil Clark. The program was sponsored by BiSoDol antacid mints, Hill's cold tablets, Heet liniment, Dentyne, Aerowax, RCA Victor and Chesterfield cigarettes. Some sponsors lasted for the entirety of the show's history, but many changed throughout the running of the program.

Mr. Keen, otherwise known by its full title Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost of Persons, was first broadcast on NBC Blue Network before it moved to CBS in 1947, 10 years after its debut.

During the first few episodes of the show, the "Tracer of Lost Persons" part was kind of forgotten, as most of Mr. Keen's cases involved murder. The show lasted for nearly 20 years, with the last episode airing on April 19, 1955.

Friday, October 11, 2013

October 11, 1940: Theme song for 'Make Believe Ballroom Time' on WNWE

October 11, 1940: Glenn Miller composed the title theme song for Make Believe Ballroom on WNEW, hosted by Martin Block. The song was recorded at the Victor studios in New York City.

Block designed the element of doing a "live" radio station broadcast, finishing with entertainers (on records) like Frank Sinatra or Harry James. The show was broadcast from the "Crystal Studios" at WNEW.

Copycat editions of the Ballroom included Keith Sandy at CKEY in Toronto and Al Jarvis at KHJ Los Angeles.