Sunday, January 12, 2014

January 12, 1926: The First Comedy Series on Radio


January 12, 1926: Amos & Andy Showpreviously known as Sam & Henry debuted on WGN in Chicago, Illinois.  The voices of Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, the creators of the broadcast, could be heard on the show.

Amos n' Andy was a situation radio comedy revolving around the African-American community. The show was very popular in the 1920's and lasted until the 1950's on both radio and television.

Amos and Andy Show debuted as a radio comedy series. The script was written and voiced by Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll. Later on, the program grew and became a pioneer for radio series broadcasts. From 1928 until 1943, the show ran as a nightly radio serial, and then as a weekly situation comedy from 1943 until 1955, and finally as a nightly disc-jockey program from 1954 until 1960. CBS Television station adopted the program from 1951 until 1953, and then continued broadcasts in syndicated reruns from 1954 until 1966.

Monday, January 6, 2014

January 6, 1950: Ronald Colman stars in Halls of Ivy

January 6, 1950: In ‘The Halls of Ivy’, Ronald Coleman acted as the President of Ivy College.

After guest appearances on The Jack Benny Program, with his wife, 'The Halls of Ivy' became a popular show.  Ronald went on to write for the show, which transferred to television in 1954.  Colman won an Academy award for his work in 'Othello'.