Friday, January 17, 2014

January 17, 1938: Francis X. Bushman Stars on CBS Radio's 'Stepmother'

January 17, 1938: The radio soap opera Stepmother make its debut on CBS on this day and lasted for 15 years after. The show was starred by Francis X. Bushman who was an actor, screenwriter, and film director. Just like most of his contemporaries, he started his career as a stage actor and then eventually moved to filming in 1911.

After his film career had faded, Bushman starred on a soap opera by the CBS radio entitled Stepmother. The show lasted for four years, from January 17, 1938 to July 10, 1942.

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.