Sunday, January 4, 2015

January 4, 1935: The Premier of The Intimate Revue

January 4, 1935: The Intimate Revue, starring Bob Hope, Jane Froman, James Melton, and the Al Goodman Orchestra was heard for the first time on radio network on this day.

The Intimate Revue was the debut show of Bob Hope as the new host. The production was sponsored by Bromo Seltzer. This job was not a new one for Hope. Before his performance on The Intimate Revue, he performed on Vaudeville. He told jokes, sang, and danced on the broadcast. He also performed in Broadways Musical shows in the 1920's. Radio was not a new thing to him, but The Intimate Revue was his first hosting job on network radio series. His performance on The Intimate Revue only lasted for 13 weeks.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

January 3: Happy Birthday, Ray Milland

Ray Milland won an Oscar in 1946 for his work in Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend.  He also starred in Dial M For Murder, Close To My Heart, and Reap the Wild Wind.

But who are we kidding?  You and I love Ray for his role in the CBS blockbuster radio program Meet Mr. McNutley.  The series ran from '53-'54, and starred Ray Milland and Phyllis Avery.  Mr. McNutley was, as his name might imply, a warm-hearted, perhaps absent-minded professor at Lynnhaven College for Women.  The show ran simultaneously on the airwaves and the tube.

Plots include Peg buying a new outboard motor for Ray; Ray trying to divine the gender of a new parakeet; and an O. Henryesque miscue involving a mink coat.

Milland appeared as a guest on Lux Radio Theatre, Safari, Camel Screen Guild Theatre, and Suspense.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January 1, 1923: KHJ in Los Angles for the first time broadcast the Rose Bowl

January 1, 1923: KHJ in Los Angles broadcast the Rose Bowl for the first time.

The Rose Bowl was presented by Vizio for sponsorship purposes. The contest was an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on the 1st of January every year. The broadcast of the game on January 1, 1923, dubbed the East vs West Football game, was confirmed by Jim Hilliker from a contemporary account in the Los Angeles Times. The game was the first game hosted at The Rose Bowl stadium. Previously, Rose Bowl games were hosted at Pasadena's Tournament Park,

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