Sunday, October 18, 2015

October 18, 1943: Perry Mason airs on CBS for the 1st time

October 18, 1943: Perry Mason was aired on CBS for the first time. The fifteen minute show was presented form Monday to Friday. John Larkin starred as the leading role of Perry Mason with Barlett Robinson, Santos Ortega, and Donald Briggs rounding out the rest of the cast.

Perry Mason has been mentioned in over 80 novels and short stories. There was also a popular television show made based on the radio one.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

October 17, 1919: The First Experiment Radio License

October 17, 1919: The founding of Radio Corporation of America

RCA Corporation, established as Radio Corporation of America, was an electronics company that existed from 1919 to 1986. Now, the RCA trademark is owned by Thomson SA. The RCA Trademark is used by two companies, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Thomson SA.

Friday, October 16, 2015

October 16, 1945: His Honor the Barber airs on NBC for the 1st time

October 16, 1945: Barry Fitzgerald appeared in the leading role of Judge Barnard Fitz in His Honor, the Barber,which aired for the first time on NBC.

Barry Fitzgerald refused all other radio shows until this one cropped up. It featured Judge Fitz and some of his comedic cases. The show only lasted one season, but it did go on to become a Broadway play.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

October 14: Happy Birthday, Dwight D. Eisenhower

During Ike Eisenhower's presidency, the economy boomed, cars rolled out of Detroit at an unstoppable pace, rock and roll captivated teen audiences, conflict raged in Korea, trouble began in Vietnam, and legions who'd become rebellious hippies toddled around their living rooms in modern comfort.

Eisenhower's Great Society played itself out on the radio in the form of his frequent addresses.  He discussed his relationship with communist-hunter Senator Joseph McCarthy, the Geneva Conference of 1955, and the landing of marines in Beirut.

Today, his addresses serve as great primary texts chronicling both the Great Society and the Cold War.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

October 13: Happy Birthday, Irene Rich

We salute the 1891 birth of Dear John star, Irene Rich.  Rich's co-star was Gale Gordon, star of Our Miss Brooks, and the show was broadcast Sunday nights on the Columbia Network.

The flapper was a frequent contributor of Will Rogers, starring in such silent films as The Strange Boarder and Jes' Call Me Jim.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

October 11, 1936: 'Professor Quiz,' the first national quiz, aired for the first time

October 11, 1936: On this day, the first national quiz called Professor Quiz aired for the first time on radio. This quiz continued to be aired until 1948. In this quiz, contestants posed questions to Dr. Craig Earl, otherwise known as Professor Quiz. If the contestant could stump Professor Quiz, they earned $25, or the equivalent of $382 in 2009. This quiz show was sponsored by Robert Trout and Velvet Pipe Tobacco

Professor Quiz was dubbed as the first real radio quiz program It aired first on NBC from 1936 to 1941, then on ABC from 1946-1948. It was hosted by Bob Trout, and featured Professor Quiz himself Dr. Craig Earl, along with his wife Mrs. Quiz and son Professor Quiz Jr.

The show posing questions to Professor Quiz which, if he answered incorrectly, resulted in the contestant winning $25.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Happy Birthday, Helen Hayes

The First Lady of American Theater, the first stage actress to go on to win an Academy Award, Helen Hayes was born on this day in 1900.  Helen Hayes starred in Victoria Regina, The Sin of Madelon Claudet and Happy Birthday.

In 1941, she took the helm as producer, actress and even casting director of the CBS radio series The Helen Hayes Theatre of the Air, a series running contemporary plays.

Hayes starred in a 1938  Lux Radio Theatre production of Jane Eyre and turned in appearances on a wide variety of classic radio series such as The Campbell's Playhouse, The Silver Theatre, and Dupont Cavalcade of America.  Radio gave us all the big stars of the 30's, 40's, and 50's, delivered as just a voice to let our imaginations fill in the rest.  Helen Hayes was just one shining example.