Saturday, January 5, 2019

January 5, 1935 Bob Hope show premiered on radio


On this day in 1935, Bob Hope show premiered on radio. Hope was known for his topical one liners, his rapid fire delivery, and for entertaining the troops all over the world.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

January 2, 1950 Hopalong Cassidy airs for the first time


On this day in 1950, Hopalong Cassidy premiered on radio. William Boyd starred as the beloved Western hero on radio, in films, and on television.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January 1, 1930: The First Cuckoo Hour Broadcast on NBC


January 1, 1930: The NBC Blue Network broadcast The Cuckoo Hour for the first time.


The Cuckoo Hour, aka The KUKU Hour and The Raymond Knight Cuckoo Hour, was created by radio comedian Raymond Knight. In 1927, Knight performed in the Broadway musical revue The Manhatters.
He continued to write for NBC in 1929, when Bertha Brainard, NBC programmer, asked him to devise "something cuckoo." Knight presented the zany Cuckoo Hour, performing as Professor Ambrose J. Weems, who ran a radio station where he would give his views on current events and chat with his sidekick, Mrs. Pennyfeather. The Cuckoo Hour also starred Carl Matthews.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

December 25: Happy Birthday, Humphrey Bogart

December 25: Happy Birthday, Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart, born December 25th, 1899, was an American actor dubbed the greatest male star in the history of American cinema by The American Film Institute. Bogart attended a prestigious academy in Andover, Massachusetts as a young man, but he was eventually expelled from the institution. With no other options, Humphrey joined the Navy. While serving, he was injured in the bombing of the USS Leviathan. The partial facial paralysis that resulted from the attack gave him the signature vocal and facial style that he became famous for.

Many people identify Bogart as a film actor, but he actually made numerous radio appearances after moving to Hollywood. Both Lux Radio Theater and Screen Guild Players featured famous actors in their starring roles, and Bogart made numerous appearances on these programs. He also performed on Command Performance, a post World War II program that let Bogart chat with Lauren and Frank Sinatra. In addition to his regular positions, he also had several guest appearances on shows such as Jack Benny.

Bogart, a heavy smoker and drinker, was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus in January of 1956. On January 14th, 1957, weighing just 80 pounds, the legendary actor passed away at the age of 57.

“Here’s looking at you, kid” - Casablanca

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December 5: Happy Birthday, William Spier!

On this day in 1906, William Spier "radio's outstanding producer/director of mystery and crime drama" was born. 

On this day 110 years later in 2016, you can stream a free episode of one of his better known series: The Adventures of Sam Spade.