Monday, March 4, 2019

March 4, 1942: Shirley Temple starred as the 'Junior Miss'

March 4, 1942: "Junior Miss", a production featuring Shirley Temple in a starring role, was heard for the first time on CBS. The show cost $12,000 a week to produce and stayed on the airwaves until 1954.

"Junior Miss" was a radio sitcom sponsored by Procter and Gamble. It was based on Sally Benson's novel of the same name. Starring alongside Shirley Temple, who played the lead character Judy Graves, was Priscilla Lyon. Priscilla portrayed Judy's friend Fuffy Adams. The show was broadcast every Wednesday evening, and lasted until August 26 of the same year.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

February 12, 1940: 'The Adventures of Superman' started on Mutual

February 12, 1940: The identity of Superman, the man from planet Krypon, was unknown to listeners for six years. Eventually, the secret leaked out that Superman's voice was that of Bud Collyer. The adventure radio show Superman was first broadcast by Mutual.

Two years after the release of the first Action Comics was the debut of the radio show The Adventures of Superman on Mutual. Like the superhero's identity, no one knew the identity of the radio actor who voiced Superman. People learned about his identity when Collyer entertained an interview by the Time Magazine about a promotional campaign that used the character.

During its stint, The Adventures of Superman was aired every late afternoon, and was very popular among its listeners.