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Autumn 2019 Program Highlights


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (3-10-48) With Peggy Lee, Candy Candido, The Crew Chiefs, announcer Howard Petrie, Roy Bargy and the Orchestra, Alan Reed and guest Van Johnson. Jimmy talks about his presidential campaign and plans to rearrange the states. Rexall, NBC. (30 min)
GI JIVE #878 (1940s) GI Jill (Martha Wilkerson) spins records and takes requests from servicemen around the world, with songs from Bob Crosby, The Phil Moore Four, Jo Stafford, and Harry James. AFRS. (15 min)
TRANSATLANTIC CALL (9-21-44) An international exchange program broadcast from Great Britain. The story of American GIs and their experience with Englishmen. CBS/BBC. (29 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (3-19-18) Steve Darnall’s conversation with actress Gloria McMillan, speaking by telephone from her studio in San Bernadino, California, as she recalls her career in radio and television. (32 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Summer 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
OUR MISS BROOKS (5-1-49) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, with Gale Gordon as Principal Conklin, Gloria McMillan as Harriet Conklin, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Leonard Smith as Stretch Snodgrass, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton. Walter discovers that Harriet went to the movies with Stretch and challenges him to a grudge match. Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (9-23-44) From Washington DC, the president speaks to the Teamster’s Union during his campaign for a fourth term. This is the famous “Fala” speech. NBC. (13 min)
ADVENTURES OF PHILIP MARLOWE (1-22-49) “The Orange Dog” starring Gerald Mohr as Marlowe, with Jeff Corey as Lt. Ibarra. A woman asks Marlowe to get her sister out of a nasty jam, which leads to a Chinese statuette... and murder. Cast: Frances Robinson, Edgar Barrier, Tony Barrett, Lou Krugman, Ed Begley. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

SIX SHOOTER (12-27-53) James Stewart stars as Britt Ponset, who gets involved when a young man becomes convinced that his mother’s new husband is a fraud. Cast: Virginia Gregg, Jean Tatum, Robert Griffin, Parley Baer, Bert Holland. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
TRANSATLANTIC CALL (10-1-44) “British Humor” is the subject of this program, produced in Britain for English and American audiences. A look at how the British use humor in response to German bombing attacks. CBS/BBC. (29 min)
MY FAVORITE HUSBAND (12-9-49) Lucille Ball and Richard Denning star as Liz and George Cooper, “two people who live together and like it,” with Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet as Rudolph and Iris Atterbury. When a new French restaurant opens in town, Liz and Iris decide to take French lessons. AFRS rebroadcast. (24 min)
WORLD NEWS TODAY (10-1-44) Douglas Edwards and correspondents report from the world’s political and battle fronts. “The Allies have turned back sharp German counterattacks along the Western line today. The British have captured the French port of Calais.” Admiral Radios, CBS. (25 min)
THE WHISTLER (6-17-46) “The Affair at Stoney Ridge” starring Peggy Webber and Edmond McDonald, with Bill Forman as The Whistler. A young country girl discovers the man she loves is out to steal her uncle’s money. Signal Oil, CBS. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-1-44) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, Joseph Kearns, Bea Benaderet and guest Fred Allen. Jack is home from an overseas tour and has a meeting with his new sponsor. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
SINATRA, AMES AND HORNE: SINGERS — AND ACTORS

JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-8-44) With Mary Livingston, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, announcer Don Wilson and guest Frank Sinatra. It’s the second show of the season and Jack still needs to hire a singer. With Frank Nelson, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Joseph Kearns. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (26 min)
ROCKY FORTUNE (12-1-53) Frank Sinatra stars as Rocky, “that foot-loose and fancy free young man,” who is hired to keep watch over an art dealer’s collection of statues. Cast includes Ted Osborne, Jan Miner, Leon Janney, Joseph Julian, Ed Begley, Mandel Kramer. Sustaining, NBC. (25 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (8-20-18) Part one of Steve Darnall’s conversation with Ed Ames, speaking by telephone from his home in Los Angeles, as he looks back on his career in music, radio, television and the stage. (30 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Autumn 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest
SING IT AGAIN (3-5-49) An excerpt from the musical quiz show hosted by Dan Seymour, with Alan Dale, Eugenie Baird and The Ames Brothers, who sing “Clancy Lowered the Boom.” CBS. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (8-20-18) Part two of Steve Darnall’s conversation with Ed Ames. (22 min)
SUSPENSE (11-9-44) “You Were Wonderful” starring Lena Horne as a singer who finds herself “embroiled with intrigue and murder in a South American capital.” With Wally Maher, Joseph Kearns as the Man in Black. Roma Wines, CBS. (30 min)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

MURDER AT MIDNIGHT (7-19-46) “Murder’s a Lonely Business,” starring Helen Shields, Wendell Holmes, Carl Emory. A husband and wife decide to murder their uncle before he can remove them from his will. Syndicated. (26 min)
MAIL CALL #112 (10-5-44) It’s a “Tribute to North Carolina” with master of ceremonies Kay Kyser, The King Sisters, Jack Haley, Georgia Gibbs, Ish Kabibble, announcer Don Wilson. Kay and Jack discuss Southern belles; Georgia sings “The Very Thought of You.” AFRS. (30 min)
GREEN HORNET (7-6-39) “Disaster Rides the Rails” starring Al Hodge as Britt Reid, the Green Hornet, Raymond Toyo as Kato, Lee Allman as Lenore Case. The Hornet investigates two card sharks who cheat their victims while riding on the trains. Syndicated, NBC. BLUE. (29 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (10-10-44) Jim and Marian Jordan star as The McGees, with Arthur Q. Bryan as Doc Gamble, Shirley Mitchell as Alice Darling, Marlin Hurt as Beulah, announcer Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. It’s the first show of the season and Fibber is looking for his hip boots. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (29 min)
GUNSMOKE (6-6-53) “Sundown” starring William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, with Parley Baer as Chester, Georgia Ellis as Kitty, Howard McNear as Doc. While taking a ride across the plain, Matt and Chester discover a sick woman. Cast includes Michael Ann Barrett, Lawrence Dobkin, John McIntire, John Dehner. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

YOUR HIT PARADE (10-14-44) It’s the top tunes of the week, performed by Frank Sinatra, Joan Edwards, the Hit Paraders, Mark Warnow and the Orchestra. Songs include “Times Waits for No One,” “Dance with the Dolly” and others. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
X MINUS ONE (7-11-57) “Early Model” is the story of an intergalactic explorer who is given a special protective device before leaving on his journey. Cast: Bob Hastings, Alistair Duncan, Anthony Campbell-Cooper, Joseph Bell. Participating sponsors, NBC. (22 min)
LIFE WITH LUIGI (1-6-53) Starring J. Carroll Naish as Luigi Basco, with Alan Reed as Pasquale, Hans Conried as Schultz, Mary Shipp as Miss Spaulding. When Pasquale evicts Luigi for not marrying his daughter Rosa, Luigi decides to travel to California. AFRS rebroadcast. (24 min)
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (10-21-44) Excerpt. A speech before the Foreign Policy Association in New York, as president discusses plans for the United Nations organization. ALL NETWORKS. (8 min)
ATLANTIC SPOTLIGHT (10-21-44) A variety show featuring Ben Grauer, Peter Donald and Jane Cowl in New York, and Leslie Mitchell, Dorothy Dixon, Ann Shelton, Leslie Hutchinson, Tommy Handley and Beatrice Lillie, broadcasting via short-wave from London. NBC/BBC. (30 min)
DRAGNET (6-8-50) “The Big Fake” starring Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday, with Barton Yarborough as Detective Ben Romero. The police investigate when a woman is shot in her hotel room. Cast includes Jack Kruschen, Olan Soule, Herb Butterfield. Fatima Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE (10-26-44) A special “Winged Victory” edition, with host Clark Gable, Ginny Simms, Peter Lind Hayes, pianist Joe Bushkin, announcer Don Wilson. Ginny sings “The Very Thought of You” and “Begin the Beguine”; the Winged Victory Chorus sings “The Wiffenpoof Song.” AFRS. (30 min) Read the article about Clark Gable in the Autumn 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
ANNUAL HALLOWE’EN SHOW

ESCAPE (3-17-50) “Three Skeleton Key” starring Vincent Price, with Harry Bartell and Jeff Corey in the classic story about “a lonely lighthouse off the steaming jungle coast of French Guiana... and a nightmare world of terror and violence.” Sustaining, CBS. (30 min) Read the article about Vincent Price in the Autumn 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest
FATHER KNOWS BEST (10-29-53) Robert Young stars as Jim Anderson, with Jean Vander Pyl as Margaret, Rhoda Williams as Betty, Ted Donaldson as Bud, Helen Strome as Cathy. The children are excited about Hallowe’en parties and trick or treating, but their father has other ideas. With Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran, Arthur Q. Bryan. Sanka, Post Cereals, NBC. (30 min)
THE SAINT (1-7-51) Vincent Price stars as Simon Templar, The Saint. Simon is visited by a woman who confesses to killing her husband, but he is taken aback when the husband shows up at his door. With Lawrence Dobkin, Joan Banks, Peter Leeds, Hy Averback, James Nusser. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
LIFE OF RILEY (10-29-44) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, Conrad Binyon as Junior, John Brown as Digby O’Dell, announcer Ken Niles. At Hallowe’en, Riley takes Junior to a haunted house to prove that ghosts don’t exist. American Meat Institute, NBC. (30 min) Read the article about William Bendix in the Autumn 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest
SUSPENSE (11-10-57) “The Pit and the Pendulum” starring Vincent Price in a radio version of Edgar Allen Poe’s “classic story of punishment and horror.” With Ellen Morgan, Jay Novello, Ben Wright, John Hoyt. Participating sponsors, CBS. (24 min)

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2

MILTON BERLE SHOW (11-4-47) It’s “Uncle Milty” on radio, presenting “A Salute to Football.” With Pert Kelton, Jack Albertson, Mary Shipp, Billy Sands, Johnny Gibson, Al Kelly, singer Dick Varney, announcer Frank Gallop, Ray Bloch and the Orchestra. Philip Morris Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (10-30-44) “Take Her Down” starring Clark Gable in the story of a submarine commander and the sacrifice he made. Walter Huston hosts, with Lou Merrill, Harry Bartell, John McIntire. DuPont, NBC. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-5-44) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, Mel Blanc, Minerva Pious and singer Larry Stevens, making his first appearance on the Benny program. Jack and Mary go to see Dunninger, the Master Mentalist. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (29 min)
ROY ROGERS SHOW (8-29-48) With Dale Evans, Gabby Hayes, Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage. Gabby tells the story of how Dale came to run the Circle E Ranch and the gang sings “Blue Shadows on the Trail.” Quaker Oats, MBS. (29 min)
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE SPECIAL (11-6-44) An all-star election eve broadcast, promoting President Franklin Roosevelt’s bid for a fourth term in office. Written, produced and directed by Norman Corwin, featuring the voices of President Roosevelt, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Keenan Wynn, Groucho Marx, Danny Kaye, Tallulah Bankhead, Joan Bennett, Irving Berlin, Claudette Colbert and many others. ALL NETWORKS. (30 min and 24 min)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9

THE FBI IN PEACE AND WAR (11-22-51) “No Insurance,” with Martin Blaine as Agent Sheppard, Donald Briggs as Andrews. The FBI investigates a doctor who is staging fake accidents as part of an insurance scam. Cast includes Larry Haines. AFRS rebroadcast. (26 min) Read the article about radio and the FBI in the Autumn 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (11-1-45) With Bill Goodwin, Mel Blanc, Meredith Willson and the Orchestra. Shirley Mitchell, Lou Merrill. Bill wants Gracie to pose as his wife in order to impress a movie producer. AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (11-10-44) A special report from Union Station in Washington, DC, where the city “has turned out this morning to greet the first fourth-term president of the United States.” Featuring reports from Morgan Beatty, Holly Wright, Richard Harkness. NBC. (16 min)
GI JIVE #895 (1940s) It’s GI Jill (Martha Wilkerson, playing requests for the members of the Armed Forces, including records by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James and others. AFRS. (15 min)
WORLD NEWS TODAY (11-12-44) Douglas Edwards presents CBS correspondents reporting from the world’s political and battle fronts. “The world heard indirectly from Hitler for the first time in seventeen weeks today. He did not broadcast, but he issued a proclamation containing all the old Nazi diatribes and claims that victory is certain with the preservation of Germans of first importance.” Admiral Radios, CBS. (25 min)
RED SKELTON SHOW (9-10-46) With Verna Felton, Gigi Pearson, Wonderful Smith, Pat McGeehan, singer Anita Ellis, announcer Rod O’Connor, David Forrester and the Orchestra. The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire examines “Vacation Time,” with sketches featuring Clem Kadiddlehopper and Junior, the Mean Little Kid. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
THIS IS YOUR FBI (6-6-52) “Jackpot” with Stacy Harris as Special Agent Jim Taylor. The FBI investigates when slot machines are transported across state lines. Cast includes Sheldon Leonard, Ted DeCorsia, William Conrad, Richard Crenna. Larry Keating announces. Equitable Life Assurance Society, ABC. (30 min)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

WORDS AT WAR (11-14-44) “One Damn Thing After Another” is the story of reporter Tom Trainor and his adventures as a war correspondent during World War II. With William Janney as Trainor. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-19-44) From the U.S. Naval Hospital, Corona, California, with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, Larry Stevens, Mel Blanc, and guest Larry Adler, who plays “Holiday for Strings” on the harmonica. Jack and Don get into an argument over who originally said “Don’t give up the ship.” Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
THE FAT MAN (1-2-48) “Murder Plays Hide and Seek” starring J. Scott Smart as Brad Runyon. A cab driver asks for Runyon’s help when a nightclub owner asks him to take home a dead man. Cast includes Helen Funt, Joe Harding. Pepto Bismol, ABC. (29 min)
LORENZO JONES (9-1-48) Karl Swenson is Lorenzo, Lucille Wall is his wife Belle in an isolated episode of the long-running series. Lorenzo has found a box of money and is waiting for the locksmith to open it. Bayer, NBC. (15 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-25-50) “The Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland in a radio adaptation of her classic 1939 movie, with host William Keighley, Hans Conried as the Scarecrow, Herb Vigran as the Tin Man, Ed Max as the Cowardly Lion, Herb Butterfield as the Wizard, Betty Lou Gerson as Glinda. Lux Soap, CBS. (19 min & 24 min & 17 min) Read the article about The Wizard of Oz in the Autumn 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23
ANNUAL THANKSGIVING SHOW

LIFE OF RILEY (11-19-44) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, Conrad Binyon as Junior, John Brown as Digby O’Dell, the Friendly Undertaker. Riley sets out to shoot a turkey for Thanksgiving. American Meat Institute, BLUE. (22 min) Read the article about William Bendix in the Autumn 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest
ADVENTURES OF FRANK MERRIWELL (11-27-48) “The Surprise Play” starring Lawson Zerbe as Frank, Hal Studer as Bart, Elaine Rost as Inza. On Thanksgiving day, Frank and Bart are forced to skip dinner to take part in football practice, but Frank must also write an important story for the Yale paper. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
THANKSGIVING SHOW (11-23-44) Lionel Barrymore hosts a special holiday broadcast, with Dinah Shore, John Charles Thomas, Harry von Zell, Frank Morgan, Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford as Baby Snooks and Daddy, Percy Faith and the Orchestra. Dinah sings “I’ve Got Plenty to Be Thankful For.” AFRS. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-26-44) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, Larry Stevens, Frank Nelson, Mel Blanc, The Sportsmen. The gang has Thanksgiving dinner at Mary’s house. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
DON McNEILL SHOW (11-28-68) From the Clouds Room of the Hotel Allerton in Chicago, with Capt. Stubby, Bob Newkirk, Sam Dowling, Cathy Taylor. For this Thanksgiving Day broadcast, Don and the cast talk about what they’re thankful for. Participating sponsors, WLS/ABC. (28 min and 30 min) Read the article about the Allerton and other classic Chicago hotels in the Autumn 2019 issue of Nostalgia Digest

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30
RADIO TO GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT BY

VIC AND SADE (6-8-42) Bernardine Flynn is Sade, with Bill Idelson as Rush, who are looking over Christmas card samples. Crisco, NBC. (14 min)
CALLING ALL DETECTIVES (1940s) Paul Barnes is Detective Jerry Browning, in addition to all of the other voices. Jerry throws a Christmas party for friends and clients, but trouble arises when multiple guests show up dressed as Santa Claus. Syndicated. (9 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-24-44) A two-hour spectacular for the Armed Forces, with master of ceremonies Bob Hope, Xavier Cugat, Virginia O’Brien, Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Ginny Simms, Jimmy Durante, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Frank Nelson, Verna Felton, Kay Kyser, Frances Langford, Dorothy Lamour, Johnny Mercer, Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, Danny Kaye, W.C. Fields, Judy Garland, Spencer Tracy, Lee J. Cobb, Skip Homeier, Howard Duff and the Ken Darby Chorus. Benny and Allen meet while Christmas shopping; Stimson and Forrestal send Christmas greetings; Tracy tells the story of “The Small One.” AFRS. (33 min & 23 min & 30 min & 36 min)
SUSPENSE (12-22-57) “Dog Star” starring Evelyn Rudie in her first radio appearance, with Shirley Mitchell, Dick Beals, Shep Menken, Jack Kruschen, Ben Wright, Norm Alden. A little girl who wants a dog for Christmas finds one in an unexpected way. AFRS rebroadcast. (19 min)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
RADIO TO PLAN YOUR LIST BY

KRAFT MUSIC HALL (12-14-44) Bing Crosby stars, with Eugenie Baird, announcer Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra and guest Jerry Colonna, who sings “Can’t You Hear Me Calling, Caroline?” Bing presents songs from his film Holiday Inn and sings “White Christmas.” Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-15-52) Book 99, Chapter 21, “The Practical Aspect of Christmas,” an isolated episode of the series, with J. Anthony Smythe as Father Barbour, Page Gilman as Jack. While waiting for Father Barbour, Jack and Betty discuss Christmas shopping for the family. Miles Laboratories, NBC. (15 min)
CHRISTMAS SEAL CAMPAIGN SHOW (1948) Starring Jack Carson and Eve Arden, with Edmund Gwenn. Jack sets out to convince Eve that there really is a Santa Claus. Christmas Seals, Syndicated. (15 min)
CAMPBELL PLAYHOUSE (12-23-38) “A Christmas Carol” starring Orson Welles as both the narrator and Ebeneezer Scrooge in this radio version of Charles Dickens’ classic story, about a miser who learns the true meaning of Christmas. Cast includes Joseph Cotten, Ray Collins, Hiram Sherman, Frank Readick, Alice Frost, Anna Stafford, Eustace Wyatt, Arthur Anderson, Alfred Shirley. Campbell Soups, CBS. (33 min and 27 min)
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (12-23-51) With Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley, Jeannine Roose, Anne Whitfield, Robert North, Sheldon Leonard. Phil takes the family to the department store to see Santa Claus. AFRS rebroadcast. (26 min)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
RADIO TO ADDRESS CARDS BY

HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL (12-21-58) “The Hanging Cross” starring John Dehner as Paladin, with Ben Wright as Hey Boy. At Christmas time, a rancher hires Paladin to find the son who was taken from him six years earlier. Cast: Vic Perrin, Jess Kirkpatrick, Roy Woods, Richard Beals. Sustaining, CBS. (24 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-17-44) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Larry Stevens, Don Wilson, Mel Blanc, John Brown, Frank Nelson, Bea Benaderet, Joseph Kearns and guest Frank Sinatra. As Jack prepares to go Christmas shopping with Mary, Rochester decides to drop a few hints. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
THIS IS MY BEST (12-19-44) “The Plot to Overthrow Christmas, starring Orson Welles as Nero in the classic radio play by Norman Corwin, with Ray Collins as Santa Claus and John Brown as the Devil. The greatest criminal minds in history plan to do away with Santa and Nero is selected to perform the deed. Cresta Blanca, CBS. (29 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-19-44) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Arthur Q. Bryan as Dr. Gamble, Shirley Mitchell as Alice Darling, Marlin Hurt as Beulah, announcer Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and His Orchestra. Fibber is snooping in the hall closet, looking for gifts. Teeney and the King’s Men sing “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
FAMILY THEATRE (12-21-49) “The Littlest Angel” starring Loretta Young in a radio adaptation of the story by Charles Tazewell, about a young angel who never seemed able to do anything right until he had to present a very special gift. With Jeffrey Silver, Ken Christy. Sustaining, MBS. (30 min)
EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (12-20-44) With Harry von Zell, Bert Gordon, Billy Gray, Nora Martin, Leonard Sues and the Orchestra. Eddie and Harry go shopping for little Eddie Cantor von Zell’s first Christmas tree. Bristol-Myers, NBC. (29 min)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
RADIO TO WRAP, BAKE AND DECORATE BY

KATE SMITH SHOW (12-24-44) It’s “The Songbird of the South,” with announcer Ted Collins, Jack Miller and the Orchestra. Kate presents a sketch featuring Dickie Jones as Henry Aldrich; comedian Jackie Gleason recalls his love affair with a jukebox. AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-24-44) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Larry Stevens, Don Wilson, guest Andy Devine. Jack and Mary are decorating the tree as he prepares to host the gang for Christmas Eve. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (12-24-44) With Don Ameche, Joan Merrill, Ray Noble and the Orchestra. Charlie wants Don’s help in memorizing “The Night Before Christmas”; later, Ameche reads “The American Prayer.” AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
LIFE OF RILEY (12-24-44) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, announcer Ken Niles. Riley invites his boss’s son to spend the holidays with his family. American Meat Institute, BLUE. (30 min)
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (12-25-44) “America For Christmas” starring Walter Huston, with special songs by Woody Guthrie and sung by the Sportsmen Quartet. A group of servicemen celebrate Christmas on a small island in the Pacific, with the help of a USO troupe. DuPont, NBC. (29 min)
LUM AND ABNER (12-25-44) Chester Lauck and Norris Goff star in the show’s annual Christmas story. Lum, Abner and Grandpappy Spears meet Doc Miller at an abandoned farm, where a young couple are about to have a baby. Miles Laboratories, BLUE. (15 min)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (12-27-44) With Harry von Zell, Bert Gordon, Nora Martin, Leonard Sues and the Orchestra, The Sportsmen Quartet. Eddie and Harry discuss plans for a New Year’s Eve show at the Hollywood Canteen. Eddie sings “Ma, He’s Makin’ Eyes at Me.” Bristol-Myers, NBC. (29 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-31-44) Harold Peary stars as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Shirley Mitchell as Leila Ransom, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Arthur Q. Bryan as Floyd Munson. Gildy tries to get out of spending New Year’s Eve with the judge. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-31-44) From New York, with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, Larry Stevens, Frank Nelson, Mel Blanc, Joseph Kearns, Ken Christy. The cast presents their annual New Year’s play, “The New Tenant” with Jack as the old year, Mary as Columbia, Phil as Uncle Sam and Don as the world! Lucky Strike, NBC. (28 min)
LIFE OF RILEY (12-31-44) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe, John Brown, Barbara Eiler, Dink Trout. Riley plans a New Year’s Eve party and decides to invite a serviceman. Ken Niles announces. American Meat Institute, BLUE. (30 min)
SWING AROUND THE CLOCK (12-31-44) Don Wilson is host for this special program, featuring performances from Jimmy Dorsey, Ella Mae Morse, Louis Jordan, Harry James, Kay Kyser, Lena Horne, Benny Goodman, Bing Crosby, Ginny Simms, Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers, Vaughn Monroe, Spike Jones, Count Basie and others. AFRS. (30 min and 30 min)

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