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Winter 2020 Program Highlights


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)


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)


PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (1-6-45) The president speaks to the nation about the State of the Union message he sent to Congress earlier that day, the authorization of mobilizing men for war-related work and the “drafting” of registered nurses. ALL NETWORKS. (30 min)
A DATE WITH JUDY (4-3-45) Louise Erickson stars as Judy Foster, with John Brown and Myra Marsh as Mr. and Mrs. Foster, Dix Davis as Randolph and guest Charles Boyer. Judy is scheduled to interview Boyer for her school newspaper. Cast includes Joe Kearns. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
QUIZ KIDS (5-16-48) Broadcasting from Chicago, with quizmaster Joe Kelly and “students” Joel Kupperman, Lonne Lunde, Naomi Cooke, Noreen Holvick and Whit Humphries. Bob Murphy announces. Alka-Seltzer, NBC. (30 min)
ADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE (11-3-50) Starring Sydney Greenstreet as Wolfe, with Herb Ellis as Archie Goodwin. Three different men accuse one another of threatening a woman, and each one becomes a suspect when the woman is murdered. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
DORIS DAY SHOW (5-2-52) With annoucner Roy Rowan and guests Liberace and Donald O’Connor. Doris sings “You’re Nobody’s Sweetheart Now,” “Canadian Capers” and “Singin’ in the Rain” and joins Donald for a British music hall sketch; Liberace plays “I Love My Mama.” Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)


I LOVE LUCY (2-27-52) An audition program for a proposed radio series based on the hit television show, with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, and William Frawley and Vivian Vance as Fred and Ethel Mertz. Philip Morris Cigarettes, CBS. (25 min) Read the article about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the Winter 2020 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SUSPENSE (4-12-51) “Early to Death” starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, with Jack Kruschen, Tom Holland, Tony Barrett. A young couple steal a large sum of money from a passenger on a private plane. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (29 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (1-8-45) “I Never Left Home” starring Bob Hope with Frances Langford, Tony Romano and Jerry Colonna. A radio dramatization of Hope’s book, concerning his experiences while entertaining servicemen overseas with his cast. With Howard McNear, Eddie Marr, Ken Christy. Cecil B. DeMille hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (18 min & 17 min & 25 min)
THE SECOND MRS. BURTON (8-1-49) An isolated episode from the long-running soap opera, with Teri Keane and Dwight Weist as Terry and Stan Burton. Terry clashes with Vivian Campbell over the itinerary for Stan’s mayoral campaign. Jell-O, CBS. (15 min)
HENRY MORGAN SHOW (11-5-47) It’s “Radio’s Bad Boy,” with Arnold Stang, announcer Charles Irving, Loraine Burton, Bernie Green and the Orchestra. The “March of Science” tells the story of how weather was discovered. Eversharp, ABC. (28 min)


SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (4-2-39) George Murphy hosts an all-star revue, written by Duke Atterbury and directed by Busby Berkeley, with George Raft, Warren Helmer, Bob Burns, Polly Moran, The Brian Sisters, Virginia Farrell. George and Warren offer their version of Romeo and Juliet and the cast performs a Western melodrama. Gulf Oil, CBS. (25 min) Read the article about George Raft in the Winter 2020 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
THE SHADOW (5-25-47) “Seance With Death” starring Bret Morrison as Lamont Cranston, with Grace Matthews as the lovely Margot Lane. A man is killed before he can tell the police about a racket that swindles the elderly and retired. The Shadow investigates. Carey’s Salt, MBS. (30 min)
LUM AND ABNER (4-26-35) Chester Lauck is Lum, with Norris Goff as Abner. Having settled their recent conflict, Lum and Abner meet to discuss how to invest the money they made from the sale of their circus. Horlick’s Malted Milk, MBS. (15 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (1-15-45) “The Master Race” starring George Coulouris, Paul Guilfoyle, Nancy Gates, Stanley Ridges and Helen Beverley, re-creating the roles they played in the 1944 film. A group of Nazi collaborators devise a plan to go into hiding and regroup while the Allies sweep into Germany. Cast includes Charles Seel, Eric Snowden, Lurene Tuttle, Norman Field. Lux Soap, CBS. (25 min & 17 min & 18 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1-18-45) Bing Crosby stars, with Eugenie Baird, The Charioteers, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, announcer Ken Carpenter and guest Duke Ellington, who plays “Frankie and Johnny.” Bing sings “Accentuate the Positive” and songs from his film Mississippi. Kraft Foods, NBC. (30 min)


WORDS AT WAR (1-23-45) “Story of a Secret State” starring Morton DaCosta. An eyewitness account of the Polish underground and its battle against the German occupation army. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW (1-25-45) With Connie Haines, Elvia Allman, Mel Blanc, Artie Auerbach as Mr. Kitzel, Freddy Rich and the Orchestra. When Costello wants to join the Merchant Marines, Abbott tries to teach Lou about boats. Connie sings “Making Believe.” Camel Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
WORLD NEWS TODAY (1-28-45) Admiral Radios, CBS. Douglas Edwards and CBS correspondents with news from the world’s political and battle fronts. “The Americans began an attack toward the Siegfried line at 4:00 this morning in a heavy snow storm. American and British heavy bombers — more than 1,200 strong — struck two great blows today at Germany’s war industry.” Admiral Radios, CBS. (25 min)
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (2-5-45) “The Road to Berlin” starring Bing Crosby, with Jeannie Darrell, Darlene Garner, Joe DeRita. Bing and the cast recount their most recent USO trip overseas to France. Walter Huston hosts. DuPont, NBC. (29 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-8-55) “The War of the Worlds” starring Dana Andrews and Pat Crowley in a radio version of the 1953 film, produced by George Pal. A meteorite that lands in California is the start of an invasion from Mars. Cast: Les Tremayne, Herb Butterfield, Bill Bouchey, Paul Frees, Parley Baer, Ken Peters, Howard McNear, William Conrad, George Niese, Bob Bailey, Herb Ellis, Irene Tedrow, Don Diamond, Jack Kruschen, Frank Gerstle, George Baxter, Truda Marson, Eddie Marr. Irving Cummings hosts. Lux Soap, NBC. (21 min & 17 min & 22 min) Read the article about George Pal in the Winter 2020 issue of Nostalgia Digest.


JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-7-45) With Don Wilson, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Larry Stevens, Joseph Kearns, Mel Blanc, Benny Rubin. Jack and the gang prepare to go to New York and Jack visits his vault for the first time. Larry sings “Don’t Fence Me In.” AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (8-28-10) Steve Darnall’s conversation with actress Jeannine Roose, speaking by telephone from her home in California about her career in radio, including The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show. (31 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-21-45) With Mary, Phil, Rochester, Don, Larry, Mel Blanc, Jeannine Roose. Jack is planning to go to the race track and can’t decide on what horse to place his bet. AFRS rebroadcast. (28 min)
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (10-9-53) “Little Alice’s First Date,” with Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley, Jeannine Roose, Anne Whitfield, John Hubbard, Gil Stratton. Little Alice has a date for the school dance and Phil isn’t happy about it. RCA Victor, NBC. (40 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-14-45) Broadcasting from New York, with Phil, Don, Larry, Rochester, Jackson Beck, Minerva Pious and guest Fred Allen, who is hired to read the commercial. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)


JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-21-45) From New York, with Mary, Phil, Don, Rochester, Larry Stevens. Jack and the gang plan to go ice-skating in Central Park. Lucky Strike, NBC. (27 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (11-9-48) With Doris Day, Bill Farrell, Irene Ryan, Jack Kirkwood, announcer Hy Averback, Les Brown and his Band of Renown and guest Jack Benny. Bob recalls how he injured his leg at Paramount and Jack offers to sell Bob insurance. Swan Soap, NBC. (29 min)
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF DENNIS DAY (10-22-47) With Barbara Eiler, Bea Benaderet, Dink Trout, John Brown, Charles Dant and the Orchestra, announcer Vern Smith. Dennis takes a job selling insurance and sings “Who Put That Gleam in Your Eye?” Colgate-Palmolive, NBC. (29 min)
THIS IS MY BEST (6-11-45) “Babes in the Woods” starring Jack Benny as a playwright who travels to New York and finds himself looking after the child of a war worker. Cast includes Norma Jean Nilsson, Cathy Lewis, Ken Christy. James Wallington hosts. Cresta Blanca, CBS. (29 min)
BRAVE MEN ARE AFRAID (2-10-45) A special broadcast, featuring Paul Killiam of the War Service and News division of WOR, speaking with Marines in the Fourth and Fifth Divisions, now at advanced bases somewhere in the Pacific. Sustaining, WOR. (15 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-28-45) From Mitchell Field, New York, with Mary, Phil, Don, Larry, Rochester, Minerva Pious and guest Ann Sheridan, who is scheduled to go on a date with Phil after the show. Lucky Strike, NBC. (27 min)


JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-4-45) Broadcasting from St. Albans Naval Hospital in Long Island, with Mary, Don, Phil, Larry, Rochester and guests Fred Allen and Portland Hoffa. Mary recalls when she and Jack went to see Jack in Hollywood Canteen and ran into Fred and Portland. Lucky Strike, NBC. (28 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (9-26-38) “Seven Keys to Baldpate” starring Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone, with host Cecil B. DeMille. Jack and Mary play themselves as Jack recalls visiting an inn populated by strange and unusual people. Cast includes Frank Nelson, Gale Gordon, Lou Merrill, Martha Wentworth, Joseph Kearns. Melville Ruick announces. Lux Soap. CBS. (26 min & 13 min & 21 min)
SUSPENSE (8-16-59) “Like Man, Somebody Dig Me” starring Dennis Day as a hitch-hiker who finds himself arrested for murder. Cast: Lillian Buyeff, Bill Quinn, Paul Frees, Jack Moyles, Charles Seel. AFRS rebroadcast. (19 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-11-45) Broadcasting from Glenview Naval Air Station, with Mary, Don, Phil, Rochester, Larry and guests Andy Devine and Dick Powell. Jack is celebrating his birthday and the cast wants to know how old he is. Phil announces plans to appear on The Fitch Bandwagon. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
FITCH BANDWAGON (2-11-45) From Glenview Naval Air Station, with host Dick Powell and Phil Harris and his Orchestra, who perform “Accentuate the Positive.” Jack Benny and Andy Devine appear as guests. AFRS rebroadcast. (15 min)


JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-18-45) Broadcasting from St. Joseph, Missouri, with Mary, Phil, Don, Larry, Rochester and guest Jane Wyman, who talks with Jack about their appearances in the film Hollywood Canteen. The mayor of St. Joseph appoints Jack honorary president of the Chamber of Commerce. Lucky Strike, NBC. (27 min)
GI JOURNAL #87 (recorded 4-23-45) Jack Benny is editor-in-chief, with Rochester, Ginny Simms, Paulette Goddard, Mel Blanc as Pvt. Sad Sack and Arthur Treacher, who takes Rochester’s place as Jack’s butler. AFRS. (30 min)
JACK BENNY CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE (4-30-94) An original radio script by Ken Alexander, presented at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, in honor of the 61st anniversary of Jack Benny’s 39th birthday. John Sebert plays Jack Benny, with Jack’s daughter Joan Benny as Mary Livingstone, Harry Volkman as Dennis Day and Ken Alexander as Professor LeBlanc. (35 min and 26 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-29-45) With Mary, Phil, Don, Rochester, Larry, Frank Nelson, Joseph Kearns and Mel Blanc, appearing for the first time as Jack’s violin teacher, Professor LeBlanc. Jack finds Rochester’s diary while he awaits his violin lesson. Lucky Strike, NBC. (27 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-25-45) Broadcasting from Denver, with Mary, Phil, Don, Larry, Rochester, Frank Nelson. A sculptor comes to the studio to make a statue of Jack; later, Mary recalls how Jack learned to play “Accentuate the Positive” on the violin. Lucky Strike, NBC. (28 min)


COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (February 29, 1940) “The Great Microphone Mystery, or The Case of the Mysterious Leap Year” relates “an extraordinary incident in the annals of detection” as detective Ellery Queen is asked to investigate CBS, where strange things are happening. The cast includes Burgess Meredith, Bob Trout, Beatrice Kay, Howard Barlow, John Reed King, Norman Corwin, Earle McGill, Mel Allen, Nila Mack, Ted Husing and Frank Gallop. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (February 29, 1944) With Frances Langford, Jerry Colonna, Barbara Jo Allen as Vera Vague, Stan Kenton and the Orchestra and guests Lum and Abner (Chester Lauck and Norris Goff). Due to illness, Bob broadcasts from Hollywood with Lum and Abner, while the cast performs at Brookley Field in Mobile, Alabama. Frances sings “Speak Low”; Colonna sings “Mairzy Doats”; Lum and Abner bring Bob a cold remedy from Pine Ridge. Pepsodent, NBC. (29 min)
ROY ROGERS SHOW (February 29, 1952) It’s “The King of the Cowboys” with Dale Evans (“The Queen of the West”), the Whipporwills, Forrest Lewis. Roy meets a visiting geology professor while investigating a smuggling ring. With Frank Hemingway, Herb Butterfield, Leo Curley, Stan Waxman, Vivi Janiss, Milton Charles. Post Cereals, NBC. (30 min)
BOB AND RAY (February 29, 1960) “Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding present the CBS Radio Network.” A visit with Charles the Poet; a jammed elevator is opened; the “locking the door” ceremony is performed. Participating sponsors, CBS. (14 min)
X MINUS ONE (February 29, 1956) “Hello, Tomorrow” starring Jan Miner and John Larkin. A story set in the year 4195, when civilization is forced to live underground due to the intense gamma radiation following an atomic war. Sustaining, NBC. (24 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (February 29, 1948) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, The Sportsmen. Jack makes Phil explain the lyrics to “That’s What I Like About the South.” Lucky Strike, NBC. (27 min)


ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (10-24-48) “The Insomnia Caper” starring Howard Duff as Spade, Lurene Tuttle as Effie. Sam’s sleep is interrupted when a lover’s quarrel spills into his room. AFRS rebroadcast. (25 min)
JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (10-22-47) With Arthur Treacher, Candy Candido, Veola Vonn, Jo Stafford (substituting for Peggy Lee), Tommy Harmon, announcer Howard Petrie, Roy Bargy and the Orchestra and guest Victor Moore, who joins Jimmy for a pirate sketch. Rexall, NBC. (29 min)
STARS OF JAZZ (1958) Bobby Troup hosts, with the Pete Jolley Trio and special guest Billie Holiday, who sings “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone” and “My Man.” Syndicated. (24 min)
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (3-1-45) Reporter Bill Henry sets the scene before the president speaks to a joint session of Congress about his recent 14,000-mile trip to Malta and Yalta. CBS/ALL NETWORKS. (31 min and 29 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (3-6-45) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Arthur Q. Bryan, Shirley Mitchell, Marlin Hurt, announcer Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. The McGees decide to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary early. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)


COMMAND PERFORMANCE (2-15-45) “Dick Tracy in B-Flat, or For Goodness Sake, Isn’t He Ever Going to Marry Tess Trueheart?” A “comic-strip opera,” starring Bing Crosby as Tracy, Dinah Shore as Tess, Bob Hope as Flattop, Jerry Colonna as the Police Chief, Frank Morgan as Vitamin Flintheart, Jimmy Durante as the Mole, Judy Garland as Snowflake, Frank Sinatra as Shakey, Cass Daley as Gravel Gertie, The Andrews Sisters as the Summer Sisters, Harry von Zell as Judge Hooper. AFRS. (28 min and 26 min)
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (10-21-47) “Death is My Caller” with Maurice Tarplin as the Mysterious Traveler. A wealthy stockbroker is visited by his former partner, who has been released from prison and announces his plans for revenge. Cast: Santos Ortega, Agnes Young, Ted Jewett, Neal O’Malley. Sustaining, MBS. (30 min)
VIC AND SADE (1938) Art Van Harvey is Vic, with Bill Idelson as Rush, who wants to host a party and confides his ambitious plans to Vic. NBC. (9 min)
THIRD MAN (5-23-52) “Murder on the Riviera” starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime, the role he played in The Third Man movie. Harry is in post-War France when he encounters a young woman with a dead man in her car. Syndicated. (28 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (10-25-50) Willard Waterman is Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Dick LeGrand as Peavey, Mary Lee Robb as Marjorie, Richard Crenna as Bronco, Cathy Lewis as Catherine. Gildy is hoping that he will be named to the exclusive “Sons of Summerfield” but first he must undergo the group’s initiation. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)


JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY (9-30-40) An isolated episode of the series, with Charles Flynn as Jack, John Gannon as Billy, Sarajane Wells as Betty, Jim Goss as Uncle Jim. Jack, Billy and Betty encounter a prowler at Uncle Jim’s laboratory. Franklyn McCormack announces. Wheaties, NBC. (14 min)
MY FRIEND IRMA (1-6-52) Marie Wilson stars as Irma Peterson, with Cathy Lewis as Jane, John Brown as Al, Hans Conried as Prof. Kropotkin, Alan Reed as Mr. Clyde. Irma asks for Al’s help in finding a publisher for her autobiography. Ennds, CBS. (29 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (11-19-51) “Samson and Delilah” starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr in a radio version of the 1949 film. Mature and Lamarr re-create their roles as the fabled warrior and the woman who falls in love with him. Narrated by Gale Gordon, with Edgar Barrier, Leif Erickson, Herbert Rawlinson, Hope Sansbury, Norma Varden. William Keighley hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (22 min & 19 min & 19 min) Read the article about Hedy Lamaro in the Winter 2020 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
BOB HOPE SHOW (4-10-51) Broadcasting from Coronado Naval Air Station, with Hy Averback, Les Brown and his Band of Renown, guests Hedy Lamarr and Frankie Laine. Frankie joins Bob for a Western sketch and sings “I’m Gonna Live ‘Til I Die.” Later, Bob asks Hedy about making a film together. AFRS rebroadcast. (23 min)
MARCH OF TIME (3-22-45) Westbrook Van Voorhis narrates this look at the biggest news stories of the week, including a group of American deserters selling items on the black market in Paris and a bill in Congress to draft War workers. Time Magazine, BLUE (30 min)


RAILROAD HOUR (1-10-49) “The Red Mill” starring Gordon MacRae, Gene Kelly and Lucille Norman with Alan Reed, in a radio version of Victor Herbert’s musical comedy, about two Americans who travel to Europe to find romance. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (5-22-19) Steve Darnall’s conversation with actor, singer and dancer Ben Vereen, speaking by telephone from his home in New York, as he talks about his work on stage and television. (26 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Winter 2020 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
THEATRE FIVE (5-20-65) “Death of an Old Flame” starring Sammy Davis Jr., with Joan Banks, Bernard Grant, Ralph Bell, Evelyn Juster. A piano player’s ex-wife talks him into taking part in a fur heist. Fred Foy announces. Sustaining, ABC. (21 min)
PACKARD HOUR (9-15-36) Starring Fred Astaire, Charles Butterworth, Johnny Green and his Orchestra, announcer Ken Carpenter, guest Franchia White. It’s Fred’s first show and Butterworth offers to serve as a talent scout; Fred sings “Pick Myself Up” and “The Way You Look Tonight.” Packard Automobiles, NBC. (30 min and 25 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE (6-17-44) Jack Benny and Bing Crosby serve as Masters of Ceremonies, with Ann Miller, Georgia Gibbs, Harpo Marx and Gary Cooper, who acts as Harpo’s interpreter. Ann dances in a pair of Army boots; Harpo backs Bing on “My Blue Heaven.” AFRS. (29 min)

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