Jeff Kallman's excellent The Easy Ace: A Journal of Classic Radio
is a wonderful place to spend hours on end, rediscovering the Golden Age of Radio
as it's meant to be discovered and celebrated. Article after article
is filled with a wonderful new vignette about Golden Age Radio History.
---The Digital Deli Online.

[I]n his matchless on-this-day approach to chronicling “yesteryear,”
he easily aces out a less organized mind like mine,
which promptly lapsed into a more idiosyncratic mode of relating the past.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Nothing Personal, Darling, But . . . : The Way It Was, 10 January

1942: TILL QUIZ DO WE PART---The Better Half, a quiz show (also known as Sam Small's Better Half), premieres on the Mutual Broadcasting System. On this program, husbands and wives competed against each other. The loser paid a penalty.---Frank Buxton and Bill Owen, The Big Broadcast 1920-1950.

('s "Today in Radio History," edited by Corey Deitz, had noted erroneously that the show premiered in 1943, and I noted the error in the original version of this entry. It looks like Mr. Deitz is a reader here---he happened to catch my notation and, to his due credit, has adjusted's page accordingly. To which I can only say thank you, Mr. Deitz, for becoming my sixth reader!)

1943: YOU'RE STILL A HAAAAAARD MAN, McGEE!---For the first time since the show was spun off Fibber McGee and Molly, The Great Gildersleeve (NBC)---formerly McGee's next-door nemesis, now raising his orphaned niece and nephew---welcomes the McGees for a visit to his new home turf. Which is just what he doesn't need, after Fibber inadvertently learns, at the corner drug store, some news Gildy wanted to spring on the McGees himself, when the time was right.


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