Good News of (1937 to 1940)

Good News of (1937 to 1940)

The Good News series was a musical variety radio program that spanned from November 4, 1937 to 1940.

Good News of 1938 was billed as the most magnificent radio show to ever hit the airways and began with famous movie stars such as James Stewart and Robert Taylor as hosts. Many other Metro Goldwyn Mayer movie stars such as Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable were guests on the show that MGM also produced.

Critics weren’t excited about Good News of 1938 and although MGM put together a stellar list of movie stars, critics said that it fell short of the promised hype. MGM had promised to “dazzle ‘em with glitter,” and planned to make every star at MGM available to be featured on the program. In addition, a new MGM movie preview would be shown, further capturing the attention of the listening public and promoting the stars.

Maxwell House, who sponsored Good News, had recently dropped Show Boat after five seasons of success, and Good News was to follow. Many critics said that MGM had too much control over the series, which made it appear to be a giant advertisement of MGM’s movies. For example, one feature of the show was “Backstage at the Movies,” where listeners could hear what was being discussed during executive conferences at MGM and enjoy audio tours of the stars’ dressing rooms.

It cost Maxwell House $25,000 per week to sponsor Good News, and the series only pulled halfhearted responses from critics and listeners. But, as Newsweek indicated, “it was the first partnership between a movie studio and a major commercial sponsor,” and that alone was a benchmark to take notice of.

Eight weeks into the series, comedienne and Ziegfeld Follies star, Fanny Brice, joined the show and successfully commenced her broadcasting career as Baby Snooks. The character of Baby Snooks was a precocious young child who found herself in all types of entertaining situations. The Baby Snooks Show spun off from Brice’s appearances on Good News and began on CBS September, 1944 and was at times called Baby Snooks and Daddy.

Announcers on Good News included Ted Pearson and Warren Hull and the director of the show was Ed Gardner.

Good News opened with the musical theme of Always and Always, played by Meredith Willson and his Orchestra. Singer, Mary Martin joined the show in 1940, just as Good News was winding down. The music on the show was always a triumphant addition, featuring Meredith Willson performing both classical and popular music as well as original works by Peter de Rose, Dana Suesse and Morton Gould.

Broadcast: 23rd December 1937
Added: Dec 29 2006
Broadcast: 30th December 1937
Added: Dec 30 2006
Broadcast: 10th February 1938
Added: Aug 03 2006
Broadcast: 17th February 1938
Added: Jul 20 2006
Broadcast: 24th March 1938
Added: Aug 10 2006
Broadcast: 31st March 1938
Starring: Robert Taylor
Added: Aug 17 2006
Broadcast: 14th April 1938
Added: Apr 07 2007
Broadcast: 5th May 1938
Added: Jul 14 2006
Broadcast: 19th May 1938
Added: Jul 15 2006
Broadcast: 9th June 1938
Added: Jul 11 2006
Broadcast: 16th June 1938
Added: Jul 13 2006
Broadcast: 1st September 1938
Added: Feb 01 2009
Broadcast: 22nd September 1938
Starring: Robert Taylor
Added: Dec 10 2011
Broadcast: 29th September 1938
Added: Sep 21 2012
Broadcast: 6th October 1938
Added: Oct 06 2006
Broadcast: 13th October 1938
Added: Jul 28 2007
Broadcast: 20th October 1938
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Oct 20 2006
Broadcast: 27th October 1938
Added: Aug 04 2007
Broadcast: 3rd November 1938
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Nov 03 2006
Broadcast: 10th November 1938
Added: Nov 10 2006
Broadcast: 17th November 1938
Added: Nov 17 2006
Broadcast: 24th November 1938
Added: Nov 24 2006
Broadcast: 1st December 1938
Added: Dec 01 2006
Broadcast: 8th December 1938
Added: Dec 04 2008
Broadcast: 15th December 1938
Starring: Robert Young
Added: Dec 23 2008
Broadcast: 22nd December 1938
Added: Dec 22 2006
Broadcast: 29th December 1938
Added: Jul 27 2006
Broadcast: 5th January 1939
Starring: Virginia Bruce
Added: Jan 01 2009
Broadcast: 12th January 1939
Added: Jan 12 2007
Broadcast: 6th April 1939
Added: Dec 06 2009
Broadcast: 20th April 1939
Added: Apr 18 2009
Broadcast: 11th May 1939
Added: May 17 2009
Broadcast: 15th June 1939
Added: Sep 20 2012
Broadcast: 29th June 1939
Added: Aug 22 2009
Broadcast: 30th November 1939
Added: Dec 24 2009
Broadcast: 14th December 1939
Added: Dec 22 2008
Broadcast: December 21, 1939
Added: Dec 21 2008
Broadcast: 18th January 1940
Added: Jan 18 2009