Variety & Music

Variety & Music

Music and variety played a pivotal role in radio. It could be a show in its own right with a leading superstar of the day such as Bing Crosby, or it could be an inexpensive filler using an unknown orchestras in a studio or via a remote from a local night spot.

What's amazing when listening to these shows today is that even after seventy years the charm, charisma and warmth still comes across so strongly.

Just close your eyes and it is as though you're back in the 30s or 40s and enjoying some of the great music of the era. I wonder if the music of today will have quite as much staying-power as the tunes you'll here in this magical section of RUSC.

20th Century Fox Presents20th Century Fox Presents
Show Count: 10
Broadcast History: 1936 to 1942
Sponsor: 20th Century Fox
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Across the DialAcross the Dial
Show Count: 1
Broadcast History: 1953
Sponsor: Packard Automobiles, Philip Morris Cigarettes
Andrews SistersAndrews Sisters
Show Count: 19
Broadcast History: 31 December 1944 to 23 September 1945 and 3 October 1945 to 27 March 1946
Cast: LaVerne Andrews, Patti Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Foy Willing and The Riders of The Purple Sage, George "Gabby" Hayes
Arthur GodfreyArthur Godfrey
Show Count: 17
Broadcast History: 1930-33, 1934-45, and 30 April 1945 to 30 April 1972
Sponsor: Chesterfield Cigarettes
Barrel Of FunBarrel Of Fun
Show Count: 5
Broadcast History:
Benny Goodman Show, TheBenny Goodman Show, The
Show Count: 19
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Bing CrosbyBing Crosby
Show Count: 36
Broadcast History: 2 September 1931 to 27 February 1932, 8 March 1932 to 20 July 1932, 4 January 1933 to 15 April 1933, 16 October 1933 to 11 June 1935, 2 January 1936 to 9 May 1946, 16 October 1946 to 1 June 1949, 21 September 1949 to 25 June 1952, 9 October 1952 to 30 May 1954 and 22 November 1954 to 28 December 1956
Cast: Bing Crosby, Bob Burns, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, Connie Boswell, Jerry Lester, George Murphy, Peggy Lee, Judd McMichael, Ted McMichael, Joe McMichael, Mary Lou Cook, Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter, Skitch Henderson, Lina Romay , Charlie Parlato, Mack McLean, Loulie Jean Norman, Gloria Wood
Director: Bill Morrow, Murdo MacKenzie, Cal Kuhl, Ezra MacIntosh, Bob Brewster, Ed Gardner
Producer: Bill Morrow, Murdo MacKenzie, Cal Kuhl, Ezra MacIntosh, Bob Brewster, Ed Gardner
Breakfast With Dorothy And DickBreakfast With Dorothy And Dick
Show Count: 1
Broadcast History: 15 April 1945 to 21 March 1963
Producer: Richard Kollmar
Host: Richard Kollmar, Dorothy Kilgallen
Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin StreetChamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street
Show Count: 5
Broadcast History: 11 February 1940 to 8 October 1944, 8 July 1950 to 30 September 1950 and 12 April 1952 to 2 August 1952
Cast: Gene Hamilton, Zero Mostel, Jack McCarthy
Director: Tom Bennett, Dee Engelbach
A strange sort of a show that was probably a little in front of it’s time. Radio shows in those days were usually quite straight forward in whatever sphere of entertainment they dealt in but The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street was what we today would call a “send-up”. It had a satirical way of putting over good music, whether it be opera, symphony or blues. The satire was of course in the lyrics, not in the music.
Command PerformanceCommand Performance
Show Count: 230
Broadcast History: 1 March 1942 to 20 December 1949 and 7 October 1945 to 21 April 1946
Cast: Charles Laughton, Red Skelton, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland
Director: Glenn Wheaton
Producer: Vick Knight, Maury Holland, Cal Kuhl
A Wartime Variety Show broadcast mainly to the armed forces between 1942 and 1949. It was produced for the armed forces by the War Department for short wave transmission to troops serving in overseas theatres of war.
Dinah Shore Show, TheDinah Shore Show, The
Show Count: 37
Broadcast History: 6 August 1939 to 1 July 1955
Cast: Dinah Shore
Disney PreviewDisney Preview
Show Count: 1
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Show Count: 9
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Fitch BandwagonFitch Bandwagon
Show Count: 6
Broadcast History: 4 September 1938 to 17 June 1945, 23 September 1945 to 16 June 1946, and 29 September 1946 to 23 May 1948
Sponsor: Fitch Shampoo
Cast: Alice Faye, Phil Harris, Eddie Cantor, Andy Devine, Cass Daley, Francis Trout, Henry Russell, Elliott Lewis, Robert North, Jeanine Roose, Anne Whitfield, Walter Tetley
Director: Paul Phillips
Producer: Ward Byron, Bill Lawrence
Host: Dick Powell
Frances Langford ShowFrances Langford Show
Show Count: 13
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Sponsor: Maxwell House Coffee Time
Cast: Frances Langford
Host: Frances Langford
G.I. JournalG.I. Journal
Show Count: 6
Broadcast History:
Cast: Various
Gene Autry's Melody RanchGene Autry's Melody Ranch
Show Count: 29
Broadcast History: 7 january 1940 to 1 August 1943, 23 September 1945 to 13 May 1956
Sponsor: Wrigley’s Gum
Cast: Pat Buttram, Johnny Bond, Carl Cotner, Sara Berner, Frankie Marvin, Alvino Rey, eddie Dean, Jimmy Wakely , Harry Lang, Jack Mather, Horace Murphy, Jerry Hausner
Producer: Bill Burch
Host: Gene Autry
GI JiveGI Jive
Show Count: 15
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Glenn MillerGlenn Miller
Show Count: 40
Broadcast History:
Cast: Glenn Miller
Grand MarqueeGrand Marquee
Show Count: 1
Broadcast History: 9 July 1946 to 25 September 1947
Cast: Jim Ameche, Beryl Vaughn, Olan Soule
Director: Norman Felton
Producer: Norman Felton
Guest StarGuest Star
Show Count: 68
Broadcast History: 1943-1962
Host: Kenny Delmar
The Guest Star Series of radio shows were produced by the Treasury Department to promote the purchase of U.S. Savings Bonds. It starred all the popular movie and radio stars of the time. Name any old-time star and you’ll likely find that he or she had at least one performance on this popular syndicated series.
Hedda Hopper's HollywoodHedda Hopper's Hollywood
Show Count: 1
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Host: Hedda Hopper
Hollywood's Open HouseHollywood's Open House
Show Count: 1
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Jack Pearl ShowJack Pearl Show
Show Count: 1
Broadcast History: 8 September 1932 to 25 September 1951
Sponsor: Lucky Strike, Royal Gelatin, Frigidaire, Brown and Williamson Tobacco, U.S. Treasury, Pet Milk
Cast: Jack Pearl, Cliff Hall, Tommy Dorsey
Jimmy Durante Show, TheJimmy Durante Show, The
Show Count: 42
Broadcast History: 10 September 1933 to 30 June 1950
Sponsor: Texaco, Camel Cigarettes, Rexall
Cast: Elvia Allman, Hope Emerson, Jimmy Durante, Florence Halop, Arthur Treacher, Victor Moore, Alan Young, Don Ameche
Producer: Phil Cohan
Judy Canova Show, TheJudy Canova Show, The
Show Count: 44
Broadcast History: 6 July 1943 to 27 June 1944, 13 January 1945 to 30 June 1951, and 29 December 1951 to 28 May 1953
Sponsor: Emerson Drug Company, General Motors, Colgate, Smith Brothers
Cast: Gale Gordon, Judy Canova, Mel Blanc, Verna Felton, Sharon Douglas, Hans Conried, Sheldon Leonard, Ruby Dandridge, Ruth Perrott, Joe Kearns, Gerald Mohr, Joseph Kearns, George Niese, Elvia Allman
Director: Joe Rines
Producer: Joe Rines
Let Yourself GoLet Yourself Go
Show Count: 1
Broadcast History: 1944 to 1945
Cast: Al Jolson, Milton Berle, Joe Besser
Host: Milton Berle
Lonesome GalLonesome Gal
Show Count: 12
Broadcast History: 13 October 1947 to the mid 1950s
Cast: Jean King
Mail CallMail Call
Show Count: 11
Broadcast History:
Martin & Lewis ShowMartin & Lewis Show
Show Count: 74
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Moon RiverMoon River
Show Count: 15
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Music MiscellaneousMusic Miscellaneous
Show Count: 55
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Philco Radio TimePhilco Radio Time
Show Count: 13
Broadcast History: 1946 to 1949
Cast: Bing Crosby
Railroad Hour, TheRailroad Hour, The
Show Count: 133
Broadcast History:
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Cast: Gordon MacRae, Stanley Farrar, Nadine Conner , Tom McKee, Mary Jane Croft, Ken Christy, Norma Varden, Herb Butterfield, Theodore von Eltz, Dorothy Kirsten, Jane Powell, Nadine Connor
Director: Norman Luboff
The Railroad Hour was a radio series of musical dramas and comedies broadcast from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s. Even though the shows do feature scripts, it was all about the songs - so if you love a good old sing-along, The Railroad Hour will tick all of the boxes.
Request PerformanceRequest Performance
Show Count: 4
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Sealtest Variety TheaterSealtest Variety Theater
Show Count: 15
Broadcast History: 6 July to 28 September 1947 and 9 September 1948 to 7 July 1949
Cast: Dorothy Lamour
Director: Glenhall Taylor
Sound OffSound Off
Show Count: 10
Broadcast History: 1946 to 1948
Spike Jones Show, TheSpike Jones Show, The
Show Count: 56
Broadcast History: 3 June 1949 to 25 June 1949
Cast: Frances Langford, Dorothy Shay, Spike Jones and the City Slickers
Producer: Hal Fimberg, Joe Bigelow
Texaco Star TheaterTexaco Star Theater
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: 1938 to 1949
Cast: Fred Allen, Ed Wynn, James Melton
Director: William A. Bacher
Host: Adolphe Menjou, Ken Murray, John Barrymore
World War II SongsWorld War II Songs
Show Count: 5
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Your Hit ParadeYour Hit Parade
Show Count: 25
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Your Rhythm RevueYour Rhythm Revue
Show Count: 3
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