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The Golden Age of Radio

Author: Kim Komando

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Relive classic radio shows from some of the most popular radio programs of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Before streaming video, television and computers the only form of entertainment was the radio and most of the shows back then were the inspiration of the television shows and movies we have today. This podcast is all about bringing those classic radios shows from the past to the modern listener of today.
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Radio was still fighting the good fight against television in the early 1950s, but times were changing. For example, comedian Jack Benny was the main guest on radio's Bing Crosby Show. Benny was there to tout his new T.V. show.
The Fred Allen Show features a variety of comedy skits, including going door-to-door to ask colorful neighbors if they are having trouble sleeping. Jack Benny later crashes the show by sneaking into a 60 cent studio tour.
Jack Benny the athlete

Jack Benny the athlete

2019-04-0400:18:04

Jack Benny visits the Bill Stern Sports Show where he jokes about what a great athlete he is and talks about his favorite sports. He also gets serious in discussing the end of World War II and thanking the USO for allowing him to visit American troops.
In "The Horn Blows at Midnight," the "Chief" has had it with planet 33974 — also known as Earth. Saying there are too many wars and hate on Earth, the Chief decides to destroy it. But with his top demolition experts busy on other projects, the Chief is forced to send bumbling junior angel, Nathaniel, played by Jack Benny, to blow his horn and make Earth disappear. Is Nathaniel up to the job? Listen to the conclusion of "The Horn Blows at Midnight."
In "The Horn Blows at Midnight," the "Chief" has had it with planet 33974 — also known as Earth. Saying there are too many wars and hate on Earth, the Chief decides to destroy it. But with his top demolition experts busy on other projects, the Chief is forced to send bumbling junior angel, Nathaniel, played by Jack Benny, to blow his horn and make Earth disappear. Is Nathaniel up to the job? Listen to Part 1 of "The Horn Blows at Midnight."
In "The Face is Familiar," Jack Benny plays a nice guy who likes to ramble around a train station. He stumbles upon two thugs planning a bank robbery, who are looking for a third man to pull off the caper. Benny's insistence that he recognizes one of the robbers sucks him into the robbery plot.
Fueled by the Cold War, sci-fi was all the rage in the 1950s. In this episode of Suspense on the Jack Benny Program, the comedian gives the sci-fi genre a satirical spin as only Jack Benny can. He plays Zeno, a blue-collar Martian who is sent by his superiors to meet the first rocket from Earth to land on Mars — and to put "Plan X" into effect. 
After 30 years on the job, a meek department store accountant plans his own unique retirement pension. Listen to what happens.
Suspense: "Murder in G-Flat" from 1951 featuring Jack Benny. A meek piano tuner's bag of tools is switched in the subway with a bag filled with $25,000.
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