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Birds Eye announces Dinah Shore's new program for Birds Eye for 1944
Birds Eye announces Dinah Shore's new program for Birds Eye for 1944

Birds Eye Frosted Foods spared no expense promoting Dinah Shore in the print media of the era (LIFE ad from October 23rd 1944)
Birds Eye Frosted Foods spared no expense promoting Dinah Shore in the print media of the era (LIFE ad from October 23rd 1944)

Cornelia Otis Skinner
Cornelia Otis Skinner

Roland Young
Roland Young

Birds Eye's lavish print ads continued to promote Dinah Shore throughout 1944 and 1945 (LIFE ad from November 20th 1944)
Birds Eye's lavish print ads continued to promote Dinah Shore throughout 1944 and 1945 (LIFE ad from November 20th 1944)

Having gotten off to an extraordinary start with the 1944 Season, Birds Eye signed Dinah Shore for a 1945 Season.
Having gotten off to an extraordinary start with the 1944 Season, Birds Eye signed Dinah Shore for a 1945 Season.

Background

Dinah Shore's meteoric rise throughout the entertainment industry was one of the 20th Century's great success stories. An instant hit over Radio, Dinah Shore quickly rose to prominence in Television and Film as well. Beginning her singing career shortly after graduating from Vanderbilt University, her first exposure to a Radio audience came over New York station WNEW, in a series of weekly, 15-minute features between 1938 and 1940.

While steadily increasing her popularity with one hit record after another, Dinah Shore got her first major boost from Eddie Cantor and his Time To Smile program between 1940 and 1942 and with frequent appearances on the long-running Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street with Paul LaValle during the same period. She'd also appeared over The Revuers during the same period while getting yet another boost from Xavier Cugat during 1940.

By 1941 Dinah Shore embarked on a long-running series of her own programs over three different networks and for six different major sponsors:

Throughout the entire period of headlining her own starring vehicles over both Radio and Television, Dinah Shore continued to make hundreds of guest appearances on other programs as well as performing in hundreds of AFRS and AFRTS programs of the 1940s and 1950s. And indeed her frequent appearances before military audiences both stateside and overseas endeared her to a generation of G.I.s and their families. Dinah Shore continued to be a favorite of G.I.s. for the remainder of Dinah Shore's life.

Birds Eye moves The Dinah Shore Program to NBC

Birds Eye Frosted Foods' first foray into commercial Radio held all the promise of an excellent promotional vehicle. Singing sensation Dinah Shore was a natural talent for Birds Eye in its quest to promote wholesome, healthy 'frosted food' [flash frozen food] products. Coming on the heels of her first two headlining Radio programs, Dinah Shore was already becoming a seasoned professional at the Radio microphone. Given the half-hour format of the first series, Dinah Shore had been supported by weekly big name guest stars in addition to a weekly light comedy skit performed by Roland Young and Cornelia Otis Skinner.

The problem with Birds Eye's first sponsorship of Dinah Shore in The Dinah Shore Program was the somewhat discordant and superfluous weekly skits by Roland Young and Cornelia Otis Skinner. The addition of new Film comedian Wally Brown to the last sixteen episodes of The Dinah Shore Program fell just as flat as the Young and Skinner skits of the previous twenty-six weeks. Both Birds Eye and Dinah Shore concluded that it was probably time for a move.

So it was that when Birds Eye and Dinah Shore returned for the Fall Season of 1944, their newly revamped program aired over NBC as Birds Eye Open House Starring Dinah Shore in another half-hour format, but sans either dramatic sketches or a lampooning second banana. Birds Eye Open House premiered on October 5th 1944 on Thursday evening. Buttressed by far better writing, a stellar stream of guest stars and better direction, Birds Eye Open House quickly became the showcasing vehicle that Dinah Shore truly deserved.

The team of Howard Harris and Sid Zelinka wrote the gags and dialogue for the revamped series and Harry Von Zell continued on as the series' announcer. Robert Emmett Dolan and his orchestra backed the series, aided by the Joe Lilley Singers and the Ken Lane Chorus.

During the last season of Birds Eye Open House the program followed the extraordinarily popular Burns and Allen Show on Thursday evenings and the two programs combined for an hour-long Christmas Special in 1945 and another combined special in May 1946 while Dinah Shore was out for four weeks due to a bout of laryngitis.

Birds Eyes's second outing with Dinah Shore was a remarkable improvement over its first sponsorship of Dinah Shore. The production values were far better, the guest stars were more entertaining, the writing was certainly more topical and apropos of the format, and the music got even better as the show progressed. Dinah Shore's home life had gotten far busier during her years with Birds Eye and her professional life was even busier. Dinah decided to take some time off to finish building her home in California with George Montgomery and to spend quality time with their toddler Melissa. Birds Eye sponsored Meredith Willson for the Summer of 1946 as an erstwhile Summer replacement for Birds Eye Open House, but as it turned out, Birds Eye Open House never returned to the air.

After the Summer break, Dinah Shore returned to the air for the Ford Motor Company in The Ford Show (1946-1947) over CBS with Peter Lind Hayes as her second banana. Ironically, it was The Ford Show sidekick Peter Lind Hayes that co-wrote "See The U.S.A. In Your Chevrolet" with his wife Mary Healy for Chevrolet's long-running promotional campaign beginning in 1949.

Series Derivatives:

AFRS 'Dinah Shore's Open House'; The Dinah Shore Program
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Variety
Network(s): NBC ; The AFRS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): None
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 44-10-05 01 Guest Jimmy Durante
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 44-10-05 to 46-05-30; Seventy-four 30-minute programs; Thursday evenings
Syndication: NBC; The AFRS
Sponsors: Birds Eye [Frosted Foods Sales Corporation]; General Foods (Grape Nuts Flakes Cereal, Gaines Dog Meal, Satina, LaFrance Bluing Flakes) [KFI]
Director(s): Unknown
Principal Performers: Dinah Shore, Jimmy Durante, Groucho Marx, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Eddie Cantor, Frank Morgan, Lauritz Melchior, Charles Laughton, Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Jack Carson, Joe E. Brown, Dorothy Lamour, Vera Vague, Jerry Colonna, Basil Rathbone, Marlin Hurt, Groucho Marx, Akim Tamiroff, George Jessel, Robert Benchley, Frank Sinatra, Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Ginny Simms, Fibber McGee and Molly, Turhan Bey, Alan Ladd, Joseph Cotten, Bill Goodwin, Cesar Romero, Hedda Hopper, Rudy Vallee, Jack Haley, Red SKelton, Kay Kyser, Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, Joan Davis, Andy Russell, Tony Martin, Marilyn Maxwell, Richard Greene
Recurring Character(s):
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Howard Harris, Sid Zelinka
Music Direction: Robert Emmett Dolan and his Orchestra and the Joe Lilley Singers
The Ken Lane Chorus
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s): Harry Von Zell
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
74
Episodes in Circulation: 28
Total Episodes in Collection: 33 [includes three AFRS-denatured episodes]
Provenances:
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide.

Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were the log of the RadioGOLDINdex and newspaper listings.

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The Birds Eye Open House Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
44-09-28
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44-09-28 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 7:30 NBC One-Act Play Contest
44-10-05
1
Guest Jimmy Durante
N
44-10-05 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): returns with new program, Dinah Shore's Open House; Joseph Lilley singers; Robert Emmett Dolan, musical conductor; Butterfly McQueen, Dinah's maid; guest, Jimmy Durante.
44-10-12
2
Guest Groucho Marx
N
44-10-12 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore's Open House (WIBA): guest, Groucho Marx.
44-10-19
3
Guests George Burns and Gracie Allen
N
44-10-19 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore's Open House (WIBA): guests, George Burns and Gracie Allen.
44-10-26
4
Guest Eddie Cantor
N
44-10-26 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore's Open House (WIBA): Eddie Cantor, guest; "The Trolley Song," "Together," "Surrey With the Fringe on Top."
44-11-02
5
Guest Frank Morgan
N
44-11-02 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): guest, Frank Morgan; "Rancho Grande," "Black Magic," "Her Tears Flowed Like Wine."
44-11-09
6
Guest Lauritz Melchior
N
44-11-09 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore's Open House (WIBA): guest Lauritz Melchior, Metropolitan Opera tenor; music, "Trolley Song," "Don't Fence Me In."
44-11-16
7
Guest Charles Laughton
Y
[AFRS Only]

44-11-16 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore's Open House (WIBA): with Charles Laughton.
44-11-23
8
Guests Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre
N
44-11-23 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore's Open House (WIBA): with Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, screen villains, giving an old-time drama of the south.
44-11-30
9
Guest Jack Carson
N
44-11-30 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore's Open House (WIBA): guest, Jack Carson, comedian; music, "Like Some One in Love," "How Many Hearts Have You Broken?"
44-12-07
10
Guest Joe E. Brown
N
44-12-07 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): and Joe E. Brown exchange notes on their recent overseas trips. In an annual poll, radio editors of the United States and Canada have selected Dinah Shore as the "best female vocalist" in the popular classificatin. Her program is heard at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays over WIBA.
44-12-12
11
Guests Dorothy Lamour and Vera Vague
N
44-12-14 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore's Open House (WIBA): guests, Dorothy Lamour and Vera Vague.
44-12-19
12
Guest Jerry Colonna
N
44-12-21 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore's Open House (WIBA): with Jerry Colonna; Dinah sings special musical arrangements of Christmas Carols.
44-12-26
13
Guests Basil Rathbone and Marlin Hurt
N
44-12-28 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): with Basil Rathbone and Marlin Hurt (Beulah of Fibber McGee program).
45-01-04
14
Groucho Marx
N
45-01-04 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore's Open House (WIBA): guest, Groucho Marx.
45-01-11
15
Guest Lauritz Melchior
N
45-01-11 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): with Lauritz Melchior.
45-01-18
16
Guest Frank Morgan
N
45-01-18 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): guest, Frank Morgan.
45-01-25
17
Guest Akim Tamiroff

Post Grape Nuts Flakes

Y
[Grape Nuts Flakes sponsor]

45-01-25 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): with Akim Tamiroff.
45-02-01
18
Guest George Jessel
N
45-02-01 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): guest, George Jessel; "Sleighride in July," "Magic Is the Moonlight," "Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night."
45-02-08
19
Guest Robert Benchley
N
45-02-08 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): with Robert Benchley; music, "I Didn't Know About You," "Trolley Song," "Home for a Little While."
45-02-15
20
Guest Frank Sinatra
N
45-02-15 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): with Frank Sinatra as guest; "More and More," "There Goes That Song Again."
45-02-22
21
Guest Jack Carson
N
45-02-22 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): with Jack Carson.
45-03-01
22
Guest Groucho Marx
N
45-03-01 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): guest, Groucho Marx.
45-03-08
23
Guests Arthur Treacher and Vera Vague
N
45-03-08 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): with Arthur Treacher and Vera Vague.
45-03-15
24
Guest Groucho Marx
Y
[St. Patrick's Day program; Grape Nuts Flakes commercial]

45-03-15 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): with Groucho Marx; music, "Evaline," "Anywhere."
45-03-22
25
Guest Eddie Cantor
N
45-03-22 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): with Eddie Cantor; music, "Accentuate the Positive," "The Thrill Is Gone," "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry."
45-03-29
26
Guest Groucho Marx
N
45-03-29 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): receives Citizenship medal of VFW from Louis E. Starr, junior vice-commander-in-chief; guest, Groucho Marx.
45-04-05
27
Guest Jerry Colonna
N
45-04-05 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): with Jerry Colonna.
45-04-12
28
Guest Groucho Marx
N
45-04-12 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): guest, Groucho Marx; music, "Good, Good, Good," "Dr. Quackenbush."
45-04-19
29
Guests Ginny Simms and Groucho Marx

West Coast KFI listeners heard a combination of General Foods product pitches at the close of Birds Eye Open House
West Coast KFI listeners heard a combination of General Foods product pitches at the close of Birds Eye Open House

Y
[Guest Emcee Ginny Simms standing in for Dinah Shore; Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-04-19 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore's Open House (WIBA): Ginny Simms, guest m.c., with Groucho Marx.
45-04-26
30
Guest Groucho Marx
N
45-04-26 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
guest, Groucho Marx; music, "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry," "Good, Good, Good," "Home For a Little While."
45-05-03
31
Guests Fibber McGee and Molly
N
[No Close]

45-05-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
entertains Fibber McGee and Molly; music, "My Heart Sings," "More and More," and Fibber's own arrangement of "I'm Beginning to See the Light."
45-05-10
32
Guest Frank Sinatra
Y
[Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-05-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Frank Sinatra; "A Little On the Lonely Side," "I Should Care," "Home for a Little While," "Begin the Beguine."
45-05-17
33
Guest Groucho Marx
Y
[Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-05-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
entertains Groucho Marx; music, "Dreams," "He's Home for a Little While," "Can't You Read Between the Lines."
45-05-24
34
Guest Turhan Bey
Y
[Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-05-24 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): with Turhan Bey, Turkish movie star; music, "Candy" and "Laura."
45-05-31
35
Guest Alan Ladd
Y
[Last program of the Season; Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-05-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore's Open House (WIBA):
with Alan Ladd as guest.
45-06-07
--
--
45-06-07 Wisconsin State Journal - WIBA 7:30 NBC Adventures of Topper





45-09-06
36
Guest Groucho Marx
N
[AFRS Only]

45-09-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore's Open House (WIBA):
returns for new season, with Robert Emmett Dolan's orchestra, and Harry Von Zell; guest, Groucho Marx.
45-09-13
37
Guest Frank Morgan
Y
[Speed and pitch adjusted; Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-09-13 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): sings "Atcheson, Topeka, and Santa Fe;" guest, Frank Morgan.
45-09-20
38
Guests Joseph Cotten and Bill Goodwin
Y
[Speed and pitch adjusted; Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-09-20 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): Joseph Cotton, guest; music, "I'm Gonna Love That Man," "The More I See You."
45-09-27
39
Guests Cesar Romero and Vera Vague
Y
[Gaines Dog Meal and Beemans Pepsin Gum commercials]

45-09-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Cesar Romero and Vera Vague.
45-10-04
40
Guest Jerry Colonna
Y
[Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-10-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Jerry Colonna.
45-10-11
41
Guest Groucho Marx
N
45-10-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Groucho Marx.
45-10-18
42
Guest Jack Carson
Y
[Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-10-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
and Jack Carson; "Along the Navajo Trail," "That's for Me."
45-10-25
43
Guests Hedda Hooper and Vera Vague
Y
[Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-10-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Vera Vague and Hedda Hopper as guests.
45-11-01
44
Guest Rudy Vallee
Y
[Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-11-01 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Ken Lane Choral group; Rudy Vallee.
45-11-08
45
Guest Groucho Marx
Y
[Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-11-08 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Groucho Marx; "Love Letters," "Honey."
45-11-15
46
Guest Jack Haley
N
45-11-15 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
entertains Jack Haley.
45-11-22
47
Guest Groucho Marx
Y
[Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-11-22 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): with Groucho Marx; music, "Gee, It's Good to Hold You," "Get Happy," "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows."
45-11-29
48
Guest Alan Ladd
N
45-11-29 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
guest, Alan Ladd.
45-12-06
49
Guest Groucho Marx
N
45-12-06 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
guest, Groucho Marx.
45-12-13
50
Guest Red Skelton
Y
[Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-12-13 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Red Skelton.
45-12-20
51
Maxwell House and Birds Eye Christmas Show
N
45-12-20 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00 p.m.--Burns and Allen and Dinah Shore (WIBA):
combine their programs for full-hour show, with George Montgomery as guest; music, Gracie's performance of her piano "One Finger Concerto," "White Christmas" by Dinah Shore and "Anitra's Dance" by Meredith Willson's and Robert Emmett Dolan's combined orchestras.
45-12-27
52
Guest Groucho Marx
Y
[Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

45-12-27 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Groucho Marx.
46-01-03
53
Guest Charles Laughton
Y
[Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

46-01-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
guest, Charles Laughton.
46-01-10
54
Guest Groucho Marx
Y
[Gaines Dog Meal commercial]

46-01-10 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Groucho Marx.
46-01-17
55
Guest Rudy Vallee
N
46-01-17 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Rudy Vallee.
46-01-24
56
Guest Frank Sinatra
N
46-01-24 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
guest, Frank Sinatra.
46-01-31
57
Guest Groucho Marx
N
[AFRS Only]

46-01-31 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
guest, Groucho Marx.
46-02-07
58
Guest Jack Carson
N
46-02-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Jack Carson.
46-02-14
59
Guest Kay Kyser
N
46-02-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): entertains Kay Kyser.
46-02-21
60
Guest Groucho Marx
Y
[Satina commercial]

46-02-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Groucho Marx; music, "Oh, What It Seemed to Be," "Day by Day."
46-02-28
61
Guests Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard

LaFrance Bluing Flakes was another of the KFI sponsors bracketing Birds Eye Open House
LaFrance Bluing Flakes was another of the KFI sponsors bracketing Birds Eye Open House


Y
[LaFrance Bluing Flakes commercial]

46-02-28 Wisconsin State Journal - 7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA): guests, Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard present Hollywood version of "Home on the Range."
46-03-07
62
Guest Eddie Cantor
N
46-03-07 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
and Eddie Cantor, "I'm Just Wild About Harry," "Oh Johnny," "Sweet Sue," "Louise," "Dinah."
46-03-14
63
Guest Groucho Marx
Y
46-03-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Groucho Marx.
46-03-21
64
Guest Joan Davis

The Billboard congratulates Dinah Shore upon winning the Radio Editors' Poll for the fifth consecutive year (from March 23rd 1946)
The Billboard congratulates Dinah Shore upon winning the Radio Editors' Poll for the fifth consecutive year (from March 23rd 1946)

Y
[Satina commercial]

46-03-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Joan Davis; music includes "Oh What It Seemed to Be."
46-03-28
65
Guest Andy Russell
Y
[LaFrance Bluing Flakes commercial]

46-03-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Andy Russell as guest.
46-04-04
66
Guest Groucho Marx
N
46-04-04 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Groucho Marx.
46-04-11
67
Guest Alan Young
N
46-04-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Alan Young, comedian.
46-04-18
68
Guest Tony Martin
N
46-04-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
welcomes Tony Martin, recently returned to civilian life after service with both army and navy.
46-04-25
69
Guests Marilyn Maxwell and Groucho Marx
Y
[Guest Emcee Marilyn Maxwell standing in for Dinah Shore due to laryngitis; Annnouncement of change in time on April 28]

46-04-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Groucho Marx.
46-05-02
70
Maxwell House Coffee Time and Birds Eye Special
Y
[Special hour-long program]

46-05-02 Wisconsin State Journal
6 p.m.--Burns and Allen (WIBA):
combine with Dinah Shore's program for full hour, when Charles Boyer is guest; Frances Langford substitutes for Dinah.
46-05-09
71
Guest Peter Lorre
Y
[LaFrance Bluing Flakes commercial]

46-05-09 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
returns to program, with Peter Lorre as guest.
46-05-16
72
Guest Groucho Marx
Y
[Satina commercial]

46-05-16 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Groucho Marx.

Announces David Niven as next Guest
46-05-23
73
Guest Richard Greene
Y
[Cracked master; LaFrance Bluing Flakes commercial]

46-05-23 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WIBA):
with Richard Greene.
46-05-30
74
Guest Red Skelton
N
46-05-30 Wisconsin State Journal
Thursday WIBA 6:30 NBC Dinah Shore
46-06-06
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46-06-06 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA 6:30 NBC Meredith Willson Show





AFRS 'The Dinah Shore's Open House' Program Log

Date AFRS No. Title Avail. Notes
44-11-16 Guest Charles Laughton
Y
45-09-06 Guest Groucho Marx
Y
46-01-31 Guest Groucho Marx
Y






The Birds Eye Open House Program Biographies




Frances Rose 'Dinah' Shore
Jazz Vocalist; Radio, Television and Film Personality; Animal rights activist
(1916-1994)

Birthplace: Winchester, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Education: Hume Fogg High School; B.S., Sociology, Vanderbilt University

Radiography:
1940 Lucky Strike Presents
1940 The Chamber Music Society Of Lower Basin Street
1940 The Revuers
1940 It's Time To Smile
1940 Behind the Mike
1941 Tenth Anniversary Salute To Movie Radio Guide
1941 Greek War Relief Fund
1941 The Men Behind the Guns
1941 We the People
1941 Songs By Dinah Shore
1942 President Roosevelt's Diamond Jubilee
1942 Command Performance
1942 The Pause That Refreshes...On the Air
1942 Homage To George Gershwin
1942 Special Mileage Rationing Program
1942 In Person: Dinah Shore
1942 Lights Out
1943 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater
1943 Paul Whiteman Presents
1943 Bond Drive For the Cruiser Los Angeles
1943 Cavalcade For Victory
1943 The Dinah Shore Program
1943 The Jack Benny Program
1943 Duffy's Tavern
1944 AFRS Thankgiving Show
1944 Showtime
1944 March Of Dimes Campaign
1944 America Salutes the President's Birthday
1944 Mail Call
1944 Truth Or Consequences
1944 Everything For the Boys
1944 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
1944 Make Mine Music
1944 The American Band Of the A.E.F.
1944 Recording Session For British and American Army Charities
1944 Birds Eye Open House
1944 Thanksgiving Special Program
1944 Christmas Stocking (AFRS)
1945 V-E Day Special
1945 Seventh War Loan Memorial Day Program
1945 Last Program Of ABSIE
1945 Music For Millions
1945 Music America Loves Best
1945 Armed Forces V-J Program
1945 The Victory Chest Program
1945 NBC Parade Of Stars
1945 Jerome Kern Memorial Special
1946 Music Fights Infantile Paralysis
1946 Maxwell House Coffee Time
1946 Bill Stern Colgate Sports Newsreel
1946 Stars In the Afternoon
1946 American Veterans Committee Salutes Al Jolson
1946 The Ford Show
Dinah Shore circa 1947
Dinah Shore circa 1947

 Dinah Shore circa 1946
Dinah Shore circa 1946
From the February 24th 1994 edition of the Syracuse Herald Journal:

Dinah Shore dies

TV, radio film star
favored golf, animals.

The Associated Press

     BEVERLY HILLS. Calif. - Entertainer Dinah Shore, whose career spanned radio, television and concert performances, died today.  She was 76.
     Miss Shore, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, died at her home here after a short illness, said publicist Stephanie Masters.
     Miss Shore's grown children and ex-husband George Montgomery were with her when she died, said spokeswoman Connie Stone.
     Her television career spanned the 1950s to the early 1990s, when she had a half-hour talk show, "A Conversation with Dinah," on The Nashville Network.
     Miss Shore, who won 10 Emmy Awards, started in 1951 with "The Dinah Shore Show," a live, 15-minute musical show.  The more elaborate "'The Dinah Shore Chevy Show" premiered in 1956 and ran until 1963.
     From 1974-79 she was in "Dinah," from 1970-74 in "Dinah's Place," and from 1979 to 1984, "Dinah and Friends."
     Referring to the TV camera, she said in a 1989 Associated Press interview:  "I don't know how to be afraid of that old red eye.  It's one person to me.  I don't visualize large numbers of people out there.
I'm comfortable with it."  Prior to going into television, she was a singing star on radio known for such hits as "I'll Walk Alone" and "The Anniversary Song."
     She occasionally appeared in films in the 1940s including "Follow the Boys" and "Fun and Fancy Free."
     She was born Frances Rose Shore on March 1, 1917 in Winchester, Tenn.
     A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she began her broadcast singing career in 1938 on New York's WNEW, joining the NBC network later that year and signing a contract with RCA Victor in 1940.  A year later she joined Eddie Cantor's radio program; by 1943 she was starring in her own radio program, sponsored by General Foods.
     She married Montgomery in 1943 and had two children, Melissa Ann Hime, born in 1948, and John David Montgomery, born in 1954.  She divorced Montgomery in 1962.  A second marriage to Maurice F. Smith in 1963 lasted only a year.
     For more than two decades she had played host to the Dinah Shore Classic golf tournament in the Palm Springs area.  She was also a champion of animal rights.




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