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Throughout World War II Dinah Shore spent hundreds of hours before the mike entertaining Allied Troops abroad as well as G.I.s in training and service on the Homefront

Birds Eye Frozen Foods sponsored Dinah Shore over Radio from 1943 to 1947
Birds Eye Frosted Foods sponsored Dinah Shore over Radio from 1943 to 1947


Roland Young appeared as 'William' in a weekly 'William and Mary' skit
Roland Young appeared as William in a weekly 'William and Mary' skit for the first twenty-six weeks

Cornelia Otis Skinner appeared as 'Mary' in the weekly 'William and Mary' skit
Cornelia Otis Skinner appeared as Mary in the weekly 'William and Mary' skits

Film comedian Wally Brown joined the regular cast with Episode 5
Film comedian Wally Brown joined the regular cast with Episode 5

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 brings Dinah Shore to the air over CBS

Birds Eye Frosted Foods' first major 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' [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 proposed series, Dinah Shore was initially supported by weekly big name guest stars in addition to a weekly light comedy skit performed by Roland Young and Cornelia Otis Skinner.

The Dinah Shore Program premiered on September 30th 1943 with Duffy's Tavern star Ed Gardner as her first guest star and a salute to the era's fighting servicemen. The production was performed and broadcast from Hollywood with the exception of the Roland Young and Cornelia Otis Skinner skits piped in live from Washingtion D.C., then New York.

The Young and Skinner skits were in the vein of a situation comedy segment of approximately ten minutes during each of the first twenty-six broadcasts. The two great dramatic artists appeared as 'William and Mary,' a fairly well settled mature couple with a daughter, Emmie, and a cook, Flavella. The William and Mary segments tended to fall somewhat flat in spite of the extraordinary talent of the two protagonists and the segment was ultimately dropped in favor of an expanded weekly guest star segment and more yocks and comedic sketches from the new Film comedian Wally Brown.

Series Derivatives:

AFRS
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Variety
Network(s): CBS ; The AFRS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): None
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 43-09-30 01 A Salute To Service Men
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 43-09-30 to 44-06-29; Forty 30-minute programs; Thursday evenings
Syndication: CBS; The AFRS
Sponsors: Birds Eye [Frosted Foods Sales Corporation]
Director(s): Unknown
Principal Performers: Dinah Shore, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Roland Young, Ed Gardner, Donald O'Connor, Phil Silvers, Monty Woolley, Wally Brown, Dennis Day, Phil Baker, Lawrence Tibbett, Cary Grant, Don Barclaly, Charles Coburn, Orson Welles, Herbert Marshall, John Garfield, Pat O'Brien, Kenny Baker, Phil Harris, Vera Vague, Ransom Sherman, Charles Laughton
Recurring Character(s): William [Roland Young] and Mary [Cornelia Otis Skinner], Flavella the Cook, Emmie (William and Mary's daughter)
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Unknown
Music Direction: Robert Emmett Dolan and his Orchestra and the Joseph Lilley Singers
Musical Theme(s): 'Dinah"
Announcer(s): Harry Von Zell [first 26 weeks]
Tobe Reed
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
40
Episodes in Circulation: 20
Total Episodes in Collection: 20
Provenances:

The Billboard's somewhat mixed review of the premiere of The Dinah Shore Program for Birds Eye Frosted Foods (October 16th 1943)
The Billboard's somewhat mixed review of the premiere of The Dinah Shore Program for Birds Eye Frosted Foods (October 16th 1943)

RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide.

Notes on Provenances:

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

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The Dinah Shore Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
43-09-23
--
--
43-09-23 Wisconsin State Journal - 8:30 p.m.--Stage Door Canteen (WBBM): Dorothy Stickney and Howard Lindsay in scene from "Life With Father;" Dick Haymes, Bert Lytell, Raymond Paige.
43-09-30
1
A Salute To Service Men
N
43-09-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
salutes service men in opening program of her own variety show. Ed Gardner (Archie of "Duffy's") first guest. Cornelia Otis Skinner and Roland Young, in "William and Mary," written by Miss Skinner, first of weekly series of playlets; Joseph Lilley chorus. Music: "Sunday, Monday or Always," "Comin' through the Rye," "Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey," and "I'll Get By."
43-10-07
2
Guest Donald O'Connor
Y
43-10-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
presents Donald O'Connor, young movie actor; second installment of "William and Mary" by Cornelia Otis Skinner and Roland Young; muisc, "How Sweet You Are," "If That's the Way You Want It, Baby," "How Deep is the Ocean," "O Susanna."
43-10-14
3
Guest Phil Silvers
Y
43-10-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore Program (WBBM):
with Phil Silvers, guest; "The Suburban Train," another chapter in the "William and Mary" comedy series by Roland Young and Cornelia Otis Skinner, music "The Dreamer," "No Love, No Nothing," "Love is the Sweetest Thing," "The Kerry Dance."
43-10-21
4
Guest Monty Woolley
Y
43-10-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
Monty Woolley, guest; episode in married life of "William and Mary" by Cornelia Otis Skinner and Roland Young; music, "My Shining Hour," "You'd Better Give Me Lots of Loving," "Cuddle Up a Little Closer," "Carioca."
43-10-28
5
Guest Wally Brown
Y
43-10-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
with Wally Brown, double-talk comedian.
43-11-04
6
Title Unknown
N
[Wally Brown joins regular cast]

43-11-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
With Wally Brown, double-talk comedian; Cornelia Otis Skinner and Roland Young; Joseph Lilley singers.
43-11-11
7
Guest Donald O'Connor
N
43-11-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
with Donald O'Connor, film juvenile; Cornelia Otis Skinner, Roland Young; "Cuddle Up a Little Closer," "Easy to Love," "Smilin' Through."
43-11-18
8
Title Unknown
N
43-11-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM): with
Wally Brown, double-talk comedian, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Roland Young; "For the First Time I've Fallen in Love," "Kiss in the Dark," "No Love, No Nothin'," "Shortenin' Bread."
43-11-25
9
How To Stuff A Turkey Skit
N
43-11-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
with Wally Brown telling how to stuff a turkey; Cornelia Otis Skinner and Roland Young.
43-12-02
10
Opens with My Heart Tells Me
Y
43-12-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
with Cornelia Otis Skinner, Roland Young, and Wally Brown; "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny," "My Heart Tells Me," "It Had to be You."
43-12-09
11
The Sprained Ankle Skit
Y
43-12-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
with Wally Brown, Joe Lilley singers, Roland young and Cornelia Otis Skinner in another chapter of "William and Mary."
43-12-16
12
The Hiccups Skit
Y
43-12-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore Program (WBBM):
"Thou Swell," "My Heart Stood Still," "Love Me or Leave Me;" Cornelia Otis Skinner and Roland Young in a skit on "Good King Wenceslaus."
43-12-23
13
Christmas Program
Y
[Christmas Program]

43-12-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
"O Little Town of Bethlehem," Cornelia Otis Skinner, Roland Young decorate Christmas tree.
43-12-30
14
The Morning After New Year's Eve Skit
Y
[New Years program; Dinah Shore voted Top Girl Singer in America by Radio Daily; cracked master]

43-12-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
"Oh What a Beautiful Morning," "My Heart Tells Me," "Basin Street Blues," "My Bill;" Cornelia Otis Skinner in skit featuring preview of the morning after New Year's eve.
44-01-06
15
Title Unknown
N
44-01-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
with Wally Brown, Cornelia Otis Skinner and Roland Young; music, "May Reverie," "Now I Know," "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,"
44-01-13
16
Wally Opens A Café
N
44-01-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
Wally Brown opens a café and Cornelia Otis Skinner and Roland Young present another "William and Mary" skit; music, "Speak Low," "Tess' Torch Song," "When I Grow Too Old to Dream," "Kerry Dance."
44-01-20
17
Dinah's Fifth Anniversary On the Air
N
44-01-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
observes fifth anniversary as radio singer with "Honey I'm In Love With You," "Besame Mucho," "If I Had You," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow."
44-01-27
18
Title Unknown
N
44-01-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
with Wally Brown, Cornelia Otis Skinner and Roland Young; music, "Can't You Hear Me Calling Caroline," "Isle of Capri," "I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night."
44-02-03
19
Title Unknown
N
44-02-03 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
with Wally Brown, Joseph Lilley singers, Cornelia Otis Skinner and Roland Young.
44-02-10
20
The Wonders of the Beach
Y
44-02-10 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
Wally Brown shows Dinah the wonders of the beach; "Sleepy Time Gal," "Candlelight and Wine," "Besame Mucho," and "Get On Board Little Chillun."
44-02-17
21
Wally Goes Back To the Farm
Y
44-02-17 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore Program (WBBM):
Wally Brown leads a "Back to the farm" movement; music, "Speak Low," "I'll Get By," "Tess," "Get Happy."
44-02-24
22
William and Mary See 'Hamlet'
Y
44-02-24 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore Program (WBBM):
guest, Ginny Simms; Cornelia Otis Skinner and Roland Young, as William and Mary," attempt to instill culture in their daughter by a visit to "Hamlet."
44-03-02
23
Title Unknown
N
44-03-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
and Wally Brown in a sagebrush saga; music, "Deacon Jones," "The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else," "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening," "Poinciana."
44-03-09
24
Opens with Take It Easy
Y
44-03-09 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore Program (WBBM):
with Wally Brown, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Roland Young and Joseph Lilley Singers; "I Love You" and "I'll Get By," sung by Miss Shore.
44-03-16
25
Dinah Learns About Radio
N
44-03-16 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore Program (WBBM):
Dinah learns about radio from Wally Brown; music, "It's Love, Love, Love," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "Suddenly It's Spring," "Hallelulah."
44-03-23
26
Final William and Mary Skit
N
44-03-23 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore Program (WBBM):
Wally Brown opens a mythical hostelry in Washington, D.C.; Cornelia Otis Skinner and Roland Young present their final William and Mary skit; Dinah sings "Take It Easy," and "It's Delovely."





44-03-30
27
Guest Dennis Day
N
[Begins weekly 'Guest' format]

44-03-30 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
entertains Dennis Day, singer, in premiere of guest star policy, replacing "William and Mary" skit.
44-04-06
28
Guest Phil Baker
N
44-04-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
and Phil Baker.
44-04-13
29
Guest Lawrence Tibbett
N
44-04-13 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore Program (WBBM):
guest, Lawrence Tibbett of Metropolitan Opera; "Night and Day," "Tess," "Torch Song," "How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?"
44-04-20
30
Guests Cary Grant and Don Barclay
N
44-04-20 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
guests, Cary Grant and Don Barclay, magician; "How Many Times Must I Tell You" "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me," "You Go to My Head."
44-04-27
31
Guest Monty Woolley
N
44-04-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
and Monty Woolley.
44-05-04
32
Guest Charles Coburn
N
44-05-04 Wisconsin State Journal
"Take It Easy," "Spring Is Here," "Amor;" Charles Coburn, guest.
44-05-11
33
Guest Orson Welles
Y
44-05-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
and Wally Brown, with Orson Welles as guest; "I'll Be Seeing You," "Amor."
44-05-18
34
Guest Herbert Marshall
Y
44-05-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
guest, Herbert Marshall; song salute to Eddie Cantor's new picture "Show Business;" and "It's Love, Love, Love," "Long Ago and Far Away."
44-05-25
35
Guest John Garfield
Y
44-05-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
and John Garfield.
44-06-01
36
Guest Pat O'Brien
N
44-06-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
and Pat O'Brien.
44-06-08
37
Guest Kenny Baker
Y
[Closes with Bob Trout and breaking news of the D-Day invasion of Normandy's beaches]

44-06-08 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
with Kenny Baker; "It's a Crying Shame," "Swinging on a Star."
44-06-15
38
Guest Phil Harris
Y
44-06-15 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
with Phil Harris as guest.
44-06-22
39
Guests Vera Vague and Ransom Sherman
N
44-06-22 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
plus Vera Vague, Ransom Sherman.
44-06-29
40
Guest Charles Laughton
Y
[Last Dinah Shore Program; replaced for the Summer by Corliss Archer with Janet Waldo; Dinah Shore's series returned in the Fall as Birds Eye Open House]

44-06-29 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 p.m.--Dinah Shore (WBBM):
and Charles Laughton.
44-07-06
--
--
44-07-06 Wisconsin State Journal
8:30 Corliss Archer--WBBM WCCO





AFRS 'The Dinah Shore Program' Log

Date AFRS No. Title Avail. Notes
44-10-12
39
Guest Groucho Marx
Y






The Dinah Shore 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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