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1923 Philco Diamond Grid Batteries ad
1923 Philco Diamond Grid Batteries ad


The beautiful 1931 Philco Lowboy Bel Geddes Model 112-6 Floor Console
The beautiful 1931 Philco Lowboy Bel Geddes Model 112-6 Floor Console
(from the Digital Deli Too Collection)

Inner cabinet Norman Bel Geddes identification plate
Inner cabinet Norman Bel Geddes identification plate

Newspaper article describing Norman Bel Geddes designed Philco lowboy Model 112
Newspaper article describing Norman Bel Geddes designed Philco lowboy Model 112


1932 Philco Baby Grand Cathedral
1932 Philco Baby Grand Cathedral
(from the Digital Deli Too Collection)

1932 Philco Spot Ad October 8, 1932
1932 Philco Spot Ad October 8, 1932





This is what all the hoopla was about. Philco's Model 38-116XX radio console, the "No Squat, No
This is what all the hoopla was about in 1937-38. Philco's Model 38-116XX radio console, the "No Squat, No Stoop, No Squint", Ten Millionth Radio from 1937
(from the Digital Deli Too Collection)

No Squat No Stoop


Original AMPEX Logo from 1948
Original Ampex Logo from 1948


Ampex logo for the 200a Series

Ampex logo from the 1950s
Ampex logo from the 1950s

Ampex logo from the 1960s forward
Ampex logo from the 1960s forward


Full page LIFE magazine ad promoting the premiere of Philco Radio Time with Bing Crosby from October 14th 1946
Full page LIFE magazine ad promoting the premiere of Philco Radio Time with Bing Crosby from October 14th 1946

Full page LIFE magazine ad promoting Philco Radio Time with Bing Crosby from November 25th 1946
Full page LIFE magazine ad promoting Philco Radio Time with Bing Crosby from November 25th 1946

Full page LIFE magazine ad promoting Wednesday is Bingsday from January 20th 1947
Full page LIFE magazine ad promoting 'Wednesday is Bingsday' from January 20th 1947

Wednesday is Bingsday ad

Transcription label from Philco Radio Time premiere disc
Transcription label from Philco Radio Time premiere E.T. disc

Bing Crosby and a bank of his Ampex tape recorders
Bing Crosby and a bank of his Ampex
tape recorders

The recorder that started it all--the Ampex 200a studio recorder
The recorder that revolutionized broadcast Radio--the Ampex 200a studio recorder

Full page LIFE magazine ad promoting the Fall 1947 season premiere of Philco Radio Time  from September 29th 1947
Full page LIFE magazine ad promoting the Fall 1947 season premiere of Philco Radio Time from September 29th 1947

Long time collaborator withBing Crosby, John Scott Trotter served as the music director for the latter episodes of Philco Radio Time
Long time collaborator withBing Crosby, John Scott Trotter served as the music director for the latter episodes of Philco Radio Time

The Billboard review of the October 1st 1947 season premiere of Philco Radio Time utilizing tape transcription.
The Billboard review of the October 1st 1947 season premiere of Philco Radio Time utilizing tape transcription.

Billboard announcement of the sale of $100,000 of Ampex tape recording equipment to ABC for Philco Radio Time
Billboard announcement of the sale of $100,000 of Ampex tape recording equipment to ABC for Philco Radio Time
from February 21st 1948

Burgermeister Beer sponsored Philco Radio Time over Northern California stations
Burgermeister Beer sponsored Philco Radio Time over Northern California stations

Rainier Beer and Ale sponsored Philco Radio Time in the Pacific Northwest
Rainier Beer and Ale sponsored Philco Radio Time over Pacific Northwest stations



Background

Philco Electric Radio logo from 1928

The Spencer Company, the Helios Electric Company, and the Philadelphia Storage Battery Company became early pioneering storage battery manufacturers located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Helios Electric Company (founded 1892?) got its start manufacturing carbon-arc lamps. The reason we question the widely reported year of the founding of Helios Electric Company is based on the following Boston Globe June 30th 1883 entry of patents issued to Boston Area businesses and concerns:

LIST OF PATENTS

Issued to New England Inventors for the week ending June 20, 1883, as reported from the office of C. A. Shaw, solicitor of patents, 11 Court street, Boston:

Walter Alken, Franklin, N. H., knitting machine.
Frederick E. Allen. North Grafton, Mass., floor clamp.
Quimby S. Backus, Winchendon. Mass., boiler.
William D. Bartlett, Amesbury, 'Mass., vehicle spring.
Albert D. Bingham, Nashua, N. H., watch movement box.
Charlea F. Bliven, Worcester, Mass., dental plugger.
John W. Bradley, Stratford, Conn., assignor of one-half to Belknap Manufacturing Company, Bridgeport, Conn., valve mechanism.
John Bray, Washington, D. C.. assignor of one-half to C. H. Lougley, Hartford, Conn., paper fabric or matting.
Frank M. Brown, Boston, and C, B. Bosworth, Everett, Mass., assignors to Helios Electric Light Company of Maine, commutator for dynamo-eiectric machines.

Based upon the above referenced grant of patent--and the years it generally took to acquire a patent--a case could reasonably be made that the Helios Electric Light Company of Maine was an early predecessor of the Helios Electric Company, especially given the nature of the patent and industry.

Reincorporated in 1906 as the Philadelphia Storage Battery Company, the firm began specializing in the manufacture of batteries for early electric vehicles and storage batteries for early radio chassis'.

From the February 13th 1994 of the The Intelligencer - The Record:

Philco radios have a rich history
     By Linda Rosenkrantz
     Copley News Service

     Back in the distant past, when families actually ate dinner together, they would all gather round — after Mom had finished the dishes — and listen to radio programs such as "Inner Sanctum" and "Lux Radio Theater" and "Fibber McGee and Molly."
     And instead of looking at each other or staring out into space, they would focus on the instrument through which the sound was projected, an instrument which, since it was an object of veneration, quite often suggested the form of a cathedral or a Mayan temple.
     There were, of course, many different brands of these receivers — Radiola, Motorola, Airline, Crosley, Fada, Dumont, Emerson, Arvin, Atwater Kent, to name a few — but one of the most common (and most collectible) is the Philco.
     The history of the company stretches back more than a century, beginning in 1892 in Philadelphia as the Spencer Co., manufacturer of carbon arc lamps.
     It soon changed its name to the Helios Electric Co. and then, in 1906, the Philadelphia Storage Battery Co., now making storage batteries for electric automobiles, trucks and mine locomotives.  In 1919, just before the advent of radio, the name was condensed to Philco.
     Although the company was not yet making sound-receiving sets, it did supply the batteries for them and also began to sponsor the "Philco Hour," a national weekly radio broadcast in 1927.
     When RCA introduced a set using alternating current, which could be plugged directly into the socket without the use of a battery that same year, Philco decided to go into the design and production of radios themselves.
     Their first model — designated as Model 511, came on the market in 1928 and was the combination of chassis and speakers largely developed by other firms.
     Among the several variations were a wooden Louis XVI-style console, a metal cabinet table model finished in two-toned brown with gold pin stripes, and — in a real stylistic innovation — a selection of hand-painted "flower radios" in various colors and motifs, which are now among the rarest of all Philco radios.
     An aggressive advertising campaign produced impressive results — sales for 1928 totaled 96,000 units, and in just two more years, Philco would become the industry leader, selling twice as many radios as its nearest competitor.
     As sound technology improved, with better static and tone control, design became more modern as well.  Philco's first cathedral "midget" set was offered in 1930 and went on to become a collector's classic — the prototypical vintage radio and basis for most modern reproductions.
     Philco formed a promotional tie-in with Paramount Pictures and used their stars, such as Harold Lloyd and Charles "Buddy" Rogers, for large scale promotion.
     Through the years there were other successes — highboys and lowboys, Baby Grand and Concert Grand Consoles, shortwave converters, grandfather clock consoles, the Lazy X (designed by Norman Bel Geddes), chairside sets, modern tombstone cabinets and many others — all of which are highly collectible.
     If you want to learn more about this subject, consult the scrupulously comprehensive "Philco Radio 1928-1942" by Ron Ramirez with Michael Prosise (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)
     It offers a detailed year-by-year look at the Philco line throughout the  golden age of radio and is illustrated with almost 500 illustrations of surviving examples, as well as interesting vintage ads.
     Linda Rosenkrantz edited Auction magazine and authored five books, including "Auction Antiques Annual."  Write Collect, -c/o Copley News Service, P. O. Box 190, San Diego, CA 92112-0190.  Letters cannot be answered personally.


While we don't necessarily agree with all of the facts cited in the above article, Philco's history is fairly well represented. We believe that the evolutionary history of Philco was closer to the following admittedly sketchy timeline:

  • 1883(?) Helios Electric Light Company of Maine
  • 1892 Helios Electric Company
  • 1899(?) Helios Manufacturing Company
  • 1906 Philadelphia Storage Battery Company
  • 1924(?) Philco Radio & Television Corporation
  • 1940 Philco Corporation goes pubic
  • 1966 Philco-Ford
  • 1974 General Telephone and Electronics
  • 1981 Phillips

Throughout the Golden Age of Radio, Philco remained a consistent powerhouse. Philco celebrated the production of its five millionth set in 1934, its ten millionth set in 1938, its fifteen millionth set in 1940, and its twenty millionth set in 1947. You might well ask why it took so much longer to get from Philco's fifteen millionth set to its twenty millionth set. Answer: World War II and the demands of war materiels production.

Philco was also a prolific sponsor of Radio programs of the era, among which:

  • 1927 Philco Summer Hour
  • 1927 Philco Radio Hour
  • 1933 Boake Carter and the News
  • 1937 Phyl Coe Radio Mysteries
  • 1942 Our Secret Weapon
  • 1943 Dateline
  • 1943 The Radio Hall of Fame
  • 1945 Philco Radio Time
  • 1946 Stairway to The Stars
  • 1946 The Burl Ives Show
  • 1947 The Phil Silvers Show
  • 1953 Philco Radio Playhouse

Almost all of Philco's sponsored programs were both popular and highly successful. Philco celebrated its Ten Millionth Philco Radio Receiver Set with a year of extensive promotions, contests and the launch of a mystery series, Phyl Coe Radio Mysteries to mark the occasion. Philco mounted a year-long, highly aggressive campaign on many fronts, to coincide with production of their Ten Millionth commerical radio set--"the famous High-Fidelity 116xx with Automatic Tuning on the new Inclined Control Panel." Phyl Coe Radio Mysteries (1937) was the third major wave in their 12-month promotional campaign.

In addition to the Phyl Coe Radio Mysteries, Philco implemented several 'Philco Week' promotions throughout the year. They also created a number of replica Ten Millionth Philco Model 116xx Radios for sale throughout the year. They ran a concurrent local promotion through all of their dealer outlets by which consumers could fill out local entry blanks in a letter counting game for prizes of as much as $50 certificates. In addition to the Ten Millionth Radio Replica promotion Philco offered a booklet describing the story of the Ten Millionth Philco Radio. Mail-in forms were included in most newspapers for requesting the Story of the Ten Millionth Radio as well as entry forms for the Phyl Coe Radio Mysteries contest.

The Phyl Coe Radio Mysteries contest was by far the most expensive and ambitious promotion of the year. Initially targetted for 100 subscriber stations, by the time the first series of installments aired, a reported 243 subscriber stations had signed up for the program. Philco had budgeted a reported $500,000 for the promotion, but the almost 150% increase in demand for the transcriptions reportedly raised the cost of the 16-week promotion to in excess of $1 million. The advance promotion of the series preceded the airing of the first installments by as much as two months in some markets. To put the scale of Philco's 1937-1938 promotions in context:

  • Those $50 letter counting game top prizes amounted to about $750 today.
  • Philco's $1 Million Phyl Coe Radio Mysteries promotional campaign would cost about $15.6 M today.
  • Philco's $50,000 Phyl Coe Radio Mysteries contest would have been a $785,000 contest today.
  • Philco's top of the line 10 Millionth Radio Replica, the Model 38-116XX sold for $255.00 including aerial during the Christmas Season of 1937. That was about $4,000.00 in today's dollars. To give that further context, the top of the line 1938 Plymouth Deluxe 4-door sedan (with trunk) sold for $832.50 in December 1937.

Needless to say, Philco was not only one of the era's most successful and popular radio equipment manufacturers, but it was also one of the era's most ambitious advertisers and sponsors.

The Bing Crosby Empire

Bing Crosby and his franchise of programs spanning the years of the Golden Ages of Radio and Television stand as some of the most extensive and legendary of the era. Beginning with The Rhythm Boys during 1929, Bing Crosby soon rose to become one of Radio, Film and Television's most popular performers between 1929 and 1962, the period most historians broadly refer to as the Golden Age of Radio:

  • 1929 Old Gold Presents Paul Whiteman
  • 1929 Gold on WEAF
  • 1930 The Gus Arnheim Orchestra
  • 1930 Two Shades of Blue
  • 1931 Presenting 15 Minutes with Bing Crosby
  • 1931 The Cremo Singer
  • 1931 The Rhythm Boys
  • 1931 Sunkist Musical Cocktails
  • 1932 Music That Satisfies
  • 1933 The Woodbury Show
  • 1935 Kraft Music Hall
  • 1945 Freedom of Opportunity
  • 1945 The Edward Everett Horton Show
  • 1948 A Question of Pianos
  • 1948 This Is Bing Crosby
  • 1956 The Ford Show
  • 1960 The Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney Show

In addition to his own featured programs he was also one of Radio's most frequent guest performers of the era. There's no question that Bing Crosby considered both his talent and production capabilites a business franchise. Bing Crosby was one of the era's canniest multimedia entrepreneurs. Among the various businesses which comprised the Bing Crosby empire were:

In 1947 Bing Crosby served as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of The Pittsburgh Pirates Professional Baseball Team
In 1947 Bing Crosby served as the Vice President of the Board of
Directors of The Pittsburgh Pirates Professional Baseball Club

  • Bing Crosby Enterprises, Inc.
  • The Del Mar Turf Club and Del Mar Racetrack
  • Bing Crosby Productions
  • Project Records
  • The Binglin Stable
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates [25% share]
  • The Blue Skies Trailer Park

Crosby also invested heavily in technology of the era, most notably Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M Corporation) and its Ampex Tape Recording Media technologies. As it turns out, Bing Crosby's association with 3M and Ampex revolutionized Radio programming from 1947-on.

Bing Crosby, ABC and Ampex revolutionize broadcast Radio

From the December 18th 1947-12-18 edition of the San Mateo Times:

BING CROSBY SIGNS BIG SAN CARLOS DEAL

Takes Over Full
Output of New
Recording Device


By GEORGE W. WHITESELL
Times Staff Correspondent

     SAN CARLOS, Dec. 18.—Announcement of the first contract upon a new tape recording process that probably will revolutionize the broadcasting industry was made here today by the Ampex Electric corporation, which said that the contract has been completed with Crosby Enterprises, Inc., headed-by radio's foremost personality, Bing Crosby.

Crosby Deal Completed
     Final completion of the contract was made by Crosby's brother and business manager. Everett Crosby, and T. I. Moseley, owner of the Dalmo-Victor corporation. Moseley and A. M. Poniatoff are the largest stockholders in Ampex corporation.
     A quartet of men at the local plant, Forrest Smith, manager; Charles McSharry, office manager; Harold Lindsay and Myron Stolaroff, engineers, jointly made the announcement of the perfection of the tape recording device which will be distributed by Crosby Enterprises with the entire first year's output already sold to the American Broadcasting Company.

Even Breathing Heard
     A demonstration of the new recorder, a shining 900-pound cabinet with two quietly whirring 35-minute tape reels on its top, left auditors breathless.  Music and voices reproduced on the thin, brown plastic tape were more real than the sound of music or persons standing in the same room.
     An uncanny, almost ghostlike effect in which the actual breathing of musicians and singers could be detected marks
the tremendous almost ''open-end" sound range of the reproduction which also has-hitherto hidden qualities in the middle-register of sound made electrically, audible for the first time.  It is the highest fidelity ever achieved by electrical engineers.

May Be Dubbed
     Also new to recording is the ability of the tape to be reduplicated or "dubbed" without any loss in fidelity.  A re-recording may be made by the machine from its own tape in an infinite progression of times without any loss whatever, where ordinary disc recording loses nearly 20 per cent of quality on each successive re-recording.
     The tape moves through the recorder so fast that it may be slowed down for editing, splicing and "dubbing" without the splicing being audible, thus uncovering a big short cut for all radio transcription.

Crosby Uses Tape
     Crosby's interest in the new process stems from his own decision, made over a year ago, to record all of his programs instead of making "live"' broadcasts.  This object was endangered by quality losses in recording until last summer when Crosby began to record his shows on German-built tape machines which had been improved by the W. A. Palmer company of San Francisco.  These tape recordings were placed upon wax transcriptions for distribution and use by the American Broadcasting company and its affiliated stations.
     Starting in 1948, the entire Crosby show will be recorded on the far more advanced Ampex recorder.  These shows will also be re-transcribed to wax discs, probably until April, when it is hoped that high fidelity stations will have sufficient Ampex equipment to allow broadcasts directly from the tape.

Watch Petrillo
     Engineers Lindsay and Stolaroff, who have developed the new process, say that the effects of the new high fidelity transcription will he readily apparent on existing radio sets of the AM type and even better on FM broadcasts.  Both said that the average AM home radio is capable of much better reproduction than present broadcast signals will allow.
     Smith said that a chief worry now, here as well as throughout the entire broadcast industry, is what effect the recording ban set for January 1 by Caesar Petrillo and his national musicians union will have upon transcribed broadcasts.
"We don't know the answer here," said Smith.
     From Los Angeles, however, today comes word that there is close liaison beween Everett Crosby and Petrillo.

Used Since October
     The Ampex instruments have been experimentally recording the Crosby broadcasts since October, it was revealed, and Bing Crosby was said to have personally ordered the connection between Ampex and Crosby Enterprises.

One of the astonishing effects of the new recordings in revealing full quality of spoken voices will probably cause top-flight radio announcers to change their methods of speech. The unctuous, richly furred voices of the announcers will have to approach more closely the normal since the exaggerated characteristics developed for present radio sound "over-done and silly" under the new recording process.

Plans Limited
     Smith said that the present plans of Ampex will be limited for the first year to production of high precision recording and play-back machines with an initial order of 500 of these to be completed. This, he said, cannot be done under normal mass production methods because of the precision elements involved. He said that the San Carlos plant will employ about 30 highest type electrical workers on the production.

     Meanwhile the Ampex plant here is tapering off on production of electric motors for airplanes. It has been engaged in this work since war days when the plant was also busy in making radar parts. Smith estimates that a switch-over to the recording device manufacturing will start in about four weeks.

     The plant is located at 1155 Howard street in San Carlos. Smith said that the research on the recording device has been under way for more than a year. He also said that production of home recorders on a mass basis is under consideration but that it will be at least a year before this field is entered.


Bing Crosby, ABC, and Philco debut Philco Radio Time:
Radio Broadcasting takes a dramatic turn in fidelity

Philco Radio Time was an historic marker in the history of Broadcast Radio. Premiering on October 16th 1946 to great fanfare, Philco launched an all-out campaign to promote the new series. Bing Crosby had ended a ten-year association with Kraft Foods in 1945, the better to provide him more independence in producing any further Radio programs. The sweetener that sealed the deal with Philco was their agreement to allow Crosby to pre-record his programs; initially via E.T. and later via magnetic tape transcription.

Philco was of course no novice in Radio promotion by any measure. Philco's extensive campaign throughout the run of Philco Radio Time not only built on Philco's previous prestige production, Radio Hall of Fame, but also promoted all of Philco's newest developments in both Radio and early affordable Television. The Billboard trade magazine reported that Philco's production budget for Philco RadioTime was $2,000,000, with another $500,000 devoted to Print promotion of the series and Philco's product line. Put in context, the same budget in today's dollars would be in excess of $25 million; a very generous budget to be sure. And indeed, a glance at the the Print ads Philco commisioned to promote Philco Radio Time (sidebar left) underscores the extraordinary good taste and exceptional quality of the campaign.

Even more ironic, Philco Radio Time not only promoted Philco's Radio and Television lines but--from October 1947 forward--was also implicitly promoting Bing Crosby Enterprises' Ampex line of broadcast quality magnetic tape recorders and equipment. Clearly none of the parties to the various promotions had any reason to complain.

On the talent side of the production ABC, Philco and Crosby pulled out all the stops for the era. Philco Radio Time's music directors were Skitch Henderson and John Scott Trotter. Bill Morrow and Murdo McKenzie handled production of both the initial electrical transcription (E.T.) disc recordings as well as the later Ampex tape-transcribed recordings. Regular cast members throughout the series were songstress Lina Romay, The Charioteers, The Rhythmaires, and Gail Robbins. From about the tape-transcribed programs forward, songbirds Dinah Shore and Peggy Lee and jazz violinist Joe Venuti became series regulars as well. Bing and Philco's announcer of choice, Ken Carpenter, also complimented every broadcast as both a comedic foil for Crosby and Philco's spokesman. All told, a solid supporting ensemble to Bing Crosby throughout the series.

But that was only the tip of the iceberg . . .

The extraordinary parade of guest stars throughout Philco Radio Time was unprecedented in a half-hour variety program of its type. Premiering with Bob Hope as the guest of honor, Hope would appear as a featured guest a total of four times during the series. Fledgling ABC also liberally promoted the stars in its other prime time programming with their appearances as guest stars throughout Philco Radio Time. Needless to say,Philco Radio Time was a promotional bonanza for ABC and Philco on several levels:

  • Philco Radio Time consistently garnered top share ratings for variety programming.
  • ABC upgraded its Key Stations WENR, WJZ and KECA with banks of state of the art Ampex 200a Series and 300 series recorders during the run of Philco Radio Time--the first of the major networks to do so.
  • Philco Radio Time actively promoted Philco's The Burl Ives Program.
  • Launched The Phil Silvers Show as the 1947 Summer replacement for Philco Radio Time.
  • Philco Corporation had three of its most successful years while promoting Philco Radio Time.

One of the ironies throughout Philco Radio Time was the alleged decline in popularity of Philco's rendition of a Bing Crosby-starring vehicle. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. The writing was well above average, the show never lacked compelling guest talent, and once Crosby started employing his Ampex tape recorders to transcribe the series--from October 1st 1947 forward--the technological upgrade afforded the production several revolutionary capabilities over all competing broacasts:

  • Prerecording or time-shifting program segments, performers, and Crosby's own production numbers from either coast and throughout the previous week.
  • Far greater fidelity over AM--and later FM--Radio of the era.
  • Far more versatility in editing each program.
  • Guest performers with conflicting commitments could be more easily accomodated for each production.

As it was, the buzz ABC and Crosby created with the success of their tape-transcribed Philco Radio Time productions quickly spread throughout the Broadcast Radio Industry, though not necessarily through ABC's listening audience. Inevitably, by 1949 NBC, Mutual, and CBS had adopted tape-transcribed technologies as well.

Billboard article of November 5th 1949 showing thirty-five network programs that had adopted tape transcriptions
Billboard article of November 5th 1949 showing thirty-five network programs that had adopted tape transcriptions.

The old adage, "A rising tide lifts all boats," applied to Philco Radio Time in several other ways. Songstress Peggy Lee's career received a tremendous boost with Philco Radio Time and featured appearances in nineteen programs in the series. Der Bingle, loyal as he was to the performers, family and friends who either helped him get his start or helped further his career, regularly featured those friends and previous collaborators throughout Philco Radio Time, among them:

  • Joe Frisco [featured performer in much of Crosby's earliest Radio work]
  • Joe Venuti [featured performer in much of Crosby's earliest Radio work]
  • Ken Carpenter [Crosby's Kraft Music Hall announcer and foil]
  • Les Paul [early collaborator in tape track mixing and dubbing]
  • Leo McCarey [Director of Crosby's films Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)]
  • The Gonzaga University Glee Club [from Crosby's alma mater]
  • Bob Crosby [Bing Crosby's brother and early competitor]
  • Cathy Crosby [Bob Crosby's--then 9 year old--daughter and Bing's neice]
  • Irving Berlin [Composer and lyricist of many of Bing Crosby's greatest hits]
  • Johnny Mercer [Composer, lyricist and 1930s collaborator with Bing Crosby]
  • Jack Teagarden [Paul Whiteman Orchestra jazz trombonist and featured performer with Bing Crosby]
  • Bob Hope [Bing Crosby's lifelong friend, golf partner and Road To . . Films co-star]
  • Dorothy Lamour [Bing Crosby's Road To . . Films co-star]
  • Jimmy Demaret [famous professional golfer and golf partner of Bing Crosby]
  • Barry Fitzgerald [co-star in Crosby's Going My Way (1944)
  • Hank Greenburg [baseball legend recently traded from the Detroit Tigers to Crosby's own Pittsburgh Pirates]

Indeed there was one personal connection or another with virtually all of Bing Crosby's guests throughout the series. As must be apparent, Philco Radio Time was very much a family affair for Bing Crosby who reportedly exercised almost total control over the production. Very few of the above mentioned family, friends and collaborators needed a boost to their respective careers, but their appearances on Philco Radio Time invariably lent a very familial and warm flavor to the series.

Bing Crosby had a great deal of fun featuring his imaginary guest stars as well:

  • 'Charlie McCarthy' [Courtesy of Edgar Bergen]
  • 'Mortimer Snerd' [Courtesy of Edgar Bergen]
  • 'Gladys Zabisco' [the alter ego of Sara Berner]
  • 'Frankie Remley' [the alter ego of Elliott Lewis]
  • 'Rudolph Schmoehopper' [???]
  • 'Lady Peel' [the alter ego of Beatrice Lilly]
  • Everett Crosby [Bing's business manager courtesy of Fred Allen]

In fact, right out of the gate, Bing Crosby took a swipe at his new sponsor by literally tearing up the closing commercial message script on air during the October 16th 1946 premiere. It's also worth noting that many of Crosby's guest stars were competing prime time stars from both NBC and CBS.

It's something a mystery to this day why Philco Radio Time never consistently broke into the top five broadcasts of the era during its run. It did very well, but not as well as it might have. The music was superb, the guests were highly entertaining, the sketches were well written as was the by-play between Ken Carpenter, Crosby and his guests, and John Scott Trotter's scoring was excellent throughout. The commercial messages were cleverly and tastefully presented, the fidelity of the tape-transcribed recordings were a marked improvement, and Philco Radio Time was unquestionably a revolutionary undertaking for the era.

Philco Radio Time's late night Wednesday timeslot certainly didn't help to propel the production into popular prominence. Philco Radio Time's competition was usually opposing crime or mystery dramas. We're also convinced that the long-standing bad rap given Philco Radio Time by other radio historians appears entirely unfounded. It would appear that the only element really holding Philco Radio Time back was ABC's unfortunate relegation of the sereis to a late Wednesday night timeslot. If there's any mystery to Philco Radio Time's lack of even greater success, it's why ABC would bury such an entertaining, star-studded variety feature in such an awkward timeslot for three years. We can understand why Bing Crosby wouldn't complain, but we 're at a loss to understand why Philco Corporation didn't fight for a better timeslot.

As we've noted in several other articles, timing was indeed everything in broadcast Radio of the era. The only element holding Philco Radio Time back from even better ratings during its run was ABC's almost negligent support of the program either before or after Philco Radio Time's Wednesday night broadcasts. And yet in spite of ABC's lack of programming support, Philco Radio Time premiered to a 24.0 share on October 16th 1946 and a 13.6 Hooper rating just before the series took its Summer hiatus in 1947. To say that Philco Radio Time performed poorly throughout its run simpliy defies the historical facts. Could ABC have done a better job supporting Philco Radio Time's Wednesday night slot? Of course it could. We'd imagine the better question is, "But did ABC even need to?"

Philco Radio Time would have been a solid hit whether ABC supported it or not. A cynic might well question why ABC should have felt obliged to help Philco Radio Time any more than it needed to. Philco Corporation continued to pour advertising dollars into promoting Philco Radio Time--let alone the estimated $30,000 to $35,000 it was lavishing on each week's half-hour installments. Fledgling ABC obviously determined that devoting any more support to Philco Radio Time simply wasn't cost-productive--and ABC was probably right.

It's also worth remembering that ABC expended a great deal of its capital upgrading three of its Key Stations to Ampex tape recording equipment--primarily to broadcast Philco Radio Time. It's also worth noting that ABC recouped that capital investment in record time [no pun intended]--not to mention trumping all the other competing older and larger networks with its state of the art tape transcription technology.

But wait, there's more . . .

Krebs Furniture spot ad promoting their sponsorship of Philco Radio Time (February 12th 1947)
Krebs Furniture spot ad promoting their sponsorship of Philco Radio Time (February 12th 1947)

Did we mention that Philco Radio Time was not only broadcast over ABC, but over any other Radio station that wished to buy a subscription to the transcribed, syndicated series? Perhaps you already figured that out from Philco's Print promotions of the era. Quite understandably, those subscribers couldn't be stations directly competing with ABC or its affiliates, but under those conditions ABC had nothing to lose. It didn't hurt Bing Crosby Enterprises' bottom line either.

You'll notice in the details below that Philco Radio Time was sponsored by literally hundreds of retail furniture dealers of the era. We're concluding that the furniture connection was due to the fact that expensive console radios were routinely sold in furniture stores of the era. We also found Philco Radio Time sponsored by at least two breweries--Ranier Beer & Ale and Burgermeister Beer. We found a Jewelry store sponsor as well. If that doesn't further illustrate the success of the series, we're hard pressed to imagine a better metric for its popularity and continuing demand.

To futher illustrate the popularity of Philco Radio Time over other than ABC Network affiliates, we encountered at least a thousand distinct newspaper spot ads and promotions of the series from just local and regional Philco Dealers alone. So was there truly an extraordinary demand for Philco Radio Time? You betchum, Red Ryder! Was Philco Radio Time simply 'Bing Crosby Lite' of the era? Not on your tintype, Nellie!

Series Derivatives:

The Bing Crosby Show; The Bing Crosby Program;
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Mystery Dramas
Network(s): ABC; The AFRS; CBS; Numerous independent local and regional stations unaffiliated with ABC.
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 46-10-16 01 Guest Bob Hope
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 46-10-16 to 49-06-01; ABC; One Hundred and Eight, 30-minute programs; Wednesday nights (Thursday nights over several independent stations)
Syndication: Bing Crosby Enterprises, Inc.; American Broadcasting Company, Inc.
Sponsors: Philco Radio and Television
Burgermeister Beer
Ranier Beer
Scott Jewelry Company of Lowell, Massachusetts (WLAW)
Armstrong's Supply Company of Lubbock, Texas (KFYO)
Beckley Music and Electric Co., Beckley, West Virgina (WJLS)
Cater Furniture of Anniston, Alabama (WHMA)
City Furniture Mart of Marion, Ohio, (WMRN)
Dixie Appliance Company of Bluefield, West Virginia (WHIS)
Federal Distributing Company of Wichita, Kansas (KWBW)
Grabe Electrical Company of Tucson, Arizona (KTUC--Thurs. 8:30)
Harris Ace Stores of Janesville and Beloit (KCLO)
Hopkins Brothers' Furniture of Kokomo, Indiana [WKMO(CBS)]
Hubbard Furniture of Blytheville, Arkansas
Imperial Furniture Company of El Paso, Texas (KTSM--Thurs, 9:30)
J. C. Johnsen and Son Furniture of Las Vegas, New Mexico (KFUN)
Junkin's Furniture of Harlingen, Texas
Krebs Furniture
Modern Furniture Company of Laredo, Texas
Piedmont Hardware Co. of Danville, Virginia (WBTM)
Radio & Motor Service, Inc., Altoona, Pennsylvania (WRTA)
Reliable Furniture Company of Ogden, Utah (KLO)
Samuel Levi and Company, Portsmouth, Ohio (WPAY)
Standard Hardware Company of Gastonia, North Carolina (WGNC)
The Philco Dealers of Charleston, West Virginia (WKNA)
The Philco Dealers of Corpus Christi, Texas (KSIX)
The Philco Dealers of Long Beach, California (KGER)
The Philco Dealers of Reno, Nevada (KWRN)
Ward's Incorporated of Billings, Montana (KBMY)
Director(s): Bill Morrow [Producer/Writer]
Murdo McKenzie [Director]
Bing Crosby Enterprises, Inc. [Transcription Producer]
Principal Performers: Bing Crosby, Lina Romay, Skitch Henderson, The Charioteers, John Scott Trotter Orchestra and Chorus, The Rhythmaires, Gail Robbins

Guest Stars: Bob Hope, Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Les Paul Trio, Rafael Mendez, Ezio Pinza, Burl Ives, Judy Garland, Jimmy Durante, Jerry Colonna, Peggy Lee, Joe Frisco, Mickey Rooney, Al Jolson, George Jessell, Dorothy Lamour, Beatrice Lillie, Groucho Marx, Leo McCarey, William Frawley, The Andrews Sisters, Ernie Felice Quartet, Danny Kaye, Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, John Charles Thomas, Alec Templeton, Jimmy Durante, Dorothy Shay, Irving Berlin, Hank Greenberg, Warren Brown, Maurice Chevalier, Margaret O'Brien, Fred Allen, Connee Boswell, Ethel Merman, Jimmy Demaret, Gary Cooper, Dinah Shore, Clifton Webb, Victor Moore, Boris Karloff, Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, Peter Lorre, Barry Fitzgerald, Dorothy Kirsten, Frankie Lane, Walter O'Keefe, Ilene Woods, 'Rudolph Schmoehopper,' Danny Thomas, Evelyn Knight, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Esther Williams, Red Ingle, Mark Hellinger, Dick Haymes, Oscar Levant, Joe Venuti, Robert Taylor, Jack Benny, Tom Breneman, Jimmy Stewart, Wild Bill Elliott, Dick Powell, Fred Astaire, Fibber McGee and Molly, Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Ham Fisher, Ray Milland, Marilyn Maxwell, William Gargan, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, 'Mortimer Snerd,' Kay Starr, Adolphe Menjou, Dorothy Kirsten, Bert Lahr, Bob Crosby, Cathy Crosby, Morton Downey, Bob Mitchell Boys Choir, The Mills Brothers, Harry James, Betty Grable, Johnny Mercer, Hattie McDaniel, Lasses White, Abe Burrows, Gertrude Niesen, Connie Haines, Phil Harris, Frankie Remley (Elliott Lewis), Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Dennis Day, Gonzago University Glee Club, Rudy Vallee, Carol Richards, Rhonda Fleming, Gladys Zabisco (Sara Berner)
Recurring Character(s): None
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Charles Tazewell, Bill Morrow, Larry Clemmons, Al Lewis
Music Direction: Murdo McKenzie
Skitch Henderson [Composer/Conductor]
John Scott Trotter [Composer/Conductor]
Musical Theme(s): "Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)" by Bing Crosby, Roy Turk and Fred E. Ahlert
Announcer(s): Ken Carpenter, Bob Murphy, Glenn Riggs, Kenny Delmar [Announcers]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
108
Episodes in Circulation: 108
Total Episodes in Collection: 109 (includes one rehearsal)
Provenances:



RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide, BING Magazine, Bing Crosby – The Radio Directories compiled by Lionel Pairpoint, Ron Ramirez's amazing PhilcoRadio.com.

Notes on Provenances:

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

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We're frankly perplexed by the various reviews of Philco Radio Time by present day radio historians, 'credentialed experts,' and commercial collectors. As best as we've been able to determine there's no foundation whatsoever for referring to Philco Radio Time as a poorly received, under-performing program during its three years on the air.

In fact Philco Radio Time's acceptance by the listening public was entirely the opposite as that described in most other articles and books written about the series, as were virtually all contemporary reviews of the program throughout its production. Billboard magazine found both the premiere episode and the very concept of Philco Radio Time as well as its extraordinary promotion by Philco Corporation sufficiently newsworthy to devote over seven full pages to the program in its October 26th 1946 issue. Throughout the twenty-seven articles that Billboard devoted to Philco Radio Time in that October 26th issue, the concept, technology, talent, promotion, and production were all characterized with superlative after superlative.

Philco Radio Time premiered to a 24.0 share, when most other competing variety programming of the era generally garnered shares in the 4.6 to 5.8 range. Philco Radio Time continued to garner shares well above average for its type throughout its run.

As with much of the critique and information regarding the programming from the Golden Age of Radio the overwhelming amount of the circulating 'OTR' information is no more than opinionated hearsay and anecdotes--and for the most part revisionist history.

The shame of it is that with the preponderance of such revisionist rubbish in wide circulation over the past 36 years of the 'Old Time Radio' aberration of vintage Radio collecting, a great deal of that nonsense has inevitably become accepted as fact in the vacuum of honest historical research employed by that segment of vintage Radio interest.

One need but read the review of the premiere of Philco Radio Time (immediately below) and the Billboard review of the 1947-1948 season premiere of Philco Radio Time (above in the left sidebar) to understand the absurdity of continuing to refer to Philco Radio Time as anything but an unqualifed success, given its late Wednesday night timeslot and weak Wednesday night supporting programming from ABC. If any entity associated with Philco Radio Time deserves criticism, it's ABC.

But in fairness to ABC, the positioning of Philco Radio Time in a late Wednesday night timeslot was just another manifestation of ABC's technique of aggressive counter-programming during its first ten years. Indeed several of the articles praising Philco Radio Time in the October 26th Billboard issue cited a total absence of quality programming in opposition to Philco Radio Time by the three other major networks of the era. Those articles cited over and over again the aggressive--though inadequate--attempts by NBC, CBS and MBS to drown out Philco Radio Time on Wednesday evenings. Billboard's conclusions were that none of the competing networks had anything of substance to compete with Bing Crosby and Philco Radio Time in the 8p.m. to 10 p.m. timeslot across the nation.

The Billboard review of the October 16th 1946 premiere of Philco Radio Time, one of the most extensive and laudatory reviews we've ever read in The Billboard
The Billboard review of the October 16th 1946 premiere of Philco Radio Time, one of the most extensive and laudatory reviews we've ever read in The Billboard.


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The Philco Radio Time Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
46-10-16
1
Guest Bob Hope
Y
46-10-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WIBU): returns with new program, including Lina Romay, singer; Skitch Hederson, pianist; Charioteers, vocal group; John Scott Trotter orchestra and chorus; and
Bob Hope, guest; "I've Got the Sun in the Morning," "Moonlight Bay," "Cynthia's in Love," "Turkey In the Straw."
46-10-23
2
Guests Spike Jones and His City Slickers
Y
46-10-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU): with Spike Jones and his City Slickers; "Love in Bloom," "Blue of the Night," "Hawaiian War Chant," "Fascinating Rhythm."
46-10-30
3
Guests Les Paul Trio
Y
46-10-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU): Les Paul trio, guests; "How High the Moon," "Blue Skies," "Got the Sun in the Morning," "South America, Take It Away."
46-11-06
4
Guest Rafael Mendez
Y
46-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU): guest, Rafael Mendez, trumpeter; "Flight of the Bumblebee," "Five Minutes More," "Kentucky Babe," "Dance Of the Spanish Onion," "Temptation."
46-11-13
5
Guest Ezio Pinza
Y
46-11-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU): with Ezio Pinza, basso of Metropolitan Opera; "Timbre," "Che Fiero Costume," "Pretending," "South America, Take It Away."
46-11-20
6
Guest Burl Ives
Y
46-11-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WIBU, WENR):
guest, Burl Ives, balladeer; "I'm Sad and I'm Lonely," "Careless Love," "Five Minutes More," "The Things We Did Last Summer.
46-11-27
7
Guest Judy Garland
Y
[Thanksgiving program]

46-11-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU):
with Judy Garland in turkey hunting skit; music, "Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie," "Ole Buttermilk Sky," "You Keep Coming Back Like a Song," "All By Myself."
46-12-04
8
Guest Jimmy Durante
Y
46-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU):
Jimmy Durante, guest; "A Gal in Calico," "September Song," "And Then It's Heaven," "Rumors Are Flying."
46-12-11
9
Guests Jerry Colonna and Peggy Lee
Y
46-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU):
Jerry Colonna and Peggy Lee, guests; "Wyoming," "Linger In My Arms," "Ole Buttermilk Sky," "If You Were the Only Girl in the World."
46-12-18
10
Guest Peggy Lee
Y
46-12-18 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR):"White Christmas," "It's All Over Now," "Old Lamplighter," "Rumors Are Flying;"
guest, Peggy Lee.
46-12-25
11
The Small One
Y
[Christmas Program]

46-12-24 Wisconsin State Journal
Wednesday 9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU): "Silent Night," "Adeste Fidelis," "Jingle Bells;" drama, "The Small One."
47-01-01
12
Guest Joe Frisco
Y
46-12-31 Wisconsin State Journal
Wednesday 9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WIBU, WENR):
guest, Joe Frisco, old-time vaudeville comedian; music, "Old Lamplighter," "Rainy Night in Rio."
47-01-08
13
Guest Mickey Rooney
Y
47-01-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU):
and Mickey Rooney; "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da," "Gal in Calico," "For You, For Me, Forever More," "Someone to Watch Over Me."
47-01-15
14
Guest Al Jolson
Y
47-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU):
with Al Jolson; "Swanee," "April Showers," Rainy Night in Rio," "Oh, But I Do, "Anniversary Song."
47-01-22
15
Guest George Jessel
Y
47-01-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WIBU, WENR):
and George Jessel; "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Da," "If You Were the Only Girl in the World," "Brazil," "For Sentimental Reasons."
47-01-29
16
Guests Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Y
47-01-29 Racine Journal Times
Though world famous and wealthy, Bing is much the same person he was as a drummer and singer in a college jazz band. His great network show is heard over WRJN every Wednesday nite at 9:00 o'clock featuring "The Groaner" himself, the Charioteers, Skitch Henderson, pianist, the orchestra and others.
Bings' special guests tonight will be Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour.
47-02-05
17
Lady Peel and The Double Dozen Damask Dinner Napkins

Y
47-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WIBU, WENR):
guest, Bea Lillie does her sketch, "Double Dozen Damask Dinner Napkins;" music, "Wind Around My Heart," "Michigan," "Where the Black-Eyed Susans Grow," "Sentimental Reasons."

47-02-05 Anniston Star
Displaying an internationalism of which even an isolationist would approve, Bing Crosby has invited to Philco Radio Time tonight one of the greatest English comediennes of this or Just about any other day—
Bea Lillie.
The splendid Lady Peel will be on hand when the program is heard over ABC-WHMA at 9 o'clock tonight to join Bing in a few songs.
As a high spot, Miss Lillie will enlist the services of Ken Carpenter and Bing in a reenactment of her celebrated sketch about the "
Double Dozen Damask Dinner Napkins."
47-02-12
18
Guest Groucho Marx

Kerbs Furniture Spot Ad for Philco Radio Time from Feb 12th 1947

Y
47-02-12 New York Times
10-10:30--Variety: Bing Crosby, Skitch Henderson, Peggy Lee and Others;
Groucho Marx, Guest--WJZ.
47-02-19
19
Guests Judy Garland, Leo McCarey, William Frawley
Y
47-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU):
with Judy Garland, Leo McCary, and William Frawley; "Ida," "Huggin' and a Chalkin';" "And So to Bed," "Connecticut."
47-02-26
20
Guests The Andrews Sisters

Spot ad for The Andrew Sisters on Philco Radio Time

Y
47-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU):
with Andrews Sisters; "South America, Take It Away," "You Don't Have To Know the Language," "So Would I," "The Very Thought of You."

47-02-26 Janesville Gazette
Andrews Sisters on Bing's Show
Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, separately and together, have kept the nation's juke boxes whirling for many years. Tonight's Philco Radio Time broadcast, sponsored in, this area by the Harris Ace Stores of Janesville and Beloit, will offer a sample of their combined artistry when Patty, Maxlne and LaVerne visit Bing to indulge in a few numbers, including their celebrated version of "South America, Take It away."
The broadcast will be heard at 9 p.m., over WCLO and will include a return appearance by Joe Frisco, the stuttering old-time vaudevillian.
In addition to, the Latin song, Bing and the Andrews Sisters will collaborate on "You Don't Have to Know the Language." Between sessions of banter with Frisco, Bing will find time for a few other songs and the Charioteers will return to join him in a rendition of "Uncle Remus Said." "Skitch" Henderson will provide the pianistic background for "The Groaner's" treatment of "So Would I."
Les Paul, guitar virtuoso and head of the instrumental trio which bears his name, will make a return appearance on the show to add his guitar to Bing's singing of "Gotta Get Me Someone to Love," and Henderson will add a note of variety with a piano solo of the ever-popular 'The Very Thought of You."
47-03-05
21
Guest Al Jolson
Y
47-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU): and Al Jolson; "What Am I Gonna Do About You," "Rocka-bye Your Baby," "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee," "Anniversary Song.
47-03-12
22
Guests Ernie Felice Quartet
Y
47-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU): guests, Ernie Felice quartet, instrumentalists; "Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe,""Best Man," "Toora Loora Loora," McNamara's Band," "Among My Souvenirs."
47-03-19
23
Guest Danny Kaye
Y
47-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU): with Danny Kaye; "Dena's Lullaby," "Brahms' "Lullaby," "Begin the Beguine," "Linda," "It's a Good Day."
47-03-26
24
Guests Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone
Y
47-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU): with Jack Benny and Mary Livingstone; "For Sentimental Reasons," "What Am I Gong to Do About You," "Anniversary Song," "Margie."
47-04-02
25
The Greatest Minstrel Show in 25 Years
Y
[Rehearsal]

47-04-02
25
The Greatest Minstrel Show in 25 Years
Y
47-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU): presents "greatest minstrel show in 25 years," with Al Jolson and Crosby as end men; Ken Carpenter as "Mr. Interlocutor"; John Charles Thomas, opera baritone; John Scott Trotter's "Silver Cornet Band;" Perry Bodkin, banjoist; and Crosby, Jolson, and Thomsa as the Dixieland Trip; "Oh Susanna," "In the Evening By the Moonlight," "Beautiful Dreamer," "Mammy."
47-04-09
26
Guest Alec Templeton
Y
47-04-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU): guest, Alec Templeton, pianist; "Clair de Lune," "Managua, Nicaragua," "Sweet Leilani," "A Pocket Full of Dreams," "Glocca Morra."
47-04-16
27
Guest Jimmy Durante
Y
47-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR, WIBU): and Jimmy Durante; "Uncle Remus Said," "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?"
47-04-23
28
Guests Les Paul and Burl Ives
Y
47-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal - 9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): and Burl Ives; "When I Was Single," "Married Man Glues," "Time After Time."
47-04-30
29
Guests Groucho Marx and Dorothy Shay
Y
47-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal - 8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Groucho Marx, Dorothy Shay; "Feudin', Fightin', and Fussin';" "Guilty," "I'll Close My Eyes" (on WIBU at 9.)
47-05-07
30
Guests Al Jolson and Irving Berlin
Y
47-05-07 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Irving Berlin and Al Jolson; "Lazy," "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning," "Linda," "Easter Parade."
47-05-14
31
Guests Groucho Marx, Hank Greenberg, Warren Brown
Y
47-05-14 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Groucho Marx, Hank Greenberg, Warren Brown, George Barnes octet.
47-05-21
32
Guest Maurice Chevalier
Y
47-05-21 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): and Maurice Chaevalier; "Ma Pomme," "Love Parade," "Louise" (on WIBU at 9).
47-05-28
33
Guest Margaret O'Brien
Y
47-05-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): and Margaret O'Brien; "You Won't Be Satisfied," "If This Isn't Love," "Minute Waltz" (on WIBU at 9.)
47-06-04
34
Guests Fred Allen and Connee Boswell
Y
47-06-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Fred Allen and Connee Boswell; "Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba," "Misirlou." (On WIBA at 9.)
47-06-11
35
Guests Ethel Merman and Alec Templeton
Y
47-06-11 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Ethel Merman and Alec Templeton (on WIBU at 9.)
47-06-18
36
Guests Bob Hope and Jimmy Demaret
Y
47-06-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Bob Hope, Jimmy Demaret (on WIBU at 9.)

47-06-25
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47-06-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Phil Silvers (WENR): as night-club reporter in new series.





47-10-01
37
Guest Gary Cooper
Y
[Bing Crosby Enterprises and ABC begin using Ampex magnetic tape recorders and magnetic tape reels to transcribe Philco Radio Time]

47-10-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): starts 1947-48 season with Gary Cooper as guest.
47-10-08
38
Guest Jimmy Durante
Y
47-10-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): and Jimmy Durante.
47-10-15
39
Guest Dinah Shore
Y
47-10-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): and Dinah Shore present a "flop parade" of tunes that didn't click.
47-10-22
40
Guests Clifton Webb and Burl Ives
Y
47-10-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Clifton Webb, Burl Ives.
47-10-29
41
Guests Victor Moore and Boris Karloff
Y
47-10-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Victor Moore, Boris Karloff; Gail Robbins joint cast.
47-11-05
42
Guests Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard
Y
47-11-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard.
47-11-12
43
Guest Peter Lorre
Y
47-11-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): probing Peter Lorre.
47-11-19
44
Guests Barry Fitzgerald and Dorothy Kirsten
Y
47-11-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): Barry Fitzgerald and soprano Dorothy Kirsten, guests; "Toora, Loora, Loora," "Romany Life," "The Fortune Teller," and "Indian Summer."
47-11-26
45
Guest Frankie Lane
Y
47-11-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): "The Man Without a Country," Frankie Lane, guest star.
47-12-03
46
Guest Al Jolson
Y
47-12-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): Al Jolson and Bing team for two medleys of long-ago tunes.
47-12-10
47
Guest Walter O'Keefe
Y
47-12-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): "Little By Little" and "The Whiffenpoof Song."
47-12-17
48
Guests Joe Frisco, Ilene Woods, Rudolph Schmoehopper
Y
47-12-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): Comedian Joe Frisco, songstress Ilene Woods and mysterious Rudolph Schmoehopper, guest; "White Christmas," "That Old Feeling" and "Ballerina."
47-12-24
49
The Small One
Y
[Christmas Program; Possible rebroadcast of 46-12-25]

47-12-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9:00 Bing Crosby WENR
47-12-31
50
Guests Danny Thomas and Rudolph Schmoehopper
Y
47-12-31 Wisconsin State Journal - 9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): Danny Thomas and the unknown celebrity, Rudolph Schmoehopper, guests; Crosby sings "But Beautiful" and "Let's Start the New Year Right."
48-01-07
51
Guests The Lone Ranger and Walter O'Keefe
Y
48-01-07 Racine Journal Times
The Lone Ranger will tie up Silver at a hitching post in front of the Bing Crosby bandstand when he and Walter O'Keefe are Bing's guests tonight at 9 p.m. over WRJN-ABC. The Masked Horseman, as the Long Ranger also is known to his millions of fans, will be the central figure in a stirring drama of the Old West, in which Bing will play Sheriff Creepalong Crosby. O'Keefe and announcer Ken Carpenter will have important roles, too.
48-01-14
52
Guests Evelyn Knight and George Burns
Y
48-01-14 New York Times
10-10:30--Bing Crosby Show: Guests, Evelyn Knight and George Burns--WJZ.
48-01-21
53
Guests Burns and Allen
Y
48-01-21 New York Times
10-10:30--Bing Crosby Show: Guests, George Burns and Gracie Allen--WJZ.
48-01-28
54
Guests Esther Williams and Red Ingle
Y
48-01-28 New York Times
10-10:30--Bing Crosby Show: Guests, Esther Williams and Red Ingle--WJZ.
48-02-04
55
Guests Mark Hellinger, Jimmy Durante, Dick Haymes
Y
48-02-04 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): program transcribed shortly before Mark Hellinger's death, with Hellinger, Jimmy Durante, Dick Haymes and Crosby saluting vaudeville.
48-02-11
56
Guests Oscar Levant and Joe Venuti
Y
48-02-11 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Oscar Levant, Peggy Lee, Joe Venuti; all-Gershwin program.
48-02-18
57
Guest Robert Taylor
Y
48-02-18 New York Times
10-10:30--Bing Crosby Show: Guest, Robert Taylor--WJZ.
48-02-25
58
Peggy Lee and the All-Time Flop Parade
Y
48-02-25 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): and Peggy Lee present "All-Time Flop Parade."

48-02-26 Oakland Tribune
Incidental Intelligence: To keep all ABC programs at their regular times when daylight saving time starts April 25, ABC just bought a dozen of the sensational new tape recorders which now make the Bing Crosby transcribed show actually better than a live broadcast The recorders are made by a San Francisco firm, Ampex Electrical Corp.
48-03-03
59
Guests Jack Benny, Tom Breneman, Gladys Zabisco
Y
48-03-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Jack Benny, Tom Breneman, Gladys Szabisco.

48-03-03 New York Times
10-10:30Bing Crosby Show: Guests, Jack Benny, Tom Breneman an Gladys Szabisco; Others--WJZ.
48-03-10
60
Guest Jimmy Stewart
Y
48-03-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): and Jimmy Stewart, explaining his views on marriage; music includes "Wolf of Wolf Creek Pass," "Love Me or Leave Me," "But Beautiful."
48-03-17
61
Guest Margaret O'Brien
Y
48-03-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Margaret O'Brien.
48-03-24
62
Guests Wild Bill Elliott and Peggy Lee
Y
48-03-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): "Wild Bill" Elliott and songstress Peggy Lee in a cattle-rustling horse opera.
48-03-31
63
Guest Dick Powell
Y
48-03-31 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): and Dick Powell.
48-04-07
64
Guest Fred Astaire
Y
48-04-07 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): and Fred Astair.
48-04-14
65
Guests Fibber McGee and Molly
Y
48-04-14 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Fibber McGee and Molly.
48-04-21
66
Guest Clifton Webb
Y
48-04-21 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): guest, Clifton Webb takes over job of looking after Bing's four sons.
48-04-28
67
Guest Claudette Colbert
Y
48-04-28 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): and Claudette Colbert; music includes "You Are Too Dangerous, Cherie," "Thousand Islands Song," "Friendly Mountain," "I May Be Wrong."
48-05-05
68
Guest Barry Fitzgerald
Y
48-05-05 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): and Barry Fitzgerald.
48-05-12
69
Guest Henry Fonda
Y
48-05-12 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): and Henry Fonda.
48-05-19
70
Guest Ethel Merman
Y
48-05-19 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): and Ethel Merman in third edition of "Flop Parade."
48-05-26
71
Guests Beatrice Lillie and Alec Templeton
Y
48-05-26 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Beatrice Lillie and Alec Templeton.
48-06-02
72
Fred Allen and 'Forever Everett'
Y
48-06-02 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): and Fred Allen, Ham Fisher, Joe Venuti.
48-06-09
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48-09-09 Wisconsin State Journal
WENR-WLS 8:00 Star Theater





48-09-29
73
Guest Claudette Colbert
Y
48-09-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): returns to the air. Claudette Colbert and Bing's four sons, guests.
48-10-06
74
Guest Judy Garland
Y
48-10-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): and Judy Garland; "Love Somebody," "Ramblin' Rose," "For Me and My Gal," "Over the Rainbow."
48-10-13
75
Guests Ray Milland, Marilyn Maxwell and William Gargan
Y
48-10-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Ray Milland, Marilyn Maxwell, Wililam Gargan, Joe Venute; "Hair of Gold," "It's Magic," "Side by Side," "A Tree in the Meadow."
48-10-20
76
Guests Dan Dailey, Marilyn Maxwell, William Gargan
Y
48-10-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Dan Dailey, Marilyn Maxwell, William Gargan.
48-10-27
77
Guests William Powell, Peggy Lee, William Gargan
Y
48-10-27 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): salutes San Francisco's Gay 90s period; William Powell, Peggy Lee and William Gargan, guests; "Hair of Gold," "It's Magic," "Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere."
48-11-03
78
Guests Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd
Y
48-11-03 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Sherd; "You Call Everybody Darling," "Delores," "I'd Love to Live in Loveland."
48-11-10
79
Guests Oscar Levant and Peggy Lee
Y
48-11-10 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Oscar Levant, Peggy Lee; "Wildflower," "Silver Lining," "Take Me Back to Manhattan," "What Is This Thing Called Love," "Mandy," "I've Got Rhythm."
48-11-17
80
Guests Kay Starr and Adolphe Menjou
Y
48-11-17 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Kay Starr and Adolphe Menjou; "I;m the Lonesomest Gal in Town," "Buttons and Bows," "Until," "Galway Bay."
48-11-24
81
Guests Dorothy Kirsten and Bert Lahr
Y
48-11-24 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Dorothy Kirsten and Bert Lahr; "Friendship," "Ouvre ton Coeur," "These Foolish Things," "Cuanto le Gusta."
48-12-01
82
Guests Bob Crosby, Cathy Crosby, Peggy Lee
Y
48-12-01 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Bob Crosby and daughter, Cathy; Peggy Lee; Rhythmaires; "Slow Boat to China," "Hair of Gold," "A Little Bird Told Me," "Until."
48-12-08
83
Guests Morton Downey, Joe Venuti, Kay Starr
Y
48-12-08 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Morton Downey, Joe Venute, and Kay Starr; "Melancholy Baby," "Mexicali Rose," "If I had My Way," "Cuanto le Gusta," "My Blue Heaven."
48-12-15
84
Guests Bob Hope and Peggy Lee
Y
48-12-15 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Bob Hope, Peggy Lee, Rhythmaires.
48-12-22
85
Guests Bob Mitchell Boys Choir
Y
[Christmas Program]

48-12-22 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Mitchell Boy choir, Rhythmaires; "The Small One," with Bing as narrator.
48-12-29
86
Guests The Mills Brothers, Peggy Lee, Joe Venuti
Y
48-12-29 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with guests, the Mills Brothers, Peggy Lee, and Joe Venuti; "Cuanto La Gusta," "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," "I Got Llucky in the Rain," "Two Blocks Down," "Maybe You'll be There," "Tea for Two," "I'll Tell You My Dream," "On the Banks of the Wabash" and "Far Away Places."
49-01-05
87
Guests Harry James and Betty Grable
Y
49-01-05 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Harry James, Betty Grable; "What Did I Do," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "Slow Boat to China," "Cottontail," "My Darling, My Darling."
49-01-12
88
Guests Peggy Lee and Johnny Mercer
Y
49-01-12 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Peggy Lee, Johnny Mercer; "A Bluebird Singing," "I Got Lucky in the Rain," "Slow Boat to China," "Small Fry."
49-01-19
89
Guests Hattie McDaniel and Leroy 'Lasses' White
Y
49-01-19 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Hattie McDaniel, Lasses White; "Little Jack Frost," "Maybe You'll Be There," "Galway Bay," "Mine, All Mine," "A Little Bird Told Me," "Missouri Waltz."
49-01-26
90
Guests Abe Burrows and Peggy Lee
Y
49-01-26 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): Abe Burrows, Peggy Lee, guests; "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," "So Dear To My Heart," "California."
49-02-02
91
Guests Jimmy Durante and Gertrude Niesen
Y
49-02-02 New York Times
10-10:30--Bing Crosby Show: Jimmy Durante, Gertrude Niesen--WJZ.
49-02-09
92
Guests Groucho Marx and Connie Haines
Y
49-02-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Groucho Marx, Connie Haines.
49-02-16
93
Guests Bob Burns and Kay Starr
Y
49-02-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Bob Burns and Key Starr.
49-02-23
94
Guests Abe Burrows and Peggy Lee
Y
49-02-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Abe Burrows and Peggy Lee.
49-03-02
95
Guests Burl Ives and Dinah Shore
Y
49-03-02 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Burl Ives and Dinah Shore; "Sunflower," "So Tired," "True to You, Darling," "Clementine," "Lavendar Blue."
49-03-09
96
Guests Phil Harris, Peggy Lee and 'Frankie Remley'
Y
[Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden appearance rescheduled for March 16th 1949 program]

49-03-09 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Phil Harris, Peggy Lee, Frankie Remley.
49-03-16
97
Guests Louis Armstrong, Joe Venuti and Jack Teagarden

Y
[From San Francisco]

49-03-16 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with
Louis Armstrong, Joe Venute, Peggy Lee, Jack Teagarden.
49-03-23
98
Guest Ethel Merman
Y
49-03-23 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Ethel Merman.
49-03-30
99
Guest Dennis Day
Y
49-03-30 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Dennis Day; "Clancy Lowered the Boom," "Sunflower," "Why Can't You Behave?"
49-04-06
100
Guest Jimmy Stewart
Y
49-04-06 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Jimmy Stewart.
49-04-13
101
Guests Gonzaga University Glee Club
Y
49-04-13 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Gonzago University Glee club, Peggy Lee.
49-04-20
102
Guests Rudy Vallee and Walter O'Keefe
Y
49-04-20 Wisconsin State Journal
9 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WISC): with Rudy Vallee, Walter O'Keefe.
49-04-27
103
Guests Abe Burrows and Peggy Lee
Y
49-04-27 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Abe Burrows and Peggy Lee; "Upper Peabody Tech," "Victory Song," "Delta Delta Tay."
49-05-04
104
Guests Alec Templeton and Carol Richards
Y
49-05-04 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): Alec Templeton and Carol Richards, guests.
49-05-11
105
Guests Alec Templeton and Peggy Lee
Y
49-05-11 New York Times
10-10:30--Bing Crosby Show: Alec Templeton and Peggy Lee--WJZ.
49-05-18
106
Guests Johnny Mercer and Rhonda Fleming
Y
49-05-18 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Johnny Mercer and Rhonda Fleming.
49-05-25
107
Guests Dorothy Kirsten and Joe Venuti
Y
49-05-25 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): with Dorothy Kirsten and Joe Venuti.
49-06-01
108
The Top Fifteen Hits of 1949
Y
49-06-01 Wisconsin State Journal
8 p.m.--Bing Crosby (WENR): presents year's 15 top tunes.
49-06-08
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49-06-08 Wisconsin State Journal
WENR-WLS 8:00 It's Time for Music






The Philco Radio Time Radio Program Biographies




Kennneth L. 'Ken' Carpenter
(Announcer)

Radio, Television and Film Announcer, Narrator and Personality
(1900-1984)

Birthplace: Avon, Illinois, U.S.A.

Education: B.A., Lombard College

Radiography:
1935 Rose Bowl Game
1935 Henry Busse and His Montmartre Orchestra
1936 The Magic Key
1936 The Packard Hour
1937 Paramount's Silver Jubilee
1937 Streamlined Shakespeare
1937 The Packard Summer Program
1938 The Ray Noble Show
1938 Kraft Music Hall
1939 Amos 'n' Andy
1940 The Rudy Vallee Sealtest Show
1940 Little Old Hollywood
1940 Bing Crosby Presents
1941 Quiz Kids
1941 The Jello Program
1941 Sweet and Rhythmic
1941 Maxwell House Coffee Time
1941 Songs By Bob Carroll
1941 The Great Gildersleeve
1941 One Man's Famiy
1942 Freedom's People
1942 Command Performance
1942 Eyes Aloft
1943 The Pepsodent Show
1943 Jubilee
1943 Treasury Star Parade
1943 Mail Call
1944 Mystery House
1944 World News Parade
1944 Academy Awards
1944 The Charlie McCarthy Show
1944 The Shaeffer World Parade
1944 The Elgin CHristmas Day Greeting To America
1945 The March Of Time
1945 The Chase and Sanborn Program
1945 The Life Of Riley
1945 Music For Millions
1946 Truth Or Consequences
1946 Philco Radio Time
1947 Criminal At Large (Auditon)
1947 Elgin Thanksgiving Day Greeting To America
1948 Here's To Veterans
1948 Red Cross Fund Campaign
1948 The Bing Crosby Show
1948 Guest Star
1948 This Is Bing Crosby
1949 Opportunity U.S.A.
1949 A Tribute To...
1950 The Halls Of Ivy
1950 Welcome Back Baseball
1950 Screen Director's Playhouse
1950 The Man Called X
1951 Mr Keen, Tracer Of Lost Persons
1952 The Nelson Eddy Show (Audition)
1952 Truth Or Consequences
1952 Lux Radio Theatre
1952 The Judy Garland Show
1953 Christmas Seale Sale
1953 General Electric Theatre
1953 Easter Seal Parade For Crippled Children
1953 All-Star Revue
1956 Biography In Sound
1959 Stars For Defense
1959 Have Gun, Will Travel
1960 The Bing Crosby-Rosemary Clooney Show
1961 Christmas Sing With Bing
1964 It's That Tie Again
1974 The Tomorrow Show
1976 The Good Old Days Of Radio
Yank Swing Session
Stand By For Music
Treasury Star Parade
Ken Carpenter circa 1938
Ken Carpenter circa 1938


Ken Carpenter circa 1943
Ken Carpenter circa 1943

Carpenter was a member of Phi Delta Theta while attending Lombard College
Carpenter was a member of Phi Delta Theta while attending Lombard College

Ken Carpenter (far right) emcees the Kraft Music Hall with Bing Crosby, Marilyn Maxwell and John Scott Trotter
Ken Carpenter (far right) emcees the Kraft Music Hall with Bing Crosby, Marilyn Maxwell and John Scott Trotter


Born in Avon, Illinois, Kenneth Carpenter was the son of Barlow Carpenter, a Universalist minister, and Clara Carpenter. Ken Carpenter graduated from Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois in 1921, where he was a member of the national Phi Delta Theta chapter, a fraternity of college students espousing "the cultivation of friendship among its members, the acquirement individually of a high degree of mental culture, and the attainment personally of a high standard of morality". Lombard College also is where Carpenter met his future lifelong wife, Betty.

Ken and Betty Carpenter moved to Hollywood in 1929 and soon after, Ken became a staff announcer at Hollywood's KFI radio. After announcing the 1935 Rose Bowl game on NBC, he found himself in demand for national programs. He became Bing Crosby's announcer in 1936 shortly after Bing took over the hosting duties on the Kraft Music Hall. Carpenter remained with Bing Crosby through the next 27 years. He also announced for Al Jolson and Edgar Bergen's long-running show. He performed in the same capacity on the Radio and Television versions of Lux Radio Theatre and One Man's Family.

Throughout the Golden Age of Radio Broadcasting--and beyond--Ken Carpenter remained one of Radio's busiest announcers, appearing in over 6,000 broadcasts during a forty-two year career in Radio. The staggering array of Radio programs Ken appeared in forever set him apart in the annals of Radio Broadcasting History.

Ken Carpenter also enjoyed careers in both Film and Television. He was the announcer/narrator for a fascinating series of forty-one Paramount-produced, Jerry Fairbanks-directed shorts entitled Unusual Occupations (1939-1949), which won several Academy Awards in the Short Subject category. He was also the uncredited announcer in Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and the announcer, emcee, commentator, or narrator in:
  • Rhythm on the River (1940)
  • Road to Zanzibar (1941)
  • New York Town (1941)
  • The Secret Code (1942)
  • The Spirit of Stanford (1942)
  • Strictly G.I. (1943)
  • Mystery Broadcast (1943)
  • True to Life (1943)
  • What a Woman! (1943)
  • Who's Who in Animal Land (1944)
  • The Crime Doctor's Courage (1945)
  • The Lonesome Stranger (1946)
  • Cross My Heart (1946)
  • Ladies' Man (1947)
  • Grounds for Marriage (1951)
  • Susan Slept Here (1954)

All told, Ken Carpenter enjoyed a Film career spanning twenty years. Ken Carpenter was also in demand on Television, enjoying yet another ten year career as the announcer for Lux Video Theatre (1950-1955) and The Bing Crosby Show (1954) among others.

Over a forty-seven year career in the Performing Arts, Ken Carpenter stands as a legend in Radio and a true American Treasure of 20th Century Broadcasting. Ranked among the top five most important announcers in his craft, Ken Carpenter's career in Radio will probably never again be equalled.

But equally important, as a beloved gentleman and icon to all of the Broadcast announcers that followed him, he remains one of the most influential proponents of his craft to this day.




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