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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
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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
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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
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No Squat No Stoop




The Billboard of October 31st 1943 teases Dee Engelbach as Director for The Radio Hall of Fame


Premiere spot ad for The Radio Hall of Fame over KOH in Nevada
Premiere spot ad for The Radio Hall of Fame over KOH in Nevada









Deems Taylor served as The Radio Hall of Fame emcee
Deems Taylor served as The Radio Hall of Fame emcee

Paul Whiteman served as The Radio Hall of Fame host and Music Director
Paul Whiteman served as The Radio Hall of Fame Music Director

West coast spot ad from 1944
West coast spot ad from 1944

The Philco Summer Hour replaced The Radio Hall of Fame for the Summer of 1944
The Philco Summer Hour replaced The Radio Hall of Fame for the Summer of 1944



Philco Summer Hour spot ad from September 2nd 1945

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
  • 1943-1946 The Radio Hall of Fame
  • 1944 The Philco Summer Hour
  • 1945 Philco Radio Time
  • 1945 The Philco Hour
  • 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 Blue Network emerges as a WWII-era powerhouse

Prior to 1941, American radio was dominated by three major networks: The Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and The Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS). While there were several smaller regional networks that emerged and disappeared throughout the Golden Age Radio era, it was 'the big three' that engaged in the greatest competition for listener share throughout the period.

During the early 1920s, American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) built a growing network of radio stations transmitting over AT&T's phone lines. AT&T had systematically acquired a natural--and then legal--monopoly of these phone lines throughout the Northeast--eventually reaching to the West Coast. AT&T's 'key station' of that network was New York City's WEAF.

Throughout that same period, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) began building a similar network throughout the Northeast over Western Union's telegraph lines--mostly in response to AT&T's monopoly of phone lines. RCA's 'key station' was New York City's WJZ [originally based in Newark, NJ]. AT&T began signaling its desire to exit the radio broadcasting business in 1925 by restructuring and consolidating its radio broadcasting assets into what became the Broadcasting Company of America (BCA) in May of 1926. A consortium of RCA, General Electric, and Westinghouse offered to buy the short-lived BCA system lock, stock and barrel. The consortium's resulting National Broadcasting Company included the assets of RCA's original telegraph line-based network anchored with WJZ.

From the November 15th 1926 edition of the Indiana Evening Gazette:

     Operatic stars, world-famous singers and musicians, internationally known humorists, leaders among the nation's symphony orchestras--these and many other outstanding personalities will feature tonight a four-hour opening program of the National Broadcasting Company.
     This company was recently organized to administer the affairs of the WEAF and the WJZ broadcasting stations and their station chains, both now subsidiaries of the Radio Corporation of America, which recently purchased WEAF from the American Telephone and Telegraph Company.  Tonight's program marks the beginning of the active direction by the National Broadcasting Company of the two station chains named and also marks the retirement of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company from the broadcasting field.
     Merlin Hall Aylesworth, former managing director of the National Electric Light Association, who resigned that position November 1 to become president of the National Broadcasting Company, will open the program.
     More than twoscore broadcasting stations throughout the East and Middle West, including WEAF and WJZ in New York, will be linked together for the simultaneous broadcasting of this event, which promises to be the most pretentious radio program ever presented.
     Following brief remarks by Mr. Aylesworth, the entertainment program will be launched bringing the following stars of the opera, stage and concert field before the microphone:  Mary Garden, Will Rogers, Titto Ruffe, Weber and Fields, The New York Symphony Orchestra with Walter Damrosch, Harold Bauer, the New York Oratorio Society with Albert Stoessel, the Edwin Franko Goldman Band, a grand and light opera company, both under the direction of Cessare Sodero; Vincent Lopez, George Olsen and Ben Bernie and B.A. Rolfe with their respective orchestras.
          New Management Begins
     As was recently announced, the National Broadcasting Company, which succeeded the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, in the ownership of Station WEAF, assumed control of the WEAF organization and apparatus on November 1.  Before the American Telephone and Telegraph Company transferred the ownership of WEAF to the National Broadcasting Company on this date the general programs had been arranged for the first two weeks of November.
     The inaugural program for Monday, however, has been arranged entirely by the new company and marks the beginning of the new management as a program maker.
     Broadcasting by these stations will begin at 8 o'clock, with the exception of WDAF, Kansas City, Mo., which will join the chain an hour later, and WSAI, Cincinnati, which joins at 10 o'clock.
               High Spots on Program
     While the majority of the artists and musical units will appear before a microphone installed in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, Mary Garden and Will Robars will perform before separate microphones in the Middle West.
     Mary Garden will sing from Chicago, in all probability from her hotel apartment studio, and Will Rogers will speak from his dressing room in the theater in which he is appearing in Independence, Kan., and prior to his personal appearance in that city.
     Leslie Joy, one of WEAF'S announcers, will go to Independence, Kas., where he will give Will Rogers the cue to "go on the air."  Because of Joy having to make a personal appearance the following evening in Providence, R.I., it will be necessary that he make the "hop" in an airplane.  Arrangements are now in progress to engage a high-speed plane for this purpose.
     Milton Cross, WJZ announcer, will attend to the duties of presenting Mary Garden before the microphone in Chicago.
     All of the WEAF and WJZ announcers will participate in this evening's program, each taking turn in announcing the various features.
     Following is the detailed program which will begin precisely at 8 o'clock from the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria, New York City;

The Program

1.  Prelude from "Lohengrin"..........Wagner
2.  "Hail, Bright Abode" (from Tannhauser")..........Wagner New York Ontario Society
3.  Operatic aria, baritone solo, Tita Ruffo
4.  "Rhapsodie No. 1"..........Liszt New York Symphony Orchestra
5.  First Movement of Concerto..........Schurmann Harold Bauer
6.  Group of Songs, Mary Garden
7.  "Valse Lent" and "Pizzicatti" (from "Sylvia")..........Delibou New York Symphony Orchestra
8.  (a)  "Mannin Veen" Manx Folk Song,
      (b)  "Under the Silver Stars," Cuban Folk Song
      (c)  "The Lost Chord..........Sullivan New York Operatic Society
9.  Piano solos, Harold Bauer
10. Two baritone voice, Tita Ruffo
11. ..........New York Symphony Orchestra
12.  Fiften Minutes With a Diplomat, Will Rogers
13.  (a)  Sextet ((from "Lucia"..........Verdi Operatic Sextet
        (b)  Bits from "Mikado," Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company, directed by Cesare Sodero
14.  (a)  "Stars and Stripes..........Sousa
        (b)  "Pan Americana"..........Herbert
        (c)  ""On the Mall"..........Goldman The Goldman Band, Edwin Franko Goldman conducting
15.  Ten Minutes of Humor, Weber and Fields
16.  Orchestra Dance Selections, George Olsen and orchestra
17.  Orchestral Dance Selections, Ben Bernie and his orchestra
18.  Orchestral Dance Selections, B.A. Rolfe and his orchestra
19.  Orchestral Dance Selections, Vincent Lopez and his orchestra


And from the December 13th 1926 edition of the Lowell Sun:

    
     NEW YORK, Dec. 11.—The third series of concerts to be put on the air by the Victor Talking Machine company will be inaugurated on the evening of New Year's Day, with a program featuring a group of distinguished operatic and concert stars.  A network of more than twenty stations will he used for the opening concert of the series, and while the names of the artists have not been announced, it is stated by officials of the Victor Company that some of them have never been heard over the air before.
     The network to be used for this first concert will consist of a combination of chains of stations affiliated with WEAF and WJZ, New York.  It is also announced that this opening Victor program inaugurates a new chain system 'to be operated by the National Broadcasting Company, with WJZ as the "key" station.  This new chain, which will be known as the "blue" network, will allow simultaneous broadcasting from WJZ, through WBZ/Springfield and Boston; KDKA, Pittsburgh, and KYW, Chicago.
     For the broadcasting of the first Victor program, therefore, the "blue" network will be joined with the "red" network, including WEEI, Boston, as the WEAF chain is designated, as well as other stations in various cites.
     Following the New Year's night program, the Victor concerts will be given bi-monthly, through the "blue" network, according to the announcement of the Victor Company.
     On January 1 program will be two hours long, beginning at 9 p. m. Eastern Standard Time, and will be presented by four outstanding operatic and concert artists, with an orchestra.
     The two preceding series of Victor radio concerts were inaugurated on the evening of January 1, as is the case with the 1927 series.  Among he noted singers heard last season were Maria Jeritza, Lncrezia Borl, Frances Alda, Marion Talley, Marguerite d'Alvarez, Dusolina Ginnial, John McCormack, Giovanni Martinoll, Giuseppe Do Luca, Titta Ruffo, Errilllo de Gogorza and others.


Given the previously established respective infrastructures of WEAF and WJZ, the new National Broadcasting Company retained both systems and expanded both of them throughout the following 10 years. WEAF's growing network was dubbed NBC-Red and the WJZ-anchored network was dubbed NBC-Blue. The 'color theme' of both networks--as well as four others that appeared over the following 10 years--reportedly owed itself to a combination of colored push-pins, yarn and color-coded grease-pencils that traced NBC's expanding network connections across huge Continental U.S. maps in NBC's headquarters.

NBC-Red, ostenibly NBC's predominately 'commercial' network tended to air most of NBC's most nationally popular, commercially sponsored programming. NBC-Blue, by contrast, though occasionally carrying commercially sponsored popular programming was more widely characterized as NBC's Public Affairs, News and sustained programming network of the two. NBC-Orange, NBC's expanding West Coast network, was viewed more as an extension of NBC-Red rather than NBC-Blue.

As NBC approached the 1940s the distinctions between NBC-Red and NBC-Blue began to blur--both commercially and by virtue of their increasingly anticompetitive programming practices. CBS was also coming under scrutiny for its own anticompetitive practices. That environment didn't go unnoticed by MBS and many of the larger regional independent networks of the 1930s. Nor did those practices escape the scrutiny of the recently reorganized (1934) Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC issued a report denouncing the affiliate acquisition abuses by NBC and CBS and sought to establish a 'one affiliate per city' rule for each of the major networks in an attempt to level the playing field.

MBS eventually brought an antitrust suit against NBC and CBS in the Fall of 1941 and the United States Justice Department also initiated an antitrust suit against both CBS and NBC in December of 1941. While contesting these various suits, NBC prudently consolidated and reincorporated it's NBC-Blue network into Blue Network Company, Inc. in January of 1942--or simply, The Blue Network. The various litigants--the FCC, NBC, CBS, MBS and the Justice Department--eventually took the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court in 'NBC vs. The United States.' In May of 1943, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the FCC did in fact have the jurisdiction to regulate contractual obligations between networks and their affiliates.

Having seen the writing on the wall, NBC began taking offers for The Blue Network in January of 1943. Following the 1943 the Supreme Court ruling, RCA accepted an offer from Edward J. Noble to purchase The Blue Network as The American Broadcasting System, Inc. for a reported $8 Million. The FCC ultimately approved the sale of The Blue Network in October of 1943 based primarily on Edward J. Noble's written representations to "keep an open mind" regarding all requests for broadcast programming as well as affiliate relations.

Seeking to ultimately shed any references to NBC-Blue and The Blue Network, by December of 1945 the FCC approved Noble's request to transfer all of The Blue Network and The American Broadcasting System licences to The American Broadcasting Company. During a period of approximately two years following that rebranding, most of the network's high profile programs were announced as broadcast by "The Blue Network of the American Broadcasting Company."

The Blue Network undertook several ambitious programming efforts from the Fall of 1943 forward in an effort to kick-start the new network. Its Philco-sponsored The Radio Hall of Fame, was an initially hour-long variety extravaganza airing on Sunday afternoons. The Radio Hall of Fame showcased the biggest names in comedy, drama, music and the stage.

Philco, WJZ, Variety bring The Radio Hall of Fame to the airwaves

From The Billboard's Decmber 18th 1943 review of The Radio Hall of Fame's premiere broadcast:

Billboard Radio Hall of Fame Review heading

 
     Once again, seeking an excuse for a variety show, a sponsor has turned to the idea of paying tribute to the top performers in showbiz.    Calling their potpourri Radio Hall of Fame, the Philco Radio Corporation, with an assist from Variety, trade weekly will bring together a group of performers each week, with continuity saluting the artists for their past accomplishments in the entertainment fields.
     Showbiz could profit from a real Hall of Fame, some form of Pulitzer award for individual performers.  Unfortunately, the title is once again being used as a come-on to "ennoble" only the actual broadcast and the trade paper that's paid to suggest the acts.  Several years ago the sponsor of this program suggested such a Hall of Fame thru its publicity agent, Tom Fizdale, and the sheet that is now part of the broadcast presentation took the idea apart in a big way.  At that time they saw all the gimmicks in the idea.  Everything is apparently different now that there is a largesse from the job for the sponsor instead of being free to editorialize upon it.  Also, if this reviewer's memory is correct, all the Halls of Fame are dedicated to the dead, or at least to the inactive.  That goes for the Hall of Fame at New York University, as well as the Baseball HOF at Cooperstown, N.Y., and the other tributes to immortals which are scattered around the world.
     For the record, there were no dead ones on the premiere broadcast, which was entertainment out of the drawer on top of the top drawer.  The hour was full of fast-moving microphone-worthy diversion, well routined and socko.  From the climax of Broadway's Winged Victory, with the original AAF cast, to the sign-off by Bob Hope, there wasn't a dull moment, except perhaps some of the Deems Taylor song and dance spiels.  Taylor was, to say the least, a longhair lost behind the mike.  George Faulkner, scripter who strung the words together for the RHOF, hasn't written for the Taylor type before and so may be excused if his words didn't "flow" for the annotator.  However, Faulkner must be warned that despite the fact the hour is a salute, the best salvo is still the performance, not the treasurer's report.
     Only one performer on the program came from radio's "First Fifteen" (Hooperating or CAB); that was Bob Hope.  The other personalities--Hildegarde, Jimmy Durante, Maurice Rocco and Quentin Reynolds--are on the air but none of them has been able to sell his "unique abilities" consistently thru broadcasting.  They were at their best on the RHOF, which may indicate that they're just natural guest artists.  When nitery personalities air, perhaps it's best that they test-sample their wares, rather than star on a program.  Hildegarde and Durante topped their usual air stints, altho Schnozzola milked his Umbriago clarinet routine so that there wasn't any cream in the last few toots.  Someday they'll build a microphone able to deliver Jimmy at his best and then the audiences will be happy.  As it is now, he's still a shouting personality and mikes are still whispering mediums.
     The dramatic interlude, the Winged Victory climax, was superb air-stuff and was just as superbly done by Lee J. Cobb, Mark Daniels and Edmund O'Brien.  Some legit excerpts, in fact most of them, fall flat on their face in a radio program, but not only did Victory clear this hurdle, but it took the program by its bootstraps into the realm of things as we'd like to have them.  It rated the $25,000 donation which Philco presented to the Army Emergency Relief.  The Winged Victory chorus was thrown in for the 25Gs.
     Deems Taylor announced that there'd be a "new" name presented each week to RHOF audiences.  The tee-off's new name was Maurice Rocco, straight from the Club Zanzibar and the Capitol Theater.  Rocco did his usual boogie-woogie, sans a piano stool.  It's good visual stuff but Philco didn't have its television station skedded to scan the program and what came into the home was just fair pianistics.  Rocco is a likeable performer who has never pictured himself a great air personality and his "discovery" on this program won't rate the "talent selector" any laurel wreath.
     Paul Whiteman is a natural for the podium, and besides he's the musical director of the Blue Network over which the program is heard.  He has the background, personality and authority that gives a stable quality to the show.  When he paid tribute to Sgt. Dave Rose, who arranged and directed the music for Winged Victory the recognition meant something to listeners who know that in the popular field, there's no one who pretends to top P.W.  The piece given the palm was Holiday for Strings.
     The program topper was, of course, Bob Hope (piped in from Hollywood), who seems to come thru every time.  He didn't have a new one to tell--but how he told his old ones!  Typically Hope, he ran overtime, so that the final Hope gag topped the final Whiteman fanfare as the program signed off.  Hope has made the permanent Radio Hall of Fame in the hearts of his listeners.  He doesn't need a bogus Hall to tell the fact to the world--but anyone who brings him to the air rates a long deep salaam.
     Forgetting the bogus pitch, the new Philco show is the best that has occupied the Sunday 6 to 7 slot since broadcasting began.  The combination of DeVere Engelbach, producer, and George Faulkner writer, is almost unbeatable, given a reasonable amount of talent with which to play.  At this hour the show has no competition.  At its midway mark it hits The Great Gildersleeve.  Hal Peary's show has been gathering a bigger audience each week.  The first RHOF show neatly by-passed the dial twisters by spotting the Winged Victory spot so that it ran from just before the half hour to 6:40, thus making it tough to tune away from the Blue Net at the time that Gildy went on the air.  If they're able to do that every week, they're going to make Peary's hair turn white with loss of Hooper and Crossley points.
     Credit the premiere of Fame with another first.  Neither the Blue nor the Philco prexy labored verbally on the program to produce a pipsqueak.  As a matter of fact, except for the Deems Taylor words, there was less non-show business gab on this hour than any of the other recent commercial debuts.
     If they can keep the pace, Radio Hall of Fame will establish a hard-to-follow standard for all Sunday evening slot-fillers.  It's a shame, however, that they had to put a false front on a great show.  Some day someone is going to produce a typical Palace Theater program on the air, without an alibi, or a formula, and it's going to be a success because it has the necessary talent.  After it's a success everyone's going to say, "We knew all the time that all you needed on the air was a great show."
     Lacking a sock line-up every week, they are going to need a personality to emsee the show.  Deems isn't it.  He's been annotating all his life and he's still doing it, and an annotator is at the best a bridge for a stage wait.
     A Radio Hall of Fame ought to pay tributes to the stars it enshrines.  It's a shame that this great show has to packhorse its formula and its talent picker.  It deserves better.
Joe Koehler.

From the March 24th 1946 edition of the Coshocton News:

Dialing With Don

By DONALD D. WISEMAN--News Radio Editor

March 24th 1946 Agnes Moorehead

      AGNES MOOREHEAD is a name widely known among radio people since the early days of network broadcasting.  The name was not so well known by the general public until four or five years ago even though she was one of radio's busiest actresses.  This was because of customary anonymity of players in broadcast dramas.     . . . She will be honored tonight on Radio Hall Of Fame, at 6 p.m. ABC-WWVA, when she re-creates the role of a neurotic woman who overhears a telephone conversation involving her death by murder.  The melodrama is entitled, "Sorry, Wrong Number," and has been defined as the most exciting and forceful melodrama heard on the air.     Rudy Vallee, incidentally, also will be honored on this program as he replaces Paul Whiteman as emcee for this one program.  He will also nominate his candidate for the new "Stairway to the Stars" portion of the program.     She also co-stars with Lionel Barrymore, playing the role of Marilly, the housekeeper, in the CBS show, Mayor of the Town, Saturdays. . .

Series Derivatives:

The Philco Summer Hour; The Philco Hour
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Variety
Network(s): The Blue Network; ABC
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): The Radio Hall of Fame:
43-12-05 01 Winged Victory

The Philco [Summer] Hour:
44-06-04 01
Title Unknown

The Philco [Summer] Hour:
45-05-13 01
Mother's Day Salute
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): The Radio Hall of Fame - Season One:
43-12-05 to 44-05-28; The Blue Network; Twenty-six, hour-long programs;

The Philco [Summer] Hour:
44-06-04 to 44-09-24; The Blue Network; Seventeen, hour-long programs;

The Radio Hall of Fame - Season Two:
44-10-01 to 44-05-28; The Blue Network/ABC; Thirty-two, hour-long programs;

The Philco [Summer] Hour:
45-05-13 to 45-09-30; ABC; Four, hour-long programs and Seventeen half-hour programs;

The Radio Hall of Fame - Season Three:
45-10-07 to 46-04-21; ABC; Twenty-nine, 30-minute programs
Syndication: The Blue Network; ABC
Sponsors: Philco Radio and Television
Director(s): Dee Englebach
Ed Saulpaugh, Hank Booraem [Philco Directors]
Principal Performers: Deems Taylor, Bob Hope, Quentin Reynolds, Hildegarde, Jimmy Durante, Maurice Rocco, Ginny Simms, Red Skelton, Frank Fay, John Sebastian, Bob Burns, Walter O'Keefe, Brian Donlevy, Xavier Cugat, Lina Romay, Lauritz Melchoir, Helen Forrest, Orson Welles, Lou Holtz, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Georgia Gibbs, Willie Howard, Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford, Laird Cregar, Garry Moore, John Edwards, Tallulah Bankhead, Gertrude Niesen, Alan Young, Zero Mostel, Helen Hayes, Kay Armen, Shiela Barrett, George Jessel, Ed Gardner, Lloyd Nolan, Ella Mae Morse, Bud Hulick, Brian Aherne, Martha Raye, Barry Wood, Jay C. Flippen, Joan Fontaine, Fredrick March, Bidu Sayao, Alec Templeton, Frank Sinatra, Lowell Thomas, Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, Jerry Lester, Helen O'Connell, Dean Murphy, Evellyn Knight, Phil Baker, Harry McNaughton, Dean Murphy, Andrews Sisters, Gracie Fields, Ilka Chase, Danny Thomas, Kenny Baker, Groucho Marx, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Ralph Edwards, Larry Adler, Jack Haley, Ted Lewis, Bonita Granville, Victoria COrdova, Annabella, Louis Calherne, Ethel Smith, Reginald Gardiner, Smith and Dale, Mary Martin, Jane Withers, Wilbur Evans, Johnny BUrke, William Bendix, Maxine Sullivan, Eddie Mayhoff, Carl Brisson, Duke Ellington, Eddie Cantor, Nora Martin, Guy Kibbee, Adrian Rollini, Billy Eckstein, Sophie Tucker, Paul Muni, Tom Howard, George Shelton, Richard Haydn, Robert Crum, Benny Goodman, Doc Rockwell, Connee Boswell, Mary Astor, William Gargan, Jeanette MacDonald, Frank Morgan, Milt Herth Trio, Morton Downey, Jane Froman, Art Tatum Trio, Kate Smith, Al Jolson, Hi-Lo-Jack and the Dame, Bob Johnson, Charles Magnante, Adele Girard, Pvt Frank Loesser, Miff Mole, Pvt Buddy Weede, Ilene Woods, Al Duffy, Jack Fulton, Three Chicks and Chuck, Hoagy Carmichael, Cliff Edwards, Memphis Five, Red Norvo, Ted Husing, Alexander Knox, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Milton Berle, Burl Ives, Amos 'n' Andy, Franchot Tone, Korn Kobblers, Anita Ellis, Roy Rogers, Riders Of the Purple Sage, Joe E. Brown, Phil Baker, Ward Wilson, Lulu McConnell, Ronald Colman, Rudolf Frimi, Henny Youngman, Merry Macs, Dorothy Donegan, Charles Boyer, Carole Landis, Victor Borge, Diana Lynn, Nan ynn, Red Barber, Marian Hutton, Louis Jordan, Fredric March, Bob Burns, George Murphy, Glordia De Haven, Carlos Ramirez, Judy Garland, Jerry Colonna, Les Paul Trio, Bing Crosby, Charles Winninger, Allan Jones, Kathryn Grayson, Dick Haymes, Carmen Miranda, Betty Hutton, Bill Goodwin, Dale Evans, SOns Of the Pioneers, Tom Breneman, Arthur Treacher, Gene Austin, Dick Powell, Gil Lamb, Lt Col John K. Burns, Billy Gilbert, Ben Carter, Mantan Moreland, Hedy Lamarr, George Brent, Al Pearce, Marjorie Main, Andy Russell, Eileen Barton, Marlin, Vera Vague, Ella Logan, Anita Colby, Charlie Green, Bob Graham, Judy Canova, Janet Blair, Frances Langford, Johnny Mercer, Hoosier Hot Shots, Nigel Bruce, Beatrice Lillit, Peter Lorre, Bert Lahr, Artie Shaw and his Grammercy Five, Jo Stafford, William Gaxton, Joan Edwards, Mills Brothers, Victory Moore, Bob Ripley, Claude Rains, Vic and Sade, Chico Marx, Herman Chilitson Trio, Fred Allen, Lawrence Tibbett, Portland Hoffa, Martha Tilton, Raymond, Garry Moore, Leo Durocher, Wilbur Evans, WAVE Singing Platoon, Lt Jackie Coogan, Milton Caniff, Rose Marie, Jay Jostyn, BOb Hawk, Olsen and Johnson, Mildred Bailey, Clifton Fadiman, Alec Templeton, Arch Oboler, Mildred Bailey, Tom Howard, George Shelton, Earl Wilde, Burgess Meredith, Gertrude Lawrence, Robert Benchley, Ethel Barrymore, Paulette Goddard, Joe Besser, Oscar Levant, Gene Kelly, Jan Peerce, Frances Greer, Margaret Harshow, Robert Merrill, Kate Smith, Perry Como, Maurice Evans, Sophie Tucker, Ruth Hussey, Don McNeill, Joan Blondell, Ingrid Bergman, Ray Milland, Abbott and Costello, Bert Gordon, Eddie Marr, Mel Blanc, Charlie Cantor, Paul Frey, Lionel Barrymore, Rudy Vallee, Agnes Moorehead, Walter Pidgeon, Minerva Pious, Jean Sablon, Roland Young, Joe DiMaggio, Sugar Chile Robinson, Irving Berlin, Kersten Thorborg, Torsten Ralf
Recurring Character(s):
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): None
Writer(s) George Faulkner, Milton Geiger, Russel McCracken, Abel Greene [Editor for Variety]
Music Direction: Paul Whiteman and The Radio Hall of Fame Orchestra and Chorus
Hi, Lo, Jack and The Dame; Four Chicks and Chuck;The Merry Macs; Robert Shaw [Chorus Master]; Ted Dale, Al Sachs [Arrangers]; Joseph Littau [Conductor]; Alfred Newman [Composer/conductor];
Musical Theme(s): Paul Crestin
Announcer(s): Announcers:
Glenn Riggs, Jimmy Wallington, Pierre Andre

Hosts:
Deems Taylor

News Commentary:
Raymond Gram Swing, Lowell Thomas

The Philco Reporter [The Philco Hour - 1944]:
Kelvin Keech, George Hays
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
125
Episodes in Circulation: 94
Total Episodes in Collection: 96
Provenances:
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide.

Notes on Provenances:

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

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The Radio Hall of Fame Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
43-11-28
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43-11-28 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Amateur Hour--WENR
43-12-05
1
Winged Victory
N
43-12-05 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WCFL): representing outstanding performers in full-hour program, with Deems Taylor as master of ceremonies; music by Paul Whiteman's orchestra. Premiere broadcast guests, Bob Hope, Quentin Reynolds, Hildegarde, Jimmy Durante, and Maurice Rocco; also condensation of "
Winged Victory," Broadway hit.
43-12-12
2
Scenes from Carmen Jones
Y
43-12-12 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WCFL): Ginny Simms, Red Skelton, Frank Fay; scenes from new Broadway hit, "
Carmen Jones;" John Sebastian, harmonica virtuoso; Paul Whiteman orchestra in Grieg's "Hall of the Mountain King" from "Peer Gynt" suite.
43-12-19
3
Guests Bob Burns, Walter O'Keefe and Brian Donlevy
N
43-12-19 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WCFL): Bob Burns, Walter O'Keefe, Brian Donlevy, John Sebastion, harmonica virtuoso, Xavier Cugat and Lina Romay; Paul Whiteman's orchestra plays selections from Tschaikowsky's "Nutcracker Suite."
43-12-26
4
Stephen Vincent Benét's 'Toward the Future'
Y
[Raymond Edward Johnson substitutes for Orson Welles]

43-12-26 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WCFL): Fred Allen, Lauriz Melchoir, Helen Forrest, Orson Welles, Lou Holtz, Paul Whiteman's orchestra.
44-01-02
5
A New Years Comedy Celebration
Y
[New Years program]

44-01-02 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WCFL): George Burns and Gracie Allen, Raymond Gram Swing; Georgia Gibbs, blues singer; Willie Howard, comedian; Deems Taylor, narrator; Paul Whiteman's orchestra, "Valencia," and "Oklahoma."
44-01-09
6
Laird Cregar in 'Moonlight'
Y
44-01-09 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WCFL): Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford--"Daddy", Laird Cregar, Garry Moore, Jimmy Durante, John Edwards, Paul Whiteman orchestra.
44-01-16
7
Scenes from Lifeboat
N
44-01-16 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WCFL): Tallulah Bankhead in scene from "
Lifeboat;" Gertrude Niesen, singer; Alan Young, Canadian comic; Zero Mostel, comedian; cast of "Can You Top This?" and Paul Whiteman orchestra.
44-01-23
8
Helen Hayes in 'Harriett'
Y
44-01-23 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WCFL): Helen Hayes in scenes from "
Harriett;" Kay Armen, singer; Sheila Barrett, mimic; George Jessel, comedian; Paul Whiteman's orchestra and chorus, "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning," "Merry Widow" medley.
44-01-30
9
The Cast of Duffy's Tavern
N
44-01-30 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WCFL):
Ed "Archie" Gardner and cast of "Duffy's"; Lloyd Nolan, screen actor; Ella Mae Morse, singer; Bud Hulick, cmedian; Paul Whiteman and orchestra in tribute to Victor Herbert.
44-02-06
10
Brian Aherne in 'And No Birds Sing'
Y
44-02-06 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WCFL): "
The March of Death," starring Brian Aherne; also, Martha Raye, Barry Wood, and Jay C. Flippen; music by Paul Whiteman's orchestra, "Mairzy Doats."
44-02-13
11
Special 4th War Loan Drive Program
Y
[ 4th War Loan Drive Program]

44-02-13 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WCFL): special bond show with Joan Fontaine and Fredrick March in a drama; Jimmy Durante in comedy routine; Bidu Sayao, Metropolitan Opera star singing two arias from "La Traviata;" Alec Templeton, pianist, in two piano impressions and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue," accompanied by Paul Whiteman and orchestra; Frank Sinatra singing "Night and Day" and a comedy number "Corelli in the Old Corral;" Whiteman orchestra playing armed forces overture; Lowell Thomas, commentator.
44-02-20
12
Jennifer Jones in 'The Song of Bernadette'
Y
44-02-20 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WCFL): radio premiere of "
The Song of Bernadette," starring Jennifer Jones and Charles Bickford; Jerry Lester, comedian; Helen O'Connell, vocalist; Pual Whiteman's orchestra.
44-02-27
13
The Cast of The Aldrich Family
N
44-02-27 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WCFL): Aldrich Family, Dean Murphy, impersonator, Evelyn Knight, singer, Phil Baker and his man, "Bottle" (Harry McNaughton), Deems Taylor, Paul Whiteman orchestra; music, "I Love You" from "Mexican Hayride," and medley from Cole Porter's other shows.
44-03-05
14
Gracie Fields in 'The People of the Mist'
Y
44-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Guest, Dean Murphy (WENR): new station; Andrews Sisters, Gracie Fields, Ilka Chase and Danny Thomas, Comedian, with Paul Whiteman orchestra.
44-03-12
15
Guests Kenny Baker, Groucho Marx, Shirley Booth
N
44-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Kenny Baker, Groucho Marx, Shirley Booth, Paul Whiteman orchestra.
44-03-19
16
Guests Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Ralph Edwards
N
44-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Ralph Edwards and his Truth or Consequences cast, Larry Adler, harmonica virtuoso; Paul Whiteman orchestra "G.I. Jive," "I Love a Parade."
44-03-26
17
Guests Jack Haley, Ted Lewis
N
44-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Jack Haley, Ted Lewis, Bonita Granville, Victoria Cordova, Paul Whiteman Orchestra.
44-04-02
18
Scenes from Jacobowsky and the Colonel
N
44-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Broadway hit, "
Jacobowsky and the Colonel" with original stars, Annabella and Louis Calhern; Ethel Smith, swing organist; Reginald Gardiner, film star; and Simth and Dalel, comedy team; Paul Whiteman orchestra playing "Easter Parade" and "Lady of Spain."
44-04-09
19
Guest Mary Martin
N
44-04-09 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Mary Martin in drama and singing "Long Ago and Far Away;" Jane Withers, screen star; Wilbur Evans, male star of "Mexican Hayride;" Johnny Burke, comedian; Paul Whiteman orchestra, "Holiday for Strings."
44-04-16
20
Guest William Bendix
N
44-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): William Bendix; Maxine Sullivan, Eddie Mayhoff, mimic; Carl Brisson, singer; Duke Ellington; Paul Whiteman orchestra playing "April Showers" and "When Day Is Done."
44-04-23
21
Guest Guy Kibbee
N
44-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Eddie Cantor, Nora Martin; Guy Kibbee in dramatic sketch; Adrian Rollini, vibraharpist; Billy Eckstein, Negro nightclub singer; Paul Whiteman orchestra, "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise."
44-04-30
22
Paul Muni in 'No Common Clay'
Y
44-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Sophie Tucker, Paul Muni, Tom Howard and George Shelton, comedians; Richard Haydn, mimic; Robert Crum, boogie woogie pianist; Deems Taylor, and Paul Whiteman orchestra.
44-05-07
23
Mary Astor and William Gargan in 'Moral Victory'
Y
44-05-07 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Benny Goodman and Quartet; Doc Rockwell, monologist; Connee Boswell; Mary Astor and William Gargan in drama; music by Paul Whiteman orchestra.
44-05-14
24
Milton Geiger's Award-winning 'In the Fog'
Y
[Mothers Day program]

44-05-14 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WCFL, WENR): Jeanette MacDonald, Frank Morgan, Milt Herth Trio, Morton Downey, Paul Whiteman orchestra; "Little Mother of Mine," "It Had to Be You," "Great Day."
44-05-21
25
I Am An American Day Program
Y
44-05-21 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Bob Hope, comedian; Jane Froman, singer; Art Tatum Trio; Paul Whiteman orchestra, "Swing on a Star," "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
44-05-28
26
Guests Kate Smith, Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor
N
44-05-28 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Kate Smith, Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor; music by Paul Whiteman orchestra; "Rio Rita," "Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet."





The Philco [Summer] Hour Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
44-06-04
1
A Victor Herbert Medley
Y
[The Philco Summer Hour, summer replacement for The Radio Hall of Fame]

44-06-04 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): new musical series for summer, with Paul Whiteman's orchestra, Evelyn Knight, singer, and Hi-Lo-Jack and the Dame.
44-06-11
2
The Lord's Prayer D-Day Tribute
Y
[George Hays replaces Kelvin Keech as The Philco Reporter]

44-06-11 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra, Hi-Lo-Jack and the Dame, Evelyn Knight, and Bob Johnston, baritone; "Holiday for Strings," "Lullaby of the Leaves," "It Could Happen to You," "Amor," "Long Ago and Far Away," "Salt Water Cowboy."
44-06-18
3
A Father's Day Medley
Y
[Father's Day program]

44-06-18 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra, with original members of Memphis Five; "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," medley of Father's Day tunes, and "Louise," "Lady of Spain," "So Little Time."
44-06-25
4
A G.I. 'Hit Kit' Medley
Y
44-06-25 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman (WENR): with Charlie Magnante, accordionist; "Hit Kit" preview; "Flight of the Bumblebee," "Wang Wang Blues."
44-07-02
5
A 4th of July Tribute to George Gershwin
Y
[Fourth of July program]

44-07-02 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman (WENR): Gershwin and patriotic tunes.
44-07-09
6
A Good Neighbor Medley
Y
44-07-09 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra with Cordova, South American Singer, and Adele Girard, harpist; "Amor," Requerda del Alhambra," "Lady of Spain," "My Heart Stood Still," "Let's Sing a Song About Susie."
44-07-16
7
A PFC Frank Loesser Medley
Y
44-07-16 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame Summer Hour (WENR): medley of tunes by Pvt. Frank Loesser, "First Class Pvt. Mary Brown," "What Do You Do In the Infantry," "In My Arms," "Either Too Young Or Too Old," and "Praise the Lord;" "Louise," "Chi Chi Castenango," "A Fellow On a Furlough;" guest, trombonist Miff Mole, playing "Peg O' My Heart."
44-07-23
8
A Medley of Southern Favorites
Y
44-07-23 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Summer Hour (WENR): Paul Whiteman Orchestra, Evelyn Knight, singer; guest, Pvt. Buddy Weede, playing his own piano arrangement of Gershwin's "Concerto in F;" "I Want to Be Happy," "It's a Crying Shame," "Three O'Clock in the Morning."
44-07-30
9
Noel Coward Medley
Y
44-07-30 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): "Going My Way," "I Dream of You," "Let's Sing a Song About Susie."
44-08-06
10
Alfred Newman 'Wilson' Medley
Y
44-08-06 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Summer Show (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra, Hi-Lo-Jack and the Dame, Ilene Woods; guest, Al Duffy, Violinist, playing "A Toy Trumpet." Medley of tunes from film, "Wilson," "Pretty Kitty Blue Eyes," Too Much in Love," "Flying Down to Rio."
44-08-13
11
Irving Berlin Medley
Y
44-08-13 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Summer Show (WENR): Trumpeter Billy Butterfield, Bob Johnston, Illene Woods, and Hi, Lo, Jack and the Dame; "Every Day of My Life," "Three Caballeros," "Forget-Me-Nots in Your Eyes."
44-08-20
12
Salute to Paris and Its Liberation
Y
44-08-20 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Summer Hour (WENR): Paul Whiteman and his Radio Hall of Fame orchestra, with Jack Fulton singing, in original arrangement of "Together."
44-08-27
13
Johnny Mercer Medley
Y
44-08-27 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Summer Hour (WENR): "Flight of the Bumble Bee," "Mosquito Dance," "Bouncing Brass," "Some Peaceful Evening," "Pretty Kitty Blue Eyes," "If I Knew Then."
44-09-03
14
Tribute to Norway's Edvard Grieg
Y
[Begins announcing The Philco Hour; Four Chicks and a Chuck replace Hi, Lo, Jack and The Dame]

44-09-03 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman (WENR): with new singing team, "Three Chicks and Chuck;" "Amor," "A Kiss to Remember," "Straighten Up and Fly Right;" "The Trolley Song," "Swinging On a Star."
44-09-10
15
Hoagy Carmichael Medley
Y
44-09-10 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman (WENR): medley of Hoagy Carmichael tunes; guests, trip from "Three Deuces night club; and "I"ll Walk Alone," "I'll Be Seeing You," "Dance With a Dolly."
44-09-17
16
Guest Cliff Edwards
Y
44-09-17 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman (WENR): with Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike); "Give Me a June Night," "Don't Blame Me," "A Kiss to Remember," "An Hour Never Passes."
44-09-24
17
All Star, All Request Program
Y
44-09-24 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman (WENR): with original Memphis Five and Red Norvo, jazz xylophonist, "Holiday for Strings," "Valencia," "I Dream of You," "Warsaw Concerto."





The Radio Hall of Fame Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
44-10-01
1
Alexander Knox and Geraldine Fitzgerald in 'Wilson'
Y
44-10-01 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): new fall series with Paul Whiteman orchestra; Ted Husing, m.c.; Alexander Knox and Geraldine Fitzgerald in scenes from "Wilson;" Ed Wynn, Andrews Sisters.
44-10-08
2
Guests Mary Martin and Orson Welles
N
44-10-08 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): with Mary Martin, Orson Welles, Milton Berle, Burl Ives, Four Chicks and Chuck, vocal quintet, and Paul Whiteman orchestra and chorus presenting first American performance of "The Song of Liberation" by Dmitri Shostakovich.
44-10-15
3
Guest Franchot Tone
N
44-10-15 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra, with guests, Amos 'n' Andy, Franchot Tone, Korn Kobblers, and singer Anita Ellis.
44-10-22
4
Guest Roy Rogers and the Riders Of the Purple Sage
N
44-10-22 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): with Roy Rogers, accompanied by "Riders of the Purple Sage Quintet"; Joe E. Brown, comedian; Ralph Edwards of "Truth or Consequences"; Gertrude Niesen, singer; Paul Whiteman orchestra; music, "Temptation," "Always," "Rhythm on the Range."
44-10-29
5
Guest Frank Sinatra
Y
[Partial recording; 13 min. only]

44-10-29 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra; Frank Sinatra; Phil Baker with his original "Beetle," Ward Wilson; Ella Mae Morse, singer; Lulu McConnell, comedienne; and Deep River Boys.
44-11-05
6
M.C. Ronald Colman with Rudolf Friml Tribute
Y
44-11-05 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): guests, Ronald Colman as m.c.; Rudolf Friml, composer; Henny Youngman, comedian; Merry Macs, quartet; Dorothy Donegan, boogie-woogie piano player; Paul Whiteman orchestra featuring Frimi compositions.
44-11-12
7
M.C. Carole Landis with Charles Boyer
Y
44-11-12 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra; guests, Charles Boyer, Carole Landis, Victor Borge, Diana Lynn, actress, and Nan Wynn, singer.
44-11-19
8
M.C. Red Barber with Burns and Allen
Y
44-11-19 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Red Barber, guest m.c.; George Burns and Gracie Allen; Marian Hutton, singer; Louis Jordan, composer of "Is You Is;" Paul Whiteman orchestra.
44-11-26
9
M.C. Ray Bolger and 'The Two Mrs. Carrolls'
Y
44-11-26 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): 5:00 Hall of Fame--WENR

44-11-26 Chicago Daily Tribune
5:00--WENR--Hall of Fame. Guests: Hildegarde, Elizabeth Bergner, the Three Suns, and Ray Bolger.
44-12-03
10
M.C. Frederic March and 'A Bell For Adano'
Y
44-12-03 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Fredric March in a preview of forthcoming play, "A Bell for Adano;" Victor Borge, pianist-comedian; Georgia Gibbs, singer; Paul Whiteman orchestra playing medley of Stephen Foster tunes.
44-12-10
11
M.C. George Murphy and First Anniversary Show
Y
[1st Anniversary program; Production moves to the Earl Carroll Theatre in Hollywood; Jimmy Wallington as announcer]

44-12-10 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Bob Burns, George Murphy, Gloria De Haven, Carlos Ramirez, Mexican singer, and Paul Whiteman orchestra.
44-12-17
12
M.C. Judy Garland with Lum 'n' Abner
Y
44-12-17 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Judy Garland, Jerry Colonna, Lum and Abner, Les Paul trio, Paul Whiteman orchestra.
44-12-24
13
M.C. Bing Crosby - Christmas Program
Y
[Christmas Eve program]

44-12-24 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Orson Welles gives reading of Oscar Wilde's "The Happy Prince;" Bing Crosby sings "White Christmas" and "Adeste Fideles;" King's Men present Ken Darby's "T'was the Night Before Christmas."
44-12-31
14
The Radio Hall of Fame presents 'Show Boat'
Y
[New Years Eve program]

44-12-31 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): dramatization of Edna Ferber's "Show Boat," with Charles Winninger, Allan Jones, Kathryn Grayson, and Helen Forrest.
45-01-07
15
M.C. Dick Haymes and Sgt. Gene Plummer's 'Accent on Rhythm'
Y
45-01-07 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Dick Haymes, m.c., Carmen Miranda, Betty Hutton, Jack Haley, Paul Whiteman orchestra: "Blue Skies," "I Waltz," "Poughkeepsie."
45-01-14
16
M.C. Bill Goodwin with Groucho Marx
Y
45-01-14 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Bill Goodwin, m.c., with Martha Raye, Groucho Marx, Dale Evans, Sons of the Pioneers.
45-01-21
17
M.C. Tom Breneman and 'Breakfast In Hollywood'
Y
45-01-21 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Tom Breneman, m.c.; Jimmy Durante, Arthur Treacher, Carmen Miranda, Gene Austin.
45-01-28
18
M.C. Dick Powell and A Tribute to Comedy
Y
45-01-28 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Ginny Simms, Dick Powell, Gil Lamb, comedian; Lieut. Col. John K. Burns, flight surgeon, relating war's outstanding medical feat; Billy Gilbert, comedian; Ben Carter and Mantan Moreland, Negro comedy team.
45-02-04
19
M.C. Al Pearce with an Elmer Blurt Sketch
Y
[Program interrpupted by announcement that U.S. Forces had entered Manila]

45-02-04 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Hedy Lamarr, George Brent, Al Pearce ("Elmer Blurt"), Marjorie Main, Andy Russell, Eileen Barton, and Marlin (Beulah) Hurt.
45-02-11
20
M.C. George Jessel and A Victor Herbert Medley
Y
45-02-11 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): George Jessel, Kenny Baker, Vera Vague, Ella Logan, and Anita Colby.
45-02-18
21
M.C. Bob Hope and the Cast of Duffy's Tavern
Y
45-02-18 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Bob Hope, m.c.; Eddie Cantor, Charlie Green, and Bob Graham of "Duffy's Tavern," Judy Canova and Janet Blair.
45-02-25
22
M.C. Frances Langford and a Tribute to Earl Carroll
Y
45-02-25 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Frances Langford, mistress of ceremonies, Johnny Mercer, Hoosier Hot Shots, Nigel Bruce and Alan Reed; "There Goes That Song Again," "My Heart Sings."
45-03-04
23
M.C. Beatrice Lillie with Peter Lorre in 'The Tell-Tale Heart'
Y
45-03-04 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Beatrice Lillie, m.c.; Peter Lorre, Bert Lahr, Artie Shaw and his Gramercy Five, Jo Stafford.
45-03-11
24
M.C. William Gaxton and a G.I. 'Believe it or Not'
Y
45-03-11 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): William Gaxton, m.c.; Joan Edwards, singer; Mills Brothers; Victor Moore, comedian; Bob Ripley; Paul Whiteman orchestra.
45-03-18
25
Claude Rains in 'Piece of String'
Y
45-03-18 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Claude Rains, Vic and Sade, Chico Marx, Evelyn Knight and Herman Chiltison Trio.
45-03-25
26
M.C. Fred Allen and The Strange Case of Robert Rappaport
Y
45-03-25 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Fred Allen, Lawrence Tibbett, Portland Hoffa, Martha Tilton, and "Raymond" of "Inner Sanctum."
45-04-01
27
Easter Program with 80-Voice W.A.V.E. Platoon
Y
[Easter Day program; Poor recording]

45-04-01 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Garry Moore, Leo Durocher, Wilbur Evans, 80-voice WAVE singing platoon from Hunter college; Paul Whiteman orchestra; "Easter Parade," "The Lord's Prayer," "Hallelujah Chorus" from "Messiah."
45-04-08
28
Mr. District Attorney and The Case of the Perfect Frame-up
Y
45-04-08 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Lieut. Jackie Coogan; Milton Caniff, creator of "Terry and the Pirates," Rose Marie, singer; Jay Joslyn (Mr. District Attorney); and Bob Hawk as m.c.
45-04-15
29
Music Loved By All the World
Y
45-04-15 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Olsen and Johnson, comedians; Mildred Bailey, singer; Paul Whiteman orchestra and chorus.
45-04-22
30
M.C. Clifton Fadiman with Arch Oboler's 'Alter Ego'
Y
45-04-22 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Clifton Fadiman, guest m.c.; Alec Templeton, pianist; Arch Oboler, writer; Mildred Bailey, singer; Tom Howard, George Shelton, Lulu McConnell and Henry McNaughton of "It Pays to be Ignorant" program.

Features
Mercedes McCambridge and Ann Shepard in 'Alter Ego'
45-04-29
31
Guests Olson and Johnson
N
45-04-29 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Olsen and Johnson; Georgia Gibbs, singer; Merry Macs, vocal group; and Latin-American revue starring Cordova; broadcast observes 30th anniversary of Olsen and Johnson in show business.
45-05-06
32
A Paul Whiteman Tribute and Medley
Y
45-05-06 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): honors Paul Whiteman; medley of songs made famous by Whiteman; and "Rhapsody in Blue" played in its entirety.





The Philco [Summer] Hour Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
45-05-13
1
Mother's Day Salute
Y
[The Philco Hour, summer replacement for The Radio Hall of Fame; Mother's Day program]

45-05-13 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman Hour (WENR): replaces Hall of Fame for summer months; featuring Merry Macs, musical group, Georgia Gibbs, soloist, and Whiteman orchestra: "I Should Care," "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "A Kiss Goodnight."
45-05-20
2
Dedicated To Maj Gen Maurice Rose
Y
45-05-20 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman Hour (WENR): program dedicated to memory of Maj. Gen. Maurice Rose, American divisional commander murdered by German officer, "America the Beautiful," "Every Time," "The More I See You," "Choo Choo Polka."
45-05-27
3
Tribute To George Gershwin
Y
45-05-27 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman Hour (WENR): all-Gershwin program; "The Man I Love," "Embraceable You," "Lady, Be Good," medley from "Porgy and Bess," Earl Wilde, piano soloist.

45-05-26 Chester Times
SUNDAY--
A full hour of George Gershwin's music, conducted by Paul Whiteman, who more than anyone else helped originally to popularize the late composer's scores, will be heard on the Philco Hour, over WPIL, at 6 p. m. This is a forerunner of next month's Gershwin Jubilee week. . .
45-06-03
4
Title Unknown
N
45-06-03 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman Hour (WENR): Earl Wilde, pianist, guest; "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "Laura," "Pass the Biscuits, Mirandy," "Avalon," "Sentimental Journey."
45-06-10
5
Title Unknown
N
[Moves to half-hour format]

45-06-10 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman Orchestra (WENR): with Georgia Gibbs and Merry Macs Quartet; "The More I See You," "Everytime," "Can't Help Loving That Man," "Look for the Silver Lining," "Who."

45-06-10 Wisconsin State Journal
5:30 Rex Maupin Orch.--WENR
45-06-17
6
Title Unknown
N
45-06-17 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman (WENR): "Baia," "Sentimental Journey," "I Should Care," "Along the Navajo Trail," medley from "Carousel."
45-06-24
7
Guest Earl Wilde
N
45-06-24 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman (WENR): guest pianist, Earl Wilde; "Fantasie Impromptu," Chopin, "Kitten on the Keys," "I Wish I Knew," "There's a Great Day Coming Manana."
45-07-01
8
Title Unknown
N
45-07-01 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman Show (WENR): "From the Halls of Montezuma," "We're Having a Heat Wave," "Sunny Side of the Street," "There's No You," "In a Little Spanish Town."
45-07-08
9
Guest Earl Wilde
Guest Gloria Agostini
N
45-07-08 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman Program (WENR): "Happy Polka," medley of Jerome Kern waltzes played by Earl Wilde, pianist, "Along the Navajo Trail," "Sweetheart of All My Dreams."
45-07-15
10
Title Unknown
N
45-07-15 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman Orchestra (WENR): "Sweet Lady," "Can't You Read Between the Lines," "Sweetheart of All My Dreams," "Baia."
45-07-22
11
Guests Cpt Ruth Hinman and CMH Recipient PFC Gino J. Merli
Y
[Announced as The Philco Summer Hour]

45-07-22 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Paul Whiteman Hour (WENR): Earl Wilde, pianist, guest, playing "Waltz in Swingtime," Georgia Gibbs sings "If I Loved Youl," "Good, Good, Good," Merry Macs, "I'm Beginning to See the Light."
45-07-29
12
Guest Gloria Agostini
Y
45-07-29 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Paul Whiteman Hour--WENR
45-08-05
13
A Guadalcanal Tribute
Y
45-08-05 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Paul Whiteman Hour--WENR
45-08-12
14
Guest Jerry Cooper
Y
[Delayed for announcement that a declaration of V-J Day had not yet been finalized; no close]

45-08-12 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Paul Whiteman Hour--WENR
45-08-19
15
Dedicated to the Armed Forces
Y
[Special celebration of announcement of Japanese surrender]

45-08-19 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Paul Whiteman Hour--WENR
45-08-26
16
Georgia Gibbs' Birthday Party
Y
45-08-26 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Paul Whiteman Hour--WENR
45-09-02
17
V-J Day Celebration Special
Y
[Special V-J Day Program]

45-09-02 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Paul Whiteman Hour--WENR
45-09-09
18
Paul Whiteman's Walking Horse Ranch
Y
45-09-09 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Paul Whiteman Hour--WENR
45-09-16
19
School Days Tribute
Y
45-09-16 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Paul Whiteman Hour--WENR
45-09-23
20
Packing Up from Summer Vacation
Y
45-09-23 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Paul Whiteman Hour--WENR
45-09-30
21
Summer Finale
N
45-09-30 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Paul Whiteman Hour--WENR





The Radio Hall of Fame Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
45-10-07
1
A Scene from Winterset
Y
[Third season premieres in half-hour format]

45-10-07 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): reopens season with Paul Whiteman orchestra and Martha Tilton, singer; guest, Burgess Meredith in scene from Maxwell Anderson's "
Winterset."
45-10-14
2
A Scene from 'A Star Danced'
N
45-10-14 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra, Martha Tilton; and Gertrude Lawrence in a scene from her autobiography, "
A Star Danced;" music, "Just a Little Fond Affection, medley from "Lady in the Dark," and "Oh, Kay."
45-10-21
3
A Salute to Robert Benchley
N
45-10-21 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra, with Robert Benchley as guest.
45-10-28
4
A Salute to Ethel Barrymore
N
45-10-28 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra and chorus, Martha Tilton, soloist; Ethel Barrymore, guest, reenacting a scene from one of her famous plays; music, "Honey," "You Came Along," "Maybe."
45-11-04
5
Special Unveiling of New Philco Products for 1946
Y
[From the Warner Theatre in Atlantic City]

45-11-04 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Guests, Paulette Goddard, Milton Berle and Joe Besser, comedian; songs by Martha Tilton, with Paul Whiteman orchestra; "What's the Use of Wondering," "There's A Great Day coming Manana," "Crinoline Days."
45-11-11
6
A Salute to Oscar Levant
Y
45-11-11 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): with Oscar Levant as guest.
45-11-18
7
A Salute to Lieutenant Gene Kelly
Y
45-11-18 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra, Martha Tilton, singer; and Gene Kelly, screen star, as guest; music, "I'll Buy That Dream," "Carolina in the Morning."
45-11-25
8
A Salute To the Metropolitan Opera
Y
45-11-25 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra, in salute to openine of Metropolitan Opera's 61st season; guests, Jan Peerce, Frances Greer, Margaret Harshow and Robert Merrill, Metropolitan Opera stars.
45-12-02
9
A Salute to Kate Smith
Y
45-12-02 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra, with Kate Smith as guest.
45-12-09
10
A Salute to Eddie Cantor
Y
[Poor recording]

45-12-09 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra, Eddie Cantor.
45-12-16
11
A Salute to Judy Canova with Perry Como
Y
45-12-16 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra, with Judy Canova and Perry Como as guests; "Darling Nellie Gray," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Symphony."
45-12-23
12
Special Christmas Program
Y
[Christmas program; 2nd half only]

45-12-23 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra, Martha Tilton, singer; guest, Maurice Evans, Shakespearian actor, reading story of Nativity and Twenty-Third Psalm; "March of the Toys," "White Christmas," "Jingle Bells," "First Noel," "Silent Night."
45-12-30
13
A Salute to Sophie Tucker
Y
45-12-30 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): guest, Sophie Tucker, who will review her 40 years in show business; "For Me and My Gal," "Some of These Days," "How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm."
46-01-06
14
Ralph Bellamy and Ruth Hussey in 'State of The Union'
Y
[Poor recording]

46-01-06 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): dramatic skit by Ralph Bellamy and Ruth Hussey; music by Paul Whiteman orchestra and Martha Tilton.
46-01-13
15
Guests Don McNeill and Joan Blondell
Y
46-01-13 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): guests, Don McNeill of Breakfast Club program, and Joan Blondell.
46-01-20
16
Annual Film Critics Award Presentation
Y
[From the Earl Carroll Theatre and New York's Stork Club]

46-01-20 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Ingrid Bergman and Ray Milland receive film critics awards; Miss Bergman plays a scene from "The Bells of St. Mary's" and Milland discusses his role in "Lost Weekend."
46-01-27
17
A Salute to Red Skelton
Y
[Muffled recording]

46-01-27 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Hall of Fame--WENR

46-01-27 New York Times
6:00-WJZ--Paul Whiteman Show:
Red Skelton, Guest
46-02-03
18
A Salute to Abbott and Costello
Y
46-02-03 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): guests, Abbott and Costello; music, "The Moment I Met You," "We'll Be Together Again."
46-02-10
19
The Men Behind the Men That Get the Laughs

Billboard announcement of We're the Men Behind the Men Who Get the Laughs

Y
46-02-10 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): guests, well-known stooges, Jerry Colonna, Bert Gordon (the Russian), Eddie Marr, Mel Blanc, (Burns and Allen Postman), and Charlie Cantor (Finnegan of Duffy's Tavern).
46-02-17
20
A Salute to Jack Haley
Y
46-02-17 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): guest, Jack Haley; Paul Whiteman presets group of musicians in his original orchestra of 1919 in "Wang Tang Blues."
46-02-24
21
A Salute to Jimmy Durante
Y
[From the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco]

46-02-24 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Hall of Fame--WENR

46-02-24 New York Times
6:00-WJZ--Paul Whiteman Show:
Jimmy Durante, Guest
46-03-03
22
Guests Bob Hope and Bob Crosby
Y
46-03-03 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR): guest, Bob Hope and Paul Frey, tenor; music, "Oh, What It Seemed to Be," "Carioca," "The Night Is Young and You're So Beautiful," "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes."
46-03-10
23
A Salute to Hedda Hopper with Burns and Allen
Y
46-03-10 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Paul Whiteman orchestra, with Martha Tilton; guests, George Burns and Gracie Allen.
46-03-17
24
A Salute to Lionel Barrymore
Y
[St. Patrick's Day program]

46-03-17 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): guest, Lionel Barrymore; "Toora Loora Loora," "Peggy O'Neill," "Irish Washerwoman."
46-03-24
25
A Salute to Suspense with 'Sorry, Wrong Number'

Billboard announcement of repeat performance of Sorry Wrong Number with Agnes Moorehead

Y
[Repeat of Sorry Wrong Number, by popular demand]

46-03-24 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Guests, Rudy Vallee and Agnes Moorehead.

46-03-31
26
Salutes to Walter Pidgeon and Jean Sablon
Y
46-03-31 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): Walter Pidgeon, Minerva Pious, and Jean Sablon, French singer; music includes "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief" by Martha Tilton, and "Stairway to the Stars" by Steve Fisher, harmonica player.
46-04-07
27
Salutes to Larry Storch and Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson
Y
46-04-07 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Hall of Fame--WENR

46-04-07 New York Times
6:00-WJZ--Hall of Fame:
Bill Robinson, Guest
46-04-14
28
Salutes to 'Sugar Chile' Robinson, Joe Dimaggio and Roland Young
Y
46-04-14 Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Hall of Fame (WENR): guests, Roland Young, Joe DiMaggio, and "Sugar Chile" Robinson, 7-year-old boogie-woogie pianist.
46-04-21
29
Guest Irving Berlin
N
[Final Program]

46-04-21Wisconsin State Journal
5 p.m.--Radio Hall of Fame (WENR):
guests, Irving Berlin and Metropolitan stars, Kersten Thorborg, contralto, and Torsten Ralf, tenor; excerpts from "Parsifal," "Easter Parade."
46-04-28
--
--
46-04-28 Wisconsin State Journal
5:00 Drew Pearson.






The Radio Hall of Fame Radio Program Biographies




Dee Engelbach [DeVere Englebach]
(Director)

(1910-1983)

Birthplace: Virginia

Radiography:
1943 Radio Hall Of Fame
1945 The Doctor Fights
1945 Rogue's Gallery
1946 Academy Award
1948 Hallmark Playhouse
1948 The Man Called X
1949 Humphrey Bogart (Audition)
1950 The Scarlet Cloak (Audition)
1950 The Big Show
1951 American Portraits
1956 CBS Radio Workshop
1972 Same Time, Same Station

Dee Engelbach goes over a script with Production Assitant Maggi Fowler
Dee Engelbach goes over a script with Production Assitant Maggi Fowler

Dee Engelbach and Robert Montgomery go over the script of 'Mare Island and Back' for The Doctor Fights
Dee Engelbach and Robert Montgomery go over the script of 'Mare Island and Back' for The Doctor Fights

Meredith Wilson and Tallulah Bankhead take bemused direction from Director Dee Engelbach (right) during Radio's The Big Show circa 1950
Meredith Wilson and Tallulah Bankhead take bemused direction from baby-faced Director Dee Engelbach (right) during Radio's The Big Show circa 1950

Dee Engelbach was by all contemporary accounts a boy-genius director when he got his start on CBS in his early 30's. While cutting his teeth on Radio, Engelbach began wearing both Radio and Television directorial hats in 1948. Quickly elevated to producer-director status at NBC, Dee Engelbach was entrusted with some of the entertainment world's often delicate talent.

Three cases in point: Tallulah Bankhead, Groucho Marx and Milton Berle. All three were seasoned professionals--and notoriously high-maintenance scene stealers. But young Dee Engelbach not only managed to wrangle excellent performances from them, but leave all three of them singing young Dee's praises in the process. All three were regular visitors to Engelbach's The Big Show (1950) once Engelbach had moved to NBC.

Mr. Engelbach was an executive producer-director and program consultant in television for NBC. In 1954, he joined Circa Productions Inc., a television production company active in both New York and California and became Executive Vice President of the company.

But indeed, Engelbach's most loyal fans recall his Radio career. Engelbach directed many of the The Hallmark Playhouse (1948) episodes for CBS, as well as Radio Hall of Fame (1943-1944), many of the Rogue's Gallery (1945) for Mutual, then CBS, Academy Award (1946) for CBS, The Man Called X, with Herbert Marshall, virtually all of The Big Show (1950-1952) for NBC and American Portraits (1951) for NBC.

In the early days of television he produced and directed The All Star Revue which reunited him with Tallulah Bankhead, Groucho Marx and Milton Berle.

Dee Engelbach died in 1983 after a short illness while at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan. He was survived by his wife, the former Carole O'Hara, a daughter, and two sisters.




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