Click to go to Digital Deli Too Home Page blank head
Preserving the Golden Age of Radio for A Digital Age
Explore Our Golden Age Radio Research Pages Click here to learn about our approach to Golden Age Radio Preservation [Under Development] Click to go to Our Radio Articles Page This Feature Is Currently Not Available
 
This will take you to our Numeric Radio logs
This will take you to our A Series Radio logs This will take you to our B Series Radio logs This will take you to our C Series Radio logs This will take you to our D Series Radio logs This will take you to our E Series Radio logs This will take you to our F Series Radio logs This will take you to our G Series Radio logs This will take you to our H Series Radio logs This will take you to our I Series Radio logs This will take you to our J Series Radio logs This will take you to our K Series Radio logs This will take you to our L Series Radio logs This will take you to our M Series Radio logs
This will take you to our N Series Radio logs This will take you to our O Series Radio logs This will take you to our P Series Radio logs This will take you to our Q Series Radio logs This will take you to our R Series Radio logs This will take you to our S Series Radio logs This will take you to our T Series Radio logs This will take you to our U Series Radio logs This will take you to our V Series Radio logs This will take you to our W Series Radio logs This will take you to our X Series Radio logs This will take you to our Y Series Radio logs This will take you to our Z Series Radio logs This will take you back to our Text List of Radio logs

Original The Magic Key of RCA header aqrt

The Magic Key of RCA Radio Program

Dee-Scription: Home >> D D Too Home >> Radio Logs >> The Magic Key of RCA

Magic Eye November 26, 1937

RCA's 'Magic Brain' graphic
RCA's 'Magic Brain' graphic

RCA Listen Newsletter LIFE insert of August 1937
RCA LISTEN Newsletter LIFE insert of August 1937

RCA Building at Rockefeller Center
RCA Building at Rockefeller Center


R.C.A. Chairman David Sarnoff


Frank Black, NBC Music Director at the podium of the NBC Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Frank Black, NBC Music Director at the podium of the NBC Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Walter Damrosch at the NBC Mike for The Magic Key. Dr. Damrosch also hosted and directed NBC's long-running Music Appreciation Hour over NBC during the school year.
Dr. Walter Damrosch at the NBC Mike for The Magic Key. Dr. Damrosch also hosted and directed NBC's long-running Music Appreciation Hour over NBC during the school year.

Frank Black (right) discusses arrangements with Irving Berlin (1936)
Dr. Frank Black (right) discusses arrangements with Irving Berlin (1936)

World renowned Opera contralto Mme. Ernestine Schumann-Heink performed one of her last appearances over Radio during The Magic Key of RCA of November 3rd 1935. Mme. Schumann-Heink died from leukemia a year later.
World renowned Opera contralto Mme. Ernestine Schumann-Heink performed one of her last appearances over Radio during The Magic Key of RCA of November 3rd 1935. Mme. Schumann-Heink died from leukemia a year later.

Lovely soprano Helen Jepson takes her turn at the NBC mike during a performance of The Magic Key of RCA.
Lovely soprano Helen Jepson takes her turn at the NBC mike during a performance of The Magic Key of RCA.

Milton J. Cross was the senior statesman of NBC's announcing staff. Cross hosted and announced almost half of The Magic Key of RCA's productions.
Milton J. Cross was the senior statesman of NBC's announcing staff. Cross hosted and announced almost half of The Magic Key of RCA's productions. Milton Cross also hosted The Metropolitan Opera from 1931 to 1974.

Linton Wells, The Magic Key of RCA's Roving Reporter
Linton Wells, The Magic Key of RCA's Roving Reporter

Linton Wells (left) shows Frank Mason (right), NBC V.P. for International Broadcasting where Wells' 4-month tour of Latin America took him for The Magic Key of RCA
Linton Wells (left) shows Frank Mason (right), NBC V.P. for International Broadcasting where Wells' 4-month tour of Latin America took him for The Magic Key of RCA

John B. Kennedy provided a series of remote interviews from all over the word during broadcasts of The Magic Key of RCA
John B. Kennedy provided a series of remote interviews from all over the word during broadcasts of The Magic Key of RCA

NBC and RCA 'mixers' monitor a soloist's sound levels from the NBC control booth during a performance of The Magic Key of RCA.
NBC and RCA 'mixers' monitor a soloist's sound levels from the NBC control booth during a performance of The Magic Key of RCA.

RCA Communications technicians monitor and route international transmissions during a 1937 broadcast of The Magic Key of RCA.
RCA Communications technicians monitor and route international transmissions during a 1937 broadcast of The Magic Key of RCA.


Radiotron was the Radio tube arm of R.C.A
Radiotron was the Radio Tube arm of R.C.A.

A Broadcast Station Directory accompanied every matched set of RCA Radiotrons
A Broadcast Station Directory accompanied every matched set of RCA Radiotrons


RCA Laboratories were responsible for the research that propelled RCA into technological preeminence throughout the era.
RCA Laboratories were responsible for the research that propelled RCA into technological preeminence throughout the era.

NBC's involvement in Education over Radio established a legacy spanning almost 20 years between 1935 and 1955
NBC's involvement in Education over Radio established a legacy spanning almost 20 years between 1935 and 1955

RCA Victor celebrated it's 40th Anniversary in 1938. RCA Victor employee C. L. Aronson had been with Victor since its founding--and eight years before Nipper became RCA Victor's mascot.
RCA Victor celebrated it's 40th Anniversary in 1938. RCA Victor employee C. L. Aronson had been with Victor since its founding--and eight years before Nipper became RCA Victor's mascot.

For his part, Nipper, RCA Victor's mascot since 1906 celebrated his 30th Anniversary with RCA Victor during The Magic Key of RCA's 1936 productions.
For his part Nipper, RCA Victor's mascot since 1906, celebrated his 30th Anniversary with RCA Victor during The Magic Key of RCA's 1936 productions.

Students at the RCA Institute (RCAI)in New York get hands on training throughout their education. The RCAI also maintained a campus in Chicago.
Students at the RCA Institute (RCAI) in New York get hands on training throughout their education. The RCAI also maintained a campus in Chicago.

Caption Reads --  The Magic Key program made musical history the other Sunday by presenting, for the first time on the air, the entire gifted Flagstad family of Norway. They are: Kirsten, right, of the 'Met,' Karen, her sister, and their mother.
Caption Reads -- The Magic Key program made musical history the other Sunday by presenting, for the first time on the air, the entire gifted Flagstad family of Norway. They are: Kirsten, right, of the 'Met,' Karen, her sister, and their mother.

The Singing Pianist, Ramona
The Singing Pianist, Ramona

Background

Throughout most of the Golden Age of Radio era, the major networks occasionally produced a major flagship sustaining program of one type or another. The practice served several ends:

  • It gave the respective network a high production-value feature to tout its respective technical and artistic capabilities.
  • It gave the network a platform upon which to significantly promote other featured programming in its line-up.
  • It gave the network an opportunity to introduce its newest talents of the era.
  • It demonstrated the networks' capabilities to potential future sponsors and their ad agencies.
  • It served as a major buoy to network affiliate stations to reinforce their confidence that they were part of a truly well-financed, high-quality network; and perhaps coax other potential affiliates into the fold in the process.

These productions tended to be all hands on deck, no expense spared showcases of the very best that the respective network represented at the time. CBS' Columbia Workshop debuted in 1936 with its initial cycle of cutting-edge 'experimental Radio' productions. NBC for its part premiered its The Magic Key of RCA in 1935. NBC's The Magic Key was part of a concerted, three year Radio Corporation of America (RCA) campaign promoting its line of 'smart' electronics and technologies of the era. RCA characterized the various technological advances in its new recorders and players as 'Magic' components, such as:

  • Magic Eye [for precision receiver tuning]
  • Magic Brain [for precise noise and static filtering]
  • Magic Voice [for clearer sound reproduction]
  • Metal Tubes [for longer lasting performance and noise shielding]
  • Magic Tone Cell with its Jewel-Lite Scanner [balanced tone head and diamond-tipped styli for less damage to record grooves]
  • Flexible Tone Bridge [for more precise tracking in record grooves]

RCA's 'Magic' promotion continued to roll out new 'Magic' technologies between 1935 and 1939. Between 1937 and 1939 RCA began including a monthly four to eight page newletter insert in LIFE Magazine titled LISTEN. The multi-page monthly inserts comprised at least seventeen issues during the multi-year campaign.

RCA had recently completed the construction of its remarkable Radio City Complex at Rockefeller Center in 1932. Radio City Music Hall was opened to the public on December 27, 1932 with an extraordinary stage show featuring Ray Bolger and Martha Graham. The opening was meant to be a return to "high-class variety entertainment". 'Variety' was apparently not the best use of the stunning new venue. The premiere program was very long and individual variety acts were lost in the cavernous hall. Acting quickly, on January 11, 1933, the Radio City Music Hall converted to the then familiar format of a feature film with a spectacular stage show which 'Roxy' Rothafel had perfected at the Roxy Theatre. The first film was shown on the giant screen was Frank Capra's The Bitter Tea of General Yen starring Barbara Stanwyck. This was the formula they needed, and Radio City's Music Hall soon became the premiere showcase for films from the RKO-Radio Studio.

If you get the impression that RCA and NBC had much to tout throughout the early to mid-1930s, you're getting past the tip of the iceberg. The period between 1932 and 1939 was both RCA and NBC's single most explosive period of network growth and technological success. 1936 especially, was NBC's Tenth Anniversary in Broadcasting.

RCA and NBC debut The Magic Key of RCA

The Magic Key of RCA premiered on September 29th, 1935, as the crown jewel in NBC's Fall 1935 Season. The series debuted with an introduction to The Magic Key of RCA, highlighted by:

  • A Short-wave address by David Sarnoff, President of the Radio Corporation of America--from the steamship Majestic, 975 miles out at sea in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Walt Disney from Hollywood
  • Maria Jeritza and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra--from Vienna
  • Amos 'n' Andy from New York
  • A Six-second Trip Around the World by Radio

This pattern was extended throughout the run of The Magic Key, incorporating remotes and short-wave international broadcasts employing NBC's worldwide resources. NBC's Music Director, Dr. Frank Black, directed the NBC Symphony Orchestra in two or three stirring symphonic pieces during each hour-long production.

From the October 11th 1936 edition of the Oakland Tribune:
 

Magic Key Will Celebrate First Birthday With Gala Broadcast head
 
     Greetings and music from 12 foreign nations will be broadcast today when the Magic Key celebrates its first aninversary on the networks of the National Broadcasting Company.  The program will be heard from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, over KGO.
     John McCormack, famous American tenor, will be heard during the portion of the program to be broadcast form NBC's Radio City studios.  Frank Black, conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra, and Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra will supply music of contrasting types.
     Dublin, London, Paris and Rome will be among the first to send birthday greetings.  The soprano voice of Erna Sack will be brought from Berlin.  Then more greetings from Geneva, Hollywood, Montreal, Honolulu, Tokyo, Shanghai and Bolivia will be heard.
     Eduardo Donato and his orchestra, playing at Buenos Aires, and a broadcast from an airplane over Chicago, will complete this part of the program.
     The Magic Key programs were inaugurated a year ago by David Sarnoff speaking from aboard the S.S. Majestic at sea.

As a technical demonstration if nothing else, The Magic Key of RCA was about as cutting-edge as RCA's broadcast technology of the era could provide. NBC had a long-standing proscription against employing pre-recorded recordings in live productions. That proscription exended well into the 1950s. This simply underscores the fact that all of the various remote and short-wave portions of The Magic Key were as live or real time as the RCA technology of the era could permit. And indeed by 1936, NBC's network successfully handled 698 international pickups from 51 countries. NBC had also inaugurated regular Radio programming exchanges between the U.S. and Latin America by 1936.

From the August 21st 1936 edition of the Pottstown Mercury:

In the World of Entertainment head

     Floyd Gibbons, broadcasting direct from the Spanish front; Hildegarde, sensational young singer who is duplicating her European triumph in America; Mischa Levitzki, concert pianist, and Shep Fields and his band, will be starred on the Magic Key of RCA broadcast over the NBC-Blue Network at 2 p.m. Sunday.
     A special feature of the program will be a broadcast from San Francisco by John B. Kennedy, in a talk from an historical spot near the Golden Gate.
     Gibbons, famous "Headline Hunter," will give an eyewitness accunt of hostilities in the revolution from a Madrid station.
     Three years ago, Hildegarde, a young American singer of limited professional experience, sailed for Europe and a short engagement.  She became the hit of England and the Continent, remaining as a headline attraction at foreign capitals until she decided to return to her native land last month.
     Shep Fields, young band leader, became an overnight favorite with Middle Western listeners as a result of his broadcasts from Chicago.  He now is playing at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York.
     Serious music will be contributed by Levitzki and the NBC Symphony orchestra, directed by Frank Black.


From the August 29th 1936 edition of the Winnipeg Tribune:

On the Air with Denny Brown head

NBC'S Magic Key program, on KFYR Sundays at noon, had the doubtful honor last week of being one of the first American programs to be partly censored by a government in state of war.  It also offered a possible idea of what might be expected of radio descriptions direct from the front in future encounters.

     Floyd Gibbons was the censors' victim.  Although he arrived late at the EAQ studios, officials had not finished editing his prepared talk.  He attempted to fill in the interval by describing events taking place as he drove to the station.  The Spanish apparently didn't approve, so he was cut off the air.
     Gibbons did return later during the broadcast, but his extemporaneous talk (the prepared speech was still in hands of the censors, he explained) meant very little.  He suggested that because the government had kindly given him permission to use their station he could not abuse the gesture with uncomplimentary remarks.
     However, willing to make another try, Gibbons will again be on the Magic Key this Sunday from Madrid.  Same broadcast will feature Albert Spalding, concert violinist; Frank Black's symphony orchestra, and George Hall's dance band.

From the September 19th 1937 edition of the Kansas City Star:

TO SHOW USES OF RADIO head  

     An Atlantic liner on the high seas, four of the major air lines of the United States and four in Europe, the police system of Boston and the police and fire fighting systems of Trenton, J.J., an amateur rewarded for heroism in disaster and the gigantic "air cop" system at the Cleveland airport will be utilized today when the Magic Key presents a demonstration of the world-wide use of radio in the protection of life in every day affairs.  The program will be heard through WREN from 12 to 1 o'clock.
     The feature will begin with the amateur, or "ham," as such short wave enthusiasts are known, whose untiring efforts had much to do with the development of short-wave radio.  The "ham" to be heard will be Willard O. Conrad of Elmhurst, Ill., who stood at his transmitter for seventy-two hours doing relief work during the devastating Ohio River floods of last January.
     Next will be a demonstration of the use of short-wave radio by the police department of Boston.  The department has posted an enviable record in the fight against crime.  The use of the same type of equipment in a smaller town, Trenton, will follow, with the additional feature of showing how much equipment is used in the fighting of fires.
     From police use of radio on the ground, the program will switch to Cleveland, where its use in the air will be described.  Listeners will hear Clarence T. Talpo, a so-called "air cop," directing air traffic over the Cleveland airport.
     From the airport at Cleveland, the program will hop to the bridge of the liner, Queen Mary, at see off Nantucket.  John B. Kennedy, radio reporter, who will be in Radio City, will conduct the switches and interviews.
     The climax of the program will be a trip over half the world via short-wave radio as air liners carry passengers to the far corners of the earth.  Beginning with a German plane over Berlin, the ships will report rapidly over Holland, over Paris and Lebourget, over London and Croyden airport, over New York City and Newark airport, over Washington, over Chicago, and over Spokane.

September 1937 LISTEN magazine illustration depicts how NBC transmitted live broadcasts of the Salzburg Festival from Salzburg to Geneva through the ionosphere to RCA's Riverhead, Long Island receiving antennae
September 1937 LISTEN magazine illustration depicts how NBC transmitted live broadcasts of the Salzburg Festival from Salzburg to Geneva through the ionosphere to RCA's Riverhead, Long Island receiving antennae.

The program's name, 'The Magic Key of RCA' referred to RCA's record of Radio and Television technologies that RCA termed "The Magic Keys to the Future." The 'Magic Key' term also fell in nicely with RCA's five-year promotion of its 'Magic' electronic components of the era.

From the April 3rd, 1938 edition of the Oakland Tribune:

Key to A Thousand Cities head
 By JACK BURROUGHS

IT STARTED on board the Majestic while that liner was at sea.
     The men who launched the great liner had no idea that they would have an indirect hand later on in the launching of one of radio's major broadcasts, but on one of the vessel's trans-atlantic voyages that was exactly what did happen.
     This is how It came about:
     On Sunday, September 20, 1035, David Sarnoff, a passenger aboard the Majestic opened a new series of radio broadcasts called "The Magic Key."
     This coast-to-coast NBC-KGO program inaugurated back in 1935 with a land and sea broadcast has had the airlanes steadily.
     The inaugural program brought an imposing list of celebrities to the dialers.
     The group included Marie Jeritza and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, heard from Vienna; Walt Disney, from Hollywood; Amos 'n' Andy, from Chicago; Paul Whiteman and his orchestra; Conductors Walter Damrosch and Frank Black with the NBC Orchestra and John B. Kennedy, NBC commentator, speaking from New York.
     During its tenure of the air lanes, the Magic Key program has continued to present, week after week, the most celebrated opera, symphony, and concert artists, and the outstanding entertainers of radio, stage and screen.
     The program has been the Open Sesame to a world of entertainment, the veritable key to a thousand cities.
     It is international in its scope, with portions of each 60-minute program cut in from various pickup points throughout the world.
     On one occasion were pickups from a dozen widely separated points on the Earth's surface.  These broadcasts originated at the following spots:  New York, Hollywood, Honolulu, Buenos Aires, Tokio. Manila, Bangkok, Madrid, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm and Basle.

MONOPOLY can never be linked with the name of the Magic Key program.  Sameness cannot be laid at the door of a series that includes operatic and concert stars like Giovannia Martinelli, Helen Jepson, Rosa Ponselle, Tito Schipa, Rose Bampton, John McCormack, Marjorie Lawrence, Helen Traubel and Gladys Swarthout, conductors and instrumental artists like Mischa Mischakoff, Efrem Zimbalist, Leopold Stokowski, Jose Iturbi, Eugene Ormandy and Charles O'Connell, and such varied attractions as the Scale Street Ramblers, noted swingsters, pickups from the Winter quarters of the Barnum and Bailey Circus, scenes from Broadway stage productions and spot news broadcasts from various parts of the world.
     Distance seems no bar to these presentations.  In his endeavor to put topflight talent on the air the Magic Key has not merely brought the artists to the microphone but has taken the microphone to the artists no matter in what part of the world they happened to be at the time.
     Remote control broadcasts have been offered the listeners from points that are in many cases far removed from broadcasting facilities.  In ordinary radio parlance "remote control" may refer to a point of origin only a few blocks away from the broadcasting station.  But a remote control pickup on a Magic Key program may mean anything from La Scala to a London Music Hall, from the Hospice of St. Bernard in the Swiss Alps to an expedition in a South American jungle.  In these remote control broadcasts the radio engineers play a highly important role.
     In addition to the celebrated guests heard on this series there are several famous "regulars" who are heard on these broadcasts each week.
     This list of regular participants includes:  Frank Black, NBC general music director; Milton J. Cross and Ben Grauer, and Linton Wells, roving correspondent whose assignments carry him far and wide.
     Black conducts the Magic Key Orchestra of 65 pieces in classical selections on these broadcasts, except when his orchestra is replaced by some outstanding musical group like the Boston Symphony Orchestra or the Philadelphia Orchestra.

FRANK JEREMIAH BLACK, conductor of the Magic Key Orchestra whose many compositions include the famous fragment that introduces the weekly Magic program and serves also as a signoff melody, is a native of Philadelphia.
     He cannot tell you when he first felt a desire to play the piano, but he rather suspects that he was born with the inclination to climb up on a piano bench and run his fingers over the keyboard.  Although the hours he has spent at the keyboard, if laid end on end, would fill several calendars, Black's activities are by no means restricted to the field of music. His outside interests range from baseball to color photography.  He has somehow found time to establish an enviable reputation as a writer, one of his tours de force along this line being a series of articles along musical lines for one of the outstanding National magazines.
     Black's prodigious labors in the musical field, are made possible through adherence to a strict routine.  For years he has subjected himself to severe discipline in this respect.
     Regardless of what hour he retired the night before, he always gets up at 6 o'clock in the morning.  By 7 a. m., he is in his office at Radio City.  This gives him from two and a half to three hours time to work on arrangements, as his regular duties do not begin until 9:30 or 10 a. m.
     From 10 a. m., through the remainder of the day he is kept busy furnishing the answers to countless questions and ironing out the numberless problems that fall to a musical director's lot.
     One of the words that he took out of his working vocabulary a long time ago is that notorious thief of time, procrastination."  He keeps his business correspondence not only up to date but practically up to the minute.  No unanswered letters ever find a resting place on top of his desk.  He attends to all his manifold duties with neatness and dispatch.
     Like many another successful musician, Black started out to be something else.  The study of chemistry kept him busy when he attended college at Haverford and afterward when he went to the University of Pennsylvania.

ONE of our Radio City correspondents who specializes in nosing out interesting facts concerning radio celebrities, provided us with the following slant on Black's career and character:
     "When Frank Black went to Harrisburg, Pa., to get a job as chemist after he left college, he took time to play for a hotel man there.
     "He got a job playing in the hotel and he's been in music ever since.  He took time to write songs for a lot of vaudeville acts in Philadelphia and he took time to make thousands of piano rolls for player pianos there in his own factory as a youth.  He took time lo lead the pit orchestras for a number of famous musical comedies of an earlier day and he arranged the tunes of these shows by men like George Gershwin.  He took time to become musical director for a phonograph company where he directed for such singers as John Charles Thomas.  And he took time to make the first arrangements of classical numbers you heard in the movie theaters, such numbers as 'Carmen Capers,' 'Wagneria,' 'Lilting Lucia,' and others.
     "He works easily . . . Nobody has ever seen Frank Black the least bit ruffled.  He has piled up a tidy fortune and could retire tomorrow if he wanted to.  But he won't.  He likes to work too well."

IN POINT of service the veteran announcer Milton J. Cross is the oldest announcer with the National Broadcasting Company.  In 1929 he won the American Academy of Arts and Letters medal for good radio diction.
     He made his radio debut back in 1922 through WJZ.  He has a good tenor voice and in the early part of his radio career he alternated announcing with singing.  Cross received his musical training at the Damrosch School of Musical Art in New York.  He is a native of New York.
     Helen Jepson, one of the many opera stars who have been heard on Magic Key programs, is a native of Titusville, Pa. She spent her early years in Akron, Ohio.  There, at the age of 15, when she was a high school student, she made her stage debut in the role of "Nedda" in "Pagliacci."  Later she sang in the "Bohemian Girl" and "Pinafore."
     She won five scholarships with the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.  She made her Grand Opera debut in 1928 with the Philadelphia Civic Opera.  The following year she appeared with the Philadelphia Grand Opera as "Nedda" in "Pagliacci" with John Charles Thomas.  In 1933 she took part in the Athens, Ga., Symmer Opera and in the same year with the Montreal Opera singing the title roles in "Louise" and "Thais."  She was heard for some time as special soloist; on a Paul Whiteman program.

NOLA DAY, NBC contralto, who has appeared as a Magic Key guest, is a native of Iceland but was brought to the United States when she was a baby.  She grew up in Tacoma.  When she was still in her teens she joined a touring organization that gave entertainments in the logging camps in the Northwest.  At the end of a two-years' tour Nola went to Portland, Oregon, and after a year's vocal training she was selected as a soloist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra.  Later she went to Seattle where she sang in "The Vagabond King," and later proved her vocal versatility by singing with a dance orchestra.  When KOMO, Seattle, put on its first transcontinental over NBC, Nola took part.  This was her radio debut.  She later became a member of the NSC staff in San Francisco.  At present she is with NBC in New York.
     Gladys Swarthout who has been featured as a guest on the Magic Key program, is a native of Deepwater, Missouri. After graduating from the Central High School in Kansas City, Mo., she entered the Bush Conservatory of Music in Chicago where she remained for three years.
     Miss Swarthout began her career as a church singer, after which she went into concert work.  She was a member of the Chicago Civic Opera Company in 1924 and 1925.  She has been with the Ravinia Company of Chicago in 1927 and 1929 and later joined the Metropolitan Opera Company.


The superlatives employed by the author of the above piece were entirely appropriate. The Magic Key of RCA was without question NBC's most ambitious, sustained programming effort of its--then--nine year history. From the very outset of the series, week after week demonstrated NBC's remarkably expanding network and its technological capabilities. And of course it also quite deliberately demonstrated Radio Corporation of America's (RCA) remarkable technical achievements over its--then--sixteen year history.

RCA illustrates how NBC airs 35 hours of compelling Radio every day from the September 1937 edition of LISTEN magazine.
RCA illustrated how NBC airs 35 hours of compelling Radio every day from the September 1937 edition of LISTEN magazine.

Given the fact that CBS and NBC were the two major networks of the era, comparisons between CBS' Columbia Workshop and NBC's The Magic Key of RCA are probably inevitable:

  • Both could rightfully be referred to as experimental Radio.
  • Both series' showcased their latest respective technological developments.
  • Both expanded the sound shaping envelope in evolving Radio.
  • Both showcased the greatest international talent of the era.

Contrasts between the two flagship productions are also appropriate:

  • The Magic Key of RCA aired first (1935-1939).
  • Columbia Workshop ran over twice as long in various forms (1936-1947).
  • The Magic Key of RCA concentrated more on showcasing its extensive, worldwide sound transmission, broadcasting hardware, and networking technologies.
  • Columbia Workshop concentrated more on showcasing its more innovative sound capture, shaping, and transmission engineering technologies.
  • The Magic Key of RCA devoted a great deal more of its air time to music performances.
  • Columbia Workshop devoted a great deal more of its time to innovative literary works, avant garde music works, tone poems, sound demonstrations, and radioplays.
  • The Magic Key of RCA, though sustaining over its 'Blue' Network, remained far more commercialized throughout its run.
  • Columbia Workshop only occasionally touted CBS' various commercial enterprises.
  • The Magic Key of RCA introduced most of the era's most innovative and distinguished musical performers to Radio.
  • Columbia Workshop introduced most of the era's most innovative and accomplished writers to Radio.

While the above comparisons are by no means exhaustive, they accurately portray the contrasts that made both productions unquestionably historic Radio for their era.

There were also several definable sub-elements throughout the evolving format of The Magic Key of RCA:

  • Regular messages showcasing RCA's various technological advances throughout its seven sponsoring enterprises -- The Radio Corporation of America, RCA Communications, RCA Victor, RCA Radiotron, RCA Radiomarine, RCA Institutes, and the National Broadcasting Company
  • John B. Kennedy's various live remote broadcasts throughout the world.
  • Floyd Gibbons' live commentaries throughout the world.
  • Regularly featured scenes from the most popular Stage productions of the era.
  • Linton Wells' remotes from Central and South America
  • Regular live hookups from every geographic area of the world that NBC's network could reach.
  • Dr. Frank Black's opening and closing orchestral and choral performances.

And indeed, as with Columbia Workshop, the extraordinary technical direction, timing, and network routing behind the mike were the greatest technical achievements over Radio of the era. Both flagship network productions were all hands on deck undertakings employing both networks' greatest engineering and production talent.

Norman Corwin rehearses with Peggy Burt for one of Corwin's burlesques--'Mary Had A Little Lamb'
Norman Corwin rehearses with Peggy Burt for one of Corwin's burlesques--'Mary Had A Little Lamb'

During the course of The Magic Key of RCA's run the production aired transmissions from planes, trains, and ships at sea. The series transmitted live from points across the length and breadth of the United States as well as internationally:

  • Argentina
  • Batavia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Cuba
  • England
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greenland
  • Guatemala
  • Hawaii
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • Shanghai, China
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • The Philippines
  • Uruguay

It goes without saying that RCA and NBC were unquestionably flexing their technological muscles with The Magic Key of RCA. The Columbia Chain's Chairman, William S. Paley, had been making aggressive inroads into Broadcast Radio since 1928. By 1935 NBC and the Columbia Broadcasting System had become head-to-head competitors in virtually every area of the communications field.

LISTEN Supplement to LIFE magazine

Throughout 1937 to 1939 RCA had taken out four to eight page advertising supplements in LIFE magazine--a mini-publication that RCA titled LISTEN Magazine. RCA also launched an accompanying five-minute LISTEN Magazine of the Air promotional series over Radio. The promotional campaign served as an adjunct to The Magic Key of RCA and celebrations marking NBC's Tenth Anniversary and culminating in RCA's Twentieth Anniversary by the end of the series.


Use the player above to hear the September 20th 1937 promotion
of LISTEN magazine

If you're getting the impression that The Magic Key of RCA was Radio's most ambitious and impressive regular production in the history of Radio by 1935 you're beginning to grasp the significance of this remarkable series. There would be numerous, memorable and distinguished NBC productions to follow, to be sure:

But it was The Magic Key of RCA that remains NBC's most comprehensive and ambitious undertaking during the Golden Age of Radio.


RCA and NBC combined to produce this 1948 promotional short 'Behind Your Radio Dial' narrated by Ben Grauer, the announcer for The Magic Key of RCA

By any concievable metric of the era, The Magic Key of RCA forever expanded the envelope of early Radio. And if indeed it was concieved to not only tout RCA and NBC's extraordinary technological achievements and production capabilites but at the same time effectively diminish all other competing networks of the era by comparison, RCA certainly accomplished everything it set out to do.

Series Derivatives:

LISTEN Magazine of the Air; The Magic Key; Symphony Orchestra; The RCA Magic Key
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Variety
Network(s): NBC-Blue
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 35-09-29 01 Welcome to the Magic Key of RCA
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 35-09-29 to 39-09-18; NBC-Blue; Two hundred and six, 60-minute programs; Sunday afternoons; Monday evenings as of June 26, 1939
Syndication: NBC
Sponsors: The Radio Corporation of America; RCA Comunications; RCA Victor; RCA Radiotron; Radiomarine; RCA Institutes; The National Broadcasting Company
Director(s): Howard Wiley [Producer]
Principal Performers: Amos 'n' Andy [Correll and Gosden], Walt Disney, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Maria Jeritza, Paul Whiteman, Dr. Walter Damrosch, David Sarnoff, Giovannia Martinelli, Helen Jepson, Rosa Ponselle, Tito Schipa, Rose Bampton, John McCormack, Marjorie Lawrence, Helen Traubel, Gladys Swarthout, Mischa Mischakoff, Efrem Zimbalist, Leopold Stokowski, Jose Iturbi, Eugene Ormandy, Charles O'Connell, Scale Street Ramblers, The Revelers, John Goss and his London Singers, Durelle Alexander, Vivian Della Chiesa, Norman Cordon, Dr. Charles Courboin, Shep Fields, Betty Garde, Floyd Gibbons, George Hall, Arthur Haynes, Howard Hoffman, King's Jesters, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Howard Phillips, Virginia Rea, Jane Porter, Johnny Welch ('Sassafras'), Alec Templeton, Midge Williams,
Recurring Character(s): None
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Welbourne Kelley
Music Direction: Dr. Frank Black;
Musical Theme(s): "You Are Music," by Dr.Frank Black [published 1938]; Lyrics by Bernard Maltin and Albert Stillman
Announcer(s): Milton J. Cross [Master of Ceremonies, Host]; Ben Grauer, John Wald
John B. Kennedy [Remote interviews]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
206
Episodes in Circulation: 24
Total Episodes in Collection: 74
Provenances:

RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide.

Notes on Provenances:

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

Digital Deli Too RadioLogIc


OTRisms:

The Hickerson Guide perpetuates several inaccuracies in its The Magic Key entry:

  • While there may have been one--and only one--episode of The Magic Key that aired as a 30-minute broadcast, the remainder of the entire run of The Magic Key of RCA were 60-minute broadcasts.
  • The Magic Key did not begin airing as a 30-minute broadcast from August 14th, 1939 forward.
  • There were never 208 broadcasts of The Magic Key of RCA. There were at most 206 broadcasts of The Magic Key of RCA. There were at least two 'hard,' pre-announced preemptions during the series.
  • Milton Cross, while the host of most of the circulating The Magic Key broadcasts, was not the regular host or announcer throughout the canon.

The worst of the travesty that's been visited upon the majority of the circulating exemplars of The Magic Key of RCA is the butchery that's been performed on them:

  • Virtually all of the circulating recordings showing an encode rate of 32 kpbs or less are actually fake stereoized. That is, they were encoded as stereo from two identical 16 bit/16khz monaural recording tracks. There was almost no fidelity left in the recordings to work with.
  • They were 'pegged out' resulting in clipping off as much as 50% of the original fidelity of the source recording.
  • Half were arbitrarily upencoded to 128 bit encodes, simply amplifying the poor fidelity.
  • The majority of the butchered, stereoized circulating recordings were also slowed down due apparently to tape stretch. We speed corrected them.
  • All of the archive.org recordings show these regrettable characteristics


What you see here, is what you get. Complete transparency. We have no 'credentials' whatsoever--in any way, shape, or form--in the 'otr community'--none. But here's how we did it--for better or worse. Here's how you can build on it yourselves--hopefully for the better. Here are the breadcrumbs--just follow the trail a bit further if you wish. No hobbled downloads. No misdirection. No posturing about our 'credentials.' No misrepresentations. No strings attached. We point you in the right direction and you're free to expand on it, extend it, use it however it best advances your efforts.

We ask one thing and one thing only--if you employ what we publish, attribute it, before we cite you on it.

We continue to provide honest research into these wonderful Golden Age Radio programs simply because we love to do it. If you feel that we've provided you with useful information or saved you some valuable time regarding this log--and you'd like to help us even further--you can help us keep going. Please consider a small donation here:

We don't pronounce our Golden Age Radio research as 'certified' anything. By the very definition, research is imperfect. We simply tell the truth. As is our continuing practice, we provide our fully provenanced research results--to the extent possible--right here on the page, for any of our peers to review--or refute--as the case may be. If you take issue with any of our findings, you're welcome to cite any better verifiable source(s) and we'll immediately review them and update our findings accordingly. As more verifiable provenances surface, we'll continue to update the following series log, as appropriate.

All rights reserved by their respective sources. Article and log copyright 2011 The Digital Deli Online--all rights reserved. Any failure to attribute the results of this copywritten work will be rigorously pursued.

[Date, title, and episode column annotations in
red refer to either details we have yet to fully provenance or other unverifiable information as of this writing. Red highlights in the text of the 'Notes' columns refer to information upon which we relied in citing dates, date or time changes, or titles.]







The Magic Key of RCA Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
35-09-29
1
Welcome to The Magic Key of RCA
Y
[Premiere]

35-09-29 New York Times
2:00-3:00-Premiere: Symphony Orchestras; Amos 'n' Andy; Walt Disney. Cartoonist: Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Maria Jeritza, Soprano, and Others-WJZ.

35-09-29 Radio Guide
2:00 p.m. EST 1:00 CST * NBC-The Magic Key; John B. Kennedy, m.c.; Dr. Wa!ter Damrosch. Paul Whiteman & Frank Black, guests: WJZ
WENR KDKA WAVE WSM (sw·15,21)

The MAGIC KEY OF RCA, a variety program which will introduce most of the country's leading artists as guest stars makes its debut over an NBC-WJZ network at 2 p. m. EST (1 CST). The program is sponsored by the Radio Corporatlon of America.

35-09-29 Wisconsin State Journal
A new series starting on NBC at 1 today will bring Maria Jeritza's voice from Vienna, as well as Amos 'n' Andy, Walt Disney, Paul Whiteman, and others. 1 p.m.--The Magic Key: with Maria Jeritza, Paul Whiteman, Amos 'n' Andy, Walter Danrosch, NBC and Vienna Symphony orchestras, at Chicago, Hollywood, Honolulu, Manilla, Geneva, Vienna, New York, (WIBA, WENR).

Close announces that
The Magic Key of RCA has given up its time the following week for the World Series
35-10-06
-
Preempted
--
[Preempted for World Series Game over all major networks]

35-10-06 New York Times
2:15-5:00--World Series: Detroit vs. Chicago, at Chicago--WABC, WEAF, WJZ, WOR, WINS
35-10-13
2
The 16th Anniversary of RCA
Mutiny On the Bounty
Y
[Opening clipped]

35-10-13 New York Times
2:00-3:00-Sympbony Orchestra; Albert Spalding, Violin; From Berlin, Duzolina Giannini, Soprano ; From Addis Ababa, "The War," E. W. Beattie, U. P. Correspondent, and Others-WJZ.

35-10-13 Wisconsin State Journal
Ethopia will be in the radio spotlight today, with Edward Beattie, United Press correspondent whose dispatches you read in The State Jouranl, speaking to America from Addis Ababa. Beattie will give the latest war news and summarize the situation during the Magic Key broadcast on WIBA-WENR at 1 p.m. He was the first American newspaperman to reach Emperor Haile Selassie's capital after comflict became imminent. Other features on the program will include songs by Dusolina Giannini from Berlin, music by the Berlin Radio Orchestra, violin solos by Albert Spalding, a skit by James Gleason and Helen Broderick, music by Rudy Vallee's and a symphony orchestra directed by Frank Black, and a news review by John B. Kennedy.

Announces the episode as
"the second of its weekly broadcasts". Also announces the Male Chorus of 200 voices from Stockholm, Sweden; Harold Bauer, Walter Huston, and Nan Sunderland for the next week.
35-10-20
3
The U. of Stockholm Male Chorus
Y
[Opening clipped]

35-10-20 New York Times
2:00-3:00-Symphony Orchestra; Harold Bauer. Piano; Walter Huston, Actor, and Others ; From Stockholm, Swedish Male Chorus-WJZ.

35-10-20 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key: Walter Huston, Harold Bauer, University of Stockholm male chorus, John B. Kennedy, Richard Himber's orchestra, NBC symphony, Nan Sutherland (WIBA, WENR).

35-10-20 Radio Guide
RCA MAGIC KEY, broadcast over an NBC-WJZ network at 2 p. m. EST (1 CST) will include Harold Bauer, concert pianist: Walter Huston, stage and screen star; Richard Himber and his orchestra; a Swedish Male Quartet from Slockholm; a symphony orchestra conducted by Frank Black; new's comments by John B. Kennedy.
and Milton J. Cross as master of ceremonies.

-

35-10-27
4
A Salute to 1935's Navy Day
Y
35-10-27 New York Times
2:00-3:00-
Navy Day Celebration: Speakers, H. L. Roosevelt, Assistant Secretary of the Nary: Rear Admiral J. K. Taussig; Jessica Dragonette, Soprano; Beatrice Lillie, Comedienne, and Others-WJZ.

35-10-27 Journal Times Bulletin
The magical case with which the U.S. navy department in Washington communicates with ships and naval stations throughout the world, will be demonstrated on the Magic Key program
dedicated to Navy Day this afternoon at 1:00 o'clock over WENR. Jessica Dragonette and Beatrice Lillie, broadcasting from New York and Jan Garber's orchestra playing from Chicago, will be guests. After an introduction in Washington by John B. Kennedy, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Henry L. Roosevelt will extend an invitation to the public to visit navy yards and warships. He will introduce Rear Admiral Joseph K. Taussig who will make a brief talk, then engage in a two-way exchange of greetings with the U.S. naval outposts at Samoa, Guam, Honolulu, Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and Panama.
35-11-03
5
The Holland Symphony from Amsterdam
Y
35-11-03 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--The Magic Key: Joseph Schmidt, tenor; Josef Levinne, pianist; Mme. Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Eleanor Powell, Roland Young, Tom Dorsey's orchestra (WIBA, WENR).
35-11-10
6
A Scene from Mutiny on The Bounty
Y
[No open or close; partial recording]

35-11-10 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key:
with Efrem Zimbalist, Susanne Fisher, Franchot Tone, NBC Symphony, John B. Kennedy (WIBA, WENR).
35-11-17
7
Opens with The Dance of the Russian Sailors
Y
35-11-17 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key: Albert Spalding, Leopold Stokowski, Lauritz Melchoir, Carlos Salzedo, Conrad Thibault (WIBA, WENR).
35-11-24
8
Music of Hawaii and Germany
N
35-11-24 Wisconsin State Journal
Music of Hawaii, played by the famous Royal Hawaiian band in Honolulu, and music of Germany, sung by Ernst Groh, tenor, in Europe will br brought to WIBA listeners by the Magic Key at 1 p.m. today. Lottie Lehmann, soprano; Helen Chandler, actress; Xavier Cugat and his orchestra; Frank Black and the NBC Symphony orchestra, and Milton J. Cross as master of ceremonies will be heard also.
35-12-01
9
Excerpts from Porgy and Bess
Y
35-12-01 Wisconsin State Journal
Tod Duncan and Anne Brown, who play the leading roles in George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," will present a scene from that production called the first real American folk opera staged in New York, on the Magic Key program over WIBA today at 1. Eddie Duchin and his orchestra also will appear, with Frank Black and the NBC Symphony orchestra.
35-12-08
10
Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra
Y
[Poor fidelity; Speed adjusted]

35-12-08 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key: Philadelphia orchestra plays "The Swan of Tuoneta," prelude to the third act of "Lohengrin," Bizet's "Spanish Dance," Debussy's "Les Fetes," scherzo from MacDonald's "Rhumba" symphony, vorspiel and liebesnacht from "Tristan and Isolde" (WIBA, WENR).

Announces
Rose Bampton, Don Cossac, Minnievitch's Harmonica Rascals, and Ray Noble as the next program.
35-12-15
11
A Scene from At Home Abroad
Y
[No open or close; partial recording]

35-12-15 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key:
Reginald Gardiner, English comedian; Minnievitch's Harmonica Rascals, Rose Bampton, Don Cossac's choir, Ray Noble orchestra, NBC Symphony (WIBA, WENR).
35-12-22
12
Excerpts from Boy Meets Girl
Y
[Christmas program; No open or close; partial recording (15 min)]

35-12-22 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key:
with John McCormack, Tom Dorsey's orchestra, stars of "Boy Meets Girl," Walt Disney and his barnyard menagerie, NBC Symphony (WIBA, WENR).
35-12-25
Spcl.
Christmas Day Concert
Y
35-12-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 1 p.m.--Magic Key:
Lucrezia Bori, Cleveland Symphony, NBC Symphony (WIBA, WLS).
35-12-29
13
A Scene from Dear Old Darling
Y
35-12-29 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key: Preview of George M. Cohan's "
Dear Old Darling"; Andres Segovia, Helen Jepson, James Melton, Benny Goodman orchestra, NBC Symphony (WIBA, WENR).

36-01-02 Kerrville Times
HELEN JEPSON, lovely blonde soprano, who recently came back from Hollywood for another season with the Metropolitan Opera Company, will sing on the "Magic Key" of RCA program over an NBC-WJZ network on Sunday, December 29, at 2:00 p.m., E.S.T. Co-starred with Miss Jepson will be James Melton, popular radio tenor, and Segovia, internationally famous guitarist. The latter will play in Spain and his performance will be brought to this continent by short wave radio.

36-01-05
14
Title Unknown
N
36-01-05 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key: with Kirsten Flagstad, Guy Lombardo orchestra, NBC Symphony (WIBA, WENR).
36-01-12
15
The Largest Mouthpiece in the World
Y
[Tape stretch; Speed problems (Corrected to 59:28)]

36-01-12 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key: Kazanova and her Tsiganes, Adele Astaire, Stoopnagle and Budd, Percy Grainger, NBC Symphony (WIBA, WENR).

Announces that the following week,
The Magic Key will release it's airtime for the Dedication of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial
36-01-19
--
Pre-Empted
--
[Preempted over all major networks for Dedication of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial]

36-01-19 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Roosevelt Memorial: F.D.R. pays tribute to T.R. with Gov. Lehman, Mayor LaGuardia, Roland Hayes, others ( WIBA, WENR, WBBM).

36-01-19 New York Times
2:00-4:00--President Roosevelt, Governor Lehman, Mayor La Guardia and Others, at Dedictation of New York State Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, American Museum of Natural History--WNYC (WABC, WJZ, WMCA, WINS. 2:00-2:30).

36-01-26
16
Celebrations of the Chinese New Year
Y
[Tape stretch; Speed problems (Corrected to 59:01)]

36-01-26 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key: Giovanni Martinelli, Frank Fay, Himber orchestra, Chinese new year celebrations in three cities (WIBA, WENR).
36-02-02
17
The Varsity Eight
Y
36-02-02 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): weather forecasters, hospice of St. Bernard, Morton Downey, Jack Hylton, others.
36-02-09
18
Thirteen Hours By Air
Y
[Tape stretch; Speed problems (Corrected to 59:57)]

36-02-09 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Joan Bennett, Yale Glee club, Lombardo, Noble, Himber, NBC Symphony orchestras.

Announces
a worldwide survey of Winter Sports as next.
36-02-16
19
Winter Sports Scenes from Montreal
Y
36-02-16 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Lum and Abner, Armand Tokatyan, Dusolina Giannini, winter sports scenes.
36-02-23
20
Mardi Gras Fetes
Y
36-02-23 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Mardi Gras fetes in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans; Francia White, Rudy Vallee, Klein and Gilbert, Gene Raymond.
36-03-01
21
Sixteen Years of RCA Radio Pioneering
Y
[Speed problems (Corrected to 59:54)]

36-02-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WIBA Sunday 1:00--NBC The Magic Key.
36-03-08
22
A Scene from Call It A Day
Y
[Speed problems (Corrected to 60:49)]

38-03-06 Oakland Tribune
Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano of the Metropolitan Opera Company, and George O'Connor, veteran vaudeville entertainer, who has made official Washington rock with laughter, will be guest artists during the Magic Key program today on NBC-KGO from 11 a. m., to 12 noon.
Miss Lawrence made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera on December 18, 1935, in Warner's "Die Walkure," and is today one of the leading sopranos on its roster. Presidents and other high-ranking Government officials have been entertained by O'Connor over a long period of years. He is a familiar figure at Gridiron Club entertainments, White House correspondents and Press Club dinners. Dr. Frank Black, conducting the Magic Key Orchestra, and Linton Wells in a two-way international interview with a foreign news' correspondent will round out the full hour broadcast.

36-03-08 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Jean Dante, of Theater Guild; Lauritz Melchior, tenor; Ruth Etting; Russ Morgan orchestra; NBC symphony.
36-03-15
23
The Vienna Boys' Choir
N
36-03-15 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Correspondent Edgar Ansel Mowrer, Gladys Swarthout, Vienna Boys' choir, Benny Goodman's and NBC Symphony orchestras.
36-03-22
24
Flood Relief Errands of Mercy
Y
[Capstan pinch; Speed problems (Corrected to 62:40)]

36-03-22 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Lanny Ross, Erna Sack (with highest soprano voice in the world), Floyd Gibbons, Ray Noble orchestra, others.

36-03-22 Ogden Standard-Examiner
GIBBONS TO BE HEARD TODAY ON MAGIC KEY HOUR
Floyd Gibbons, headline hunter who recently reported the news on the Italo-Ethiopian warfare from its source, and Ray Noble and his orchestra, will be featured on the Magic Key matinee over KLO and a coast-to-coast NBC-WJZ network today from twelve noon, to one p.m. Gibbons will give listeners an account of his experiences in Ethiopia and, Noble and his band will present popular tunes. Frank Black and the NBC symphony orchestra; John B. Kennedy, the flying reporter, and Milton J. Cross, master of ceremonies will be heard as usual.

36-03-29
25
A Scene from A School For Scandal
Y
[Capstan pinch problems
(Corrected to 62:40)]

36-03-28 Harrisburg Evening News
Ina Claire, Brian Aherne, Osgood Perkins and Charles Coburn will take part on the Magic Key program from WJZ at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Old English songs by John Goss and the London Singers, a group of six Britons, and violin solo by Efrem Zimbalist, will also be featured on the program.

36-03-29 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): John Goss and London singers, Efrem Zimbalist, Ina Claire, Brian Aherne, Osgood Perkins, Charles Coburn, NBC symphony.
36-04-05
26
A Scene from Justice
Y
36-04-04 Olean Times Herald
2:00 p.m. NBC--Magic Key; Symph. Orch; Dir. Frank Black; Milton J. Cross, m.c.; John B. Kennedy, commander; Royal Hawaiian Band of Honolullu, guests; WJZ

36-04-05 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Leslie Howard, Doris Doe, Yvonne Printemps, Mossman Glee club.

36-04-09 Lock Haven Express
NEW YORK.--Bing Crosby as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra! That's the billing for an April broadcast. The orchestra, under the direction of Leopold Stokowski, starts a tour after broadcasting for the full hourof the magic key on WJZ-NBC Sunday afternoon. It arrives in Los Angeles by April 30, in time to make a special appearance in the Crosby music hall on WEAF-NBC that night. Crosby will sing at least one solo with the musicians.

36-04-12
27
Philadelphia Orchestra Farewell Concert
N
36-04-12 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Philadelphia orchestra in Bach, Wagner, Rimsky-Korsakow music.

36-04-12 San Bernardino County Sun
The farewell concert of the Philadelphia orchestra before leaving on a transcontinental tour will be the feature of the Magic Key broadcast on KECA at 11 a.m. Leopold Stokowski is to conduct the orchestra.
36-04-19
28
The Three Musketeers
N
36-04-19 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Ralph Forbes, Heather Angel, Bronislaw Huberman, violinist; Tommy Dorsey's band, glee club, NBC symphony.
36-04-26
29
Madrid Festival
N
36-04-26 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): H.G. Wells, Raymond Massey, star of Well's "Things to Come," Meredith Willson's orchestra, Madrid festival, others.

36-04-26 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Wells To Discuss Drama Over KLO
H.G. Wells, noted English author who wrote the story for the widely discussed film "Things to Come," and Raymond Massey, who played the leading role, will be heard a continent apart in a discussion and dramatization of the picture during the Magic Key of RCA program over KLO and the NBC-Blue network at 11 o'clock this morning. Also to be featured on the full hour broadcast will be the music of Meredith Willson from San Francisco; the gay Spanish rhythms of a colorful festival from Madrid, and the blackface comedy of Honeyboy and Sassafras, NBC's Assassins of Sorrow, carrying on in New York. Wells, who made his debut as a screen-writer in "Things to Come," will speak from London on the extraordinary plot of the film which deals with the work in the year 2036. Raymond Massey, veteran actor of the British and American stage, will present a scene from the picture from the Radio City studios. Massey will be heard in his role of "President of the World."

36-05-03
30
National Music Week
N
36-05-03 Wisconsin State Journal
12:00--NBC Magic Key.

36-05-03 New York Times
2:00-3 :00-Symphony Orcbestra ; Gladys Swarthout, Soprano; Mario Chamlee, Tenor; Speaker, David Sarnoff, President RCA-WJZ.

36-05-03 Racine Journal Times
With David Sarnoff, president of the Radio Corporation of America, as speaker, and opera stars Glady Swarthout and Mario Chamlee as the featured vocalists, the Magic Key will officially open National Music Week during the program over WENR at 12 noon.

36-05-10
31
Child Prodigies and Erna Sack
Y
[Partial recording (last 7 minutes); Gertrude Lawrence did not appear on this date; The circulating 16:04 partial recording is fake--manufactured from an 8-minute Gertrude Lawrence segment from 37-02-07 and approximately six minutes of the last disc from 36-05-10]

36-05-09 Winnipeg Tribune
Four child prodigies will be featured on NBC-KFYR's Magic Key program Sunday at noon. The young stars are Ruggiero Ricci, 15-year-old violinist, and the three Abbe Children. John, Patience and Richard Abbe will be interviewed on their recently published book, already in the best-seller class, Around the World in Eleven Years. This is an autobiographical travelogue by the children of a professional American cameraman. Patience, oldest of the three, is not yet 12 years old.

36-05-10 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Ruggieri Ricci, 15-year-old violinist; Abbe children, authors and travelers; Erna Sack, soprano; Xavier Cugat orchestra, Pennsylvania Masque and Wig club.

36-05-10 New York Times
2:00-WJZ--Symphony Orchestra. Frank Black, Conductor; Ruggeiaro Ricci, Violin; Xavier Cugat Orchestra; Univ. of Penn. Masque and Wig Club; Interview With Abbe Children, Authors; From Dresden, Erna Sack, Soprano.

36-05-10 Oakland Tribune
Child prodegies will be featured during the Magic Key of RCA broadcast over a coast-to-coast NBC-Blue network, including KGO today, between 10 and 11 a. m. The young stars are Ruggiero Ricci, 15-year-old violinist, and the Abbe children, authors and world travelers.
Other guest stars on the program will be Erna Sack, soprano of the Dresden (Germany) Opera Company; Xavier Cugat and his rhumba orchestra, and the University of Pennsylvania Masque and Wig Club, Miss Sack will sing from Dresden. The Masque and Wig Club will present an excerpt from their pro-duction, "Red Rhumba."
36-05-17
32
One Rainy Afternoon
N
36-05-16 Wisconsin State Journal
Sunday 12:00--Magic Key, WTMJ WENR WLW; WIBA Sunday 12:00 NBC Magic Key.
36-05-24
33
Fats Waller and His Rhythm
Y
[Side B Poor fidelity;
(Resampled and corrected)]

36-05-24 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Le Petit Mirsha, sensational Rumanian boy soprano; Helen Jepson, operatic soprano; Harold Bauer, concert pianist; "Fats" Waller, Negro pianist and singer; Hugh O'Connell, stage and screen actor; NBC Symphony.
36-05-31
34
Jean Sablon from Paris
N
36-05-31 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): with Jean Sablon; "France's Big Crosby;" Virginia Rea, Jan Peerce, Richard Himber's orchestra, Sheila Barrett, NBC Symphony.

36-05-31 New York Times
2:00-3:00--Symphony Orchestra; Virginia Rea, Soprano; Jan Peerce, Tenor, and Others. From Paris: Jean Sablon, Sorigs-WJZ.

36-05-31 San Bernardino County Sun
French Radio Crooner to Make U.S. Debut Today in Program From Paris
Jean Sablon, idol of the French air-ways, will make his American radio debut today during the "Magic Key" program, to be released over KECA at 10 a.m. The French Crooner, who was discovered by an American advertising man, will sing from Paris. Others on the program, performing in New York, include Virginia Rea, soprano; Jan Peerce, tenor; Richard Himber and his orchestra, Sheila Barrett, personality mimic, and Frank Black and his symphony orchestra.

36-06-07
35
Swiss Yodelers from The Alps
Y
[Very poor fidelity
(Resampled, reshaped and corrected)]

36-06-07 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Swiss Yodelers, Hill Billies Vie--Yodeling from the summit of the Jungfrau's heights in Switzerland will vie with American hill billy music on the "Magic Key" of RCA today during the broadcast over KLO and the NBC-Blue network at eleven o'clock. Shep Field's dance band, Marion Telva, mezzo soprano, Joseph Knitzer, violinist, and Colonel Stoopnagle and Budd, comedians, will be on the same program. Dr. Frank Black will direct the NBC symphony orchestra and Milton Cross will be master of ceremonies. The Swiss program will be brought to America from an altitude of 13,671 feet through RCA facilities. The Alpine atmosphere will be followed by the Tennessee Ramblers and their mountain selections from the heights of Radio City. Marion Telva, former Metropolitan Opera star, will come out of retirement for the broadcast. Her appearance as guest soloist will be her first since she abruptly left the stage of the Metropolitan. Colonel Stoopnagle and Budd will broadcast from the golf course at Sound View country club, Long Island.

36-06-07 Lincoln Star
COL. AND BUDD ON MAGIC KEY.
Guests on today's Magic Key program over KOIL and the NBC blue network at noon includes Col. Stoopnagle and Budd, who will describe the golfing gyrations of four ordinary duffers, Marion Telva, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Knitzer, violinist; Shep Fields' dance band, Gritli Wenger, Swiss yodeler.

36-06-14
36
An Hour of Great Wagnerian Music
Y
[Poor fidelity
(Resampled, reshaped and corrected)]

36-06-13 Winnipeg Tribune
The Magic Key, on KFYR Sundays at noon, is popular as one of the most pretentious of radio variety shows. But this Sunday the broadcst will be devoted to works of Richard Wagner, as played by Frank Black's symphony orchestra.
Program will include the prelude to Die Meisterainger, relude to Lohengrin, overture to Tannhauser, which includes the familiar Pilgrims' Chorus and the Bacchanale, prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde, Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walkure.

36-06-14 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Dr. Frank Black conducts 70 members of N.Y. Philharmonic Symphony in all-Wagner program, including music from "Die Meistersinger," "Lohengrin," "Tannhauser," "Tristan and Isolde," "Die Walkure."


36-06-15 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Frank J. Black and his orchestra have been renewed until the end of September for that Sunday afternoon Magic Key program over WJZ.

36-06-21
37
Title Unknown
N
36-06-20 Kokomo Tribune
Tito Schipo, Metropolitan tenor; Helen Traubel, American operatic soprano; Shiella Barrett, monologuist, and Ruby Newman and his orchestra will be featured in the Magic Key broadcast at noon Sunday.

36-06-21 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Tito Schipa, Helen Traubel, Sheila Barrett, Ruby Newman's orchestra, NBC Symphony.

36-06-21 New York Times
2:00-3:00--Symphony Orchestra; Tito Schipa, Tenor; Helen Traubel, Soprano, and Others--WJZ.
36-06-28
38
Seeing America First - Bunker Hill
Y
[Open clipped; Begins a Seeing America First series of John B. Kennedy visits to prominent historic sites of America]

36-06-27 Franklin News-Herald
On the Magic Key of RCA, at 1, Sunday afternoon, over KDKA--and we tell you to listen in, because you always hear something new and interesting--
Ruth Etting, singer, and Fibber McGee and Molly will be guest stars. And the Magic Key probably has some surprises up its sleeve as well. On that hour, you never know what you'll be listening to next.

36-06-28 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): with Fibber McGee, Molly, Ruth Etting, Pianist Rudolph Ganz.

36-07-05
39
Opens with Le Nozze di Figaro
Y
[Poor fidelity
(Resampled, reshaped and corrected)]

36-07-05 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): members of Philadelphia orchestra play music of Mozart, Beethoven, Gliere, Piarne, Turina, Range-Hill, Saint-Saens, Wagner, Debussy, Bach, Dvorak.
36-07-12
40
The Russian Symphonic Choir
N
36-07-11 Winnipeg Tribune
Efrem Zimbalist, world-famous concert violinist, and the renowned Russian Symphonic choir will be featured guests on NBC's Magic Key, from KFYR Sunday at noon. Both Zimbalist and the choral group will be accompanied by Frank Black's orhestra. Lighter side of the entertainment will be provided by Richard Himber's orchestra.

36-07-12 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Zimbalist will be featured in the Magic Key at noon through WIBA-WENR. Attractions also will include the Russian Symphonic choir, the NBC Symphony orchestra, Richard Himber's orchestra, and Gould and Shefter, pianists.

36-07-12 New York TImes
2:00-3:00--Efrem Zimbalist, Violinist; Russian Symphonic Choir and Others--WJZ.
36-07-19
41
Title Unknown
N
36-07-18 Franklin News-Herald
Oh, we have a lot of good ones for tomorrow, and not the least is the debut of Kathleen Norris, that popular writer, as a radio actress. She will appear in a skit writen by herself, "The Life of Queen Victoria." The Magic Key program, on at 1, KDKA, brings you this well-loved author, along with Rose Bampton, of the Metropolitan Opera and Charlie Magnanti, accordianist.

36-07-19 Beatrice Daily Sun
Sunday's highlights include the magic key hour at noon on NBC featuring Frank Fay, comedian, Rose Bampton, opera mezzo-soprano, Midge Williams, negro rhythm singer, and Frank Black's orchestra.

36-07-19 New York Times
2:00-3:00-Symphony Orchestra; Rose Bampton, Contralto; Charles
Magnanti, Accordion, and Others-WJZ.
36-07-26
42
The Life of Queen Victoria
N
36-07-25 Franklin News-Herald
Remember we promised you Kathleen Norris on the Magic Key program last Sunday? Well she didn't appear, but she is again supposed to be on this week, in the same sketch from her own play, "The Life of Queen Victoria." At KDKA, 1 p.m.

36-07-26 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Kathleen Norris, one of America's foremost women novelists, will make her first appearance in a dramatic role on the air during the Magic Key of RCA program on WIBA at noon today. She will take a role in a scene from her own play, "The Life of Queen Victoria." Bill Robinson, renouned Negro tap dancer will synchronize his pedal magic with the rhythms of Lennie Hayton's orchestra. Frank Black and the NBC Symphony orchestra, the Revelers Quartet, and Carol Deis, young soprano, also will be featured.
36-08-02
43
The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra
N
36-08-02 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): members of Philadelphia orchestra play from oldest phono-radio station in world, Camden.

36-08-02 Wisconsin State Journal
2:00-3:00-Symphony Orchestra, Charles O'Connell, Conductor-WJZ.
36-08-09
44
The Cinncinati Opera Company
N
36-08-09 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Walter C. Kelly, famous in vaudeville as "The Virginia Judge,"

36-08-09 New York Times
2 :00-3 : 00-Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera Company; Walter C.
Kelly, Comedian , Path Wailer, Piano-WJZ

36-08-09 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Walter C. Kelly, famous in vaudeville for more than thirty years as "The Virginia Judge," the Cincinnati Opera company, and "Fats" Waller, negro rhythm expert, and his orchestra will be guests during the "Magic Key of RCA" program, today from eleven to twelve o'clock over KLO and NBC-Blue network. Kelly and Waller will be presented from the NBC Radio City studios while the Cincinnati Opera company will contribute their portion of the broadcast through the facilities of WLW, NBC Cncinnati affiliate.

36-08-16
45
The Statue of Liberty's 50th Anniversary
N
36-08-15 Winnipeg Tribune
A special broadcast from the Statue of Liberty on Bedloe's Island in New York harbor in connection with the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the statue will be the highlight of the Magic Key broadcast on Sunday, August 16, over the NBC network at 12:00 noon from KFYR. The famous gift from the Republic of France will be rededicated on Oct 28.
     John B. Kennedy, commentator, will go on the air from Bedloe's Island with an account of the history of the statue. Then will be introduced for the first time a new song, Miss Liberty, written by Ken Darby, young American composer, with a French version by Leo Durand, Poet Laureate of Paris. The song is dedicated to Andre de Laboulaye, French ambassador to the United States, whose grandfather conceived the idea of the statue.
     Other features of the Magic Key broadcast will include Corinna Mura, young Spanish soprano; Walter O'Keefe, comedian; Frank Black and the NBC Symphony orchestra and Phil Spitalny and his famous all-girl orchestra.

36-08-16 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
A special broadcast from the statue of Liberty on Bedloe's Island in New York harbor in connection with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the statue will be the highlights of the Magic Key broadcast through WIBA at 12 today. Other features will include Corinna Mura, young Spanish soprano; Walter O'Keefe, comedian; Frank Black's NBC Symphony orchestra; Phil Spitalny and his famous all-girl orchestra with Maxine, Evelyn, and Rachel and Lola.

36-08-23
46
Seeing America First - San Francisco
March From Taunhauser
March from Tanhouser
Y
36-08-23 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Floyd Gibbons speaks from Spain; Hildegarde, John B. Kennedy, Mischa Levitzki, Shep Fields' band, NBC Symphony.

36-08-25 Pottstown Mercury
Frank Black is an exceptional German scholar and in his capacity of General Music Director of NBC, is often called upon to use this knowledge to translate communications from broadcasting officials abroad, as well as to negotiate with foreign guest artists for the "Magic Key" program.

36-08-30
47
Seeing America First - Salt Lake City
Y
[Poor fidelity
(Resampled, reshaped and corrected)]

36-08-27 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
George Hall brings his orchestra, Dolly Dawn and Johnny McKeever, to the Magic Key broadcast on Sunday. It's Hall's first broadcast via NBC facilities since 1927.

36-08-30 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): For the second successive Sunday, Floyd Gibbons, famed "Headline Hunter", will broadcast direct from the Spanish front during the Magic Key program, on WIBA at 12 noon today. Gibbons' eyewitness report of the civil war in Spain will be relayed to the United States through EAQ in Madrid. Other headliners on the hour broadcast will include Albert Spalding, violinist; Helen Traubel, dramatic soprano; George Hall and his orchestra; John B. Kennedy and the NBC Symphony with Frank Black.
36-09-06
48
The Mikado
N
36-09-04 Xenia Daily Gazette
OPERA COMPANY ON MAGIC KEY HOUR By MILDRED MASON THE DOYLY CARTE OPERA CO., world's foremost interpreters of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, and a symphony orchestra recruited from the personnel of the Philadelphia Orchesttra, with Charles O'Connell as conductor, will share the sixty-minute broadcast of the "Magic Key of R.C.A." on an NBC network, through station WLW, Cincinnati, Sunday at 1 p.m. The British operatic group which has just opened its second season on Broadway in three years, will present a condensed version of "The Mikado."

36-09-06 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Carte Opera co. in "
The Mikado;" Philadelphia orchestra group.

36-09-10 Lake Park News
To Broadcast Spencer Fair Program Sunday Attention of radio listeners from cost t0 coast will be focused on Clay county and Spencer when a portion of the Magic Key of RCA radio program is broadcast from the fair grounds at Spencer, on Sunday, Sept. 13, says the Spencer Daily Reporter. The program, which will bring to Spencer John B. Kennedy, ace National Broadcasting company commentator, will be heard over the NBC-Blue network at 12:00 noon. In addition to carrying the broadcast over the 65 stations which comprise the Blue network of the National Broadcasting company, the program will be sent by short-wave to all foreign countries. No admission will be charged to the fair grounds on the day of the broadcast, so everyone is welcome to witness the first actual broadcast of a description of a county fair. This occasion marks the first time in radio history that a county or state fair has been accorded time on a nation-wide hook-up.

36-09-13
49
Seeing America First - The Clay Country Fair
N
36-09-13 Syracuse Herald
The Clay County Fair at Spencer, Iowa, typical show of its kind, will be visited by John B. Kennedy during the Magic Key program over NBC-WSYR at 1 o'clock this afternoon. Kennedy will stroll along the midway and also interview farmers who have won blue ribbons with their live stock and produce. Henry Fonda and June Walker, stage and screen stars, will broadcast from NBC studios a scene from the folk drama, "The Farmer Takes a Wife," and the Cadets Quartet will supply some tunes appropriate to the occasion.
36-09-20
50
Seeing America First - Dodgers and Giants at Ebbets Fld
Bluin' The Blues
Y
[Regional preemptions]

36-09-20 New York TImes
2:00-3:00--Cardinal Patrick Hayes and Others, at Holy Name Rally, Randals Island Stadium--WOR (WABC. 2:45-3; WJZ. 3-3:30)

36-09-20 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Kirsten Flagstad, NBC Symphony, "Doc" Rockwell.
36-09-27
51
Seeing America First - The Roosevelt Raceway
Y
36-09-26 Franklin News-Herald
Sunday
Then on the Magic Key program, which is probably one of the most diversified on the air,
Jane Froman, contralto, and star of both movies and radio, Paul Robeson, the magnificent Negro baritone and actor, and Casper Reardon, a renowned harpist, will guest star. At 2 o'clock, KDKA, you get this number, and we wouldn't be surprised if the people-in-charge slipped in a lot of other very interesting items, too. They're always doing that.

36-09-24 Wisconsin State Journal
Outstanding renewal of the week is the assignment of Frank J. Black on the Sunday "Magic Key" program over NBC. Not only has his program been renewed for a year, but beginning in October, he will again have a symphony orchestra of 65 men under his baton.

36-09-27 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m..--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Paul Robeson, Jane Froman, Casper (Swing Harp) Reardon, NBC Symphony.

36-10-01 Pottstown Mercury
World series broadcasts will interfere with the Magic Key program, and it will be canceled on Oct. 4.

36-10-04 [Regional preemptions for World Series]

36-10-04 New York Times
1:45-4:00--World Series: Yankees vs. Giants--WABC, WEAF, WJZ, WOR, WHN, WINS (Also Monday and Tuesday if played)

36-10-04 Zanesville Signal
2:00--The Magic Key of R.C.A.






36-10-11
53
The Music of Twelve Nations
N
[Renewed for another season; First Anniversary Special]

36-10-11 Syracuse Herald
Greetings and music from 12 nations will be heard this afternoon when the Magic Key program celebrates its first anniversary. The broadcast will be heard from 2 to 3 o'clock over WSYR. John McCormack, famed Irish tenor, will be heard during the portion of the program originating in the Radio City studios. Dublin, London, Paris and Rome will be among the first to send birthday greetings. The soprano voice of Erna Sack will be brought from Berlin. Then more greetings, from Geneva, Hollywood, Montreal, Honolulu, Tokyo, Shanghai and Batavia, will be heard. Edouardo Donato and his orchestra, playing in Buenos Aires, and a broadcast from an airplane over Chicago, will complete this part of the program.
36-10-18
54
Seeing America First - The Hayden Planetarium
Y
[Amplitude pegged out, clipping
(Resampled, reshaped and corrected)]

36-10-18 Ogden Standard-Examiner
12:00--NBC--RCA Magic Key with John B. Kennedy and Frank Black Orchestra; Playlet: Romeo and Juliet and others.

Features
Alexander Kirkland, Jean Dante and Jean Sablon
36-10-25
55
Seeing America First - Grand Central
Y
[Fidelity washed out; capstan pinching;
(Resampled, reshaped and corrected)]

36-10-25 Oakland Tribune
Three stars from "White Horse Inn," one of Manhattan's latest stage hits, and music and drama from New York, Hollywood and Berlin will be heard during the Magic Key broadcast today, from 11 a.m. to noon, over the NBC-KGO network. Billy Gaxton, Kitty Carlisle and Dorothy Stone, all of whom are featured players in "
White Horse Inn," the new musical show at the Center Theater, New York City, will be heard.
36-11-01
56
Title Unknown
N
36-10-31 Pottstown Mercury
Guest stars on Sunday's Magic Key (WJZ-2) tomorrow will be Lennie Hayton's orchestra, Dusolina Gianni, Frank Parker and the Duncan Sisters.

36-11-01 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m..--Magic Key (WIBA, WMAQ): Lennie Hayton, Duscolina Giannini, Frank Parker, Duncan sisters.

36-11-08
57
The San Francisco Opera Company
Y
[Amplitude pegged out, clipping
(Resampled, reshaped and corrected)]

36-11-08 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m..--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Kirsten Flagstad, Friedrich Schorr, Len Joy's High Hatters, Tom Powers.
36-11-15
58
Celebrating NBC's Tenth Anniversary
Y
36-11-14 Harrisburg Evening News
Charles Laughton, British stage and screen star, and Alexander Korda, English motion picture director, in a pickup from London, will be heard on the Magic Key broadcast from WJZ at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

36-11-15 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m..--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Charles Laughton, Director Alexander Korda, Helen Traubel, Revelers quartet.

36-11-22
59
Forbidden Melody
Y
[Partial recording (8 minutes only) ]

36-11-22 Fresno Bee
The voices of famous personalities of stage, screen and opera eminating from various parts of the world will fill the air today. Efren Zimbalist, distinguished violinist, will be heard via short wave from Geneva, Switzerland, this morning at 11 o'clock over the NBC-Blue Network on the Magic Key program. Selections from Sigmund Romberg's new musical comedy will be sung by Carl Brisson, Danish stage and screen favorite on the same broadcast.

36-11-22 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m..--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Efrem Zimbalist, violinist; Walter O'Keefe, comedian; Carl Brisson, Ruby Mercer, stage stars; Tommy Dorsey's orchestra.
36-11-29
60
A Seeing Eye Training School for Dogs
Y
36-11-28 Harrisburg Evening News
Paul Whiteman and his orchestra, Marian Anderson, American, contralto; Stoopnagle and Budd, Romana and the King's Men will be the guests of the Magic Key broadcast from WJZ at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

36-11-29 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m..--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Paul Whiteman's orchestra, Marian Anderson, Stoopnagle and Budd, Ramona, the King's Men.

36-12-06
61
Guest Morton Downey
N
36-12-06 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m..--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Ruggiero Ricci, violinist; Morton Downey, singing "Moira My Girl"; Sheila Barrett, mimic; Hannah Klein and Pauline Gilbert, pianists; Oswaldo Friesedo's Argentine orchestra.

36-12-06 San Bernardino County Sun
Morton Downey will make a guest appearance on the Magic Key program, KECA at 11 a.m., and will sing "Moira, My Girl, an old Irish song which he discovered during a recent visit to Ireland. He also will sing "Sweetheart, Let's Grow Old Together," and Cole Porter's new hit, "I've Got You Under My Skin."

36-12-13
62
A Scene from Tobacco Road
Y
36-12-13 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m..--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): James Barton of "
Tobacco Road," Pianist-Composer Percy Grainger, Singer Jane Froman, Emil Coleman's orchestra, Yale Glee club.

36-12-13 Lincoln Sunday Journal
GUEST STARS ON MAGIC KEY
James Barton, star of "
Tobacco Road;" Percy Grainger, pianist; Jane Froman, songstress; Emil Coleman's dance orchestra and the Yale University Glee Club will be guests on the Magic Key program over KOIL and the NBC blue network today at 1.

36-12-20
63
Robert Benchley, Bill Robinson and Bobby Breen
Y
36-12-19 Franklin News-Herald
You must know Robert Benchley! You just couldn't help meeting up with him somewhere. In our opinion, and a lot of others, he is one of the most side-splitting of modern humorists. We think he's great. Well, he will be a guest on the Magic Key tomorrow afternoon at 2, KDKA. And other noteworthy guests on this same marvelous program are Bobby Breen, the little boy on Eddie Cantor's program, and the Moscow Cathedral Choir. We wouldn't be at all surprised if the Moscow Choir were picked up straight from Moscow. That's the way the Magic Key does things. You tune on it, and you can't tell what part of the world you'll be listening to.

36-12-19 Hammond Times
Magic Key tomorrow includes Gertrud Wettergren, Met Op Sop; Edward Johnson, Met Op Manager; Marcia Davenport, music critic; Robert Benchley, humorist; Bill Robinson, dancer; Bobby Breen, Cantor's alleged son (we said "alleged" and NOT what you are thinking!); and, of course, Frank Black.

36-12-20 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m..--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Gertrude Wettergren, opera star; Edward Johnson, Metropolitan manager; Marcia Davenport, music critic; Robert Benchley, critic-actor; Bill Robinson, dancer; Bobby Breen, child actor; Frank Black, conductor.
36-12-27
64
The Moscow Cathedral Choir
Y
36-12-27 Salt Lake Tribune
P.M. 12:00
NBC
"The Magic Key"
John McCormack; Oliver Wakefield, English monologist; Richard Himber's orchestra; Moscow Cathedral choir; Frank Black's Symphony orchestra; John B. Kennedy.

36-12-27 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m..--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): John McCormack, Oliver Wakefield, Richard Himber's orchestra,
Moscow Cathedral Choir.
37-01-03
65
An International Celebration of Music
Y
37-01-02 Kokomo Tribune
Artists in every department of music from symphonic to swing will be heard in the Magic Key program, with a group of songs by Le Petit Mirscha, 10-year-old Rumanian soprano, shortwaved from Italy at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

37-01-03 Syracuse Herald
Artists from practically every field of music will participate in the Magic Key program over NBC-WSYR at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The international feature of the program will be a group of songs by Petit Mirscha, 10-year-old Rumanian boy soprano, who will be heard from Milan, Italy, by short-wave. Other guests include Ezio Pinza, Metropolitan Opera basso; Ania Dorfmann, Russian concert pianist; "Fats" Waller, Negro pianist, and his swing orchestra, and "Doc" Rockwell, comedy monologist. Another feature will be a talk by Max Reinhardt, famed theatrical producer, on the forthcoming presentation of "The Eternal Road," following which Frank Black and the NBC Symphony Orchestra will interpret music from the production.

37-01-04 Winnipeg Tribune
Frank Black, NBC's general musical director, becomes conductor on the Contented program with this week's broadcast Monday at 9 p.m. Each week Black will fly from New York to Chicago for the Monday features. On the opening program he will lead the orchestra in Dance Espagnole, My Heart Stood Still, and a medley of Stephen Foster favorites. In addition to special features, Black also conducts the orhestra on the Sunday Magic Key program.

37-01-10
66
Reflected Glory
N
37-01-09 Hammond Times
Tallulah Bankhead and Lotte Lehmann, Buck and Bubbles, Kress and McDonough swing guitar duo, feature the Magic Key hour tomorrow at 1 WMAQ.

37-01-08 Amarillo Globe-Times
Beginning at 1 o'clock and lasting for an hour, RCA Magic Key program takes the listener on a journey to varied points of interest over the globe.
On the Magic Key hour this Sunday is Betty Janes, Chicago high school sophomore, an operatic sensation at 15.

37-01-10 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Lotte Lehman to Sing Over Radio--Headed by the internationally famous soprano of the Metropolitan opera company, Lotte Lehmann, a group of distinguished leaders in various entertainment fields will be heard during the Magic Key of RCA program over KLO and a coast-to-coast NBC blue network today between 12 and 1 p.m. Frank Black and the NBC symphony orchestra will complete the program's cast.

37-01-17
67
Title Unknown
N
37-01-17 Ogden Standard-Examiner
The famous Philadelphia orchestra will be presented with its full strength of 180 musicians, under the direction of Charles O'Connell, assistant conductor, during the Magic Key of RCA program today at twelve o'clock MST, over KLO and the NBC Blue network. The program will be featured by the appearance of George Copeland, world-famous pianist, and Rene Maison, Metropolitan Opera company tenor, as guest soloists.

37-01-17 Ogden Standard-Examiner
The famous Philadelphia orchestra will be presented with its full strength of 180 musicians, under the direction of Charles O'Connell, assistant conductor, during the Magic Key of RCA program today at twelve o'clock MST, over KLO and the NBC Blue network. The program will be featured by the appearance of George Copeland, world-famous pianist, and Rene Maison, Metropolitan Opera company tenor, as guest soloists.

37-01-19 Salt Lake Tribune
Advertising Groups to Hold School During Parley in S.L. "A University of Advertising" will be conducted in Salt Lake City next june, it was announced by Lou E. Townsend, San Francisco, advertising manager of hte Bank of America and president of the Pacific Advertising Clubs association Monday. . . . It was explained that one phase of the June convention would be broadcast over the National Broadcasting company networks' "Magic Key" program from the salt Lake L.D.S. tabernacle, with the possibility that John B. Kennedy, nationally known announcer, wuld conduct the broadcast . . .

37-01-24
68
Title Unknown
N
37-01-24 Ogden Standard-Examiner
12:00--NBC--RCA Magic Key: Symphony Orchestra and Guest Artists.

37-01-31
69
Title Unknown
N
37-01-31 Syracuse Herald
Giovanni Martinelli, Metropolitan Opera tenor; the piano team of Jacques Fray and Mraio Bragiotti; Rufe Davis, comedian, and Tommy Dorsey's orchestra will be guest artists on the Magic Key program over NBC-WSYR at 2 p.m.

37-02-07
70
Opens with The Overture to Secret of Suzanne
Y
37-02-06 Harrisburg Evening News
Kerstin Thorborg, of the Metropolitan Opera; Gertude Lawrence of Broadway; Raya Garbousova, young Russian cellist, and Dr. Walter Damrosch, will be among the stars appearing on the Magic Key program from WJZ at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

37-02-07 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Opera Stars Will Appear In Concert--Kerstin Thorborg of the Metropolitan Opera company, Gertrude Lawrence of Broadway, Raya Garbousova, young Russian cellist, and Dr. Walter Damrosch will be among the stars heard on the Magic Key of RCA hour over KLO and NBC-Blue network this morning at twelve o'clock. This will be Madame Thorborg's first appearance on a Magic Key program. Miss Lawrence will be heard in a brief dramatic sketch. Others on the program will be David and Goliath, comedy team, and Fray and Braggiotti, piano duo. Dr. Damrosch will conduct the NBC Symphony Orchestra in the Allegretto from Brahms' Third Symphony. Dr. Frank Black, who regularly directs the orchestra in the Magic Key hour, will conduct several symphonic numbers in the course of the program. Milton J. Cross will serve, as usual, as master of ceremonies.

37-02-14
71
Viscount Hidemaro Konoye of Japan
N
37-02-13 Harrisburg Evening News
Japan's sensational symphonic orchestra conductor, Viscount Hidemaro Konoye, will direct the NBC Symphony Orchestra on the Magic Key program from WJZ at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

37-02-14 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Japan's sensational symphonic conductor, Viscount Hidemaro Konoye, will direct the NBC Symphony Orchestra in the Magic Key program over NBC-WSYR from 2 to 3 o'clock this afternoon. The young musician, who has appeared as guest conductor of leading orchestras of Germany, France and England, before coming to the United S tates, already has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is a younger brother of Prince Konoyo, president of the House of Peers of Japan. Sharing honors with Viscount Konoye on the guest list will be Ofua Cigna, new dramatic soprano of the Metropolitan Opera; Helen Gleason and Dennis King, stars of the new Franz Lehar operetta "Frederika;" Carlos Salzedo, harpist, and Rufe Davis, comedian.

37-02-21
72
Fulton of Oak Falls
N
37-02-20 Kokomo Tribune
George M. Cohan, whose recent return to the stage marked a revival of the familiar Cohan and Harris Broadway productions, will head the list of talent to be heard in the Magic Key program Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock.

37-02-21 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Syracuse Herald - George M. Cohan, presenting excerpts from his current Broadway play, "
Fulton of Oak Falls," will be a guest on the Magic Key program over NBC-WSYR at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Other guests appearing on today's broadcast will be Albert Spalding, famed violinist; Frederick Jagel, Metropolitan Opera tenor, and Eddie Duchin and his popular dance orchestra.

37-02-28
73
Maurice Evans and Bidu Sayao
N
37-02-27 Bakersfield Californian
Jessie Mathews, English movie queen who made a distinct hit with American audiences several months ago, will be the main attraction on the Magic Key program tomorrow morning. Others will be Maurice Evans, Bidu Sayao, Brazilian soprano, and Frank Black's orchestra. KERN at 11 a.m.

37-02-28 Oakland Tribune
Maurice Evans, who has been acclaimed "the finest actor on the English-speaking stage," and Bidu Sayao, Brazilian soprano, who made her American operatic debut at the Metropolitan on February 13, are among the luminaries who will be heard in the Magic Key broadcast over the NBC-KGO Network today from 11 a.m. to noon. Jessie Matthews, Engilsh stage and screen actress, will be heard from London in the hour. Others to be heard form the Radio City studios of NBC are Henri Deering, American concert pianist; Rufe Davis, cmic imitator appearing now on Broadway, and Frank Black and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Evans, who has been onthe English stage since 1926, and in English films since 1929, is playing the title role in "King Richard II," which recently opened in New York. Some of his more recent British screen appearances were in "Wedding Rehearsal," "Marry Me," "The Only Girl" and "The Path of Glory." Miss Sayao is the first South American woman to become a regular member of the Metropolitan Opera Company. She had won a high reputation in leading roles with French, Italian and Sough American opera companies before making her Metropolitan debut in the title role of Massenet's "Manon."

37-03-07
74
Brother Rat
N
37-03-07 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Night club and operatic music, with a dash of drama from a current Broadway hit, will compose the Magic Key of RCA program over KLO and the NBC-Blue network this afternoon from twelve to one o'clock. The visiting artists will be Jean Sablon, recently arrived French troubadour; Josephine Antoine, Metropolitan Opera soprano; Richard Himber and his variety orchestra, and Frank Albertson and Eddie Albert of the cast of "
Brother Rat." John B. Kennedy, NBC commenttor, and Dr. Frank Black, conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra, will complete the program. Milton J. Cross will preside as master of ceremonies.

37-03-07 Fresno Bee-Republican
GALAXY OF STARS WILL BE HEARD ON MAGIC KEY HOUR
Jean Sablon, Troubadour From France, Heads Performers On KMJ Program--Night club and operatic music with a dash of drama from a current Broadway hit, will feature the Magic Key program over the nation-wide NBC-Blue Network and The Fresno Bee Station KMJ this morning from 11 o'clock to 12 noon. The visiting artists will be Jean Sablon, recently arrived French troubadour; Josephine Antoine, Metropolitan soprano; Richard Himber and his variety orchestra, and Frank Albertson and Eddie Albert of the cast of
Brother Rat. Sablon's voice was first heard in America in a Magic Key pickup from Paris last spring. He was brought to the United States by the National Broadcasting Company last month for a series of radio appearances. Sablon, who sings in English as well as French, will bring to the program his sprightly personality that has made him the sensation of Paris. Frank Albertson plays the lead in Brother Rat, which deals with life at an American military school. Eddie Albert, who has the part of a dumb athlete in the play, is an NBC performer of several years' standing. He and Grace Albert are heard on the Honeymooners.

37-03-14
75
Saint Patrick's Day Program
N
[St. Patrick's Day program]

37-03-12 Harrisburg Telegraph
New York, March 12, (AP)--John McCormack, Irish tenor, is coming on the air Sunday afternoon to introduce another Irish singer, Robert Irwin, 28 year-old baritone from Dublin. That will be in the Magic Key on WJZ-NBC at 2 p.m. The appearance is the outcome of an evening at his radio in Ireland a year ago when McCormack first heard Irwin. He became interested immediately, remarking "that is the sort of young Irish talent we should have in America." So he wrote a fan letter, praising the young man's voice and offering suggestions. Later they met, with McCormack volunteering to do all he could if Irwin ever came to America. Irwin arrived in this country last month and with McCormack's co-operation had an audition. Now he goes before an American microphone with the tenor as his sponsor.

37-03-14 Syracuse Herald
Two other natives of Dublin will be heard with Irwin in the Magic Key program over NBC-WSYR at 2 o'clock this afternoon, in a pre St. Patrick's Day broadcast. They are Sara Allgood, actress of the Abbey Theater, and Dudley Digges, character actor of stage and screen. Other guests will be Helen Jepson, Metropolitan Opera soprano, and George Enesco, composer, conductor, violinist and teacher.

37-03-21
76
Title Unknown
N
37-03-20 Kokomo Tribune
Four boys and girls from the "grass roots" country will bring word of how rural youth is developing in community leadership and appreciation for the finer things in life when they are heard in the Magic Key program at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

37-03-21 Syracuse Herald
Guests on the Magic Key program over NBC-WSYR at 2 o'clock this afternoon will be Bruna Castagna, Metropolitan Opera contralto; Joseph Schmidt, Rumanian tenor; Andres Segovia, guitar virtuoso, and Walter O'Keefe, comedian. An additional feature, originating in Minneapolis, will be an interview by John B. Kennedy of boys and girls of the Owatona, Minn. 4-H Club, winner of the Social Progess contest conducted among 90,000 4-H clubs last year.

37-03-28
77
A Celebration of Easter
N
[Easter program]

37-03-27 Winnipeg Tribune
Eugene Ormandy will conduct the full Philadelphia symphony orchestra in a special Easter program, Sunday at 1 p.m., on the NBC-KFYR Magic Key hour. Guest soloist will be Elisabeth Rethberg, soprano.

37-03-28 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Metropolitan Star To Sing Over KLO--"Ave Maria," from Verdi's "Otello" and three German songs will be sung by Elisabeth Rethberg when she is heard with the Philadelphia orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting, in the Magic Key of RCA broadcast Easter Sunday, today, over KLO and the NBC-Blue network from twelve to one o'clock. The songs are "Merienlied" and "Hat dich die liede beruhrt," both by Josef Marx, and "Er ist," by Hugo Wolf. The pickup of the Metropolitan prima donna and the symphony orchestra will be from Music Hall, Philadelphia. Originally Miss Rethberg was scheduled to sing from the NBC studios in Radio City, New York.

37-04-04
78
From A Flying Fortress in the Air
N
37-04-04 Lima News
The mightiest fighting ship of the United States Army, in the air over Bolling Field, will be the focal point for the Magic Key program at 2 p.m., over WJZ, when the program leaps continents and oceans in presentation of world features. John B. Kennedy, NBC's roving reporter, will be aboard the Army's giant Boeing "Flying Fortress" to short-wave a report to ground stations for radio distribution as the big ship is put thru complicated maneuvers by its officers and men.

37-04-11
79
A Lover Who Lost
N
37-04-10 Kokomo Tribune
Broadway and the backwoods, Buenos Aires and Berlin, the Americas and Europe--all will be touched Sunday at 1 o'clock when the Magic Key demonstrates its world-wide facilities for talent and feature presentations.

37-04-11 Wisconsin State Journal
From the glittering make-believe of Broadway to the reality of the back woods, from the easy-going life of Buenos Aires to hard-shelled Berlin, the Magic Key program picks up the entertainment heard at 1 today over WIBA, WENR, and WTMJ. From Broadway it presents Dugley Digges and Sara Allgood in a radio adaptation of "A Lover Lost." The backwoods contribution is an old-timer fiddler's contest from the plains of Colorado. Hopping across oceans with the greatest of ease, the Magic Key microphone will pick up the voice of Erna Sack, soprano, from Berlin, and from Buenos Aires will come the music of the typical band of Juan Darienzo.

37-04-18
80
Four Great Composers
Y
37-04-18 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Composers Billed On 'Magic Key'
Four world-famous conductors--Leopold Stokowski, Jose Iturbi, Eugene Ormandy and Charles O'Connell will lead the Philadelphia orchestra on the Magic Key of RCA this afternoon, at twelve noon over KLO and a coast-to-coast NBC-Blue network. The Magic Key broadcast, originating in Philadelphia Academy of Music, will be a prelude to the Philadelphia orchestra's 1937 nation-wide tour sponsored for the second time by RCA-Victor. Stokowski will speak briefly. Marian Anderson, Negro contralto, and Iturbi, who is a pianist as well as a conductor, will be soloists.

37-04-25
81
Richard II - A Scene
N
37-04-24 Hanover Evening Sun
Frank Black will direct the symphony orchestra in the well-known modern composition, "Finlandia," by Sibelius, during the Magic Key hour on WJZ at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
Maurice Evans, star of "King Richard II," will be heard in a scene from that Shakespearean drama. A scene from "Babes in Arms," the new Rodgers and Hart musical comedy, will also be presented, and Tito Schipa, operatic tenor, will sing from Milan, Italy, to complete the hour, regarded by many listeners as one of hte best on the air.

37-04-25 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon--Magic Key--(WIBA, WMAQ, WTMJ):
will feature birthday greetings from Guillo Marconi, in the United States, to his famous father, inventor of the radio, aboard the latter's yacht in European waters.

37-05-02
82
14th National Music Week Special
Y
37-04-28 Warren Times Mirror
RADIO IS PLANNING NATIONAL MUSIC WEEK OBSERVANCE
"Foster Local Music Talent"
    The above is the slogan for the 14th annual observance of National Music Week in the thousands of communities all over the United States. This observance, celebrated annually throughout the nation to honor American composers, will be officially opened by David Sarnoff in an address during the Magic Key of RCA program Sunday, May 2, at 2:00 (DST) over the NBC-Blue network.
    Following Mr. Sarnoff's address, the celebrationof National Music Week on the National Broadcasting Comopany will be inaugurated by the Magic Key of RCA program. The NBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frank Black, will present a selectionof famous compositions by distinguished American composers.
    More than a score of special programs originating from the outstanding local music festivals in the country will be broadsast over the NBC networks during the ensuing week in addition to more than fifty regular NBC programs which will observe the national celebration.
    Highlighted among the local music festivals to be broadcast will be the 70th anniversary program of the New England Conservatory of Music; the Spring Season of the Metropolitan Opera; the Peabody Conservatory of Music Chorus; the Indianapolis Grand Piano Festival and the Boston Pop Concerts.

37-05-02 Wisconsin State Journal
David Sarnoff to Open Nat'l Music Week Today
The Magic Key program, which has spent the last few weeks hopping all over the world picking up unique programs, today settles down at home to present a musical program and David Sarnoff, officially opening National Music week. Included in the musical features of the program will be Rosa Ponselle, Metropolitan Opera soprano singing "Oh Divine Aphrodite" and "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny." Frank Black will conduct the symphony orchestra in "Jubilee" from Chadwick's "Symphonic Sketches," "Old Man River" and "Go To Sleep My Dusky Baby." The program will be aired over WIBA, WENR and WTMJ at 12 noon today.

37-05-09
83
A Coronation Special
N
37-05-08 Santa Cruz Evening News
Sunday 10 TO 11 A.M. KGO--The Magic Key, Frank Black, Milton Cross. 14th Annual Music Week celebration opening.

37-05-09 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Novelist Will Talk Coronation--Kathleen Norris, famous American novelist, will describe the brilliant coronation scene with its flags and bunting, its last minute courtesy practicing and trial professionals, for the Magic Key program this morning from eleven to twelve o'clock over KLO and the NBC Blue network. Mrs. Norris will speak from london The program also will present Efrem Zimbalist, world famous violinist, Jeanne Behrend and Alexander Kelberine, sensational piano team who recently made a successful appearance with the Philadelphia orchestra; Larry Burke, west coast night club, theatre and movie tenor star, and Dr. Frank Black and the NBC symphony orchestra. In addition, a scene from the current Broadway comedy success, "Excursion," will be heard,

37-05-09 Oregonian
KEX Offers Coronation Scene Hour
Kathleen Norris, famous novelist, now in London, will give her impressions of the coronation scene as the feature of the Magic Key program over KEX this morning at 10 o'clock.
    In addition, the hour will present Efrem Zimbalist, violin soloist; a scene from the current Broadway comedy success, "Excursion"; Jeanne Behredn and Alexander Kelberine, piano team; Larry Burke tenor soloist, and Dr. Frank Black and the NBC Symphony Orchestra.
    The Beale Street Ramblers, playing eh famous Beale Street Palace Theatre in Memphis, Tenn., in connection with the Memphis Cotton Carnival, will also be heard. Under the direction of Howard Yancey, they will play the "Beale Street Blues" as their portion of the program.

37-05-16
84
10th Anniversary Tribute to Lindbergh's Flight
Y
37-05-15 Bismarck Tribune
Mischa Mischakoff, internationally famous fiolinist who recently accepted the post of concertmeister for the expanded NBC Symphony orchestra, will perform as soloist for the Magic Key, Sunday, May 16, from noon to 1 p.m. (CST) over the NBC-KFYR network. The brilliant violinist joins Vivian Della Chiesa, NBC lyric soprano; the King's Jesters, Sylvia Clark, the Chicago A Cappella choir and Dr. Frank Black and the NBC Symphony, in the broadcast, which will originate in the Civic Opera House, Chicago.
Another feature of the program will be a tribute to the daring flight of Charles A. Lindbergh from New York to Paris, a decade ago.

37-05-16 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon--Magic Key--WIBA, WENR, WTMJ): Features an international broadcast, commemorating the 10th anniversary of Lindbergh's flight to Paris.
37-05-23
85
Helen Jepson and the Philadelphia Symphony
N
37-05-21 Logansport Pharos-Tribune
Helen Jepson, Metropolitan Opera star, will sing Von Gluck's "O Del Mio Dolce Ardor" as her opening solo with the Philadelphic Symphony Orchestra when the Magic Key of RCA turns to the Quaker City, Sunday, May 23, at 12 p.m. CST. over the NBC-Blue network.

37-05-23 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon--Magic Key--WIBA, WENR, WTMJ): Helen Jepson, Met. Opera star, will be heard singing Von Gluck's "O Del Mio Dolce Ardor" and "The Bird Song" from "Pagliacci," University of Pennsylvania Choral Society will share guestar honors.

37-05-30
86
Memorial Day Special
N
[ Special Memorial Day presentation]

37-05-27 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
As part of its setup for Sunday via WJZ "The Magic Key" is to have a two way conversation between George M. Cohan in London and John B. Kennedy in New York.

37-05-29 Kokomo Tribune
With George M. Cohan, whose "Over There" roused America's millions during the days of the World War, and with a new poetic tribute to the nation's war dead by Arthur Guiterman, the Magic Key will observe Memorial Day, Sunday at noon.

37-05-30 Wisconsin State Journal
12 noon--Magic Key--WIBA, WENR, WTMJ): George M. Cohan, famous actor; Walter Hampden, actor; Paul Draper, dancer; Yoichi Hiraoka, Japanese Musician, will be guestars.

37-06-02 Edwardsville Intelligencer
A trip to Radio City, the mecca of all boys and girls, is part of the award which Daphne DeBruin of Fort Benton, Montana, and Billly Hale of Hixson, Tennessee, judged the outstanding 4-H boy and girl in last year's National 4-H Social Progress Program, will receive late in June. Winners of $500 college scholorships for their work in this contest, which was sponsored by the Radio Corporation of America, they will receive certificates from David Sarnoff, RCA president, at a "Magic Key" broadcast from Radio City on Sunday, June 20.

37-06-06
87
Organist Marcel Dupre from France
Trouble Night
N
37-06-02 Benton Harbor News
Marcel Dupre, French organist who is expected to play for the wedding of the Duke Of Windsor and Mrs. Wallis Warfield, has been scheduled as a feature of WJZ-NBC Magic Key Sunday afternoon, playing from his home in France.

37-06-05 Wisconsin State Journal
Duke's Organist to Play On Magic Key Over WIBA
Marcel Dupre, noted French organist who played the wedding music for the Duke of Windsor and Mrs. Warfield Thursday morning at Monts, France, will be featured in the Magic Key broadcast Sunday through WIBA at 12 noon. Dupre will play two numbers on his own organ in his villa at Meudon. Others on the program include Giovanni Martinelli, singing from Milan, Italy; William Primrose, Phil Spitalny's All Girl Orchestra, and Katherine Locke and Jules Garfield, stars of "Having a Wonderful Time."

37-06-05 Freeport Journal-Standard
Giovanni Martinelli, singing from Milan, Italy, Phil Spitalny's all-girl orchestra, the world-famous William Primrose, violinist, and a scene from the Broadway comedy success, "Room Service," will feature the Magic Key program with Dr. Frank Black and the NBC Symphony orchestra, broadcast at 12 noon over WENR.

37-06-13
88
The Proposal Scene from Victoria Regina
N
37-06-13 Wisconsin State Journal
Charming Ruth Bradley, a blues singer with Bunny Berigan's orchestra, will share honors on the RCA Magic Key program today with Helen Hayes, actress, and Margret Brill, harpist. The full hour program, originating in Radio City studios, is broadcast over WIBA and the National network at 1 p.m.

37-06-13 Evansville Courier
Helen Hayes is to enact the proposal scene from "Victoria Regina"' in the WJZ-NBC Magic Key at 12 noon

37-06-12 Kokomo Tribune
Helen Hayes will enact the "proposal scene" from her famous stage vehicle, "Victoria Regina," during the Magic Key program Sunday noon.

37-06-13 Springfield Republican
Helen Hayes to Reenact Scene from Stage Success
To Be Heard in Portion of 'Victoria Regina' During 'Magic Key' Hour
Helen Hayes will enact the "proposal scene" from her ligitmate state vehicle, "Victioria Regina," during the "Magic Key" program over WBZA this afternoon at 2. The dramatic bit will be the first time any part of the play has been performed on hte air since the opening of its log New York run. Other stars to be heard ar Sandor Dved, Rumanian baritone, singing in Vienna; Margret Brill, young American harpist; the Southernaires, Negro Sprituals, and Bunny Berigan and his orchestra, with Ruth Bradley as soloist. Dr. Frank Black will lead the NBC Symphony orchestra in three selections and Milton Cross and Ben Grauer will act as joint masters of ceremony.

37-06-20
89
The Female of the Species
N
37-06-19 Freeport Journal-Standard
John Charles Thomas, famous baritone, Kay Thompson and her boys, Xavier Cugat and his orchestra and Margaro Gilmore, legitimate stage star, will assist Dr. Frank Black and the NBC Symphony orchestra when the Magic Key program is presented on WENR at 12 noon. IN addition, John B. Kennedy will be heard from Washington, D.C., visiting the United States weather bureau. During the broadcast, Charles L. Mitchell, principal meteorologist of the bureau will describe the far-flung activities of the division in the co-ordination of weather information.

37-06-20 Oregonian
Stars Appear On Magic Key
John Charles Thomas, famous baritone; Key Thompson and Her Boys, Xavier Cugat and his orchestra, and Margalo GIlmore, legitmate state star, will assit Dr. Frank Black and the NBC Symphy Orchestra when the Magic Key swings across the talent world this morning from 10 to 11 o'clock on KEX.
    In addition John B. Kennedy, RCA's Flying Reporter, will be heard from Washington, D.C., visiting the United States weather bureau. During the broadcast Charles L. Mitchell, principal meterologist of the bureau, will descripe the far-flung activities of the division in the coordination of weather information.
    Miss Gilmore will provide the dramatic portion of the program. She is a member of the cast of "The Women," Broadway state success, and will give the Magic Key a playlet entirled, "The Female of the Species," a vehicle which was written by Adlyn Buhness especially for radio.

37-06-20 Wisconsin State Journal
John Charles Thomas, famous baritone; Kay Thomposon and her boys; Xavier Cugat and his orchestra, and Margaro Gilmore, stage star, will assist Dr. Frank Black and the symphony as the Magic Key of RCA swings across the talent world at 12 noon today over WIBA. In addition, John B. Kennedy, RCA's Flying Reporter, will be heard from Washington, visiting the weather bureau.

37-06-27
90
Lucrezia Bori and 4-H Award Winners
N
37-06-27 Wisconsin State Journal
Mischa Misakoff, concertmeister of the new NBC symphony orchestra, will appear as a guest soloist on the Magic Key program from 12 to 1 p.m. today over WIBA and the National netowrk. As concertmeister Mischakoff will be assosicated with Arturo Toscanini and Artur Rodzinski in the forthcoming radio concerts.

37-06-27 Oregonian
Lucrezia Bori To Be Heard On Magic Key
    Lucrezia Bori, famous lyric soprano, will be one of the headliners of an all-star cast to be ehard on the Magic Key program this morning at 10 o'clock over KEX.
    Mischa Mischakoff, concertmeister of the augmented NBC Symphony orchestra; Sheila Barrett, monologist; Jan Peerce, NBC tenor, and Richar Himber and his orchestra will also be heard on the Magic Key program with Frank Black and the NBC Symphony orchestra.
    On behalf of David Sarnoff, president of the Radio Corporation of America, Milton J. Cross will present $500 college scholarshop awards to the nation's outstanding girl and boy membes of the 4-H Club. The club members are" Daphne Debruin of Fort Benton, Mont., and Bill Hale of Hixon, Tenn., winners of special prizes in the 1936 National 4-H Social Progress contest, sponsored by RCA and its services, the National Broacasting Company and RCA-Victor.
    In addition, John B. Kennedy, NBC's Flying Reporter, will be heard from Camden, N.J., where he will descsribe to the radio audience details of 1938 radio and the wonders of modern science which they incorporate.

37-06-27 San Bernardino County Sun
Among the stars to be heard on the Magic Key program over KECA between 10 and 11 a.m. will be
Lucrezia Bori, internationally known lyric soprano, formerly with the Metropolitan opera company. Others will include Sheila Barrett, monologist; Mischa Mischakoff, concertmeister of the NBC orchestra; Jan Pierce, tenor; Richard Himber and his orhestra, and Dr. Frank Black and the orchestra.

37-07-04
91
Scenes and Music from Make A Wish



Y
[Fourth of July program]

37-07-04 Wisconsin State Journal
Bobby Breen, boy soprano, Marion Claire, grand opera and radio soprano, both stars of the new motion picture "Make a Wish," and Gertrude Berg, author of the original story, will present highlights and music from the picture on the Magic Key program at 12 p.m. today over the NBC network and WIBA. The Goldman Band, internationallly famous for its interpretations of martial music, and the Revelers, one of radio's oldest and best known radio quartets, will assist Dr. Frank Black and the Magic Key orchestra in the musical portion of the program, which will terminate with a community sing of "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

37-07-04 San Bernardino County Sun
Bobby Breen, Irvin S. Cobb, The Revelers and Marion Claire, with John B. Kennedy describing the Boy Scout Jamboree at Washington will headline the Magic Key broadcast over KECA at 10 a.m. Martial music will be produced by the Goldman band and Dr. Frank Black's orchestra.

37-07-04 New York Times
2:00-3:00-Symphony Orchestra; Goldman Band; Irvin S. Cobb, -Humorist, and Others-WJZ.

37-07-11
92
Only A Bird In A Gilded Cage
N
[ Summer Cycle of The Magic Key begins]

37-07-11 Wisconsin State Journal
Seven new features, led by the romantic French singer, Jean Sablon, and Dr. Frank Black and the orchestra, will comprise the talent for the Magic Key program at 12 p.m. today over WIBA. A second new feature, to be heard during the summer months on the Magic Key, will make its debut Sunday. Old song dramatizations, written by Edmund Birnbryer of the NBC script division, will offer the story, in music and dialogue, of tunes dear to the heart of all Americans. In deference to weather conditions throughout the United States, the Magic Key will offer its audience a visit to Iceland as another special feature of the program. The program also will present the Metropolitan Opera star Susanne Fisher, soprano; Shep Fields and his orchestra, and the Kidoodlers, a novelty instrumental group. Milton Cross and Ben Grauer will act as joint masters of ceremony.

37-07-11 Richmond Times Dispatch
Magic Key Has Seven Point Program
Tex O'Rourke, humorist and lecturer, will be heard as a guest member of the Magic Key cast when the Key turns to seven features during the hour broadcast at 1 o'clock this afternoon, over NBC and WRTD.
O'Rourke will present Jean Sblon, French singing star who begins a limited engagement for the Magic Key; Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra' Susanne Fisher, Metropolitan Opera star, and Dr. Frank Black and the Magic Key Orchestra.
    In addition, two special features will be heard; a shortwave visit to Reykjavik, Iceland, for a weather comparison with that existing in the United States, and an old song dramatization featuring "Only A Bird In a Gilded Cage."
    Dr. Black will open the program with the "Knightsbridge March" from London Suite by the English composer Eric Coates. Sablon will follow with "Serenade in the Night," "Where or When," from "Babes In Arms," and "Too Marvelous for Words." Following the visit to Iceland by shortwave, Shep Fields' organization will offer "It Looks Like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane," and "Smarty" with vocal chruses by Bobby Goday. Dr. Black's second number, "The Way You Look Tonight," will conclude the first half of the program.
    The second half of the hour will open with the performance of "Only A Bird In a Gilded Cage," by a special cast and double quartet chorus lead and supported by Dr. Black and the Magic Key Orchestra in orginal orchestrations. The program closes with Miss Fisher singing the Page's Aria, "Nobles Seigneurs," from Meyerbeer's "Les Huguenots," and Schubert's "Hark! Hark! The Lark!" accompanied by Dr. Black and the orchestra.
    Milton Cross and Ben Grauer, the regular announcers of the program, will be heard as usual.

37-07-18
93
The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo
N
37-07-18 Wisconsn State Journal
Negro Singer On Magic Key Show Today
Marian Anderson, world's greatest Negro contralto; Oliver Wakefield, English comedian, and Fairchild and Carroll the piano team from "Babes In Arms," will headline the Magic Key program at 12 p.m. today over the NBC network and WIBA. The three headline features are in addition to the regular highlights of the program--Dr. Frank Black and the Magic Key orchestra, the sensational French singer, Jean Sablon, and the old songs dramatizations. Miss Anderson will sing from Buenos Aires, where she in on tour. She has been heard before on the Magic Key, when she sang with the Philadelphia Symphony orchestra under the baton of Leopold Stokowski in the Quaker City convention hall. She has prepared three numbers for the broadcast from South America. Sablon, who made his debut in a limited engagement on the Magic Key last Sunday, sings with a specially instrumented group directed by Dr. Black. He will offer three songs. The old song chosen for the program is "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo." Dr. Black will present the number with a double quartet and a cast under the direction of James Church of the NBC production staff.

37-07-25
94
She May Have Seen Better Days
N
37-07-25 Wisconsin State Journal
Florence Easton, Metropolitan soprano and Efrem Zimbalist, world famous violinist, will join Dr. Frank Black and the orchestra as features of the Magic Key of RCA Hour, at 12 noon on WIBA today. Tex O'Rourke will return to the show as master of ceremonies. Jean Sablon, French singer, also will be heard.

37-07-25 The Oregonian
Opera Soprano and Violinist on Magic Key

    Florence Easton, Metropolitan opera soprano, and Efrem Zimbalist, world-famous violinist, will join Dr. Frank Black and the Magic Key orchestra and the regular Magic Key cast for the program this morning from 10 to 11 over KEX.
    Tex O'Rourke, humorist, will return to the show as master of ceremonies in presenting the newecomers together with Jean Sablon, the French singing star now appearing in a limited engagement on the Magic Key, and the weekly popular Old Songs dramatization. The old song chosen for the program is "She May Have Seen Better Days," a heart-throbbing favorite of the gay 'nineties.

37-08-01
95
The Mansion of Aching Hearts
N
37-08-01 Wisconsin State Journal
Vina Bovy, soprano, and Ozzie Nelson and his orchestra will join Dr. Frank Black and his orchestra, Jean Sablon, French Singer, and Tex O'Rourke, humorist, on the Magic Key of America Broadcast. "The Mansion of Aching Hearts" will be dramatized and set to a special score by Dr. Black. Ozzie Nelson assisted by Harriet Hilliard will play a special modern arrangement. The program comes over WIBA at noon.

37-08-08
96
After the Ball
N
37-08-05 Harrisburg Evening News
Gladys Swathout, Metropolitan Opera star, will be a guest artist on the Magic Key of RCA program to be broadcast from Symphony Hall over the WJZ network of the National Broadcasting Company, Sunday, August 8, at 1 p.m.
Dr. Frank Black, regular musical director of the Magic Key Orchestra, will be in Boston for the program, as will Tex O'Rourke, who continues in his role of master-of-ceremonies. The Magic Key's weekly Old Song dramatization will also be heard, with several other features yet to be announced.

37-08-08 Wisconsin State Journal
Gladys Swarthout, opera soprano, and Jesus Maria Saproma, pianist, will be guestars on the Magic Key program over WIBA at noon. Others to be heard on the program are Tony Russell, ballad singer; Dr. Frank Black and orchestra; Tex O'Rourke, comedian, and a special chorus.

37-08-08 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Gladys Swarthout, Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, and Jesus Maria Sanroma, young Spanish-American pianist, will be heard as leading guest stars when the Magic Key, broadcast over KLO and the NBC-Blue network today from 11:00 to 12:00 a.m., swings to the stage of Symphony hall, Boston. Others to be heard during the hour are Tony Russell, Boston's popular singer of ballads; Dr. Frank Black and a Boston Magic Key orchestra; Tex O'Rourke, humorist; and a special chorus and cast directed by Dr. Black doing another old song dramatization, "
After the Ball" by Charles K. Harris.

37-08-15
97
Gold Will Buy Most Anything
Y
37-08-15 Wisconsin State Journal
Hollywood will play host to the Magic Key today when the Key turns to California for a program featuring Bob Benchley as master-of-ceremonies, Nat Shildret's orchestra, scenes from the movie, "Flight From Glory", and a pickup from Honolulu. The program is aired through WIBA at noon.

37-08-17 Harrisburg Evening News
Frank Black's three-week vacation from the "Magic Key" program is bearing fruit. The NBC general music director spent much of his time tuning in obscure stations on his home radio set and reports that he heard a young pianist on a small local outlet out West whom he intends bringing to New York for a chance at the "big time."

37-08-15 The Advocate
Magic Key of RCA
    Hollywood will play host to the Magic Key of RCA at 12 noon today over the NBC-Blue Network, when the Key returns to California for a program featuring Bob Benchley as master of ceremonies, Nat Shildret's orchestra, scenes from RKO's movie, "Flight from Glory", and a pickup from Honolulu.
    The other feautres to be heard during the hour are Doris Weston, the sensational NBC blues singer who recently appeared at the Radio City Ranibow room; Frank Forrest, Paramounts dramtic high baritone, and a chorus, cast and orchestra in a dramatization of the Old Song of the Week, "Gold WIll Buy Most Anything".
    The scenes from "Flight From Glory," will present Chester Morris, Onslow Stevens and the youthful feminine star, Whitney Bourne, in the parts they played in the movie whish is soon to be released. "Flight From Glory" is Miss Bourne's first starring vehicle. The Honolulu portion of the program will present authentic Hawaiian music by the Ioani Namakueha Serenaders. The leader of the group is blind and was born under a Meile tree in the Pauoa valley on Oahu, learned his music as a child by ear and still lives in the same valley. The will play "Eala o Hawaii", meaning "Awake, Hawaii", and "Kamehameha", a song about the last Hawaiian ruler.

37-08-22
98
Title Unknown
N
37-08-21 Freeport Journal-Standard
John B. Kennedy, flying reporter, will describe a children's fresh air camp and will interview youngsters fighting the battle for good health as the highlight of the Magic Key program at 12 noon on WENR. The classic star of the program will be Marion Telva, Metropolitan opera contralto.

37-08-22 Wisconsin State Journal
John B. Kennedy, NBC's flying reporter, will describe a children's fresh air camp and will interview youngsters fighting for health as a highlight of the Magic Key broadcast over WIBA at noon.

37-08-29
99
My Mother was a Lady
N
37-08-25 Harrisburg Evening News
Tommy Dorsey's Band To Play on Magic Key
Francis White and Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra will be featured on the Magic Key of RCA Hour Sunday, August 29 over the WJZ Network of the National Broadcasting Company. With Tex O'Rourke as master of ceremonies, the Magic Key will again present Dr. Frank Black and the Magic Key Orchestra, the distinctive songs of Jean Sablon and an Old Song Dramatization--"My Mother was a Lady." The Old Song will be interpreted by orchestra and chorus. The entire program will come from the NBC studios in Radio City, Milton Cross and Ben Grauer, as usual, will serve as announcers.

37-08-29 Wisconsin State Journal
Francia White, soprano, and Tommy Dorsey's band will head the guest talent on the Magic Key program this noon over WIBA.

37-09-05
100
Title Unknown
N
37-09-05 Wisconsin State Journal
Richard Crooks, famous operatic tenor, will be the featured artist when the Magic Key turns here and there for its entertainment today at noon over WIBA. Crooks, summering in Maine, will sing from station WHCS in Portland. Among his numbers will be the Stephen Foster selections "Old Uncle Ned" and "Oh, Susannah."

37-09-05 Ogden Standard Examiner
Magic Key To Feature Crooks
Richard Crooks, famous opera tenor, will be the featured artist on the Magic Key program today from 11:00 to 12:00 o'clock over KLO and the NBC-Blue network. Tex O'Rourke, humorist and master of ceremonies; Jean Sablon, Pariaian singer; and Dr. Frank Black and the Magic Key orchestra also will be heard during the broadcast. Crooks, who is vacationing in Maine woods, will be heard from Station WCSH in Portland. Among his solos will be two Stephen Foster compositions, "Old Uncle Ned" and "Oh, Susannah."

37-09-12
101
A Tribute to George M. Cohan
Y
37-09-11 Freeport Journal-Standard
Major General James C. Harbord will be heard over WENR at 12 noon, delivering an invitation to all members of the American Legion to attend the 1937 convention in New York City, September 20-23. "The Magic Key" will pay further tribute to the Legion in presenting on the same program George M. Cohan, an American Legion idol and one of America's best known actors and playwrights, and the 40 voice chorus of the Syracuse, N.Y., post, No. 41, winner of the chorus contest held during the 1936 Legion convention. "The Magic Key" also will present Doris Doe, Metropolitan opera contralto, and Margaret Brill, harpist.

37-09-12 Wisconsin State Journal
George M. Cohan, one of America's best known actors and playwrights, and an American Legion post's chorus team will be featured on the Magic Key program over WIBA at noon.

37-09-19
102
Title Unknown
N
37-09-18 Harrisburg Evening News
An elaborate demonstration of the continuous role radio plays in the preservation of life will be presented on the Magic Key broadcast from WJZ at 1 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

37-09-19 Wisconsin State Journal
Planes over Geneva, Switzerland; Frankfort and Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; London, England; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Spokane; a China Clipper between Wake Island and Guam; and a Java-bound Holland liner over Asia will report their positions in a lightning-like trip around the world on the Magic Key broadcast at noon today over WIBA.

37-09-26
103
Title Unknown
N
37-09-25 Freeport Journal-Standard
TOMORROW
The Magic Key will present Gene and Glenn, the Cleveland Orpheus choir, Wynn Murray, Queena Mario, Pedro Laurenz's orchestra, Jean Sablon and Frank Black and a Cleveland orchestra for the program over WENR at 1.

37-09-26 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Queena Mario, Metropolitan opera soprano, and the Orpheus choir, distinguished choral group, will headline guest talent for the Magic Key when the entire program originates from the music hall of the public auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, today, from 12 to 1 p.m. over KLO and the NBC blue network. Frank Black and the Magic Key orchestra, Jean Sablon, barition, and Tex O'Rourke, master of ceremonies, also will be heard,

37-10-03
104
Title Unknown
N
37-10-02 Freeport Journal-Standard
An educational feature of international aspect will be heard on a regular schedule beginning Sunday, at 1:00 over WENR, when the "Magic Key" will inaugurate a series of interviews between Linton Wells, Journalist, in New York, and newspaper correspondents abroad. The initial interview will present Wells in an authoritative discussion of the imminence of war in Europe with the chief European correspondent of the New York Times, Frederick T. Birchall, who will be speaking from Geneva, Switzerland.

37-10-03 Wisconsin State Journal
An educational feature of international aspect will be heard on a regular schedule beginning today at 1 p.m. over WIBA, when the Magic Key will inaugurate a series of interviews between Linton Wells, journalist, in New York, and internationally known newspaper correspondents abroad.

37-10-10
105
Title Unknown
N
37-10-10 Ogden Standard-Examiner
12:00--NBC--RCA Magic Key: Frank Black and the NBC Concert Orchestra; Tex O'Rourke; Tune Twisters; Jolly Coburn Orchestra; John Charles Thomas; Linton Wells, and Old Time Song Drama.
37-10-17
106
Title Unknown
N
37-10-16 Freeport Journal-Standard
SUNDAY
"The 'Magic Key' turns to Reindeer Point, Greenland." With that phrase, the "Magic Key" broadcast at 1:00 over WENR will take listeners to the arctic for a report from Commander O.J. MacGregor of the arctic expedition, which bears his name. Also included on the program is an interview with Karl H. von Weigand, foreign correspondent, by Linton Wells. In New York, the "Magic Key" will present Mary Small, in a group of popular songs, Dr. Frank Black and his orchestra, and the tenor voice of Rene Maison, French singing star. Milton Cross will be master of ceremonies, assisted by Ben Grauer.

37-10-17 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): from Greenland, Switzerland, New York; Mary Small, Rene Matson, others.

37-10-24
107
Navy Day Observance
N
37-10-23 Fresno Bee
U.S. Navy Will Hold Center Of Broadcast Stage
Demonstrations of how the United States Navy functions will be one of the features of the broadcasts over KMJ, The Fresno Bee radio tomorrow. One of the outstanding parts of the program will be an attempt to communicate with a submerged submarine, the R14, the officers and crew of which will attempt to communicate by radio with the surface as their crash is on the way to the bottom of the sea at New London, Conn., in a "crash dive." The program will be a part of the Magic Key broadcast and be a Navy Day observance. Linton Wells, NBC commentator, will open the naval demonstration in New York by introducing Admiral W. D. Leahy, chief of naval operations, who will give orders for action on the U.S.S. Texas at Norfolk. The program will switch to the Texas where the hustle of the crew will be described. The submarine will follow the visit to the Texas. Wells also will introduce the musical portion of the program in New York on which Elisabeth Rethberg, Metropolitan Opera prima donna, will be the featured vocalist with the Magic Key orchestra.

37-10-24 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): naval demonstration, Elizabeth Rethberg, Tune Twisters.

37-10-31
108
The Lady Has A Heart
N
37-10-31 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Elissa Landi, Vincent Price, Jan Kiepura, Linton Wels, Edgar A. Mowrer, string symphony.
37-11-07
109
From the Chicago Civic Opera House
Y
[2nd half only; no close]

37-11-07 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Gertrud Wettergren, Roy Shield orchestra, Noble Cain choir, Lyon and Marlowe, plectrum band, Eve Curie.
37-11-14
110
Alexander Woollcott, the Town Crier
Y
[Another of the South American tour series]

37-11-14 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Alexander Woollcott, author, playwright and provocative raconteur, will headline the Magic Key program today from twelve o'clock noon to one p.m. over KLO and the NBC-Blue network. On the same program will be Conrad Thibault, the popular radio and concert baritone; Lucrecia Sarria, a Peruvian girl whose soprano voice technique has been delighting American audiences; the Victor Tipia band with Oscar Sepra as soloist, from Buenos Aires, and Dr. Frank Black and the Magic Key orchestra.
37-11-21
111
When They Played the Waltz
N
37-11-21 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Martha Gelhorn, newspaper correspondent in Madrid; Virginia Rea, Margalo Gilmore, others.
37-11-28
112
Opens with Fete Boheme
N
37-11-28 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Vina Bovy, soprano; Edward Davies, baritone; Vic and Sade; Marek Weber and Roy Shield orchestras; Linton Wells; music includes "De Glory Road," works of Meyerbeer, Scarlatti, Gounod.
37-12-05
113
Title Unknown
N
37-12-05 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Gina Cigna, Alec Templeton, Golden Gate Jubilee singers.
37-12-12
114
Title Unknown
N
37-12-12 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Tenor Lauritz Melchoir, Pianist Frank Black, Harpist Edward Vito, presentation of first mobile television unit.
37-12-19
115
The Candle In the Forest
N
37-12-19 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Morizs Rosenthal, 75, pianist; Linton Wells interviews Neil McMillan in Amazon jungles; Joan Edwards sings.
37-12-26
116
The Helsinki University Chorus


Y
[Announces a delay in the appearance by Eleanor Roosevelt]

37-12-26 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Helsinki University chorus, Georges Enesco, Laura Suarez.
38-01-02
117
A Mercury Theatre Scene from Julius Caesar
Y
38-01-02 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Kirsten and Karen Flagstad, Orson Welles; scene from "Julius Caesar."
38-01-09
118
Eleanor Roosevelt from Washington
Y
[Eleanor Roosevelt's rescheduled appearance]

38-01-09 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Mrs. Roosevelt, Linton Wells, Tenor Carl Hartmann.
38-01-16
119
All the Men and Women Are Merely Players
N
38-01-16 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Dame May Whitty and daughter, Pianist Emma Boynet, Linto Wells, glee club orchestra.
38-01-23
120
Title Unknown
N
38-01-23 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Vicente Gomez, Spanish guitarist; Dusolina Giannini, soprano; Linton Wells, Interviewer; orchestra: "Without a Song," "One Fine Day," Voila Sapete," "Dance of the Clowns."
38-01-30
121
Title Unknown
N
38-01-30 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Ezio Pinza sings "Deep River," "Alma Mia," two Mozart arias; Jose Iturbi, pianist; Carol Weyman, soprano; 6,000-mile interview.
38-02-06
122
Excerpts from Pictures At an Exhibition
N
38-02-06 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key--(WIBA, WENR): Philadelphia orchestra and Ria Ginster, soprano; "Praeludium Fugue in F Minor," Bach-Cailliet; "Komm Susser Tod," Bach-O'Connell; "Bella Mia Flema," Mozart; "Er Ists," Wolf; march from "Pathetique" symphony, Tschaikowsky; "Voi Che Sapete," "Non So Cosa son Cosa," Mozart; "Do Not Go, My Love," Hageman; excerpts from "Pictures at an Exhibition," Moussorgky-Cailliet.
38-02-13
123
Title Unknown
N
38-02-13 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Glenn Darwin sings Walter Damrosch's "Abraham Lincoln Song;" Linton Wells speaks from Guatemala City; Sara Allgood and Whitford Kane.
38-02-20
124
Balcony Scene
N
38-02-20 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Helen Jepson, Charles Kullmann, Margalo Gilmore, Linton Wells, Felix Knight.
38-02-27
125
Title Unknown
N
38-02-27 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Bruna Castagna, Ania Dorfman, Linton Wells.

38-02-27 Oakland Tribune
CASTAGNA ON MAGIC KEY
Bruna Castagna, Metropolitan Opera contralto, and Anita Dorfmann, Russian pianist, will headline the Magic Key program today from 11 a. m. to 12 noon, over the NBC-KGO
network.
As further highlights, the Magic Key also will offer Linton Wells, speaking from San Francisco, in a two way international interview with Roy C. Bennett, editor of the Manila Bulletin. Dr. Frank Black conducting his original Magic Key theme song as a production number, and the Revelers, veteran radio quartet.
After studying with Isidor Philipp at the Paris Conservatoire, Ania Dorfmann made her debut at Liege, Belgium. In a remarkably short space of time she became a favorite solo artist of symphony conductors, appearing frequently with Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir Henry Wood, Vladimir Goldschmann, Gabriel Pierne, and others.
Frank Black's original theme song for the Magic Key program which incorporates the idea of the key turning, recently was published as a popular fox trot under the title, "You Are Music," with lyrics by Bernard Maltin and Albert Stillman. Black's decision to publish the song was prompted by thousands of requests for copies from listeners. The number has been used as the Magic Key theme since September 29, 1935. A quartet and soloist will be heard in the song version of the number.
38-03-06
126
Title Unknown
N
38-03-06 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Sarah Allgood, Whitford Kane, Marjorie Lawrence, Carlos Salzedo, Linton Wells.
38-03-13
127
Title Unknown
N
38-03-13 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Gladys Swarthout, Linton Wells, Pianist Hortense Monath, Pasquier Trio.
38-03-20
128
Title Unknown
N
38-03-20 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Ferde Grofe conducts newest work; Yale Glee club.

38-03-19 Oakland Tribune
Ferde Grofe
will be guest conductor on the Magic Key program tomorrow. NBC-KGO, 11 a. m. to noon, and Zinka Milanov, "Met" soprano, will be one of the guest stars.
38-03-27
129
Salute to the Music Educators Conference
Y
38-03-27 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
St. Louis Symphony orchestra, Soprano Helen Traubel; "Elsa's Dream" and "Du Bist der Lenz," Wagner; "I Love You," Grieg; "Coriolanus" overture, Beethoven; "Don Juan," Strauss; scherzo from "Octet in G Minor," Mendelssohn; "The Mastersingers" prelude, Wagner.
38-04-03
130
A Salute to Army Day
N
38-04-03 Wisconsin State Journal
Magic Key Broadcasts Army Demonstration;
Lehman, Eddy to Sing

A graphic demonstration of U.S. Army facilities, including pick-ups from an army substratosphere plane attempting to break an altitude record, from the army's new "flying fortress," from West Point, and from two army bases, will be broadcast during the Magic Key program at 1 p.m. today over NBC-WIBA-WENR. Arranged as a tribute to Army day, the army portion of the hour broadcast will be under the personal supervision of Gen. Malin Craig, chief of staff of the United States army. Lotte Lehmann, Metropolitan Opera soprano, will be soloist with the Magic Key orchestra, conducted by Frank Black, during the first half of the program.
38-04-10
131
The Flagstad Family of Norway

Caption Reads --  The Magic Key program made musical history the other Sunday by presenting, for the first time on the air, the entire gifted Flagstad family of Norway. They are: Kirsten, right, of the 'Met,' Karen, her sister, and their mother.
Caption Reads -- The Magic Key program made musical history the other Sunday by presenting, for the first time on the air, the entire gifted Flagstad family of Norway. They are: Kirsten, right, of the 'Met,' Karen, her sister, and their mother.

Y
38-04-10 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Alexander Woollcott,
Kirsten and Karen Flagstad and their mother, Wallace Carroll of United Press.
38-04-17
132
Lauritz Melchior and Eva leGallienne
Y
38-04-17 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Eva LeGallienne, Lauritz Melchoir; Linton Wells.
38-04-24
133
The Cinncinati Symphony Orchestra
Y
38-04-24 Wisconsin State Journal
12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Cincinnati Symphony orchestra; Eugene Goossens, conductor; Marjorie Lawrence, soprano; "Bacchanal," Goossens (world premiere); "Academic Festival" overture, Brahms; "Divinities du Styx," Gluck; "Dido's Lament," Purcell; allegro molto from "Eroica" symphony, Beethoven; "Fetes," Debussy; three Hugo Wolfe songs.
38-05-01
134
The 15th Annual Celebration of Nat'l Music Week
Y
38-05-01 Wisconsin State Journal
12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Dr. Frank Black's orchestra, John Charles Thomas, glee club in works of American composers.
38-05-08
135
Title Unknown
N
38-05-08 Wisconsin State Journal
12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): "Overture to Spring," Goldmark; allegretto from "Symphony No. 2," Brahms; "Adagio in C Minor," Lekeu; "Pacific 231," Honegger; "Parade," Chasins; fourth movement of "Radio Station WGZBX," James.

38-05-14 Radio Guide
Sundays, 2-3 p.m., NBC-B
Linton Wells, roving reporter for the Magic Key broadcast of the Radio Corporation of America, left New York Last week for a four-month tour of twelve Central and South American countries by airplane, canoe and mule train.
Beginning with the Magic Key broadcast of Sunday, May 8, and continuing for thirteen weeks, he will be heard in eye-witness reports of life and current events in Latin America.
His first broadcast will originate from Managua, capital of Nicaragua, after a hazardous trip over the proposed Nicaraguan canal route.

38-05-15
136
Title Unknown
N
38-05-15 Wisconsin State Journal
12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Cissie Loftus, Leonard Warren, Lew White.
38-05-22
137
Title Unknown
N
38-05-22 Wisconsin State Journal
12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Philadelphia orchestra: "Die Meistersinger" overture, Wagner; "Claire de Lune," Debussy; "Fetes," Debussy; "Tales from the Vienna Woods," Strauss; "Hebraic Poem," McDonald; "Les Preludes," Liszt.
38-05-29
138
An Ode To Memorial Day
N
38-05-29 Wisconsin State Journal
12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Marian Anderson, Arthur Guiterman's "Ode to Memorial Day," Felix Knight, Linton Wells.
38-06-05
139
David, the Giant Killer
N
38-06-05 Lima News
Morton Downey, famous tenor, and Larry Clinton and his orchestra will inaugurate a "lighter" summer series of the Magic Key of RCA when they appear as guest artists during the program on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. over WJZ. Downey, whose voice is as well known abroad as in this country, will act as singing master-of-ceremonies. He will present a humorous Negro sketch, "
David, the Giant Killer," written by Pauline Palmer; the Magic Key orchestra, conducted by Frank Black, and Linton Wells, Magic Key roving reporter, speaking from Lima Peru. Altho he has been featured on countless radio programs and has won a wide reputation for his quick wit and ready banter, Downey has never appeared in the capacity of master of ceremonies on a variety show before.
38-06-12
140
Title Unknown
N
38-06-12 Ogden Standard-Examiner
Linton Wells, Magic Key roving reporter, nearing the half-way mark in his four-month tour of Central and South American countries, will be heard from Santiago, Chile, during the Magic Key program this morning from eleven to twelve o'clock over KLO and NBC-Blue network. Wells, who left New York on April 17, will conclude his journey in August. From Radio City, the program will feature The Magic Key orchestra conducted by Frank Black, and several guest artists.
38-06-19
141
Title Unknown
Where To
N
38-06-19 Lima News
Rudy Vallee will make one of his rare appearances on a program other than his own when he is heard as guest star of the Magic Key of RCA program on Sunday, at 1:00 p.m., over WJZ. Vallee, who is heard each week over NBC networks as master of ceremonies of the Royal Desserts Hour, will join the Songsmiths quartet, and Frank Black's Magic Key orchestra on the program. Linton Wells, roving reporter, speaking from Montevideo, Uruguay, will bring Magic Key listeners another of his eye-witness accounts of life and current events in Latin America. Wells, who left New York on April 17, has been reporting latest developments in South and Central America during weekly Magic Key programs. He will return to the United States in August, after completing his four-month tour.

38-06-19 New York TImes
2:00-3:00--Concert Orchestra; Rudy Vallee and Ann de Ohla, Songs; Georges Barrere, Flute; Yella Pessi, Harpsichordist--WJZ
38-06-26
142
Title Unknown
N
38-06-26 Lima News
Bob Hope, radio and musical comedy star, and Bunny Berigan's orchestra, currently one of the most popular bands in the country, will headline the Magic Key of RCA program on Sunday, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., over WJZ. Rose Marie, a grown-up edition of the precocious little songstress, Baby Rose Marie, will be a guest artist on the full-hour variety program, which also presents Linton Wells, Magic Key roving reporter, in an on-the-spot news report from Buenos Aires, and the Magic Key orchestra, conducted by Frank Black, NBC general music director.
38-07-03
143
The Blue and Gray 75th Anniversary
N
38-07-03 Lima News
A gala variety hour, headed by Igor Gorin, young Russian baritone, Larry Clinton and his orchestra, and Irving Caesar, who will introduce another "Song of Safety," will be presented during the Magic Key of RCA program on Sunday, at 1:00 p.m., over WJZ. The Magic Key also will turn to historic Gettysburg, Pa., for an on-the-spot broadcast from the famous battlefield whre the veterans of the Blue and the Gray will be meeting on their 75th anniversary, and also to Rio de Janeiro, for a news broadcast by Linton Wells, Magic Key roving reporter. The Magic Key Orchestra, conducted by Frank Black, and the Revelers, veteran radio quartet, will round out the full-hour broadcast.
38-07-10
144
George Gershwin Tribute
N
38-07-10 Wisconsin State Journal
Radio Pays Trubute to Gershwin Tonight in Programs of His Music--On the eve of the first anniversary of George Gershwin's death, radio will pay tribute to the American composer's memory in three programs devoted to his music. 12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Nathaniel Shilkret conducts all-Gershwin concert, with Jane Froman, Felix Knight, Sonny Schuyler.
38-07-17
145
Title Unknown
N
38-07-17 Wisconsin State Journal
12 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WMAQ): Cornelious Skinner, Linton Wells, and Hal Kemp's orchestra make up the menu.
38-07-24
146
Title Unknown
N
38-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Philadelphia orchestra; Eugene Ormandy, conductor; Charles O'Connell, guest conductor; Edward Roeker, Jr., baritone; De Glory Road," spiritual; "Die Fledermaus" overture, Strauss; interlude and dance from "La Vida Breve," "DeFalla; "Londonderry Air," Grainger; cakewalk from "Cakewalk Symphony" McDonald; "Minstrels," Debussy; variations on "Pop Goes the Weasel," Caillet; excerpts from "Tannhauser" and "The Mastersingers," Wagner.
38-07-31
147
Title Unknown
N
38-07-31 Wisconsin State Journal
12 n.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Imperial Marimba Symphony orchestra; Roy Shield orchestra; Edward Davies; Vic and Sade; Vass family; Linton Wells in Havana.
38-08-07
148
Title Unknown
N
38-08-07 Wisconsin State Journal
12 n.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Gladys Swarthout, soprano, today's main attraction.
38-08-14
149
Title Unknown
N
38-08-14 Wisconsin State Journal
12 n.--Magic Key (WIBA, FENR): Sara Allgood, Whitford Kane, Susanne Fisher, Clifford Menz, Sammy Kays orchestra.
38-08-21
150
Title Unknown
N
38-08-21 Wisconsin State Journal
12 n.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Doris Doe, contralto; Cesare Sodero, Jr., 11-year-old violinist; Larry Clinton orchestra; Todor Mazaroff, Bulgarian tenor; Clifton Fadiman; Franklin P. Adams.
38-08-28
151
Title Unknown
N
38-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal
12 n.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Col. Stoopnagle, Conrad Thibault, Beveridge Webster, Harriet Hilliard, Ozzie Nelson's orchestra, Golden Gate quartet, Frank Black's orchestra.
38-09-04
152
Title Unknown
N
38-09-04 Wisconsin State Journal
12 n.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Ireene Wicker; Pauline Lord, Marion Telva, Tommy Dorsey's and Frank Black's orchestras, Critic Clifton Fadiman.
38-09-11
153
Title Unknown
N
38-09-11 Wisconsin State Journal
12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Clifton Fadiman, master of ceremonies; Grete Stueckgold, soprano; Sara Allgood and Whitford Kane from the stage; Luboshutz and Nemnoff, pianists; Gray Gordon's orchestra.
38-09-18
154
A 'Seeing Eye' Demonstration
N
38-09-18 Wisconsin State Journal
12 n.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Efrem Zimbalist; demonstration of Seeing Eye in heavy traffic; Joan Briton, and Billie Halliday, "pop" singers; Artie Shaw's orchestra; Frank Black's orchestra.
38-09-25
155
Paderewski's Debut Over Radio
Y
[The Magic Key's Third Birthday]

38-09-25 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
with Ingace Paderewski, pianist.
38-10-02
156
A Scene from Lightin'
N
38-10-02 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Fred Stone in scene from "Lightnin';" Lotte Lehman in three songs.
38-10-09
--
Pre-Empted
--
[Preempted for the World Series]

38-10-09 Wisconsin State Journal
12:30 p.m.--World Series (WGN): Yankees vs. Cubs on WIBA, WMAQ, WCFL, WBBM at 12:45 p.m.; on WJJD, WIND at 1 p.m.

38-10-09 New York Times
1:45-4:00-World Series-WEAF, WOR, WJZ, WABC.
38-10-16
157
A Scene from Richelieu
N
38-10-16 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Walter Hampden in scene from "Richelieu;" Virginia Rea, Elizabeth Lennox, Alec Templeton.
38-10-23
158
A Salute to Navy Day 1938
Y
38-10-23 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Rose Bampton; "voice of the navy," with pickups from China, France, California, Connecticut.
38-10-30
159
A Bird's Eye View of the Golden Gate Exposition
Y
38-10-30 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): bird's-eye view of Golden Gate exposition; Ebe Stignani, Richard Bonelli, Dino Borgioli, opera singers.
38-11-06
160
Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Y
38-11-06 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Raymond Massey, Helen Jepson, Carlos Salzedo, Clifton Fadiman.
38-11-13
161
Sight Unseen
N
38-11-13 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Lauritz Melchior, Benny Goodman and Budapest String quartet (Mozart's "Quintet in B Flat"), Katherine Locke in "Sight Unseen," Clifton Fadiman, Frank Black's orchestra.
38-11-20
162
Title Unknown
N
38-11-20 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Cellist Emanuel Feuermann, Soprano Margaret Speaks, Actress Minnie Dupree.
38-11-27
163
Title Unknown
N
38-11-27 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Gertrude Lawrence, Rene Maison, Swor and Lulbin, Ransom Sherman, Roy Shield's orchestra.
38-12-04
164
Title Unknown
N
38-12-04 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WMAW): Maria Caniglia, soprano, Sheila Barrett, mimic, and Fairchild and Carroll, pianists featured.
38-12-11
165
Marian Anderson, Eric Blore and Clifton Fadiman
Y
38-12-11 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Marian Anderson, Eric Blore, and Clifton Fadiman appear.
38-12-18
166
Schola Cantorum Christmas Melodies
N
38-12-18 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
John Charles Thomas, baritone, and the Schola Cantorum of New York sing Christmas melodies.
38-12-25
167
Christmas Day Celebration
N
[Christmas Day Program]

38-12-25 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Benjamino Gigli, operatic tenor, the Vienna Choir boys, and Kitty Cheatham.
39-01-01
168
Air Parade Special
N
39-01-01 Wisconsin State Journal
Air Parade Led Today By 'Magic Key' Show Presenting Laughton--Reviews and previews head radio's offerings today. The march of events of 1938 will be reviewed and dramatized on several programs and a preview of what the networks will offer for the new year will be heard. NBC's "Magic Key" heads today's parade with a two-hour program, originating in New York, Washington, London, with pick-ups from six other foreign lands. The program will be aired through stations WIBA, WMAQ, WENR, and WTMJ at 1 p.m. The "Key's" show will include a dramatization by Charles Laughton, and his wife, Elsa Lanchester; president; music by Kirsten Flagstad, Ezio Pinza, Dr. Walter Damrosch, and Larry Clinton's orchestra, and comedy by Olsen and Johnson.
39-01-08
169
A Musical Tribute To Stephen Foster
Y
[Poor, edited recording; Ending clipped and another close spliced on]

39-01-08 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Elsie Janis, actress, Elizabeth Schumann, lieder singer, and Alexander Woolcott, "Town Crier", participate.
39-01-15
170
Cadenza
N
39-01-15 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
the stage and screen will be represented by Margal Gilmore, Sylvia Brema, Robert Wildback, and the "girls trio" from "The Boys from Syracuse."
39-01-22
171
Title Unknown
N
39-01-22 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Indianapolis Symphony orchestra under the direction of Fabien Sevitsky and Lauritz Melchoir, Wagnerian tenor, head hour.
39-01-29
172
A Salute to Victor Herbert
Y
39-01-29 Wisconsin State Journal
Magic Key Program to Observe Anniversary of Herbert's Birth--The 80th anniversary of the birth of Victor Herbert will be commemorated during the Magic Key program when the Victor Light Opera company, conducted by Nathaniel Shilkret, features a full hour of the American composer's works. Soloists to be heard include Morton Bowe, tenor; Anne Jamison, soprano, and Thomas L. Thomas, baritone. Stations WIBA and WENR will air the program in this area.
39-02-05
173
Scenes from A Sunny Morning
Y
39-02-05 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Marjorie Lawrence, soprano; Eva Le Gallienne, actress; Sammy Kaye and orchestra, and Shelton and Howard, comedians.
39-02-12
174
Lincoln Day Appreciation
Y
39-02-12 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Grace Moore, soprano, and Alexander Woollcott, author and commentator, head program.
39-02-19
175
Maggie McShane
N
39-02-19 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Nathan Milstein, violinist, and Sara Allgood, Whitford Kane, and Hiram Sherman, stage actors, head program.
39-02-26
176
An All-Paderewski Program
Y
39-02-26 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Ignace Jan Paderewski, famed Polish pianist, will herald his American tour with a broadcast at 1 p.m. today through NBC-WIBA-WENR.
39-03-05
177
Scenes from Stars In Your Eyes
N
39-03-05 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Jimmy Durante and Ethel Merman in scenes from "Stars In Your Eyes," a pickup from the Pan American "17", and songs by Ezio Pinza, basso.
39-03-12
178
The Hamilton College Glee Club
Y
39-03-12 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Alexander Woolcott, author, and Jan Piepura, tenor, head attractions.
39-03-19
179
School For Scandal - Distant Drums
N
39-03-19 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
seven symphonists play swing tunes; Pauline Lord appears as Lady Teazel; the swing "Mikado" cast and Loretta Lee sing.
39-03-26
180
When the Whistle Blows
N
39-03-26 Wisconsin State Journal
Ancient and modern times will be contrasted today during the Magic Key program when the symbol of the world of tomorrow, the trylon at the New York World's fair, is linked with the ancient Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Tower of London, and the Eiffel tower of France. Commentators will carry on trans-Atlantic conversations from the respective towers. The entertainment portion of the Key program will be highlighted by Nancy Carroll's appearance in "When the Whistle Blows," a whimsical romantic sketch. The programs will be heard through stations WIBA and WENR at 1 p.m.
39-04-02
181
An Action Preview of Army Day
Y
39-04-02 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
a preview of Army day--from land, sky and foreign posts.
39-04-09
182
Easter On the Airwaves
N
[Easter Program]

39-04-09 Wisconsin State Journal
Marian Anderson, Iturbi Star on Easter Airwaves--It's a musical Easter on the airwaves today. Beginning at dawn and lasting until midnight, Easter programs will predominate. Outstanding artists on today's broadcasts include Marian Anderson, Negro contralto, Marjorie Lawrence, soprano, Jose Iturbi, pianist, and Helen Hadley, soprano. Another special event is the appearance of the Philadelphia Symphony orchestra, assisted by the Westminster choir, on the Magic Key program. 1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Philadelphia symphony orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy, with Marjorie Lawrence, Wagnerian prima donna, as soloist.
39-04-16
183
A Salute to Open House Week
N
39-04-16 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): salute to Open House week with John Charles Thomas, baritone, Robert MacGimsey, whistler, and Lulu McConnell, actress.
39-04-23
184
The Hot Mikado
N
39-04-23 Wisconsin State Journal
1 p.m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): highlights from "
The Hot Mikado," with Bill Robinson, others; Bruna Castagna; mimic Sheila Barrett.

39-04-22 Lima News
Frank Black's "Magic Key" hour over the NBC-Blue network Sunday April 23, will feature Bruna Castagna, Metropolitan Opera contralto, accompanied by the symphony orchestra under the baton of Black. Others on the bill will be Shiela Barrett, mistress of mimicry, and Bill Robinson with excerpts from his smash hit, "
The Hot Mikado."

39-04-30
185
A Scene from Katherine Parr
Y
[Special Half-hour program to allow for a speech by FDR at the opening of the World's Fair]

39-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal
12m.--Magic Key (Wiba, WENR):
Robert Morley, Margalo Gillmore in "Katherine Parr"; Jarmila Novotna, soprano.

39-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal
12:30--World Fair Opening WBBM WENR WCFL

39-04-30 Wisconsin State Journal

FDR, Whalen, Lehman,
LaGuardia to Speak
on N.Y. Fair Program
  
    

     Opening of the New York World's Fair and the 150th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration—which it ostensibly honors—will be celebrated on the networks today and tonight.
     Presidcnt Roosevelt, Grover Whalen, president of the fair, Gov. Herbert H. Lehman of New York, and Mayor F. H. LaGuardia of New York City will speak during a broadcast at noon through WMAQ, WGN, and WIND.  The latter half, including the president's address, will be broadcast also by WIBA, WENR, WBBM, and WCFL.
     The Washington anniversary will be marked by broadcast of a dramatic sketch on WENR at 3 p. m.  It will be "First In Peace—Our First President," by Ernest Boyd, author, editor, and diplomat.
     Principal points interest at the fair will be described during the Sunday Evening Hour on WBBM at 7 p. m.  The microphone tour will include the sponsor's building, the federal building, the temple of religion, and the lagoon of nations' fountain display.
     Music will include Dvorak's "Carnival" overture, "The Beautiful Blue Danube," and "Pomp and Circumstance," played by a symphony orchestra conducted by Fritz Reinor, organ solos by Ernest White, and songs by the Hall Johnson choir.
39-05-07
186
16th National Music Week Observance
N
39-05-07 Wisconsin State Journal
David Sarnoff, chairman of the National Music week committee will dedicate the 16th annual National Music week during the Magic Key broadcast at noon today through WIBA-WENR. Conductor Frank Black will present an all-American program with Rose Bampton and Robert Weede as soloists.
39-05-14
187
Who'll Buy My Lavender
Y
39-05-14 Wisconsin State Journal
12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
Jane Cowl, actress, James Melton, tenor, and Casper Reardon, swing harpist, guests.
39-05-21
188
Highlights from Mexicana
Y
39-05-21 Wisconsin State Journal
12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR):
excerpts from "Mexicana," with Cencente Gomez, Tito Coral, Rita Rios, others.
39-05-28
189
Ode To Memorial Day
N
39-05-28 Wisconsin State Journal
12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): George Gaul reads Guiterman's "Ode to Memorial Day;" Ruth Chatterton stars in "The Anniversary;" Joan Edwards and the Southernaires sing; Col. Stoopnagle gets the laughs.
39-06-04
190
Marc Antony and Cleopatra
N
39-06-04 Wisconsin State Journal
12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): New Friends of Rhythm, Eddie Green, the family man.
39-06-11
191
The Tridget of Greva
The Trivet of Greta
N
39-06-11 Wisconsin State Journal
12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): Parker Fennelly, Mark Smith, Bob Strauss in Ring Lardner's "
The Tridget of Greva;" music by Dick Todd, Tune Twisters, symphony orchestra conducted by Nathaniel Shilkret.
39-06-18
192
Title Unknown
N
39-06-18 Wisconsin State Journal
12 m.--Magic Key (WIBA, WENR): The Philadelphia Symphony orchestra with Conrad Thibault and Muriel Dickson as soloists.

39-06-18 New York Times
2:00-3:00--Philadelphia Summer Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, Conductor--WJZ.





39-06-26
193
A Preview of Second Fiddle
Y
[Moves to Mondays]

39-06-26 Wisconsin State Journal
The Magic Key, long a Sunday afternoon feature, makes its Monday debut tonight at 6:30 over station WLS. On the first program of the new series
Irving Berlin, Rudy Vallee, Sonja Henje, Mary Healy, and Tyrone Power will appear in a half-hour preview of the motion picture, "Second Fiddle." From London, Buenos Aires, Hollywood, and New York, orchestras of Jack Harris, Oswaldo Fresdo, Lou Silvers, and Tommy Dorsey will be heard.

39-06-26 New York Times
8:30-9:30--Variety Show: Pick-ups From London, Oslo, Buenos Aires, Hollywood and New York; Entertainment by Screen Actors--WJZ.
39-07-03
194
Opens with That's Right I'm Wrong
N
39-07-03 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Magic Key (WLS): Col. Stoopnagle, Carmen Miranda, Charlie Barnett's band, others.

39-07-03 New York Times
8:30-9:30--Variety Show: Carmen Miranda, Singer; Le Roy Miller, Comedian; Rodgers Sisters, Songs, and Others--WJZ.
39-07-10
195
Title Unknown
N
39-07-10 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Magic Key (WLS): Stuart Robertson, English Basso, and Glenn Miller and his orchestra headline broadcast.
39-07-17
196
Title Unknown
N
39-07-17 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Magic Key (WLS): Sammy Kaye's orchestra, Col. Stoopnagle, Vass family, others.
39-07-24
197
Title Unknown
N
39-07-24 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Magic Key (WLS): Bob Zurke's orchestra makes air debut.
39-07-31
198
Title Unknown
N
39-07-31 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Magic Key (WLS): Melville Clark, amateur harpist, and his wife on the novachord; Helen Jepson, soprano, and Col. Lemuel Q. Stoopnagle, inventor.
39-08-07
199
Title Unknown
N
39-08-07 Wisconsin State Journal
6:30 p.m.--Magic Key (WLS): Lew Lehr encounters Col. Lemuel Q. Stoopnagle.

39-08-07 New York Times
8:30-9:30Varietv Show: Concert, Orchestra; Nathaniel Shilkret, Conductor; Miller Band; Lew Lehr, Comedian; Others--WJZ.
39-08-14
200
Title Unknown
N
[Contrary to the Hickerson Guide, The Magic Key absolutely did not air as a 30-minute broadcast beginning on August 14, 1939]

39-08-14 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Magic Key (WENR): at new hour; Col. Stoopnagle, Eddie Gardner, Shep Fields and Nat Shilkret's orchestras, Rodgers sisters, Bea Wain, Leroy Miller.

39-08-14 New York Times
9:00--WJZ--Variety Show: Concert Orchestra. Nathaniel Skilkret, Conductor; Fields Orch.; Rodgers Sisters, Bea Wain, LeRoy Miller. Songs: Colonel Stoopnagle, Eddie Gardner, Comedy
39-08-21
201
Whisper You Care
N
39-08-21 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Magic Key (WLS): Sheila Barrett, mimic, Vincent Lopez's orchestra, and Felix Knight, tenor guests; Geraldine Farrar's "Whisper You Care" introduced.

39-08-21 New York Times
9:00-10:00Variety: Concert Orchestra, Nathaniel Shilkret, Conductor; Sheila Barrett, Mimic; Lopez Orchestra, and Others--WJZ.
39-08-28
202
The Facts About A Gas-Pipe Organ
N
39-08-28 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Magic Key (WLS): Oscar Levant, Information Please "expert" teaches Stoopnagle the "facts about a gas-pipe organ."

39-08-28 New York Times
9:00-10:00Variety Show: Oscar Levant, Pianist; Harriet Hilliard, songstress; Orchestra, Nathaniel Shilkret, Director; Others--WJZ.
39-09-04
203
Scenes from Golden Boy
N
39-09-03 Wisconsin State Journal
Monday 7 p.m.--Magic Key (WENR): Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Adolphe Menjou, Lee Cobb preview "Golden Boy."

39-09-04 New York Times
9:00--WJZ--Variety Show: Concert Orchestra. Nathaniel Skilkret, Conductor; Colonel Stoopnagle; Chester Orch.; Lowell Thomas Introducing Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden, Adolphe Menjou and Lee Cobb.
39-09-11
204
Tramming At the Fair
N
39-09-11 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Magic Key (WLS): Jessica Dragonette heads guestars; introducing a new composition "Tramming at the Fair."

39-09-11 New York Times
9:00-10:00--Variety Show: Jessica Dragonette, Soprano; Others--WJZ.

39-09-10 Long Beach Independent
JESSICA DRAGONETTE returns to the air following an extensive concert tour tonight on RCA's Magic Key program (NBC-Blue: at 6 pm). Colonel Stoopnagle will be master of ceremonies on the program, which will also feature Bertee Shefter, pianist-composer, and Gray Gordon, Victor recording songster.

OLD TIME fans remember Billie Burke as the lovely redheaded glamour girl whose vogue was greatest in World War times. Newspaper readers remember her as the wife of Flo Ziegfeld. More recently Miss Burke has been doing character roles in the movies, playing screwball wifes of business tycoons, where she has shown herself adept at comic characterization. Last Week Miss Burke was guest star of the Good News of 1940 program on the NBC-Red network.

39-09-11 San Mateo Times
5:00-6:00—KGO, Magic Key
Colonel Stoppnagle, emcee. Nat Shilkret's orchestra, Le Roy Miller, Cliff, Nazarro, Jessica, Drngonelte, Bert Shefter and Gray Gordon's band.

39-09-18
205
Title Unknown
N
39-09-18 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Magic Key (WENR): Xavier Cugat's band; Dinah Shore, concert orchestra, aviation drama.

39-09-18 New York Times
9:00-10:00--Variety: Concert Orchestra, Nathaniel Shilkret, Conductor; Dinah Shore, Songs, and Others--WJZ.
39-09-25
--
--
39-09-25 Wisconsin State Journal
7:00--Order of Adventurers--WLS

39-09-25 New York Times
9:00--WJZ--Roth Orchestra
9:30--WJZ--Senator H. Styles Bridges "Road to Peace"
9:45--WJZ--Jules Dubois, Speaking From Panama Peace Conference

39-10-02
--
--
39-10-02 New York Times
9:00-9:30--Bishop Bernard J. Sheil of Chicago - "American Youth and the Europeon War."--WJZ.






The Magic Key of RCA Radio Program Biographies




Dr. Frank Jeremiah Black
[Preston DuPre, Cyril Crossing, and some 20 other noms de plume]
Vaudeville, Stage, Radio, Television, and Film Composer, Arranger, Conductor; Music Historian
(1894-1968)

Birthplace:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Education:
Haverford College, PA; University of Pennsylvania; PhD (h.c.), Missouri Valley College

Radiography:
1927 The Revelers
1932 Big Six of The Air
1934 The Lucky Strike Music Hall
1934 The Pause that Refreshes
1936 The Magic Key
1937 Carnation Contented Hour
1938 The Cities Service Concerts
1939 Great Plays
1940 The White Cliffs
1941 Frank Black Presents
1942 Plays for Americans
1942 This Is War
1942 Command Performance
1943 Music of The New World
1943 Words At War
1948 Carnegie Hall Concerts
1941 The Treasury Hour
1941 Frank Black Presents
1941 NBC's 15th Anniversary Party
1941 Music Every American Knows
1942 Plays For Americans
1942 NBC Summer Symphony
1942 Command Performance
1942 Music Of the New World
1943 Words At War
1943 General Motors Symphony of the Air
1944 The Cleveland Symphony
1944 The NBC Symphony Orchestra
1945 The Gus Haenschen All String Orchestra
1946 NBC Parade of Stars
1953 Cadillac Choral Symphony
1955 Anthology
1957 Recollections At Thirty
Dr. Black was NBC's Director of Music for 14 years
Dr. Black was NBC's Director of Music for 14 years

Dr. Frank Black conducted the all-male, 22-voice Cadillac Choral Symphony
Dr. Frank Black conducted the all-male, 22-voice Cadillac Choral Symphony

Frank Black (right) discusses arrangements with Irving Berlin (1936)
Dr. Frank Black (right) discusses arrangements with Irving Berlin (1936)

Dr. Frank Black conducting circa 1937
Dr. Frank Black conducting circa 1937

Dr. Black served as ABC's Music Director in 1948
Dr. Black served as ABC's Music Director in 1948


Pennsylvnia-born Frank Jeremiah Black was the son of a Quaker dairyman. As a boy, Frankie Black had earned extra income by playing the upright piano at the area nickelodeon. Eschewing the family dairy business, Frank Black enrolled instead at nearby Haverford College to pursue a degree in Chemistry. Black rediscovered Music while in college. His new found passion for Music took him to New York where he reportedly studied under renowned Hungarian pianist and composer, Rafael Joseffy.

When it came time to pay the bills Frank Black applied his talents to scoring for vaudevillians and other odd journeyman music work. Bu the age of 21, his growing reputation found him scoring music for Tin Pan Alley and Broadway. Between 1921 and 1926 Frank Black was scoring music, writing arrangements, and directing Broadway and off-Broadway musicals for George and Ira Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, Jerome Kern and Florence Ziegfeld.

In 1926 Frank Black began working with The Revelers, a popular male quartet of the era. Black's arrangements for The Revelers propelled the group to several hit recordings of the era and a 1927 Vitaphone Short, The Revelers. Frank Black later applied his experience scoring for The Revelers' close-harmony arrangements to several series' featuring even larger male choruses for the following 25 years.

From the February 13th, 1939 issue of Time Magazine:

Monday, Feb. 13, 1939
Radio: Old Timer

     In the young business of radio, the oldest continuous network commercial program is the Cities Service Concert (age 12), selling motor oil and gasoline. Last week Cities Service signed up for its 13th year over NBC. Like many another radio old timer, the Cities Service program got its start with Graham McNamee announcing. First feature was silvery Edwin Franko Goldman's cornety band. When the program was a half-year old, Canadian Conductor Rosario Bourdon took over, be gan making the Cities Service hour the big-time show it is today. He handed the baton over last February to Dr.* Frank Jeremiah Black, an old timer, too.

     Frank Black will conduct the Cities Service hour 52 Friday nights. He will also continue to be NBC's musical director, conduct the RCA Magic Key concerts Sunday afternoons, run his NBC string symphony this summer, oversee NBC's vast music library, dash off arrangement — popular or high-brow — which are the envy of the profession. For all this he will collect some $100,000.

     A whimsical, greying man of 44, Philadelphia-born Frank Jeremiah Black can look back through his heavy horn-rimmed cheaters on 25 adventurous years in music As a boy he played the piano in a nickelodeon. University of Pennsylvania turned him out a chemist, but piano-pounding in a Harrisburg hotel offered better money. From then on he stuck to music, studied under Organist Charles Maskill and Pianist Rafael Joseffy, applied this talent to writing vaudeville songs, editing for a Philadelphia music publisher, and running his own player piano roll company. He used to pound rolls out by the yard, under some 20 different names—Preston Dupre for the classics, Cyril Crossing for tangos, other Frenchy names for "saluts d'amour," etc. In 1916 he came to Broadway and Tin Pan Alley, arranged and directed musicals for Jerome Kern, Rudolf Friml, Ziegfelu, Rodgers & Hart, Gershwin. He arranged the swipes that made the Revelers quartet a popular and much plagiarized sensation in the late '20s.

     Most exciting season in Frank Black's career was 1936-37. With the Carnation Milk program to direct in Chicago Monday nights and the Magic Key in Manhattan Sundays, he commuted by air between the two cities for 58 weeks. To give air travel its due, he never missed an engagement. But in those 58 weeks, he "ran the entire gamut of airplane adventure except for being killed." He was gashed and kayoed when bumpy air over the troublesome Nittany Mountains conked him against an overhead baggage rack. He once watched ambulances gather below him at Newark when his ship could not get its landing gear down. He weathered innumerable forced landings and is one of the few air travelers who ever landed on an airport backwards. On that occasion the pilot overshot Chicago airport, bounced off the far end of the runway, cleared an embankment, and fetched up in a soggy meadow. The passengers sat, wondering what next, when suddenly the grounded airliner started backwards out of the swamp, rumbled over the embankment and back on the runway tail first, towed, they soon found out, by an airport tractor. Frank Black, who finds the lofty detachment of air travel just the ticket for writing arrangements, still likes to fly.

*Of Music, Missouri Valley College, 1935.





Benjamin Franklin 'Ben' Grauer
(Announcer)
Radio, Television, Film and Stage Actor; NBC Announcer/Narrator
(1908-1977)

Birthplace: Staten Island, New York City, U.S.A.

Education: B.A., City College of New York

Radiography:
1930 The Coca-Cola Top-Notchers
1932 Olympic Games
1933 Thrills Of Tomorrow For Boys
1934 The Baker's Broadcast
1934 Fleischmann's Yeast Hour
1935 Radio City Matinee
1935 The Nellie Revell Show
1935 Ripley's Believe It Or Not
1935 Circus Night In Silvertown
1935 Lux Radio Theatre
1935 The Magic Key
1936 Paul Whiteman's Musical Varieties
1937 The Shell Show
1937 Shell Chateau
1937 The Fact Finder
1938 The Royal Desserts Program
1938 Walter Winchell
1938 Pulitzer Prize Plays
1939 Richard Himber and His Orchestra
1939 The Vitalis P rogram
1940 H.V. Kaltenborn
1940 News Roundup
1952 America Looks Abroad
1940 Behind the Mike
1941 The News From Europe
1941 Sunday Evening News Roundup
1941 NBC Sunday News Roundup
1941 Jergens Journal
1941 The Hemisphere Review
1941 Two Years Of War
1941 Radio City Music Hall Symphony Orchestra
1941 Kay Kyser's Kollege Of Musical Knowledge
1941 The March Of Time
1942 Radio City Music Hall On the Air
1943 Music Of the New World
1943 Mr and Mrs North
1943 Information Please
1943 The NBC Symphony Orchestra
1943 The Fitch Bandwagon
1943 Your Home Front Reporter
1943 General Motors Symphony Of the Air
1944 Treasury Salute
1944 Opening Of the Fourth War Loan
1944 NBC D-Day Coverage
1944 Republican National Convention
1944 Democratic National Convention
1944 We Came This Way
1944 Liberaton
1945 The Harold Lloyd Comedy Theatre
1945 V-E Day Coverage
1945 Atlantic Spotlight
1945 The Charlie McCarthy Show
1946 Alec Templeton Time
1946 A Story For V-J Day
1947 Echoes Of A Century
1947 Home Is What You Make It
1947 Here's To Veterans
1947 You Have To Go Out
1947 Housing 1947
1948 The Chesterfield Supper Club
1948 Guest Star
1948 Living 1948
1948 Author Meets the Critics
1949 March Of Dimes
1949 The Henry Morgan Show
1949 Could Be
1950 The People Act
1950 We Can Do It
1950 The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show
1951 Memo For Americans
1951 The Big Show
1951 Theatre Guild On the Air
1951 Living 1951
1951 American Portraits
1952 The Endless Frontier
1952 The Forty Million
1953 Medicine U.S.A.
1955 Biography In Sound
1955 Best Of All
1955 Guest Star
1956 X Minus One
1956 Recollections At Thirty
1956 Sleep No More
1957 The Boston Pops
1959 Johnny Presents
1959 Meet the Press
1961 Monitor
1962 Democracy In America
1968 New Year's Eve All-Star Parade Of Bands
1973 New Year's Eve With Guy Lombardo
1976 The First Fabulous 50

Ben Grauer circa 1947Ben Grauer circa 1947

A 1932 profile of Ben Grauer cited his acting background since the age of 8.
A 1932 profile of Ben Grauer cited his acting background since the age of 8.


Caption: Ben Grauer not only takes 'em but develops 'em (1938)

Ben Grauer applauds the Boss, Raymond Firestone on accepting an award for The Firestone Hour
Ben Grauer applauds the Boss, Raymond Firestone on accepting an award for The Firestone Hour.

Ben Grauer interviews Tobey Balding a five year old British evacuee during a World War II Broadcast
Ben Grauer interviews Tobey Balding a five year old British evacuee during a World War II Broadcast
Ben Grauer chats with Kukla of Kukla, Fran and Ollie from the TV Show of the same name
Ben Grauer chats with Kukla of Kukla, Fran and Ollie from the TV Show of the same name

Ben Grauer circa 1964
Ben Grauer circa 1964

Helen Hayes sits next to Mrs. Ben Grauer -- Melanie Kahane -- at an unidentified event during the 1960s
Helen Hayes sits next to Mrs. Ben Grauer -- Melanie Kahane -- at an unidentified event during the 1960s

Ben Grauer sits at the Monitor Desk with Miss Monitor on the phone
Ben Grauer sits at the Monitor Desk with Miss Monitor on the phone.


Benjamin Franklin Grauer was born in Staten Island, New York. Already a child actor in films and on Broadway during the 1920s, he began his career as a child actor in David Warfield's production of The Return of Peter Grimm. Among his early credits were roles in films directed by D.W. Griffith.

After graduating from Townsend Harris High School, he received his B.A. from City College of New York in 1930. Grauer started in radio as an actor but soon joined the broadcasting staff of the National Broadcasting Company. Grauer was one of the four narrators, along with Burgess Meredith, of NBC's public affairs series The Big Story, which focused on courageous journalists.

Starting in 1932, Grauer covered the Olympic Games, presidential inaugurations and international events. During the course of his extraordinary radio career, Ben Grauer covered nearly every major historic event, including the Morro Castle fire, the Paris Peace Conference and the US Occupation of Japan.

Upon graduating in 1930, a 22-year-old Ben Grauer joined the staff at NBC. He quickly rose through the ranks to become a senior commentator and reporter. He was the designated announcer for the popular 1940s Walter Winchell's Jergens Journal and was selected by Arturo Toscanini to become the voice of the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Grauer took over in 1940 and remained until it was disbanded in June 1954. Toscanini said he was his favorite announcer.

Grauer provided the commentary for NBC's first television special--the opening in of the 1939 New York World's Fair. In 1948 Grauer, together with John Cameron Swayze provided the first live TV coverage of the national political conventions. In 1956 NBC began broadcasting some of their shows in living color and in 1957 the animated Peacock logo made its debut. It was Grauer who first spoke the now famous words, "The following program is brought to you in living color on NBC," behind the Peacock graphic. During his forty year broadcast career, Ben Grauer hosted numerous TV programs on NBC, including game shows, quiz shows, concerts and news programs.

In 1954, he married interior designer Melanie Kahane.

Millions still remember his NBC coverage of the annual New Year's celebrations on both radio and TV. Between 1951 and 1969, Grauer covered New Years Eve at Times' Square eleven times. Grauer continued covering New Year's Eve for Guy Lombardo's New Year's Eve specials on CBS throughout the 1970s, with his last appearance on December 31, 1976, the year before both he and Guy Lombardo died.

Several years after the death of Toscanini, Grauer and composer Don Gillis (who produced the NBC programs from 1947 to 1954), created the Peabody Award-winning radio series Toscanini, the Man Behind the Legend. Beginning in 1963, it continued through the centennial of Toscanini's birth in 1967. The Toscanini series ran for nearly two decades on NBC Radio and then other radio stations until the early 1980s.

In the last decade before his death, Grauer collected material for a projected history of Prices and Pricing, with special attention to Book Prices. He was active in several professional journalistic organizations as well as the Grolier Club. Grauer had a strong interest in the graphic arts, annually printing his own Christmas cards.

All of the networks produced at least one or two truly memorable network voices, whether as recurring announcers, heavily tapped narrators, or on occasion simply the voice of a familiar newsreader. NBC Radio was particularly blessed in this regard, as were its listeners. CBS had Dan Seymour, and NBC had Ben Grauer. The two were justifiable legends in their own lights at their respective networks.

But Ben Grauer quite literally did it all at NBC. No matter the task--from newswriting or reading to comedy to Toscanini to quiz shows to all day stints at Monitor--and on both Radio and Television. Ben Grauer literally has no equal in the history of Radio and Television as an announcer, and few equals in overall versatility.

The literally thousands of circulating Radio recordings and Television kinescopes or films that bear Ben Grauer's unmistakable signature--crystal clear ennunciation, steady rock-solid delivery, and natural enthusiasm. We miss him now 32 years after his passing and indeed he will always be missed as long as any of his recordings remain available.




Home >> D D Too Home >> Radio Logs >> The Magic Key of RCA