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NBC University of the Air's We Came This Way was produced by NBC-Red key station WMAQ in Chicago
NBC University of the Air's We Came This Way was produced by NBC-Red key station WMAQ in Chicago


Milton Katims provided the music direction for We Came This Way
Milton Katims provided the music direction for We Came This Way


Background

NBC University of The Air presented several educational programs between 1942 and 1948. The subject matter and themes ranged from politics and philosphy, to music appreciation and history. The programming from NBC Univerity of The Air was deemed so instructive that it was incorporated into the curricula of many high schools, colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada during the period. Indeed, Columbia University of New York collaborated extensively with NBC in developing several of NBC University of The Air productions throughout the era.

By far the most interesting and instructive of the NBC University of The Air canon was the We Came This Way series of docudramas tracing the development of the American culture, values, legal system, and ideals from the earliest framework for these aspects of modern society throughout modern civilization.

Chicago's WMAQ, NBC-Red Powerhouse

NBC's midwest key station, WMAQ, Chicago, was one of the more prolific--and successful--programming originators in the NBC Network. Though not quite the equal of NBC's Radio Citys on either coast, WMAQ enjoyed a talent pool every bit the equal of the largest regional key stations in the network. Competing head-to-head with CBS' WBBM, ABC's WENR, and Mutual's W-G-N, WMAQ brought several successful--and popular--local, regional and national programs to Radio throughout the Golden Age:

1927 The Three Doctors
1930 Tony Won’s Scrapbook
1931 Marquette The Little French Girl
1931 University of Chicago Round Table
1932 Kaltenmeyer’s Kindergarten
1934 The Story of Mary Marlin
1937 Don Winslow of the Navy
1941 Author's Playhouse
1942 Fountain of Fun
1944 NBC Universtiy of the Air: We Came This Way
1946 The Dave Garroway Show
1947 Hobby Horse
1948 Destination Freedom
1948 It's Our Turn
1950 Destination Freedom [Paul Revere format]
1950 Uncle Ned’s Squadron
1952 Hello, Sucker
1953 Americana
1954 Case Dismissed
1954 Just For You

While the above list is by no means exhaustive, it gives an indication of the diversity and depth that the station enjoyed throughout its Golden Age of Radio years. Especially noteworthy were the public service programs developed by WMAQ's Department of Education and Public Service. Among the most successful--and collectable--of their public service offerings were WMAQ's long running University of Chicago Round Table, Destination Freedom and Case Dismissed.

NBC University of The Air premieres We Came This Way

The series was inaugurated, appropriately enough, with the history of the signing of the Magna Carta, one of modern civilization's most significant universal ideals of a modern legal system. The Magna Carta became the basis for most of the common law employed throughout the civilized world. Such legal concepts as the rights of the accused and the principle of habeas corpus or "you have the body." It established the rights of anyone held for an alleged crime or infraction to have every aspect of their detention or charges to be recorded and defined for any possible challenges to those actions. Other common laws reasserted by the Magna Carta were in regards to the conveyance of property or land, principles of fair trade and taxation, and provisions for establishing a bond of marriage between a man and woman.

The series continued to trace these earliest principles of a democratic civilization throughout the many significant events and developments from the Middle Ages to the present, that continued to define, inform and shape modern American democracy. Indeed We Came This Way stands the test of time to this day. The genius of the thirty-four programs was their underlying arguments on both sides of every democratic ideal presented throughout the series. Those arguments remain as timeless today as they were seventy years ago.

Series Derivatives:

The World's Great Novels; The American Story; American Novels; The AFRS
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Historical Docudramas
Network(s): NBC [WMAQ, Chicago]
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): None
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 44-10-06 01 Chapter 01 The Magna Carta
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 44-10-06 to 45-10-04; NBC [WMAQ, Chicago]; Thirty-four, 30-minute programs; Fridays, 11:30 p.m., then Thursdays, 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

1955 WMAQ Rebroadcasts
55-01-15 to 55-04-09; NBC [WMAQ, Chicago]; Thirteen, 30-minute programs; Saturdays at 1 p.m.
Syndication: NBC Orthacoustic
Sponsors:
Director(s): Ira Avery, Richard Tate [Director/Producers]
Arthur Jacobson, Homer Hecht, Norman Felton [Directors]
Albert Cruz [Producer]
Principal Actors: Gilbert Mack, Bartlett Robinson, Cecil Roy, Humphrey Davis, Joe DeSantis, Luis Van Rooten, John Merlin, Lon Clark, Owen Jordan, Don Morrison, Grace Keddy, Gregory Morton, Rod Hendrickson, James Monks, Mary Patton, Bernard Lenrow, Lampart Hill, Katina Paxinou, Brian Donlevy, Dana Andrews, Skip Homeier, Alexander Scourby, Arthur Elma, Maurice Tarplin, John Merlin, Martin Wolfson, Don Morrison, David Kerman, John Archer, Rock Rogers, Ruth Amos, Joseph Wiseman, Charlotte Holland, Wilms Herbert, Harvey Hayes, Paul Hughes, Geraldine Kaye, Leonard Smith, Charles Eggleston, William Everett Clark, Haskell Coffin, Ralph Camargo, Arnold Robertson, Frank Dane, Norman Gottschalk, Johnny Coons, Arthur Sedgewick, Jess Pugh, Clifton Utley, Lorette Filbrandt, Wilson Pelletier, Alma Platz, Katherine Payne, Phillip Lord, Fred Sullivan, Leonard Smith, Fred Sullivan, Howard Hoffman, Geraldine Kaye, Tom Post, Gilbert Ferguson, McKay Morris, Claire Baum, Art Seltzer, Sydney Breeze, Henry Sachs, Jane Elliott, Dick Shankland, Virginia Payne, Jim Goss, Murray Forbes, Ronald Van Arsdale, Sidney Mason,
Recurring Character(s): None
Protagonist(s): None
Author(s): None
Writer(s) Morton Wishengrad, Frank Wells, Edith Somnerl, Raphael Hayes, Harry Kleiner, Albert Cruz, Myron Golden, Guy deVrie, Arnold Marquis, Frank and Virginia Wells,
Music Direction: Milton Katims, Joseph Gallicchio [Conductors]
Thomas Peluso, Leo Kampinsky, Dr. Roy Shield [Composer - Conductors]
Emil Soderstrom [Arranger]
Musical Theme(s): Unknown
Announcer(s): Ben Grauer
John W. Vandercook, Clifton Utley [Narrators]
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
34
Episodes in Circulation: 29
Total Episodes in Collection: 29
Provenances:
RadioGOLDINdex, Hickerson Guide.

Notes on Provenances:

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

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The We Came This Way Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
44-10-06
1
Chapter 01 The Magna Carta
Y
[Premiere]

44-10-06 New York Times
We Came This Way: Play, "
Magna Charta"-WEAF, 11:30-12.
44-10-13
2
Chapter 02 The Peasants' Revolt
Y
44-10-13 New York Times
We Came This Way: "
Wat Tyler's Rebellion"-WEAF, 11:30-12.
44-10-20
3
Chapter 03 Freedom In Flanders
Y
44-10-20 New York Times
We Came This Way: "
Peter the Weaver"-WEAF, 11:30-12
44-10-27
4
Chapter 04 The Story of Andreas
Y
44-10-27 New York Times
We Came This Way: Play, "
The Story of Andreas," With Dana Andrews, Skippy Homeier, Others-WEAF. 11:30-12.
44-11-03
5
Chapter 05 Joan of Arc
Y
44-11-03 New York Times
We Came This Way:
Play, "Joan of Arc"-WEAF, 11:30-12.
44-11-10
6
Chapter 06 The Struggle for The Freedom of Men's Minds
Y
44-11-10 New York Times
11:30-WEAF--We Came This Way

44-11-10 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--We Came This Way (WIBA):
drama on ideals of freedom in German life of 16th century.
44-11-17
7
Chapter 07 When the Dutch Broke The Dikes
Y
44-11-17 New York Times
11:30-WEAF--We Came This Way

44-11-17 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--We Came This Way (WIBA):
drama on liberation of Holland.
44-11-24
8
Chapter 08 A Battle Without Armor
Y
44-11-24 New York Times
We Came This Way:
"The Puritan Revolution"-WEAF, 11:30-12.
44-12-01
9
Chapter 09 Voice In The Wilderness
Y
44-12-01 New York Times
We Came This Way:
"Founding of Rhode Island"-WEAF, 11:30-12.
44-12-08
10
Chapter 10 Voltaire's Fight for Justice
Y
44-12-08 New York Times
We Came This Way:
Play, "Voltaire"-WEAF, 11:30-12.
44-12-15
11
Chapter 11 Valley Forge
Y
44-12-15 New York Times
We Came This Way:
"Valley Forge"-WEAF, 11:30-12.
44-12-22
12
Chapter 12 Lafayette, Lamplighter of Liberty
Y
44-12-22 New York Times
We Came This Way:
"Marquis de Lafayette"-WEAF, 11:30-12.
44-12-29
13
Chapter 14 King Louis XVI and The French Revolution
Y
[Announces "Chapter 14"]

44-12-29 New York Times
We Came This Way:
"The French Revolution"-WEAF, 11:30-12.

Announces "
Kosciuszko" as next
45-01-05
14
Chapter 14 Thaddeus Kosciuszko
Y
45-01-05 New York Times
We Came This Way:
"Thaddeus Kosciuszko"--WEAF, 11:30-12.
45-01-12
15
Chapter 15 Poet of Liberty
Y
45-01-12 New York Times
11:30-WEAF--We Came This Way
45-01-19
16
Chapter 16 John Bright
Y
45-01-19 New York Times
We Came This Way:
"John Bright"--WEAF, 11:30-12.
45-01-26
17
Chapter 17 The Carbonari
Y
45-01-26 New York Times
We Came This Way:
'The First Underground"--WEAF, 11:30-12.
45-02-02
18
Chapter 18 How The Common Man Became A Citizen
Y
45-02-02 New York Times
We Came This Way:
"The Common Man Becomes A Citizen"-WEAF, 11:30-12.

Announces "
The Story of Mazzini" as next
45-02-09
19
Chapter 19 Joseph Mazzini
Y
45-02-09 New York Times
We Came This Way:
"Joseph Mazzini"--WEAF, 11:30-12.
45-02-16
20
Chapter 20 A Boy Named Carl
Y
[The story of Carl Schurz, German revolutionary; Last episode of Season One; Announcer advises audience to watch their newspapers for the return of We Came This Way]

45-02-16 New York Times
We Came This Way:
"A Boy Named Carl"--WEAF, 11:30-12.

[Replaced by The World's Great Novels]

45-02-23 New York Times
The World's Great Novels: "Jane Eyre"-WEAF, 11:30-12.





45-07-05
1
Chapter 01 Lincoln, Freedom and Justice
N
[Premiere of second season; replaces Rudy Vallee Show]

45-07-05 New York Times
10:30-11 We Came This Way: Drama, "
Lincoln, Freedom and Justice"--WEAF.
45-07-12
2
Chapter 02 Sándor Petőfi, Bugler of Freedom
The Story of Alexander Petofi
Alexander Petoff
Y
[ Announces second program of new series; Sándor Petőfi, Hungarian revolutionary]

45-07-12 New York Times
10:30-11 We Came This Way: "
Alexander Petofi"--WEAF.

Announces thestory of
Victor Hugo, The Great Exile as next
45-07-19
3
Chapter 03 Victor Hugo, The Great Exile
Y
45-07-19 New York Times
10:30-11 We Came This Way: Drama: "
Victor Hugo"-WEAF.
45-07-26
4
Chapter 04 Walt Whitman, Poet of Democracy
Y
45-07-26 New York Times
10:30-11 We Came This Way: Drama, "
Walt Whitman"-WEAF.
45-08-02
5
Chapter 05 Alexander Herzen and His Fight Against Tyranny
Y
45-08-02 New York Times
11:30-12 We Came This Way: Drama, "
Fight Against Tyranny"-WEAF.
45-08-09
6
Chapter 06 Garibaldi, Hero of Two Worlds
Y
45-08-09 New York Times
10:30-11 We Came This Way: "
Garibaldi, Hero of Two Wars"-WEAF
45-08-16
7
Chapter 07 Kossuth, the Struggle for Independence
Kossuth, the Struggle for Existence
Y
45-08-16 New York Times
10:30-11 We Came This Way: "
Kossuth, the Struggle for Existence"-WEAF.
45-08-23
8
Chapter 08 Leo Tolstoi, Pacifist Revolutionary
Y
45-08-23 New York Times
11:30-12 Drama: "We Came This Way"--WEAF.

45-08-23 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--We Came This Way (WMAQ): "
Tolstoi: Pacifist Revolutionary."
45-08-30
9
Chapter 09 Léon Gambetta, A Republic is Born
Bambetta, A Republic is Born
Y
45-08-30 New York Times
11:30-12 Drama: "
Story of Leon Bambetta" WEAF.
45-09-06
10
Chapter 10 Émile Zola, the Pen Is Mightier than the Sword
The Story of Emile Zola
Y
45-09-06 New York Times
11:30-12--We Came This Way: Drama, "
Story of Emile Zola"--WEAF.

Announces
The Revolt of a Prince as next
45-09-13
11
Chapter 11 Kropotkin, Prince in Revolt
N
45-09-13 New York Times
11:30-12--We Came This Way: Play, "
Kropotkin, Prince in Revolt"--WEAF.
45-09-20
12
Chapter 12 Masaryk, Father of His Country
N
45-09-20 New York Times
11:30-12--We Came This Way: Play, "
Masaryk, Father of His Country"--WEAF.
45-09-27
13
Chapter 13 Wilson--Builder of Peace
N
45-09-27 New York Times
11: 30-WEAF--Drama: We Came This Way

45-09-27 Wisconsin State Journal
11:30 p.m.--We Came This Way (WMAQ): "
Wilson--Builder of Peace."
45-10-04
14
Chapter 14 Song for Franklin D. Roosevelt
N
[Last episode. Replaced by The Story of Music]

45-10-04 New York Times
11:30-WEAF--Drama: We Came This Way, "
Song for Franklin D. Roosevelt"

45-10-11 New York Times
11:30-WEAF--Story of Music: Henry Nosco and Orchestra. Chorus





The We Came This Way Radio Program Log [1955 WMAQ Rebroadcasts]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
55-01-15
1
Title Unknown
N
55-01-15 Chicago Tribune
1:00--WMAQ--We Came this Way
55-01-22
2
Victor Hugo, The Great Exile
N
55-01-22 Chicago Tribune
1:00--WMAQ--We Came this Way
55-01-29
3
Title Unknown
N
55-01-29 Chicago Tribune
1:00--WMAQ--We Came this Way
55-02-05
4
Title Unknown
N
55-02-05 Chicago Tribune
1:00--WMAQ--We Came this Way
55-02-12
5
Title Unknown
N
55-02-12 Chicago Tribune
1:00--WMAQ--We Came this Way
55-02-19
6
Masaryk, Father of His Country
N
55-02-19 Chicago Tribune
1:00--WMAQ--We Came this Way
55-02-26
7
Title Unknown
N
55-02-26 Chicago Tribune
1:00--WMAQ--We Came this Way
55-03-05
8
Title Unknown
N
55-03-05 Chicago Tribune
1:00--WMAQ--We Came this Way
55-03-12
9
Title Unknown
N
55-03-12 Chicago Tribune
1:00--WMAQ--We Came this Way
55-03-19
10
Title Unknown
N
55-03-19 Chicago Tribune
1:00--WMAQ--We Came this Way
55-03-26
11
Title Unknown
N
55-03-26 Chicago Tribune
1:00--WMAQ--Northwestern Presents
55-04-02
12
Title Unknown
N
55-04-02 Chicago Tribune
1:00--WMAQ--We Came this Way
55-04-09
13
Title Unknown
N
55-04-09 Chicago Tribune
1:00--WMAQ--We Came this Way
55-04-16
--
--
55-04-16 Chicago Tribune
1:00--WMAQ--Northwestern Presents






The We Came This Way Radio Program Biographies




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


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.




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