Thursday, May 30, 2013

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Some big 65th anniversaries coming up

Network TV as we know it really got started in the spring of 1948, as all three networks (NBC, CBS, DuMont) began building their weeknight schedules to cover the entire week.  (ABC would join them as 1948 rolled along).
 
CBS had begun a regular newscast and would introduce a new variety show in June called “Toast of the Town”, while NBC was introducing their new variety series “Texaco Star Theater”.
 
In July CBS introduced a new primetime quiz program called “Winner Take All”, the first TV game show produced by a new production company called Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions.  It introduced the novel idea of having contestants compete against each other.
 
And a late afternoon show “Howdy Doody” (actually “Puppet Playhouse”….I am not sure when the name of the show was changed) was so popular that Howdy took a stab at running for President.
 
June 2013 almost marks an historic achievement….Don Pardo begins his 70th year in his association with NBC…(Don’s voice has been heard on NBC in parts of now 8 different decades)
 
Dave Schwartz

Tuesday, May 07, 2013



Reading "Lost Broadway Theatres,"  the section on the Hudson at 141 West 44th, says "CBS bought the theatre in 1934 and converted for use as a radio studio. A glass-enclosed control booth was removed when the house was restored to legitimate theater." 
 
It goes on to say that in '43 the theare was bought by Howard Lindsey and Russell Crouse who did three legitimate shows. In 1950 NBC bought it for $595,000. In '59 they spent $100,000 restoring the Hudson to its former glory.
 
Do you know if this playhouse ever had a number?
 
Here's the list you sent in the late 90s.
CBS Radio Playhouse #1 242 West 45th Street
CBS Radio Playhouse #2 251 West 45th Street
CBS Radio Playhouse #3 1697 Broadway (became Studio 50)
CBS Radio Playhouse #4 254 West 54th Street (became Studio 52)
CBS Radio Playhouse #5 109 West 39th Street (became Studio 51)

Thanks,
--Doug
An answer:

Based on tickets in my collection, I can supply the following information:
  • In 1934, the studio at 139 West Broadway was called the "CBS RADIO PLAYHOUSE".  I have tickets for the June 10 broadcast of "Bond Bread Presents Julia Sanderson and Frank Crumit" and the October 11 broadcast of "Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians".
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  • On November 20, 1934, the studio at 141 West Broadway was called the "CBS 44TH ST. RADIO PLAYHOUSE" on a ticket for "Lavender and Old Lace".  The same studio name is seen on a December 20 ticket for "Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians" (which apparently relocated to the new studio).
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  • On March 22, 1936, the studio at 141 is still called the "CBS 44TH ST. RADIO PLAYHOUSE" for the "Eddie Cantor" program.  There is a large numeral "1" on the right edge of the ticket, although no specific explanation of why.
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  • On May 8, 1936, Socony Oil's "Flying Red Horse Tavern" originated from the "CBS 44TH ST. RADIO PLAYHOUSE" at 141.  This time, the extreme right edge of the ticket reads "PLAYHOUSE 1".  The same is seen on a July 4 ticket for "Your Hit Parade" and a July 27 ticket for "Pick and Pat in Pipe Smoking Time". 
I have no tickets originating from the studio after that.
 
Rick Paine
Here is one I missed!

From: Doug Douglass [mailto:dougdouglass at msn.com]
Sent: Monday, March 25, 2013 12:48 PM
To: David Schwartz
Subject: CBS Radio Playhouse on 44th
 
Reading "Lost Broadway Theatres,"  the section on the Hudson at 141 West 44th, says "CBS bought the theatre in 1934 and converted for use as a radio studio. A glass-enclosed control booth was removed when the house was restored to legitimate theater." 
 
It goes on to say that in '43 the theatre was bought by Howard Lindsey and Russell Crouse who did three legitimate shows. In 1950 NBC bought it for $595,000. In '59 they spent $100,000 restoring the Hudson to its former glory.
 
Do you know if this playhouse ever had a number?
 
Here's the list you sent in the late 90s.
CBS Radio Playhouse #1 242 West 45th Street
CBS Radio Playhouse #2 251 West 45th Street
CBS Radio Playhouse #3 1697 Broadway (became Studio 50)
CBS Radio Playhouse #4 254 West 54th Street (became Studio 52)
CBS Radio Playhouse #5 109 West 39th Street (became Studio 51)

Thanks,
--Doug

Sunday, May 05, 2013

More sad news


I just received this from Harold Schutzman.
Mort Smith passed in March 2013.
I have no other information at this time.

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Sad news...
Irwin's wife, Pearl has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
She passed on Sunday, May 5th.
The funeral will be at:
Gutterman's  (across from King's Plaza) located at:
25-76 Flatbush Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
718-284-1500
Tuesday, May 7th at 10:00 A.M.

The family will be receiving guests at their apartment, located at:
1329 West 7th. Street
Brooklyn, NY  11204
(718) 232-3633
on Wednesday and Thursday,
from 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Thursday, May 02, 2013


Received sad news from family members:
Robert Stephenson passed away September, 2012.
 
Tore Aasheim passed away October, 2010.
 
From Tony Casola