October 3, 2013

Radio Broadcasts – Classic Shows

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With the invention of the Radio and when Radio Waves first aired, in the dawn of the 21st century, the primary form of entertainment, which then was Classic Theatre Acts, reached the homes of the handful of those which could afford the technology. Classic Theatre plays and Acts formed the essence of entertainment Radio, which became a huge success during the time. Though the periods of airtime were less, people most looked forward to when famous characters from Classics were portrayed in vivid images within their rapt minds.

On Dec 24, 1906, the first Radio Broadcast aired nationally, and by 1920, Entertainment programs of various kinds, Football Championships, News Shows and commercials soon developed and joined the band wagon. Then Detroit’s Radio Station called 8MK and Pittsburgh’s KDKA were well known. The Golden Age of Radio had formed, and hundreds of entertainment programs, ranging from comedies, horror shows to Music recordings and Sports broadcasts dominated the country’s air waves. Most broadcasts aired live from Radio studios, since recordings then, being new technology, proved very expensive. During World War II, The US Army created its own Radio Station, solely meant for army personnel and their families all around the world.

During the 1930s and 1940s, unlike commercials are tapped the way it is now, Big Band Music shows were sponsored as a whole by an interested company. Big band music shows were broadcast throughout the country, on shows such as The Planters Pickers, The A&P Gypsies, The Yeast Foamers and The Silvertown Cord Orchestra. It was during this time that comedy shows exploded and the world was introduced to well known shows performed by personalities such as Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Billie Burke, Jimmy Durante, Bob Burns, Groucho Marx, Bob Hope, and more. Abbott and Costello, Amos ‘n’ Andy and Mel Blanc tried new different styles to impress listeners. Serials like The Lone Ranger, Sherlock Holmes, Broadway hits like the Aldrich Family, comic strips like Popeye, Li’l Abner and Little Orphan Annie became sensations during the time.