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The Dogcast: Phil Harris/Alice Faye To Brighten Your Old Radio Fun!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with one of my favorite old radio comedies. The Phil Harris/Alice Faye show was a spinoff from The Jack Benny Program. Phil Harris is best known as Benny’s boozy band leader and he was so popular he got his own show sponsored by Fitch Shampoo (appropriately called “The Fitch Bandwagon”) It was a slice of life show that feature Phil, his movie star wife Alice Faye, their children and a whole cast of characters. Highlights were Elliot Lewis as Phil’s buddy Frank Remley and Walter Tetley as mishevious grocery boy Julius. These two shows are from the 1947 season of “The Fitch Bandwagon” but in 1948 they’d change sponsors and work for Rexall Drugs. Later in the run the show was sponsored by RCA Victor. Enjoy these two episodes and hopefully they bring a smile to your face. So Sayeth The Kendog!

The Fitch Bandwagon – Will Benny Renew Phil’s Contract – 3/9/1947
The Fitch Bandwagon – Annual Christmas Show – 12/21/47

The Dogcast: Some “Suspense” For Your Old Radio Listening Pleasure!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with some more old radio goodness! This week I thought it would be fun to present a couple of episodes from the legendary series “Suspense.” Starting in the 1940s and running all the way into the 1960s, making it the premiere mystery series on the radio. Luminaries such as Orson Welles, Agnes Morehead, and even Jack Benny took their turns on the famous series and it has a number of classic episodes. Enjoy these two and feel free to comment either below or on my Facebook page! So Sayeth The Kendog!

Suspense – The Kettler Method -9-16-1942
Suspense – One Hundred In The Dark – 9-30-1942

The Dogcast: “It’s A Wonderful Life” On Radio For Your Christmas Pleasure!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with some more old radio fun. In honor of the Christmas holiday I thought I’d give to you fine folks a couple of radio versions of the classic Frank Capra film “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The Jimmy Stewart-led classic is now a staple of holiday programming and it’s message of hope is more relevant than ever. Here I have two versions. The first features Jack Benny and his gang doing their slightly off-kilter version of “It’s A Wonderful Life” back in 1947. The second is is a Screen Director’s Playhouse version of the film from 1949 starring Jimmy Stewart in the radio version of one of his most famous screen roles. It also features Arthur Q. Bryan as Clarence The Angel. Good Stuff. So enjoy and Merry Christmas to everyone! So Sayeth The Kendog!

The Jack Benny Program – It’s A Wonderful Life – 2/2/1947
The Screen Director’s Playhouse- It’s A Wonderful Life – 5/8/1949

The Dogcast: Burns & Allen Plus Jack Benny Equals Comedy Gold!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with some old radio comedy classic programming to enliven your weekend. This week we’ve got a couple of Burns & Allen programs from 1943 featuring legend Jack Benny as a guest star. These two programs involve Jack at a beauty parlor being caught by Gracie and the blackmail that follows. Enjoy the programs and feel free to comment either below or on my Facebook page. So Sayeth The Kendog!

Burn & Allen – 11/2/1943
Burns & Allen – 11/9/1943

The Dogcast: Mel Blanc At His Best On His Own Show!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with some more old radio fun. In honor of the Tom & Jerry flick making its way to HBO Max today, I thought I’d throw in some classic Mel Blanc. Blanc, of course, didn’t voice Tom & Jerry, but he was the legendary voice of the Warner Brothers cartoons. Not only that, but he was a busy performer on various radio shows, including Jack Benny, Burns & Allen, The Judy Canova Show, and Abbott & Costello. He also had his own show for about a year that was really popular. He had to quit because he was just too busy with other projects. Here are a couple of shows for your listening pleasure. (Trust me, it’s more enjoyable than the new Tom & Jerry movie). Enjoy and feel free to comment here or on my Facebook page. So Sayeth The Kendog!

Birthday Card Promotion-Mel Blanc
The Efficiency Expert-Mel Blanc