The Jack Benny Program : 1950s Radio Comedy in 320 Kbps High Quality.
Old Time Radio comedy starring comedian Jack Benny. With Mary Livingstone, Dennis Day, and The Sportsmen Quartet. Announcer Don Wilson. Orchestra conducted by Bob Crosby. Regrettably, the sponsor and commercials have been edited out of these recordings.
The Jack Benny Program ran on radio from 1932 to 1955, with re-runs until 1958. The show switched to TV in 1955. With a fine cast of supporting players, Benny made his show into one of the all-time great radio comedies, by portraying his radio persona as likeable, despite the character being vain, argumentative and a skinflint.
First broadcast on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).
Born Benjamin Kubelsky in 1894, he grew up in Waukegan, Illinois, a town
he made famous in countless comedy routines. At age six he began studying the
violin, and in 1911, at age 17, he began his career playing the
violin on the vaudeville stage.
more than two decades in vaudeville, which included several name changes,
refinements to both his act and character, a stint in the US Navy
during WWI, and marriage to Sadie Marks (professionally known as Mary
Livingstone), Kubelsky settled on the name and persona of Jack
Benny, and decided to move into the new medium
In 1932 he made his first brief radio appearances. Proving to be a natural personality for the new medium, at age
38 he was awarded his own show on the NBC Blue Network. Never called the Jack Benny Show, his many radio series were all individually known by the sponsor's name, never Benny's.
The episodes presented here are Broadcast Quality audio: 320 Kbps, iTunes .m4a (aac)
Many episodes of the radio show aired, variously named for its many different sponsors. Those episodes included here are
only a tiny handful of the aired broadcasts, being the only ones available to
me in high quality.