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48 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Jack Benny. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Jack Benny, often where they are interviewed.

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48 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Jack Benny. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Jack Benny, often where they are interviewed.

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The Jack Benny Program: First Show for CBS—01/02/1949

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This is Jack Benny's first program for CBS after leaving NBC at the end of 1948. It aired, live, coast-to-coast at 7PM eastern time on January 2nd, 1949 from Columbia Square in Hollywood. It was heard in Los Angeles over KNX 1070.
Jan 02 2021 · 30mins
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The Jack Benny Program: Last Show For NBC—12/26/1948

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December 26th, 1948 was a seminal day in radio history. NBC had dominated Sunday’s prime time ratings for every season since the late 1920s. Now, in one evening, two of their most famous comedians would depart from their airwaves at the same time.

First it was Jack Benny, who signed on NBC for the last time at 7PM eastern time. Jack made sure to get in one parting joke and thank you to NBC. Benny would debut on CBS at the same time on January 2nd, 1949.

One, semi-related oddity: Jack Benny passed away exactly twenty-six years later on December 26th, 1974 at the age of eighty.
Dec 26 2020 · 29mins

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Tom Dreesen, Jack Benny, and The Longest Laugh on Radio

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TVC 517.4: Part 2 of our conversation that began last week with groundbreaking comedian Tom Dreesen. Tom provides insight on how to find your own voice as a stand-up comedian, plus he shares the invaluable advice that Jack Benny once gave Tom early in his stand-up career. Tom Dreesen’s memoir, Still Standing: My Journey from Streets and Saloons to the Stage, and Sinatra, not only includes great stories of Tom’s working with Tim Reid, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra, but shows readers why his roots in Harvey, Illinois have always been central to his life and career.

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Nov 25 2020 · 27mins
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BONUS - Turkey Tales (Jack Benny & Fibber McGee and Molly)

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We kick off our Thanksgiving celebration with a pair of old time radio Turkey Day comedies. First, Jack Benny dreams he's the main course on the menu (originally aired on NBC on November 21, 1943). Then, Fibber McGee and Molly plan to dine out for Thanksgiving, but a tax bill casts a cloud over the celebration for Fibber (originally aired on NBC on November 22, 1949).

Nov 18 2020 · 1hr 8mins
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Jack Benny Program: Listening To The World Series On Radio—10/10/1948

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On the October 10th, 1948 episode of the Jack Benny Program Rochester reads Jack's diary recounting his summer trip to Europe, and the gang listens to the 1948 World Series featuring the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Braves.
Oct 09 2020 · 29mins
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WGN Radio Theatre #473: Mr. and Mrs. North, The Jack Benny Program, Big Town, Suspense, The Great Gildersleeve, Frontier Gentleman, The Chase, & Fibber McGee and Molly (PART 2)

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Carl Amari and Lisa Wolf are bringing you 5 of the best hours from the Golden Age of Radio on the WGN Radio Theatre for June 13th, 2020.

First up we have “Mr. and Mrs. North: Call me Chu-Chu” starring: Alice Frost & Joseph Curtin; (12-09-47). Next up is a classic episode from “The Jack Benny Program:Will TV Replace Radio?” (02-12-50). Our third episode is “Big Town: The Squeaking Rat” starring: Edward Pawley; (04-05-49). “Suspense: Drive In” starring: Judy Garland (11-21-46). Following Suspense is “The Great Gildersleeve: The Matchmaker” starring: Hal Peary; (01-25-42). Next, we have “Frontier Gentleman: The Claim Jumpers” starring: John Dehner; (03-09-58). In hour 5 we have “The Chase: Doug Burton and a Mysterious Letter” ; (07-10-52). Lastly, a classic episode from “Fibber McGee and Molly: Celebrity Molly” starring: Jim & Marian Jordan; (01-26-54).

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https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3765823/3765823_2020-06-12-174323.64kmono.mp3
Jun 15 2020 ·
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WGN Radio Theatre #473: Mr. and Mrs. North, The Jack Benny Program, Big Town, Suspense, The Great Gildersleeve, Frontier Gentleman, The Chase, & Fibber McGee and Molly (PART 1)

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Carl Amari and Lisa Wolf are bringing you 5 of the best hours from the Golden Age of Radio on the WGN Radio Theatre for June 13th, 2020.

First up we have “Mr. and Mrs. North: Call me Chu-Chu” starring: Alice Frost & Joseph Curtin; (12-09-47). Next up is a classic episode from “The Jack Benny Program:Will TV Replace Radio?” (02-12-50). Our third episode is “Big Town: The Squeaking Rat” starring: Edward Pawley; (04-05-49). “Suspense: Drive In” starring: Judy Garland (11-21-46). Following Suspense is “The Great Gildersleeve: The Matchmaker” starring: Hal Peary; (01-25-42). Next, we have “Frontier Gentleman: The Claim Jumpers” starring: John Dehner; (03-09-58). In hour 5 we have “The Chase: Doug Burton and a Mysterious Letter” ; (07-10-52). Lastly, a classic episode from “Fibber McGee and Molly: Celebrity Molly” starring: Jim & Marian Jordan; (01-26-54).

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https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3765822/3765822_2020-06-12-173922.64kmono.mp3
Jun 15 2020 ·
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Jack Benny Program: Orson Welles Guests as Jack Returns from Illness—04/11/1943

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In early 1943 Orson Welles was in production alongside Joan Fontaine with 20th Century Fox for Jane Eyre.

Although Welles enjoyed acting for the screen, he preferred live radio. In March, when Jack Benny took ill with pneumonia, Welles filled in as host of The Jack Benny Program.

Jack returns on April 11th, but Orson isn’t quite ready to let go.

(Photo: Actors Mickey Rooney, Jack Benny, and Orson Welles talk things over before going on the air in a recent broadcast here in connection with the March of Dimes for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.)
Jun 05 2020 · 29mins
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WGN Radio Theatre #468: Have Gun, Will Travel, The Jack Benny Program, Danger Dr. Danfield, Murder at Midnight, Fibber McGee and Molly, Whitehall, The Bickersons and The Unexpected.

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Carl Amari and Lisa Wolf are bringing you 5 of the best hours from the Golden Age of Radio on the WGN Radio Theatre for May 9th, 2020.

First up we have “Have Gun, Will Travel: Bringing Up Ollie” starring: John Dehner; (09-25-60). Next up is a classic episode from “The Jack Benny Program” titled “Jack Sprained His Ankle” starring Jack Benny; (12-14-47). Our third episode is: “Danger Dr. Danfield: $100,000 Life Insurance Claim” starring: Michael Dunn; (12-08-46). Next we have “Murder at Midnight” titled “The Kabalah” starring Santos Ortega; (12-30-46). Then we have “Fibber McGee and Molly: Red Cross Collector McGee” starring: Jim & Marian Jordan; (03-23-43). “Whitehall 1212: Peter Williams Case” (02-03-52) follows Fibber McGee and Molly. In hour 5 we have “The Bickersons: Gooseby Vacation” starring; Lew Parker and Frances Langford; (07-10-51). Lastly, a classic episode from “The Unexpected: Shipwreck” starring Jack Holt; (11-26-47).

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https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3757145/3757145_2020-05-11-174745.64kmono.mp3

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https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3757146/3757146_2020-05-11-172646.64kmono.mp3
May 11 2020 ·
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BONUS - Taxes Take a Holiday (Milton Berle & Jack Benny)

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Tax Day has been pushed out a few months, but there's no reprieve for the stars of this week's comedy bonus show. We'll hear Milton Berle present a salute to income tax in The Milton Berle Show (originally aired on NBC on March 9, 1948). Then, Jack Benny gets a visit from a pair of inquisitive IRS agents in an AFRS rebroadcast of The Jack Benny Program (original episode aired on CBS on March 16, 1952).

Apr 15 2020 · 1hr
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