What’s on the radio: December 19, 1934

This radio guide, which ran in the Daily News the Wednesday before Christmas in 1934, is a neat little time capsule of news events and popular entertainment in the middle of the Depression.

George Burns and Gracie Allen’s comedy routine. Singer Kate Smith hosting a music variety show. Amateur night in Harlem. Even a broadcast about Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic expedition.

One Man’s Family was kind of the As the World Turns of its time—a popular soap opera that ran for three decades into the 1950s.

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2 Responses to “What’s on the radio: December 19, 1934”

  1. Paul Says:

    This reminds of the times my mother used to tell me of gnawing on a chicken bone to get the marrow while listening to Burns & Allen. Geez! The days before The Internet! However did we survive it?

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    I wish they had kids’ shows listed. The Shadow, Little Orphan Annie…I bet anyone who was a kid in the 1930s still knows these.

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