Abbott & Costello

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Summary: clickhere Visit the Radio America Store web site.Buy your 50 mp3 for &5.00 Affordable Web Hosting $5.99 A month The Abbott and Costello Show was heard on radio throughout the 1940s. They began by hosting a summer replacement series for Fred Allen on NBC in 1940, then joined Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on The Chase and Sanborn Hour in 1941. During the same period, two of their films, Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost, were adapted for radio and presented on Lux Radio Theater. On October 8, 1942 they launched their weekly NBC show, sponsored by Camel cigarettes, moving five years later to ABC, the former NBC Blue Network,). The additional cast and crew on that series included Sid Fields as the Melonheads, Artie Auerbrook as Ketsel, regulars Elvira Allman, Iris Adrian, Mel Blanc, Wally Brown, Sharon Douglas, Verna Felton, Lou Krogman, Pat McGeehan, Frank Nelson, Martha Wentworth and Benay Venuta. The featured vocalists were Amy Arnell, Connie Haines, Marilyn Maxwell, Susan Miller, Marilyn Williams, the Delta Rhythm Boys and the Les Baxter Singers with the orchestras of Skinnay Ennis, Charles Hoff, Matty Matlock, Jack Meakin, Will Osborne, Freddie Rich, Leith Stevens and Peter van Streeden. Frank Bingman, Jim Doyle, Ken Niles and Michael Roy did the announcing, Writers included Howard Harris, Hal Fimberg, Don Prindle, Ed Cherokee, Len Stern, Martin Ragaway, Paul Conlan and Ed Forman and producer Martin Gosch. Sound effects were supplied by Floyd Caton. At ABC, they also hosted a 30-minute children's radio program, the The Abbott and Costello Children's Show), which aired Saturday mornings with vocalist Anna Mae Slaughter and announcer Johnny McGovern.