Weekend radio 1941

Saturday night radio had a lot to offer in 1941. The WLS National Barn Dance and the Grand Ole Opry both aired on KOMO 950. Later in the evening, the original Truth or Consequences was heard.

KJR 1000 presented dance orchestras and popular bands, as well as a variety show from the NBC Blue Network.

Guy Lombardo, Your Hit Parade and Hobby Lobby were heard on KIRO 710.

1300 KOL had the News with Phil Stearns and John B. Hughes, music by the Freddy Martin Orchestra and at 10 PM, the Chicago Theater of the Air.

On game day, 1130 KRSC would broadcast Seattle Baseball. Later in the evening, Dance Party and the Midnight Matinee.

Sunday, besides all of the sermons and church programs, KOMO and NBC brought you Jack Benny, Charlie McCarthy with guests Abbott & Costello, also the Sammy Kaye Orchestra and The Great Gildersleeve.

Inner Sanctum, The Southernaires Negro Quartet and later in the evening, the second network feed of the Jack Benny Show [this time over the NBC Blue Network] ran on KJR.

KIRO would broadcast the Silver Theater [with stars like Mickey Rooney], Gene Autry and His Melody Ranch, the local news with Johnny Forrest and later that night, the Helen Hayes Theater.

Bulldog Drummond [Detective drama], Walt Disney Parade, and World Series baseball could be heard on KOL, along with the Ted Weems Orchestra closing out the broadcast day.

2 comments

  • mikec

    In 1941, KOL would have still been the Seattle mutual network outlet.

  • pugetsound

    The network with the most affiliates was Mutual. But because the network was a cooperative of shared expenses for promotion, production etc., the network was not as financially sound as the big boys, CBS, NBC and ABC. Mutual operated for 65 years before shutting down in 1999. Some great programs came from those affiliates, such as The Lone Ranger from Detroit’s WXYZ.

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