You might remember Alan Young from his most famous role playing opposite the talking horse Mister Ed on CBS television in the early 1960s. But, you may not realize this talented actor and comedian got his start with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and had his own popular radio series on NBC and ABC.
In this post, we hear "The Alan Young Show", originally broadcast October 3, 1944 on the ABC radio network, one of his early series on American radio. This was episode 3 in the series in the series as broadcast by the Armed Forces Radio Network.
The show features Diane Courtney, Peter Van Steeden and His Orchestra, Jack Kirkwood and announcer Kenny Delmar. Alan meets with gossip columnist "Harriet Hatch" and tells his life story. A highlight is the opening bit featuring a salesman touting custom records of radio shows! It reminds me of the kind of off the wall comedy that Stan Freeburg would be doing in the 1950s. The program appears to not be in common circulation among collectors.
Young is still active in the business providing the voice for Scrooge McDuck and other cartoon characters. In 2007, he released a new expanded edition of his memoirs, "Mister Ed and Me and More".
Our mp3 was transferred from an original AFRS vinyl transcription of the program.