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America’s Famous Fathers - Pgm 12

April 20th, 2008

"America's Famous Fathers" is an obscure syndicated radio that dates from around 1941; I haven't been able to dig up much information about it, but the label indicates that it was distributed by World Broadcasting and syndicated by the Kermit-Raymond Corporation. The commercials were added locally to the program.

The show seems to be connected to the hit Broadway play "Life with Father", which opened at the Empire Theater in November 1939 and ran for over 3,000 performances. The premise of the radio is that the co-author and star of the play, Howard Lindsay, would play host to "famous fathers". Program #24, in the next post, takes the form of a conversation and interview about fatherhood, while the program in this post, #12, features Lowell Thomas telling a dramatized story about two men that are stranded after their airplane crashes. Ray Green is the announcer.

I'm not sure I quite understand the concept behind the series - the show in the next post, with Col. Roosevelt, is a conversation about fatherhood, but this episode with Lowell Thomas doesn't seem to have anything to do with the topic of fathers.

If anyone has further info about the series, leave a comment or send me an email and I'll add some info the post. I'm wondering if it may have had a limited regional distribution in the Northeast because of the connection to the Broadway show or activity by the sponsor only in certain areas of the country.


  • Jim Widner

    America’s Famous Fathers ran from 10/17/41 through 1/9/42 over Mutual on Fridays about 9:15 PM EST. It sounds like you already knew much of the story that it was indeed inspired by “Life With Father.” The series ran 26 weeks and brought famous fathers to the microphone. The series was more about the people who are famous in the world, but are also fathers. That was about the only connection. I will send you via your email a copy of an article from the San Francisco Bee when it debuted.

    I don’t think there was a national sponsor. More likely, it was filler for radio stations who slotted local advertising.

    Apr 26, 2008 at 10:00 am