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Family Hour - Pgm 74

April 19th, 2010

The "Prudential Family Hour" was a popular 1940s series of light operetta and classical music heard on CBS.  AFRS rebroadcast the series as "The Family Hour" on their network.  Like many regular live music programs of the period, there aren't many episodes in circulation - Goldin lists about forty examples in his database, primarily from AFRS discs.

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In this post, we hear program 74 of the series as heard on AFRS and originally broadcast on CBS on December 17, 1944.  The first tune on the program is a rousing version of "Beat Out That Rhythm on the Drum" from "Carmen Jones".  Our host is Frank Gallop and his smooth, round announcing tones.  Heard on the show are regulars Patrice Munsel, Reed Kennedy, Jack Smith and Al Goodman and His Orchestra.

Our show was transferred from original vinyl War Department AFRS vinyl transcription. The date is from the disc matrix and I believe it's a previously lost episode.

I've got a couple more programs in the series I'll drop in for you in the coming weeks.


  • DavidinBerkeley

    Any music program is worth a spin in my book!

    Apr 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm
  • DavidinBerkeley

    I gave it a listen. It sounds very much like the show that Squibb sponsored, where they slosh pop-classical and tony arrangements of pop tunes together.

    I look forward to the coming episodes.

    Apr 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm