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Night Court Quiz - January 21, 1948

March 2nd, 2010

Return with us now to those thrilling days ... of traffic court.

I'm proud to present a previously unheard program from a forgotten local series with a famous voice you're sure to recognize.  "Night Court Quiz" was a local show broadcast on WXYZ, Detroit.  The producers of the program pulled people from night court and got them to participate in a quiz about traffic laws and safety to win money to pay off their traffic tickets.  The program was mentioned briefly in a Billboard magazine article in 1947, noting that the show premiered April 26th and was produced in conjunction with the Detroit Free Press.

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WXYZ, you may recall, was the home of some classic old time radio series such as "The Lone Ranger" and "The Green Hornet".  Our host for "Night Court Quiz" is none other than announcer Fred Foy who provided the well-remembered signature opening lines of "The Lone Ranger" on radio and television.

This episode of the series is dated January 21, 1948 and was transferred from an original American Broadcasting Company/WXYZ lacquer dub transcription.  The program was previously lost/uncirculated.

The disc came from a small group of local programs from various stations from December 1947 and January 1948 that, I believe, were involved in some type of awards competition.  We previously heard "The Sandlotters" from WXYZ from this group; I'll be posting more in the coming weeks.

By the way - anyone else notice all the radio shows and public service announcements about traffic and highway safety in the late 40s and early 50s, (like the episode of "Suspense" with James Cagney, which is one long traffic safety psa)?  Returning GIs must have been hell on wheels when they got back from the War!

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  • DavidinBerkeley

    Wow, this sounds like SUCH an ill-advised concept for a show that I HAVE to listen.

    Thanks!

    Mar 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm
  • DavidinBerkeley

    I listened to it and found it a very strange notion of entertainment.

    Listen for yourself and see if you agree!

    Mar 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm
  • KL from NYC

    Usually the local radio programs gave away $1 or so as prizes; $5-$10 was quite a bit of money in the late-40s.

    Jun 21, 2010 at 9:09 pm