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The Fleischmann’s Yeast Hour - March 14, 1935

April 22nd, 2010

It looks like folks are interested in hearing some of the more unusual shows in my collection that I've dubbed from reel to reel tapes and lp discs.  So, here's a test post to get us started.

"The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour" was, for several years, one of the biggest shows on radio and is probably the program that defined the radio variety show format for the 1930s.  I particularly enjoy the series, at leas the few examples I've heard, since it's a throwback to a style that's closer to vaudeville.

The program of March 14, 1935 has Rudy Vallee and the Connecticut Yankees playing host to Dennis King in a dramatic sketch about an Irish patriot, "Robert Emmet".  A highlight of the program is comedian Monroe Silver recreating his famous Victor recording, "Cohen on the Telephone".  The show also includes comedy by George Shelton and Tom Howard and much more.  The show, originally broadcast on NBC, was sponsored by Fleishmann's Yeast and probably comes from a WEAF, New York aircheck.

This particular file was digitized from a 3 3/4 ips quarter track tape from an unknown dealer and probably dates from the 1970s.  You'll hear some dropouts in the first couple of minutes of the show, a common problem with reel to reel tapes of this vintage, but the sound is pretty good overall.

This is one of four broadcasts from this period on the tape that I've not run into in mp3 format.