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Twenty Questions - Pgm 1

September 3rd, 2009

Game shows aren't the most common old time radio shows floating around, but they can be fun to visit for some funny ad-libbing by a quick-witted host and guests.

Case in point - "Twenty Questions", originally broadcast on Mutual in the 1940s and 50s.  In this post, we offer program 1 in the series as broadcast by AFRS.  The first quiz subject is the Easter Bunny.  We hear host Bill Slater, Fred Van Deventer, Florence Rinard, Bobby McGuire, Herb Polesie, announcer Bob Martin, and the "Mystery Voice" - Don Fredericks.

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There's no date on the matrix of the disc, so the original broadcast date of the show is unknown.  Goldin has a listing for an AFRS program in the series dated to November 1946 that is number 23 in the series, so we might assume this broadcast comes from mid-1946.  According to Wikipedia, the show premiered on radio in February, 1946 and ran until 1954.  In the 1950s, it was also seen on the ABC and DuMont television networks.

A bit of trivia - the juvenile panelist on the show, Bobby McGuire, had to leave the show when he graduated high school and attended Duke University, the institution where I currently work.

The show was transferred from an original AFRS vinyl transcription.

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  • DavidinBerkeley

    YAAAAAAAHHH!!! My favorite OTR quiz show ever and there’s now another episode to add to the miserly 16 or so that exist. Yahoo and thanks!

    Sep 8, 2009 at 3:26 pm
  • Bob VanDeventer

    I caught this line:

    A bit of trivia - the juvenile panelist on the show, Bobby McGuire, had to leave the show when he graduated high school and attended Duke University, the institution where I currently work.

    Well, yes, I did. And graduated in 1953. Thanks for the memory.

    Bobby McGuire, aka Bob VanDeventer

    Nov 29, 2010 at 8:24 pm