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Twenty Questions - Pgm 51

September 25th, 2009

Here's the last episode in my collection of the popular panel quiz program, "Twenty Questions".

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Program 51 in the series, as broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Service, appears to be previously lost or uncirculated.  The first quiz subject on the show is Henry Wallace, vice president during Roosevelt's 1940 term.  The guest panelist is baseball player and coach, Hank Gowdy.  Others in the program include host Bill Slater, Fred Van Deventer, Florence Rinard, Bobby McGuire, Herb Polesie, announcer Bob Martin, and the "Mystery Voice" Don Fredericks.

The show was originally broadcast on Mutual and there's no date on the disc matrix.  Goldin lists AFRS program 23 in the series dated to November, 1946, so this show was probably broadcast in early or mid 1947.  The Newspaper Radio Logs site has a listing from the New York Times for May 10, 1947 listing "Twenty Questions" with Gowdy as the guest, so that could be the original date for the show.

Our program was transferred from an original AFRS vinyl transcription.  Click reduction software has been used on the master .wav file to improve the sound.

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