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10 March: A decade late and a dollar short

Joseph Cotten reprises a 1948 film role tonight. (Photo: NBC.)

Joseph Cotten reprises a 1948 film role tonight. (Photo: NBC.)

NBC finds itself in a bind to open the 1949-50 radio season. Red Skelton has defected to CBS, another in the line of defections that took off in earnest, once Jack Benny bolted after his NBC contract negotiations broke down the previous winter. Eddie Cantor has left Friday nights to take on hosting Take It or Leave It on Sunday nights. And moving The Life of Riley and The Jimmy Durante Show to hold fort in the 9:00 p.m. hour is only a stopgap while the network spends calendar 1949 preparing a new show to take the slot come January 1950.

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