Tag Archives: Stop the Music

21 March: Ford inadvertently parks Fred

There'd be no stopping the music for Bert Parks and company . . . for a couple of years, anyway . . . (Photo: ABC.)

There’d be no stopping the music for Bert Parks and company . . . for a couple of years, anyway . . . (Photo: ABC.)

Henry Ford, ABC, NBC, and CBS inadvertently band up to put paid to the radio career of one of its most legendary satirists, and the entire megillah begins on tonight’s date in 1948.

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Stopping the comedy? Old-time radio reflection, 21 March

Before he made a career out of Miss America pageant hosting, Bert Parks was a quiz and game show host who helped knock Fred Allen out of the ratings box. (Photo: ABC.)

There he iiiiiiiiiiiis—Before he became Mr. Miss America, Bert Parks was a quiz and game show host who helped knock Fred Allen out of the radio ratings box. (Photo: ABC.)

21 March 1948—Eventual game show emperor Mark Goodson directs, game show semi-pioneer Louis G. Cowan produces, Harry Salter leads the band, Kay Armen and Dick Brown sing, and Bert Parks—the third host of radio game Break the Bank—hosts here as well.

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Mr. Allen’s opus: Old-time radio listening, 24 October

The Fred Allen Show: A Prize for Listeners Missing Any Contest (NBC, 1948)

Fred Allen and Portland Hoffa, who couldn’t quite stop the music . . .(Photo: NBC)

The planned sketch for the evening—Fred (Allen) accepting a psychiatrist’s suggestion to read Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living for insomnia relief—is damn near superceded by the infamous offer. Opening the show even prior to its customary music fanfare and announcements, Kenny Delmar intones:

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