6. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
Although the comedy team of George Burns and his wife Gracie Allen had been around before their 1934 radio show (they had starred in movies and on Vaudeville), we will never forget their running gags like the search for Gracie’s lost brother, or the campaign to elect Gracie for President. In 1945, their program took the name of their sponsor (Maxwell House Coffee Time) and continued until 1950, when they transitioned over to TV.
Before all the police dramas you see flooding the channels these days, we had Dragnet. And before Dragnet was a popular TV show, it was a popular radio show! Chronicling the cases of LAPD’s Sergeant Joe Friday, Dragnet was a mainstay on the airwaves from its inception in 1949 until 1957. We can still hear the ominous opening theme and the voiceover:”Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.”
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