Bob Hope made his radio debut on NBC in May 1937. He became a top-rated fixture on Tuesday nights with his theme song, "Thanks for the Memories". His legendary broadcasts from military bases around the world helped boost American morale during the dark days of World War II. Over the years, his radio regulars included Jerry Colonna, Brenda and Cobina, Vera Vague, Wendall Niles, and orchestras led by Skinnay Ennis and Les Brown. Featured singers on the show included Judy Garland, Frances Langford, Doris Day, and Gloria Jean.
Hope's radio career lasted well into the mid-1950s. By then, he had become a major movie and television star. He died on July 29, 2003, at the age of 100.
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"One of America's most popular radio comedians." (Raymond Strait, Bob Hope: A Tribute)
God bless Mr. Edison that we can still listen to this all these years later! While Robinson and Page primarily participate in scripted comedy routines, This early romp into the acceptance of African Americans as part of the American popular scene is genuine fun. Page had pitched for the Yankees, Robinson played for the Dodgers in their subway series in 1947, when this epsode was recorded.
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