Posted ByGerry O. on September 26, 2001 at 09:28:25:
In Reply to: Question about commercials and network posted byJohn O on September 24, 2001 at 14:42:03:
: I have a Jack Benny show on tape from 1950. I got it from the library for a project I'm doing based on comparing an older radio show with shows today. Despite the fact that it states "unedited" on the tape, there are no commercials on the show. However, I did hear one cigarette commercial done by one of his side kicks on another show. My question is: what were commercials typically like on the Jack Benny show? Were they always just one or two a program and done live?
: Another question I had was reguarding the networks. I know that some programs were heard nationally, but Jack keeps mentioning that they are in New York at this time.
: Thanks for any help!
Sorry, in my previous message I was so wrapped up in "commercial" talk that I forgot to address your question about the networks. While Jack and the gang usually broadcast nationally from Hollywood, CA, they would occassionally do "remote" broadcasts....from various army camps and hospitals during WWII, from Jack's home town of Waukegan and frequently from New York City. Jack liked to pack up the show and head to NYC once or twice a year...it gave him a chance to see some Broadway shows, get together with old show biz buddies who still lived in NY, eat at some favorite restaurants and delis...plus it gave a shot in the arm to the program during the season. NYC studio audiences weren't used to seeing California-based Benny broadcasts, so every time Jack brought the show and cast there it was a big deal and the studio audiences reacted very enthusiastically.