Posted Bykurt on October 11, 2001 at 01:01:16:
In Reply to: Re: Pearl Harbor broadcast posted byTanya Shaw on September 20, 2001 at 18:14:56:
Comedy shows went on the evening of Dec. 7, 1941 because there was no continuous news coverage then, only news bulletins. Continuous news coverage of World War II didn't begin until after the D-Day invasion. But even on D-Day, comedy programs were broadcast, although the comedy was taken out. Bob Hope, for instance, broadcast his regularly scheduled program on June 6, 1944.
Also, in those days, the sponsors, not the networks, controlled the airwaves. Radio programs like Jack Benny's were there to sell a product. That's why it was called the Jell-O show.