Posted ByWalt on November 07, 2001 at 19:12:43:
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?
One thing Gerry didn't mention was that the show you have may not be the network show but the AFRS (Armed Forced Radio Network) broadcast. The Armed Forces did not allow sponsor's products to be mentioned. For this broadcast, all commercials would be removed from the script and the cast would do the show a third time.
While listening to the show, if you can't tell where the middle commercial was *ripped* out, it's probably an AFRS boroadcast.