Posted Bykurt on May 22, 2002 at 10:59:33:
In Reply to: Benny Program on Final Countdown posted byMichael on May 21, 2002 at 23:44:46:
That is an excerpt from the Benny program of Dec. 7, 1941. Hard as it is to believe that a comedy program went on the air that evening, it did, and the audience sat there and laughed at it.
In those days, the sponsors, not the networks, controlled the airwaves. Also, it took quite some time for all the news to trickle in. And this was long before the days of 24-hour news, and even some time before the days of "We interrupt this program..."
The surviving recording of that program is the West Coast broadcast, in which an announcer breaks in during Dennis' song to ask for local safety volunteers and to advise people not to panic. At the moment, West Coast residents were expecting Japanese Zeros to appear over the horizon any minute!