Radio: Voice of the People

The People's Ratty, selling Mennen's shaving cream, talcum powder, et al. to Sunday afternooners on MBS's nine-station network, is a weekly cross-patter of sense and nonsense run by veteran Commentator John B. (for Bright) Kennedy in a 192-seat theatre 50 stories up in Manhattan's Chanin Building. The nonsense part is a studio audience participation quizz game called "quixie-doodles" conducted by Comic Bob Hawks. Sample: "Could a baseball game end in a 6-6 tie without a man touching first base?" Answer: "Yes, if the game was played between two girl teams." The sense part is a weekly question of public importance, debated...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!