Radio: Proving Ground?

The summer slumps were back. Radio's high-priced winter wonders were off—or taking off. Some were headed overseas, like Bob Hope (on his fourth trip) and Jack Benny (on his third). Some, like Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby, were doing hospital turns at home. Others—like Fibber McGee and Molly at their Southern California ranch—were back on the soil. In their places, for the most part, were programs whose budgets were only a third as big, and whose routines were not a third as good.

Although "summer replacements" should be radio's proving ground for aspiring rookies,...

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