Radio: Bigger & Better

In the flood of radio & TV shows returning to the air last week, two stood out for technical and professional competence:

¶ In radio, the venerable Jack Benny Show (Sun. 7 p.m., CBS) began its 19th year before a studio audience so enthusiastic that even the commercial (for Lucky Strike) got as much welcoming applause as any of the cast. By now, 56-year-old Jack Benny's tightwad, pompous radio personality has become a U.S. institution, and the show's humor lies as much in his familiar character as in comic invention. As always, Benny played the foil for the acid comment of...

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