Radio: Keep It Simple

Back in 1937, Band-Leader Kay Kyser was whiling away the slow Monday evenings at Chicago's Blackhawk Restaurant by dishing out a line of folksy chatter to the customers. Out of such primitive horseplay grew his College of Musical Knowledge, a corny radio perennial which was transplanted last week to television (Thurs. 9 p.m., NBC-TV).

Bouncy Kay Kyser sashayed onstage in a flopping cap & gown, swinging a school-bell and shouting "How y'all?" Before he grimaced goodbye an hour later, televiewers were served a mishmash of old jokes, orchestral soloists, and dazed quiz contestants whose stumbling answers to the simplest questions have been...

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