Radio: By Request

The best wartime program in radio was not heard by U.S. civilians. Called Command Performance (TIME, March 8,1943), it brought together each week the big names in show business. When servicemen overseas requested a sigh from Carole Landis or an ad-lib quarrel between Jack Benny and Fred Allen, they got it. Such high-priced talent, donated as a war service, could not possibly be financed by commercial radio. But last week an economy-size version called Request Performance was well on its way to stardom.

Since it began, four months ago, Request Performance (CBS, Sun., 9-9:30...

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