Radio: The Ex-Friends

The word spread quickly through CBS's Manhattan headquarters: "Godfrey's done it again." Without warning, TV's Arthur Godfrey had called in three writers and six members of his cast, bluntly told them that they were fired "in the interests of good showmanship." Said Godfrey to the press: "These people have all achieved stardom, and I am proud of them." For all Godfrey's abruptness, some reorganization was overdue. Arthur Godfrey and his Friends (Wed. 8 p.m., CBS), showing the same faces week after week, has been losing listeners to ABC's Disneyland. Explained Godfrey: "We're top-heavy with stars." Even his brighter...

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