+ CBS inaugurated its first Forecast season in the Summer of 1940. This was another strategic move. CBS's prime-time slots were invariably occupied with one or more of their nightly, longer-running successful programs. In this instance it was Lux Radio Theatre, a solid, already long-running, highly popular CBS drama and movie anthology. Most major productions broke for the Summer. So rather than fish around for something to keep the slot warm for three months, CBS essentially put the onus on themselves with these two seasons of Forecast. It was a clever, well-calculated gamble. Forecast's opener for its first season was a half-hour of Variety followed by a half-hour of Drama. Airing from both coasts during most of the Forecast broadcasts, the variety program, The Battle of Music aired from CBS's New York Studios. The dramatic test program, The American Theatre, aired from CBS's Hollywood Studios. Whenever CBS aired a double bill they would generally air the New York broadcast first in the line-up, followed by the Hollywood broadcast. Given the prime-time Lux Radio Theatre slot allotted to Forecast, it made better sense to air the East Coast broadcast first
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 23 old time radio episodes:
|07.15.1940||battle of music||
+ Program #1. "Battle Of Music". The first show of the series. A series of on-the-air network pres...
|07.15.1940||the gentleman from indiana||
+ Program #2. "The American Theatre," "The Gentleman from Indiana". A dramatic anthology series ba...
|07.16.1940||forecast (02) the american theater the gentleman from indiana (actually 400715)|
|07.22.1940||forecast (03) when you were twenty one||
+ Program #3. "When You Were Twenty-One". A comedy-variety show, forerunner of that "wonderful yea...
|07.22.1940||when you were twenty one||
+ Program #3. "When You Were Twenty-One". A comedy-variety show, forerunner of that "wonderful ye...
|07.23.1940||forecast (04) suspense the lodger (actually 400722)|
|07.29.1940||forecast (05) angel||
+ Program #6. "Angel". A pilot for a series about a Red Cross nurse-to-be. A well-written flood dr...
|07.30.1940||forecast (06) duffy's tavern (actually 400729)||
+ Program #5. "Duffy's Tavern". The very first visit down at the tavern.
|08.05.1940||forecast (07) of stars and states||
+ Program #7. "Of Stars and States". A program saluting a different state each week and famous sta...
|08.12.1940||forecast (08) the life of the party||
+ Program #8. "The Life Of The Party". "The Life Of The Party" with Dave Ellman (host), Cortez Pet...
|08.12.1940||leave it to jeeves||
+ Program #9. "Leave It To Jeeves". A proposed comedy series based on characters created by P. G....
|08.13.1940||forecast (09) leave it to jeeves (actually 400812)|
|08.19.1940||forecast (10) back where i come from||
+ Program #10. "Back Where I Come From". Woody sings about the dust bowl, Burl does his famous "F...
|08.19.1940||ever after and to tim at twenty||
+ Program #11. Double Feature: "Ever After" "To Tim, At Twenty". "Ever After" is an amusing comed...
|08.20.1940||forecast (11) double feature ever after & to tim at twenty (actually 400819)|
|08.26.1940||forecast (12) all god's children||
+ Program #12. "All God's Children". The first of two on-air auditions (on this date). A comedy/hi...
|08.27.1940||forecast (13) bethel merriday (actually 400826)|
|07.14.1941||forecast (01) arabian nights (1st 43 mins of a 60 mins show)||
+ Program #1. "Arabian Nights". An on-air audition of a new program from Hollywood. Tales of 1001 ...
|07.21.1941||forecast (02) fifty one east fifty one|
|07.21.1941||51 east 51||
+ Program #2. "Fifty-One East Fifty-One". Sustaining.
|07.22.1941||forecast (03) memories of mischa the magnificent (actually 410721)||
+ Program #3. "The Memoires Of Mischa The Magnificent". A situation comedy about a romantic but i...
|07.28.1941||forecast (04) pibby and the houlihans||
+ Program #4. "Pibby and The Houlihans". An Irish comedy. Pibby thinks he's inherited a fortune, b...
|07.29.1941||forecast (05) deductions deluxe the problem of the painted poodle (actually 410728)||
+ Program #5. "Deductions Deluxe". A comic mystery show called, "The Mystery Of The Painted Poodle...
|08.04.1941||forecast (06) song without end||
+ Program #6. "Song Without End". An on-air audition of a new program from New York, based on the...
|08.11.1941||forecast (07) class of '41||
+ Program #7. "Class Of '41". A revue of "newcomers to showbiz."