+ Clara, Lu, and Em was radio's first network daytime soap opera, beginning June 16, 1930 over WGN-AM Chicago, Illinois. It continued through the 1930s and early 1940s on the NBC Blue Network and CBS, finally airing as a syndicated series in 1945. The program became the first network daytime radio serial when it was moved from its original evening time slot to days. The drama series began as a Northwestern University sorority sketch by Louise Starkey (Clara), Isobel Carothers (Lu) and Helen King (Em). Their friends suggested they go on the radio, so the trio approached WGN and did their first shows for no pay. As interest grew, they were sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive and were heard evenings on the Blue Network from January 27, 1931 to February 12, 1932, moving to weekdays for a run from February 15, 1932 to March 12, 1934. They continued on NBC and the Blue Network, doing an evening series in 1936 with music by Ted Fio Rito. Storylines centered around three women who lived in a small-town duplex. Clara Roach and her family lived on one side of the duplex, Emma Krueger lived with her family on the other side. Widow Lulu Casey lived upstairs with her daughter Florabelle. When Isobel Carothers suddenly died January 8, 1937 at age 32, Louise Starkey and Helen King decided not to continue. When the program returned with Starkey and King in 1942 on CBS, another of their Northwestern University friends, Harriet Allyn, portrayed Lu. Allyn continued in the 1945 cast as Em, along with Fran Allison as Clara and Dorothy Day as Lu.-WikiPedia Click here to read more about Clara, Lu And Em
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 12 old time radio episodes:
|01.27.1931||clara, lu and em real estate (audition)|
|07.05.1934||clara, lu and em girls hire a nyc hack||
+ Sponsored by: Palmolive Soap. The girls hire a New York "hack" and take a horsedrawn ride around ...
|06.28.1935||clara, lu and em planning lu's wedding||
+ Sponsored by: Super Suds ("Packard-A-Week" contest). The program originates from Chicago. Lu has ...
|07.01.1935||clara, lu and em lu opens her wedding gifts||
+ Sponsored by: Colgate. The program originates from Chicago. Preparations for the wedding continue...
|06.08.1942||clara, lu and em clara buys 10 lb of sugar|
|07.31.1942||clara, lu and em a new baby|
|09.23.1942||clara, lu and em clara is sick|
|11.09.1942||clara, lu and em em's boy junior (partial)|
|11.13.1942||clara, lu and em em gives a party|
|11.16.1942||clara, lu and em grandpa complains about the party|
|12.02.1942||clara, lu and em christmas presents|
|12.04.1942||clara, lu and em grandpa buys a pig (partial) (last show)|