+ Ma Perkins (sometimes called Oxydol's Own Ma Perkins) is an American radio soap opera which was heard on NBC from 1933 to 1949 and on CBS from 1942 to 1960. Between 1942 and 1949, the show was heard simultaneously on both networks. Oxydol dropped its sponsorship in 1956. The series was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert with scripts by Robert Hardy Andrews, Orvin Tovrov and others. Ma Perkins began August 14, 1933 on WLW in Cincinnati. On December 4 of that year, it graduated to the NBC Red network. On NBC and CBS the series ran for a total of 7,065 episodes. "America’s mother of the air" was portrayed by actress Virginia Payne, who began the role at the age of 23 and never missed a performance during the program's 27-year run. Kindly, trusting widow Ma Perkins had a big heart and a great love of humanity. She always offered her homespun philosophy to troubled souls in need of advice. Ma owned and operated a lumber yard in the small Southern town of Rushville Center (population 4000), where the plotlines pivoted around her interactions with the local townsfolk and the ongoing dilemmas of her three children, Evey, Fay and John. One of her children died during World War II. Ma's daughter Fay was played by Isabelle Krehbiel and Rita Ascot. Gilbert Faust had the role of John. Evey Perkins was played by Dora Johnson, Laurette Fillbrandt and Kay Campbell, who later became known for playing Grandma Kate Martin on the television soap opera All My Children. Shuffle Shober, Ma's best friend, was played by Charles Egelston (and later Edwin Wolfe). Murray Forbes (1905-1987) was heard as Willie Fitz, and Cecil Roy portrayed Junior Fitz. When the show finally ended on Friday, November 25th, 1960, the day after Thanksgiving Day, it was one of only eight entertainment shows still on the CBS radio network. The last episode was the only one in which Virginia Payne's name was mentioned, by Payne herself in a farewell speech. In all other episodes, the announcer at the close of the show would run down the names of all the actors in the cast (but one), and then say, "... and Ma Perkins."-WikiPedia Click here to read more about Ma Perkins
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 149 old time radio episodes:
|N/A||ma perkins (424) ma asks dee pemberton for advice||
+ Program #424. Syndicated. Music fill for local commercial insert. Ma asks Dee Pemberton for advice...
|05.30.1938||ma perkins (xxxx) sonia is shot||
+ From 1933-1960, listeners tuned in daily to listen to the drama that Ma Perkins offered. Ma Perkin...
|06.02.1938||ma perkins (xxxx) sonia fades out||
+ Yesterday things came to a climax between Gregor and his wife Sonia. Facing her for the first time...
|09.27.1949||ma perkins (4207) joseph tells his story|
|09.28.1949||ma perkins (4208) what junior saw|
|09.29.1949||ma perkins (4209) news travels fast|
|09.30.1949||ma perkins (4210) big date||
Sponsored by: Oxydol. Joseph the milkman has a big date tonight with Miss Morrison.
|10.03.1949||ma perkins (4211) sinclair drops by||
+ Sponsored by: Oxydol. Joseph meets Miss Morrison and the sparks fly. Ma and Mr. Sinclair...the au...
|10.04.1949||ma perkins (4212) dinner and dancing|
|10.05.1949||ma perkins (4213) midnight boat ride|
|10.06.1949||ma perkins (4214) stranded|
|10.07.1949||ma perkins (4215) questioned by police|
|10.10.1949||ma perkins (4216) positive id|
|10.11.1949||ma perkins (4217) mayor ross complains|
|N/A||evie and willie plan new years party|
|N/A||ma continues to fret about faye|
|N/A||spencer called corny by n y friends|
|N/A||willy and evy lie to ma|