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Disclaimer: For those who are not familiar with the old time radio team of Amos ‘n’ Andy, one must be warned that the radio program, although the most popular radio program in the early days of radio, is highly controversial today, as it portrayed African-Americans in a negative manner, often resorting to stereotypes. For this reason, some people may find the following content offensive, but it has been published here for archival purposes, as it is a part of American and old time radio history and represents lost/missing episodes from the series.

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April 18, 1930

“2 Girls, 2 Dates and Andy; Woe is He, and Why Not?” 

Tonight all will be known.  Millions of radio fans are waiting anxiously to learn which date Andy kept last night.  Did he go to see Susie, or did he go to see Madame Queen?

When the episode ended last night, the great question had not yet been decided.  Amos and Brother Brown, as you remember, spent their first 10 minutes trying to decide how the impasse could be gotten around.  They tried forward impasses and even lateral ones, but at the finish they had to throw a coin.

It was Andy’s idea.  “Heads it’s Madame Queen,” he says, taking that last dime out of his pocket, “an’ tails it’s Susie.”

“Awa, awa, it’s tails,” cries Amos, “now you gotta see Susie.”

Andy looks at the coin on the floor for a minute.  His expression is thoughtful.  You can almost hear him scratch his head.

“Amos,” he finally says, “ah guess we better make it two out of three.”

All joking aside, however, this woman business is gettin’ serious.  Last night, for instance, it almost caused a break between the Damon and Pythias of radio.  Andy, you know, proposed that he’d go around to Susie’s for supper, then Amos would show up and take Susie to the dance while Andy went calling on Madame Queen.

The only thing wrong with that idea was Amos.  Amos didn’t think so much of it.  In fact, he wouldn’t have nothing to do with it.  Andy got pretty hot over that.  Just wait till Ruby Taylor comes to town and Amos has a date on that night.  He won’t get any help from Andy.

But Amos, he says he don’t get his dates mixed that way.  But we all make mistakes and we’ll see what happens when Ruby finally arrives.

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Disclaimer: For those who are not familiar with the old time radio team of Amos ‘n’ Andy, one must be warned that the radio program, although the most popular radio program in the early days of radio, is highly controversial today, as it portrayed African-Americans in a negative manner, often resorting to stereotypes. For this reason, some people may find the following content offensive, but it has been published here for archival purposes, as it is a part of American and old time radio history and represents lost/missing episodes from the series.

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April 17, 1930

“It’s a Double Play, the Madame to Susie, and Whoever Wins, Andy Will Be Out”

Tonight’s the night, and Andy’s got to either sink or swim.

His women trouble has been gittin’ worser and worser every day and now he’s really in for it.

Last night the hot water he is in got even hotter.  It all came about when Susie called him up and invited him for supper.  Sho’, he’d come; he’d even take her to a dance afterwards.

But it also came to light last night that that “traveling salesman” is going to leave town today.  And you know what that means.  That means, most likely, Madame Queen will be calling Andy up some time today and asking him to come around and see her tonight.

Who’s it going to be—the Madame or Susie?

Another thing about last night’s episode.  Andy’s back at his old trick of brow-beating Amos.  Now he wants to make the ‘pore little fellow sign a contract.  One of those things with “party of the first part party of the second part” in it.

And you can bet your bottom dollar Andy’s going to be the party of  the first part.

Anyhow, Amos don’ wanna be under contract.  He don’t like “that under business.”  As he told Andy last night, he was under a bond one time and hereafter he’s going to be “on top” of any “contacts” he signs.

(Now, folks, get all ready for 7 o’clock tonight.  There’s going to be the devil to pay if Andy don’t watch his contacts, too.)

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Disclaimer: For those who are not familiar with the old time radio team of Amos ‘n’ Andy, one must be warned that the radio program, although the most popular radio program in the early days of radio, is highly controversial today, as it portrayed African-Americans in a negative manner, often resorting to stereotypes. For this reason, some people may find the following content offensive, but it has been published here for archival purposes, as it is a part of American and old time radio history and represents lost/missing episodes from the series.

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April 16, 1930

“That Laugh—That Long Juicy Laugh—Was Amos’—He Was Laughing at Andy”

Things sure have changed with Amos ‘n’ Andy.

Shortly after 7 o’clock last night, millions heard a laugh come over the radio.  It was a long laugh, a fat juicy laugh.  It was, in fact, a horse laugh full of crescendos and embrodered with chuckles.

And folks, that laugh was not Andy’s.  It was Amos making that unseemly sound.

Poor little downtrodden Amos enjoying for the first time, the last laugh.  This may mark a new era in the relations of the Fresh Air Taxi partners for it is believed to be the first time Amos has ever had the laugh on Andy.

Amos burst out almost immediately last night when Andy started squawking about his telephone conversation with Madame Queen the night before.  You remember how Amos, answering the phone, turned it over to Andy, and Andy, thinking Susie was on the other end, got in hot water with the Queen.

Well, he isn’t getting any sympathy from Amos.

Andy also is on the verge of getting in dutch with Susie and her mammy.  He’s got to come through with a raincoat he promised the latter and it’s about due to arrive C. O. D.  He counts his money and he’s only got $1.10 after adding and “minusing.”  He thinks the postman can put him in jail and tells Amos so.

Amos’ condolence is another horse laugh.

But, despite all these troubles, you can’t break Andy’s big front.  Right at the most desperate moment last night, while Andy was looking dismayed at his dollar and dime, Susie calls up.   She wants to know what her big boy’s been doin’.

With that offhand, deprecating pomposity of his, Andy says:

“Oh, I’se just been sittin’ around here countin’ up my revestments.”

“Sho, sho,” chimes in Amos.

(Andy is going to need more than pomposity if that queen woman shows up tonight.)

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Disclaimer: For those who are not familiar with the old time radio team of Amos ‘n’ Andy, one must be warned that the radio program, although the most popular radio program in the early days of radio, is highly controversial today, as it portrayed African-Americans in a negative manner, often resorting to stereotypes. For this reason, some people may find the following content offensive, but it has been published here for archival purposes, as it is a part of American and old time radio history and represents lost/missing episodes from the series.

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Tuesday, April 15, 1930

What is Ol’ Andy Going to Tell Madame Queen?

If 20,000,000 radio fans hear a peculiar, hollow-sounding laugh tonight when they turn on the dial at 7 sharp, it’s just about 20,000,000 to 1 that it’ll be Andrew Brown, the well-known taxi magnate, trying to laugh off that sweligant siren of Harlem, Madame Queen.

And if you know anything about Madame Queen, you know laughing her off is some job; a job for a hyena, as Amos might say. The truth is, as nearly everybody who listened in last night is aware, Andy is in a jam.

Course it’s all Amos’ fault. It always is. But if Andy is going to have woman trouble, he can’t expect Amos to be keeping his women apart for him. Last night, for instance, Amos ‘n’  Andy were talking over Andrew’s heart failures in the office of their taxi company.

Seems Madame Queen been treating Andy pretty shabbily of late, what with paying attention to that “traveling man” of hers and not giving Andrew a date. So, it turns out, Andy’s going around to see Susie. No use trying to fool himself, he’s still in love with that Queen woman, but just the same he’s going around to see Susie soon as she phones and lets him know whether her Mammy is going t’ be t’ home.

Well, you can guess what happened. They sits around waitin’ for that call to come in and it finally comes. Amos, he’r right by the phone, so he answers “Sho, sho, Andy’s right here; yes, indeedy, jus’ hol’ de line,” he gushes.

Up steps Andy to the receiver nonchalantly. He clears his throat. He pauses, and you can almost hear him wink at Amos, as he begins:

Good evenin’, Miss Susie; I’se relighted to hear from you!”

A sudden hush. Then a funny rasping sound like the noise of a telephone being torn out of the wall. At last you hear the frightened, squeaky voice of poor little Amos:

“Dat war’nt Susie, Andy; dat was Madame Queen.”

Tonight Andy’s got to laugh it off–if he can.

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August 11th in Radio History – Free MP3 Files 

August 11, 1932
Pittsburgh Press

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President Hoover is going to have things pretty much his own way on the ether waves at 10 o’clock tonight.  The city’s three chain stations, KDKA, WCAE and WJAS will carry the formal notification speech and Mr. Hoover’s acceptance of the Republican presidential nomination.  KDKA will be doing a triple job; broadcasting on the regular frequency, short waving on 6140 and 11.870 kilocycles.  If you prefer music—KQV and WWSW.

Pittsburgh, at least, must have reached that prosperity corner—here’s nothing but an an announcement that Eddie Peyton, the operator of that hot night spot not far from downtown is going on the air every night over WJAS at 11:30.  Anyway, Jimmy Murray, the press agent, says it’s so.  There was some smoke but no fire about putting Russ Columbo on the air when he hits town tomorrow night.  But somehow there was a slip:  the story seems to be that an NBC artist can’t do his stuff over a station on the rival Columbia chain.

But going back to that political business again; we wonder if the Republicans are paying for that time tonight.  Probably night.  The chains got together the other day and agreed that from now until the fall elections—“pay as you go” on political speeches.  But this event tonight is something the stations fight to get.  The United Press comes through with the story that the companies anticipate a million dollars worth of business this election but so far—nothing doing.  Maybe that approximately $16,000 an hour for a nation’s hook-up has something to do with it, huh?

Maybe, like Gracie Allen, we “weren’t in the mood for it” last night, but it seemed as though the clever comedy team had lost some of its usual punch.  Or maybe we’re wrong.  The way they took the pronunciation of the names Colonel Stoopnagle and Bud was rather amusing, though.

In the day’s post come a couple of hints from “A Radio Fan.”  He—or she—says “the artists at WWSW who put on the ‘Behind the Kitchen Door’ spoil an otherwise exceptionally good and original program by the lady taking the part of a maid.  It is distorted, as no maid would ever dare to talk back to an employer as she does—or would any employer permit it.”  That sounds reasonable.  The Radio Fan continues “The Goldman Band on KDKA gives a program which, in my humble opinion, cannot be equalled.  But why give us a long list of classical compositions and then render at the very most but four?”  And now, dear Radio Fan, about your complaints about the Goldberg and Amos ‘n’ Andy advertising—our friend and regular conductor of this column, Si Steinhauser, who is far, far away from the job on vacation, has often and very pointedly expressed his opinion of all long-winded advertising talks.

Somehow or other, we get a funny kick out of the way some of these orchestras jazz up these sentimental tunes—you know, shrieking clarinets and heavy brass effects on a tune similar to “Somebody Stole My Gal” like Johnny Johnston’s orchestra last night on WWSW.  But it’s all right with us.

Listenin’ in on the chatter at KDKA yesterday:  Bill Rose, continuity writer and guardian angel of many a struggling entertainer, now wears the title of “Production Man.”  Congrats, Bill.

A peep into the future—via the press agents—shows that Dr. Sigmund Spaeth, the famous “Tune Detective,” will begin a new series of programs tonight under the monicker of “The Song Sleuth.”  KDKA at 8:15.

WWSW promises a new program, an hour of dance music from Webster Hall every Sunday afternoon from 5 to 6—played by Bill Cowden and his orchestra.  Remember?  They furnished the music for many of the flights of the Mythical Dirigible, piloted by Joe Sartory and Jerry Wyman.

It’s often asked:  “What do radio stars do with their money?”  P. A. (press agent) rises to the occasion again—this time to inform the world that the Boswell Sisters, Columbia stars, put every penny they earn, except $100 a week each, into a trust fund which they cannot touch for at least 10 years.  So that’s that.

Pity the poor reporters—what a ride they were taken for with Jack Benny last night.  One came puffing into the program to get some information—he was looking for some dope on that program.  Jack said he must mean Paul Small.  The program—good as usual.

If you were listening for Senator L. J. Dickinson last night and didn’t hear him, blame it on the chain; the program was cancelled at the last minute.

WWSW’s scoop last night, the Leonard-Walker fight broadcast was all wet—or almost so.  Threatening weather forced a postponement until tonight. — C. B. K.

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1rh-richard gordonSeptember 22, 1934
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Radio Highlights

Richard Gordon, well-known to everybody as “Sherlock Holmes” on the NBC, will appear on the Colonel’s Roundup over WWSW at 1:30 today!*

Mrs. Pennyfeather, who quit Raymond Knight because he wouldn’t reach any deeper in his pocket, will be heard regularly on NBC’s fast moving Morning Parade starting Tuesday Morning!

Butler, Pa., fans are incensed because some amateur operator is “hissing” Amos ‘n’ Andy by projecting a CQ call on KDKA’s wavelength every night at 7!

1rh-gloria stuartNorman Thomas, veteran Socialist leader, will speak on “Hitlerizing the Textile Strike” over NBC-WCAE at 8:15 toinight!

Dick Liebert will be up for questioning by Nellie Revell on her network program Tuesday afternoon, October 2!

*Click here to listen to a podcast which celebrates the radio history of Sherlock Holmes.  The podcast will open in a new window, and includes a complete episode of the earliest known recording of Sherlock Holmes, played by Richard Gordon, in 1933.

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Hollywood Gossip

PPG = Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
TB = Toledo Blade
TM = Time Magazine

One night Barbara [Hale] was particularly tired after a heavy day’s work at the studio.  She called Bill [Williams] to warn him of her mood, saying, “Please don’t say anything to me when I get home tonight.  I’ve had a terrible day.” . . . . . When she arrived Bill was prepared.  He had signs up through the house reading: “Hello, Honey,” “Leave your clothes on the bed, I’ll hang them up,” “Are you hungry?”  Finally as he pranced by with signs which read “Yet?” “Yet?” “Yet?” Barbara laughed. . . . . “I could have cried that night,” she says.  “I wanted to lock myself in a room and scream.  If I hadn’t forwarned Billy we might have had a squabble.  As it turned out, we had a barrel of fun.”  –TB: 09-18-1949

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At 76, Lee de Forest, who sometimes wonders why he ever invented radio’s audion tube, made a birthday wish: that the FCC enforce its ban on “those mediocre giveaway programs” and, while going about it, slap one on soap operas too. –TM: 09-05-1949

Two veteran jazz bandleaders unburdened themselves on bebop.  Sniffed schmalzy Guy Lombardo: “It’s laid a big egg.  As a matter of fact, it’s nothing.  I don’t even know what they’re doing, do you?”  Snapped Swingman Tommy Dorsey:  “I don’t like bebop, and I admit it.  I don’t know anything about it, and I don’t like the look of the people that do.” –TM: 09-05-1949

Besieged by a crush of autograph hunters at a Paris swimming meet, ex-Olympic Champion and ex-Tarzan Johnny Weissmuller fainted dead away.  –TM: 09-05-1949

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 17:  Richard Dix, 54, former film star remains in grave condition, his physician said today.  –PPG: 09-18-1949

 

Born:  To Freeman Gosden, 50, long-suffering “Amos” of radio’s perennial Amos ‘n’ Andy, and Jane Stoneham Gosden, 25, half-sister of the New York Giants’ President Horace Stoneham:  their first child (he has a son and daughter by a previous marriage), a son; in Los Angeles.  Name: Craig Leigh. Weight: 5 lbs. 4 oz. –TM: 09-12-1949

Married:  Hubert Prior (“Rudy”) Vallee, 48, oldtime crooner (Your Time Is My Time), now a Hollywood character actor (I Remember Mama); and Eleanor Kathleen Norris, 21, University of California (’49) psychology graduate; he for the fourth time; in Oakland, Calif. –TM: 09-12-1949

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