Texaco Star Theater, Radio Episodes with Fred Allen

Fred was very populat as a radio personality. He bragged he had a face that was made for radio.

The audio is not high fidelity, but it is very good quality. These shows are most likely copies from the original transcriptions. They sound better here than the broadcast quality of AM radio at the time the show was performed.

This is Fred Allen with his unique voice. He surrounded himself on radio with a cast of characters who managed always to frustate himself. The player above seems to work with Upera and Google Chrome but it might not play with Internet Explorer. To play use the black bar at the top of the red rectangle. The volume control is on the right side of the black bar. The arrows on the left advance from one show to the next.

Some of these are World War Two broadcasts. You will hear references to "...for the duration..." which was a common phrase meaning until the end of the war.

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I have no connection with Texaco or the producers or actors of this show.

Texaco Star Theater has long been in the public domain. This audio of the show is available at The Internet Archive and here. Texaco Star Theater was a wonderful program of the Golden Era of US entertainment history. It started as a radio program starring Ed Wynn. Later the star was Fred Allen. When it moved to television in June of 1948, the first host was Milton Berle. Milton was an unknown, more or less, at the time of that broadcast. He had starred on his own radio program and had been a featured performer on the shows of others. But this was television.

Television was made for Milton Berle and Milton was made for television. After the first show the producers dropped the original idea of having a different host each week. Milton was a smash. The show was the biggest thing on TV for five or more years. The press hated it. The people loved it. More than 80% of all TV sets in the US that were being watched on Tuesday nights were tuned to The Texaco Star Theater. No other TV show has come close to that record.

Milton was a known radio performer, but he did not become a huge star until he was seen on the small screen in 1948. The radio shows in the player above will give you an idea how the show began before television came along.

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