Recently, I uncovered a 100-page edition of Radio Television Mirror within my vintage magazine collection. In between advertisements for Listerine toothpaste and Cavalier cigarettes, was a 1950 survey of America’s favorite radio and television programs. This survey was touted as special as the voters were radio and television audiences — not magazine editors.
Following are just a few of the over 50 categories— everything from favorite TV sports announcer to favorite radio orchestra leader (can you guess who one that category? Answer at end)
Introducing the results for this year is an article written by the first winner: Favorite TV Master of Ceremonies: Ed Sullivan for his show “Toast of the Town,” sponsored by Lincoln-Mercury.
Following was another personal article written by the wife of the winner of Favorite TV Singer: Perry Como. She reveals that Perry ran his own barber shop and singing was merely a hobby.
Favorite radio comedy: Red Skelton in his fourth consecutive win in this category.
Favorite TV daytime program: “Kate Smith Hour.” Smith became most known for her rendition of “God Bless America.”
Favorite male radio singer: Bing Crosby, who was heard at 9:30 p.m. on CBS.
Favorite radio husband-wife team: “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” Harriet Nelson describes their two-story Cape Cod Colonial off Franklin Street in Hollywood which she describes as a very pleasant country atmosphere.
Favorite children’s radio program: “No School Today,” aka Big Jon & Sparky, which can be heard every Saturday morning at 9 on ABC.
Favorite TV homemaking expert: Betty Crocker dramatizes an individual’s cooking problem, amply demonstrating ways to achieve the best recipe results. 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Favorite nighttime TV quiz program: “You Bet Your Life” with Groucho Marx. Marx hosts a hilarious half-hour of questions, quips on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.
Favorite radio mystery program: “Dragnet” with Jack Webb. Dragnet stories are based on actual cases from the Los Angeles police files and airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.
Favorite radio cowboy actor: Gene Autry. Autry is home on the range Saturdays at 8 p.m. on CBS where he sings his particular brand of western music.
Favorite radio orchestra leader: Guy Lombardo. Guy Lombardo won in this category the previous year also and can be heard at 9:30 on MBS stations.