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Tillie Losch, Fred Astaire, Adele Astaire, Frank Morgan and Helen Broderick. (1931)
Variety Show (1935-1939)

Magic Key Amos and Andy The beginning of commercial radio was a fragile time. The technology that the industry would need was for the most part developed by the end of the First World War. The budding networks could not sell programing unless there were radio sets for people to hear them on, and consumers would not buy radios unless there was worthwhile programing to hear.

The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was in the business of selling radio sets.  In 1919 General Electric bought together the assets of several smaller radio related concerns, along with some belonging to the Navy, to form RCA. GE and RCA, along with AT&T and Westinghouse Electric would develop many innovations in radio communications, and form the National Broadcasting Company. The Magic Key of RCA was a fun and star-packed hour on Saturday nights, dedicated to selling RCA radios.

You didn't need an RCA radio to listen to The Magic Key, but the program did a good job of convincing the audience that RCA products were filled with innovation and quality. If all you had to go by was the quality of the Magic Key program, then you couldn't go wrong with RCA!

Fred Astaire and sister Adele AstaireMagic Key ran from 1935 through 1939 as a Saturday night variety program. Milton Cross and Ben Grauer, both of whom would continue to be important parts of network history, hosted the show, and conducted some of the celebrity interviews. The NBC house orchestra was led by Frank Black for most of the run, with Nathaniel Shilkret taking over the baton in 1939. Stoopnagle and Budd provided a regular comic interlude, and the show feature a veritable "Who's Who" of the late 30's entertainment world: Ruth Etting, Fibber McGee and Molly, John B. Kennedy, Rudolf Ganz, Casper Beardon, Paul Robeson, Jane Froman, Doris Weston, Frank Forrest, Paul Taylor Chorus, Margaret Brill, Rudy Vallée, Irving Berlin, Darryl Zanuck, Jan Peerce,Tommy Dorsey, Jack Harris, Ann Jameson, Sonja Henie, Tyrone Power, Walter Abel, Whitney Bern and George Shelley. There were also appearances by Amos 'n' Andy, Lum and Abner, Paul Whiteman, Efrem Zimbalist, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Vienna Boys' Choir, Benny Goodman, Gladys Swarthout, Ray Noble, Guy Lombardo, Richard Himber, Eugene Ormandy, Lauritz Melchior, Fred MacMurray, Walt Disney and the Pickens Sisters.

The Magic Key, broadcast live, not only featured talent in front of a studio audience, but featured many remote broadcasts, including Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald Duck and Pluto from Hollywood, broadcasts of Marine Corps "Helldiver" aircraft, transmission from submerged submarine crews, and reports from Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnival in Rio. A weekly feature was roving reporter John B. Kennedy who took his microphone to the Bronx Zoo to visit a groundhog, interviewed the head of Hudson Motors in Detroit while looking at the 1936 car models, and to the RCA overseas broadcast center in Long Island.

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Volume 1: 25 shows - total playtime 22 hours 41 minutes

Magic Key 350929 001 Welcome To Magic Key Of Rca
Magic Key 351013 002 Sixteenth Anniversary Of Rca
Magic Key 351020 003 Othello
Magic Key 351027 004 Salute To Navy Day Guest Bea Lillie
Magic Key 351103 005 A Touch Of Brimstone
Magic Key 351110 006 Mutiny On Bounty
Magic Key 351117 007 Dance Of Russian Sailors
Magic Key 351201 009 Porgy And Bess
Magic Key 351208 010 Prelude To Wedding Scene From Lohengrin
Magic Key 351215 011 At Home Abroad
Magic Key 351225 Special Christmas Concert
Magic Key 351229 013 Dear Old Darling
Magic Key 360112 015 Guest Adele Astaire Pickens Sisters
Magic Key 360126 016 Chinese New Year Celebrations
Magic Key 360209 018 Thirteen Hours By Air
Magic Key 360216 019 Winter Sports Scenes From Montreal
Magic Key 360223 020 Mardi Gras In Rio And New Orleans
Magic Key 360301 021 Guest Cornelia Otis Skinner Minneapolis Symphony
Magic Key 360308 022 Call It A Day
Magic Key 360322 024 New England Floods
Magic Key 360329 025 A School For Scandal
Magic Key 360405 026 Justice
Magic Key 360510 031 Erna Sack Sings From Leipzig
Magic Key 360524 033 Guest Fats Waller Helen Jepson
Magic Key 360607 035 Yodelers Performing From Swiss Alps

Volume 2: 25 shows - total playtime 24 hours 28 minutes

Magic Key 360614 036 Allwagner Program
Magic Key 360705 039 Overture To The Marriage Of Figaro
Magic Key 360823 046 Seeing America First San Francisco
Magic Key 360920 050 Seeing America First Brooklyns Ebbets Field
Magic Key 360927 051 Faust
Magic Key 361018 054 Romeo And Juliet
Magic Key 361025 055 White Horse Inn
Magic Key 361108 057 Guest San Francisco Opera Company
Magic Key 361115 058 Rembrandt
Magic Key 361129 060 Seeing Eye Training School For Dogs
Magic Key 361220 063 Guest Robert Benchley Bill Robinson
Magic Key 361227 064 Guest Moscow Cathedral Choir
Magic Key 370103 065 Polonaise Militaire
Magic Key 370207 070 Miss Bent Bows
Magic Key 370418 080 Prelude And Fugue In F Minor
Magic Key 370502 082 National Music Week
Magic Key 370516 084 10 th Anniversary Of Lindberghs Flight
Magic Key 370704 091 Make A Wish
Magic Key 370815 097 Flight From Glory
Magic Key 370912 101 Tribute To George M. Cohan
Magic Key 371107 109 Guest Gertrud Wettergren Eve Curie
Magic Key 371114 110 Perpetuum Mobile
Magic Key 371226 116 Guest Helsinki University Chorus
Magic Key 380102 117 Mercury Theatres Julius Caesar
Magic Key 380109 118 Guest Eleanor Roosevelt Carl Hartmann

Volume 3: 18 shows - total playtime 17 hours 39 minutes

Magic Key 380327 129 Coriolanus Overture
Magic Key 380410 131 Le Caprice De Nannette
Magic Key 380417 132 Carnival Overture
Magic Key 380424 133 Academic Festival Overture
Magic Key 380501 134 15 th Annual National Music Week
Magic Key 380925 155 3 rd Anniversary Paderewskis Us Radio Debut
Magic Key 381023 158 Salute To Navy Day Guest Rose Bampton
Magic Key 381106 160 Abe Lincoln In Illinois
Magic Key 381211 165 Eric Blore Explains American Football
Magic Key 390129 172 Salute To Victor Herbert
Magic Key 390205 173 A Sunny Morning
Magic Key 390212 174 Lincoln Day Appreciation By Alexander Woollcott
Magic Key 390226 176 Allpaderewski Program
Magic Key 390312 178 Guest Jan Piepura
Magic Key 390402 181 Preview Of Army Day
Magic Key 390430 185 Katherine Parr Halfhour Show
Magic Key 390514 187 Wholl Buy My Lavender
Magic Key 390521 188 Peg O My Heart



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