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Break the Bank

The Highest Paying Quiz Show in Radio's Golden Age!

4 old time radio show recordings
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1 MP3 CD
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2 Audio CDs


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Play a sample episode from October 05, 1949:

"The Blains"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Quiz Show (1945-1950)

Break the Bank on the air.Break the BankBreak the Bank began as a summertime show during the war. With a different host each week, greenhorn-host Bert Parks, fresh faced and just back from the war, greatly impressed the producers and was made the permanent host when the show became a weekly Saturday morning program in 1945. After WWII, quiz shows were the hottest thing and the radio waves exploded with tough questions and hefty giveaways. Break the Bank was promoted as “the highest paying quiz program in the world,” according to a 1948 Radio Mirror.The show was created for intelligent people with elephant memories for both useful and useless facts. The show began with $1,000 in the “bank” and increased each week until someone hit the jackpot. The highest paid winner was Mrs. Powers, a young mother who became a contestant on the show because her three-year-old son ran onto the stage just before air time. Scurrying to retrieve him, she was offered a place with the contestants by the courteous Bert Parks. After eight correct answers, she walked out of the studio $9,020 richer. So grab some Cheetos and dust off your thinking cap, because it’s time to see if you can Break the Bank!

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    4 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 1 hours, 27 min
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      4 shows - total playtime 1 hours 27 minutes
      1. Break The Bank 491005 The Blains.mp3
      2. Break The Bank 500201.mp3
      3. Break The Bank Jackpot Starts At $1,350.mp3
      4. Break The Bank Last Round About Presidents.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    4 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 1 hours, 27 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      4 shows - total playtime 1 hours 27 minutes
      1. Break The Bank 491005 The Blains.mp3
      2. Break The Bank 500201.mp3
      3. Break The Bank Jackpot Starts At $1,350.mp3
      4. Break The Bank Last Round About Presidents.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    4 recordings on 2 Audio CDs
    total playtime 1 hours, 27 min

    Disc A001

    1. Break The Bank Jackpot Starts At $1,350
    2. Break The Bank Last Round About Presidents
    3. Break The Bank 491005 The Blains

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    Disc A002

    1. Break The Bank 500201

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