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The ABC Breakfast Club with Don McNeil Also Known as The Don McNeil Show and later NBC Breakfast Club

Hosted by Don McNeill, the Breakfast Club was plugged as "a get-together time for all of us who smile before breakfast and then can't break the habit all day long – a place to come to when a feller needs a friend."

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(total playtime 19 hours, 57 min)
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Don McNeil and Fran

Morning Variety Show (1933 - 68)

Don McNeal"He woos you wives while you're at work ..."

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The Breakfast Club helped to establish the morning show as a radio desirable. Until the popularity of The Breakfast Club, morning spots were ill-filled and not very profitable. Hosted by Don McNeill, the Breakfast Club was plugged as "a get-together time for all of us who smile before breakfast and then can't break the habit all day long – a place to come to when a feller needs a friend." The show began with corny jokes, no sponsor, and a host with a dream.

Breakfast ClubMcNeill soon dropped the script and began doing the show by the seat of his pants, interviewing audience members and earned the The Breakfast Club its reputation as "radio's most unrehearsed show." Listeners started tuning in, Cream of Wheat put up a sponsorship, and guests got better. Among the Breakfast Club regulars lieJim and Marion Jordan (just before their fame as Fibber McGee and Molly), Marion Mann, Patsy Lee, Johnny Desmond, Alice Lon (famed later as the "Champagne Lady on Lawrence Welk) and Homer and Jethro.

See also: Chesterfield Supper Club and for more breakfast radio shows, see also:

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    I love being able to get so many "Breakfast Club" shows at such a reasonable price. I'm 76, and listened to it every day from age 6-8 in Chicago with my folks, at least my mother after Dad had gone to work at Swift, the sponsor. I do wish that the compilation somehow had the dates of the shows. (I realize that could be a lot of work.) One particular show would be important: Sept. 13, 1949. I'm assuming that was the date -- my late brother Jim's 5th birthday -- when Dad took Jim to a "Breakfast Show" broadcast. One feature at the time was the March Around the Breakfast Table, which got audience members up on their feet. We heard McNeil coax an uncooperative kid: "C'mon, the boy in the cowboy hat -- let's get up and march!" Jim was kind of a shy kid and was wearing his new cowboy hat when he left the house. I'm hoping to find that episode and confirm that I really heard it.

    Richard Verified Purchase

    I hope your brother Jim still had a good time marching around the table! I'm sorry to say I don't believe I have the 1949 recording you had in mind unfortunately. You can see the list of contents is listed down below on the log page of each series. The numbers on the episodes are the broadcast dates listed as YYMMDD (so for example a July 4, 1947 show would appear as '470704').

    Jon

    It probably wasn't all that different from a lot of early television shows. The early Today Show, for example, where Dave Garroway sat at a desk with monitors behind him and a lot of clocks showing the time in various cities. Or "You Bet Your Life," which actually was a radio show shown on television, Groucho sitting at a high desk with a microphone in front of him and contestants standing at floor mics. Yet YBYL did well on television and Breakfast Club didn't.

    Joeph Verified Purchase

    It was on our radio, every morning, when I was a kid. "Once more around the breakfast table!"

    Vince Verified Purchase

    I Tell ANYONE who will listen how much & WHY I love OTR; but that of ALL the places that have OTR; OTRCat ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

    Debbie

    My mother, Irene Verner sang as a regular on the show in the early days. Prior to that she and one sister, Ebba, and another lady sang as the Sophisticates. They even went to the same high school with the Andrews Sisters and competed with one another. I'm not sure she continued on the Breakfast club up until 1937, as that was when my older sister was born, but I sure would be delighted to find a few of the shows that she sang on. She and my Dad, Robert S. Gebhardt, Trombone, worked many of the big bands in the 30's and were all over the US. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Richard Hewitt

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    35 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 19 hours, 57 min
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      35 shows - total playtime 19 hours 57 minutes
      1. Breakfast Club 371206 Gold Mine in the Sky. mp3.mp3
      2. Breakfast Club 411208 Britain Declares War on Japan.mp3.mp3
      3. Breakfast Club 430000 Don's train arrives late.mp3.mp3
      4. Breakfast Club 430213 Chicago Navy Cadets.mp3.mp3
      5. Breakfast Club 450621 Guest singer Curley Bradley.mp3.mp3
      6. Breakfast Club 450622 Remote from Racine, Wisconsin.mp3.mp3
      7. Breakfast Club 450623 Remote from Sheboygan, Wisconsin.mp3.mp3
      8. Breakfast Club 470000 U.S. Savings Bond Show.mp3.mp3
      9. Breakfast Club 530623 20th Anniversary Broadcast.mp3.mp3
      10. Breakfast Club 580200 Dick Noel has Strep Throat.mp3.mp3
      11. Breakfast Club 580200 Guest Singer Ann Leonardo.mp3.mp3
      12. Breakfast Club 580200 Guest Singer Gary Mann.mp3.mp3
      13. Breakfast Club 580228 Guest Bob Hope.mp3.mp3
      14. Breakfast Club 580600 Guest Emmett Kelly.mp3.mp3
      15. Breakfast Club 580600 Guest Host Ted Mack.mp3.mp3
      16. Breakfast Club 590400 Guest Singer Charlie Applewhite.mp3.mp3
      17. Breakfast Club 590400 National Secretaries Week.mp3.mp3
      18. Breakfast Club 590904 National Newspaper Carriers Day.mp3.mp3
      19. Breakfast Club 600600 Chicago International Trade Fair.mp3.mp3
      20. Breakfast Club 600600 Guest Host Warren Hull.mp3.mp3
      21. Breakfast Club 600700 Guest Miss New Zealand.mp3.mp3
      22. Breakfast Club 600700 Reporters in Town.mp3.mp3
      23. Breakfast Club 600800 The Nickelodeon Rag.mp3.mp3
      24. Breakfast Club 600800 Anita Kerr Singers.mp3.mp3
      25. Breakfast Club 600800 Guests from Hillsdale, Illinois.mp3.mp3
      26. Breakfast Club 600902 Christmas in September. mp3.mp3
      27. Breakfast Club 610300 Champion Babysitter.mp3.mp3
      28. Breakfast Club 610300 Guest Ilka Chase.mp3.mp3
      29. Breakfast Club 650617 Guest Don DeFore.mp3.mp3
      30. Breakfast Club 680917 Music to Watch Girls By.mp3.mp3
      31. Breakfast Club 680927 Pearly King and Queen of London.mp3.mp3
      32. Breakfast Club 681128 Thanksgiving Show.mp3.mp3
      33. Breakfast Club 681129 Recalling 1953.mp3.mp3
      34. Breakfast Club 681227 Final Broadcast.mp3.mp3
      35. Breakfast Club590400 High School Senior Classes.mp3.mp3
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    35 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 19 hours, 57 min
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      35 shows - total playtime 19 hours 57 minutes
      1. Breakfast Club 371206 Gold Mine in the Sky. mp3.mp3
      2. Breakfast Club 411208 Britain Declares War on Japan.mp3.mp3
      3. Breakfast Club 430000 Don's train arrives late.mp3.mp3
      4. Breakfast Club 430213 Chicago Navy Cadets.mp3.mp3
      5. Breakfast Club 450621 Guest singer Curley Bradley.mp3.mp3
      6. Breakfast Club 450622 Remote from Racine, Wisconsin.mp3.mp3
      7. Breakfast Club 450623 Remote from Sheboygan, Wisconsin.mp3.mp3
      8. Breakfast Club 470000 U.S. Savings Bond Show.mp3.mp3
      9. Breakfast Club 530623 20th Anniversary Broadcast.mp3.mp3
      10. Breakfast Club 580200 Dick Noel has Strep Throat.mp3.mp3
      11. Breakfast Club 580200 Guest Singer Ann Leonardo.mp3.mp3
      12. Breakfast Club 580200 Guest Singer Gary Mann.mp3.mp3
      13. Breakfast Club 580228 Guest Bob Hope.mp3.mp3
      14. Breakfast Club 580600 Guest Emmett Kelly.mp3.mp3
      15. Breakfast Club 580600 Guest Host Ted Mack.mp3.mp3
      16. Breakfast Club 590400 Guest Singer Charlie Applewhite.mp3.mp3
      17. Breakfast Club 590400 National Secretaries Week.mp3.mp3
      18. Breakfast Club 590904 National Newspaper Carriers Day.mp3.mp3
      19. Breakfast Club 600600 Chicago International Trade Fair.mp3.mp3
      20. Breakfast Club 600600 Guest Host Warren Hull.mp3.mp3
      21. Breakfast Club 600700 Guest Miss New Zealand.mp3.mp3
      22. Breakfast Club 600700 Reporters in Town.mp3.mp3
      23. Breakfast Club 600800 The Nickelodeon Rag.mp3.mp3
      24. Breakfast Club 600800 Anita Kerr Singers.mp3.mp3
      25. Breakfast Club 600800 Guests from Hillsdale, Illinois.mp3.mp3
      26. Breakfast Club 600902 Christmas in September. mp3.mp3
      27. Breakfast Club 610300 Champion Babysitter.mp3.mp3
      28. Breakfast Club 610300 Guest Ilka Chase.mp3.mp3
      29. Breakfast Club 650617 Guest Don DeFore.mp3.mp3
      30. Breakfast Club 680917 Music to Watch Girls By.mp3.mp3
      31. Breakfast Club 680927 Pearly King and Queen of London.mp3.mp3
      32. Breakfast Club 681128 Thanksgiving Show.mp3.mp3
      33. Breakfast Club 681129 Recalling 1953.mp3.mp3
      34. Breakfast Club 681227 Final Broadcast.mp3.mp3
      35. Breakfast Club590400 High School Senior Classes.mp3.mp3
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    35 recordings on 21 Audio CDs
    total playtime 19 hours, 57 min

    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A001

    1. Breakfast Club 371206 Gold Mine in the Sky. mp3

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A002

    1. Breakfast Club 411208 Britain Declares War on Japan

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A003

    1. Breakfast Club 430000 Don's train arrives late
    2. Breakfast Club 430213 Chicago Navy Cadets
    3. Breakfast Club 450621 Guest singer Curley Bradley

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A004

    1. Breakfast Club 450622 Remote from Racine, Wisconsin
    2. Breakfast Club 450623 Remote from Sheboygan, Wisconsin
    3. Breakfast Club 470000 U.S. Savings Bond Show

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A005

    1. Breakfast Club 530623 20th Anniversary Broadcast

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A006

    1. Breakfast Club 580200 Dick Noel has Strep Throat
    2. Breakfast Club 580200 Guest Singer Ann Leonardo

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A007

    1. Breakfast Club 580200 Guest Singer Gary Mann
    2. Breakfast Club 580228 Guest Bob Hope

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A008

    1. Breakfast Club 580600 Guest Emmett Kelly
    2. Breakfast Club 580600 Guest Host Ted Mack

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A009

    1. Breakfast Club 590400 Guest Singer Charlie Applewhite
    2. Breakfast Club 590400 National Secretaries Week

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A010

    1. Breakfast Club590400 High School Senior Classes
    2. Breakfast Club 590904 National Newspaper Carriers Day

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A011

    1. Breakfast Club 600600 Chicago International Trade Fair
    2. Breakfast Club 600600 Guest Host Warren Hull

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A012

    1. Breakfast Club 600700 Guest Miss New Zealand
    2. Breakfast Club 600700 Reporters in Town

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A013

    1. Breakfast Club 600800 The Nickelodeon Rag
    2. Breakfast Club 600800 Anita Kerr Singers

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A014

    1. Breakfast Club 600800 Guests from Hillsdale, Illinois
    2. Breakfast Club 600902 Christmas in September. mp3

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A015

    1. Breakfast Club 610300 Champion Babysitter
    2. Breakfast Club 610300 Guest Ilka Chase

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A016

    1. Breakfast Club 650617 Guest Don DeFore

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A017

    1. Breakfast Club 680917 Music to Watch Girls By

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A018

    1. Breakfast Club 680927 Pearly King and Queen of London

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A019

    1. Breakfast Club 681128 Thanksgiving Show

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A020

    1. Breakfast Club 681129 Recalling 1953

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    Breakfast Club (Don McNeil) Disc A021

    1. Breakfast Club 681227 Final Broadcast

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