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Dr. I.Q. The Mental Banker Quiz Show

Audience members were contestants by Host Lew Valentine who would ask questions from the stage announcing "I have a gentleman (or lady), Doctor."

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16 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 5 hours, 56 min)
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Quiz shows have always been such an important part of radio programming that it is easy to assume that they have been around forever.

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In fact, one of the very first quiz shows to be broadcast nationally was Dr. I.Q., first broadcast in April 1939 over the Blue Network. The format of Dr. I.Q. was rather straightforward as quiz shows go, but it was appealing enough to last until 1950 on the radio and was made for television during the 1953-54 and the 1958-59 seasons.

The radio version of Dr. I.Q. did not have a permanent home and was remote broadcast from theaters in various cities across the nation. Audience members were used as contestants and were asked to give their name and address. Host Lew Valentine would ask questions from the stage while his assistants carried portable microphones, announcing "I have a gentleman (or lady), Doctor". Cash prizes were handed out in silver dollars along with prizes in the form of Snickers Bars from sponsor Mars Candy.

Other features included a Biographical Sketch where the contestant was given a series of clues to identify the person, the faster the subject was guessed, the bigger the prize. "The Lady in the Balcony" quiz gave a female contestant five questions, of which she could miss up to five. If she had any misses left, she would be invited back to answer five more questions. If she could last four weeks without using all five misses, she would be awarded a jackpot prize.

The Monday night editions of Dr. I.Q. were popular enough to generate a Saturday morning spin-off. Dr. I.Q. Jr. was very similar to the adult version with a few notable exceptions, probably the biggest being instead of prizes in silver dollars, the kids were awarded silver dimes. Jackpot prizes might include Schwinn bicycles, and the contestants were asked to identify their schools instead of their address.

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    Had the pleasure of being at a Dr. I. Q broadcast from the Metropolitan Theater in Boston many years ago. A great format. Fast paced. Difficult questions. The sponsor would rather have the contestant go home with a "box of chocolate Milky Ways" rather than the silver dollars cash for a correct answer. His "Thank you Doctor" responses from his assistants ( all announcers at WBZ the station that carried the program) became household words as of course "I have a lady, Doctor" from those in the balcony. Bob and Ray, just getting their act started at WHDH were masters of spoof and they referred to Dr. iQ, the Mental Banker as Dr. IJ the Mental Fox, IJ Fox being a popular local furrier. Also, because timing was so lightning fast, Assistants had to answer "Thank you Doctor"with an instant reply after they were introduced at various points in the theater. They of course did. But there was one person named Malcom McCormick who was a bit slower in saying the required TYD and the Doctor had to repeat his name. Well, Bob and a Ray came up with this when they introduced Marvin McGill in the loge.and he did not respond quickly enough- "Marvin, you are no longer with this show" to which Marvin replied- "Thank you Doctor."

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    16 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 5 hours, 56 min
    16 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 56 min
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      16 shows - total playtime 5 hours 56 minutes
      1. Dr IQ 410317 Orpheum Theater Seattle.mp3
      2. Dr IQ 390717 Current Name Of Peking Capitol Of China.mp3
      3. Dr IQ 410324 Seattle.mp3
      4. Dr IQ 410331 Orpheum Theater Seattle.mp3
      5. Dr IQ 410404 Orpheum Theater Seattle.mp3
      6. Dr IQ 410407 Orpheum Theater Seattle.mp3
      7. Dr IQ 410721 Minneapolispart1.mp3
      8. Dr IQ 410804 Minneapolispart3 Last3min.mp3
      9. Dr IQ 420126 West Point Of Air.mp3
      10. Dr IQ 420713 Date Pearl Harbor Attack Phillippines.mp3
      11. Dr IQ 460325 Pt1 930 10pm Cincinnati.mp3
      12. Dr IQ 460506 Pt1 930 10pm Indianapolis.mp3
      13. Dr IQ 480329 Countries Of Benelux firsthalf.mp3
      14. Dr IQ 480913 Captain Flint firsthalf.mp3
      15. Dr IQ Jr 480306 Robinson Crusoe.mp3
      16. Dr IQ Jr 480327 Chicagos econdhalf.mp3
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    16 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 5 hours, 56 min
    16 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 5 hours, 56 min
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      16 shows - total playtime 5 hours 56 minutes
      1. Dr IQ 410317 Orpheum Theater Seattle.mp3
      2. Dr IQ 390717 Current Name Of Peking Capitol Of China.mp3
      3. Dr IQ 410324 Seattle.mp3
      4. Dr IQ 410331 Orpheum Theater Seattle.mp3
      5. Dr IQ 410404 Orpheum Theater Seattle.mp3
      6. Dr IQ 410407 Orpheum Theater Seattle.mp3
      7. Dr IQ 410721 Minneapolispart1.mp3
      8. Dr IQ 410804 Minneapolispart3 Last3min.mp3
      9. Dr IQ 420126 West Point Of Air.mp3
      10. Dr IQ 420713 Date Pearl Harbor Attack Phillippines.mp3
      11. Dr IQ 460325 Pt1 930 10pm Cincinnati.mp3
      12. Dr IQ 460506 Pt1 930 10pm Indianapolis.mp3
      13. Dr IQ 480329 Countries Of Benelux firsthalf.mp3
      14. Dr IQ 480913 Captain Flint firsthalf.mp3
      15. Dr IQ Jr 480306 Robinson Crusoe.mp3
      16. Dr IQ Jr 480327 Chicagos econdhalf.mp3
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    16 recordings on 6 Audio CDs. Total playtime 5 hours, 56 min
    16 recordings on 6 Audio CDs
    total playtime 5 hours, 56 min

    Dr IQ Disc A001

    1. Dr IQ 390717 Current Name Of Peking Capitol Of China
    2. Dr IQ 410317 Orpheum Theater Seattle

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    Dr IQ Disc A002

    1. Dr IQ 410324 Seattle
    2. Dr IQ 410331 Orpheum Theater Seattle
    3. Dr IQ 410404 Orpheum Theater Seattle

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    Dr IQ Disc A003

    1. Dr IQ 410407 Orpheum Theater Seattle
    2. Dr IQ 410721 Minneapolispart1
    3. Dr IQ 410804 Minneapolispart3 Last3min

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    Dr IQ Disc A004

    1. Dr IQ 420126 West Point Of Air
    2. Dr IQ 420713 Date Pearl Harbor Attack Phillippines

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    Dr IQ Disc A005

    1. Dr IQ 460325 Pt1 930 10pm Cincinnati
    2. Dr IQ 460506 Pt1 930 10pm Indianapolis
    3. Dr IQ Jr 480306 Robinson Crusoe

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    Dr IQ Disc A006

    1. Dr IQ Jr 480327 Chicagos econdhalf
    2. Dr IQ 480329 Countries Of Benelux firsthalf
    3. Dr IQ 480913 Captain Flint firsthalf

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