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Ernie Kovacs Collection

Comedian and avid cigar smoker, Ernie Kovacs ad-libbed and uninhibited style changed the face of comedy.

16 old time radio show recordings
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"Tom Swift"



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About this Old Time Radio Show

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Ernie Kovacks and Cyd Charis
Comic Ernie Kovacs was one of television's true pioneers and is often considered one of the mediums first video artists. His genius stemmed not only from his ability to think of things that would make up laugh, but from his willingness to try just about anything to put the audience in stitches.

Ernie's dad had been a beat cop in Trenton, New Jersey, before improving his station as a "beverage dealer" during Prohibition. The family's fortunes declined when prohibition came to an end and Ernie had to transfer from private to public school. Ernie KovacksThe only class that held his interest was drama, and he managed to win a scholarship to the American Academy of Performing Arts. He cut his teeth doing summer stock work, but illness landed him in the hospital for more than a year. While in the hospital he developed an appreciation for classical music from the radio and developed his comedic talents performing for the doctors and other patients. After his recovery, he went home to live with his mother and took a job as a cigar salesman.

The same teacher who helped Ernie get his scholarship helped him win an audition at WTTM, Trenton, where he landed a late night DJ spot and became the station's "special events director". With his own sound truck, he could and did show up anywhere in and around Trenton.

When Ernie landed a TV job in Philadelphia he was given the wake up show Three To Get Ready. Sponsors wanted nothing to do with Ernie's crazy antics, but the audience loved it. The show's producer brought a pretty blond on board named Edie Adams, and Ernie was smitten. The couple eventually eloped to Mexico City.

No gag was too outrageous for Ernie to try. He once spent the programs entire budget to dig a hole under a Nash Metropolitan. When Ernie slapped the hood on camera, the whole car disappeared into the hole. He showed his ability to "smoke" under water by releasing milk from his mouth while sitting in a glass tank in the studio.

Ernie Kovacs was killed in an auto accident in Los Angeles in 1962, just as his career was getting ready to take off. At his funeral, the pastor said that Ernie summed up his short life in two sentences: "I was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1919 to a Hungarian couple. I've been smoking cigars ever since."

Ernie Kovacks

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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.



    16 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 1 hours, 3 min
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      16 shows - total playtime 1 hours 3 minutes
      1. Ernie Kovacs 01 Tom Swift.mp3
      2. Ernie Kovacs 02 J Walter Puppybreath.mp3
      3. Ernie Kovacs 03 Albert Gridley.mp3
      4. Ernie Kovacs 04 Worlds Strongest Man.mp3
      5. Ernie Kovacs 05 Mans Best Friend.mp3
      6. Ernie Kovacs 06 Droongo.mp3
      7. Ernie Kovacs 07 John.mp3
      8. Ernie Kovacs 08 Percy Dovetonsils Stanleys.mp3
      9. Ernie Kovacs 09 Mack Knife1.mp3
      10. Ernie Kovacs 10 Percy Dovetonsils Bookworm.mp3
      11. Ernie Kovacs 11 Strangely Believe Its1.mp3
      12. Ernie Kovacs 12 Pierre Ragout1.mp3
      13. Ernie Kovacs 13 Mr Question Man1.mp3
      14. Ernie Kovacs 14 Uncle Buddy.mp3
      15. Ernie Kovacs 15 Oddities In News.mp3
      16. You Bet Your Life 580331 Secret Word Name Ernie Kovacs.mp3
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    16 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 1 hours, 3 min
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      16 shows - total playtime 1 hours 3 minutes
      1. Ernie Kovacs 01 Tom Swift.mp3
      2. Ernie Kovacs 02 J Walter Puppybreath.mp3
      3. Ernie Kovacs 03 Albert Gridley.mp3
      4. Ernie Kovacs 04 Worlds Strongest Man.mp3
      5. Ernie Kovacs 05 Mans Best Friend.mp3
      6. Ernie Kovacs 06 Droongo.mp3
      7. Ernie Kovacs 07 John.mp3
      8. Ernie Kovacs 08 Percy Dovetonsils Stanleys.mp3
      9. Ernie Kovacs 09 Mack Knife1.mp3
      10. Ernie Kovacs 10 Percy Dovetonsils Bookworm.mp3
      11. Ernie Kovacs 11 Strangely Believe Its1.mp3
      12. Ernie Kovacs 12 Pierre Ragout1.mp3
      13. Ernie Kovacs 13 Mr Question Man1.mp3
      14. Ernie Kovacs 14 Uncle Buddy.mp3
      15. Ernie Kovacs 15 Oddities In News.mp3
      16. You Bet Your Life 580331 Secret Word Name Ernie Kovacs.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



    16 recordings on 1 Audio CD
    total playtime 1 hours, 3 min

    Disc A001

    1. Ernie Kovacs 01 Tom Swift
    2. Ernie Kovacs 02 J Walter Puppybreath
    3. Ernie Kovacs 03 Albert Gridley
    4. Ernie Kovacs 04 Worlds Strongest Man
    5. Ernie Kovacs 05 Mans Best Friend
    6. Ernie Kovacs 06 Droongo
    7. Ernie Kovacs 07 John
    8. Ernie Kovacs 08 Percy Dovetonsils Stanleys
    9. Ernie Kovacs 09 Mack Knife1
    10. Ernie Kovacs 10 Percy Dovetonsils Bookworm
    11. Ernie Kovacs 11 Strangely Believe Its1
    12. Ernie Kovacs 12 Pierre Ragout1
    13. Ernie Kovacs 13 Mr Question Man1
    14. Ernie Kovacs 14 Uncle Buddy
    15. Ernie Kovacs 15 Oddities In News
    16. You Bet Your Life 580331 Secret Word Name Ernie Kovacs

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