Welcome to OTRCAT.com: Old Time Radio Catalog
Loading. Please wait...

Henry Morgan

Henry Morgan was a professional humorist, but network executives and his sponsors would argue that his business was making their lives miserable. Fans tuned in to hear what he had to say, and that is what kept him on the air.

Henry Morgan

21 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 9 hours, 1637 min)
available in the following formats:

1 MP3 CD
or
10 Audio CDs


Choose your CD format
or order disks individually: Add to Cart
Add to wishlist
Play a sample episode from May 07, 1947:

"A Salute To The School"



... or click here to save the Mp3 file to your computer
Print

Text on OTRCAT.com ©2001-2024 OTRCAT INC All Rights Reserved. Reproduction is prohibited.

Henry Morgan
(1904 – 1988)

Comedy (1940 - 50)

Henry MorganHenry Morgan, born Henry Lerner Von Ost Jr., started out very young in the radio business, at age 16 to be exact, as a page boy at WMCA, New York. From there, he hopped from Station to Station for 3 years; dubbed "the youngest announcer in radio," while becoming fluent in English, German, French, and Russian during his radio crusade. It was during this time that he made a certain impromptu remark about a certain Tavern, a sponsor of his job at the time, WOR-New York, that wanted to acknowledge its closeness in relation to New York City. Instead of FIRING Morgan for belittling of a station sponsor, his superiors decided to give him is own 15-minute show, known at the time as Meet Mr. Morgan, at the most obscure and bizarre time slot available, in order to vent his frustrations. After a month or so, the executives at WOR decided that the time slot was too bizarre, so they moved the show to three times a week in the early evening, in order to rotate with Superman during the week. This seemed to benefit Henry Morgan because he became an instant cult hero in Manhattan. He became such a hit, that Superman had to be moved from its time slot in order to compensate.Probably, Superman's greatest enemy was not kryptonite, but rather a very witty, but mostly brash, young man. Before Howard Stern, there was Andy Kaufman, and before Kaufman, there was Henry Morgan. His weekly barrage of slanderous comments towards his sponsors, mainly to either spite his executives or to whet his appetite for the outrageous, fascinated the audience's attention and brought them back week after week.

The show, opened to the theme of For He's a Jolly Good Fellow, which was extended from 15-minutes to 30-minutes, aired six times a week when it was in its prime. All of Morgan's shows were ad-libbed, with no rehearsal or studio audience required. Some infamous comments against his sponsor came against the Life Savers Company, where he accused the company of bamboozling the public by boring holes through their candies, while he offered to advocate his own brand of "Morgan's Mint Middles." He usually closed all his shows while referring to himself in the third person, "Morgan'll be on this same corner in front of the cigar stand next week at this same time."

Text on OTRCAT.com ©2001-2024 OTRCAT INC All Rights Reserved. Reproduction is prohibited.

These classic recordings are available in the following formats:

  • Show Rating

    3
    3     0


    COMMENTS

    I remember occasionally hearing him On WOR in New York.

    Jake

    Henry was a very funny guy. As a child I remember him mostly from I've Got A Secret but once the internet came along I was able to enjoy other things he had done. He defined the word curmudgeon! In his prime he was popular enough where he could mock his sponsors. If the sponsor didn't like it they could leave as another would move in. It turned out having Henry make fun of your program equaled sales! He wrote an interesting and entertaining book on his life, "Here's Morgan". Written right before he passed. One of his later appearances was in 1984 on Dennis Letterman and can be found on you tube. It's rather bizarre. Henry is mostly forgotton today but he was one of a kind. Search for his stuff and you might find it interesting. The cantankerous humorist passed in 1994 of lung cancer. He was 79.

    Joe Verified Purchase

    Among the great satirists, Morgan had a droll style that may lead some listeners to dismiss the depth of his comments. Once you catch on to what he is doing and how, even his silence is hilarious

    George Verified Purchase

    If you know Henry Morgan from his appearances on I’ve Got A Secret or his radio broadcasts on Monitor, then you know what you’re getting with these radio shows — a witty grump who had a unique charm. It is a shame that he never found a vehicle for his special talents.

    Michael

    One of the funniest shows I've ever heard, in any medium, in any timeframe.

    Tony Verified Purchase

    Leave a comment

    You have reached the maximum number of votes for a unregistered user.

    Please login or create a new account to continue...

    You have reached the maximum number to down votes in this page.

  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    21 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 9 hours, 1637 min
    21 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 9 hours, 1637 min
    Add MP3 CD Collection to Cart

    1. 21 shows – total playtime 9 hours, 27 minutes
    2. fred 490306 How Important is IQ guest Henry Morgan.mp3
    3. Henry Morgan 420604.mp3
    4. Henry Morgan 460314 Foolishness.mp3
    5. Henry Morgan 461030 Pockets.mp3
    6. Henry Morgan 461225 Christmas Story.mp3
    7. Henry Morgan 470115.mp3
    8. Henry Morgan 470205 Radio Jokes.mp3
    9. Henry Morgan 470305.mp3
    10. Henry Morgan 470423 Tries to Buy a New Car.mp3
    11. Henry Morgan 470430 035 The Discovery of People.mp3
    12. Henry Morgan 470528 Vacation Time.mp3
    13. Henry Morgan 470618.mp3
    14. Henry Morgan 470917.mp3
    15. Henry Morgan 470924 First Show From Hollywood.mp3
    16. Henry Morgan 471008 Tom Mix Master.mp3
    17. Henry Morgan 471015 Just Plain Mr Wagstaff.mp3
    18. Henry Morgan 471029 Stan Freberg.mp3
    19. Henry Morgan 481001.mp3
    20. Henry Morgan 491014 Spoofs News Commentators.mp3
    21. Henry Morgan 590000 Program 3.mp3
    22. Take A Note 390417 Henry Morgan Audition Show.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    21 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 9 hours, 1637 min
    21 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    229 MB – total playtime 9 hours, 27 min
    Add Instant Download Collection to Cart

    1. 21 shows – 229 MB – total playtime 9 hours, 27 minutes
    2. fred 490306 How Important is IQ guest Henry Morgan.mp3
    3. Henry Morgan 420604.mp3
    4. Henry Morgan 460314 Foolishness.mp3
    5. Henry Morgan 461030 Pockets.mp3
    6. Henry Morgan 461225 Christmas Story.mp3
    7. Henry Morgan 470115.mp3
    8. Henry Morgan 470205 Radio Jokes.mp3
    9. Henry Morgan 470305.mp3
    10. Henry Morgan 470423 Tries to Buy a New Car.mp3
    11. Henry Morgan 470430 035 The Discovery of People.mp3
    12. Henry Morgan 470528 Vacation Time.mp3
    13. Henry Morgan 470618.mp3
    14. Henry Morgan 470917.mp3
    15. Henry Morgan 470924 First Show From Hollywood.mp3
    16. Henry Morgan 471008 Tom Mix Master.mp3
    17. Henry Morgan 471015 Just Plain Mr Wagstaff.mp3
    18. Henry Morgan 471029 Stan Freberg.mp3
    19. Henry Morgan 481001.mp3
    20. Henry Morgan 491014 Spoofs News Commentators.mp3
    21. Henry Morgan 590000 Program 3.mp3
    22. Take A Note 390417 Henry Morgan Audition Show.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



    21 recordings on 10 Audio CDs. Total playtime 9 hours, 27 min
    21 recordings on 10 Audio CDs
    total playtime 9 hours, 27 min

    Henry Morgan Disc A001

    1. Take A Note 390417 Henry Morgan Audition Show
    2. Henry Morgan 420604
    3. Henry Morgan 460314 Foolishness

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Henry Morgan Disc A002

    1. Henry Morgan 461030 Pockets
    2. Henry Morgan 461225 Christmas Story

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Henry Morgan Disc A003

    1. Henry Morgan 470115
    2. Henry Morgan 470205 Radio Jokes

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Henry Morgan Disc A004

    1. Henry Morgan 470305
    2. Henry Morgan 470423 Tries to Buy a New Car

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Henry Morgan Disc A005

    1. Henry Morgan 470430 035 The Discovery of People
    2. Henry Morgan 470528 Vacation Time

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Henry Morgan Disc A006

    1. Henry Morgan 470618
    2. Henry Morgan 470917

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Henry Morgan Disc A007

    1. Henry Morgan 470924 First Show From Hollywood
    2. Henry Morgan 471008 Tom Mix Master

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Henry Morgan Disc A008

    1. Henry Morgan 471015 Just Plain Mr Wagstaff
    2. Henry Morgan 471029 Stan Freberg

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Henry Morgan Disc A009

    1. Henry Morgan 481001
    2. fred 490306 How Important is IQ guest Henry Morgan

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Henry Morgan Disc A010

    1. Henry Morgan 491014 Spoofs News Commentators
    2. Henry Morgan 590000 Program 3

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00

LISTENERS WHO ENJOYED THESE RECORDINGS ALSO COLLECTED