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Rare Game Show Collection

filled with sample episodes of some great quiz programs -- including many rare episodes.

45 old time radio show recordings
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Old time radio quiz and game shows were never considered a big priority for the networks, although they were very popular with both sponsors and listeners.

Sponsors loved the quiz shows because the format had great potential for forms of product placement and gave a lot of advertising power for a low budget. Audiences loved them because they were filled with spontaneous fun , following the on-air contestants as well as playing along. Censors were a little more ambivalent; because radio game shows were both live and unscripted, giving the censors relatively little control over them.

The radio game show has evolved into the explosion of competition based reality TV shows that began cropping up after 2000, such as Survivor, America's Top Model, The Apprentice and the Big Brother franchise. The original radio quiz shows were a lot more innocent, but a lot more fun!

Mel BlancThe Rare Game Show Collection is filled with sample episodes of some great quiz programs -- including many rare episodes. The collection will give you a great introduction to this fun type of old time radio entertainment.

Are You a Genius was a rare type of quiz show all by itself; there were no on-air contestants or sponsors. The show was produced as entertainment for Troops overseas by AFRS, featuring Mel Blanc , voice of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes, in a one man show asking trivia questions.

On Beat the Band contestants would send in musical questions trying to stump the members of the Ted Weems Orchestra.

The Better Half was a "Battle of the Sexes" show pitting husbands and wives against each other in a question and answer format.

On Can You Top This the audience sent in jokes, and it was up to the panel members to each come up with a funnier joke on the same topic, creating a great treasure of laughter.

Guess Who? gave Happy Feldman the chance to interact with "ordinary people" who would listen to audio clips of famous people and Guess Who they were listening to.

Clifoton Fadiman - Information PleaseInformation Please again featured questions sent in by listeners, this time with a panel drawn from New York's literary community, who often gave very intelligent and entertaining answers. Although Information Please never seemed to put on airs, it did lead to its exact opposite coming to the air on It Pays to Be Ignorant; the panel here was far from the intelligentsia, it is debatable if they could even tie their own shoelaces! All of which lead to great frustration for the host and good Fun for listeners.

Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge may have been more about hot jazz than getting the questions right or wrong, but audiences loved it.

Mind Your Manners host Allen Ludden led a discussion with "typical teenagers" on typical teenage problems and issues.

Art Linkletter hosted People Are Funny which set up outrageous pranks and then broadcast how unwitting participants reacted to them.

Queen for a Day called on typical house wives to tell their stories--the more tears the better. The teller of the inning story was showered with glamorous gifts and usually given the assistance needed to solve their problems.

Fast answers on a variety of subjects was the Key to winning Quick as a Flash .

Quiz Kids advertisementQuiz Kids used a rotating panel of Children who were selected for their intelligence as well as their personalities. Kids not only say the darndest things, sometimes they answer questions that would stump most adults!

People who had missed their great chance at true love were able to try again to make it work when brought back together with their old loves on Second Chance.

Take It or Leave It contestants were asked increasingly difficult questions. If they gave a correct answer, they could take the prize money, or try for a new question and a bigger prize.

Vox PopContestants were given an almost impossible question on Truth or Consequences. When they failed to answer the question correctly, they would face the consequence, the most outrageous and embarrassing stunt the show's writers could come up with!

Twenty Questions was a radio version of the popular parlor game that almost every family has played, but on the radio we got the hear the Van Deventer family play and interact.

Vox Pop took their microphones and their questions to various location to hear "the voice of the people".

The featured guest on Which is Which was hidden from the studio audience behind a curtain. The audience then would have to guess whether the guest was an actual celebrity or a clever impersonator.

Finally, perhaps the funniest game show on radio, You Bet Your Life gave Groucho Marx a chance to play the character loved by generations, sharing his own brand of warm-hearted cynicism.

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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.



    45 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.00
    total playtime 20 hours, 55 min
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      45 shows - total playtime 20 hours 55 minutes
      1. AYAG 421216 What Date Was The 1st Model T Put On The Market.mp3
      2. AYAG 421223 What Does 'the Smoking Lamp Is Lit' Mean.mp3
      3. Beat The Band 400128 First Show.mp3
      4. Beat The Band 400317 P Como, E Tanner,r Ingle.mp3
      5. Better Half 460402.mp3
      6. Better Half 460416.mp3
      7. Break The Bank 491005 The Blains.mp3
      8. Break The Bank 500201.mp3
      9. Can You Top This 420421 Restaurants.mp3
      10. Can You Top This 450815 Suitors.mp3
      11. Guess Who 450519 Arnold Farlin-Al Smith fr. MSG.mp3
      12. Guess Who 470823 Mrs. Brooks-John Barrymore.mp3
      13. Info Please 381227 William Lyon Phelps.mp3
      14. Info Please 390103 Edwin Edgar.mp3
      15. Ignorant 441013 Married Men Live Longer.mp3
      16. Ignorant 441020 Chicken Cross the Street.mp3
      17. Kay Kyser 074 Marine Base Goleta Ca Afrs 1944.mp3
      18. Kay Kyser 075 Long Beach Ca USCG Afrs 1944.mp3
      19. MYM 480522 Should I Accept An Expensive Watch.mp3
      20. MYM 490115 A Boy Who Is Shy Around Girls.mp3
      21. PAF 531013 Scare Away Tax Collector.mp3
      22. PAF 531020 Where Is Your Husband Tonight.mp3
      23. Queen for a Day 480214.mp3
      24. Queen for a Day 500213.mp3
      25. Quick as a Flash 470316.mp3
      26. Quick as a Flash 470323.mp3
      27. Quiz Kids 480718 422.mp3
      28. Quiz Kids 480725 423.mp3
      29. Raising A Husband - 451122.mp3
      30. Raising A Husband - 451220.mp3
      31. Raising A Husband - 460103.mp3
      32. Second Chance 541203 Claire.mp3
      33. Second Chance 550113 Mae Walters.mp3
      34. Take It Or Leave It 421108 W Jack Benny.mp3
      35. Take It Or Leave It 470713 Popular Broadway Songs.mp3
      36. Truth Or Consequences 471025.mp3
      37. Truth Or Consequences 471220 Christmas Show.mp3
      38. Twenty Questions 480000 Lulu McConnel.mp3
      39. Twenty Questions 480918 William Gagstein.mp3
      40. Voxpop 420112 Aviation Cadets Randolph AFB TX.mp3
      41. Voxpop 420126 Columbia Studios Hollywood CA.mp3
      42. Which is Which 441220 Maxie Rosenbloom, Nigel Bruce.mp3
      43. Which is Which 450124 Phil Silvers, Judy Canova.mp3
      44. YBYL 491221 Chair.mp3
      45. YBYL 491228 Name.mp3
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    45 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.00
    total playtime 20 hours, 55 min
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      45 shows - total playtime 20 hours 55 minutes
      1. AYAG 421216 What Date Was The 1st Model T Put On The Market.mp3
      2. AYAG 421223 What Does 'the Smoking Lamp Is Lit' Mean.mp3
      3. Beat The Band 400128 First Show.mp3
      4. Beat The Band 400317 P Como, E Tanner,r Ingle.mp3
      5. Better Half 460402.mp3
      6. Better Half 460416.mp3
      7. Break The Bank 491005 The Blains.mp3
      8. Break The Bank 500201.mp3
      9. Can You Top This 420421 Restaurants.mp3
      10. Can You Top This 450815 Suitors.mp3
      11. Guess Who 450519 Arnold Farlin-Al Smith fr. MSG.mp3
      12. Guess Who 470823 Mrs. Brooks-John Barrymore.mp3
      13. Info Please 381227 William Lyon Phelps.mp3
      14. Info Please 390103 Edwin Edgar.mp3
      15. Ignorant 441013 Married Men Live Longer.mp3
      16. Ignorant 441020 Chicken Cross the Street.mp3
      17. Kay Kyser 074 Marine Base Goleta Ca Afrs 1944.mp3
      18. Kay Kyser 075 Long Beach Ca USCG Afrs 1944.mp3
      19. MYM 480522 Should I Accept An Expensive Watch.mp3
      20. MYM 490115 A Boy Who Is Shy Around Girls.mp3
      21. PAF 531013 Scare Away Tax Collector.mp3
      22. PAF 531020 Where Is Your Husband Tonight.mp3
      23. Queen for a Day 480214.mp3
      24. Queen for a Day 500213.mp3
      25. Quick as a Flash 470316.mp3
      26. Quick as a Flash 470323.mp3
      27. Quiz Kids 480718 422.mp3
      28. Quiz Kids 480725 423.mp3
      29. Raising A Husband - 451122.mp3
      30. Raising A Husband - 451220.mp3
      31. Raising A Husband - 460103.mp3
      32. Second Chance 541203 Claire.mp3
      33. Second Chance 550113 Mae Walters.mp3
      34. Take It Or Leave It 421108 W Jack Benny.mp3
      35. Take It Or Leave It 470713 Popular Broadway Songs.mp3
      36. Truth Or Consequences 471025.mp3
      37. Truth Or Consequences 471220 Christmas Show.mp3
      38. Twenty Questions 480000 Lulu McConnel.mp3
      39. Twenty Questions 480918 William Gagstein.mp3
      40. Voxpop 420112 Aviation Cadets Randolph AFB TX.mp3
      41. Voxpop 420126 Columbia Studios Hollywood CA.mp3
      42. Which is Which 441220 Maxie Rosenbloom, Nigel Bruce.mp3
      43. Which is Which 450124 Phil Silvers, Judy Canova.mp3
      44. YBYL 491221 Chair.mp3
      45. YBYL 491228 Name.mp3
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    45 recordings on 22 Audio CDs
    total playtime 20 hours, 55 min

    Disc A001

    1. Kay Kyser 074 Marine Base Goleta Ca Afrs 1944
    2. Kay Kyser 075 Long Beach Ca USCG Afrs 1944

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    Disc A002

    1. Info Please 381227 William Lyon Phelps
    2. Info Please 390103 Edwin Edgar

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    Disc A003

    1. Beat The Band 400128 First Show
    2. Beat The Band 400317 P Como, E Tanner,r Ingle

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    Disc A004

    1. Voxpop 420112 Aviation Cadets Randolph AFB TX
    2. Voxpop 420126 Columbia Studios Hollywood CA

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    Disc A005

    1. Can You Top This 420421 Restaurants
    2. Take It Or Leave It 421108 W Jack Benny

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    Disc A006

    1. AYAG 421216 What Date Was The 1st Model T Put On The Market
    2. AYAG 421223 What Does 'the Smoking Lamp Is Lit' Mean
    3. Ignorant 441013 Married Men Live Longer

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    Disc A007

    1. Ignorant 441020 Chicken Cross the Street
    2. Which is Which 441220 Maxie Rosenbloom, Nigel Bruce

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    Disc A008

    1. Which is Which 450124 Phil Silvers, Judy Canova
    2. Guess Who 450519 Arnold Farlin-Al Smith fr. MSG

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    Disc A009

    1. Can You Top This 450815 Suitors
    2. Raising A Husband - 451122

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    Disc A010

    1. Raising A Husband - 451220
    2. Raising A Husband - 460103

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    Disc A011

    1. Better Half 460402
    2. Better Half 460416

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    Disc A012

    1. Quick as a Flash 470316
    2. Quick as a Flash 470323

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    Disc A013

    1. Take It Or Leave It 470713 Popular Broadway Songs
    2. Guess Who 470823 Mrs. Brooks-John Barrymore

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    Disc A014

    1. Truth Or Consequences 471025
    2. Truth Or Consequences 471220 Christmas Show

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    Disc A015

    1. Twenty Questions 480000 Lulu McConnel
    2. Queen for a Day 480214

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    Disc A016

    1. MYM 480522 Should I Accept An Expensive Watch
    2. Quiz Kids 480718 422

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    Disc A017

    1. Quiz Kids 480725 423
    2. Twenty Questions 480918 William Gagstein

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    Disc A018

    1. MYM 490115 A Boy Who Is Shy Around Girls
    2. Break The Bank 491005 The Blains

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    Disc A019

    1. YBYL 491221 Chair
    2. YBYL 491228 Name

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    Disc A020

    1. Break The Bank 500201
    2. Queen for a Day 500213

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    Disc A021

    1. PAF 531013 Scare Away Tax Collector
    2. PAF 531020 Where Is Your Husband Tonight

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    Disc A022

    1. Second Chance 541203 Claire
    2. Second Chance 550113 Mae Walters

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