Behind the Mike was a Blue Network (NBC) radio series hosted by Graham McNamee, spotlighting behind-the-scenes stories in radio broadcasting. The sustaining show aired Sundays at 4:30 p.m. ET from September 15, 1940, to April 19, 1942.[2]: 76 [3]: 34 

Behind the Mike
Running time30 minutes
Country of originUnited States
Home stationBlue Network
Hosted byGraham McNamee
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1940 –
April 19, 1942
No. of episodes79[1]

The program featured interviews with on-air personalities and announcers, musicians and other performers, composers, the creators of sound-effects, producers, engineers and other technicians involved in radio production. As many as six stories were covered in each broadcast, and questions from listeners were answered in the "Correspondence Corner" segment. Music was provided by Ernie Watson and his orchestra.[1][4]

After McNamee's death May 9, 1942,[5] the name of the series changed to This is the Truth, then Nothing But the Truth and continued until June 7, 1942.[2]: 76 

Another program with the title Behind the Mike ran on CBS Radio during the 1931–32 season.[2]: 76 


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  2. ^ a b c Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  3. ^ Hickerson, Jay, The Ultimate History of Network Radio Programming and Guide to All Circulating Shows. Hamden, Connecticut: Jay Hickerson, Box 4321, Hamden, CT 06514, second edition December 1992
  4. ^ "Behind the Mike". RadioGOLDINdex. Retrieved 2015-04-02.
  5. ^ "Graham M'Namee is Dead Here at 53". The New York Times. May 10, 1942. Retrieved 2015-04-02.