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Claudia and David (radio program)

Claudia and David is an American old-time radio drama. One version was broadcast on CBS July 4, 1941 - September 26, 1941[1] and another was syndicated in 1947.[2]

Claudia and David
Other names Claudia
Genre Drama
Running time 30 minutes
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates CBS
TV adaptations Claudia
Starring Patricia Ryan
Richard Kollmar
Announcer Joe King
Original release July 4, 1941 (1941-07-04) – September 26, 1941 (1941-09-26)
Sponsored by Grape-Nuts
Grape-Nuts Flakes



Claudia and David was first heard on radio in a segment on the June 6, 1941, episode of The Kate Smith Hour. At that time, Claudia had just fallen in love with David. When Smith's program went off for the summer, the 10-minute segments were expanded to fill her time slot.[3] The couple's wedding occurred on the July 11, 1941, episode.[1]

The characters first appeared in 10 short stories by Rose Franken that were published in Redbook magazine from October 1938 through August 1939. Claudia, the Story of a Marriage, a book that included those stories and additional material, was published in 1939. It was followed by other books about the couple.[4]


The program focused on the lives of David and Claudia Naughton, a young married couple. At 18, Claudia's close ties to her mother threatened the future of her marriage to David. The couple also had to deal with financial problems, getting used to each other, and other adjustments typical of a new marriage.[2] In the first episode, David's life was threatened by a sudden illness, resulting in increased tension between David's mother and the rest of the family, while it strengthened the bonds among David, Claudia, and her mother.[5]

General Foods was the sponsor, promoting Grape-Nuts and Grape-Nuts Flakes.[1]


The program's actors and the characters that they portrayed are shown in the table below.

Actor Character
Patricia Ryan Claudia Brown Naughton
Richard Kollmar David Naughton
Jane Seymour Claudia's mother
Irene Hubbard David's mother

Source: Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows[6]

Joe King was the announcer, and Peter van Steeden provided the music.[6]

Syndicated versionEdit

Claudia and David was brought back to radio in 1947[2] with a new cast, a new sponsor, and a new means of distribution. Katharine Bard and Paul Crabtree played Claudia and David, and Peggy Allenby played Mrs. Brown. The program was sponsored by Coca-Cola and distributed via Electrical transcription. It originated at WGN in Chicago.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  2. ^ a b c d Cox, Jim (2009). The A to Z of American Radio Soap Operas. Scarecrow Press. p. 60. ISBN 9780810863491. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  3. ^ "To Serialize 'Claudia'" (PDF). Broadcasting. March 3, 1941. p. 61. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  4. ^ Hanson, Patricia King; Dunkleberger, Amy (1999). Afi: American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States : Feature Films 1941-1950 Indexes. University of California Press. pp. 439–441. ISBN 9780520215214. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  5. ^ "'Claudia' on Friday". Harrisburg Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. July 5, 1941. p. 26. Retrieved February 22, 2017 – via  
  6. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. ___. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.

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