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The Bill Goodwin Show (radio program)

The Bill Goodwin Show is an old-time radio situation comedy in the United States. It was broadcast on CBS April 26, 1947 - December 13, 1947.[1] In October 1947, the program's name was changed to Leave It To Bill.[2]

The Bill Goodwin Show
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Bill Goodwin
Other names Leave It to Bill
Genre Situation Comedy
Running time 30 minutes
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates CBS
Starring Bill Goodwin
Directed by Larry Burns
Produced by Larry Burns
Original release April 26, 1947 – December 13, 1947



The Bill Goodwin Show centered around "a hotshot insurance salesman"[1] who was "an eager-beaver civic-improvement volunteer, with genius for landing behind eight-balls."[3]


Bill Goodwin, usually known as an announcer, became an actor to star in this program.[4] Other regulars heard on the program and their roles are indicated in the table below.

Character Actor
Phillips Peggy Knudsen
Mr. Hendricks Jim Backus
Groggins Bill Johnstone
Dinwiddie sisters Elvia Allman
Noreen Gammill
Dolores Mary Jane Croft
Helen Shirley Mitchell

Source: On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio[1]

Larry Burns was the director and producer.[1]

1957 programEdit

Goodwin had another radio program a decade later. The 55-minute[5] Bill Goodwin Show was broadcast on NBC radio beginning March 25, 1957. It was carried by 95 of the network's affiliates and sponsored by Schick razors.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Dunning, John (1998). "The Bill Goodwin Show". On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. ^ "New Name for Comedy Show" (PDF). Radio Daily. October 23, 1947. p. 5. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  3. ^ Alicoate, Jack (1947). Radio Daily presents the 1947-1948 Edition of Shows of Tomorrow (PDF). Radio Daily. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  4. ^ Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 72.
  5. ^ "NBC Plans 'Bill Goodwin Show'" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 7, 1957. p. 105. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  6. ^ "New on Radio Networks" (PDF). Sponsor. April 13, 1957. p. 61. Retrieved 9 November 2016.