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The Bob Crosby Show (radio program)

The Bob Crosby Show can refer to any of several old-time radio musical variety program in the United States. They were broadcast on CBS, Mutual and NBC, with the first beginning in 1935 and the last ending in 1950.[1]

The Bob Crosby Show
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates CBS
Starring Bob Crosby
Eileen Wilson
The Pied Pipers
Announcer Les Tremayne
John Lund
Written by Carroll Carroll
David Gregory
Ben Freedman
John Murray



The program focused on music, with Crosby as the star and his Bobcats orchestra providing accompaniment.[2] One of its characteristics was featuring "a different up-and-coming female vocalist" each week.[3] Peggy Lee, Kay Starr and Jo Stafford were among those in that group.[3] Radio historian John Dunning, in his reference book, On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, wrote, "The Bob Crosby Show, as such, was a product of the 1940s, but it had its roots in the big band era of the previous decade."[4]


Singer/bandleader Bob Crosby was the star of the program, with Johnny Mercer as the host. Other singers included Eileen Wilson and The Pied Pipers.[2] Announcers included Les Tremayne, John Lund[5] and Larry Keating.[6] Writers included Carroll Carroll, David Gregory,[3] Ben Freedman and John Murray.[7]


The Bob Crosby Show was broadcast as shown in the table below.

Began Ended Network Sponsor
October 25, 1935[4] January 17, 1936[4] NBC Roger & Gallet perfumes
1940 1940 Mutual sustaining
1940 1940 NBC sustaining
July 18, 1943[4] June 25, 1944[4] NBC P. Lorillard tobacco products
1944 1945 NBC sustaining
January 1, 1946[4] July 17, 1946[4] CBS Ford Motor Company

Source: Musicmakers of Network Radio: 24 Entertainers, 1926-1962,[1] except as noted.

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  1. ^ a b Cox, Jim (2012). Musicmakers of Network Radio: 24 Entertainers, 1926-1962. McFarland. pp. 67–79. ISBN 9780786489626. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 47.
  3. ^ a b c Buxton, Frank; Owen, Bill (1972). The Big Broadcast: 1920-1950. The Viking Press. p. 36.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Pp. 103-104.
  5. ^ 1948-, Terrace, Vincent, (1981). Radio's golden years : the encyclopedia of radio programs, 1930-1960. A.S. Barnes. p. 36. ISBN 0-498-02393-1.
  6. ^ "Vacation-Minded" (PDF). Radio Life. June 9, 1946. p. 9. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Cartoon Dialogue" (PDF). Radio Life. July 14, 1946. p. 11. Retrieved 13 December 2016.