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The Ed Sullivan Show (radio program)

The Ed Sullivan Show is an American old-time radio program. More precisely, it is a name that can be applied to any of four programs that were broadcast in 1932, 1941, 1943-1944, and 1946. The first three were on CBS, and the last was on the Blue Network. As the title implies, the host of the program was Ed Sullivan, who was then known for his work as a columnist for the New York Daily News.[1]

The Ed Sullivan Show
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Ed Sullivan
Other names Ed Sullivan Variety
Ed Sullivan Entertains
Ed Sullivan's Pipelines
Running time 15 minutes
30 minutes
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Home station WABC (1932)
TV adaptations The Ed Sullivan Show
Hosted by Ed Sullivan
Announcer David Ross
Harry von Zell
Original release January 12, 1932 (1932-01-12) – September 30, 1946 (1946-09-30)



Sullivan's first program, described as "a series of gossipy talk-and-interview shows",[2] was known for introducing people to the radio audience.[3] Among those making their radio debuts on this 15-minute program were Jack Benny, Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, Jack Pearl, and Florenz Ziegfeld. The show was first broadcast on CBS on January 12, 1932, and it ended on August 18, 1932.[1]

1941 (Ed Sullivan Variety)Edit

Ed Sullivan Variety[4] began on CBS on April 27, 1941, and ended on September 28, 1941. The program was sponsored by International Silver.[1]

1943-1944 (Ed Sullivan Entertains)Edit

Ed Sullivan Entertains was the basis for Sullivan's later television program.[5] The show began on CBS on September 13, 1943, and ended on June 5, 1944. It was sponsored by Mennen.[1] In addition to Sullivan, the variety show featured Terry Allen, Lynne Gardner, and Adele Gerard. Will Bradley led the orchestra, and David Ross and Harry von Zell were announcers.[5]

1946 (Ed Sullivan's Pipelines)Edit

Ed Sullivan's Pipelines was a quarter-hour program that ran on the Blue Network from April 2, 1946, to September 30, 1946.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 218. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  2. ^ Dunning, John (1976). Tune in yesterday : the ultimate encyclopedia of old-time radio, 1925-1976 (PDF). Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall. pp. 177–178. ISBN 0-13-932616-2. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  3. ^ Newcomb, Horace (2014). Encyclopedia of Television. Routledge. p. 2222. ISBN 9781135194796. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  4. ^ Reinehr, Robert C.; Swartz, Jon D. (2010). The A to Z of Old Time Radio. Scarecrow Press. p. 249. ISBN 9781461672074. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.