We the People (American TV series)
|We the People|
Dan Seymour (hosts)
Lee Vines (announcer)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||CBS Television (1948-1949)|
NBC Television (1949-1952)
|Original release||June 1, 1948 –|
January 1, 1952
We the People was a 30-minute talk show, first on CBS for one season and then on NBC for two seasons. The host interviewed politicians, celebrities, and everyday people. The interviews tended to be "up close and personal", interviewing celebrities about difficulties they had to overcome. The non-celebrities were usually people who participated in some type of charitable work. The show was sponsored by Gulf Oil and produced by Life magazine.
The TV show aired Tuesdays at 9pm ET, and then Fridays at 8:30pm ET, and was simulcast on radio and TV for a time. The show had been aired on CBS Radio since 1936. In October 1948, We the People was rated #3 on the Hooper Ratings, Hooper being a precursor to Nielsen ratings.
On August 17, 1948, the American ex-Soviet spy Elizabeth Bentley appeared on the show to urge follow ex-spies to come forward and name names to the U.S. Government. "It isn't enough to just quit being a Communist as I know hundreds have. Come forward now and tell what you know while there's still time to undo the damage we have so foolishly done."