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We the People (American TV series)

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We the People is an American talk show aired on CBS Television (1948-1949) and then on NBC Television (1949-1952).

We the People
GenreTalk show
StarringDwight Weist
Dan Seymour (hosts)
Lee Vines (announcer)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkCBS Television (1948-1949)
NBC Television (1949-1952)
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseJune 1, 1948 –
January 1, 1952

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Broadcast historyEdit

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.[1]

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.[2] In October 1948, We the People was rated #3 on the Hooper Ratings, Hooper being a precursor to Nielsen ratings.

Famous episodesEdit

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."[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Billboard (August 9, 1952)
  2. ^ TV.com entry
  3. ^ "Miss Bentley Urges Ex-Reds to Testify". New York Times. 18 August 1948. p. 5.

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