Can You Top This?

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


1483. Can You Top This?. 1942. Mutual net. Sponsored by: Par (a soft drink, formerly called "Bante Papaya"). 8:30 P.M. (EDT). The topic of the first joke is, "Irish wit." Harry Hershfield, Senator Ford, Joe Laurie Jr., Roger Bower (m.c.), Peter Donald. 29:00. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

231. Can You Top This?. April 21, 1942. Mutual net. Sponsored by: Kirkman's Soap Flakes. Harry Hershfield. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

79846. Can You Top This?. March 4, 1944. NBC net. Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpaste, Super Suds. The first topic is, "Controversy." Don't miss Harry telling a good one about Adolf Hitler and a parrot. The system cue has been deleted. Peter Donald, Joe Laurie Jr., Harry Hershfield, Senator Ford, Roger Bower (host). 29:06. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

80054. Can You Top This?. August 21, 1944. NBC net. Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpaste. "Why is a Greek fable like a garret? Because it's an Attic story!" The first topic is, "Contests." Senator Ford tells one joke that stops the show. Don't miss the story about the Negro boy and the watermelon eating contest! The first 20:36 of the program only. Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Joe Laurie Jr., Harry Hershfield, Roger Bower (host), Charles Stark (announcer). 20:36. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

107767. Can You Top This?. November 11, 1944. Red net, KDKA, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sponsored by: Colgate toothpaste. 9:30 P.M. The first joke topic is, "Halucination." The first 20:58 of the program. Roger Bower (host), Joe Laurie Jr., Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Peter Donald, Charles Stark (announcer). 20:58. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

1499. Can You Top This?. August 15, 1945. Mutual net. Sponsored by: Kirkman's Soap Flakes and Complexion Soap. . 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

77142. Can You Top This?. January 11, 1947. NBC net. Sponsored by: Palmolive Shave Cream. The first topic is, "Complaints." Peter Donald tells a dog joke that gets "0" on the laugh meter. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Joe Laurie Jr., Harry Hershfield, Senator Ford, Charles Stark (announcer), Dan Donaldson (commercial spokesman). 29:24. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

77121. Can You Top This?. January 18, 1947. NBC net. Sponsored by: Palmolive Shave Cream. The first topic is, "Theatre." Joe Laurie Jr. stops the show by starting a joke about Turks in a Jewish accent. The audience cracks up before he gets near the punchline. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Joe Laurie Jr., Harry Hershfield, Senator Ford, Charles Stark (announcer), Dan Donaldson (commercial spokesman). 29:27. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

77344. Can You Top This?. January 25, 1947. NBC net. Sponsored by: Palmolive Shave Cream. The first topic is, "Trickery." Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Joe Laurie Jr., Harry Hershfield, Senator Ford, Charles Stark (announcer). 29:34. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

77152. Can You Top This?. February 1, 1947. NBC net. Sponsored by: Palmolive Shave Cream. The first topic is, "Stupidity." Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Joe Laurie Jr., Harry Hershfield, Senator Ford, Charles Stark (announcer), Dan Donaldson (commercial spokesman). 29:33. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

77132. Can You Top This?. February 8, 1947. NBC net. Sponsored by: Palmolive Shave Cream. The first topic is, "Store." Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Joe Laurie Jr., Harry Hershfield, Senator Ford, Charles Stark (announcer), Dan Donaldson (commercial spokesman). 29:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

95388. Can You Top This?. February 15, 1947. NBC net. Sponsored by: Palmolive Shave Cream. The first topic is, "Arrest." Dennis James (host), Ward Wilson, Peter Donald, Joe Laurie Jr., Harry Hershfield, Charles Stark (announcer), Dan Donaldson (commercial spokesman). 29:43. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

77122. Can You Top This?. May 31, 1947. NBC net. Sponsored by: Palmolive Shave Cream. The first topic is, "Employer." Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Joe Laurie Jr., Harry Hershfield, Senator Ford, Charles Stark (announcer), Dan Donaldson (commercial spokesman). 29:41. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

77123. Can You Top This?. July 5, 1947. NBC net. Sponsored by: Palmolive Shave Cream, Colgate Toothpaste. The first topic is, "Secretary." Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Joe Laurie Jr., Harry Hershfield, Senator Ford, Dan Donaldson (commercial spokesman). 29:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

81652. Can You Top This?. July 26, 1947. NBC net. Sponsored by: Palmolive Shave Cream, Colgate Toothpaste. The first topic is, "Service." Dennis James (host), Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr., Ward Wilson (substituting for vacationing Peter Donald), Dan Donaldson (announcer). 29:14. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

81653. Can You Top This?. November 7, 1947. NBC net. Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpaste, Palmolive Shave Cream, Lustre Creme Shampoo. The first topic is, "Bus." Ward Wilson (m. c.), Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr., Peter Donald, Dan Donaldson (announcer). 29:16. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

39739. Can You Top This?. November 28, 1947. NBC net. Sponsored by: Palmolive Shave Cream, Colgate Tooth Paste, Lustre Creme Shampoo. The first topic is, "Psychiatry." Joe Laurie Jr., Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Ward Wilson (m.c.), Peter Donald (joke teller), Don Donaldson (announcer), Ron Rawson (announcer). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

10428. Can You Top This?. December 5, 1947. NBC net. Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpaste, Palmolive Shave Cream, Lustre Creme Shampoo. Joe Laurie Jr., Harry Hershfield, Senator Ford, Peter Donald. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

13068. Can You Top This?. April 23, 1948. NBC net. Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpaste, Palmolive Shave Cream, Lustre Creme Shampoo. Dennis James (host), Ward Wilson, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

13069. Can You Top This?. April 30, 1948. NBC net. Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpaste, Palmolive Shave Cream, Lustre Creme Shampoo. Dennis James (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

81651. Can You Top This?. May 18, 1948. NBC net. Sponsored by: Colgate Toothpaste, Palmolive Shave Cream. The first subject is, "Hats." The program has also been dated May 14, 1948. Dennis James (m. c.), Ward Wilson (pinch-hitting for Senator Ford), Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr., Peter Donald, Dan Donaldson (announcer). 29:15. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

95389. Can You Top This?. April 3, 1949. Mutual net. Sustaining. The first subject is, "Salesmen." Ward Wilson (host), Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr., Senator Ford, Peter Donald, Charles Stark (announcer). 29:28. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

15425. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Customer." WRVR rebroadcast date: March 13, 1975. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 22:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15424. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Mishap." WRVR rebroadcast date: March 6, 1975. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 25:09. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15423. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Treatment." WRVR rebroadcast date: February 27, 1975. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 27:10. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15421. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Jobs." WRVR rebroadcast date: February 13, 1975. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 25:06. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15422. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Sailor." WRVR rebroadcast date: February 20, 1975. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 26:02. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15419. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Bragging." WRVR rebroadcast date: February 6, 1975. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 25:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15420. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Tramp." WRVR rebroadcast date: January 23, 1975. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 28:33. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15418. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Quarrel." WRVR rebroadcast date: January 30, 1975. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 25:02. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15416. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is...no topic: "Choose Your Own Subject." WRVR rebroadcast date: January 9, 1975. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 26:51. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15417. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Conceit." WRVR rebroadcast date: January 16, 1975. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 25:22. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15415. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Information." WRVR rebroadcast date: January 2, 1975. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 27:00. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15413. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Office." WRVR rebroadcast date: December 19, 1974. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 25:05. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15414. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Panhandler." WRVR rebroadcast date: December 26, 1974. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 24:24. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15411. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Campaign." WRVR rebroadcast date: December 5, 1974. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 27:57. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15412. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Advertising." WRVR rebroadcast date: December 12, 1974. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 25:51. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15409. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Receptions." WRVR rebroadcast date: November 21, 1974. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 25:05. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15410. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Ghosts." WRVR rebroadcast date: November 28, 1974. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 26:03. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15407. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Economy." WRVR rebroadcast date: October 24, 1974. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 24:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15408. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Automobile." WRVR rebroadcast date: November 7, 1974. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 26:28. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15405. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Fee." WRVR rebroadcast date: October 10, 1974. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 27:03. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15406. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Punishment." WRVR rebroadcast date: October 17, 1974. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 26:48. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15403. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Reprimands." WRVR rebroadcast date: September 26, 1974. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 24:34. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15404. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Help." WRVR rebroadcast date: October 3, 1974. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 26:22. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15402. Can You Top This?. Syndicated, WRVR-FM, New York aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first topic is, "Railroads." WRVR rebroadcast date: September 19, 1974. Ward Wilson (host), Peter Donald, Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr.. 29:29. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

2482. Can You Top This?. Mutual net. Sustaining. The first topic is, "Gossip." Ward Wilson (host), Charles Stark (announcer), Senator Ford, Harry Hershfield, Joe Laurie Jr., Peter Donald. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

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