The Bob Burns Show

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.


85651. The Bob Burns Show. March 24, 1942. NBC net. Sponsored by: Campbell Soup, Franco-American. Ginny sings, "Somebody Loves Me." Bob and Una continue a defense-plant romance. Bob Burns, Una Merkel, Ginny Simms, Lou Crosby (announcer on the program for the first time). 22:40. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

108446. The Bob Burns Show. February 4, 1943. NBC net, KDKA, Pittsburgh aircheck. Sponsored by: Lifebuoy soap, Barbasol. Bob tells about his pigs back home, then sings, "I'm Going Back To My Razorback In Arkansas." The final 6:39 of the show is followed by silent grooves until the start of, "Singin' Sam, The Barbasol Man." Sam's first song is, "Just Give Me A June Night, The Moonlight and You" (partial). Bob Burns, Luther Roundtree (guitar), Singin' Sam. 6:19. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

77752. The Bob Burns Show. February 18, 1943. NBC net. Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Vimms. Bob's opening monologue is about his kinfolk in the army. Spike Jones plays, "The Shiek Of Araby." While the building is being torn down next door to the newspaper office, a quantity of mail from 1917 is discovered. An undelivered letter leads to a human interest story. George, Gracie and Bob remember their old days in Vaudeville. Bob Jones, Spike Jones and The City Slickers, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Walter Tetley, Verne Smith (announcer). 29:45. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

76318. The Bob Burns Show. April 1, 1943. NBC net. Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Vimms. Bob describes his secret weapon, "The Bazooka." Spike Jones and The City Slickers play, "Vamp." One of Dewey's friends has been accused of stealing a tire. "The Traveler" refuses an advertisement for a patent medicine. Bob Burns, Spike Jones and The City Slickers, Del Porter (vocal), Walter Tetley, Ken Christy, Dick Blaine. 29:34. Audio condition: Excellent. Excerpt.

77753. The Bob Burns Show. April 8, 1943. NBC net. Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Lifebuoy Shaving Cream. Bob mentions that last week, the army named their new secret weapon after his bazooka. The City Slickers play, "Hotcha Cornya." Bob's Victory Garden isn't too too well. Bob Burns, Spike Jones and The City Slickers, Verne Smith (announcer), Walter Tetley. 29:50. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

77754. The Bob Burns Show. April 15, 1943. NBC net. Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Lifebuoy Shaving Cream. Bob's opening monologue is about General Rommel and the Germans. The City Slickers play, "Oh, By Jingo!" (which was just released on the Victor label that day). Bob Burns, Spike Jones and The City Slickers, Luther Roundtree, Verne Smith (announcer). 29:30. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

77755. The Bob Burns Show. April 22, 1943. NBC net. Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Lifebuoy Shaving Cream. Bob's opening monologue is about his new Easter clothes. The City Slickers play, "Wang Wang Blues." The Arkansas Traveler campaigns for new storm drains and may be judging the Van Buren Fashion Show. Bob Burns, Spike Jones and The City Slickers, Verne Smith (announcer), Del Porter (vocal), Walter Tetley. 29:14. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

77756. The Bob Burns Show. April 29, 1943. NBC net. Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Lifebuoy Shaving Cream. The program originates from The El Toro, California Marine Corps Air Station. The program opening is upcut. The City Slickers play, "Casey Jones" with lyrics about "Casey Jones Jr." who was a bombadier over Tokyo. The Traveler goes out on a date. Bob Burns, Spike Jones and The City Slickers, Del Porter (vocal), Country Washburne (vocal), Arthur Q. Bryan, Verne Smith (announcer). 29:37. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete as above.

60493. The Bob Burns Show. May 6, 1943. NBC net. Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Lifebuoy Shaving Cream. Bob begins his monologue with comments about the meat shortage. Spike plays, "The Sound Effects Man." Bob gets called for jury duty...with "Single Track" Wilson as the main witness. Bob plays a piano solo (not the bazooka)! The program ends with a government sponsored "anti-inflation" message. Bob Burns, Spike Jones and The City Slickers, Del Porter (vocal), Willie Spicer, Walter Tetley, Hans Conried (Lifebuoy commercial), Gerald Mohr, Country Washburne, Verne Smith (announcer), Ken Christy. 29:27. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

60494. The Bob Burns Show. May 20, 1943. NBC net. Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Lifebuoy Shaving Cream. The program originates from the Air Base Ferrying Division Of Air Transport Command, Long Beach California. Bob's opening monologue describes his experiences while trying to enlist. Spike plays, "In My Arms." The Arkansas Traveler tries to get a war plant moved to Van Buren. Bob's Bazooka solo is "Mussolini's Theme Song" ("How Come You Do Me Like You Do Do Do"). Bob Burns, Spike Jones and The City Slickers, Verne Smith (announcer), Luther Roundtree, Del Porter (vocal), Walter Tetley. 29:34. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

76319. The Bob Burns Show. June 17, 1943. NBC net. Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap. "The Traveler" is putting out a tenth-anniversary edition. Will the new highway run through town? The "Wright Sono-Vox" is used during the commercial. Bob has trouble reading his script in two spots. There was no music on the show this week, due to a ban by the American Federation of Musicians. Bob Burns, Walter Tetley. 5:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Excerpt.

85657. The Bob Burns Show. June 24, 1943. NBC net. Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap, Lifebuoy Shaving Cream (one commercial deleted). Spike and the band play, "Take The Door To The Left" (a great tune about "a slip of the lip can sink a ship"). "The Traveler" chats about rationing and wartime conditions; Bob in basic training. The system cue has been deleted. Bob Burns, Verne Smith (announcer), Spike Jones and The City Slickers, Del Porter (vocal), Walter Tetley, Dick Lane (announcer), Lou Lubin. 28:33. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

85655. The Bob Burns Show. July 1, 1943. NBC net. Sponsored by: Lifebuoy (some commercials deleted). Spike and band play, for the first time on the air or in public, "Schickelgruber," from their new picture, "Meet The People." The band also plays, "Old Sol, The Summer Sun" (which turns into a Lifebuoy commercial). The show features a preview of the Frank Brady show, starting next week. Bob plays, "I Ain't Got Nobody" on the bazooka. The last show of the season. The system cue has been deleted. Bob Burns, Fred Brady (who will be replacing Bob for the summer), Spike Jones and The City Slickers, Dick Lane (announcer), Beauregard Lee (vocal, sounding just like Alan Reed with an Italian accent), Dix Davis, Shirley Mitchell, Marlin Hurt, Joe DeRita, Lou Lubin, Verne Smith (commercial spokesman). 28:00. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

28540. The Bob Burns Show. June 20, 1946. NBC net. Sponsored by: Lifebuoy Soap. (The commercials feature throbbing Hawaiian drums!) Bob's monologue is about the Lewis-Conn fight. The first fifteen minutes of the program only. Bob Burns, Shirley Ross, Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra, Parker Fennelly. 15 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

2159. The Bob Burns Show. October 6, 1946. NBC net. Sponsored by: Kolynos Toothpaste, Bisodol Mints, Hills Cold Tabs. The second show of the season. Bob's prize hog Winston has been kidnapped. Bob goes to court to sue the kidnapper. Bob plays the piano: "Love Is Like A Pretzel" (it's the same old story with a new twist)! Bob Burns, Doug Gorlay (announcer), Erik Rolf, Jim Backus, Ray Sinatra and His Orchestra, Shirley Ross, Parker Fennelly. 29:30. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

83053. The Bob Burns Show. December 29, 1946. NBC net. Sponsored by: Anacin, Kolynos Toothpaste, Hill's Cold Tablets. Bob's New Year's resolution. Bob tells about his school days, plays the guitar and sings a cowboy song (sort of). Bob Burns, Ray Sinatra and His Orchestra, Erik Rolf, Hans Conried, Shirley Ross, John McGovern, Ken Peters (announcer). 30:05. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

91272. The Bob Burns Show. July 1, 1949. Sponsored by: Dreft, Spic and Span. A daytime program, possibly an audition. Bob had been planning to retire. He tells a good story about a dream he had about dying. Shirley Ross sings, "It's A Big, Wide, Wonderful World." Bob turns the first commercial into a 5 minute monologue about the water in Arkansas and Dreft. He then plays "Ida" on the bazooka. Bob interviews an out-of-work vacuum cleaner salesman. Bob Burns, Shirley Ross. 31:52. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

85654. The Bob Burns Show. NBC net. Sponsored by: Lifebouy Soap (Greeting Cards premium). The program opeming is upcut. Dick Lane reads parts of the first commercial at an amazingly fast speed. Spike has been named, "King Of Corn" by Downbeat magazine. The band plays, "Hotcha Cornya." The Traveler refuses to print a gossip story, then the president of the bank wants him to suppress a story. He's being blackmailed and the Traveler has to make a hard decision. Bob plays, "There's A Long, Long Trail A'Winding" on the bazooka. Bob Burns, Spike Jones and The City Slickers, Dick Lane (announcer), Walter Tetley, Luther Roundtree. 27:41. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

22124. The Bob Burns Show. Star Transcriptions Inc. syndication. Music fill for local commercial insert. Audition program. A well-done variety show based on Burns' network programs. Brooklyn-born Leo comes to visit at his Canoga Park (California) ranch. The program includes an excellent bazooka solo. Bob Burns, George Wyle and His Orchestra, Jess Kirkpatrick, Leo Gorcey, Shirley Ross. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

Report contains 19 programs.