The Breakfast Club

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.


85560. The Breakfast Club. December 6, 1937. Blue Network. Sustaining. The first tune is, "Who Knows?" Don McNeill, Walter Blaufuss and His Orchestra (conductor), Annette King, The Hollywood Hi-Hatters, Jack Ross, Chester Pickeraro (somebody stole his razor). 43:10. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete segment.

28457. The Breakfast Club. August 6, 1940. NBC net. Sustaining. The Morin Sisters sing a great Yiddish tune! Walter Blaufuss and his Orchestra play fine pop arrangements, starting with "De-Lovely." A good show. The first 16:39 of the program only. Don McNeill, The Morin Sisters, Nancy Martin, Walter Blaufuss and His Orchestra. 16:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Excerpt.

10940. The Breakfast Club. June 21, 1941. Blue Network. Sponsored by: Swift's Premium Meats. Don interviews two young boys. Curley Bradley sings, "There Must Be A Way." The first fifteen minute segment of the program. Don McNeill (host), Curley Bradley. 14:44. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete segment.

49431. The Breakfast Club. December 8, 1941. NBC net. Sustaining. Blue Net Pearl Harbor Coverage. Part 43. 9:00 to 10:00 A. M. The first tune is "I Got Swing For Sale" (a great rhythm number by The Vagabonds). Bulletin at 9:11: the Chinese government has declared war against the Axis, other war news. At 9:15, John MacVane reports from London. Britain has declared war on Japan, a summary of Churchill's statement. Charles Collingwood comments on the British statements. The Netherlands has declared war against Japan. Exciting listening as Collingwood and MacVane swap alternating bulletins. Late news from New York. (16 minutes). Switch to London at 9:38 with more news and summaries of Churchill's speech by John MacVane and Charles Collingwood. "This was not a good example of Churchill's oratory" (5 minutes). Back to the Breakfast Club at 9:45. Bill Krentz (piano), Charles Collingwood (CBS), Don McNeill, Jack Baker (vocal), John MacVane, Joseph Gallicchio and His Orchestra, Nancy Martin, Pat Padgett, Pick Malone, The Vagabonds. 60:03. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

110115. The Breakfast Club. 1942. Program #1. Blue net origination, Red White and Blue (War Department) syndication. Sponsored by: Swift. The march around the breakfast table starts with, "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Don mentions that this program is being recorded and 1000 pressings are being made for American Servicemen overseas. Marion asks, "Why are the Japs like a silk stocking?" ("One good Yank and they run"). Don McNeill (spelled "McNeil" on the label), Jack Baker, Marian Mann, Walter Blaufuss and His Orchestra (spelled "Blaufus" on the label). 15:06. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

110116. The Breakfast Club. 1942. Program #2. Blue net origination, Red White and Blue (War Department) syndication. Sponsored by: Swift. The program starts with a march medley, starting with, "Dixie." Marian Mann sings, "Tangerine." Jack Baker sings, "Last Night I Said A Prayer." Don McNeill (spelled "McNeil" on the label), Walter Blaufuss and His Orchestra (spelled "Blaufus" on the label), Marian Mann, Jack Baker. 14:29. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

6959. The Breakfast Club. 1943. Blue Network. Sustaining. Don McNeill arrives late for the show! Don McNeill. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

96523. The Breakfast Club. June 21, 1945. ABC net. Sponsored by: Swift's Meats. Don McNeill with audience members. Curley Bradley demonstrates a crooning baritone and sings, "The Must Be A Way." Curley reads an original (and very bad) poem to introduce the Swift's commercial. Don McNeill, Curley Bradley. 14:54. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete segment.

70730. The Breakfast Club. June 22, 1945. ABC net. Sponsored by: Swift's Meats. The program originates from Racine, Wisconsin. The story of how announcer Don Dowd got his job with "The Breakfast Club" turns out to be a commercial for Swift's. Don McNeill, Jack Baker, Marion Mann, Don Dowd (announcer). 14:49. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete segment.

70731. The Breakfast Club. June 23, 1945. ABC net. Sponsored by: Swift's Meats. The program originates from Sheboygan, Wisconisin. Major Namm and Sam Cohen (of the Treasury Department) speak on behalf of the Seventh War Loan. Don receives an award for helping with war bond sales. Marion sings, "The Dixieland Band." Don McNeill, Don Dowd (announcer), Sam Cohen, Major Namm, Marion Mann. 14:31. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete segment.

28458. The Breakfast Club. September 7, 1945. ABC net. Commercials deleted. Don McNeill, Nancy Martin, Johnny Thompson, Eddie Ballantine and His Orchestra. 26:14. Audio condition: Excellent. Otherwise complete.

13375. The Breakfast Club. December 25, 1953. ABC net. Sponsored by: Aunt Jemima Pancakes. The program originates from the Off-The-Street Club, Chicago. A Christmas party for Chicago's kids, starting with "Jungle Bells" (ok). The first fifteen minutes of the program only. Don McNeill (host). 14:50. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

95060. The Breakfast Club. June 1958. Program #809. ABC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. A Thursday program. The first tune is, "It's A Lovely Day." The date is approximate. The winner is announced of "The Search For The Model Mother" contest. She will pose for the painting to symbolize the show's "Moment Of Silent Prayer." Don calls the winner on the air. It takes the long distance operator 45 seconds to connect the call. When the telephone operator asks Don for the program's telephone number, he can't remember it! We eventually learn that it's Dearborn 2-0634. The cast will be going to Florida along with the contest winner. Don McNeill (host), Carol Richards, Dick Noel, Eddie Ballantine and His Orchestra. 28:43. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

95059. The Breakfast Club. June 1958. Program #808. ABC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. The program originates from the College Inn Porter House in The Hotel Sherman, Chicago. A Wednesday program. The first tune is, "Down By The Old Mill Stream." Don mentions that this is the show's 25th year on the air, which would date the show as 1958. Don McNeill (host), Eddie Ballantine and His Orchestra, Dick Noel, Carol Richards. 28:51. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

95052. The Breakfast Club. June 1958. Program #827. ABC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. The program originates from The College Inn Porter House of the Hotel Sherman, Chicago. Don is still in Florida. The first tune is, "A Little Sister." The date is approximate. Bob Murphy (substituting for Don McNeil), Carol Richards, Dick Noel, Eddie Ballantine and His Orchestra, Cliff Peterson, Fran Allison (as "Aunt Fanny"). 28:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

95051. The Breakfast Club. June 1958. Program #826. ABC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. The program originates from The College Inn Porter House in the Hotel Sherman, Chicago. Don is still in Florida. The first tune is, "Dream A Little Drea, Of Me." A Monday program The date is approximate. Bob Murphy (substituting for Don McNeil), Carol Richards, Dick Noel (vocal), Jerry Lewis (not that one, he's a member of the audience from Minnesota), Eddie Ballantine and His Orchestra, Bill Krens (? piano). 28:50. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

90525. The Breakfast Club. September 2, 1960. ABC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. The date above is the recording date. The program originates from The College Inn of The Porter House in The Sherman Hotel, Chicago. A Christmas broadcast for the armed forces that's going to be "chopped down" (as in "Christmas Chopping"). Don interviews a street-corner Santa Claus. Dick Noel does, "A Very Hip Night Before Christmas." Fran Allison appears as, "Aunt Fanny." A baby is heard crying in the background during an interview. The AFRTS version is only 2/3 as long as the ABC net version. Don McNeill, Dick Noel, Fran Allison, Lorraine Peters (vocal). 28:07. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

90526. The Breakfast Club. December 25, 1960. ABC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. A Christmas program, recorded earlier, for broadcast on Christmas Day. The year of the program could be 1957 to 1962. The audience sings Christmas Carols. Don interviews a guy who never heard of him. Fran Allison appears as "Aunt Fanny." The cast does, "Around The World In Eighty Words" (and is very clever). The AFRTS version lasts only 2/3 as long as the ABC net version. Don McNeill, Dick Noel (vocal), Geraldine (vocal), Cliff Peterson. 29:34. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

74366. The Breakfast Club. June 1961. ABC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. The program originates from The College Inn Porterhouse, The Hotel Sherman, Chicago. Guest Charles Goren talks about card playing and Esperanto. Maryann Lucket sings, "Ballin' The Jack." Three ladies from the audience ask questions about Bridge. Don reads a prayer for graduating students. Don mentions that this is one of Dick Noel's last appearances on the show as an announcer (he's moving to California for health reasons). Don McNeill, Maryann Lucket, Eddie Ballantine and His Orchestra, Dick Noel (announcer), Charles Goren. 30:56. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

70429. The Breakfast Club. June 17, 1965. ABC net. Participating sponsors. The program originates from The Clouds Room of the Hotel Allerton, Chicago. Maryann sings, "Lonesome Road." Don Defore and his daughter Penny, answer questions from the audience. Penny tells about her work at a Korean orphanage. Maryann Lucket, Penny Defore, Don McNeill, Don DeFore, Eddie Ballantine and His Orchestra, Mary Peake. 52:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

22112. The Breakfast Club. July 1968. ABC net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. The broadcast originates from The Clouds Room of The Hotel Allerton, Chicago. The first tune is, "The Man I Love." A secretary is taking notes of the show during National Secretary Week. AFRTS program name: "The Don McNeill Show." Date is approximate. Don McNeill, Eddie Ballantine and His Orchestra, Bob Newkirk, Cathy Taylor. 23:35. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

92903. The Breakfast Club. September 17, 1968. ABC Entertainment net origination, WLS-FM, Chicago aircheck. Participating sponsors. The program originates from The Clouds Room of The Hotel Allerton, Chicago. The program is also referred to as, "The Don McNeill Show." The second tune is, "The Bluebells Of Scotland." Don interviews a locomotive engineer. Don McNeill (host), Eddie Ballantine and His Orchestra, Cathy Taylor (vocal), Bob Newkirk (vocal), Russell Wilt (? organist), Paul Harvey (news), Fred Casper (announcer), Fran Allison (as "Aunt Fanny"), Lee Knight (sax). 55:17. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

92904. The Breakfast Club. September 27, 1968. ABC Entertainment net origination, WLS-FM, Chicago aircheck. Participating sponsors. The first tune is from "Carmen" and is done in a dance tempo. Don reads "old Chinese fortune cookies." The program originates from The Clouds Room of The Hotel Allerton, Chicago. Don McNeill (host), Eddie Ballantine and His Orchestra, Cathy Taylor (vocal), Bob Newkirk (vocal), Paul Harvey (news), The Purleys ("King and Queen of the Cockneys"). 55:22. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

92906. The Breakfast Club. November 28, 1968. ABC Entertainment net origination, WLS-FM, Chicago aircheck. Sponsored by: Particiapting sponsors. A Thanksgiving Day broadcast. The program originates from The Clouds Room of The Hotel Allerton, Chicago. The program starts with a recording of, "Let's Dance, by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra. Don interviews two stewardess...who work on a train! Music performed by a computer is played (ironically, it plays and sings (!), "Daisy, Daisy," which was sung by the dying computer "Hal," in the movie, "2001: A Space Odyssey," which was released the same year). The program is referred to as, "The Don McNeill Show." Don McNeill (host), Eddie Ballantine and His Orchestra, Cathy Taylor (vocal), Bob Newkirk (vocal), Art Van Horn (News, from New York City), Ed McKean (announcer). 56:35. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

92905. The Breakfast Club. November 29, 1968. ABC Entertainment net origination, WLS-FM, Chicago aircheck. Participating sponsors. The program originates from The Clouds Room of The Hotel Allerton, Chicago. It's referred to as, "The Don McNeill Show." The program starts with a recording of, "Mr. Sandman." A discussion of "phobias." After the program, the WLS-FM announcer mentions that WLS-FM will now operate in stereo until midnight. Don McNeill (host), Bob Newkirk (vocal), Cathy Taylor (vocal), Ed McKean (announcer), Eddie Ballantine and His Orchestra, Art Van Horn (newscaster, from New York City). 56:38. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

5233. The Breakfast Club. December 27, 1968. ABC Entertainment net. Participating sponsors. The last show of the series, after more than 35 years on the year. The program originates from "The Clouds Room" of The Allerton Hotel in Chicago. Two twenty-five minute segments, the second of which was pre-empted on many stations for Apollo VIII coverage. Don and the gang look back over the years and answer questions posed by the audience. The program is referred to as "The Don McNeill Show." The first record is titled, "Bowling," and is sung to the tune of, "Can-Can." Don't miss Annette King's song (she's a U. S. Representative). Don McNeill (host), Bob Newkirk (vocal), Eddie Ballantine and His Orchestra, Cathy Taylor (vocal), Annette King (now known as "Charlotte Green"), Robert McNeill (son of Don), Art Van Horn (newscaster from New York City), Fran Allison, Burr Tillstrom (says farewell to the show as "Kukla," "Ollie," "Beulah" and other voices, including "Cecil Bill"), Dick Noel, Ralph Davis (engineer), Bobby Becker (stagehand), Cliff Peterson (director), Kay Bird McNeill (Don's wife). 50 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

Report contains 26 programs.