The Fire Chief

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.


50901. The Fire Chief. July 26, 1932. NBC net, WEAF, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Texaco. Ed Wynn is introduced as, "The Perfect Fool." The band's first tune is, "I've Got Rhythm," they also play "Lady Be Good." The Fire Chief jokes about the stock market and the Depression. The name of the Chief's opera is, The Student Prince." The Fire Chief answers his mail. Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Double Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer). 29:57. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

50902. The Fire Chief. August 9, 1932. NBC net, WEAF, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Texaco. The Fire Chief introduces, "The Flower Song" ("Petunia Your Old Gray Bonnet"), which somehow turns out to be, "Lady Of Spain!" The Chief's opera: "Trial By Jury" by Gilbert and Sullivan. The opera's hero is nearly killed by stampeding sheep and is almost "dyed in the wool!" The Fire Chief answers his mail. Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Double Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer). 29:40. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

50903. The Fire Chief. August 30, 1932. NBC net, WEAF, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Texaco. The Fire Chief introduces, "The Sneezing Song" ("I Took One Look Atchoo"), and "The Vegetable Song" ("I Water-Caress You"). The Chief's opera is called, "When You Were Eight and I Was Nine and We Were Seventeen." The hero's name is "Weatherstrip" because he was born during the war and kept his father out of the draft! He has a dog named "Einstein" (no one can explain his relativity!). The Double Quartet sings, "Grim, Gray Palisades" (the song of N.Y.U.). The Fire Chief answers his mail. Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Double Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer). 29:49. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

50904. The Fire Chief. October 18, 1932. NBC net. Sponsored by: Texaco. The Fire Chief introduces, "The Butcher Song" ("Butcher Arms Around Me"). The Chief's opera: "Redemption," by Tolstoy. The Fire Chief answers his mail (and has trouble reading the script and mangles a joke)! Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer). 29:40. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

50905. The Fire Chief. October 25, 1932. NBC net, WEAF, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Texaco. The program originates from the Nixon Theatre, Pittsburgh. The Fire Chief introduces "The Milkman's Horse Song" ("Gee, How I Hate To Giddap In The Morning"). The Chief's opera: "Dorothy Vernon Of Haddon Hall." Dorothy's Chinese butler sings "I May Be Wong, But I Think You're Wonderful." The opera includes a drinking song: "Noses Are Blooming In Bacardi." Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer). 29:31. Audio condition: Good to very good. Complete.

50906. The Fire Chief. November 1, 1932. NBC net, WEAF, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Texaco. The program originates from the Cass Theatre, Detroit. The first two sound effects on the program are accidentally reversed! The Fire Chief denies that he's a herring...am I my brother's kipper?" Then, there's the new speakeasy song: "Ale, Ale, The Gang's All Here." The Chief's opera commentary: "The Poor House Behind The Hill." The heroine's daughter inherited a bottle of gin, it was her "boot-legacy!" They play, "The Giggolo Song" ("The Spirit Of Seventy Sheiks!"). Then, there's the "home-brew" song: "You Ferment For Me." and "The Essence Of Gin Song:" ("The Breath Of A Nation"). The Fire Chief answers his mail. Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, Louis A. Witten (announcer), The Fire Chief Quartet. 29:32. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

83956. The Fire Chief. November 8, 1932. NBC net. Sponsored by: Texaco. The program originates from The Grand Opera House, Chicago. The Chief calls his dog, "Opium" (because was raised from a "poppy"). The orchestra plays, "The Dentist Song" ("The Yanks Are Coming"). The band and chorus perform, "Honey, Smile For Me," which later became the theme song for "Fitch Shampoo." The Fire Chief describes his new opera, "Home, Sweet Home." It features "a girl so thin that if she wore a white a white dress and drank tomato juice, she'd look like a thermomenter." The Chief answers his mail. Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee (announcer), The Fire Chief Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer). 29:40. Audio condition: Good. Complete.

50907. The Fire Chief. November 15, 1932. NBC net, WEAF, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Texaco. The program originates from Cleveland. The Fire Chief introduces a drinking song: "My Brew Heaven" (which turns out to be, "Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet"). The Chief answers his mail. He mentions that a car hit one of the pigs on his farm. The result? Flivver and onions! The evening's opera: "When Ignorance Is Bliss." Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, Louis A. Witten (announcer), The Fire Chief Quartet. 29:15. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

50908. The Fire Chief. November 22, 1932. NBC net, WEAF, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Texaco. The program originates from the Schubert Theatre, Cincinnati. The Chief introduces "The Gunboat Song," which is "Gun...Boat Not Forgotten." The Chief's opera is about a curtain salesman. He calls it, "His Shady Past." Did you know that the Chief's two cats are named Perry and Byrd? (They're pole cats!) The Chief answers his mail. Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, Louis A. Witten (announcer), The Fire Chief Quartet. 29:28. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

50909. The Fire Chief. November 29, 1932. NBC net. Sponsored by: Texaco. The program originates from the Davidson Theatre, Milwaukee. The evening's opera is, "The Way Of All Flesh." The Chief answers his mail. Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer). 23:43. Audio condition: Very good. Incomplete.

50910. The Fire Chief. December 6, 1932. NBC net, WEAF, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Texaco. The program originates from the Grand Opera House, Chicago. The Chief's opera is called, "L'Arlessiane" ("The Lazy One")! The hero's doctor says he's smoking too many little cigars, he must have "Cigarlette Fever!" The Chief answers his mail. Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer). 29:54. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

83955. The Fire Chief. December 13, 1932. NBC net, WEAF, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Texaco. The first tune is, "Love Is Sweeping The Country." The Chief calls his horse, "Varnish," because "Shellacs This and Shellacs That." The Chief describes his new opera, "Homework," and answers his mail. Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee (announcer), Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer). 29:40. Audio condition: Good to very good. Complete.

50899. The Fire Chief. January 10, 1933. NBC net. Sponsored by: Texaco. The program originates from the Grand Opera House, Chicago. The Chief's opera is, "Home Sweet Home." A fast-paced mixture of one-liners and band music. The "Fire Chief Quartet" sounds just like, "The Revelers." Classic early era network radio. The Fire Chief answers his mail. Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer), The Revelers (?). 29:45. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

50900. The Fire Chief. February 21, 1933. NBC net, WEAF, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: Texaco. Graham: "How's your uncle's laundry business?" Fire Chief: "Simply Ripping!" The Fire Chief's opera is, "Homework." The Fire Chief answers his mail. Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer). 29:39. Audio condition: Good to very good. Complete.

72188. The Fire Chief. October 31, 1933. NBC net. Sponsored by: Texaco. The first tune is, "New Deal Rhythm." You don't want to know why the Fire Chief named his giraffe after Mae West. Ed recounts his recent trip to California, where he made a movie. Tonight's opera: "As Maine Goes, So Goes The Union." The hero is a golfer in a nudist colony...he goes around in nothing! There was only enough meat for one more hamburger, so the chief was "heading for the last ground-up." Ed Wynn, Louis A. Witten (anouncer), Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Quartet. 28:16. Audio condition: Very good. Incomplete.

72485. The Fire Chief. November 7, 1933. NBC net. Sponsored by: Texaco. Graham: "How can I get a dachshound?" Chief: "Get a long little dogie!" Tonight's opera: "A Fool and His Honey are Soon Parted." The Chief won't bring his horse to an eye doctor, that would be putting the chart before the horse! Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer). 28:37. Audio condition: Good. Incomplete.

72486. The Fire Chief. November 28, 1933. NBC net. Sponsored by: Texaco. An announcement is made that the program is coming from the new Radio City studios that can seat fifteen hundred people. Tonight's opera: "She's More To Be Pitied Than Scorned." "The ceiling of the apartment was so low, all they could serve for dinner was flounder!" Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer). 29:37. Audio condition: Good. Incomplete.

72193. The Fire Chief. December 12, 1933. NBC net. Sponsored by: Texaco. The first tune is, "Just Keep Doin' What You're Doin'." Ed mentions "The Repeal Song," or "The Return Of The Swallow." Tonight's opera: "As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap." Ed mentions that, "he wears Van Winkle pants...they don't Rip!" "Marriage is like a cafeteria. A man grabs what he wants and pays for it later!" Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer). 29:16. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

72198. The Fire Chief. December 26, 1933. NBC net. Sponsored by: Texaco. Tonight's opera: "Many Brave Souls Are Asleep In The Deep" (the heroine puts on her bustle and is just rearin' to go!). Ed Wynn, Graham McNamee, Donald Voorhees and His Orchestra, The Fire Chief Quartet, Louis A. Witten (announcer). 28:32. Audio condition: Good to very good. Incomplete.

Report contains 19 programs.