The First Nighter Program

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.


72902. The First Nighter Program. April 28, 1939. Program #419. CBS net. "Three Who Faced Death". Sponsored by: Campana. The program was rebroadcast as part of, "Same Time, Same Station" (see cat. #18219). The date is subject to correction. Barbara Luddy, Les Tremayne. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

10666. The First Nighter Program. March 25, 1941. CBS net. "Love and Gazooza". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics ($10,000 contest). A comedy about love and hate and a strange Mexican soft drink. See also "Same Time, Same Station," cat. #18220. Barbara Luddy, Les Tremayne. 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

1167. The First Nighter Program. March 29, 1944. Mutual net. "The Chinese Gong". Sponsored by: Campana's Solitaire, Campana Balm, DDD. Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Arch Oboler (writer), Eric Sagerquist and His Orchestra. 29:33. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

23520. The First Nighter Program. April 26, 1944. Program #627. Mutual net. "Thanks To Mr. Shakespeare". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. A bridegroom takes advice from "The Taming Of The Shrew" about how to achieve marital bliss. Barbara Luddy, Harold Peary, John L. Green (writer), Eric Sagerquist and His Orchestra. 29:08. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

30772. The First Nighter Program. May 4, 1944. Mutual net. "Mother's Angel Children". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. A comedy/romance about a British war widow, her American captain boyfriend, and her two children. Anthony Wayne (writer), Barbara Luddy, Willard Waterman, Eric Sagerquist and His Orchestra. 29:27. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

30773. The First Nighter Program. May 28, 1944. Program #631. Mutual net. "Speak Ever So Gently". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. A comedy/romance about a movie star who visits Beaver, Ohio to dedicate an orphanage, and finds himself trapped by an outbreak of measles. The script was used again on the program eight years later (see cat. #62316). Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Peggy Blake (writer), Eric Sagerquist and His Orchestra. 29:23. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

30774. The First Nighter Program. June 4, 1944. Program #632. Mutual net. "Give Up The Ship". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. A comedy about a wife living aboard a small boat during the housing shortage, along with her fiance, her husband and his fiancee! The announcer mentions that tonight is the last day of May, making the above date incorrect or a delayed broadcast. Lucille Lund (writer), Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Eric Sagerquist and His Orchestra. 29:20. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

30775. The First Nighter Program. June 11, 1944. Program #633. Mutual net. "Susan Steps Out". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. A working girl saves $200 for one big fling on the town, and a chance to break onto the Broadway stage. Barbara Luddy, Willard Waterman, Olan Soule, Ben Pearson (writer), Irna Lazarus (writer), Eric Sagerquist and His Orchestra. 29:24. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

30776. The First Nighter Program. June 18, 1944. Program #634. Mutual net. "Just A Bum". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. An escaped convict returns to his wife and children after twelve years. Helen Norris (writer), Barbara Luddy, Hugh Studebaker, Eric Sagerquist and His Orchestra. 29:16. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

30777. The First Nighter Program. June 25, 1944. Program #635. Mutual net. "Small Town Editor". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. The son of a small town editor plans to leave for his big-time opportunity in Chicago. The first twenty six minutes of the program only. Anthony Wayne (writer), Barbara Luddy, Harry Elders, Hugh Studebaker. 26 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

30778. The First Nighter Program. July 2, 1944. Program #636. Mutual net. "Scrambled Eggs". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. A naval ensign pretends he's an Admiral and falls for the daughter of a real Admiral! The first twenty five minutes of the progrm only. Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule. 25 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

30779. The First Nighter Program. July 5, 1944. Mutual net. "No Publicity". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. Comedy about a college professor trying to join a scientific expedition who finds a story in the newspaper about his death from a tropical disease. Robert L. Cooper (writer), Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Gene Baker (announcer). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

23517. The First Nighter Program. July 16, 1944. Program #638. Mutual net. "Old Lady Shakespeare". Sponsored by: Campana, Dreskin After Shave. A grand old lady of the theatre stages a final comeback...as cupid. See cat. #3475 for same script performed on the same show four years later. Virginia Payne, Hugh Studebaker, Ed Prentiss, Gene Baker (announcer), Forrest Barnes (writer). 28:49. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

30780. The First Nighter Program. July 23, 1944. Program #639. Mutual net. "The Heart That Has Truly Loved". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. A big-hearted Irish cab driver is given a $100 bill instead of a dollar bill. Memories of the first war intrude. Kingsley Moses (writer), Hugh Studebaker, Constance Crowder, Eric Sagerquist and His Orchestra. 29:23. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

30781. The First Nighter Program. August 6, 1944. Program #641. Mutual net. "A Swell Night For A Murder". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. A murder mystery. Everyone has a motive, but whodunit? Carlyn Clark (writer), Barbara Luddy, Ed Prentiss, Eric Sagerquist and His Orchestra. 28:50. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

30782. The First Nighter Program. August 13, 1944. Program #642. Mutual net. "The Rejuvenation Of Lucy Belle". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. A comedy about a psychiatrist about to be married who is kidnapped and brought to a racetrack to dope an elderly nag. The final ten seconds of the program have been deleted. Barbara Luddy, David Ellis, Gene Baker (announcer). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

23519. The First Nighter Program. August 20, 1944. Mutual net. "Solid South". Sponsored by: Campana products. A Yankee pilot woos and wins a Southern belle after crash-landing in her pond. Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Hugh Studebaker, Anthony Wayne (writer), Eric Sagerquist and His Orchestra. 29:33. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

30783. The First Nighter Program. September 3, 1944. Mutual net. "Love Is A Household Word". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. An analytical chemist inherits three girl chemists to replace men going into the army...with explosive results. Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule. 29:21. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

30784. The First Nighter Program. September 6, 1944. Program #646. Mutual net. "Young Folks, Old Folks". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. Men vs. Women in the Smithfield Mayoral election, who will win? The program was possibly broadcast September 10, 1944. Anthony Wayne (writer), Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Hugh Studebaker, Virginia Payne. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4674. The First Nighter Program. October 4, 1944. Program #174. Mutual net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. "A Song For Sylvia". A touching "Beauty and The Beast" story about a disfigured composer and a blind girl. AFRS program name: "The Globe Theatre." The after-story fill is an excerpt from next week's program, "This Is The One," with Paulette Goddard. Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Herbert Marshall (AFRS host), Forrest Barnes (writer), Paulette Goddard, Dorothy McCleary (writer of next week's program). 30:25. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

23518. The First Nighter Program. October 11, 1944. Program #651. Mutual net. "Oh Say, Can You See?". Sponsored by: Campana, Dreskin After Shave. A light comedy about a scientist who invents an invisibility machine...and makes the U. S. Senate invisible! This of course helps the war effort! Anthony Wayne (author), Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule. 29:19. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

50450. The First Nighter Program. October 18, 1947. CBS net, WBBM, Chicago aircheck. "Wolf With Sheepskin". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics, Cotton Blossom Perfume. A comedy about an innocent college professor mistaken for a murdering safe cracker. Jack Kelsey (writer), Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Jerry Hausner, Ken Christy, Ed McDonald, Frank Worth and His Orchestra, Larry Keating (announcer). 29:42. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

50452. The First Nighter Program. October 25, 1947. CBS net, WBBM, Chicago aircheck. "Nonanny". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics, Cotton Blossom cologne, Bulova (local spot). A romance set in rural Minnesota of one hundred years ago. Olan Soule, Barbara Luddy, Willard Waterman, Peggy Blake (writer), Hugh Studebaker, Stacy Harris, Jane Morgan, Frank Worth and His Orchestra, Larry Keating (announcer). 29:35. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

50451. The First Nighter Program. January 1, 1948. CBS net. "The One In The Middle". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics, Cotton Blossom Perfume. A comedy about a handsome young ex-Navy man helping his sister's school by teaching astronomy to fifty star-struck coeds. The program features teaser plugs for "Magic Touch" every few minutes! Barbara Luddy, Bea Benaderet, Frank Worth and His Orchestra, Jane Webb, Larry Keating (announcer), Olan Soule, Sandra Gould, Virginia Safford Lynne (writer). 29:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

15579. The First Nighter Program. January 8, 1948. CBS net. "Help Wanted, Female". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. Fraud for the starving children of Europe. Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, William Conrad, Parley Baer, Floyd Miller (writer). 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

65510. The First Nighter Program. January 22, 1948. CBS net. "The Mind Reader". Sponsored by: Campana Cosmetics, DDD Prescription. A routine story about a carnival fortune teller and a wealthy woman is made interesting by the step-by-step revelation of how mind reading acts are done. Barbara Luddy (performer, commercial spokesman), Olan Soule, Floyd Miller (writer), Joan Banks, Reese Taylor, Lou Krugman, Frank Worth and His Orchestra, Larry Keating (commercial spokesman). 29:34. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

50448. The First Nighter Program. January 29, 1948. CBS net. "A Writer In The Family". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics, DDD Prescription. Highway Eighty Seven is coming right through the living room in a romantic/comedy of mistaken identity and "Shorty West," a writer of western adventures. James Arthur Rotie (writer), Frank Worth and His Orchestra, Olan Soule, Barbara Luddy, Paul Frees, Hugh Studebaker, Arthur Q. Bryan, Mary Lansing, Larry Keating (announcer). 29:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

50449. The First Nighter Program. February 5, 1948. CBS net. "Drink For The Damned". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics, DDD Prescription. Romance, buried treasure, and treachery on the Spanish Main. Arthur Q. Bryan, Barbara Luddy, Frank Worth and His Orchestra, Irwin Ashkenazie (writer), Larry Keating (announcer), Marvin Miller, Olan Soule, Parley Baer, Willard Waterman. 29:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

43204. The First Nighter Program. February 12, 1948. CBS net. "Love Is Stranger Than Fiction". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics, DDD Prescription. Comedy/romance about a publisher's secretary who turns out to be a best selling author. Larry Keating (announcer), Irving Teitle (writer), Willard Waterman, Virginia Gregg, Herb Butterfield, Jerry Hausner, Olan Soule, Barbara Luddy, Frank Worth (conductor). 29:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

43205. The First Nighter Program. February 19, 1948. CBS net. "Oh, Bury Me Not". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics, DDD Prescription. A radio cowboy finds himself on a real ranch, mistaken for a real cowboy. Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Bud Baldus Jr. (writer), Dick Bell (writer), Herb Butterfield, Barton Yarborough, Hugh Studebaker, Frank Worth (conductor), Larry Keating (announcer). 29:48. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4260. The First Nighter Program. March 4, 1948. CBS net. "An Order By The Lieutenant". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics, DDD Prescription. A Southern Belle proves to her fiance that she can take army life as well as he can. Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Vernon C. White (writer), Parley Baer, Arthur Q. Bryan, Hugh Studebaker, Frank Worth and His Orchestra, Larry Keating (announcer). 29:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

61872. The First Nighter Program. March 11, 1948. CBS net. "There's Something In The Air". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics, DDD Prescription. An inane comedy about "helium pills" that allow humans to float in the air! Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Luis Van Rooten, Anthony Wayne (writer), Verna Felton, Frank Worth and His Orchestra, Larry Keating (announcer). 29:35. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

62367. The First Nighter Program. May 6, 1948. CBS net. "The Tin Box". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. A comedy-mystery about a $10,000 ransom. How does one give it back? Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Willard Waterman, Lawrence Dobkin, David Ellis, Jean Fromhurst (writer), Larry Keating (commercial spokesman). 29:29. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

3475. The First Nighter Program. June 17, 1948. CBS net. "Old Lady Shakespeare". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. A grand old lady of the theatre decides to make a comeback. See cat. #23517 for a production of the same script four years earlier. Olan Soule, Verna Felton, Forrest Barnes (writer), Sammie Hill, Herb Butterfield, Parley Baer, Frank Worth and His Orchestra, Larry Keating (commercial spokesman). 29:33. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

4261. The First Nighter Program. March 10, 1949. CBS net. "No Greater Need". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. Two Italian waifs start on a life of crime by stealing a shipment of vital drugs. Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Norma Jean Nilsson. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

15578. The First Nighter Program. December 1950. CBS net. "Little Town Of Bethlehem". Sponsored by: Campana cosmetics. The ninth presentation of the show's annual Christmas show. See cat. #62314 for the broadcast of 1952. Anthony Wayne (author), Barbara Luddy, Herb Butterfield, Hugh Studebaker, Olan Soule, Phillips H. Lord, Willard Waterman. 1/2 hour. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

62316. The First Nighter Program. July 20, 1952. NBC net. "Speak Ever So Gently". Sponsored by: Miller Beer. A comedy/romance about a movie star and his beautiful agent. She wants him to dedicate a children's home in Beaver, Ohio. The script was ptreviously used on the program on May 28, 1944 (see cat. #30773). Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Peggy Blake (writer), Rye Billsbury ("Mr. First Nighter"), Betty Lou Gerson, Mary McGovern, Eddie Firestone, Vincent Pelletier (commercial spokesman), Joseph Ainsley (producer, director). 29:33. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

62314. The First Nighter Program. December 23, 1952. NBC net. "Little Town Of Bethlehem". Sponsored by: Miller Beer. The twelfth annual presentation of the Christmas story on the program. A well-done nativity story. See cat. #15578 for the broadcast of December, 1950. Rye Billsbury ("Mr. First Nighter"), Vincent Pelletier (commercial spokesman), Anthony Wayne (writer), Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Willard Waterman, Hugh Studebaker, Eddie Firestone, Parley Baer, Marvin Miller, Paul Dubov, Joseph Ainsley (director). 24:24. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

62315. The First Nighter Program. January 6, 1953. NBC net. "A Good Joe". Sponsored by: Miller Beer. A waitress teams up with a Broadway pitchman, until she's offered a job in the movies. A well-done love story. Olan Soule, Barbara Luddy, Floyd Miller (writer), Rye Billsbury ("Mr. First Nighter"), Gerald Mohr, Bob Jellison, Paul Dubov, Sidney Miller, Joseph Ainsley (director), Vincent Pelletier (commercial spokesman). 24:25. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

7340. The First Nighter Program. August 6, 1953. NBC net. "Two Loves Had She". Sustaining. The program is delayed for a Korean war bulletin (1:40). The exchange of prisoners has begun. A light comedy about a confused girl with two fiances. Barbara Luddy, Olan Soule, Verna Felton, Lurene Tuttle, Hy Averback, Anthony Wayne (writer), Joseph T. Ainley (producer, director), Rye Billsbury ("Mr. First Nighter"), Paul Dubov. 28:19. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

Report contains 40 programs.