Sunday, November 20, 2011

Why NBC didn't compete with CBS to sign stars in '49

Consider the Jack Benny Show lasted until 1955.  Amos 'n' Andy changed formats a bit and lasted until the late 1950's.  Burns and Allen lasted until 1950.  All of these shows also went to television and so did most of the other shows and stars that went to CBS (Edgar Bergen and Harold Peary just to name two.)

By 1950, radio was all but dead anyway, as television took over the heartbeat of America anyway. 

But it's safe to say the Benny show made a lot of money during that time compared to other shows on the air and these "old people" probably did quite well for themselves at CBS.

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