The Golden Years of Radio 1932-1933
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The Seasons
GOld Time Radio chronicles each of the 21 broadcast seasons, (September through June), from Network Radio’s Golden Age, 1932 to 1953.  The lengthy and informative profiles of each season are concluded with an exclusive review of their Top 50 Prime Time Programs, as determined by Crossly, Hooper or Nielsen rating services.).
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1932-1933 Season
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  THE 1932-33 SEASON
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The 1932-33 Season 1st In A Series
In The Beginning...
Broadcasting’s streets were truly paved with gold at the start of
Network Radio’s Golden Age in 1932.
  • Sixty percent of America’s homes were equipped with radios by the 1932-33 season, all hungry for the free entertainment that the networks offered them - and offered to sponsors at an average $11,000 per prime time hour.  … Fred Allen, Al Jolson and The Marx Brothers made their network series debuts in the fall of 1932.  They joined Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny, Jack Pearl, Ed Wynn and George Burns & Gracie Allen, who had made earlier and briefer appearances before committing to full season series in 1932-33 ... The stars were joined during the season by the first nationwide network broadcasts of the long running Carnation Contented Hour, The Fred Waring Show, Vic & Sade and One Man’s Family … The personality who would dominate Network Radio’s early years took to the air on March 12, 1933, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered  his first Fireside Chat on all three  networks.
  • The Lindbergh baby was kidnapped on March 1, 1932, and the air was saturated with bulletins and updates.  By September, the search for the culprit had received heavy radio coverage for over six months and it would continue until Bruno Hauptmann was arrested a year later in September, 1934.  
  • Newspapers found themselves repeatedly and increasingly scooped by radio.  ​
  • NBC aired the Number One show in all ten months of the 1932-33 season.
  • Sunday was home to radio’s most popular program - Eddie Cantor’s Chase & Sanborn Hour was the top rated show for each of the six months it was broadcast, November through April.  
  • Texaco Fire Chief  Ed Wynn took the top spot in September, October and June when Cantor was on hiatus.  
  • Jack Pearl peaked at Number One in May - his first and only monthly win.