Bob Elliott was a disk jockey at Bostons WHDH when he met
newscaster Ray Goulding in 1946. The two men discovered an instant
rapport, a gift for improvisation, and a keen understanding of the
absurd. So began a radio partnership that would last for forty years.
Almost immediately, WHDH gave the new team a daily show, Matinee
With Bob & Ray. In July 1951, Bob and Ray left Boston for
New York. Over the next three decades, The Bob and Ray Show
appeared on NBC, CBS, the Mutual Broadcasting System, and New York
stations WINS, WOR and WHN. Their last series, a weekly program
for National Public Radio, ran from 1982 to 1987.
Bob and Ray created and gave voice to a universe of wonderful,
offbeat characters, including domestic advisor Mary McGoon, adenoidal
reporter Wally Ballou and incompetent showman Barry Campbell. The
duo also parodied radio and television with spoofs that often outlasted
the original source material, including Mr. Trace, Keener Than
Most Persons; Jack Headstrong, The All-American American and
the soap operas One Fellas Family and Mary Backstage,
Ray Goulding died on March 24, 1990.
The Bob and Ray Show was inducted into the Radio Hall of
Fame in 1995.
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