Born August 7, 1926, in Los Angeles, Stan Freberg grew up listening
to Fred Allen, Jack Benny and Vic and Sade. As a young man,
he provided voices for Warner Brothers cartoons and appeared on
radio in support of Benny, Phil Harris and Henry Morgan.
He rose to prominence in 1950 with the record John &
Marsha, which spoofed radio soap operas. More hit records
followed, including the Dragnet parody St. George and
the Dragonet and Green Chri$tma$, an attack on
In 1954 Freberg starred in the short-lived situation comedy Thats
Rich, but it was his 1957 Stan Freberg Show for CBS that
made him the last network radio comedian in America.
Here he demonstrated his satirical nature by poking fun at everything
from censorship to advertising to the excesses of Las Vegas.
When The Stan Freberg Show ended after 15 weeks, Freberg
found a new outlet for his humor in advertising, with award-winning
campaigns for Sunsweet Prunes, Jenos Pizza Rolls, Terminix
and many other clients.
In the 1990s, Freberg produced a daily series of commentaries,
Stan Freberg Here. Freberg currently hosts the syndicated
series When Radio Was.
Stan Freberg was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
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