Arthur Godfreys straightforward, informal stylealong
with his tendency to poke fun at his sponsorsmade him one
of the most popular radio personalities of all time.
Godfrey was born August 31, 1903, in New York City. As Red
Godfrey, the Warbling Banjoist, Godfrey made his radio debut
in 1929 at WFBR/Baltimore.
The following year, Godfrey became an announcer at Washington D.C.s
NBC affiliate. Realizing that too many radio announcers came across
as stiff or stuffy, Godfrey decided to speak to listeners as though
he was engaged in a one-on-one conversation. His amiable approach
proved successful at CBS affiliate WJSV/Washington, D.C. By 1942,
Godfreys popular morning show was heard on WJSV and on CBS
flagship station, WABC/New York.
In April of 1945, Godfrey reported President Franklin D. Roosevelts
funeral over CBS. Two weeks later, the network gave him a national
daily morning show, Arthur Godfrey Time. A year later, he
took on a weekly evening program, Arthur Godfreys Talent
Scouts, an amateur program which aired on CBS until 1956. Arthur
Godfrey Time ended its run on April 30, 1972, the shows
Arthur Godfrey died on March 16, 1983.
Arthur Godfrey was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.
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