Ralph Edwards was born on Friday, June 13, 1913.
Edwards began his broadcasting career at 15, working as writer,
actor and announcer for KROW/Oakland. While attending the University
of California at Berkeley, he worked as actor, announcer, producer,
writer and sound effects man at KTAB/Oakland. After graduation,
Edwards hitchhiked to New York and became a CBS staff announcer.
In 1940, Edwards created Truth or Consequences. Based on
a popular parlor game of Edwards youth, contestants were asked
a question and forced to pay the consequencesin
the form of an outlandish stuntfor a wrong answer. Participants
on Truth or Consequences found themselves doing everything
from dressing in baby clothes to washing elephants, while Edwards
asked his listeners Arent we devils? The
show quickly became radios top-ranked audience participation
show and ran on NBC until 1956.
Edwards was also known as the creator and host of This is Your
Life, which presented the complete life story of a living
American every week. The show ran on radio from 1948 to 1950.
Both Truth or Consequences and This Is Your Life enjoyed
success on television.
Ralph Edwards died on November 16, 2005.
Ralph Edwards was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
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