Presenting the Transcription Feature: THIS IS YOUR FBI & THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM
Here’s two more Christmas episodes to round out this December. We’ll start off with a drama, then some comedy. “This Is Your FBI” ran on ABC radio from April of 1945 to January of 1953. It dramatized real cases from the files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. No less than the head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, praised the show, calling it “the finest dramatic program on the air.” Then for comedy, who else but the crew from “The Jack Benny Program.” This episode is from December 1937. The show had been on the air for five years, and this is the first of what would become a regular holiday feature, Jack going Christmas shopping. It doesn’t feature Jack being indecisive over a gift, which I always thought they overused, but it does have the usual stable of crazy fellow shoppers and employees, including Frank Nelson as the floorwalker.
This Is Your FBIDecember 24, 1948“The Return of St. Nick”2:18
Jack BennyDecember 12, 1937“Christmas Shopping”33:41