Dennis and Callahan to be simulcast on NESN

A Joseph Ross
Wed Oct 20 22:23:59 EDT 2010

On 10/20/2010 2:26 PM, wrote:

> One of the earliest, if not THE earliest radio/TV simulcasts would 
> have been Arthur Godfrey's morning
>  radio show and "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" which were broadcast 
> at the same times in each medium.
>  Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life" was on radio on Wednesday nights, 
> and on TV on Thursday nights. I
>  believe each incarnation of YBYL was pre-recorded.

Right.  According to Robert Dwan's memoir of You Bet Your Life, no sooner had YBYL been accepted on ABC's schedule than John Guidel, the producer, was at the network offices asking to pre-record the show.  He wanted to do as they had done in the pilot and record a longer show and edit it down to a funny half-hour.  Groucho's son, Arthur Marx, in his book "Life with Groucho," says that Groucho wanted the show pre-recorded because the idea was for him to ad lib jokes, and he felt he needed to be uninhibited about saying whatever came into his head without having to worry about whether it was fit to be broadcast under the rather strict standards of those days.  When the show expanded to television, it was filmed in advance.  The radio and TV shows were largely identical, but there were some differences in editing.

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