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#Radio100 Moment 22: Debut of 'The Edgar Berger and Charlie McCarthy Show'(December 17, 1936)
December 17, 1936

Moment 22: Debut of 'The Edgar Berger and Charlie McCarthy Show'

"The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show" was a radio comedy variety show that aired from 1936 to 1956. The show featured ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his beloved puppet Charlie McCarthy. Bergen and McCarthy made their radio debut on Rudy Vallee’s Royal Gelatin Hour in 1936 and were an instant success. In 1937, they were given their own show for "The Chase & Sanborn Hour." Almost immediately, "The Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy Show" became one of radio’s highest-rated programs, a distinction it enjoyed until it left the air in 1956.

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