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Information Please Old Time Radio Program

Information Please
Ĺ hour quiz game show (& comedy)
Wake Up America and Stump the Experts!

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Information Please: Guest Panelist - Edwin Edgar
Information Please: Guest Panelist - Lillian Gish

Information Please was a quiz show, but with a clever twist. A normal game show would take members of the audience, put them on stage, ask them questions, and reward those who did well. But, Information Please, instead would have a panel of experts, and audience members would ask them questions. If the experts failed, then the questioner got a rewarded.

The show was created by Dan Golenpaul in 1938. Golenpaulís first task was to assemble a panel of experts. He got Franklin Pierce Adams, who sounds like he should have been President, but was instead a writer and columnist for the New York Post, Herald Tribune and other newspapers. Then Clifton Fadiman joined the program as the host. Fadiman was the book editor for the New Yorker, plus he had done book reviews on radio previously. Each week Information Please would get 5 guest expert panelists. (Just in case you were wondering, the media landscape has changed dramatically over the years. All eight members of the team: Golenpaul, Adams, Fadiman, and the five guest panelists would split $400 each week for their efforts.) People could mail in questions. The questioner got $2.00 if their question was asked and $5.00 if it stumped the panel. (This money also came out of the $400.00)

The show became a hit almost immediately. Within 6 months John Kieran, a sports writer, was added as a regular panelist, and he became known as Mr. Know it All. Kieran had the widest range of knowledge from Shakespeare to sports. Then a third regular panelist was added, Oscar Levant.

Only about a dozen questions were asked in each episode, this left plenty of time for the panelists to banter and ad lib back and forth, which was a major appeal of the show. The panel correctly answered about three quarters of the questions, which gave enough hope to those submitting questions that they would receive a larger prize for stumping the experts. And much like in modern day Celebrity Jeopardy panel members would flub questions about their own field, or even their own work. Eliot Roosevelt, (son of FDR) missed questions about Eleanor Rooseveltís newspaper column, and Mr. Know it All, actually missed what date his wifeís birthday was. In addition to experts the show regularly got celebrities to appear on their panel. Gracie Allen, it was revealed only played a ditzy blond, in reality she was quite intelligent, Fred Allen, Boris Karloff, Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, and many other prominent figures appeared throughout the show until it ended in 1947. The premise of Comedy Centralís "Win Ben Steinís Money" is very similar, and the atmosphere of the show is similar to NPRís "Wait, Wait, Donít Tell Me."

So Wake Up America and Stump the Experts!

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Information Please 127 episodes

380517 FIRST SHOW.mp3
380607 JOHN KIERAN.mp3
380614 MARC CONNOLLY.mp3
380621 HOWARD DIETZ.mp3
380628 CARLA SNOW.mp3
380705 OSCAR LEVANT.mp3
380712 QUINCY HOWE GEORGE S.mp3
380719 THOMAS CRAVEN BEN HE.mp3
380726 JOHN GUNTHER.mp3
380802 MOSS HART.mp3
380809 ALDEN COOK ALICE DUE.mp3
380823 PERCY WAXMAN.mp3
380830 BEN HECHT.mp3
380906 BEN BERNIE.mp3
380913 PERCY WAXMAN.mp3
381004 DOROTHY THOMPSON.mp3
381011 LILLIAN GISH.mp3
381018 GENE TUNNEY.mp3
381101 OSWALD JACOBY.mp3
381115 JOHN GUNTHER.mp3
381129 KATHLEEN NORRIS.mp3
381227 WILLIAM LYON PHELPS.mp3
390103 EDWIN EDGAR.mp3
390110 ALEXANDER WOOLCOTT.mp3
390124 GENERAL HUGH JOHNSON.mp3
390131 GILBERT SELDES ELIZA.mp3
390207 MYRON WALLACE.mp3
390214 RUSSELL CROUSE FRANK.mp3
390221 MOE BERG.mp3
390321 JOHN GUNTHER.mp3
390328 REX STOUT MOSS HART.mp3
390411 DEEMS TAYLOR MARCUS .mp3
390418 H. V. KALTENBORN.mp3
390425 ALICE ROOSEVELT LONG.mp3
390516 JOHN P MARQUAND.mp3
390523 CLARENCE BUDINGTON K.mp3
390530 STANLEY WALKER.mp3
390613 HELEN WILLS MOODY.mp3
390620 GRACIE ALLEN JOHN GU.mp3
390627 WILBUR CROSS.mp3
390704 LILIAN GISH.mp3
390711 ELLIOTT ROOSEVELT.mp3
390718 KELLAND WILLIAM BEE.mp3
390725 MAURY MAVERICK.mp3
390801 RUSSELL CROUSE JAMES.mp3
390822 H. NAPIER MOORE.mp3
390829 REX STOUT WILFRID FU.mp3
390905 RAYMOND GRAM SWING.mp3
390912 ALICE MARBLE.mp3
390919 P. HAL SIMMS.mp3
390926 REX STOUT CARL VAN D.mp3
391003 C. MILDRED THOMPSEN.mp3
391010 CHRISTOPHER MORLEY J.mp3
391024 MOE BERG - SOUND SO-.mp3
391031 CARL SANDBURG.mp3
391107 CHRISTOPHER MORLEY M.mp3
391114 JAMES FARLEY.mp3
391121 J. P. MACAVOY MOE B.mp3
391205 DEEMS TAYLOR HENRY .mp3
391212 WALTER B. PITKIN .mp3
391219 CHRISTOPHER MORLEY .mp3
391226 SIR CEDRIC HARDWICKE.mp3
400102 GLORIA STUART CARL V.mp3
400827 JAMES ROOSEVELT CHR.mp3
400828 WALTER WANGER.mp3
400903 HENRY BEETLE HUFF.mp3
400910 JOHN GUNTHER JAN STR.mp3
400917 OTTO TOLISCHUS - RHY.mp3
400924 ALVA JOHNSTON MARC C.mp3
401001 CLAIRE BOOTH LUCE.mp3
401008 JAN STRUTHER LOUIS B.mp3
401015 LOUIS HACKER.mp3
401022 HERBERT BAYARD SWOPE.mp3
401027 WALTER D EDMONDS.mp3
401029 JOHN MASON BROWN.mp3
401105 CHRISTOPHER MORLEY.mp3
401115 FRED ALLEN.mp3
401122 LOUIS E LAWES.mp3
401129 LEON HENDERSON.mp3
401206 JAN STRUTHER ELMER R.mp3
401213 ERNEST HOOTEN.mp3
401220 HERBERT MARSHALL LO.mp3
410103 DEEMS TAYLOR VINCENT.mp3
410110 KENNETH SIMPSON JAME.mp3
410117 OWEN DAVIS.mp3
410124 BORIS KARLOFF LOUIS .mp3
410207 JAN STRUTHER SIR WIL.mp3
410214 DEEMS TAYLOR HENRY N.mp3
410221 JOE DAVIDSON.mp3
410228 JOHN OHARA.mp3
410307 CHRISTOPHER MORLEY E.mp3
410314 CLARENCE WICKERT.mp3
410321 ROLAND YOUNG.mp3
410328 ELSA LANCHESTER.mp3
410404 JOHN GUNTHER LYMAN B.mp3
410411 PHIL MERRIVALE.mp3
410418 REX STOUT HENRY CURR.mp3
410425 PAUL LUKAS.mp3
410502 DEEMS TAYLOR DONALD .mp3
410509 GENE TUNNEY.mp3
410516 FRANK SULLIVAN DICK .mp3
410523 DEEMS TAYLOR.mp3
410530 JAN STRUTHER CORNELI.mp3
410606 SALLY BENSON.mp3
410613 BILL TILDEN.mp3
410620 JAMES WALLACE ALFRED.mp3
410627 ALFRED HITCHCOCK.mp3
410704 JOHN GUNTHER WALTER .mp3
410711 MARY BOLAND.mp3
410801 LYMAN BRYSEN HENRY N.mp3
410808 LARRY MCPHAIL.mp3
410815 DEEMS TAYLOR RUSSELL.mp3
410905 DEEMS TAYLOR.mp3
410912 LEWIS BROMFIELD MARG.mp3
410919 STEPHEN VINCENT BENE.mp3
410926 JAN STRUTHER THOMAS .mp3
411003 LEFTY GOMEZ DEEMS TA.mp3
411017 FRED ALLEN.mp3
411021 C.S. FORESTER.mp3
411031 GROUCHO MARX.mp3
411107 DOUGLAS MILLER.mp3
411121 CORNELIA OTIS SKINNE.mp3
411128 DREW PEARSON ROBERT .mp3
411205 DEEMS TAYLOR EDNA FE.mp3
411212 GEORGE N. SCHUSTER.mp3
411219 JOSEPH DAVIES JAN ST.mp3
411226 JOHN GUNTHER.mp3


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