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Breakfast Club is a long-run morning variety show on NBC
Blue Network/ABC radio (and briefly on television)
originating in Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by Don McNeill, the
radio program ran from June 23, 1933 through December 27,
1968. McNeil's 35½-year run as host remains the longest
tenure for an M.C. of a network entertainment program,
surpassing Johnny Carson (29½ years) on The Tonight Show and
Bob Barker (34⅔ years) on The Price is Right.
In Chicago during the early 1930s, McNeill was assigned to
take over an unsponsored early morning variety show, The
Pepper Pot, with an 8 a.m. timeslot on the NBC Blue Network.
McNeill re-organized the hour as The Breakfast Club,
dividing it into four segments which McNeill labeled "the
Four Calls to Breakfast."
McNeill's revamped show premiered in 1933, combining music
with informal talk and jokes often based on topical events,
initially scripted by McNeill but later ad-libbed. In
addition to recurring comedy performers, various vocal
groups and soloists, listeners heard sentimental verse,
conversations with members of the studio audience and a
silent moment of prayer. The series eventually gained a
sponsor in the Chicago-based meat packer Swift and Company.
McNeill is credited as the first performer to make morning
talk and variety a viable radio format.
The program featured Fran Allison (of Kukla, Fran and Ollie
fame) as "Aunt Fanny", plus Captain Stubby and the
Buccaneers and various comedy bits. Every quarter-hour came
the "Call to Breakfast" -- a march around the breakfast
table. A featured vocalist on the show, under her
professional name of Annette King, was Charlotte Thompson
Reid, who later became an Illinois congresswoman for five
The Breakfast Club initially was broadcast from NBC's
studios in the Merchandise Mart. In 1948, after 4,500
broadcasts from the Merchandise Mart, the program moved to
the new ABC Civic Studio. It was also heard from other
Chicago venues: the Terrace Casino (at the Morrison Hotel),
the College Inn Porterhouse (at the Sherman House) and "the
Tiptop Room of the Allerton Hotel on Chicago's Magnificent
Mile," as well as tour broadcasts from other locations in
the U.S. It remained a fixture on the ABC radio network
(formerly the NBC Blue Network; it became known as ABC in
1945), maintaining its popularity for years and counting
among its fans Supreme Court Associate Justice William O.
After ABC Radio was split into four networks in 1968, The
Breakfast Club was moved to the new American Entertainment
network, and was known for its last months on the air as The
Don McNeill Show.
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371206 First Song - Who Knows
411208 Britain Declares War On Japan
421200 College Park, Georgia Skit (second half)
430000 Don Arrives Late To Show
450621 Guest - Curley Bradley
450622 Louisiana Lark
450623 Whitfield Day
500000 5000 Reporters in Town
500000 First Song - Dream Your Troubles Away
500000 First Song - Live Til I Die
500000 Guests From Northbrook
500000 Gulf Coast
500000 Methodist Youth Fellowship Group
500000 Temperature is Falling
530623 20th Anniversary (Regular Morning Broadcast)
560000 Dick Has Strep Throat
580000 Guest - Don McNeill is on Vacation
580000 Guest - Emmett Kelly
580428 Guest - Bob Hope
600000 High School Senior Classes
600906 Christmas Show Taped For AFRS
610000 National Secretaries Week
610300 Champion Babysitter
610300 Ike Chase
650619 Porter Michigan High School Girls
681128 Thanksgiving Day Show (news broadcast comes first)
681227 Last Episode
xx-xx-xx Born In A Cemetery
xx-xx-xx From The Hotel Sherman
xx-xx-xx Peter Donell Substitutes
xx-xx-xx Warren Hull Substitutes
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