Mal Bellairs

Chuck Schaden Interview

WBBMYesterday

In 1987 Chuck Schaden was writing a book on the history of WBBM radio. He taped a one hour interview with Mal talking about WBBM in the post-war years and Mal’s career there. There is a lot of real inside baseball here about Chicago radio in the 50’s and 60’s. The audio came off of a cassette not intended for air and is not great; playing time is just under 57:00.

Chuck Schaden went on to be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame for his work in documenting the early days of radio.

WBBM Yesterday and Today, back cover

WBBM Yesterday and Today, back cover

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Arthur Godfrey Show – Thursday

Mal’s week on the Godfrey show continues with the Thursday tape. Apparently Wednesday is lost. Once again the taping ran long (Mal had a hard time stopping Tessie once she got going) and was edited for time. Program notes: Tessie O’Shea sings Two Ton Tessie and Maybe Its Because...

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What’s the Answer?

Mal hosted a quiz show for high school students on early Chicago TV. The program ran in the early 50’s and was sponsored by Salerno cookies. In fact the score was kept by stacking up boxes of cookies. If I recall correctly the losers got to take home their...

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What’s Your Trouble?

In about 1951 Mal and Jo put together a TV show that collected hard luck stories and found ways to try to help. After Mal died we heard from someone who had been touched by the show “What’s Your Trouble?”

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