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Monday, January 5, 2009


It was on December 17 that Edgar Bergen made his first appearance on radio, ushering in a new era in the history of modern ventriloquism. It was Rudy Vallee who opened his air wave microphone to debut Bergen and McCarthy, something Mr. Vallee had done often for other stage and screen personalities such as Helen Hayes, Fanny Brice, Burns and Allen, Eddie Cantor, Judy Canova and numerous others. So many talented entertainers found a renewed public career after appearing on Mr. Vallee’s radio show that he was sometimes called the "Star Maker", "The P.T. Barnum of the Air Waves". We know, however, that it was Bergen’s masterful comedic mind and delivery that took him to stardom through the door of opportunity that was opened to him that historic December day. The year: 1936.

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